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Sounders have company on bye weekend

The Sounders are continuing through their five-day break in training and their 10-day break between games.

(And at least some are enjoying it, judging from this tweet from Fredy Montero : "Enjoying Disneyland! One of my dreams have come true, I thank god! Disfrutando Disneyland ! Uno de mis suenos Es Realidad, gracias a DIOS )

However, the Sounders are only part of a majority of MLS clubs enjoying a break around this coming Labor Day weekend.

Here's a Chicago Tribune look at how coming U.S. Open Cup finals opponent Chicago is spending its time off.


With a 10-day break before resuming Major League Soccer play, most Fire players will have a few days off. Marco Pappa and Orr Baruch, however, will be busy with international team duties for Guatemala and Israel, respectively.

And here's an Oregonian look at the Timbers.


Coming off two consecutive wins that catapulted them back into the playoff race, the Portland Timbers begin a two-week break that prompts various opinions about the timing of the hiatus.

The Timbers will use the time off to give players with nagging injuries a chance to heal and other players will get a needed mental rest. However, what momentum the team possessed after the wins comes to an abrupt halt.

"I think a lot of guys would rather have the time off. We were fighting fatigue and little injuries here and there," defender David Horst said. "It's always good to keep a run going, but we needed this break to get healthy again."