The U.S. men’s national team will look to join Mexico and Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals Sunday.
With Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson having joined the group, the U.S. is set to face El Salvador in a 1 p.m. quarterfinal in Baltimore, where a soldout M&T Bank Stadium is sure to be full of bipartisan support. The Americans, on a federation-best eight-game winning streak, are aiming for a fifth Gold Cup championship.
In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Mexico squeaked by Trinidad & Tobago and Panama crushed Cuba. The other quarterfinal Sunday is between Costa Rica and Honduras.
Elsewhere, Monday is the last day you can apply for tickets for the Mexico qualifier.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Ex-Sounder Mario Martinez is set to join Uruguayan club Nacional, according to a report. The rumor appeared to be substantiated with Martinez himself retweeted it. Interestingly, Nacional features another familiar face in former Sounder Alvaro Fernandez.
— In some transfer window rumblings, the Sounders apparently have competition to acquire Roberto Chen (Mexican teams can likely offer more) and Lucas Neill is being linked to an MLS move (he was once rumored to be on Seattle’s radar). The Sounders have reportedly made a bid for Sebastian Prediger, as well.
— Elsewhere around the league, here’s a feature on Federal Way native Kelyn Rowe, Sporting Park got some love, and HBO has done a feature looking at claims against Chivas USA for alleged discrimination.
— Fun feature here on EJ the DJ.
— Phil Woosnam, the commissioner of the old NASL, has died.
— There is a new league set to kick off locally in 2014 called the Evergreen Premier League. Find out all about here.
— Lastly, here is the latest episode from MLS Insider…