The Sounders have a bye this week, but the team will still be training the next several days. Seattle will also host San Jose in an MLS Reserve League game at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Starfire.
Just a heads up, my print coverage will be a bit light coming up as I try to sneak in a little vacation time when I can (more so later in the week). I’ll try to keep a presence going on Twitter and here on the blog, particularly if there’s news.
Let’s get to some links:
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— There was interesting news from MLS over the weekend as season-long loans within the league for players 24 or younger will be allowed for the first time. The deadline is May 6, coinciding with the end of the primary transfer window.
— Did you see Sounders FC license plates might be available soon?
— U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has been voted into FIFA’s executive committee. Elsewhere, ex-CONCACAF bosses Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer have been deemed “fraudulent in their management” according to an investigation. Warner has since resigned.
— Around MLS, the FC Dallas fan who hit Shoreline’s George John with a beer bottle has been banned from the stadium indefinitely, Montreal has added another Italian player (forward Daniele Paponi) on loan, and San Jose fans have been hit with sanctions for unruly behavior.
— It appears Brad Evans‘ beard is indeed gone. I’ll get confirmation at practice.
— Be sure to check out this story on Cuban soccer players in Charleston who have defected, and how they look up to Osvaldo Alonso.
— The Sounders Women have a kickoff social coming up in May.
— In some miscellaneous links, here’s a catchup with USMNT forward Jozy Altidore, here’s a Q&A with NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey, and here’s a good story checking in on possible technological additions to the game.