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Notes: Tickets, bus rides and soccer balls

It's Saturday, but it's not gameday.

So, a few Sounders notes to pass the time.

Here's my story from today's TNT taking a look at the Sounders as the hottest ticket in U.S. soccer, which has led to their expanded seating configuration starting Sunday at Qwest.

The Sounders popularity also is reflected in a note I received from the Gorilla FC supporters group, reporting that another bus has been added to their trip down to Portland on Wednesday to see the Sounders-Timbers U.S. Open Cup match. Cost for a seat on the bus and a ticket to the match is $42. You can reserve your spot or get more information by e-mailing

Also, for those attending the Rapids-Sounders game, this note from the club:

The Seattle Sounders FC and 770 KTTH invite all fans to participate in a soccer ball drive during the match on Sunday, June 28 at Qwest Field.

Fans are encouraged to donate soccer balls, which will be collected by U.S. soldiers and distributed to the children of Iraq on behalf of the "Kick for Nick Foundation", a non-profit organization named in honor of Private Nicolas Madaras (Ma-DARE-as), whose love for soccer and the children of Iraq lives on through this foundation.

Soccer balls and donations will be accepted at the Qwest Field gates. All donations go directly to purchase soccer balls, pumps, and packaging materials.

Finally, the Sounders have their final pregame training session this morning. So, I should have a few more pregame notes here this afternoon.

Till then...