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TNT begins countdown to MLS First Kick

You might want to rush out and by a copy of The News Tribune today ... six or seven really. We're starting what will be a series of stories counting down to the Sounders' kickoff of the MLS season Thursday night.

Today's paper has my overview on Seattle's graduation from USL to MLS. We also have a quick-read team-by-team overview of the MLS season to come, along with the Sounders' schedule -- all packaged together on one page that you might want to keep and consult all season long.

On Monday, Dave Boling will offer an excellent profile on coach Sigi Schmid.

On Tuesday, we'll take a look at the Sounders No. 1 keeper, No. 2 keeper and goalkeeper coach -- who all have South Sound connections.

On Wednesday, John McGrath will take a look at the area's soccer history.

And on Thursday -- game day, at last -- we'll take a player-by-player look at this Sounders team and their chances at being the first MLS expansion team in more than a decade to make the playoffs.