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March 22, 2012 at 6:27 AM

All about the Women (Thursday links)

sounders women.jpgThe Sounders Women made another move Wednesday in the signing of Mexican national-team player Veronica Perez for the 2012 season. The forward/midfielder is another University of Washington product to sign with Seattle’s W-League team.

Other Huskies include goalkeeper Hope Solo, and midfielders Kate Deines and Lindsay Elston.

Also on Wednesday, Solo and forwards Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux were called in by the U.S. women’s national team for the Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup in Japan. The U.S. will place the hosts on April 1 and Brazil on April 3.

Lastly, here’s an author with local connections that tries to understand what’s going on with women’s professional soccer.

Now for some links:

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— Local fan Brian Gordon of Issaquah got to play some soccer with some Sounders on Tuesday as the first winner of Washington’s Lottery’s Man of the Match promotion. Weather conditions pushed the event indoors, but they got to kick the ball around with Roger Levesque, David Estrada and Michael Gspurning at Starfire after the team’s practice. Here are some more details on the promotion.

— Sounders FC’s Marc Burch will be signing autographs at Union Bank’s Lakemont branch opening in Bellevue on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burch is scheduled for a pro shop appearance at CenturyLink Field on April 3. Midfielder Christian Sivebaek will be there Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

— Seattle forward Babayele Sodade gave this video interview with Canada’s Olympic qualifying team. Here’s an update from the U.S. team.

— Spain’s Valencia will play friendlies this year against the Portland Timbers (Mar 23) and Houston Dynamo (May 31).

— Others things Dynamo: the legal matters took another turn after that February incident and here is Sounders FC broadcaster Ross Fletcher‘s scouting report.

— Around the league, Columbus signed a trialist defender, Toronto belatedly signed a 2011 draft pick, ESPN.com looks at the comeback of San Jose’s Ike Opara, forward Conor Casey trained for the first time for Colorado after the Achilles injury suffered last year in Seattle, Chivas USA Juan Pablo Angel still has symptoms from the head injury and the issues seem to be resolved in Philadelphia between Peter Nowak and Danny Califf.

— The second broadcast on the NBC Sports Network fared much better than Week 1, when it comes to ratings.

— Crazy that Fabrice Muamba‘s doctor said the player’s heart stopped beating for 78 minutes over the weekend. He got a surprise visit from another ex-Gunner, Thierry Henry, at the hospital.

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