Here are a couple developing stories as of Thursday morning…
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— We learned Wednesday night that Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson was one of four call-ups to the U.S. men’s national team for the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was uncertain how much time the forward would miss, particularly if Seattle had worked out an agreement for this weekend, like the Galaxy did with defender Omar Gonzalez, but that isn’t the case. Johnson will join the U.S. immediately in Baltimore for Sunday’s quarterfinal against El Salvador, meaning he’ll miss the Sounders’ home game Saturday against Colorado and possibly next week’s home game against Chivas USA if the U.S. is still alive in the tournament. Johnson hasn’t played in the Gold Cup since 2007.
— Also, there is a Panamanian report saying Roberto Chen is set to join the Sounders on a one-year loan following his participation in the Gold Cup. The report cites the San Francisco FC president as the source, and credit Sounder at Heart for passing along the link. Chen, 19, had been training with Seattle a couple weeks ago and coach Sigi Schmid has already talked about the team’s interest in the defender (which dates to 2011).