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April 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Ticket sales for USA-Panama qualifier in Seattle at about 27,000 (Wednesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgTickets for a June 11 World Cup qualifier between the U.S. men’s national team and Panama — a game to be played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle — went on sale to the public Tuesday morning.

About 24 hours later, ticket sales were about 27,000, according to a U.S. Soccer spokesman. The figure was first reported by Jeremiah Oshan and has been subsequently confirmed.

Capacity has been set at 42,000 (in accordance with city code due to a Mariners home game across the street at the same time), but there have been slight hints that it could grow if interest demanded as much.

Elsewhere, a June 18 qualifier versus Honduras in Rio Tinto Stadium has already sold out its 20,000 capacity.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning has been nominated — twice — for MLS Save of the Week. He’s also been named to MLS Teams of the Week by the league website and Soccer By Ives.

Andy Rose, believe it or not, is the top ranked Sounder in the Castrol Index for the 2013 season. He’s at No. 73 overall in MLS.

— Around the league, ESPN.com has this look at the season so far, with the struggles in Seattle earning mention. The league website also recaps March, but in video form. And L.A. Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee has also been voted MLS Player of the Month.

Peter Vermes and Joe-Max Moore have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

— Looks like FIFA has its choice for goal-line technology provider.

— Lastly, MLSsoccer.com breaks down Real Salt Lake’s winning goal versus the Sounders on a cheeky set-piece…

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