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June 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson on preliminary Gold Cup roster (Saturday links)

concacaf logoPreliminary rosters for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup were made available Friday, and Sounders FC’s Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson were included in the U.S. men’s national team’s list of 35. The final roster will be trimmed to 23 by June 27 before the tournament kicks off July 7.

Coach Sigi Schmid said he talked to USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann about Evans’ and Johnson’s involvement:

“We have sort of had our discussions and have an understanding of where it is for them,” Schmid said. “I wasn’t sure if Evans was going to stay all the way through all the World Cup qualifiers. It looks now like he might be, so if he is, I think his chances of being in the Gold Cup are decreased. And same thing with Eddie.”

You can check out all the preliminary rosters for all 12 countries here (you’ll notice Mario Martinez isn’t listed for Honduras).

Let’s get to some links:

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— Also in CONCACAF news, the 24-team field for the 2013-14 Champions League is nearly set. And also in USMNT news, the team will play a Gold Cup tuneup on July 5 against Guatemala in San Diego, and Jozy Altidore (featured by The Washington Post) is reportedly drawing interest from Lazio and Schalke.

— Around MLS, bad news in Columbus as Eddie Gaven has an ACL injury, here is an update on Kenny Cooper and his latest concussion, Vancouver’s coach is confident of a turnaround, and the MLS Cup will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 on ESPN.

— Chivas USA, amid a discrimination lawsuit, put out this statement. And the team’s fans are raising funds for some sort of anti-ownership display.

— In an Open Cup update, Sporting KC’s loanees to Orlando City won’t be allowed to play against their parent club in the fourth round of the tournament. OCSC responded here.

— Reign FC’s defense was voted MVP of the NWSL’s Week 7.

— Here are ESPN’s top 11 influential USWNT players.

— Did you see former Sounder Freddie Ljungberg is set to take on an ambassadorial role for Arsenal?

— Lastly, the Sounders Women played to a 2-2 tie against the Colorado Rush on Friday. And don’t miss this winning goal (a bicycle kick in stoppage time) by Blake Wise to give the U-23s a 1-0 win against Washington Crossfire. It’s at the 3:43 mark…

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