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February 9, 2012 at 6:18 AM

Aman going back to UW? (Thursday links)

Sounders FC draft pick Abdul Aman has been linked to a number of options after being released from training camp a couple weeks ago.

First, it was thought he might go back to the North Sound SeaWolves FC. Then, we heard he might be exploring options in Europe. Now, through a story on GoHuskies.com, we learn the Seattle native is seeking a sixth year of college eligibility from the NCAA.

“We certainly hope to have him back in a Husky uniform next year as he is an exciting attacking player with the ability to pull off the unexpected and surprise defenses with his mix of speed and tricks,” said Washington men’s soccer coach Jamie Clark to the university’s athletic website. “Time will tell what happens with Abdul, but it speaks to his talent level that the Sounders drafted him.”

Interesting stuff to follow. Here are some other links:

— The Washington Crossfire PDL team has named Adam Rowland as head coach for the 2012 season. Rowland, who takes over for Bernie James, has played for clubs like Blackpool, West Ham, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End.

— Here’s Roger Levesque going 1v1 with SoundersFC.com.

— The Portland Timbers have some new billboards. I’m not sure if any have been put up in Seattle…

— The Houston Dynamo has been in the news for various reasons. First, a couple players were arrested after an incident at a bar. The lawyer of one player hints there were racial undertones behind the altercation. The team also acquired forward Macoumba Kandji from Colorado for a conditional draft pick. And here’s a picture update on the grass installation at Houston’s new stadium.

— Philadelphia signed Colombian forward Lionard Pajoy to help bolster its new-look attack.

— Here are a couple links from The Sporting News. First, a look at lightning rod player-turned-analyst Eric Wynalda and also some thoughts on the 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot.

— Some notes regarding U.S. Soccer: The Soccer Insider has the scoop on a May 30 men’s friendly against Brazil at FedEx Field, the U.S. U-23s will take on Mexico’s U-23s in Dallas on Feb. 29 and the U.S. women’s game against New Zealand on Saturday will be streamed on the federation website.

— The final of the African Cup of Nations has been set: Ivory Coast will be a heavy favorite against Zambia.

— Lastly, here’s some mascot-on-mascot crime and also 45-year-old former goalkeeper Rene Higuita re-enacted his famous scorpion kick-save on Arabic television.

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