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May 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

CCL draw set for June 5 (Wednesday links)

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Photo credit: CONCACAF.com

Groups for the 2012-12 CONCACAF Champions League will be drawn on June 5, the confederation announced Tuesday. Action will kick off on July 31.

As a reminder, the preliminary round is gone under a revised format and the 24 teams will be drawn into eight groups of three. Twenty-one teams have been settled, including Sounders FC.

The three others will come from the Caribbean Club Champions Cup, which has narrowed to four teams: the Puerto Rico Islanders, Trinidadian teams W Connection and AIA Caledonia, and Antigua Barracuda FC.

Let’s get to some links:

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— As a reminder, the U.S. men’s national team hosts Brazil in a friendly at 5 p.m. tonight. Here’s some preview coverage from ESPN.com, The Sporting News (on Jose Torres), and MLSsoccer.com (on Jozy Altidore). Clint Dempsey is expected to play off the bench.

— Here’s the latest podcast featuring Arlo White with KJR’s Mike Gastineau.

— Other new podcasts: Sounder at Heart’s Nos Audietis and ExtraTime Radio on the league website.

— Lastly, a celebrity nearly got in serious trouble for uncontrolled soccer enthusiasm.

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