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December 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Sounders lose out in lottery for former youth national Mobi Fehr (Tuesday links)

MLS held a weighted lottery Tuesday morning for former U.S. youth national Mobi Fehr. The Sounders were one of three participating teams, but ended up losing out to Portland.

It was little surprise in the end.

The favored Timbers had an 83.1 percent chance of winning based on recent regular-season performance. The Sounders’ odds were at 15.5, and the San Jose Earthquakes had just a puncher’s chance at 1.4.

Fehr, 18, has been a defender and midfielder at the U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels. Here’s some more from a Portland release: “Raised in Tokyo, Fehr came up through the academy of Tokyo Verdy 1969 before entering the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in 2010. He joined Swiss club FC Basel in 2012 and also spent three weeks training with the Timbers late last season.”

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, here’s a report from Honduras that appears to indicate the Sounders are still in line to bring in defender Wilmer Crisanto. It sounds like David Velasquez Colon could be coming here on trial in February.

— On the rumor front, here’s a report indicating Colombian club Millonarios could be interested in Fredy Montero. Of course, Mexico’s Monterrey and Italy’s Chievo Verona have been linked to the forward, too. As have multiple teams over the years.

— The Sounders will have a new food and beverage provider starting next season. Also, here’s a story on retained general manager Adrian Hanauer from the team website.

— Did you see MLS could be working on linking up the reserve league with USL Pro, the third division in the American soccer pyramid?

— Around the league, Sporting Kansas City introduced a new designated player in forward Claudio Bieler, FC Dallas has signed Brazilian forward Wesley “Pipico” Silva, and Danny O’Rourke is going back to Columbus next season.

— Also, D.C. United has parted ways with Stephen King (a former MLS Sounder) and Mike Chabala (a UW product), goalkeeper Ryan Meara has re-signed with the Red Bulls, and Montreal has signed its first academy product.

— The rumor mill has this French forward linked to the Red Bulls, this Turkish goalkeeper linked with the Union, and this Honduran defender linked with MLS in general.

— Vancouver coach Martin Rennie discussed quite a few offseason topics in this story, LA Galaxy star Robbie Keane is thinking about his fitness while weighing loan offers, and might another Irishman be thinking about MLS?

Here’s a roundup of some of the best quotes from the 2012 season. It’s pretty good stuff.

— Did you see Jesse Marsch might have interest in the open Canada job?

— The Sporting News has pieces here and here from a long chat recently with U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

— On the women’s soccer scene, here’s a great video feature on USWNT forward Sydney Leroux (who played for the Sounders Women this past season), and here on some basics on the teams in the NWSL.

— In some random links, Michael Bradley is included in this 30 Under 30 feature by Forbes, see if you can find the ECS in this compilation of photos, and might FIFA investigate the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar? Also, Kevin Hartman and the New York Cosmos?

— Barcelona has given Messi a new contract through 2018.

— Lastly, a video that’s believed to be the oldest footage of an American soccer game. It’s from the 1924 U.S. Open Cup final…


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