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January 23, 2013 at 8:42 AM

USWNT calls up Reign trio (Wednesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpg.pngNew U.S. women’s national team coach Tom Sermanni has called in 29 players for a training camp leading into Feb. 9 and 13 exhibitions against Scotland.

Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Amy Rodriguez were among the group, though Rapinoe — who is on loan with France’s Olympique Lyonnais — might be a late arrival.

In other USWNT news, forward Alex Morgan did this interview with Portland radio and midfielder Tobin Heath is also headed to France on a six-month deal with PSG.

One quick note: Reign FC is schedule for a conference call later today, so keep a look out for that. Let’s get to some links:

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— Apparently the U.S. men beat Tijuana, 3-0, in a closed-door scrimmage Tuesday night. One of the goal-scorers: Jeff Parke. How about that?

— Also in USMNT news, coach Jurgen Klinsmann had some rather strong comments in this story, and The Washington Post has some notes, including news on injuries to Edson Buddle and Steven Beitashour.

Mario Martinez and Honduras qualified for this summer’s Gold Cup (Seattle will host some games, if you missed the previous post). Martinez and a lot of other national-team stars from the U.S. and Mexico might not play in this year’s tournament since more important World Cup qualifiers will also be going on this year.

— New L.A. Galaxy assistant coach Pat Noonan, a former Sounder, talked about Sigi Schmid being one of his influences. Herculez Gomez also referenced Schmid in a recent feature story, though the context was a bit different.

— Around MLS, Toronto FC’s head coach still isn’t expected to join the team full-time for a couple weeks. TFC also added former D.C. United coach Pat Onstad to its staff. Elsewhere in Canada, Montreal’s second-round pick has signed with a team in Germany, which wasn’t entirely unexpected.

— Also, Paulo Sousa has reportedly turned down the Red Bulls’ head coaching job, Chivas USA acquired Eric Avila from Colorado in exchange for Nick LaBrocca, Vancouver is bringing in a Japanese standout by the name of Kobayashi, and the Timbers have a trialist in camp who you might recognize from his time with Manchester United.

Here’s a report that says the Rochester Rhinos of the USL Pro will affiliate with the New England Revolution. The report also says MLS should confirm as much later today, so it sounds like the rumors might become official that the USL Pro will essentially operate as MLS’s reserve league.

— Are FOX Soccer’s days numbered? Is the Brek-Shea-to-Stoke-City deal dead? Sounds like it.

Here’s a chat with FC Dallas defender and Shoreline native George John and the league website caught up with Preki (who has a lot of local ties).

— The Columbus Crew and North Carolina men’s team will play a Kirk Urso Memorial Match on Feb. 24. Proceeds will benefit the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund. Urso died unexpectedly at 22 last year.

— Did you see Cascadia has formed a non-FIFA sanctioned soccer team? Interesting stuff. They’re having a meeting in a couple days.

— Lastly, chatted with the rookies in camp…


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