Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009
Sometimes there are odd little intersections between my previous life as an Arabic Linguist in the
US Army, and my current lives of coffee and/or soccer. It always brings a small smile to my face.
Well this week, we get to see THE David Beckham travel with AC Milan to Doha, Qatar and face my
The first round of Qualification/Play-in matches have been announced, except for the small detail
concerning the Sounders v Real Salt Lake. Today we are going to take a look at possible dates for
the Sounders v Real, and if Seattle can host Round One. First the current schedule Winning this in
year one would be amazing, [.
Twenty Thousand season ticket holders and equivalents. Sure seems like a lot, right? Sigi Schmid
doesn't think it is enough. He has lofty goals, and they go well beyond the original 24,500 seats
announced. They go beyond the 27,000 that has been hinted at for the opener against Red Bull New
York on [.
So in listening to today's Ken Griffey Jr. Press Conference I started to ponder, "what would
it take for Sounders FC to have a Griffey?" It isn't that soccer can't have a transformative
figure, one with which entire communities identify, for we have seen it in other less than top tier
sports. Tiger Woods being [.
Well, while that was just a short time ago, now things are very different. In reading Jose Romero's
Q&A with Nate Sturgis today I read some disturbing news. Midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is in Sweden
rehabilitating from hip surgery, and he and midfielder Peter Vagenas are on track with their
recoveries to take the field for Seattle in [.
There was a rather big announcement that season ticket-holders get to see Chelsea for a very
reasonable price, of basically the price of their standard season ticket. That's huge. This also
means that the best seats in the stadium will be for fans of Seattle Sounders FC and Major League
Soccer. Qwest [.
There are now 33 players in camp or with MLS rights held by Seattle Sounders FC. Most of those are
competing for a Senior Roster slot, one of 20. All players currently under contract EXCEPT Steve
Zakuani are currently slotted as Seniors and can not be Developmental Players. So from the list of
So in efforts to get a better idea of the talent level in MLS and reasonable expectations for
player development I thought to look into peak age. Peak age I am first aware of from baseball,
where Bill James said that peak performance was most likely at age 26-28, rather than 28-32 as the
Come Friday the offense will get another spark, as Mike Fucito M/F out of Harvard and #46 pick in
the draft will join the team. Mike has been recovering from a hamstring injury that saw his stock
in the draft shoot down from where a 2nd team All American is typically drafted (top 20ish). I
By way of Goal.com SkySport24 is reporting that "the two clubs have reached an agreement to
complete the move." I say again REACHED AN AGREEMENT. It must be better than that idiotic 3M$
offer. Certainly MLS was used in this, but they better use AC Milan and David Beckham as well. Word
was that AC Milan and [.
As I had indicated on a recent gameblog at www.soundersfc.com I thought I would look at the numbers
that we could expect from Keller in his first MLS season, and how much influence the defense would
have on it. There's going to be some heavy lifting after the break, as I'm confused as to which
Now for something that I may continue as a regular feature, or if you have learned by now
semi-regular. I've had a lazy day arguing the difference in quality between the USL and MLS,
posting a bit here, but now for some entertainment. A Goal Celebration worth remembering Hattip on
that to Kenn From the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, [.
After four matches in which Seattle Sounders FC went 3-1-0 (W-L-D) against two MLS, one PDL and one
Chinese team, what is it that we know about the new Rave Green Club and its players? Fact - This
offense is good. Even without the drubbing of the Ventura Fusion Seattle scored 7 in three matches.
A few readers have indicated that they are interested in following Seattle Sounders FC but do not
really understand the beauty of the beautiful game. They still think along the lines of a group of
kids all chasing the ball in a large mass like insects. Things like 4-4-2, or 4-4-1-1, or 2-3-3-2
don't make [.
Here's a look at who has the most appearances, and in what role. 3-1 over LA Galaxy 2-0 over
Shandong Leueng 6-1 over Ventura Fusion Some of these are pending some clarification. Keepers
Keller - 1 Eylander - 3 Dragovan - 1 Guppy -1 Defenders Sturgis - LB, RB Wahl - 2 CB Graham - 2 CB
Riley - 2 RB Scott - 2 LB Jackson - 2 CB Danso - 2 [.
From the Seattle Times FLASH Khano Smith update: According to the Bermuda Royal Gazette newspaper,
Smith, a Sounders FC midfielder, is leaving the team in California tonight to fly to New York for a
physical with the Red Bulls Wednesday. Stay tuned for more on this impending trade. Ives had rumor
of this earlier.
Romero wins the horse race getting his game story up first. For me the note is the outside speed of
Zakuani creating in the box and drawing a penalty. Fredy Montero converts. Zakuani started at Left
Wing of a 4-4-2. The main surprise is reading that Sturgis started at left back. Brad Evans seems
to be Ljungberg [.
Matt Gaschk at www.beta.soundersfc.com has a short video of Zakuani up from yesterday. I post it
today in honor of Steve's crossing two milestones. -his first full MLS game, a pre-season against
the LA Galaxy @3PM -his reaching legal drinking age in the USA; Happy Birthday Steve More on Steve
from my own interview with him earlier.
Well, if you were dissatisfied with the new Sounders FC proshop there are now other options for
SSFC inspired apparel. It is real, and here from Joel and his crew at www.emeraldpitch.com. They
even got the beanie I've been wanting. My favorite shirt might be the thermal, as its been cold
lately. The have other items, so [.
Jose Romero just put up his prognostication of the starting formation and players in the first ever
game for Seattle Sounders FC. Its a 4-3-3, and Danny Jackson is listed as likely to be starting
alongside his USL partner. Expect a lot of substitutions. It is notable that Zakuani will not be
starting on [.
Michel Platini, the UEFA President, wants some dramatic changes in the rules governing club
competitions in Europe (which includes Israel, Faroe Islands and some Central Asian nations).
Oddly, he can not effect league play directly, but on the Champions League and Europa Cup. His wish
though would be that if he implements changes in the [.
I was recently asked if Seattle Sounders FC could make the playoffs in year one. Which considering
that there are 15 teams in the league, as asking "Will this expansion team be an average team
in the league?" That question isn't that hard to answer. For me, the goal is to win 7 or [...]
Respond by using them. Not just for a transfer fee, but to continue to build the sport within the
traditional sports media. The Sun in England is reporting that the fee being discussed is in the 10
Million dollar range, and that's a great start. But MLS needs more than money and [...]
Seattle Sounders FC and our great Puget Sound are joining Major League Soccer. There are some
unique rules and regulations that both make MLS uniquiely American, and yet in ways still keeps to
its European roots. I intend this peice to be an introduction to the league, its unique rules, its
teams and [.
The United States has made the Hexagonal Round of World Cup Qualifying and quite simply has to be a
top 3 team, a 4th place finish and a play-in round would be completely unacceptable. On Feb 11th
the USA faces CONCACAF rival Mexico in Columbus. Unless you were very lucky you won't be [...]
Damn! Damn! Damn! Ives has Cam Weaver about to wear the Amway motif for San Jose. I'm bitter in
some ways, as he was one that I really wanted to return. Hope the passion of the South Bay is
enough for him, at least he gets to come to Seattle twice next year.
If you listened to my radio interview with Jason Churchill you found out that a particular player
who has yet to be with the club was listed as maybe joining Sounders FC down in Oxnard. Well, it
seems like that is still a week from happening, at least according to Mike Fucito Harvard student
So I had the opportunity today due to taking a vacation of joining Jason Churchill of Prospect
Insider and 206Ball for a little soccer talk on the internet radio. You can give it a listen on a
player here after the break. In other news the beta version of Soundersfc.com launched today, and
This will be my last post of the day. I have to watch the Super Bowl, it is like a holiday for me,
full of friends and food and beverage. The game is just the excuse. Steve Zakuani will be watching
today. Something he started once he came to the States. Sigi Schmid will [...]