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November 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

UW men’s soccer kicks off NCAA tournament action this week (Tuesday links)

Congrats to the UW men’s soccer team, whose fine season made it impossible for another NCAA snub from the 48-team postseason tournament. The Huskies will host Air Force at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Creighton, the former team of coach Jamie Clark, awaits in the next round as the No. 12 seed. Here’s a full bracket.

Here’s video of UW watching the selection show and a speech by Clark immediately after.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, here’s some coverage from the first annual Northwest Soccer Legends Night from Friday. And here’s another video of the event.

— The U.S. men’s national team plays a friendly against Russia on Wednesday and here are previews from SI.com, ESPN.com and FOX Soccer. Also, USMNT Male Athlete of the Year voting is open, and here’s an update on recovering midfielder Stuart Holden.

— Regarding the other conference final in the MLS Cup playoffs, it sounds like 17,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday’s game at RFK Stadium, and Dwayne De Rosario has a good chance of playing in the second leg with his team down 3-1 in the series.

— Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer told a local podcast that about 40,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday’s game at CenturyLink Field and capacity will be adjusted as tickets sales demand.

— I asked a tough question of the Sounders in my latest print story, and here’s a number of other tough questions one national writer has for the team.

— On the Galaxy side of things, it looks like Juninho got some good injury news after leaving the first leg at halftime. Also, here’s a story that says David Beckham is not thinking about retiring after this season.

— From around the league, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson reflects on the past season, Vancouver’s Kenny Miller is looking for a loan deal overseas, and while Seattle might go this year without a trophy, here’s one team that’s gone 17.

— Here’s the latest from MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio.

— I haven’t been able to read this piece titled, “Last Champions of the Third Reich,” but a lot of people have recommended it today.

Didier Drogba anyone?

— Lastly, Tom Hanks, Beckham and other were included in the presentation of this award given to USWNT star Megan Rapinoe, who played briefly for the Sounders Women this past summer…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=61tVkpMlLSw

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