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November 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

UW men’s soccer wins NCAA tournament opener, Creighton next (Friday links)

ncaa soccer.jpgThe Washington Huskies men’s soccer team won its NCAA tournament first-round game Thursday, 1-0, over Air Force at Husky Field.

Junior defender Michael Harris, a Shorecrest High School product, headed in a corner in the 15th minute as UW advances to play 12th-seeded Creighton (15-3-2) Sunday at 3 p.m. in Omaha, Neb.

Creighton, of course, is the team Jamie Clark coached last season before coming to UW.

“We’re rolling,” Clark said in our game story. “We’ve got our legs under us and those early nerves are gone. We’re ready to go Sunday.”

Goalkeeper Spencer Richey, an All-Pac-12 pick, earned his 10th shutout of the season.

Here’s a note from the team report: “Washington has now won its last five first round games in NCAA Tournaments (2012, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003), but the Huskies have never won two-straight games in the postseason. The furthest the Huskies have advanced was the third round in 2003 after a first round bye.”

Let’s get to some links:

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— Did you see The Presidents of the United States of America, the Seattle-based band, will be performing at halftime of Sunday’s game and a part of the march to the match?

— Coach Sigi Schmid was a guest on MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio yesterday.

— Doesn’t sound like Mario Martinez played too much against Peru in Wednesday’s friendly. He should be back in training today and good to go in any role Sunday.

— Here’s what the Galaxy think about how their situation compares to Real Salt Lake’s in last year’s playoffs against the Sounders.

— Also, Mike Magee has been a popular guy recently, with features on ESPN.com and in The Los Angeles Times.

— On the D.C. United side, here’s a profile on coach Ben Olsen, here’s one on rookie standout Nick DeLeon, and a couple other players received fines (one was for an interesting reason). The Washington Post has some details on an apparent friendly with Germany next year to celebrate the U.S. Soccer centennial.

— Elsewhere around the league, FC Dallas president Doug Quinn is taking an indefinite leave of absence in the wake of his domestic violence allegation, Andy Dorman is coming back to the Revolution, and Toronto FC has cut ties with several players (including UW product Ty Harden).

— Also, New York has reportedly made some cuts, Chivas USA’s Juan Agudelo will do some offseason training with Celtic, and Atlanta fans have elected to keep the Silverbacks name.

— From SI’s Steve Rushin: “What if life was more like soccer? Actually, it kind of already is.” Fun read.

— Here’s an update on the happenings regarding the formation of the new professional women’s league.

Jalen Markey, a Sounders FC academy product, got another U.S. youth national team call-up. On the senior team, Carlos Bocanegra will be out a while with a hamstring injury and there’s apparently interesting picking up for Jozy Altidore.

Scoreboard envy anyone?

Eric Hassli was nominated for FIFA’s goal of the year for this strike against Toronto FC when he was with the Vancouver Whitecaps. He, of course, plays for TFC now.

— Things haven’t been great for Brazil soccer recently. Here’s a story on the country’s struggling attendance, and prodigy Neymar had a great PK miss this week.

— Lastly, it’s from a few days ago, and many of you have surely seen this already, but Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one of the most spectacular goals ever against England in a friendly…

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