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August 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

USMNT, with two Sounders, set to take on Bosnia-Herzegovina (Wednesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgSounders FC’s Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans are expected to feature for the U.S. men’s national team in a friendly at Bosnia-Herzegovina at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann offered some interesting insight to their call-ups in this piece with American Soccer Now, where he says the USMNT “badly needed them to be competitive against Bosnia.”

That is certainly a good indication to their standing as we approach the 2014 World Cup, as SI.com wrote about. MLSsoccer.com caught up with Johnson and Evans, respectively, here and here.

In other U.S. Soccer news, Aron Johannson has been approved by FIFA to switch national teams from Iceland to America and will be available today. Defender Michael Orozco had to withdraw from the team earlier in the week due to injury.

Elsewhere, Peter Vermes and Joe-Max Moore will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame before a Oct. 11 qualifier in Kansas City.

Let’s get to some other links:

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— First off, I was a guest on the Nos Audietis podcast recently, which you can listen to here.

— Did you see this tattoo of Clint Dempsey on a fan?

— Elsewhere around the team, the Sounders are all over this list of biggest American soccer crowds this year. And you can design the scarf for season-ticket holders in 2014.

— Grantland looks back at a photo shoot that will never be forgotten.

— Around the league, it looks like Toronto FC is closing on a big signing, FC Dallas loaned Bobby Warshaw to a Swedish club, and don’t miss this piece from Robbie Rogers on the idea of protesting the upcoming Olympics in Russia due to anti-gay policies.

— The Portland Trailblazers sold naming rights to the Rose Center, and it will now be called the Moda Center. Moda, of course, is the jersey sponsor of Reign FC, which fell to the bottom of the NWSL power rankings amid a three-game losing streak.

— In some miscellaneous links, Sounder at Heart is hosting a beer release and viewing party on Aug. 31, check out this great story on group planning a soccer game on Mt. Rainier for wounded veterans, and congratulations to the “Seattle’s Best” team that went to Italy for the World’s Masters and took gold.

— Sounders Women’s star Erin McNulty has signed with a team in Norway and Sounders U-23s star Chris Brundage as signed with a team in Finland.

— Lastly, here’s a goal from Fredy Montero over the weekend that you just have to see…

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