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January 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

U.S. men host Venezuela at 6 p.m. and some other links

us logo small.jpgA couple Sounders might see some international action tonight at the U.S. men’s national team hosts Venezuela in a 6 p.m. friendly in Glendale, Ariz.

The game is only available on ESPN3.com and Galavision, so plan accordingly.

Seattle defender Jeff Parke is seeking his first cap on the heels of his first call-up earlier this month. Midfielder Brad Evans has four caps and will be the hometown guy tonight as a Phoenix native.

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was asked today if he’s watching.

“Yes. I do have Galavision,” he said. “I was trying to figure out when it’d be on, so I talked to (USMNT assistant coach) Andy Herzog today and said, ‘Send me a text and let me know what channel it’s on. I haven’t been able to find it.’ So I found out Galavision, 6 o’ clock.”

So did he get any tips to any Sounders involvement?

“No, not at this stage,” Schmid said. “He wouldn’t give me the lineup. He was being very secretive. But he did say to say hello to (fellow Austrian Michael Gspurning).”

GM Adrian Hanauer also talked about having a couple representatives on the national stage tonight: “I’m excited for them. I hope they get a chance to get some minutes. They’ve both earned it. They’ve worked their tails off and are very high-quality players and we’re excited that (coach Jurgen Klinsmann) called them in, and hopefully they represent the rave green well in these two friendlies.”

The USMNT next travels to Panama for a game Wednesday.

Think either of the Sounders will get some action?

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— In other U.S. Soccer news, the women thrashed the Domincan Republic 14-0 in Olympic qualifying. Is that scoreline fair or foul? Also, here’s a profile on USWNT forward Alex Morgan, who has a local connection, and some Best of 2011 awards.

— For hardcore fans, here’s an hour-long interview with Jurgen Klinsmann at the NSCAA convention earlier this month.

— Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl has a very interesting read on U.S. nationals playing in Mexico.

— Here are a couple stories I wrote from the first day of preseason. The main story is on how the Sounders will replace the presence and leadership of Kasey Keller and the sidebar is an update on Steve Zakuani‘s recovery.

— Sounders FC’s own Sigi Schmid was one of the experts interviewed in this ESPN piece that ponders how American soccer can be improved.

— Former Sounder Pete Vagenas is apparently set to join Chivas USA.

— Beer at the FIFA World Cup? Apparently it’s a must.

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