Three Star Matchday: Some clippings on tonight's Galaxy-Sounders tilt

Stephen Dunn

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man,
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage:
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let it pry through the portage of the head,
Like the brass cannon;
let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide;
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English,
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought,
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument.
Dishonour not your mothers: now attest,
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture: let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit; and upon this charge,
Cry 'God for Harry! England! and Saint George!'

Tickets sales over 43,000 for Sunday's game | Sounders FC Blog | The Seattle Times

Fans offer support at Saturday's practice | Sounders FC Blog | The Seattle Times

LA Galaxy trying to shake off knocks ahead of Seattle second leg - Goal.com

Los Angeles’ late-season run fueled by loss to Sounders | Seattle Sounders | The Bellingham Herald
There has been a lot of talk this week about Aug. 5 – the day Sounders FC beat the Los Angeles Galaxy, 4-0, at CenturyLink Field.

Sounders’ situation dire, not hopeless | Sounders FC / MLS - The News Tribune
As with most emergency situations, the advice is: don’t panic.

Galaxy won't take cautious approach in second leg of Conference final - LA Daily News
How do you blow a 3-0 lead? How do you do it with Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Robbie Keane on your side, not to mention Omar Gonzalez, the MLS Defender of the Year in 2011?

Sounders trying to pull off a predictable shock | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times

Sounders embracing, not ignoring, difficulty of their task | Sounders | The Seattle Times

Galaxy's A.J. DeLaGarza wants one more chance to play this season - latimes.com
After starting 30 of the Galaxy's first 31 games, defender A.J. DeLaGarza has been sidelined seven weeks with a knee injury.

Leading by three, Galaxy will stay aggressive - latimes.com
Team has a comfortable lead over Seattle in West finals, but players say they won't sit on it.

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