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No PreGame Fun-N-Games for Freddie, and Other Rave Green Links

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A few items from the Sounders-related news-o-sphere and blogosphere.

  • The best quote from this article is an oldie but a goodie, and Freddie says it's still true. From Mr. Ljungberg:

    "I feel like girls are going to make me lose my concentration before a game. I want to keep the feeling in my feet. It sort of disappears if you have sex before a match. I've tried it and my feet feel like concrete when I was supposed to kick the ball. After the game though, well, that's different."

    He also says he'd be willing to settle down with the right woman. Just fyi, ladies. (But remember: Work out the meeting for after the game. Because timing is everything.)

    Oh, and Freddie? If it makes your feet go numb, I think you may be doing it wrong.

  • ProstAmerika brings us their ever-entertaining (provided you're a stats nerd like I am) Mindless Statistical Match Preview.

    Most disturbing stat for me? "Sigi Schmid has only won one game out of six against Chivas, drawing two and losing three, with an average of 0.83 points a game."

    Most positive? "Kasey Keller’s individual shutout streak of 299 minutes will remain intact should he start the next game that he’s available."

    Most entertaining? "The official statistics say that Ben Dragavon has played 59 minutes and Kasey Keller 259, meaning that technically Seattle played two minutes without a goalkeeper."

  • Stumbled on this kind of cool Osvaldo Alonso story from 2008 in Charleston, where he talks about his defection from Cuba and his life afterwards. Sweetest part? He really misses his mom.
  • MLSnet has a good article on never-say-die player Zach Scott, who makes up in tenacity what he may lack in razzle-dazzle.
  • And to help you prepare for the game, GoSounders has your Stadium Tour of LA's Home Depot Center. (This preview will come in handy, given that the HDC is the home for two teams and three 2009 Sounders games. Reduce, reuse, recycle!)
  • Best Sigi quote of the week is this gem from over at the Seattle Times: (On playing on grass as opposed to Field Turf) "It's got dirt underneath it instead of rubber pellets. It'll be good."
  • And last but not least, remember our young friend Mandy? Who will now be legal in less than six months? And who wrote a song for our Evan Brown? Sounders defender Taylor Graham has taken up the cause. He wants to get Mandy's song up to 20,000 views by June 1 to promote her singing and songwriting talent. And you can help him do it. Go watch the video, and then send the link to all of your friends, coworkers, family members and random people you meet on the street. (But if you're going direct to the video? Click on my link. This one. Because A) The Official Sounders FC site always locks up my computer, and B) I'm pretty sure I want the hits more than Taylor does.