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52,000 tickets for Tottenham; maybe open training, too

TottenhamThe Sounders reported today that ticket sales have topped 52,000 for the friendly with EPL club Tottenham Hotspur at 1 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field and on ESPN2.

And while Tottenham's schedule while in town remains tentative, it attpears the drumbeat will begin at midweek with regional charity and publicity events. Then the promotions should gain steam Friday when the English club could hold a free late-afternoon public practice at CenturyLink Field after some mid-afternoon fish throwing at Pike Place Market.

We'll certainly blog and tweet the event schedule as it becomes official.

Meanwhile, the friendly fills a hole in Seattle's MLS play until the Los Angeles Galaxy visits on July 28. Last night we asked coach Sigi Schmid how he plans to use that break in league play.

"We want to stay in rhythm," he said. "We obviously had the World Cup break, and a couple of Open Cup games spliced in there, but certainly we want to stay in rhythm and keep people healthy. We got Dylan Remick back on the field-we hope in the next couple of weeks we have Leo Gonzalez to choose from again and Brad Evans will be back into the field, that Djimi Traore and Remick will be healthy. That will make us stronger for the stretch run."