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January 4, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Sounders memorabilia up at the new MOHAI (Friday links)

mohai.jpgYou may or may not have heard of last week’s unveiling of the new Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) down at Lake Union Park.

Well, I’ve been told if you’re thinking about checking it out, there is some Sounders memorabilia on display. Also, there is mention of the team’s U.S. Open Cup championships in a video reel of Seattle’s greatest sports moments.

In an unrelated note, general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer actually sits on the MOHAI Board of Trustees. Though I’m sure his attention has been on more pressing offseason matter recently.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, some shameless self-promotion: I was on the most recent ExtraTime Radio podcast to talk about Fredy Montero stuff.

— Elsewhere on the rumor scene, here’s the latest on the Sounders’ pursuit of Honduran defenders Wilmer Crisanto (sounds like he’ll sign) and Jose Velasquez Columbus (sounds like he’s coming in on trial). Another report recently has a Chilean team possibly interested in Mauro Rosales.

— The league website has this calendar for the year ahead. Pretty thorough. Also from the site, four Generation Adidas signings were confirmed, readers voted the U.S. Open Cup final as the Moment of 2012, and here’s an early look at the biggest stories in the upcoming year.

— In some more look-backs and look-aheads, ESPN.com has some of its own stories for 2013, Soccer America chronicles some of those who passed away this past year and Grant Wahl has posted his annual ambition rankings.

— MLS commissioner Don Garber, who will take part in “Soccer Night in Newtown,” made the rounds responding to criticism of the league from FIFA president Sepp Blatter. SI.com, The Washington Post and MLSsoccer.com were among those with stories. Grantland had this well-received response to Blatter.

— In some recent signings, former Sounders defender Tyson Wahl has joined Columbus, Lovel Palmer inked a deal with Real Salt Lake, New England added a Portuguese defender, Colorado signed an Ecuadorian defender, and FC Dallas added another homegrown player to the first team.

— In other personnel news, here’s another story on Christoph Metzelder‘s interest in MLS, Montreal is reportedly in line to bring in 30-year-old Italian Andrea Pisanu, and former lower-league Sounder Brian Ching looks to be up for another year with the Dynamo.

— Elsewhere, Portland’s Bright Dike looked good for the Nigerian national team recently, Chicago is having some issues with Toyota Park, and here’s on update on D.C. United happenings.

— Is New York ever going to hire a head coach? Here’s another report saying it will be Gary McAllister, but the team denied it has made an offer.

— On the women’s scene, Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell chatted with ProSoccerTalk and Equalizer Soccer (it was the same interview, but who’s counting?). Also, remind me if you’ve heard this before, but Portland’s ticket sales are pretty impressive.

GoalWA.net caught up with old NASL Sounder Adrian Webster.

— GoHuskies.com has this report on UW’s men’s soccer season and here’s a video of the team’s highlights.

— There’s a new PASL team in Tumwater kicking off this weekend. More information here.

— Lastly, in a few videos, here’s Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn making good on a wager with his Portland counterpart after the Sounders’ Cascadia Cup misfortune. Also, AC Milan’s Prince Boateng and his teammates left the field during a recent friendly with a lower-league Italian team after some alleged racial abuse…

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