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November 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

UW men knocked out in second round of NCAA soccer tournament (Tuesday links)

ncaa soccer.jpgA bit late on this one, but a great season for the UW men’s soccer team ended Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

No. 12 seed Creighton beat the Huskies, 4-2, at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb.

Timo Pitter scored the go-ahead goal for the Bluejays, who also got goals from Brent Kallman, Andrew Ribeiro and Christian Blandon. Dylan Tucker-Gangnes pulled UW to within two with a goal in the 88th minute, but it wasn’t enough.

The Huskies, whose other goal came from James Moberg, finished the season 13-5-2. Creighton (16-3-2) will play at top-ranked Akron, which features Sounders FC academy product DeAndre Yedlin, on Sunday.

Let’s get to some links:

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— MLS held a waiver draft Monday and Real Salt Lake made the only selection, taking former Crew midfielder Cole Grossman. Here’s a list of players who were available. For a team-by-team breakdown of recent cuts (not all were eligible for Monday’s draft), here are releases from Colorado, Columbus, FC Dallas, New York, Sporting KC, New England, Philadelphia, Portland, Real Salt Lake and Toronto.

— Some teams had some positive transactions to announced, including the Revolution (signed midfielder Kalifa Cisse), FC Dallas (promoting Marco Ferruzzi to top assistant), and San Jose (new deals for Jason Hernandez and Sam Cronin).

— When it comes to training stints abroad, Freddy Adu and a few Union teammates are involved, as is Jalil Anibaba of the Chicago Fire.

— Another MLS team is New York? A new Red Bulls executive isn’t so excited about that.

— The four MLS teams in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League have been determined: San Jose (Supporters’ Shield), Sporting KC (Open Cup), LA Galaxy (MLS Cup) and Houston (MLS Cup). From what I understand, if Seattle wins the 2012-13 CCL, that does not provide entry into the 2013-14 tournament.

Clint Dempsey was recently named U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year for 2012. It’s his third such award joining Kasey Keller in a second-place tie behind Landon Donovan, who has won four times.

— Also on the USMNT front, here’s a story on all the German-Americans in the mix.

— Here are a few of the latest stories from SI’s Grant Wahl, first a chat with Joey Barton and also a nomination for Didier Drogba to be Sportsman of the Year.

— MLS will be crowning a champion soon enough, but here’s a video for the San Jose Earthquakes, who earned the best regular-season record in exciting fashion.

— Will Hope Solo‘s off-field drama affect her appeal as an endorser? That’s the subject of one of our recent stories.

— In some miscellaneous links, Snoop Dogg/Lion is apparently thinking about investing in Celtic FC, the New York Cosmos have a coach, and Tim Cahill is reportedly interested in a loan spell with Everton over the offseason.

— Is the on-loan Mario Martinez sticking around for next season? Sounds like he might be…


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