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December 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Name, logo of new women’s professional league to be known soon (Saturday links)

Here’s a tweet from U.S. Soccer this morning stating that the name and logo of the new women’s professional soccer league will be released during halftime of the U.S. women’s national team game against China.

The USWNT’s last game of a busy 2012 is on the NBC Sports Network, and the announcement should come around 5 p.m.

Speaking of the new league, here’s a story from Soccer By Ives about some USWNT stars being cautious about committing to the new league. Some players quoted? Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, who played for the Sounders Women this past summer.

On another note, Solo will be in Tacoma at 3 p.m. Tuesday to present a check $5,000 to the at the Henry T. Schatz Boys & Girls Club. According to a Sounders Women’s release: “The donation was raised from contributions from Solo and the Sounders Women for each shutout earned by the goalkeeper during her 2012 season with the Sounders Women. Hope will also take photos and sign autographs for middle school and elementary school Boys and Girls Club kids.”

Let’s get to some links:

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— From the Twitter account of the Soccer Insider, it sounds like First Kick details could be coming next week (the 2013 MLS season is set to start March 2, if you remember). Also noted on the feed, every home opener should be known by Tuesday or Wednesday.

— In some news around the league, Colorado acquired forward Edson Buddle in a trade with the Galaxy, FC Dallas has parted ways with midfielder Daniel Hernandez, and Manchester City has denied interest in owning an MLS team (reports had the EPL club linked to ownership of a prospective expansion team in New York).

— Elsewhere in New York, it sounds like Brooklyn is making a late push to bring soccer to the borough, Tim Cahill doesn’t appear headed to Everton on loan, and all indications are that the Red Bulls have placed a discovery claim on Juninho.

— In other links, here’s a story on the league’s collaborative scouting efforts in Central and South America, D.C. United has confirmed Andy Najar is training with Anderlecht, and David Beckham has apparently said no to playing in Australia.

— The league website has run its review of Sounders FC’s 2012 season.

TheCup.us is reporting that the Sounders FC U-23s, an amateur PDL team with plenty of Sounders academy products, will participate in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup.

— The Sounders are hosting their college combine in Las Vegas this weekend and here’s a potential sample of players invited. Here’s another story on a scouting database used by the team.

— Sounds like Cordell Cato, who in talks to come back to Seattle in 2013, could be participating in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup for Trinidad and Tobago.

Marcus Hahnemann was quoted in this Goal.com story about retirement.

— Around the world of soccer, sounds like Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has chatted with refs about his reputation as a diver, and Tim Howard started his 200th consecutive EPL game this weekend (here’s some MLS context to that stat).

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