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April 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Arlo White to lead NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage (Thursday links)

The Sounders return to training this morning after a two-day break. Elsewhere, a former voice of the team has been in the news.

In conjunction with plans for the NBC Sports Group’s upcoming Premier League coverage, the company announced Arlo White will be its lead play-by-play voice. It’s expected that he’ll still cover the occasional big MLS game, but he and his family will be heading back to England for the start of the next EPL season in August.

All 380 Premier League games will be covered by the network.

For coverage on that stuff, check out SI.com, ProSoccerTalk and The New York Times’ soccer blog.

Also, Philly.com has very thorough coverage, with mention that Portland’s John Strong will be NBC’s new lead voice for MLS broadcasts, a Q&A with White, and thoughts on how MLS will be affected.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, Seattle Reign FC has announced that Virginia Mason Medical Center will be the official medical services provider for the team through the 2015 season. William Callahan has been appointed the team’s physician.

— Philadelphia’s May 4th home game against the Sounders is being deemed Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you…”). Seriously.

— Here’s a recap of Kansas City’s 1-0 road win Wednesday against the Red Bulls.

— Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis spoke with reporters recently as his father in law fights for his life following Monday’s bombings in Boston.

— Around the league, a couple Sounders were in the Castrol Index’s weekly top 20 (though a Revolution player was tops) and DeAndre Yedlin is one of the leaders in the league website’s rookie rankings. Also, Vancouver has waived forward Paulo Jr., and D.C. United’s Carlos Ruiz will be getting an award from CONCACAF.

— Regarding Alan Gordon‘s three-game suspension for use of a gay slur, here is more from a Bay Area columnist and also San Jose president Dave Kaval in a statement. This Goal.com story says MLS is falling short when it comes to its equality campaign.

— The guys on ExtraTime Radio talked with Shoreline’s George John and about Osvaldo Alonso‘s USMNT prospects on a recent episode.

— Did you see Costa Rica will play its U.S. qualifier at Estadio Saprissa instead of the regular home venue?

— A local product was named NASL player of the week, here’s a roundup of the NWSL weekend, Orlando could be making progress toward a stadium in its MLS pursuit, and Real Madrid is the most valuable club in the world according to Forbes.

— Add this to the list of worst PKs ever.

— Lastly, it’s not soccer, it’s not Seattle, but be sure to check out the national anthem from Wednesday’s Boston Bruins NHL game…

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