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October 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

All on the line for the USMNT (Tuesday links)

us logo small.jpgHere it is. The final day in the semifinal round of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying.

Surprisingly enough, the U.S. national team needs a result today in a 3:30 p.m. match against Guatemala to advance into the final round of qualifying. A win or tie would put coach Jurgen Klinsmann‘s side through. A loss could be enough, but only depending on the Jamaica-Antigua & Barbuda match. Group standings here.

We’ll see how much Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson features in the contest before hoping on a plane to Seattle (courtesy of Real Salt Lake, of course).

Here is some preview information on today’s game from ESPN.com, SI.com, MLSsoccer.com, ProSoccerTalk and The Sporting News.

Also, Mario Martinez and Honduras need a win at home tonight against Canada to qualify for the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. You can track all the qualifiers worldwide at FIFA.com.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Regarding the upcoming RSL game, coach Jason Kreis was on with MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio yesterday and it also sounds like midfielder Ned Grabavoy could be back from a quad injury.

— Lots of links from around the league, starting with the latest punishment from the MLS Disciplinary Committee, local product George John doing some Gangnam Style dancing, and a chat with MLS executive Nelson Rodriguez.

— Also, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson talked some numbers regarding expansion fees and more, and here’s a report on the amount of money MLS has invested in getting support for another team in New York.

— Up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps are in the final push to earn a playoff spot and one writer thinks unheralded midfielder Gershon Koffie has been the team MVP. Attendance, though, has been a bit disappointing.

— Elsewhere, here’s a good feature on Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi, who has been a USMNT regular.

— SI’s Grant Wahl took a look at BeIN Sport USA, the channel that has been the source of a lot of frustration recently regarding the availability of USMNT road games.

— Did you see the UW men’s soccer team has jumped into the Soccer America Top 25 at No. 17?

— Lastly, on the local scene, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mercer Island boys soccer coach Steve Newman. He was someone who I had worked often with during my years of prep coverage before moving to the Sounders beat.

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