Truth be told, I had been dog sitting for most of the past week, which made it harder to do my regular links posts in the morning.
So here’s a super big one…
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— Starting off with one you can’t miss, ESPN.com has this tremendous story on goalkeeper Chris Seitz (who was a Sounder for a few hours). He interrupted his season with FC Dallas to donate bone marrow to a complete stranger. Amazing.
— The draw for the final round of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying will be decided in the next month. Once again, the six teams left are the U.S., Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. Here’s a look at what American cities might host games.
— A couple stars on the Sounders Women this past season, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, are finalists for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. Odd that Hope Solo wasn’t among the 10 finalists, but she will be signing autographs from 5:45-6:45 p.m. before tonight’s UW women’s soccer game.
— In another good read, here’s a piece on Galaxy star Landon Donovan, who called his participation in the 2014 World Cup a 50-50 shot. Lots of good stuff from Donovan there.
— Plenty more after the jump…
— You might be surprised how often this season’s playoff teams were in that position all year.
— Steve Zakuani was on with the folks at New Day Northwest again.
— Mauro Rosales faces an uphill battle when it comes to winning MLS Goal of the Week (Jack Jewsbury‘s strike was tremendous).
— One Sounder showed up twice in the weekly Castrol Index ratings.
— Here’s a writer that took a look at a potential USMNT ‘B’ team. I think Brad Evans could also push his way in there.
— Here’s an update from ESPN on Charlie Davies.
— And another on Oguchi Onyewu.
— The UW men’s soccer team is on the rise in the RPI.
— Northwest Christian forward Jacob Weaver has set some state records in goals and points.
— Is there anyone not rooting for an LA-San Jose playoff meeting after this recent spat? I’m sure we all were anyway (minus Vancouver fans).
— Sounds like Toronto FC swung and missed with one coaching offer.
— Big things are happening in San Jose, where the team broke ground on a new stadium, the Supporters’ Shield is in hand, and Chris Wondolowski is making a push at the league’s scoring record. Roy Lassiter, who owns the record at 27 goals, had kind things to say about Wondo.
— Second to last but not least, here’s the podcast of an interview I did with ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City as part of a Sounders-RSL playoff preview.
— Lastly, here’s a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber (the Sounders come up)…