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November 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Hope Solo: “I’m happy. I’m happily married.” (Wednesday links)

U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo spoke to reporters Tuesday, the first time since a well-publicized incident before her wedding with former UW football star Jerramy Stevens. Solo is, of course, a Richland native and a former star with the Sounders Women and the Husky women.

I’ve posted video above, which was a snippet of an interview in Portland before the USWNT plays Ireland tonight at 7 p.m. at Jeld-Wen Field.

The clip appears to have been captured by Associated Press writer Anne Peterson, who also filed this larger story from the day’s proceedings.

As a note, there will be a USWNT viewing party tonight at Golazo headquarters downtown. Admission is free and there will be some giveaways.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, here’s another report from Honduras on the Sounders’ apparent interest in Wilmer Crisanto, a 23-year-old. This link has been active for several months.

— Recent Twitter indications have been that Andrew Weber and Cordell Cato might not be back next season. I haven’t seen anything official from the club yet, but you have to think some of those decisions are being made this week after end-of-the-year player meetings.

— The ECS are hosting a year-end party on Dec. 8. Here are some details.

— In your MLS Cup news, Landon Donovan (who was on ESPN’s College GameDay) implied this might be his last game, too. Also, Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza could be ready for the final, and here’s a look at the Houston Dynamo’s formula for success.

— There is Sounders representation in Soccer America’s rankings of the league’s top central midfielders, attacking midfielders and holding midfielders.

— From MLS commissioner Don Garber, here’s the audio on his 90-minute State of the League conference call from Monday. Here’s a much shorter clip with him on morning television the other day.

— Some news out of D.C. United recently has president Kevin Payne leaving for another club (he’s expected to be introduced by Toronto FC this afternoon) and Josh Wolff retiring and joining the coaching staff.

— Also out of Toronto, it sounds like forward Eric Hassli will be sticking around for the 2013 season.

— Elsewhere, Sporting KC star Roger Espinoza is set for a move to Wigan, Chicago veteran and former USMNT defender Cory Gibbs has retired, New York re-signed a pair of defenders, a Vancouver DP is set to train abroad in the offseason, and Montreal’s boss has weighed in on media reports regarding the team’s coaching search.

— Potential expansion news in Florida?

— Did you see the TV numbers from NBC after its first season covering MLS? Not too bad.

— Regarding some national teams news, Tim Howard is apparently on shakier ground at Everton, and a Sounders FC academy product was called up by the U-17 national team for some friendlies.

Not the best behavior out of Sounders fans after the playoff loss, particularly to referee Mark Geiger.

— The NASL has hired a new commissioner.

— Lastly, around the world of soccer, here’s a compilation of broadcaster reactions to Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s amazing goal, Brazil has its World Cup mascot, and one player on a big team thinks the sport is ready for a gay “hero”.


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