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January 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Sounders Women bring on Lesle Gallimore as technical director (Wednesday links)

sounders women.jpgThe Sounders Women announced Tuesday that University of Washington women’s soccer coach Lesle Gallimore has joined the team as technical director.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for me to help the Sounders put the best possible product on the field moving forward,” said Gallimore, the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12, in a news release. “It has become increasingly popular for players from across the country to branch out and play W-League seasons away from home; so being able to combine homegrown talent with players from other top programs is hopefully something I can contribute to the organization.”

NCAA rules stipulate that Gallimore — who will retain her role with UW in the fall and winter — can’t coach in any fashion. Up to five Huskies are eligible to play for the W-League side.

The Sounders Women are still without a general manager and head coach heading into the 2013 season following what was an unforgettable last summer.

More on Gallimore’s role and reaction from co-owner Lane Smith on the team website.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, Sounders FC U-23 tryouts will be March 23-24. More details here. (UPDATE: For clarification, these are actually Sounders FC’s open tryouts, as operated by the U-23 staff).

— Reign FC season-ticket packages will be available on Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. Information on pricing and a home venue will be announced before then.

Here’s an interview with Adam Johansson as he gets ready for national team duty with Sweden. He says his contract with the Sounders has two more years.

— Big news in MLS involves Sporting Kansas City terminating its partnership and stadium naming rights deal with Livestrong. Here’s a full statement from the team’s CEO, Robb Heinemann.

— Elsewhere around the league, LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane is off to train with Tottenham, Philadelphia announced the loan deal of defender Carlos Valdes to Santa Fe of Colombia, and San Jose’s Marvin Chavez (who might be hurt) and Mehdi Ballouchy each got their green cards.

— Lot of news up in Toronto, where the team signed midfielder Julio Cesar, has a DP forward in Eric Hassli who appears to be unhappy, will reportedly be bringing in coach Pat Onstad, and could be without Torsten Frings after this season.

— Big news in New York, where the Cosmos of the NASL are looking to build a $400 million, 25,000-seat stadium in Long Island. SI.com has more.

— Who might be on the trading block? SBI has the scoop here, plus other trade talk leading into the draft here.

— In other draft news, ESPN.com has this preview. MLSsoccer.com has its final mock draft plus a ‘Where are they now?’ piece on local product and former No. 1 pick Nik Besagno.

— Here’s a quick catchup with Brad Evans at USMNT camp, which Goal.com explains could be a launching pad for some international careers. And here are the 120 goals scored by the USWNT in 2012.

— Looks like Robbie Rogers has parted ways with Leeds United. Is a return to Columbus in the cards?

— Did you see Stuart Holden got some action for Bolton in the FA Cup? Tremendous news for him after a long recovery from injury.

— Did you see former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is headed to Bayern Munich?

— And FOX Soccer might become an entertainment channel?

— Looks like Indianapolis is getting an NASL team.

— Lastly, here’s video of Bryan Meredith arriving in Sweden to play for his new club, IK Brage. Looks cold…

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