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July 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Gold Cup doubleheader set to kick off (Thursday links)

gold cup 2013A doubleheader of CONCACAF Gold Cup action is set to kick off tonight at CenturyLink Field. Panama and Martinique each won their first Group A game Sunday and will play at 5:30 p.m. Mexico and Canada each lost Sunday and play at 8 p.m.

Here is my preview story, focusing on Mexican coach Jose Manuel de la Torre being under fire for a run of poor results, including World Cup qualifying.

Elsewhere in CONCACAF, it sounds like Belize players were offered money to fix Tuesday’s game against the U.S., and SI.com did this interview with the confederation president.

Let’s get to some links:

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A report from Portugal indicates Fredy Montero‘s transfer to Sporting Lisbon is complete pending a physical in the coming days. The report says the transfer free is $3.25 million that can increase to about $5.2 million based on performance. It also notes that Millonarios will get compensation, too. Though this is a disturbing story regarding Sporting Lisbon.

— In another international report, it sounds like defender David Navarro might be trying to turn Sounders interest into a new deal with Levante.

— It appears goalkeeper Andrew Weber, who is set to sign with Seattle, isn’t leaving Phoenix FC on the best of terms.

— The Portland Timbers will host the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, which wasn’t the best-kept secret. Regarding this year’s All-Star Game, Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio was the late addition to the Fan XI.

— Lot of MLS transactions recently, as New York signed a former Ugandan international, Chivas USA acquired a forward from “Big Chivas”, Colorado completed the transfer of defender Chris Klute, and Sporting KC has loaned out forward CJ Sapong.

— Also, Shaun Francis signed with the Fire, RSL made a cut to open up a roster spot, and the Rapids are hoping to acquire a youth international who’s been training with the club.

— Police are investigating apparent threats made to Davy Arnaud on Twitter.

Rafa Marquez didn’t have nice things to say about MLS.

— Lastly, the Sounders Women have put together a guide for the playoff race.

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