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January 7, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Sounders talks with Wilmer Crisanto appear to have fallen through (Monday links)

Reports out of Honduras have indicated that Sounders FC’s negotiations with defender Wilmer Crisanto, who plays for Victoria in the Honduran league, have fallen through.

The 23-year-old right back has been rumored as a Seattle target for several months, dating to September.

Journalists from Honduras explained the reason they heard for the failed moved was that the Sounders won’t have enough international slots on the roster to sign Crisanto. Since Seattle has currently four international players on the team out of a maximum of eight (Christian Tiffert, Mario Martinez, Adam Johansson, Andy Rose), perhaps an influx of foreign talent is on the way.

In truth, there are a number of different reasons why things might not have worked out. But let’s get to some links:

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— Did you see Babayele Sodade got a Canadian national team call-up? He turned it down and explains why in this tweet.

— Did you see Marc Burch is on Twitter now?

— The list of people involved in “Soccer Night in Newtown” is growing, and here’s an interview with the event’s coordinator, Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti.

— On the women’s side, here’s a story looking at how the allocation of U.S. women’s national team players hasn’t happened yet in the NWSL (though apparently Canada is ready for it). Also, here are Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan talking about their FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominations.

— In some MLS news, Chicago made a big trade for Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere, it looks like Robbie Keane signed a new two-year deal with the Galaxy, and did you see Juan Roman Riquelme nearly joined Chivas USA?

— Elsewhere, new coach Caleb Porter gave this interview with, the move of former Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza to Wigan is complete, and Conor Casey has apparently come to terms with Philadelphia.

— And some more, New York has officially parted ways with Victor Palsson, Colorado re-signed its backup goalkeeper, news hasn’t been good regarding FC Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu, and Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo is off to train with West Ham.

— The latest crazy rumor in the silly season? Sporting KC’s CJ Sapong has garnered interest from Arsenal.

— You see what local FOX affiliates declined to air the FA Cup match between Manchester United and West Ham? You might be surprised to see Portland on the list.

— USMNT star Clint Dempsey has had a fine start to 2013 for Tottenham.

— FIFA president Sepp Blatter and a few others aren’t convinced that Kevin-Prince Boateng‘s walking off the field was the best way to deal with being racially taunted.

— Here’s a report on the Kitsap Pumas looking ahead to next year.

— Lastly, CBS’s “60 Minutes” did a profile on FC Barcelona that ran Sunday night. It is posted below and here’s a link to some behind the scenes footage…


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