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August 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Travel day (Thursday links)

The Sounders are off to Toronto today for Saturday’s road game at BMO Field.

I’m not expecting much, if any, news during the travel day, even if it’s the final day before the close of the transfer window. Speaking of Toronto, the club up there is looking to Seattle as a model for success when it comes to gameday experience and the like.

Here are some other links:

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— The U.S. Open Cup final has been set, as Real Salt Lake will host D.C. United on Oct. 1. RSL beat Portland, 2-1, at home and D.C. beat Chicago, 2-0, on the road to set up a league power vs. bottom feeder matchup. According to The Washington Post, U.S. Soccer might be looking to set up a live stream since no one gets GolTV really.

— In your Clint Dempsey links, the website takes a look at how Seattle’s production might change (for you fantasy players) and here’s a report saying the USMNT captain was also offered to the New York Red Bulls. Up in Vancouver, Jay DeMerit has said the addition has made Seattle probably the best team in the league on paper. Tim Howard weighed in on the signing again. ESPN is the latest to weigh in on the league and transparency.

Interesting interview here with GM Adrian Hanauer, and here’s a transcript of some of the highlights.

Obafemi Martins was interviewed recently by FIFA.com, and he’s also a leading candidate for MLS Goal of the Week.

— Speaking of FIFA, did you see the U.S. has passed Mexico and is up to 19? In other federation news, Alejandro Bedoya is off to play in France.

— In some news around the league, Houston, New York and reportedly New England have made moves. The Revolution look set to bring in Charlie Davies, remember him? Also, Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin wrote on the economics of being a player on the lower end of compensation.

Kasey Keller will be a contributor to a new soccer show on ESPN.

— Portland Thorns FC star Alex Morgan had to leave Wednesday’s game with an injury. No update has been provided at the time of this post on the extent of the damage.

— Lastly, Avery Miller, a Selah native and a goalkeeper for Washington Crossfire, was invited in by U.S. Soccer for a national combine.

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