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July 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Spain 2008-12: The best ever? (Monday links)

spain euro 2012.jpgPhoto credit: Gregorio Borgia, AP

What a performance from Spain in the Euro 2012 final Sunday.

Even if a 4-0 score against Italy was a little inflated due to a couple late goals, Vicente del Bosque‘s side was a clear and deserving winner. Somehow Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot, and what’s more amazing is Spain hasn’t allowed a goal in knockout rounds in its last three major tournaments: Euro 2012, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2008.

With those three prizes, many have wondered if this cemented Spain’s claim as the best national team ever for its 2008-12 run. ESPN.com, SI.com and Yahoo! all addressed the issue.

What do you think? Is Spain the best ever?

Let’s get to some links:

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— The Sounders FC U-23s had a good weekend with a pair of wins: 5-0 against North Sound SeaWolves FC on Friday and 1-0 against Washington Crossfire on Sunday.

— The Sounders Women split their games in Colorado. Veronica Perez had a hat trick in Sunday’s 4-1 win against the Rush after Seattle lost its first second W-League game of the season to the Rapids Women by a 1-0 score. Keelin Winters has left the team to play professionally in Germany.

Here’s an update on talks to bring back professional women’s soccer in 2013.

— The Atlanta Silverbacks have fired their coach and hired Eric Wynalda on an interim basis. Might this affect on-loan defender Andrew Duran, who has played the last two NASL games?

— Around MLS, more changes are under way in Philadelphia. Attempts to land Clarence Seedorf apparently didn’t work as he’s off to Brazil but Italian defender Alessandro Nesta could be en route to Montreal. Also, MLS All-Star fan voting ends at 2 p.m.

— Is USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley set to sign with Roma? Sounds like his dad, Bob Bradley, will keep his job with Egypt.

— On the world scene, UEFA president Michel Platini says Euro 2020 could be held in 12 or 13 cities across Europe and Didier Deschamps in the favorite to take over the vacant France managerial job. Also, did you hear the tournament was allegedly misrepresenting certain clips as live when they were actually prerecorded?

— That’s an interesting jersey sponsor.

— Lastly, the U.S. women’s national team beat Canada, 2-1, on Saturday in its final tuneup before the Olympics in London. Here are the highlights and you absolutely have to watch the Hope Solo save at the the 2:03 mark:

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