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February 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Seattle reportedly in line to host USMNT in June 11 World Cup qualifier (Monday links)

This morning produced the latest in a long line of indications that Seattle will be hosting the U.S. men’s national team in a FIFA World Cup qualifier this year.

The source: The Twitter account of Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl (above).

His source: Well, a source saying U.S. Soccer is aiming to have a June 11 qualifier against Panama here at CenturyLink Field.

Nothing is final yet, of course. Here’s a brief timeline of how things have happened:

Dec. 13 — Sounders admit they are in active conversations with U.S. Soccer to bring a USMNT game, hopefully a World Cup qualifier, to Seattle.

Dec. 19 — confirms with U.S. Soccer that Seattle is indeed in the mix to host a qualifier.

Dec. 26 — Wahl reveals U.S. Soccer willing to host qualifier on temporary grass surfaces (a big plus for Seattle).

Jan. 6 — The Washington Post reports U.S. Soccer was aiming to bring June 11 and 18 qualifier to the Pacific Northwest in Seattle and Portland, though Timbers owner Merritt Paulson appears to refute their involvement.

Jan. 15 — It’s announced Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., will host the March 22 game against Costa Rica. It’s the only venue of five home games currently known officially.

Jan. 23 — It’s announced CenturyLink Field will host CONCACAF Gold Cup games in July, though I was told it wouldn’t affect Seattle’s chances of hosting a qualifier.

Feb. 6 — U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati gives strong indications to reporters in Honduras that Seattle will, in fact, be hosting a qualifier this year. Many reporters think it might be June 18 vs. Honduras.

Feb. 11 — See above.

It appears a formal announcement is the next step. Let’s get to some links

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— First off, here’s a feature I wrote for today’s paper on Steve Zakuani. No Twitter. No music recording. Just soccer for him in 2013.

— Looks like the team is off to Arizona. This blurry picture for me shows Travis Bowen, DeAndre Yedlin and Ashani Fairclough at Sea-Tac Airport, but it’s impossible to be sure. Cuts had been planned before the trip. As another note, Eddie Johnson is in New York and Osvaldo Alonso is in Miami for league marketing initiatives.

— There is an addition to the Sounders family. Welcome Kiam Gspurning! And congrats to the mother and father.

— Also, Shalrie Joseph tweeted for the first time in a month.

— Did you see rocks were thrown at the bus taking Fredy Montero and Millonarios to the airport after Sunday’s game in Medellin?

— Reign FC coach Laura Harvey received a parting gift from the Arsenal Ladies recently.

— Elsewhere on the women’s scene, it looks the NWSL league website is up and running and it appears Alex Morgan will be OK after leaving Saturday’s USWNT game with an ankle knock. Plus, here’s a fun read from Portland Thorns FC tryouts.

— Do you think DaMarcus Beasley still has something left to offer for the U.S. men’s national team after his two-goal performance over the weekend?

— Around MLS, D.C. United has brought in a Honduran national on trial, New England announced the signings of Chad Barrett and Bilal Duckett, and it sounds like Mikael Silvestre is no longer in camp with the Timbers and could be joining another MLS team on trial in Arizona. Hmmm. Something to keep an eye on.

— There’s been some news in New York, where the team traded for Portland midfielder Eric Alexander, signed a goalkeeper coach, and will reportedly have a forward long linked to the Red Bulls join them in Arizona.

— FOX Soccer will be airing some CONCACAF tournaments in the next couple years.

— Congrats to Nigeria: the 2013 African Cup of Nations champion.

— Lastly, here’s more from Wahl in a video report for FOX Soccer on LA’s DP hunt taking an interesting turn and more…

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