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May 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

USMNT hosts Belgium in 5 p.m. exhibition (Wednesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgWe know all about the U.S. Open Cup action resuming Wednesday, especially with the Sounders on the road to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies at 4:30 p.m.

There will be another game of note around that time as the U.S. men’s national team hosts Belgium in a 5 p.m. friendly in Cleveland. The Seattle duo of Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans joined the team earlier this week, so we’ll see how much they feature in a tuneup for later World Cup qualifiers. DaMarcus Beasley is set to get his 100th cap and some players were forced to withdraw earlier this week due to injury.

Here is a reminder of the upcoming schedule:

Sunday — vs. Germany in Washington, D.C. (friendly)
June 7 — at Jamaica (World Cup qualifier)
June 11 — vs. Panama in Seattle (World Cup qualifier)
June 18 — vs. Honduras in Sandy, Utah (World Cup qualifier)

Let’s get to some links:

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— Is Turkish club Besiktas interested in Sounders FC’s on-loan forward Fredy Montero? Sounds like it’s possible according to reports here and here.

— Down in Tampa, here is a story on the old NASL history between the Sounders and Rowdies heading into U.S. Open Cup action.

— Academy forward Jordan Morris, a Mercer Island, made a substitute appearance for the U.S. U-20 national team Tuesday. The U.S. lost, 4-1, to host France in the Toulon tournament, and Morris apparently acquitted himself well.

— Referee assignments aren’t always news, but they are when Ricardo Salazar is assigned to a Sounders game. He’ll be in charge of the Chivas USA game Saturday. It’s the first Seattle game for Salazar since coach Sigi Schmid was suspended and fined for criticism of the ref last October.

— Around the league, one paper in Toronto says it’s always ‘year zero’ for the club up there, D.C. United has signed a Nyassi brother, a couple ex-Chivas USA youth coaches are suing for discrimination, and did you see New England coach Jay Heaps answer a reporter’s cell phone in his postgame press conference?

— No Bruce Arena for the Galaxy’s Open Cup game in Carolina, see that?

— One report says the MLS All-Star Game could be against AS Roma while another says Valencia.

— Here are the latest NWSL power rankings from the league website. And here’s an attendance watch.

— There is a deal through June 15 for a local soccer camp later this year featuring some Italian legends, including Fabio Cannavaro and others.

— In some miscellaneous reads, here is a piece on the differences between American and British soccer broadcasters, here is an interesting interview with UEFA boss Michel Platini, and FIFA boss Sepp Blatter made some potentially offensive comments recently.

— Lastly, Robbie Rogers was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show, which you can listen to here.

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