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July 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Sounders FC close to signing Roberto Chen? (Tuesday links)

A Panamanian report has pulled a post on Twitter, apparently from a representative of Sounders FC trialist Roberto Chen, as saying only details remain regarding a potential signing.

Chen, in the past week or so, has certainly come to look like a prime candidate for an addition during the summer transfer window. Coach Sigi Schmid said Monday that the 19-year-old center back has “done well since he’s been here in training, so we’ll have to see how it goes from there. The Sounders have a few open international roster slots, particularly after the release of defender Ashani Fairclough.

Chen left Seattle on Monday to join up with Panama’s national team for the Gold Cup (they play Martinique at CenturyLink Field on July 11). He played against the Sounders as a young 17 year old in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League with Panama’s San Francisco FC.

“We’ve had an eye on him,” Schmid said. “We liked him then at that age, and obviously he did his ACL in between that, so he had to recover from there. In the interim, we’ve been waiting for him to heal and try to get him back up here so we could have a look at him. It was good for us to get a look at him and get to know him as a person.”

Let’s get to some links:

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— The latest reported figure on Fredy Montero‘s transfer fee is about $3.9 million (h/t to Jeremiah Oshan for the find).

— Around MLS, Chivas USA traded up in the allocation order to acquire Carlos Bocanegra. That means Seattle is now No. 2 in the order, a very valuable spot.

— Elsewhere, Chivas USA has also dumped four players, the Timbers signed four key guys to contract extensions, here are the referee assignments for next week, and you have to see this clip of San Jose’s Marvin Chavez breaking some ankles with stepovers.

— If MLS All-Star Game fan voting is your thing, you only have until noon Tuesday to get your ballot in.

— The New York Cosmos have signed a familiar name in Danny Szetela. In other leagues, here is a look at NWSL attendance and Oklahoma City appears to be a hot market for the lower divisions.

— SI.com caught up with U.S. forward Jozy Altidore, who continues to be all over the rumor mill for next season. Sunderland looks to be the leading candidate.

— In the Sounders development scene, here is a feature on rising prospect Jordan Morris and the organization has hired Marc Nicholls to start Seattle’s U-14 team.

— Congrats to soccer writer Brian Straus, who has landed a new gig.

— Lastly, the latest from MLSsoccer.com’s Instant Replay…

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