Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2011

Adam Johansson's Signing: Proof Sounders Are Done Or Just Getting Started?

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Adam Johansson was officially introduced to the Seattle media on Friday. Joining him on the call was Seattle Sounders Technical Director Chris Henderson. Depending on how you chose to interpret Henderson's comments and some recent developments, the Sounders are either very close to a finished product or merely just starting to round into shape.

Adam Johansson Starting Right Back Adds All Around Talent To Position

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Seattle Sounders FC signing Adam Johansson fills the hole at right back left open from the loss of James Riley, but Technical Director Chris Henderson sees him as adding more to the role rather than a like-for-like swap;

I think losing James Riley, a seasoned veteran in our league, it's tough to lose James.

Alvaro Fernandez Agent Says Palermo Interesting If Contract Offer Right

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Every single agent should say that their player, particularly one of Alvaro Fernandez' quality, is interested in playing for Palermo, a team in a better league for more money. That Fernandez' agent did so is not a surprise. Palermo is a mid-table team in Serie A this season already on its third coach.

MLSsoccer.com: As a native of the Seattle area, what has it been like watching the Sounders take...

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MLSsoccer.com: As a native of the Seattle area, what has it been like watching the Sounders take off in the region?
Rowe: It's been great. The fan base is unreal. You walk through Seattle and half the people you see are in Sounders gear, it's just an amazing movement.

Sepp Blatter Gave Jack Warner World Cup Rights For 1$

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Sepp Blatter Gave Jack Warner World Cup Rights For 1$

Yep, a buck.

Can they both just go away? It's just laughable that Blatter is going to finally get rid of corruption.

Sounders Mining Unique Foreign Shores

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Various MLS teams carry associations with particular regions for their foreign players. The Chicago Fire rode their ability to scout Eastern Europe (decent football, middling economics) to an extraordinary launch for their franchise. D.C. United uses non-major nations from South America (decent football, poor economics) to become MLS first dynasty.

Adam Johansson Officially Signs With Seattle Sounders

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A couple days after seemingly every news outlet in Sweden announced the signing, the Seattle Sounders made it official: Adam Johansson has joined the team on a multi-year deal. Johansson has played most of his professional career with Swedish power IFK Goteburg and has seen semi-regular time with the Swedish national team since making his international debut in 2009 against the United States and playing in three World Cup qualifiers that year.

Transfer Rumor: Sounders Reportedly Close To Signing Denmark's Christian Sivebaek

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It looks as if the Seattle Sounders may be close to adding another new name to their roster: 23-year-old Christian Sivebaek. According to a report out of Denmark, the team is close to signing the midfielder/fullback, who is the son of former Manchester United and Denmark international John Sivebaek.

Dynamo Acquire Nathan Sturgis

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Dynamo Acquire Nathan Sturgis

Once called the most average player in MLS (he's the basis for our tools) and once traded for a first round pick, the former Sounder was acquired from Toronto for a conditional Draft pick.

Exploring National Identity Through US National Team

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On a Tuesday morning Washington native and former United States Youth National Team player Preston Zimmerman (wiki) raised questions of national team identity over twitter (his twitter). It started with a critique of Jurgen Klinsmann's player selection

I thought it would be cool getting Klinsmann as US National team coach, but I think it's actually worse than when Bradley was coach.

2011 Soccer Tools Review: Outfield Players Lost

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Last year we started a project to talk about players based on their tools. The idea was to get an outfield position neutral judgement of players based on seeing how they behave on or off the ball when the team either possesses or defends as well as how they use their physical attributes. The scale is an average starting center midfielder set at all 6s while a replacement level player would be straight 5s.

Cascadia v Canada Part 3

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Cascadia v Canada Part 3

Read the other parts as well, but this one kind of grabs me the most, almost certainly because it is one that I share.

"Long Range Goals" A Necessary History Lesson

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It took me too long, but I cracked open Long Range Goals, by Beau Dure last night. An inability to sleep combined with strong writing meant that I also finished the book. Dure you may know if you read USAToday, frequent SB Nation's MMA blogs or read ESPNw, or if really dedicated you read his blog (SportsMyriad).

Transfer Rumor: Sounders Appear To Have Signed Sweden's Adam Johansson

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It appears the Seattle Sounders have made their first move toward filling their hole at right back, signing Swedish defender Adam Johansson, according to this article in the Gothenburg Post. Erik Friberg first alluded to the signing with a tweet in which he said: "Congratulations Sounders for your new Sweeede.

Mrisho Ngassa v Cordell Cato Indirect Competition For Speedy International Prospect Slot

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With rumors of Cordell Cato reaching a contract agreement and Mrisho Ngassa's club still waiting for confirmation that Tanzanian international will return for another training stint with Seattle Sounders FC it could be said that Hanauer & Co went for the U-20 Trinidad player rather than the East African U-23.

Jeremiah Writes A 2012 Wish List For MLS

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Jeremiah Writes A 2012 Wish List For MLS

And I agree with all of them, but there's one missing. A potentially huge one; I want to see a deep run by the US U-23s in the Olympics with stellar performances by Adu, Bunbury, Shea, Hamid, Wenger and Valentin. Imagine the USA beating Great Britain in London riding the backs of MLS' best young American talents.

Roger Levesque Wins MLSSoccer.com's 'Celebration of the Year'

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Roger Levesque Wins MLSSoccer.com's 'Celebration of the Year'

Well, at least the timing was appropriate this time ... MLSSoccer.com awarded Roger Levesque their "Celebration of the Year" for his scuba-diving maneuver against the New York Red Bulls. Former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux was given the runner-up prize for his AT&T Flash Mob dance.

Off-Season Turnover Has Left Sounders' Core Largely Intact

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Even for the most faithful Seattle Sounders supporters among us, this has been a bit of a rough off-season. The numbers fairly illustrate why: Nine players that were part of the team during the final game of the season are no longer here. Those players represent more than 14,000 minutes of all-competition playing time or about 29 percent of the total minutes played by the team.

Open Fiction Friday - What's that? A Different F Word?

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Often our entry into the weekly OFF-topic post is flavor, but after a week in which I compared Kurt Schmid to an Aes Sedai I thought it may be a good time to talk about some of my favorite books. Clearly I'm a huge fan of "Ender's Game" (and the two streams of sequels). No one who reads this site on a regular basis can miss a reference to these books.

Sounders Answer Rest Of Alliance Questions

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After the live Q&A session Seattle Sounders FC committed to answering the rest of the questions that were submitted by Alliance members. Many of these passed through my hands at some point, though not all. Several had to be condensed together as they covered similar issues. But in the final versions of the questions as submitted to the club through the Council or through twitter submissions they answered.

Sounders Director Of Youth Programs To Also GM Sounders Women

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Sounders Director Of Youth Programs To Also GM Sounders Women

Seattle Sounders FC's youth programs are a way for the team to get further in tune with talent around the state while also developing the broader game in Washington. Today the head of that program formally joins the Sounders Women (not owned nor operated by Seattle Sounders FC).

Kurt Schmid Is A Magician

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The Seattle Sounders talent scout and assistant coach is often just thought of as Sigi's son, this discounts his work efforts as recently profiled at SoundersFC.com. A rare man of the Rave Green and Capitol Blue Ajah he hunts for players that hold that certain spark. He travels from Qalm (from where Cato is looking to succeed) to Shienar (a cold forlorn place where they are known to be good fighters).

US Open Cup's Problems Not So Easy To Fix

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US Open Cup's Problems Not So Easy To Fix

No one is a bigger fan of the US Open Cup than the guys at TheCup.US. Josh Hakala and company know more about the tournament than just about anyone this side of the organizers, and maybe more. That said, there are some scary facts in this piece. Perhaps the most bothersome is the fact that in the past three years, only nine of 117 matches not involving the Sounders drew at least 4,000 fans.

"The Seattle Sounders have seemingly great fans, but it's not really genuine,'' he said. "It's fans...

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"The Seattle Sounders have seemingly great fans, but it's not really genuine,'' he said. "It's fans pretending to be European soccer fans. It's almost like a costume party, with folks wearing scarves and whatnot. Who wears scarves? For crossover fans -- guys who are fans of both the Sounders and the Seahawks -- would you ever in a million years see one of those scarf-wearing Sounders fans wear a scarf to a football game?

Sounders Academy Philosophy, Structure And Future

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The first part of Sounder at Heart's recent conversation with Darren Sawatzky featured a few players from this year's U-18s. This second section is more about what the Academy is and how Seattle Sounders FC is handling it. The conversation is lengthy, but shows the efforts the team is taking to develop not just future pro players, but men.

Kasey Keller Apparently Auditioned At ESPN

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Kasey Keller Apparently Auditioned At ESPN

Hardly the focus of this Q&A with ESPN's soccer editor James Martin (who knew they had one?!?!), he mentions that Kasey Keller was auditioning for a broadcast job with the sports leader. Otherwise, there's some interesting stuff in there about how Keller sees the soccer world.

'Nothing Official' But Sounders Reportedly Sign Trinidad & Tobago's Cordell Cato

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This isn't the big name signing that Seattle Sounders fans have been hoping for, but it sure looks like they are close to signing Trinidad & Tobago teenager Cordell Cato, a forward/midfielder who has played for his country's U-20 team. The Trinidad Express says the deal is basically done, but Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer was more cautious when asked for comment.

Current Academy Class Replacing Strong Alumni

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As Seattle Sounders FC's Academy enters its winter break to rest and recharge they stand in strong in the standings. The U-18s are first in the Northwest Division and seventh by PPM among teams with 10+ games. At the U-16 level the team is dominating tied for first by PPM with 10+ games and in first in the division.

He recommended I go play for the Charleston Battery in the USL, and have them keep tabs on me. He...

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He recommended I go play for the Charleston Battery in the USL, and have them keep tabs on me. He mentioned in his speech at the end that the Sounders had a kid they drafted who didn't do too well in his first year, so he went to Charleston and really played well, and now he's back with them.

Mattocks, Wenger To Sign Generation Adidas Deals

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Mattocks, Wenger To Sign Generation Adidas Deals

Per the link above they would join Garza. For Sounders fans who signs GA deals may not mean much as it isn't likely that many fall to Seattle's 15th pick, but it would mean that better senior talent would be ready.

Notable: Dom Dwyer is a fallback target for a GA deal, but was at the Sounders Vegas Combine.

Are the Sounders Cheap?

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It's a common refrain from Seattle Sounders fans that the ownership of this team is profit-taking, or not adequately investing in player payroll. Whether these conversations occur here, on various message boards, over twitter or even through the most submitted question to not be answered at the End of Year Meeting it may be the most common negative thought surrounding the team.

Sounders Trinidad Combine Jan 2-4

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Sounders Trinidad Combine Jan 2-4

It is part of a larger program to increase awareness of T&T's soccer skills.

Sounders Academy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

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Tukwila, Wash.-- Seattle SoundersFC U18 Academy team (6-4-3) overall and U16 Academy team (9-2-2) overall played Vancouver Whitecaps FC today in a northwest division showdown in United States Development Academy (USSDA) play.

The U18 team lost by a score of 1-3.

Goal Scorers: Ian Lange

The U16 team won by a score of 4-0.

Video of the Sounders Academy U-18 team's only by loyal reader bmvaughn. From this angle,...

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Video of the Sounders Academy U-18 team's only by loyal reader bmvaughn.

From this angle, doesn't look like a goal.

Sounders Vegas Combine Discovers Talents, Calibrates Staff

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One of the writers for another SB Nation MLS blog is wondering if the Seattle Sounders get enough from their Vegas Combine. Shouldn't a team with Seattle's resources be able to capture more talent out of the draft than just those that attend the MLS Combine? Possibly this is true, but it ignores that the Sounders Vegas Combine discovered many talents and it offers the scouting and coaching staff a three day calibration clinic.

Open Flavor Fridays - Start Me Up

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Sure, it's midday Saturday, but that doesn't mean the week should go without an OFF-topic post.

The theme this week is the starter/appetizer/amuse bouche/small plate/tapas, by now I think you have the point. Some day, after winning the lottery or finding some rich patron, I would love to do a soccer & beer bar that only serves starters.

Pac-"12" soccer threatening to become Pac-5 with SDSU leaving

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Pac-"12" soccer threatening to become Pac-5 with SDSU leaving

Despite the name, the Pac-12 only has 6 schools that play soccer, and it gets to that number by including a school that isn't part of the Pac-12 in the major sports - San Diego State. Now SDSU is moving to the Big West. Only having 5 teams would prevent the Pac-12 from playing in the NCAA tournament, but it sounds like they'll hold on to SDSU until a replacement can be found.

USL PDL Open Qualifying Change

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USL PDL Open Qualifying Change

According to the Kitsap Pumas (linked above) they automatically qualify for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup since they won their division. Joining them would be the Portland Timbers U-23 side, as they were the best remaining American team.

Other qualifiers based on last year's standings in the PDL (and assuming that this is true for all PDL divisions) would be the Michigan Bucks, Chicago Fire, Des Moinse Menace, Real Colorado Foxes, Long Island Rough Riders, Reading United, MPS Portland Phoenix, New Hampshire Phantoms, Carolina Dynamo, Northern Virginia Royals, Laredo Heat, Chivas El Paso Patriots, Mississippi Brilla, Central Florida Kraze (now Orlando City U-23), Fresno Fuego, Ventura County Fusion

Now that would be 18, so I may be jumping the gun.

Big Clubs Are Interested In Osvaldo Alonso: A Test In Sounders Fans' Faith

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Osvaldo Alonso recently suggested some Premiership teams might be interested in acquiring his services. Unsurprisingly, being as he is a professional soccer player, he is open to this possibility. None of this should really come as news.

The question is: How much concern should this cause us as Seattle Sounders fans, who clearly want our team to have as many highly talented players as is possible?

CECAFA Tanzania National Team Scouting Report

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This report is from East African based blogger/coach Tom Legg ( @tomlegg on twitter) who writes over at Eastern Promise. If you're on twitter you noticed a few retweets that showed that he followed the tourney. He and I have also talked over email a bit about Mrisho Ngassa, Tanzanian league play and Seattle's ambitions over there.

Ozzie linked with EPL clubs

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Ozzie linked with EPL clubs

This is in spanish unfortunately. Alonso is quoted as saying "I know that I'm being looked at by several teams in the Premier League, but I'm concentrating on working here [in the USA] and if something comes about, I'd welcome it."

No clue if this is completely unfounded or not or if 'El Nuevo Herald' is legit.

Nos Audietis Episode 35: Keepers, jerseys, trades, and transfers.

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In the last few weeks the Seattle Sounders have lost a total of 9 players by draft, transfer, trade, retirement, and just about every other way you can think of for a team to lose a player. This week we talk about those loses and what the team will do to fill those gaps.

We have an audio clip from the December 7th press conference call with new Sounders netminder Michael Gspurning (Guh-SHPURN-ing), answering Jeremiah's question as to how long he would like to stay in Seattle.

Sounders Alliance End of Year Meeting Recap

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When the Alliance Council asked for a larger role in the planning and execution of the End of Year Business Meeting the goal was for a more streamlined event, less repetitive Q&A and an increase in participation overall. On those three goals we probably got 2.5 right. This recap is built from the team's official live blog, my tweets from backstage and my memory of the event.

Montero leading scorer across all competitions

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Montero leading scorer across all competitions

DeRosario may have won the Golden Boot, but he was not the leading scorer across all competitions involving MLS players. Montero won that distinction. According to MLS this is only the fourth time this has happened.

Sounders Team And Site Awards

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Seattle Sounders players vote to recognize their vision of the MVP and Defender of the Year. This differs slightly from recognition given by Sounder at Heart in that here there are awards for Offensive, Defensive and Young Players of a given season. Still there is a certain overlap.

Osvaldo Alonso's performance in 2011 earned him recognition from both his teammates and readers here.

So let's start talking about 3rd kits

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So if there is one thing I learned last night at the end-of-year Alliance "Business" meeting it is that it apparently takes two years for adidas to scour the globe to look for the most hideous color combinations of highlighter shades to use in our 3rd kits... well, that and the fact that the Sounder training staff doesn't give "happy endings" and Drew Carey likes pain killers (but who doesn't?

Matt Gaschk's Liveblog of the 2011 Sounders FC Alliance Business Meeting

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Matt Gaschk's Liveblog of the 2011 Sounders FC Alliance Business Meeting

Follow along over at the official site. Something interesting always happens at these things.

Mauro Rosales Officially Re-Signs With Sounders, Could Be A Designated Player

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After months of speculation, it is finally official: Mauro Rosales has re-signed with the Seattle Sounders. Exact terms of the deal were not released, as this is MLS, but the team has confirmed that Rosales has signed a multi-year deal that could make him a Designated Player. Rosales will be announced as the team's newest signing as the first order of business during Tuesday's End of Year Business Meeting

Rosales' contract would qualify him to be categorized as a DP, but the team is holding off on finalizing that part until they determine if the required allocation dollars would be better used elsewhere.

Erik Friberg, Malmo FF Agree To 3 Year Deal

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Malmo FF interest in now former Seattle Sounders player Erik Friberg started before recent circumstances opened his availability. After paying a transfer fee (Oshan via Twitter), the Swedish club and Friberg agreed to a three year deal with undisclosed payment terms. It is assumed that a substantial number of tacos are involved.

It was as if M Night Shyamalan were directing a documentary on football tactics, the 3-1-4-2 virus...

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It was as if M Night Shyamalan were directing a documentary on football tactics, the 3-1-4-2 virus sprouting uncontrollably across the globe.

Jonathon Wilson on the 3-1-4-2

Jake's big on this trend and while it isn't one that is likely to be used by Seattle there is an MLS team that does this at times, the LA Galaxy.

Erik Friberg Transfered To Malmo FF Of Sweden

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The young Swedish midfielder is on his way to Swedish club Malmo FF after a one year stay with the Seattle Sounders. Per league policy terms were not disclosed, but the word "transfer" reveals an interesting nugget. Adrian Hanauer did exercise that option and then orchestrated a move. This not only opens cap space, a roster slot and an international slot, but may involve more allocation.

USSF Plans 40% Increase In Officiating Funds

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USSF Plans 40% Increase In Officiating Funds

If throwing money at a problem solves things, than things are about to get much better. Link via Washington Post.

Marc Burch Selected By Sounders | Jaqua, Noonan Move On

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Seattle Sounders FC clearly wanted one player in today's Re-Entry Draft Stage Two when they made a last minute trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps for the number one pick. Moments later they selected MLS veteran and former D.C. United player Marc Burch. Burch's 2011 salary is reported to be 97.5k, but is subject to renegotiation per the RED rules.

In a late-breaking trade executed less than an hour before the start of Monday's Re-Entry Draft,...

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In a late-breaking trade executed less than an hour before the start of Monday's Re-Entry Draft, the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps have swapped draft positions, giving the No. 1 overall pick to the Sounders and dropping Vancouver moves to No. 14 in the order. More details on the trade will be revealed by the clubs.

Time To Vote For Constitution/Charter Running Out

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Time To Vote For Constitution/Charter Running Out

Click on the title/link above to vote. I've made the case for yes, but I beg you vote.

If you are an Alliance member you may also be interested in the Alliance End of Year Meeting. Speakers include Drew Carey, Joe Roth, Gary Wright and Adrian Hanauer.

Sounders Rumored Interest In Ever Alvarado Appealing Direction

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Don Garber's goal to become a top soccer league in the world will take many different efforts. One of those is likely to be MLS teams attracting strong young talent from other leagues in CONCACAF. The Seattle Sounders appear to be interested (Goal.com) in one of those, leftback Ever Alvarado (Football-Lineups).

Fitting Roles Into Crowded Sounders Midfield

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It is a good problem to have, namely more starting-calibre talent than starting spots, and this is the problem that the Sounders already appear to have in their crowded midfield for 2012.

With Mauro Rosales, Alvaro Fernandez, and Osvaldo Alonso all seeming to be virtual locks in any "best XI", Lamar Neagle, Erik Friberg, and Brad Evans all having proven themselves capable of starting a match, and Steve Zakuani looking to recover from his horrific injury last April and re-join the fray, it becomes pretty clear that the 2012 Sounders already have a logjam of talent at midfield.

Sounders Will Likely Have To Contend With Herculez Gomez During CCL

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Sounders Will Likely Have To Contend With Herculez Gomez During CCL

US international Herculez Gomez has reportedly joined Santos Laguna, the Seattle Sounders' opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Santos Laguna is currently playing in the Mexican Primera's Apertura final.

Re-Entry Draft Stage 2: Unexciting And Expensive

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There was a time when I liked a couple players in the MLS Re-Entry Draft for the Seattle Sounders to pick up in Stage Two and talk into less money. First Bobby Boswell renegotiated with the Houston Dynamo and then Bobby Convey went to Sporting Kansas City at a cut rate (rumors say 200K$). Now the list of available players is absent of the really appealing names.

Who will be the next Captain?

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Move to the front page for the sake of discussion on this rather dull weekend. - Jeremiah

Very simple question: who will replace Kasey Keller as captain of the Sounders this season?

Some thought it might be Riley: it clearly won't now. I've included some likely possibilities, as well as an 'other' option.

Open Flavor Fridays - Tacos! and Authenticity

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There's something about a good taco - hard shell, or soft; Street cart, sit-down or home; chicken, steak, ground whatever or veggies; corn or flour; authentic or - they have a great appeal. An appeal so large that Erik Friberg has probably the most famous tweet in Seattle Sounders history. It was one word - tacos.

Transfer Rumor: Seattle Sounders Confirm Interest In Costa Rica's Heiner Mora

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While still a ways off from being able to announce a new signing, Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer confirmed reports that the team is pursuing Costa Rican international Heiner Mora. Hanauer also said the team would be looking at the 27-year-old as a right back, although Mora has played several positions during his 18 appearances with the national team.

Depth Chart: 3XI - Enlarged to Show Detail

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The Sounders have lost more players this season than any previous MLS off-season. That's without the official losses of Pat Noonan and Nate Jaqua who could still be drafted in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft on Monday. But there have been three retirements, the odd departure of Miguel Montano with basically no compensation, the expansion draft loss of James Riley and the trade of Tyson Wahl for allocation money have Seattle with plenty of openings.

Mrisho Ngassa and Tanzania are out of the CECEFA Cup. Ngassa did net one goal in Tanzania's four...

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Mrisho Ngassa and Tanzania are out of the CECEFA Cup. Ngassa did net one goal in Tanzania's four games. A goal purely based on his speed.

Hope You Like Michael Gspurning, He Might Be Here A While

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Hope You Like Michael Gspurning, He Might Be Here A While

One thing jumped out at me during Wednesday's teleconference: Michael Gspurning really seems smitten with Seattle. That can't possibly be bad, and could mean that he's going to be here for a long time. Here's what I said about that at the Seattle regional site.

Heiner Mora To Sounders Moving Towards Truthiness From Rumor?

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Current Saprissa and Costa Rican right sided player Heiner Mora to the Seattle Sounders rumors are shifting from "just another rumor" to "hey that sounds legit" based on his latest interview with al Dia. Both he and the President of Saprissa are quoted in the story that an offer is on the table. Now, there have been a handful of players who have been quoted as signed with the Sounders that never donned the Rave Green, so this isn't a certainty.

Sounders U16 Academy Profiled By ESPN High School

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Sounders U16 Academy Profiled By ESPN High School

Focus on defense, attacking from the back and then this quote from Jalen Markey about the upcoming game against the Vancouver Whitecaps

They're like our rival, even though they're new to the Academy. We want to get the win to show that we're the best team in the Northwest," Markey said.

Michael Gspurning Offers New Dimensions To Sounders

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As Sigi Schmid said several times today, "there is no replacing Kasey Keller." Instead Michael Gspurning is just the Seattle Soundersnext keeper. The Austrian Keeper is younger, taller and offers something that Keller didn't have. While he will need to make the saves and learn to command the backline as well as Keller did Gspurning offers a new passing option in the back.

Michael Gspurning Signs As New Sounders Keeper

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In today's announcement the Seattle Sounders made it clear that Michael Gspurning (guh-SHPURN-ing) is not replacing Kasey Keller, but instead the team's new goalkeeper. Long having been rumored to sign with the club, Gspurning's signing is finally official. The Austrian earned 3 CAPs with the national team and 96 appearances in the Greek and Austrian top-flights, twice being named an All-Star in Greece.

Miguel Montano Officially Joins Montreal Impact

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It has been a near foregone conclusion ever since he was first loaned out several months ago, but Miguel Montano officially signed with the Montreal Impact on Wednesday. The Seattle Sounders did not receive compensation for Montano, but GM Adrian Hanauer noted that his loan last year gave the team the flexibility to sign Sammy Ochoa.

Kasey Keller, current Fox Soccer Channel Analyst, future SSFC Analyst?

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Editor's note: Heard about this happening but didn't catch it. In any case, some fun speculation as to what Kasey Keller's appearance on Fox Soccer Channel could mean for his future with the Sounders. - Jeremiah

My wife and I almost missed it as we sat down to watch a DVR of Chelsea hosting Valencia in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage in what was an elimination game.

Just Another Reason To Think Michael Gspurning Is On His Way

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Just Another Reason To Think Michael Gspurning Is On His Way

At this point, there's really no reasonable doubt that Michael Gspurning is going to be joining the Seattle Sounders. The 30-year-old former Austrian international could be unveiled any day now. The latest reason to believe so is this article in Greece, which according to Google Translate says he is bound for the United States.

Some highlights of the US U-17 victory over Brazil at the Nike Friendlies. This is notable first...

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Some highlights of the US U-17 victory over Brazil at the Nike Friendlies. This is notable first because Sounders U-16 player Paul Christensen was the goalkeeper for the US and second because at the youth level the US outplayed Brazil.

MLS National TV First Kick Disappointing, Lacks Sounders

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In a season with high TV expectations from North American soccer fans due MLS on NBC, three Canadian teams and a huge local TV rights deal for the Los Angeles Galaxy the league will start with a lackluster lineup of games. Instead of Major League Soccer's television partners (NBC, ESPN, Galavision in USA; TSN in Canada) launching with the most popular teams in the nation thereby starting with a foot forward there will be some disappointment as the Galaxy nor the Seattle Sounders will be in the opener.

There's a new Adidas ball. This one, the PRIME, is exclusive for MLS. Nice clean look for sure, but...

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There's a new Adidas ball. This one, the PRIME, is exclusive for MLS. Nice clean look for sure, but how does it play?

"We continue to discuss the pros and cons to running a PDL team," Hanauer says, "and whether it...

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"We continue to discuss the pros and cons to running a PDL team," Hanauer says, "and whether it makes most sense to run an amateur version or a professional version. The reason for not running one, has simply been that we haven't calculated the benefits to be worthy of the expense.

All I Want For Christmas

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With joy in the air and consumerism driving television right now, my dreams are of big purchases for the Seattle Sounders. A little girl may want two front teeth, I'd rather two amazing fullbacks, possibly one as a youth DP. I know enough that these are just dreams, the reality is more likely a player like Heiner Mora and Ever Alvarado.

A vision of the future of the Alliance...

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As the (Acting) President of the Alliance Council, I've heard plenty of skepticism about the Alliance, whether it truly represents "Democracy in Sports" or not, and whether or not it is - or can be - a true voice for fans and a way for them to take some control in the operation of the Sounders.

I share some skepticism.

ECS Expanding Stadium Presence Significantly In 2012

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ECS has seen their gameday presence grow each of the Seattle Sounders' first three years in MLS. During the group's end of year business meeting on Saturday, ECS Co-President Greg Mokos revealed several changes for the 2012 season that will take their gameday presence to a whole new level.

Chief among the changes are ECS formally expanding into the upper sections of 121-123.

WPS - Save It, Or Start Over

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Women's Pro Soccer may not be failing, but it is in danger. Their sanction is in doubt as there are only five teams in the league for 2012. There is a lawsuit against WPS from a former team owner. While attendance was significantly up after the Women's World Cup there is an issue about revenue not being greater than costs.

Poll: Young Player of Year

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Polling for the site 'awards' (no physical award actually given) for Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year weren't really close. It looks like Moment of the Year will see a run-off just like in 2010. Moving into the Young Player of Year the contest may be more about hope than performance. In the past there were a handful of players with large amounts of playing time that would qualify for a U-23 roster.

Mauro Rosales Is In Argentina, Says He Signed Two-Year Contract With Sounders

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Mauro Rosales Is In Argentina, Says He Signed Two-Year Contract With Sounders

Assuming nothing was lost in translation, it would certainly appear that Mauro Rosales has signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Sounders. That he's already in Argentina, also indicates the deal is finished, as he said he planned to remain in town until he signed.

Taylor Graham Retires, Sounders Losing Another Humanitarian

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December 2nd is becoming a day of retirements it seems. Earlier today the Terry Boss retirement became official, and now Taylor Graham is also retiring. Graham's MLS career may be one easy to pass over in history, but if there is one thing he was and always will be is a Sounder. Over the past several years with the team in two iterations playing for Adrian Hanauer and Brian Schmetzer he won the Defender of the Year, twice was was names to the First Team in the USL as well as the Humanitarian of the Year in 2009.

Shorter Rotation For Sounders Forwards?

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Outside of Fredy Montero getting another long run of 75% or more of available minutes the Seattle Sounders FC have no clear favorite as to which of their remaining three forwards will get the most playing time. The declined options of Nate Jaqua and Pat Noonan do open minutes for the remaining three most used forward.

Open Flavor Fridays: Why are winter beers so malty?

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As always this is your open thread for the week to talk all things not quite Sounders &/or soccer related. The community guidelines still apply. Our entry to OFF-topic today is winter beer. I expect that those that imbibe have had a few already. I know I've been browsing from Brrrrr to Ebenezer to Snow Cap to Snow Day to who knows how many more.

Arlo White Exit Interview, Part 3: 'My Successor Will Call' Sounders MLS Cup Victory

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Finally, we've come to the end of my rather lengthy interview with former Seattle Sounders play-by-play voice Arlo White. In the first two parts, he dealt with some of the big picture stuff both about his time here and what led to his departure. In the final installment of the interview, many of the questions were generated by our readers.

"The negotiations with Miguel Montano are going well and we are very confident he comes back."

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"The negotiations with Miguel Montano are going well and we are very confident he comes back."

Nick De Santis, Montreal Impact Sporting Director. The story is in French, but there are these fancy translating tools that should give you the gist of the story. In any case, this is the most concrete thing we've heard about Montano yet.

Arlo White Exit Interview, Part 2: Accepting NBC Job Was A 'No-Brainer'

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Arlo White did not come to the Seattle Sounders with expectations of becoming an icon. Surely, he had expectations that he would be successful, but any hopes were far exceeded, as he said in Part 1 of our rather lengthy interview.

In Part 2 of the interview, we delve a little deeper into his relationship with the team and the fans and how that turned a virtual "no-brainer" decision to join NBC into what that required far more thought.

Cascadia Summit 2012 Canceled: Sounders Eye Friendly With Latin American Team

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The Cascadia Summit will be taking at least a one-year hiatus. The news about the preseason, round-robin tournament between the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps was officially broken by Timbers owner Merritt Paulson in this tweet:

piltdownman7Brett Graham @MerrittPaulson Will there be another Cascadia summit this season?

Deeper Dive Into The Charter

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Legal documents aren't really a fun look. There's something dry about them that takes away from what they can mean. Words like "whereas" or parentheticals for future reference immediately cause a glassification of eyeballs and headaches in many.

In the case of the vote for ratification of the Alliance Constitution and Sounders FC Alliance Charter maybe some perspective of what the Alliance Council was asking for in the Charter and how I view what it can mean for you as a fan of the team may give you a reason to vote yes to ratify the full documents.

Arlo White Exit Interview, Part 1: Ex-Sounders Broadcaster Bids Farewell

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When news first broke that NBC was pursuing Arlo White to be their soccer play-by-play voice for the upcoming season, many of us were in denial. By the time it was formally announced on Wednesday, it made perfect sense: This was a chance of a lifetime.

But whether or not Seattle Sounders fans could understand the move, it doesn't mean it hurt any less.

Short Eval of Paul Christensen (Sounders Academy) with U17s v France

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Short Eval of Paul Christensen (Sounders Academy) with U17s v France

As well as other players, but yes, there's a Sounder who played against France today.

Terry Boss Forced To Retire After Multiple Concussions

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Updated with press release from today. This is now official. Statements from Sigi and Boss.

Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Terry Boss suffered a concussion against Manchester United in the infamous friendly and a few weeks later another while suiting up for the Puerto Rico National Team.