At the time of this post, we’re within an hour of kickoff in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. More on the teams and schedule a couple posts down on this blog, and MLSsoccer.com has a nice primer on the tournament if you’re new to it.
Regarding Seattle’s opponent, Tigres UANL lost its top forward Emanuel Villa for the series with a leg injury (though the team did have time to make a Harlem Shake video, as seen above).
Also, if you’re looking for a place to watch Wednesday’s opener to the Sounders quarterfinal, consider a viewing party at Golazo headquarters downtown.
Let’s get to some other links:
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— Sounders officials have indicated the pursuit for Obafemi Martins is still ongoing. The latest reports from Spain on the saga are here and here. Levante, of course, starts its UEFA Europa League Round of 16 matchup with Russia’s Rubin Kazan on Thursday.
— MLSsoccer.com has posted its Team of the Week (which features Sounders FC’s rising star DeAndre Yedlin) and its Castrol Index ratings (which doesn’t have any Seattle representation following the Montreal defeat).
— Here’s a story from Seattle Pacific University on famous alumnus Marcus Hahnemann and wife, Amanda, on their return home.
— Around the league, here’s an interesting story on the treatment of Canadian players, LA’s hat trick hero Mike Magee won MLS Player of the Week, and the league office released a statement regarding the rumors of Miami expansion.
— MLS commissioner Don Garber sat down for a long Q&A with Jeff Carlisle.
— Well done Sons of Ben.
— Want to see how Jozy Altidore‘s 24 goals rank with the best in Europe? Also, here’s an Insider ESPN piece on who’s rising and falling with the USMNT. Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson are each mentioned.
— Local youth soccer club Seattle United has become an official partner of the West Ham United International Academy. Sounds like it could be very cool. Here is the club’s director of coaching, Jimmy McAlister, on the announcements: “I am thrilled to have a relationship with such a prestigious and world famous youth academy. The West Ham Academy has always had a reputation for producing world class players. Seattle United players and coaches have a tremendous opportunity to learn from the best. I truly hope this relationship will grow over the years.”
— There will be bigger seats at the World Cup for “obese fans”?
— Sounds like Mario Martinez will be called up by Honduras for World Cup qualifiers later this month (no surprise). I wonder how many other Sounders will be, too…
Gracias Dios por una nueva convocatoria a la H.. Representar tu pais no tiene precio..
— Mario Martinez (@mariomartinez_7) March 5, 2013