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Trialist, Le Toux, RSL, Whitecaps stadium ...

Not much news from Sounders training today, other than the identification of trialist Bratislav Ristic, formerly of Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, here's a little reading material from around the league:

Here's a Philadelphia Daily News report on the amazing 4-4 draw between New England and Philadelphia last night.

Key portion:

In the first minute of stoppage time, Le Toux scored by ripping a low shot past the outstretched arms of Revolution goalie Matt Reis, securing a 4-4 final in a gritty rally by the Union at PPL Park. It was Le Toux' second goal of the night after scoring on a penalty kick after being taken down in the 18-yard box by Revs midfielder Pat Phelan. Le Toux is tied with forward Carlos Ruiz - now playing in Mexico - as the team's leading goal scorer this season with six. He leads in the assist category with eight.

Here's a Deseret News look at Saturday opponent Real Salt Lake, climbing back from a little slump through an emphasis on defense.

Key portion:

The recommitment defensively paid off in a big way at Chivas USA two weeks ago as RSL won despite playing down a man for more than an hour. Last week, visiting Philadelphia was never allowed to settle into any type of rhythm because of RSL's constant defensive pressure.

The return of Jamison Olave to the starting lineup no doubt made a difference, but so many other tiny tactical nuances were just as important.

And finally, here's a Vancouver Sun update on the near-finished renovation of BC Place stadium ... which will open at the end of this month, but unfortunately not in time for the Sounders' Sept 24 date against the Whitecaps.

Key portion:

Vancouver Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi, who was part of the tour, said he was delighted with the prospect of his MLS team playing there. Retractable seating will enable soccer fans to get close to the pitch and a curtain — a sort of half roof — will be used to hide the stadium's upper seating in order to produce a more intimate feeling at games. For Lenarduzzi those were the key components to making the stadium soccer friendly, along with the decision to have the field only marked for soccer during games instead of having the lines superimposed over the marks used for the Canadian Football League.
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