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February 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Sounders friendly versus Veracruz is sold out (Thursday links)

We just got word from the Sounders that Friday’s friendly against Veracruz, a Mexican second-division club, is sold out.

Well, tickets were free, but they have all been distributed.

Fans won’t be allowed into the match down in Tucson without a ticket and no tickets will be available at the main gate.

Also, it doesn’t appear as though a live stream will be available. A live blog on SoundersFC.com and tweets from the team are probably going to be the best sources for updates.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, Shalrie Joseph talks about Seattle being the best place for him to win an elusive championship now that his career is winding down in this MLSsoccer.com story. And here’s a transcript of Joseph’s interview after Wednesday’s preseason game.

— Did you see Landon Donovan spoke to students at USC last night? Here’s a collection of highlights, as tweeted by a student. Here are some reaction pieces from ESPN.com, Soccer By Ives, and Jeff Bradley.

— Around the league, looks like Cordell Cato saw some more preseason action for San Jose, D.C. United made a surprisingly move acquiring Carlos Ruiz in the allocation process, looks like Nigel Reo-Coker will be signing with the Whitecaps, and Mikael Silvestre‘s salary will reportedly be quite significant with the Timbers.

— Also, here’s another story on what’s going on at Chivas USA, here’s a feature on LA Galaxy star Robbie Keane, and here’s a look at the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

Michael Gspurning was high up on this ranking of MLS goalkeepers.

— Did you see Alexi Lalas was on the Colbert Report to talk about match fixing?

— Wednesday was a wild day of action in the UEFA Champions League with a huge upset and an American scoring for just the second time in the knockout rounds. Highlights and a roundup here.

— In some various links, Manchester United’s CEO will be stepping down in June, the New York Cosmos made a couple more signings, sounds like the Algarve Cup will be available on pay-per-view, and here are some notes from a CONCACAF press conference (the Gold Cup could be played every four years in the future).

— A former trialist here is back to his scoring ways at Charleston.

— Lastly, it sounds like the battle for the Cascadia Cup trademark rights is still ongoing.

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