The Sounders return to the practice at their home training ground this morning in the final days leading into opening weekend. The team’s fifth season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Montreal at CenturyLink Field.
There will be another events to note this week: Seattle will unveil new uniforms Wednesday night and host fans in a kickoff luncheon on Thursday.
Look for more notes from practice throughout the day on my Twitter account, and then here on the blog this afternoon.
Let’s get to some links:
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— First off, there’s been a change to Sounders FC’s 2013 schedule: Seattle’s Oct. 19 road game at FC Dallas will kick off at noon PT (it had been a 1 p.m. start). Updated schedule here.
— Some folks at MLSsoccer.com picked Eddie Johnson to win the Golden Boot. Agree?
— It looks like more sections of CenturyLink Field have opened up for a March 12 CCL game against Tigres UANL. I’ll try to get a formal ticket update.
— Around the league, Toronto DP Torsten Frings announced his retirement this morning, D.C. United has signed Marcos Sanchez on loan from Panama’s Tauro FC, and here’s a national voice that has a high opinion of the Sounders. Check out this list of top right midfielders in the league to see where Mauro Rosales was ranked by one writer.
— Have you seen Colorado’s new alternate jersey? It’s getting a lot of good reviews.
— Here is another look at the league’s discovery process.
— About 5,000 season-ticket holders for Portland Thorns FC. Not bad.
— Clint Dempsey will be out a couple weeks with a calf strain, meaning he should be OK for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
— Remember that the battle for the Cascadia Cup trademark rights is still ongoing.
— You should check out this piece on Diego Maradona.
— Here’s another report on Javier Saviola appearing set to head back to River Plate, and here’s a note from another writer than Nelson Valdez (another reported target of the Sounders) has signed a new deal with Valencia.
— Lastly, there has been some controversy in the past regarding Obafemi Martins‘ age. Here’s a piece on the subject out of Nigeria involving the forward the Sounders are chasing.