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One of England's rising clubs could be facing Sounders in friendly

West Ham is reportedly coming to Seattle.

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West Ham United is expected to come the United States for a summer friendly tour and apparently they could be facing the Seattle Sounders while they are here. West Ham blog KUMB -- who's been around for a bit -- was the first to report the possibility, and it has since been picked up by several other fan outlets. It is worth noting there were similar reports back in January 2015, and that game never materialized.

That said, having the Hammers pay a visit wouldn't be a huge shocker. The Sounders have been open about the fact that they aren't planning to bring in a big-name European opponent along the lines of Chelsea or Barcelona -- as they have in previous years -- but West Ham are hardly slouches.

Barring a late-season collapse, the Hammers even have an outside chance at qualifying for European competition next year. Their 51 points are actually good for sixth place, three points behind a Champions League qualifying spot and two points shy of a Europa League position.

They are currently led by occasional France international Dimitri Payet, who has eight assists and nine goals this year, including this stunning free kick

West Ham has been a solidly mid-table club during most of their recent history -- having played in the Championship as recently as 2011-12 -- and finished 12th last year. But under Slaven Bilisic, they are generally considered one of the more fun teams to watch and are on pace for their best position since finishing fifth in 1998-99.

And there's reason to think this might be a bit more sustainable as West Ham is getting ready to move into the renovated Olympic Stadium next season, which will nearly double their home capacity.

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