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Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

January 12, 2011 at 9:28 PM

The Vancouver Whitecaps are on the clock, and other links

ampai.jpgPhoto credit: Courtesy of MLS

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Not much longer now until all the speculation is put to rest and all the mock drafts are put to shame. The hottest night-before rumor is that Vancouver is shopping the No. 1 pick. Of more local interest, several pundits out there think Sounders FC might take Akron midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong with the 11th overall pick — the 5-foot-8 Zip is pictured here with UNC’s 6-foot-4 Stephen McCarthy.

Here are some draft-related links to hold you over until the festivities begin:

— ESPN takes a look at some of the best and worst draft picks of all time. Goal.com also offers its combine review for Tuesday and an updated big board.

— Soccer By Ives caught up with Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid for a pre-draft interview. Here’s a similar clip with Portland coach John Spencer, who all but announced Kenny Cooper will be a Timber. Ives also offered his top performers from the weekend.

— Talk of the draft with surely include Akron coach Caleb Porter, who could see seven Zips taken tomorrow and possibly six in the first round, which would be an MLS record. He did a Q&A here.

More after the jump:

Major League Soccer news

— First, some happenings in New York: SI’s Grant Wahl has a chat with Terry Byrne of the Cosmos, the Red Bulls are waiting to go after a third DP and former defender Mike Petke is joining their front office.

— Did you see the rumor that Robbie Savage, the veteran Welsh hardman, is linked to the Whitecaps?

— Out east, Toronto FC could be working out a short-term loan with Celtic over De-Ro, Reds youngster Nicholas Lindsay will be out for the year, The Washington Post has an update on D.C. United’s stadium situation and the N.E. Revolution signed French back Didier Domi.

— MLS MVP David Ferreira is not happy about not getting a Colombia call up.

— In other transactions, Houston and FC Dallas made homegrown signings. Chicago added a pair and Real Salt Lake re-signed midfielder Will Johnson.

USMNT and other links

Justin Braun and Ugo Ihemelu were each released from the national team camp due to injuries. Defender Oguchi Onyewu is eager for a fresh start at FC Twente.

— Federal Way product Kelyn Rowe is hopeful of a U-20 roster spot. A fellow U-20 has signed with a Norwegian club.

— Lastly, the aforementioned Wahl has a story on Qatar, UEFA president Michel Platini was trying to get leagues to change schedules for the 2022 World Cup and here are the latest FIFA world rankings: the U.S. is tied with France at No. 18.

Before we go…

Let’s hope none of tomorrow’s draftees ever has a moment like this:

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