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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Thursday kickaround: U.S. women’s team wins in Sundhage farewell, World Cup qualifier ticket update, Klinsmann roster, Americans in Europa League, Arsenal eyes another U.S.-based prospect

*Here is ESPN’s video package from Pia Sundhage’s final match as U.S. women’s national team coach, a 6-2 victory over Australia in front of 18,589 in the Denver suburbs.

Next for the women’s squad: friendlies against Germany Oct. 20 at Toyota Park outside of Chicago and three days later at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn.

*The USSF and Sporting Kansas City are close to announcing a sellout (around 19,000) for the men’s World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on Oct. 16 at Livestrong Sporting Park — the decisive match in group play of CONCACAF’s semifinal-round qualifying. It’s a 7 p.m. ET start on ESPN2.

Juergen Klinsmann is tentatively planning to announce his roster on Mon., Oct. 8, four days before the penultimate qualifier at Antigua & Barbuda (7 p.m., beIN Sport).

*Americans in European competition:

Wednesday, Champions League

D Michael Parkhurst 90 in Nordsjaelland’s 2-0 loss at Shakhtar Donetsk

Thursday, Europa League

GK Brad Friedel and Spurs vs. Lazio (3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer)

MF Clint Demsepy and Spurs vs. Lazio

D Steve Cherundolo and Hanover at Twente (3 p.m., DirecTV 481, foxsoccer2go.com)

F Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna vs. Rosenborg (3 p.m., DirecTV 486)

MF Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg at Rapid Vienna

MF Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg at Levante (3 p.m., DirecTV 488)

MF Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona at Athletic Bilbao (3 p.m., DirecTV 484, foxsoccer2go.com)

F Josh Gatt (recovering from injury) and Molde at Copenhagen

*Getting word that Arsenal has its eye on another young Washington-based player: Jake Rozhansky, a U.S. under-17 central midfielder from Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., who has played for Olney Rangers for almost 10 years. His family lineage is eastern European.

The Gunners have already lined up Gedion Zelalem, a German-born midfielder of Ethio­pian descent who lived in the D.C. area and starred for Olney before moving to England earlier this year to prepare for formal entry into Arsenal’s academy in early 2013.

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