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Barca considers what it can do for an encore

FC Barcelona is coming off an unprecidented treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League -- and all three massive pieces of hardware were on display today as Barca held a press conference in downtown Seattle.

With Barcelona about to play a Wednesday friendly against the Sounders as part of their preparation for a new season, former Sounders and Tacoma Stars coach Alan Hinton asked FCB manager Pep Guardiola what he can do for an encore.

"I don't know," Guardiola said. "We're gooing to try day by day, game by game. Try to not forget last season but remember the reason why (we did so well)."

Also during the press conference, Barca star Thierry Henry was asked about the rumors that he had been contacted last year by the Sounders about coming to MLS as their designated player. Henry responded with what was apparently a joke that, yes, the rumors must have been true because here he was in Seattle.

In a follow up question, Henry did not close to door to ever joining MLS, but he said his current attentions are with his current team.

And finally, Tacoma glass artist Dale Chihuly -- unfailing referred to in news releases as Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly -- unveiled a commemorative piece of art in celebration of Barcelona's visit. The glass work, which features the Barcelona crest, will be auctioned online at www.MLSnet.com through Aug. 31. Proceeds will be split evenly between UNICEF and the FC Barcelona Foundation.

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