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December 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

What was the 2012 MLS Moment of the Year? (Thursday links)

The league website has been running year-end recaps for all 19 MLS teams and other such features.

One of which is a fan vote for Moment of the Year in 2012.

There are 20 nominees and voting is open through the end of the day Friday. The top three finalists will go head-to-head-to-head in voting starting Monday (the winner will be announced Dec. 31).

Here are the nominees with Sounders FC connections: Felipe Martins scores first goal at Stade Saputo against the Sounders (June 16), Steve Zakuani returns to the field (July 7), the MLS All-Stars — behind a late winner from Eddie Johnson — upset Chelsea (July 25), Sporting Kansas City wins U.S. Open Cup (Aug. 8), more than 66,000 fans attend Sounders-Timbers match at CenturyLink Field (Oct. 7), Portland Timbers win Cascadia Cup (Oct. 21).

Let’s get to some links…

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— First off, West Ham United coach Sam Allardyce offered some thoughts on Osvaldo Alonso‘s training stint with the club. According to a source in this report, the Premier League team isn’t interested in a transfer for the Sounders midfielder but might explore a loan possibility. The window in Europe opens in January, presumably after Alonso’s training/trial is over.

— Here’s more on Seattle’s chances of hosting a FIFA World Cup qualifier from MLSsoccer.com.

— According to Soccer By Ives, former U.S. youth international defender Gale Agbossoumonde has signed with MLS and was allocated to a team after a weighted lottery. SBI reported that the Sounders were one of those teams, but that Toronto FC landed the prospect.

— Want to see the new ball in MLS for the 2013 season? Here you go.

— Around MLS, the Chicago Fire is now without a president, here’s another report indicating Gary McAllister is set to be the next coach of the New York Red Bulls, and ESPN.com looks at some of the league’s busiest teams in the offseason.

— Also, Timbers forward Bright Dike has apparently received a Nigeria call-up, Colorado appears to be closing in on an Ecuadorian defender, and D.C. United has announced a new deal with right back Robbie Russell.

— Elsewhere, it looks like Los Angeles is closer to adding experienced goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini of Chelsea fame, Hernan Pertuz looks to be one his way out of FC Dallas, and Houston’s midseason signing of Boniek Garcia was deemed 2012’s best move in MLS by the league website (honorable mention to Seattle’s trade for Eddie Johnson).

— Regarding homegrown players, the Galaxy signed a talented one, FC Dallas signed one too, and the Dynamo has a prospect going back to school.

— SI’s Grant Wahl has his top 10 stories from the year. A fun read.

— Portland Thorns FC of the new NWSL has hired a head coach in Cindy Parlow Cone.

— Did you see the U.S. men’s national team ended 2012 as the 28th team in FIFA’s world rankings? And USMNT defender Michael Parkhurst has made a move to the Bundesliga.

— In some random links, apparently some Landon Donovan fans are making life difficult for the new husband of the Galaxy star’s ex-wife (if you could follow that), Arlo White got a shout-out in these media awards on SI.com, and Leo Messi was only deemed Argentina’s third-best athlete this past year?

— Lastly, a supremely talented soccer street performer. It’s a longish clip, but worth it, I feel…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=CponZRxww6k%3Frel%3D0

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