Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009
There is so much more I could write about today, but I will focus on the little bit of joy in the
new Major League Soccer schedule. There are some great nuggets for the soccer fan hidden in here.
First, we open the entire season, we already knew this, but still I can't wait for [...]
Really? Don't read anything into the Chairman of a English League Championship club showing up less
than 24 hours before a game in England but at a charity event in Fremont? Seriously? You don't
think that we'd look at that roster. Adrian, you don't think we would notice that a young American
defender hasn't been playing recently.
For fans of other sports and other leagues they might be in for a surprise about the rather
approachable and friendly nature of a Major League Soccer player, and particularly of Seattle
Sounders FC. This willingness to talk enabled me to catch-up over the phone with Steve Zakuani
after a dinner with several of his teammates.
Super Clubs aren't built on pretty boys, and they aren't built on goals scored. Quite simply, the
Super Clubs around the worlds leagues are built on consistent winning. I'm starting to think that
the problem in Los Angeles was not Alexi Lalas, but instead the higher ups like Anschutz. You see
after the Galaxy [.
A few weeks ago I took a look at CONCACAF Coefficients as worked out by Hexaganol blog. This was my
basis for ranking MLS in the 20-25 range in the world, as I tried to judge the performance of MLS
clubs in SuperLiga (not included in Hexaganol's work) and the performance of CONCACAF teams [...]
In my previous story on how supporter's groups can influence the level of talent signing to the
league as well as fan interest I failed to cover a major factor. This factor also relates to
expansion and the American/Canadian desire to see top-flight soccer in their home nation. This
factor is again how atmosphere/fan passion [.
Borrowed from the ECS boards Sounders FC Season Ticket Offer We just had lunch with Joe Roth and he
thinks we are gonna have an empty GA section...so we are doing an offer to fill the section up.
Take advantage boys/girls before soccer moms jump in!! When: January 21,22,23 How: Call your
account rep or ECS's account rep Eugenio [.
1st the BIG news Seattle Sounders FC will host Chelsea FC of the Premiership. This according to
Prost Amerika. This has long been rumored but it looks like Mr. Clare found enough data he's going
with it. It may be a friendly, but it will be an enormous crowd at Qwest, dominated by the [...]
Buzz Carrick has learned that Dax McCarty wants out of Dallas, but it seems that there isn't much
interest. Dax has played on the U-20 and U-23 US National Teams. A midfielder that has been
deployed in a holding role. He was named to the Best XI by CONCACAF's technical study group after
This relates to my previous posts on the level of available talent (Internationals and CONCACAFs)
that MLS ignores in order to keep costs down, as well as my post on what MLS can be in 5 years. You
see Major League Soccer is currently accepting bids for its two team expansion for 2011. There are
Dick Fain will be having Matt Gaschk on for a segment today to chat about the results of the Super
Draft. No word yet as to what time they will do their little chat. Fain in the past was kind enough
to give me 10 minutes to talk about how he will approach MLS in [...]
Non-soccer, obviously. But just another reason why SSFC should have more stuff up on YouTube (or
other player) concerning their players, the Sound Wave and the Alliance. Let us share and the World
My full draft peice was picked up by ProstAmerika. You can read it here. Quotes from General
Manager Adrian Hanauer, a coach at the Combine, the coach of Harvard and covering all four players
- Zakuani, Brown, Karkas, and Fucito. Also a nice little teaser of things to come, probably the
long term carrots of Montero and [.
I will have full thoughts late, but for now and quickly. Seattle got two first round talents today
(Steve Zakuani and Evan Brown), and made a gutsy pick of a guy who might have been first round
quality if healthy in Michael Fucito. It is also notable that both defensive players are Seniors,
which should [.
I received an email and had a breif phone conversation this morning with my previous source. He
wanted to be clear that this projected top 5 is pending several deals likely going down and
mentioned "wheeling and dealing." Here's his top 5 1. O'Brien White, Connecticut, Forward
2. Sam Cronin, Wake Forest, Midfield 3.
The MLS Combine has a few media members at it, sometimes giving conflicting reports. One has
Zakuani being a wing player that shows promise and the other says that he only showed flashes and
looked tired. With some conflicting media reports, and some foresight I managed to corral a North
American professional soccer coach who is [.
Read this story by Jose Romero at SeattleTimes.com and you read the following; Interesting tidbit
of the day: Hanauer said he has his full crew of staff and coaches at the combine, and that
includes the person the club is looking to hire as the final member of the coaching staff. Hanauer
wouldn't say who that [.
So MLS had a good idea once. Really and truly a good idea for a tourney between teams around the
Pacific Rim. A little one weekend thing with just two games for each of the four participants. The
Pan-Pacific Championship had two MLS clubs in it first year. One an actual champion, the [...]
Soccer/Football/Futbol is different from most professional sports in America. Most clubs don't have
cheerleaders, they don't need public address announcers or reader boards telling fans when to clap
their hands. Ideally, they don't even need a marching band. In Seattle's case we are going to have
the Sound Wave, but we will [.
Quite simply it happens by accepting change, by finding the players that you value more than the
other General Managers. It happens by admitting that you may have made a mistake, and recovering
from it. Today we have learned that Hanauer might be looking at dealing of talent, and possibly
The draft is next week and the once top heavy draft with four players that could go number has lost
some of its luster as Ike Opara stayed in school and it is nearly certain that Marcus Tracy goes to
Europe rather than stays home. Part of this is due to the nature of the Generation [...]
Our play-by-play man is going to have a full-time Monday through Friday job right here in Seattle.
710 ESPN Seattle is going to have Kevin Calabro on the air talking sports. Sure he's only one host,
but he's a huge name. Romero had it at the Times. Here's the blog entry at MyNorthwest.com The
Sportscape in the Puget [.
Its a notes column! Ok, Not quite, but there was some activity from Sounders FC today. 1st, as we
all suspected from back on the 22nd of December, Chris Eylander is the second keeper. The Examiner
has the story. This is the man who at one point held the record for most shutouts [...]
They do at Leeds, and most of the Premiership and at TFC here in MLS. Check this video out and see
just what the top flight teams are able to discover about their players and their opponents. With a
system like this statisticians and sabermetric types could actually answer the questions about
which players are [.
As it snows at my house again, I start to worry about work. Sure, the forecast says that I will be
fine and there will be no snow tomorrow. As I cruised the net, I found the following great video.
Its the Blue Scholars, and so may offend some due to language (PG-13 probably). [...]
The Examiner has a great interview with the star of the Sounders Super Search commercial.
I just like the gritty nature of the film technique as well as the way that the incorporate some of
our landmarks, while also a hint of comedy.
I have already shown that MLS is missing about about two full teams worth of players just from its
inability to adequately scout and sign vast swaths of the planet, in this case primarily Brazil,
but also Asia and the Arab world. But the fact is that there is a wealth of talent that would be
Oh, and Happy New Year! Well, not only should we be keeping track of the rare "Frees" but
the fact is that the Transfer Window is open. While most FAs will recognize that it closes on
January 31st, England (maybe others) will keep it open until 2 February. One of the key teams to
watch for [...]