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June 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Euro 2012 final set (Friday links)

As expected, once I resigned to picking favorites in the Euro 2012 semifinals, one — and very nearly both — lost.

The upset came Thursday, when favored Germany lost to Italy, 2-1, on a breakout two-goal performance by Mario Balotelli. The Azzurri will face Spain, who just sneaked past Portugal through penalty kicks, in Sunday’s 11:45 a.m. final in Kiev.

I’ll have a prediction up later, which means it’s easy money if you bet on the other team.

Until then, here are some links:

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— First off, from this training report it looks like Jeff Parke is over the dizziness that forced him out of action Sunday and has traveled to New England for Saturday’s game against the Revolution.

— Here’s a look at the Sounders’ and Timbers’ tifo history.

— Outgoing activity continues with this week’s opening of the transfer window. The latest cuts have come from Vancouver (which also traded disgruntled forward Long Tan to D.C. United), Colorado, Toronto and Real Salt Lake.

— One potential incoming target is Italian defender Alessandro Nesta (to Toronto). Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf is another weighing options, which includes the Galaxy, but even though he’s been training with the L.A. team, coach Bruce Arena doesn’t think that move is very likely.

— Staying with the Galaxy, midfielder David Beckham wasn’t named to Great Britain’s Olympic team, which has to be a bummer for him.

— Elsewhere in MLS, D.C. United will be retaining the services of now former designated player Branko Boskovic, Thierry Henry is sticking up for his maligned Red Bulls teammate, New York apparently has a deadline on its Luke Rodgers situation, and Philadelphia Raymon Gaddis is the latest to face retroactive punishment from the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

— On the U.S. national scene, here are stories on Stuart Holden and Maurice Edu.

Here’s a preview of a big weekend for the Sounders Women. And Fernando Monge of the Sounders FC U-23s was named to the PDL Team of the Week.

— Lastly, Patrick Ianni ran away with MLS Goal of the Week voting for his tremendous side-volley against Kansas City last week. It’s worth another look…

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