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April 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Why not Seattle? (Saturday links)

us logo small.jpgSteven Goff of The Washington Post ran an informative story last night, pondering why the U.S. men’s national team doesn’t come to Seattle more often.

The USMNT hasn’t come to Seattle since I’ve been on the beat, but were here for a couple 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup games. A national-team game scheduled by U.S. Soccer — a World Cup qualifier or friendly — hasn’t been here since 2003.

According to Goff, that’s an 0-for-64 streak that doesn’t look like it’ll end any time soon.

Curious, it seems, that the sold-out crowds and rabid MLS support haven’t resulted in more. Goff lists location and artificial turf as major issues. In the past, I’ve heard economics (e.g. splitting the gate) have been a significant matter, as well.

What do you think? Here are some links:

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— Very sad news from Italy this morning, as Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died after suffering a heart attack on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara. He was 25.

— According to this story, Real Madrid legend and former Spanish international Raul had an offer from the Sounders at one point (sounds like that might’ve been several months ago, at least). He’s off to play in Qatar.

— Midfielder Brad Evans was on 950 KJR-AM yesterday, you can check that out here. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was involved in this story that looks at the Cuban response in MLS to Ozzie Guillen‘s controversial comments about Fidel Castro.

— The UW men’s soccer team played to a scoreless tie with Vancouver in a reserve game Friday. Former Husky and local product Taylor Mueller made his professional debut with Charleston the other day (I believe he was a Portland draft pick).

— The Sporting News takes a look at the league’s stand against diving and embellishment. Elsewhere, Houston signed Mexican defender Oscar Recio on loan from Monterrey and FC Dallas recalled Jackson from Brazil.

— The U.S. born Guiseppe Rossi, an Italian international, will miss Euro ’12 after tearing his ACL. In an unrelated story, SI’s Grant Wahl looks at the best seasons by Americans abroad.

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