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March 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Portland’s Darlington Nagbe drops an eye-catching quote (Friday links)

“Every time we go (to Seattle), our fans are louder than their fans.”

That was a quote from Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe in anticipation of Saturday’s 5 p.m. rivalry game at CenturyLink Field, as seen in this preview video.

Fun stuff.

Here’s some more Rivalry Week banter from Sporting KC (and ProSoccerTalk found some more around the league).

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, the Sounders Women signed four players to get things going for 2013: Lindsay Elston, Erin McNulty, Isabel Farrell, and Megan Kufeld. I’ve seen people say good things about McNulty, a newcomer to the organization.

— The ECS are hosting a block party before Saturday’s game, so be sure to check that out if you’re interested.

— Coach Sigi Schmid was on with KJR-AM yesterday where he expressed hope that the Obafemi Martins signing would be done soon and noted that Brad Evans, who is dealing with a calf strain, is on the preliminary roster for the USMNT for upcoming qualifiers.

Eddie Johnson will be part of the league’s “Don’t Cross the Line” anti-discrimination campaign.

— OregonLive.com was up here earlier this week to get some thoughts from the Sounders on Saturday’s game. In some other Cascadia news, the Timbers had four players called up by national teams (they’ll report after the weekend) and Vancouver signed a new center back in Adam Clement.

Here is some history regarding Sounders FC’s consistently amazing crowds and how they compare to Cosmos’ support back in the day.

— Around the league, big news regarding the Galaxy and its AEG ownership, here’s a story on a trademark battle for the Rocky Mountain Cup, Sporting KC has loaned some players to Orlando City as part of their affiliation, and here’s an update on the case involving ex-FC Dallas president Doug Quinn.

— On the business side, here’s a chat with MLS’s chief marketing officer, and find out where a Sounders owner ranks on this list of soccer billionaires.

— SI’s Grant Wahl has this feature for the magazine on Thierry Henry, and here’s his recent online mailbag.

— Your UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw: Real Madrid-Galatasaray, Bayern Munich-Juventus, Barcelona-PSG, Borussia Dortmund-Malaga.

— Your Europa League quarterfinal draw: Chelsea-Rubin Kazan, Tottenham-FC Basel, Fenerbahce-Lazio, Benfica, Newcastle. You might’ve seen that Levante was knocked out.

Pope Francis is a fan of San Lorenzo, a club team in Argentina (in case you were wondering).

— ESPN.com had a good Q&A recently with Mexican national team coach Jose ManuelChepode la Torre.

— A smarter soccer ball? Time to get rid of the away-goals tiebreaker? Fans digging a tunnel into a stadium?

— Lastly, for some video entertainment, here’s a link to a shocking double miss.

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