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Sounders stroll downtown Columbus

That's a tradition for the Sounders on the road, something I never quite got around to mentioning on the travel story I wrote last week.

Here's Grant Clark explaining:

"I think the funny thing is we go for a team walk the morning of the game at 11 a.m. And no matter where we are, Brian Schmetzer is responsible for planning the route, and then we do the stretching. It will be funny. For example in D.C., we left the hotel and Brian took us to a little park and there was a pick-up game going on. The team all has the Sounders gear on. And you could see the guys kind of stop in the middle of their game and look over and go, ‘Is that the Seattle Sounders?’ It’s kind of funny. You get sideways looks every once in a while, people scratching their heads. If you see us walking around in a park on game day around 11, it could be us."

On this trip, the team is staying in downtown Columbus, about four miles from Crew Stadium, but just about a block from Nationwide Arena, where the NHL Blue Jackets play.

Speaking of the Blue Jackets, they open their season tonight creating quite a busy sports calendar here: Sigi Schmid's return to Columbus, Ohio State at Indiana, and Blue Jackets' home opener vs. the Minnesota Wild.

And of course the other scheduling oddity for this weekend is the cluster of Seattle teams in the Midwest: Sounders at Columbus, Huskies at Notre Dame, and Seahawks at Indianapolis tomorrow.