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April 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

USA-Panama tickets on sale (Tuesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgTickets for a June 11 World Cup qualifier between the U.S. men’s national team and Panama went on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. That game, of course, will be played at CenturyLink Field — the first qualifier to be played in Seattle in 37 years and the first stand-alone USMNT game here since 2003.

Your sources to get those tickets? Ticketmaster.com, calling 800-745-3000 and the CenturyLink Field Box Office.

Capacity for the stadium has been set at 42,000, since there will be a Mariners game going on at the same time across the street. The cap is in accordance with city code involving simultaneous events in the same area.

Panama is currently leading the final round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF, so it should be a huge game.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Here’s your April Fool’s Day roundup. Fortunately, I did not fall victim to anything (I think).

— Santos Laguna has arrived and provided this preview and the league website caught up with Herculez Gomez the other night. Also, there will be a local viewing party for the road leg on April 9.

Michael Gspurning was named to this website’s MLS Team of the Week. Brad Evans made the top 20 in the Castrol Index; five Real Salt Lake players did, too.

— Around the league, Houston’s home unbeaten streak is matching records, Portland’s Will Johnson was voted MLS Player of the Week, and here are the referee assignments for next weekend (Chris Penso is working the Sounders-Revolution game).

— Regarding our national teams, Abby Wambach has been a very vocal opponent of playing the Women’s World Cup final on turf. On the men’s side, DaMarcus Beasley‘s resurgence is continuing on the club side. Also, the federation is having some more centennial celebrations this week.

— On the local scene, academy products Darwin Jones and Dom Dismuke are joining the UW men’s team for spring soccer. Another academy alum, Aaron Kovar, was deemed the runaway favorite as the best future pro in the Pac-12, according to the conference’s coaches. The Sounders U-23s added some more players for the upcoming season.

— Manchester United and Manchester City are coming to play an exhibition stateside this summer.

— Goalkeepers have been in the news on the international scene. Here’s one who scored a late equalizer and here’s another who took some swings at a pitch invader.

— Lastly, another great video from the trip to Azteca Stadium…

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