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December 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

A little showboatting and then a long list of links

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I’ve been gathering a bunch of links I’ve wanted to share and this seems like a perfectly slow afternoon to do it. First I wanted to bring back an old favorite for some, Soccer AM’s “Showboat” feature from Saturday.

And if you’re a fan of entertaining video, be sure to check out the double embarrassment that this linesman suffered a while back.

First off, the notes involving your Sounders FC:

— Here’s an interesting look at some of the team’s offseason moves. Here are some updates on Taylor Graham working in the community, Zach Scott going back home to Hawaii and the team’s impact across the Puget Sound. An old friend checks in with the training facility in Arizona, which will host some preseason work. Here’s a story suggesting ex-Sounder Tyrone Marshall could be interested in coaching down the road. Electron Boy is now the subject of his own comic book. Dates for the first preliminary-round game in the CONCACAF Champions League have been set, July 26-28. Lastly, one MLS personality thinks league openers at Qwest Field are feeling a bit like tradition (e.g. Thanksgiving NFL games in Dallas, Detroit).

Major League Soccer news

— I know you guys like keeping up with Portland, so here’s an update on Timbers’ season-ticket sales (they hope to get over 10,000) and the story on acquiring goalkeeper Troy Perkins from D.C. United.

— L.A. Galaxy star Landon Donovan will not be going out on loan this winter, so you can expect to see him in Seattle March 15 for the home opener. David Beckham is in the same boat. Ronaldinho will not be with them apparently. Edson Buddle‘s status is apparently up in the air a bit, with interest from Birmingham City, Stoke City, Everton and others.

— D.C. United made a couple moves, first signing emerging star Andy Najar to a new deal and then adding Pat Onstad to the coaching staff upon his recent retirement.

— The league celebrated its 17th birthday last week and is also reportedly trying to negotiate a new TV deal with the FOX Soccer Channel.

— Your MLS MVP David Ferreira has signed a new deal with FC Dallas.

— Lastly some potpourri, Houston signed a Texas native recently released from a team in the Norwegian league. The Dynamo are also rumored to be interested in Honduran striker David Suazo. Speaking of rumors, what’s this about Nicolas Anelka and MLS? Also, Philadelphia recently signed a homegrown player.

Catching up with the USMNT and NCAA

Here’s a breakdown of the 24 call-ups for the U.S. men’s national team January camp. Kelyn Rowe, formerly of Federal Way High School, made the U-20 camp roster.

— The aforementioned Donovan and Abby Wambach were named U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year. Speaking of USMNT nationals, forward Charlie Davies is now back from injury and getting back in the mix for playing time.

— On the college front, here’s a article on Akron coach Caleb Porter, who recently signed a lengthy contract extension. Also, look no further for an exhaustive list on players available in the upcoming SuperDraft.

International bits

— Sounds like Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez is on his way out, despite recently winning the Club World Cup. Ex-AC Milan coach Leonardo is expected to be the replacement.

— Here’s a great read on Giuseppe Rossi, the talented forward who could’ve played for the U.S., but opted for Italy.

— Looking at the $65 billion gamble that is Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup — the story that never dies, it seems.

— Lastly, ex-Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley is trying to find his way overseas and ex-Sounder Freddie Ljungberg might be interested in playing again for the Swedish national team.

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