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Links: Harvard, Pumas-Timbers, Stars, Beckham

I'm about to leave for today's Sounders practice. Meanwhile, a few links to a few to a few soccer items of local interest.

First, here's my story from from today's paper on Sounders' draft pick Michael Fucito, who started working with the team Monday after graduating from Havard on Thursday.

In one quote that didn't make the paper, I asked him what it was like juggling a Harvard work load along with D-I soccer duties:

"It was a pain," he said. "But it was worth it. I went to Harvard just because it's Harvard. You can't really turn that down. Hopefully I'll see the benefits of that in a couple of years. It was doable. It was an adjustment. They were very strict academically there and they don't give athletes any extra benefits or leniency. So you have to work hard, but if you do your work it's doable you get through it. ... I felt it was the best of both worlds because they were competitive on a Division I level and then it's the best school in the country. When I was going to college I had no idea that the MLS was going to be a possibility."

Meanwhile, an interesting game could be on tap tonight in Bremerton, where the Portland Timbers of the USL-DI will meet the Kitsap Pumas of the USL-PDL in the opening round of the U.S. Open Cup. The winner will advance to the Open Cup second round, where they will play for the right to meet Sounders FC in the third round. Here's the bracket.

In MLS all-star voting, 10 Sounders continue to rank among the MLS First XI. Which makes you wonder what Nate Jaqua has done to annoy Seattle voters.

New England's Taylor Twellman was selected MLS player of the week after his two-goal performance in the Revs' 4-0 rout of New York.

Finally, MLS has announced that David Beckham's 2009 debut with the LA Galaxy on July 16 at New York will be televised by FSC.

I'll be back this afternoon with whatever Sounders news come out of practice.