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December 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Less soccer on the radio? (Thursday links)

I didn’t get to know Mike Gastineau very well, sadly, but I’ve only heard good things — especially recently.

The KJR host who went by the nickname Gas Man has called it quits to explore other creative opportunities. Thursday was his last show with the station, where he held regular spots with the Sounders and guys like Arlo White, Ross Fletcher and Grant Wahl. More than that, he showed appreciation for the game and treated the team like it was worthy of major-league coverage. We’ll see what the future holds for soccer talk on the radio.

Sounder at Heart had a nice tribute post to Gastineau the other day, as they had developed a good relationship.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, don’t forget about the ECS’s end-of-the-year party Saturday. And any readers in the Tri-Cities? Kasey Keller is coming your way.

Eddie Johnson and Alex Morgan have been nominated for the same award in the upcoming Seattle Sports Star of the Year banquet.

— Indications from a member of Sounders FC’s coaching staff are that Mario Martinez will be back next season. Also, the team website has a two-part interview with technical director Chris Henderson.

— Here’s the latest update from Michael Gspurning in his recurring series with an Austrian publication.

— You might have heard there’s a Sounders documentary in the works. Well, here’s an interview with the man in charge.

— Remember the Joan Verdu rumor? It’s resurfaced, but there doesn’t seem to be much to it. Can the same be said for the Fredy Montero-to-Colombia whispers? You never know in the silly season. Former trialist Mrisho Ngassa has moved on to a Sudanese club, it appears.

— Lots of familiar faces on the move recently within MLS as Sebastien Le Toux is headed back to Philadelphia and Josh Gardner is off to Sporting Kansas City. Elsewhere, FC Dallas has re-signed local product George John, Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson is off to train abroad, and the Timbers continue to make moves (one involving UW product Brent Richards, who talked about his first MLS season with GoHuskies.com).

— Also, Pablo Mastroeni will be back with the Rapids in 2013, and the news wasn’t good regarding Houston forward Calen Carr (he suffered a torn ACL in the MLS Cup).

Recent reports had Thierry Henry going to Arsenal on loan again in the offseason, but the Red Bulls have denied it.

— MLS brass was in Queens to talk about a new stadium recently. And did you see the new stadium plans in Florida?

— So Carlos Bocanegra, captain of the U.S. men’s national team, nearly joined a couple MLS teams last season. And here’s what USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann had to say about Landon Donovan‘s comments on his future.

— USWNT forward Sydney Leroux has expressed her desire to play in the Northwest in the new professional women’s league but understands she might not get her first choice.

— On the international scene, there will be a unique format for Euro ’20.

— Lastly, here’s a commercial featuring Messi (who apparently escaped what could’ve been a serious injury) and Kobe Bryant

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