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June 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Check out our World Cup preview coverage

The World Cup is just a few days away — amazingly — and our preview coverage for the big tournament published Sunday.

My story was a feature on U.S. national team captain Clint Dempsey and looking at his World Cup through three perspectives (for country, for club and for Seattle). Many say the Sounders FC star will play an integral role if the team is to have success in Brazil, of course, but is there more than can come from role at the World Cup? Can his participation be an entry point to new Sounders fans? Might it attract another star to Seattle in a midseason signing? Those are some of the issues the piece explores.

Also, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid will be a guest columnist and analyst for us throughout the World Cup. He wrote a preview column, where he breaks down each group and offers some predictions. Here is a sample from Group F: “Nigeria is an enigma. Obafemi Martins in his form would have helped them.”

Don’t forget our pick ‘em game, King of the Cup, where you can win prizes from the Sounders, and here is a downloadable match guide.

Lastly, here is a video I shot with Schmid to preview the tournament:

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