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May 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Ticket sales for USA-Panama qualifier in Seattle up to 31,000 (Friday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgThe Washington Post got ticket sales updates for a bunch of U.S. Soccer games coming up. One of those was the USA-Panama World Cup qualifier on June 11 at CenturyLink Field, where sales are up to 31,000.

You might remember capacity for the game was set at 42,000, so there are tickets available.

And in another story from the federation, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he’ll be calling Stuart Holden — who has had to deal with several injuries over in England — into camp later this month.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, be sure to check out coverage (The Oregonian, The Associated Press, PortlandTimbers.com) on a special day in Portland, where an eight-year-old boy named Atticus, who is battling cancer, was able to arrange a game against the Timbers. His team won 10-9, and Atticus scored the winning goal.

— U.S. international Herculez Gomez talked to ESPN.com (an Insider report) on potentially coming back to MLS. So how about a move to the Sounders? “Seattle would be of serious interest for me, absolutely,” he said.

— Speaking of Gomez, his Santos Laguna team gave up four second-half goals to Monterrey in the second leg to lose the CONCACAF Champions League. In other international action, it will be Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final (an all-German affair). And Vancouver and Montreal advanced to the finals of the Amway Canadian Championship.

— Sounders academy forward Jordan Morris, who stood out in U.S. U-20 camp last week, was the subject of this MLSsoccer.com story.

— Around MLS, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy got a contract extension, here are some notes from commissioner Don Garber‘s visit to Columbus, Philadelphia forward Jack McInerney has been named Player of the Month, and FC Dallas defender George John (a local product) could be getting back on the national team radar.

— San Jose’s Steven Lenhart got a two-game suspension for this tackle against Chivas USA. His coach said his behavior needs to change going forward.

— The Equalizer looks at NWSL attendance from the past week. You’ll notice even if Reign FC draws around 3,000 in its home opener Saturday, that’s comparable to many other teams. The K.C. game this weekend gets the preview treatment from ProSoccerTalk, and here’s a local podcast featuring Seattle midfielder Jess Fishlock.

— The Sounders Women beat Seattle Pacific, 3-0, in an exhibition Wednesday.

— Gorilla FC is part of the 2013 Cascadia Soccer Supporter Group Beer Fest in a couple weeks.

— There has been some chatter about away fan ticket allocations for upcoming Cascadia games, and here is some explanation as to why they will all go to supporters groups.

— Lastly, a couple interesting reads: one takes a long look at artificial turf and the other takes a long look at a way to potentially improve MLS in the long term.

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