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South Africa bound Eredivisie Champion Blaise Nkufo wasted little time, barely a week after hauling in his former club's first ever title. He stopped by for just a couple days to meet the team, staff, and smell that fresh Northwest air, before flying off back to Switzerland for camp.

Check out what he had to say on the Sounders official website. Even better, check out this footage of Blaise getting the first walk around Starfire and meeting the team.

Around 1:50 in that video, you can see Freddie getting his hello in. Aww, cute.

You can tell everyone in the squad is excited. He wasn't even suited up, but you could tell the veteran was motivating the players in the brief huddle.

Blaise will be setting Soccer City ablaze err, lighting South Africa on fire, playing this summer as the most capped player of the Swiss team. He'll return for first team duty after the World Cup. I'll get back very shortly with some actual thoughts on what he brings to the club and what it means to you and me.

For now, our very first collection of awesome Blaise quotes, over at Seattle Times blog.

On a very bright note, Nate Jaqua joined the team in full training. According to Sigi, there's a possibility of him being back in time for our next home game against San Jose. Woo!

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