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February 9, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Should the Sounders change their shape? (Saturday links)

Interesting story on MLSsoccer.com the other day, questioning if Sounders FC should change its shape from a 4-4-2.

I asked coach Sigi Schmid a similar question earlier this preseason, more so if Fredy Montero’s departure might result in a change of the team’s shape.

Here was the answer:

“I don’t think it’s really going to change our shape all that much. We’re going to stay sort of in a 4-4-2. We’ll still have wingers with (Mauro) Rosales and with Steve (Zakuani) and also with Mario Martinez — guys who can play on the wing and go at people 1v1. I think that’s a big plus for our team still. We’ve got Eddie Johnson up front and who pairs with him is someone who has to be able to work off him, as well. It’s somebody who needs to be high and can get in onto crosses, because we’re a team that gets to the end line between our wingers and our fullbacks.”

Food for thought. Anyways, let’s get to some links…

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— First off, anyone remember this Shalrie Joseph incident a couple years ago?

— Some young Sounders were out in the community recently, though the caption appears to have some of them identified incorrectly. Here’s some video from Q13 FOX.

— There’s been a Preston Burpo sighting with D.C. United. Here are some updates from a couple other former Sounders goalkeepers, Bryan Meredith and Andrew Weber.

— Match fixing has become a big story, and here are some interesting reads from ESPN.com, SI.com and Grantland (not to mention this Outside the Lines video).

— Around the league, Portland forward Bright Dike had his ACL torn on a collision Tuesday with Seattle goalkeeper Josh Ford, midfielder Jamie Smith has re-signed with Colorado, and Landon Donovan is expected back with the Galaxy in the next couple months.

— Also, here’s the sad tale of injury-plagued Charles Renken. And Chivas USA’s coach has an interesting take on injuries.

— You might not be surprised where the USA-Mexico game is rumored to be held. The Columbus Crew president had admitted they’re working on it.

— On the women’s side, the USWNT will play its first game under new coach Tom Sermanni versus Scotland today, though Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe won’t be available.

— Reign FC has signed defender Elli Reed, who has played for the Boston Breakers, German club FCR 2001 Duisburg, and the U.S. under-23 national team. Here’s a good roundup of other NWSL news.

— Here’s a fundraising effort for theCup.us (the home of U.S. Open Cup coverage).

— Do EPL coaches have a fashion issue?

— Nigeria is in the African Cup of Nations final and the game won’t be on Nigerian television?

— Lastly, some pretty impressive juggling skills from Vancouver Whitecaps co-owner Steve Nash

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Ufghsa6I2E4%3Frel%3D0

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