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September 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Gameday for the U.S. men’s national team in Jamaica (Friday links)

us logo small.jpgFIFA World Cup qualifying is back and the U.S. men’s national team plays a big one tonight against Jamaica — the first of two games in five days against the Reggae Boyz — on the road at 5 p.m.

The game is being broadcast on BeIN Sport, which is channel 785 on Comcast (it appears to be working, too, as I’m watching it while typing this post).

Here is some preview coverage from SI.com, ESPN.com and The Washington Post.

The U.S. men host Jamaica in another qualifier Tuesday in Columbus. Crew stadium is sold out and Sounders FC broadcaster Kasey Keller will be studio analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the game.

Let’s get to some links:

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— In other news involving American internationals, captain Carlos Bocanegra might have some issues with his transfer to Racing Santander, here’s an update with Timmy Chandler (who hasn’t been involved in the team for a while), and lastly a great feature on Terrence Boyd.

— And involving some Sounders on international duty, Adam Johansson saw a lot of time for Sweden in an exhibition vs. China, and Mario Martinez faces Cuba in a World Cup qualifier with Honduras today at noon.

— Did you see Michael Gspurning was a guest on MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio yesterday?

Here’s more on the Sounders’ reported interest in Honduran defender Wilmer Crisanto.

— Be sure to check out the changes going on at Sounder at Heart.

Here’s an update on homegrown players in the college scene.

— Around the league, here’s the latest MLS column from Grantland, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced plans for a new training center, and the league apparently offered Didier Drogba more than $10 million/year when the star forward was weighing options in the offseason.

— Lastly, a great story on the local scene, where the Kent-Meridian girls soccer team ended a long losing streak Thursday against Kentlake.

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