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Good morning one and all. The week has been a relatively slow one for MLS. The Sounders are still in preseason training and are in the process of making tough roster decisions.

Sounders FC Keeping the Core Together: This week Sigi Schmid indicated that about 15 players have locked down a roster spot. The F.O. and Osvaldo Alonso have agreed to a contract extension through 2014 making the young defensive midfielder a key part of that future core for the Sounders. Mike Fucito is motivated to become a key part of the Sounders this season while David Estrada is going back to basics. Seattle Sounders invitee Seedy Bah was released from camp and new signing O'Brian White has made WVHooligan's list of 5 breakout players to watch.

Sounders Defend US Open Cup on June 28th: The schedule for the 2011 US Open Cup is out and the Sounders will start their Cup defense on June 28th. The Sounders will the first team since 1984 with a chance of winning three consecutive Open Cup titles. The prestigious tournament has been played consecutively for 97 years and only the New York Greek-Americans (1967-69) have three-peated. Unfortunately, the tournament will mean slightly less this year, as the five US based NASL teams won't participate.    

No Lottery Love for Seattle: Despite good odds the Seattle Sounders have missed out on all new player lotteries so far this season. Probably the interesting for the Sounders concluded this week when the Columbus Crew won the lottery for right back Korey Veeder. The young right back will join all four rookies drafted by the Crew in the SupperDraft.  The Union won the other lottery this week for former U-18 striker Chris Agorsor. Agorsor was already in the Union training camp and participated in preseason games with the squad.

Timbers Add More Young Talent: The Portland Timbers plans to acquire an international midfielder have apparently fallen through. Too fill that attacking midfield position the Timbers have sent allocation money to Chivas USA to acquire young American midfielder Sal Zizzo. The Timbers have also signed goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and midfielder Freddie Braun from their U-23 team PDL team.  

Chivas USA Get Heath: Chivas USA took the money gained via the trade with Portland and used some of it to shore up the hole at left-back left by the departure of Jonathan Bornstein. They've acquired Health Pearce from Dallas FC for allocation money. The young left-back's time at the club was limited due to a falling out with coach Schellas Hyndman. Pearce's move is just one of many discussed by Steve Davis at Daily Soccer Fix.

Onstad Suits Up Again: Pat Onstad has decided to come out of retirement to aid DC United during the start of the season. Bill Hamid is recovering from shoulder surgery and Steve Cronin will be out for the foreseeable future due to a broken wrist. DC also finalized contract details with striker Charlie Davies and waived young center-back Julius James. Waiving Julius James freed up a roster slot for the team which was later traded to the Galaxy for allocation money.

Teal Bunbury Dislocates Elbow: Preseason injuries continue to bedevil MLS sides. Sporting KC striker Teal Bunbury dislocated his elbow in a training game against the Houston Dynamo. Bunbury should be out for 2-4 weeks and will probably be ready for the home opener.

National Soccer Hall of Fame: Ballots have been announced for the 2011National Soccer Hall of Fame. Some of the new names on the list include Cobi Jones, Jason Kreis and Eddie Pope. Election results will be announced in early Spring.