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January 23, 2011 at 11:02 PM

The rumor that won’t go away (Diego Forlan) and other links

forlan.jpgPhoto credit: Laurence Griffiths, Getty Images Europe

UPDATE: I heard from the Sounders FC that the link to Forlan is “flattering but just talk”.

Last week, in a story about Diego Forlan‘s future, there was a passing mention of Sounders FC in the second-to-last sentence. I figured that would be the end of it. The Atletico Madrid star was arguably the best player at the 2010 World Cup, so why would he be interested in MLS, right?

Well on Sunday a tweet popped up, passing along a report on Spanish radio that Forlan received a contract offer from the Seattle club. Here’s another link with the same news (if the online translation is anywhere close).

Safe to say it has caught people’s interest.

Could this be posturing by Forlan or his agent to try to get more money elsewhere, perhaps Juventus? It’s possible. Is getting the Sounders FC name linked with international stars a success in itself? It’s arguable. If a move ever happens, would it likely be at least two or three years away? I would think so.

That doesn’t make it any less fun to speculate. Sure the Sounders already have three DPs and are cap constrained, but I don’t think logistics become a concern until there’s real interest from both sides and a move is imminent.

So what do you think? Is this even possible? Other links after the jump:

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— Sounders FC academy teams were in action Sunday and Sounder at Heart shared some thoughts on the U-18 match. Also check out some pictures here, which includes a little scuffle.

— The U.S. men’s national team and Chile played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at the Home Depot Center. I wasn’t able to watch the game due to other obligations, but here’s the team report. The top highlight appears to be this Telefutura call of Teal Bunbury‘s goal. There’s even a techno remix of the “Boon-boo-ree” out there.

— I posted the video of Clint Dempsey‘s goals from the weekend the other day, but fellow American national Jonathan Spector also tallied in Premiership action.

Here’s a look at the recent fortunes of Americans playing abroad.

— Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has turned down an offer from the Vancouver Whitecaps.

— Lastly, some Showboat action to close it out…

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