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February 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Thursday links)

First off, I hope everyone has a nice Valentine’s Day, and I believe it was last year exactly when Hope Solo signed with the Sounders Women.

Let’s get to some links…

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— Sad news out of England, where it appears Roy Sinclair, who played for the NASL Sounders and later the Tacoma Tide, died last month. I didn’t know much about Sinclair, unfortunately, but his Wikipedia profile notes he also coached locally for Bellevue Community College, Chief Sealth High School and Seattle University.

— It looks like Mario Martinez is on his way to Arizona. He had some personal matters to deal with following national team duty.

— Here are some more thoughts from the Sounders-Revolution preseason game from the scene in Tucson.

— Around the league, former Sounders trialist Leo Lelis is now in camp with Chicago, ex-Sounder Mike Fucito has signed with San Jose (his fourth club in 12 months), ex-Sounder James Riley tweeted that he’s off to D.C. United, and the Timbers acquired not one but two Akron products in trades Wednesday.

— It doesn’t look like MLS will have goal-line technology in place for this upcoming season.

— Whitecaps fans went to a Canucks game and things, well, got interesting.

— The USMNT dropped to No. 32 in the FIFA world rankings. Think 23 different lineups in Jurgen Klinsmann‘s 23 games has something to do with it?

— SI.com gives us a UEFA Champions League roundup from Wednesday plus some comments on Gus Johnson‘s soccer debut for FOX Soccer (with insight from Johnson’s boss).

MLSsoccer.com’s Kickoff has some interesting news on U.S. national Alejandro Bedoya and more on the possible return of Carlos Ruiz.

— Where did the “Sounders” name come from? Read about it in Doug Thiel‘s latest piece for GoalWA.net.

— Lastly, Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe scored the opening goal in the USWNT’s 3-1 win over Scotland, and Hope Solo went a full 90 in goal. Here are some French lessons with Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, who will each be playing in France to start the NWSL season…

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