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Ljungberg, blue kits and other SSFC notes

For those wondering about the condition of Freddie Ljungberg: no news today. A Sounders spokesman said something more might be known perhaps announced when the team returns to training on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, with little other Sounders news coming out today, I thought I'd ask those who care -- and I know many of you do not -- what y'all thought about those blue kits the Sounders wore Saturday.

I thought that as a stand-alone issue, they looked good. Maybe even "better" than the rave greens. However, there are just so many MLS teams wearing blue these days that I like the distinctiveness of the rave greens. That green has become the way I think of the Sounders, the way I instantly recognize them on highlights shows, and I think they should stick with that look as much as possible.


Finally, a few other notes from the Sounders:

Bone Marrow Registry set

On Tuesday afternoon and evening the Sounders FC is hosting a bone marrow drive in honor of Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams' wife, Marcia Williams. Healthy male and female fans ages 18-60, all blood types, all nationalities and all ethnicities are invited to participate. It involves a swab of the inside of the fan's cheek after registering in the database. The registry will be from 4-7 p.m. in the Qwest Field North Plaza. Sounders FC players will be on hand to thank fans for participating.

Marcia Williams has been diagnosed with leukemia and is receiving treatment in Seattle. Currently, 10,000 cancer patients need a bone marrow transplant, but only 3,000 will receive one.

Sounders FC Invites Fans to Bring Needed School Supplies for Local Students

The Sounders FC and the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County will host a school supply drive at the Sounders FC v New England Revolution match Thursday.

"Thousands of the area youth are not able to afford the proper supplies necessary to succeed in school, like backpacks, pencils, crayons and paper," said Boys and Girls Club Communications & Public Relations Director Rachel Doxtater. "We're so grateful to have loyal supporters who care about our Club kids and who step up to help provide these youth with the tools to succeed."

Volunteers will be collecting school supplies and cash donations starting at 5:30 p.m. at the following Qwest Field entrances: north, northwest, northwest VIP, southwest, southwest VIP and entrances into the stadium through the Qwest Field Event Center Garage.

Suggested school supply donations include the following: Backpacks, rulers, pencils, pens and colored pencils, crayons, calculators, binders, folders and notebooks, erasers, scissors, and glue.

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Soccer Beach Blast at Alki on Sunday

The Sounders FC Soccer Beach Blast, presented by Super Supplements, will be held on Alki Beach on Sunday, August 23. Registration is $75 per team. Interested teams can register at Women's teams are still being registered; the men's field is full.

The 32-team, 3-on-3 soccer tournament will be played on sand at Alki Beach. Each team is allowed up to five players and all participants must be 18-years-old. Each team will play a minimum of two matches. Each match will consist of two seven-minute periods with a one-minute halftime break.

Fans can visit a Western Washington Super Supplements location to pick up a coupon good for $15 off their team's registration fee. All registration will occur online at