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January 15, 2013 at 6:12 AM

U.S. Soccer issues a new crest for 2013 (Tuesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpg.pngU.S. Soccer is celebrating the federation’s 100th year in 2013.

The centennial, in fact, now has its own logo.

According to a news release, will provide coverage throughout the year on the history of the sport in the U.S. and its men’s, women’s and youth programs. There will be articles, interviews and videos that “highlight the achievements of players and teams during the past 100 years.”

Here is one article on the 1950 Soccer Bowl, another that dates 25 years earlier, an anecdote on MLS’s first signing, and Bruce Arena recalling his one international cap.

I’ll try to pass more along in future posts. Until then, some links…

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— Reminder: Tickets for Sounders FC’s home leg in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal are on sale. Seattle’s hosts Tigres UANL of Mexico on March 12 at CenturyLink Field (the road leg is March 6).

— The Sounders Women are offering a ticket promotion for members of the Jet City Auxiliary supporters group. More information is available on the team website.

— Regarding the other women’s team in town, Reign FC,’s Grant Wahl caught up with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who admitted she was surprised to be allocated to Seattle since her heart is in Portland. Also, here’s a quote sheet from a recent NWSL conference call.

— The MLS SuperDraft is coming up Thursday. Here is’s preview of what the Sounders need (hint: center back), and here are the league website’s rankings of the top 10 available center backs, holding midfielders, attacking midfielders, forwards, left backs, and some sleeper picks.

— Chivas USA’s new coach has set sights on a particular player with the No. 2 overall pick and wasn’t afraid to say as much.

— Is Alvaro Fernandez going on loan to a team in Qatar? Elsewhere in your updates on former Sounders, Jeff Parke chats from USMNT camp and Nathan Sturgis is now at his sixth club in six years.

— Is New York finally going to announce the hire of a head coach?

— Elsewhere around the league, pieces are falling into place for Robbie Findley‘s return to Real Salt Lake, D.C. United signed a 16-year-old homegrown player, and here’s a newsy interview with Arena (Juninho re-signs, Kaka isn’t on the radar and more…).

Nick Rimando-inspired beer?

— Sounders FC academy product Paul Christensen has been invited to the U.S. U-17’s spring residency.

— Here’s an article on Eric Wynalda and his journey toward becoming an MLS head coach. Meanwhile he’s back with the Atlanta Silverbacks as a technical director.

Here’s a website that really likes the MLS experience at CenturyLink Field.

— The Sporting News took a trip to Camp Nou recently, former MLSer Carlos Ruiz appears to be headed to Australia, and here is ESPN’s report on “Soccer Night in Newtown”.

— Lastly, some canine pitch invaders


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