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January 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Gameday: USMNT hosts Canada at 6 p.m. (Tuesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpg.pngThe U.S. men’s national team will play a 6 p.m. friendly tonight against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Sounders FC has a pair of guys who might see action in forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans, so be sure to check out the action on ESPN2.

Here’s a Q&A with coach Jurgen Klinsmann and also a video recap of January camp. Apparently there will be Castrol Index ratings after the game, as well.

Here is some preview material from, and The Sporting News.

Also, did you know Klinsmann flies a helicopter?

Let’s get to some links…

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— The league website will be streaming some of the Sounders’ preseason games starting next week.

Mario Martinez will be a part of Honduras’ squad for a Feb. 6 World Cup qualifier against the U.S., according to this report.

— Reported Sounders’ target Joan Verdu has expressed a familiar sentiment through his agent, that he wants a new deal with his current team, Espanyol. Also sounds like ex-Red Bulls defender Jan Gunnar Solli wasn’t interested in coming here.

Sounder at Heart takes a look at Seattle’s salary cap situation.

— Might the Sounders have a Canadian international join the team on trial in Arizona?

Here is video of general manager Adrian Hanauer winning his Seattle Sports Star Executive of the Year award. Coach Sigi Schmid provided some introduction.

— Soccer By Ives is reporting that midfielder Brek Shea will be sold to Stoke City pending a physical. FC Dallas has this statement on the matter. No Short Corners is reporting the transfer fee will be about $6 million.

— Around in the league, here’s a video catching up with ex-Sounder Tyson Wahl, who’s now with the Crew, which signed Uruguayan defender/midfielder Agustin Viana. The league website caught up with MLS legend Marco Etcheverry, the LA Galaxy has named a president in Chris Klein, Colorado has a Honduran national in camp on trial, and Houston’s Mac Kandji is apparently off to Greece.

— In Cascadia news, Vancouver has officially signed midfielder Kobayashi and Portland castoff Franck Songo’o is looking good in Houston.

— Over in D.C., Nick DeLeon will apparently not be accepting his Trinidad and Tobago call-up. The team also had a Q&A with Dwayne De Rosario and announced some front office moves. And kudos to Steven Goff of The Washington Post for this hall of fame induction.

— Here’s the latest episode of “Inside the SuperDraft”.

— Is Phoenix FC making a push for a former Sounder and Arizona native?

Soccer America has a recap of France Football’s investigation into Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid.

— Does America have a chance of developing a Messi? And a look at Alejandro Bedoya‘s quest for a new team.

— Here’s a story on some community work being done by Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe. And elsewhere in the NWSL, Chicago got some relief due to an injury to Amy LePeilbet and can sign five free agents now instead of four.

— Is diversity among head coaches (or a lack thereof) an issue in soccer?

— It’s official: Didier Drogba has signed with Turkey’s Galatasaray. You might remember Wesley Sneijder recently went there, too. In another transfer, American-born Aron Johannson has joined AZ Alkmaar, Jozy Altidore‘s team.

— Lastly, a goal you have to see…


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