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Tuesday soccer reading: All-Star game in Philly, ManU-Chelsea match on KCPQ

Lots of local media is introducing new goalkeeper Michael Gspurning this week. Here's my story from today's TNT.

A few other news nuggets from around the league and the region:

KCPQ 13 will show the ManU-Chelsea match live at 7:30 a.m. on Feb 5.

I asked Sounder forward Fredy Montero if he noticed any difference in the way the new MLS ball plays. He said no. (Which is why this is a note, rather than a story.)

The USA women meet Mexico tonight in Vancouver, B.C.

Here's an Oregonian look at the Portland Timbers' upbeat start of training: "The Timbers have a number of new faces in training camp, including Colombians Jose Adolfo Valencia (forward) and Hanyer Mosquera (central defender)."

Real Salt Lake has signed a new 30-games-in-HD deal that "might be the best in Major League Soccer." Details here from the Salt Lake Tribune.

The San Jose Earthquakes report that nine of the 12 suites planned for their new stadium already have been sold... although the stadium itself still faces hurdles.

Here's a preseason overview of the Houston Dynamo ... which inexplicably remains in the Eastern Conference this season.

As expected, Philadelphia was awarded this season's All-Star game. It will be played July 25 at PPL Park -- the Union stadium, not the Eagles stadium. Opponent to be named.Meanwhile, the Sounders train again this morning at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. I'll be back after that with reports from the session.