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June 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Dutch not out yet, just barely (Thursday links)

holland.jpgNo team in Euro 2012 has been eliminated yet, but the disappointing Dutch, my predicted champions, are closest to it. The Netherlands lost, 2-1, to Germany behind two Mario Gomez goals to fall to 0-2 in Group B; Holland needs everything to go its way in the final round to advance.

Elsewhere, Portugal got a late winner in a 3-2 thriller from substitute Silvestre Varela after blowing a two-goal lead to Nicklas Bendtner and Denmark. Both teams are on three points in the group and behind the Germans, who are off to a perfect start.

The fun continues Thursday with Group C matches between Italy (0-0-1) and Croatia (1-0), and Spain (0-0-1) and Ireland (0-1).

Let’s get to some links:

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— Big news from MLS was Philadelphia’s firing of head coach and executive vice president Peter Nowak. Assistant coach Jack Hackworth will take over as interim coach and the league will make an announcement soon regarding Nowak’s replacement as coach of the MLS All-Star Team. Nowak had a 21-30-24 record. Hackworth’s first game is at home against D.C. United on Saturday.

— Also, San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch is the latest to face retroactive discipline from the league. Apparently he got too aggressive with a ball boy and will be suspended a game and fined. Soccer By Ives has more details.

— Here are some links regarding the Sounders’ weekend opponent: Montreal. Grass has been installed at the newly renovated Saputo Stadium, which will be unveiled Saturday, and the Impact players like it. Also, defender Tyson Wahl, who played in Seattle from 2009-11, offered a little scouting report on his former team and forward Bernardo Corradi is sticking around through the end of the season.

— The Sounders Women’s duo of Alex Morgan and Stephanie Cox made the W-League Team of the Week. Here’s a story on one of the team’s unheralded players, Mount Si product Nikki Stanton.

— Here’s some broadcast information on U.S. women’s national team games against Sweden (Saturday) and Japan (Monday). Universal Sports Network will have exclusive coverage but there will also be free live streaming at UniversalSports.com.

SoundersU23.com has a story on talented defender DeAndre Yedlin, a local product who plays collegiately at Akron. Another homegrown product, goalkeeper Paul Christensen, is traveling with the U.S. U-17 men’s national team for a tournament in Costa Rica.

— Here’s the most recent Arlo White podcast on KJR-AM radio and the latest from Nos Audietis.

— In some other links, here’s a story on the return of soccer to Kezar Stadium, ESPN was left out in the race for EPL broadcasting rights, Andriy Shevchenko is indeed interested in MLS, and former Red Bulls forward Luke Rodgers is still trying to get back into the country.

— Lastly, former NASL Sounder Harry Redknapp out at Tottenham? Crazy.

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