Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2015

2015 Player Profile #24: Thomás Bedinelli

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Young Brazilian attacking midfielders always get high expectations. Thomás Bedinelli arrived with a decent budget number, a bit of Serie B history and hopes. His stay in Seattle was short, lasting just a year.

Rank: 24 | Age: 22 | Starts: 9 | Appearances: 14 for 706 minutes | Bench: 8 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 1
all comps 1st team

Offense:

Thomas skills as most apparent with the ball at his feet.

Major Link Soccer: MOCK DRAFTS YESSSSSSSSS

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Who will the Sounders draft? Will anyone predict who they will draft before they've drafted? WE NEED TO KNOW NAO.

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Choose the best Washington beer(s) of 2015, and choose wisely.

MLS

It's MLS MOCK DRAFT TIME. Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer by Ives have both released the initial versions of their 2016 Mock Drafts.

Assessing Garth Lagerwey's first year in office

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"Incomplete" would be the most accurate grade, but what fun would that be?

Garth Lagerwey officially became the Seattle Sounders' president of soccer operations almost exactly a year ago (his signing was announced on Jan. 6). With the end of the calendar year nearly upon us, now seems like as good a time as any to look at what he's achieved in that time.

Behind the scenes of Clint Dempsey's 'trick-shot' Lexus commecial

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Lexus made a commercial with Clint Dempsey attempting a bunch of trick shots. The full commercial is fine and shows off some impressive skill. But what was considerably more interesting was the behind-the-scenes footage where we're given a bit more appreciation for just how difficult it was to get usable footage of each shot.

Major Link Soccer: Add San Diego to MLS' expansion wishlist

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The typical plethora of questions remain to be answered before a San Diego-based club could come to MLS, in 2020 or beyond.

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DeAndre Yedlin missed out on the 18 for Sunderland on Saturday as the club fell 4-1 away to Manchester City.

Tyrone Mears was the sole Sounder selected in FOXSports' MLS Best XI.

You've really got to see how Tottenham won their match

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We don't tend to share a ton of European action that doesn't involve the Seattle Sounders in any way, but the winner in Tottenham's game against Watford today is one worth diverting from normal practice for. First a little background: The Premier League table is in all sorts of chaos. Tiny Leicester City has been at or near the top all year.

San Jose Earthquakes sign Chad Barrett

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The Free Agent had five game-winning goals in two years as a Sounder

The exodus of the Seattle Sounders' middle class players continued today when the San Jose Earthquakes signed Chad Barrett. Barrett signs with the lesser club as their first ever Free Agent.

In his two years with the Sounders he scored 12 goals, five of which were game-winners.

Roman Torres injury update: Center back reportedly 'beating expectations'

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Román Torres still might not be ready to play until midseason, but everyone seems to agree that he's at least progressing well. First came word that he got through "stage 1" of the recovery with flying colors. Now, the Panama national team doctor seems to think the hulking center back is actually ahead of expectations.

Nelson Haedo Valdez isn't transferring to Cerro Porteño

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At least not right now.

While Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño is interested in Seattle Sounders Designated Player Nelson Haedo Valdez, it is unlikely he is transferring in the near future. The 32-year-old Valdez is part of the Paraguay National Team, and of course clubs in his homeland would appreciate the lure of one of their greats.

Major Link Soccer: Pacheco killed

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Pacheco was one victim in at least two soccer-related shootings

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Stefan Frei's presence in this montage of "Angry MLS Keepers" isn't a good sign of defensive cohesion.

Diego Forlan is finally open to an MLS move, years after the prospect could excite anyone.

Longtime MLS Sounders may remember a New York Red Bulls defender by the name of Alfredo Pacheco, who played for the New York club for 14 matches in 2009 (including one against Seattle.

2015 Player Profile #25: Troy Perkins

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Will Perkins be the last USMNT keeper in Sounders history?

Going through the history of Seattle Sounders keepers there has yet to be a season without a USMNT keeper on the roster. Troy Perkins may be the last of those (Keller, Hahnemann being the others). The seven-time capped American came to Seattle to be a backup.

2015 Player Profile #26: Darwin Jones

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The former Academy star has yet to rise to the occasion in MLS.

During the Dire Days Darwin Jones got his opportunity. Unfortunately, like all attacking players during that stretch, not much came of it. The UW graduate and Homegrown Player is known for his speed and tenacity. One more tool will need to emerge in 2016 in order for him to get more time with the 1st team rather than down in Tukwila with S2.

Major Link Soccer: Pep the Halls

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Pep Guardiola makes the move to Manchester.

The World

Pep Guardiola is officially making the move to Manchester City, and he'll be able to afford quite a few U-Hauls

If you're looking for another club to support, look no further than F.C. Santa Claus in Finland (who have quite the derby with Krampus United).

We figured out what every Sounders player needs for Xmas

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Most of you have probably opened your morning's fill of Christmas gifts and we're moving into that part of the day where we're transitioning into other parts of the holiday. And let's face it, the second half is the part many of us dread: When we need to spend several hours with our larger family.

Major Link Soccer: The Mexican Migration

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Everyone from MLS is off to Liga MX. An American group wants to buy Everton. And merry Christmas!

Seattle

I don't know what an Arrow Liver is, and I refuse to find out, but here is a great interview with Seattle Reign's (currently Western Sydney Wanderers') midfielder Keelin Winters. I really hope her liver is OK.

The Sounders are reportedly after Shane O'Neill, and it makes some sense

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Seattle could sure use a young versatile defender.

The Colorado Rapids sold Shane O'Neill in August of this year to a club in Cyprus, Apollon Limassol, and he was loaned almost immediately to Belgian side Royal Mouscron-Peruewlz. In his almost four months with the Belgian club, he didn't record a single minute.

Major Link Soccer - All I Want For Christmas is a Midfielder

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With Andy Rose off to Coventry, Seattle is down to only 3 Central Midfielders on the roster. I don't actually have another link to share on this subject but, if Mr. Lagerwey is reading this, I would like to remind him that there are only a few hours left of shopping before Christmas gifts are expected to be ready.

2015 Player Profile #27: Jimmy Ockford

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In 2014 Ockford got to play for the New York Cosmos, so he missed out on a couple trophies. This year he made the team sheet about a third of the available time, cutting into his play with S2.

Watching Jimmy Ockford in defense it is easy to forget that it wasn't until 2013 with Louisville in his senior year that he wasn't an attacking player.

Andy Rose inks deal with Coventry City

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The free transfer is for 18 months, as Coventry looks to climb into the Championship.

Just when you thought that Andy Rose might stay a Seattle Sounders midfielder, new comes out that Coventry City signed the 25-year-old. Today, Coventry announced that they and Rose reached agreement on an 18-month deal that will start in January of 2016.

Major Links: Preseason takes shape

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Mark January 22nd down on your calendar for a first look at the 2016 version of the Seattle Sounders.

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Choosing to return home to continue his career Leo Gonzalez signs with Herediano. The Costa Rican club was his first pro club for seven years before joining Muncipal then Seattle Sounders.

Leo Gonzalez returns to Costa Rica with his first pro club

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Leo Gonzalez is going home. The former Seattle Sounders left back has signed a contract with Herediano, the club with whom he started his professional career in 2000. Gonzalez played for Herediano for seven years, making 154 first-team appearances before a short stint with Municipal Liberia that directly preceded his move to the Sounders.

Sounders will open 2016 season at home, again

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In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Seattle Sounders will open their season at home for the eighth time in eight seasons. This time, the opponent will be Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m. and it will be aired nationally on FoxSports 1.

The following week, the Sounders will serve as the opponent in Real Salt Lake's home opener.

Sounders release full preseason schedule, including first day of training

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Sounders begin prep on January 22 for their SCCL quarterfinal against Club America

Seattle Sounders FC released their full preseason schedule today, including their first official preseason training session at Starfire Sports on January 22. Sounders will practice at Starfire until January 27, before heading to Tucson for their Desert Friendlies on January 28.

Ecuadoran winger could be on his way

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Marco Posligua tells media in Ecuador that he needs a visa to complete transfer.

As the Seattle Sounders need to get younger, faster and more technical, particularly on the wing, rumors from Ecuador rise regarding a 22-year-old outside mid. Marco Posligua spent the last couple years bouncing around his home nation's pro leagues, but is now telling Studio Futbol that he will probably be a Sounder.

Major Link Soccer: MLS faces important homegrown precedent

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With Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison having a strong rookie season, NYCFC's claim on the consensus top-five SuperDraft pick could force the league into a high-profile decision on Homegrown eligibility.

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MLS may be forced to set a Homegrown standard precedent by NYCFC's claim on Wake Forest freshman Jack Harrison; the club is citing his three years of play with youth affiliate Manhattan Soccer Club.

Consider this collection of Jordan Morris goals an early Xmas gift

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There's still no word on Jordan Morris' future -- short-term or otherwise -- but this video serves as a pretty awesome reminder of why people are so interested in this 21-year-old without any professional experience. All of these goals are from 2015, some from his time with Stanford, others with the United States U23 side and, of course, one with the senior national team.

Major Link Soccer: Would you boo ten goals?

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Real Madrid fans let head coach Rafael Benitez have it, even as their squad went on to score ten La Liga goals for the first time since 1960.

Seattle

The Seahawks, despite clinching a playoff berth in their win over the Cleveland Browns, have a growing injury list. Perhaps they should take Megan Rapinoe up on a joint rehab offer.

MLS Retirement Watch 2015

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Our annual look at the oldest players still plying their trade in the league, with a couple of particularly heartbreaking entries for Sounders supporters.

I grow old ... I grow old ...
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

-- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (T.

Sounders sign two young players to senior roster

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Competition for open senior roster spots is getting tighter after the Seattle Sounders announced the signings of Andy Craven and Tyler Miller. Both players represent a pipeline from S2 to the first team and highlight just how strong the 2015 draft class was. The Sounders now have five players from that draft class signed to senior-team contracts.

How the Sounders Must and Will Get Younger

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The biggest problem with the current Sounders FC roster may ultimately be the gaping developmental hole in the middle of it.

The Sounders opened their 2015-2016 offseason by retaining Sigi Schmid and releasing a number of depth players. In the wake of those moves, the team currently has 20 players on the Senior roster.

Garth Lagerwey on the Sounders Academy & Seattle Youth Soccer

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The Sounders GM says that youth soccer in the area is somewhat "Balkanized"

The Seattle Sounders are old. The fans know it, and we now know that the front office does too. Sounders General Manager Garth Lagerwey hopes to address short- and long-term success for the club by looking at how the Sounders academy operates, especially in its partnerships with youth soccer clubs in the area.

Montreal Impact get Panamanian midfielder Jeanine, beating out Sounders and Saprissa

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Sounders lose out on Jeanine as Montreal get their man.

Seattle has been tied with multiple Panamanian players the past few seasons but most recently to Pedro Jeanine of San Francisco FC in Panama. The midfield was tied to the Rave Green in August as signing with the club in the winter and the fire was fueled by Jeanine being at Roberto Brown's, Roman Torres' agent, combine.

2015 Player Profile #28: Andy Craven

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Craven is the first player to climb the organizational ladder from S2 to 1st team, unfortunately, that's when he season stopped.

In the last year Andy Craven went from senior signing by MLS prior to the draft, to cut, to USL contract with S2 to 1st team contract to injured. Hidden within that rough transactional period was play that indicated the Hermann Trophy Finalist from University of North Carolina has MLS quality skills.

Major Link Soccer: Silly Season in Full Swing

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Come on in, the speculation is warm!

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You can be in Sound Wave, no really, you.

United States:

Jurgen Klinsmann is looking to bring Jordan Morris' decision to the apex of its hype

Carli Lloyd brings a stellar 2015 home with a well-deserved U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

Reign Add International Spot, Send Draft Pick to Boston

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Seattle trades a late round pick to open up room for another international player, giving Laura Harvey room to work her recruitment magic again.

The Seattle Reign have traded a 2nd round pick in the 2017 draft to the Boston Breakers in exchange for one of their international spots for the upcoming season.

Major Link Soccer: Putin says Blatter should get the Nobel Peace Prize

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Seems like a fair trade for a World Cup! Carli Lloyd is rewarded for a very big year. The MLS Home Grown system is broken.

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Panamanian central midfielder Pedro Jeanine is popping up on the Sounders rumor radar again, and his agent is very familiar with the Seattle team at this point.

OFF: The force hasn't awakened and all the other movies I haven't seen

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NO SPOILERS TO THE NEW STAR WARS, oh and I haven't seen like any major movie so tell me what I should watch.....in case I ever do.

Let me start this by saying this post contains NO SPOILERS to the Star Wars movie. Also no comments are allowed to contain any spoilers to the movie in respect to our community that hasn't seen.

Obafemi Martins indeed has a green card

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That means he no longer occupies an international roster spot.

Although the formal announcement appears to have come in under the radar, Obafemi Martins obtained a green card at some point in 2015. The development first came to light when MLS released the roster updates for all 20 teams. A Sounders spokesperson later confirmed that the roster was accurate.

Copa America 2016: Seattle will host Argentina, potential USMNT quarterfinal

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CenturyLink Field will be skipped by USMNT in group stage, but it will get Leo Messi and Co.

The on-again, off-again Copa America Centenario is back on again, and this time it appears to be permanent. The tournament, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Copa America and feature six CONCACAF teams along with the 10 CONMEBOL nations, will take place from June 3-26, 2016 and could also be coming to Seattle.

What would it require to move the Seattle Sounders to a 3-man midfield?

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If the Sounders keep Alonso they are perfectly set-up to play with three central midfielders. If they do not have him, than Erik Friberg provides versatility in the search for a replacement.

For the six years of the Seattle Sounders existence, Sigi Schmid has almost exclusively used a 4-4-2 formation.

Klinsmann: Jordan Morris 'obviously' has to go pro now

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The USMNT coach says Morris has reached the peak of college soccer

In the latest chapter of the Jordan Morris saga, United States Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has publicly urged the Stanford junior to drop out of college and go professional after sealing his school's first-ever College Cup trophy last week.

Leo Messi-led Argentina will be coming to Seattle for Copa America

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Seattle will play host to three Copa America Centenario matches, including one of top-seeded Argentina's group stage encounters and a quarterfinal that could potentially include the United States. CONCACAF and CONMEBOL announced the tournament's four seeded teams, the sites for those teams' group stage matches and the hosts of each of the knockout stage matches on Thursday.

This Star Wars tifo will get you in the mood for 'Force Awakens' premiere

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CSKA Sofia is the most successful club in Bulgaria's history, twice having advanced as far as the semifinals in what was the rough equivalent of the Champions League. But after compiling significant amounts of debt, they were relegated out of Bulgaria's professional ranks in April. While ownership may have created a mess, there's still a strong and passionate fan base that isn't about to go quietly into the night.

Panamanian midfielder Jeanine reportedly still on Sounders' radar

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Back in August the rumor was that he would be coming in the Winter. It's essentially transfer season and the rumor is back.

Seattle Sounders FC need some help in the central midfield. Even if they retain Osvaldo Alonso they would only have the Cuban, Erik Friberg and Cristian Roldan are the only two currently under contract.

Major Link Soccer: US Women fall to China

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Wambach's final match wasn't a storybook, but maybe that's because it isn't the end of her story.

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Brad Evans is up in the current bracket for the "#MLSsoshies" awards which are for the MLS player with the best social media presence.

Marco Pappa to the Colorado Rapids is official, and the club's social media team appears to be excited.

USWNT v. China: How to watch Abby Wambach's last game

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It's the final match in the World Cup Victory Tour. It's also the last international game all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach will play in.

Later this evening, as the U.S. face China in their final Victory Tour match, Abby Wambach will step off the soccer field for the last time as a player.

What's next for Seattle's Homegrown Players?

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Garth Lagerwey gives updates on Kovar, Mansaray, and Jones

Seattle Sounders had three players with the Homegrown Player (HGP) designation last season, but all three failed to make much of an impact on the Seattle first team. Aaron Kovar, Victor Mansaray, and Darwin Jones all played significant minutes for S2 and impressed staff in training, but they were unable to be make more than a handful of appearances for the Sounders.

'Market will determine' whether Osvaldo Alonso stays, Sounders GM says

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The list of players remaining from the Seattle Sounders' inaugural season in MLS is already down to two, and it could get smaller before the start of the 2016 campaign. Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey recently confirmed the club is open to trading Osvaldo Alonso, which would leave Brad Evans as the last remaining player from that 2009 squad.

2015 Player Profile #29: Victor Mansary

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Seattle signed Mansaray at just 17 years old. Their first dip into the high school player pool earned youth national team calls and showed that potential is an amazing thing.

Victor Mansaray scored two goals with S2, one in USL action and the other in Open Cup play. His start to the season was powerful, exciting and then he faded away.

Major Link Soccer: #THANKSABBY

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Abby Wambach will play her final game for the USA tonight.

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Abby Wambach will play her final game for the stars and stripes tonight. Wambach and the rest of the USWNT will take on China in the New Orleans Superdome. Wambach leaves us with many iconic moments for the USWNT.

Osvaldo Alonso making first trip to Cuba since defection

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It was eight years ago that Osvaldo Alonso casually walked out of a Houston-area Walmart and started a new life. The decision to defect from Cuba was not one he took lightly, as it meant that he may never see his friends and family again.

That he established himself as one of the top players in MLS and became a U.

Coventry City likely to pass on Andy Rose

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The League One side does not think he's the type of player they need.

Despite being a "brilliant individual" who loves to talk about the strategy and tactics of the game, Andy Rose does not sound likely to be signed by Coventry City. Manager Tony Mowbray has not given up on the out-of-contract Seattle Sounders midfielder, and the overall prognosis from the trial is strong.

Seattle should bid for the Club World Cup

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Every December three clubs you've heard of (this year it's Barcelona, River Plate and Club America), and four more you probably haven't, compete in the Club World Cup. It's a poorly designed competition that takes the winner of each Confederation's Champions League (or equivalent) and puts them into a mini-tournament.

Sounders pile up more allocation money after trading Marco Pappa to Rapids

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Marco Pappa is officially heading to the Colorado Rapids after a trade was announced on Friday. The Seattle Sounders will receive an undisclosed amount of Allocation Money in return, giving the team some much-needed salary-cap relief. The also got a combination of general and Targeted Allocation Money from D.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of the Year: Final vote

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It's time to decide what moment best defined this tumultuous year in the world of the Sounders.

When you think back on 2015, or any season, what often sticks out is how it ended -- when did the team bow out of the playoffs, when was the Supporters' Shield totally out of reach, how did the Sounders fall short in the end?

Player Profiles: Charlie Lyon, Andreas Correa and Damion Lowe

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Sounder at Heart kicks off the annual player profiles with three men that saw no minutes and only a handful of moments in the 18 with the first team. These Seattle Sounders are all defined by their potential, rather than performance.

Charlie Lyon

Rank: 32 | Age: 23 | Bench: 4 (all comps 1st team)

Shot Stopping:

This is where Lyon looked the strongest.

Major Link Soccer: The birth of MLS Free Agency

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Justin Mapp made a reported $199,225 in 2015, making him eligible for up to a 20% increase in salary ($239,070) in 2016.

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Justin Mapp made MLS history on Monday, signing with Sporting KC and becoming the first player to go through the free agency mechanism agreed to in the newest CBA negotiated last offseason.

With Stanford legacy secured, Jordan Morris looks ready to go pro

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Sounders still have to be considered front-runners to secure his services.

It is tempting to suggest that after leading the Stanford men's soccer team to their first-ever College Cup title that Jordan Morris has now proven everything he can at Stanford. (Yes, I suppose there's still the possibility that he could fail to win the Hermann Trophy -- the sport's equivalent to the Heisman -- giving him one more thing to win, but that's something largely out of his control.

Sounders GM says they've already spent new allocation funds

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In other words, don't expect a bunch of new starters this offseason.

Looks like we may have gotten a little ahead of ourselves when MLS announced an influx of Targeted Allocation Money last week. While it's true that the Seattle Sounders -- like every MLS team -- have about $2 million of new money to spend over the next couple seasons, it doesn't necessarily mean they'll be able to go out and sign a bunch of new players.

Behind-the-scenes footage reveals Stanford's subtle Sounders influence

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Jordan Morris represents a rather obvious Seattle Sounders tie to Stanford's first-ever men's soccer national championship. The Sounders Academy alum did score a brace in Sunday's College Cup final, after all. But this behind-the-scenes footage also displays a more subtle influence around 3:09.

No, Sounders fans did not invent "boom, boom, clap" -- despite what the internet jokes may tell you -- but they are the ones who popularized in the United States.

Major Link Soccer: Kennedy to Galaxy

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Also catch how Club America bowed out of the Club World Cup

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If you're the LA Galaxy - presumably still a MLS Cup-caliber team with a revolving door at the goalkeeper position - what do you do to fix the problem? The Los Angeles Times reports the Galaxy's solution is trading for Dan Kennedy, the former Chivas USA all-star who missed time with FC Dallas last season with back injuries.

Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin nominated for US Soccer Male Player of the Year

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Dempsey is a three-time winner of the award

The United States Soccer Federation announced its nominees for Male Player of the Year today, a list that includes Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and former Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin.

Dempsey has won the award three times (2007, 2011, 2012), one short of tying Landon Donovan's tally of four.

Two Sounders academy standouts invited to MLS combine could still sign as Homegrown Players

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Ryan Herman and Jordan Schweitzer aren't necessarily headed for the MLS Superdraft, after all.

The initial list of invitees to the 2016 MLS Player Combine was announced Friday, including some familiar Sounders academy names, but the door isn't closed for Home Grown deals for those players with the Sounders first team, Sounder at Heart has learned.

Jordan Morris' second goal is a thing of beauty

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In what could be the last game of his collegiate career, Jordan Morris went out with style by scoring two goals in Stanford's 4-0 win over Clemson in the NCAA Finals.

Stanford wins College Cup behind Jordan Morris brace

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The Cardinal blow Clemson away by score of 4-nil.

If Jordan Morris goes pro during this offseason, he goes out on top. His two goals lead Stanford to a 4-nil win over higher-seeded Clemson. That score ties the largest blowout in NCAA D1 Men's Soccer College Cup history matching St. Louis Unversity's 4-0 over San Francisco.

College Cup Final 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NCAA soccer online TITLE

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At 11 AM Pacific Stanford and Jordan Morris start their attempt to win the NCAA Men's Soccer title. In their way is Clemson.

The two-seed Clemson Tigers beat Syracuse to advance. Their prize for doing so is to take on the USMNT forward Jordan Morris and his Stanford Cardinal. Stanford took 10 rounds of penalties to get past Akron.

Jordan Morris, Stanford advance to College Cup final

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Jordan Morris' dream year took one of its biggest steps forward when the Stanford men's soccer team qualified for their first-ever College Cup final by beating Akron 8-7 in a 10-round penalty shootout on Friday.

The game was scoreless through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 more minutes of overtime, though Morris set up a couple teammates for golden scoring opportunities.

Major Link Soccer: Jermaine Jones gets six games off

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For Jones' physical altercation with an official, the former New England Revolution midfielder gets twice the suspension that Clint Dempsey received from the league in the Open Cup in June.

Seattle

The Washington Post has a write-up on Lamar Neagle for unfamiliar DC United fans.

The Seattle Sounders have a new technology partner working on injury prevention: Say hello to Kitman Labs.

Jordan Morris named a MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist

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The Seattle's wunderkind's rocket trajectory continues as he becomes the first men's finalist from Stanford.

On the same day that Jordan Morris and the rest of the Stanford Cardinal will be kicking off their first College Cup game in 13 years, the Mercer Island native has been named a Hermann Trophy finalist — the first Sounders Academy graduate to ever achieve that honor.

College Cup 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NCAA soccer online

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Syracuse v Clemson is the 3PM Pacific under-card. The big show is Stanford v Akron at 5:30 PM Pacific. ESPNU is carrying it on TV. WatchESPN has the streaming.

The final four teams for the Men's Division 1 NCAA soccer tournament features the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th seeded teams in the nation.

Marco Pappa reportedly traded, Zach Scott possibly retiring

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Both players removed from Re-Entry Draft.

Although the Seattle Sounders chose not to make any selections in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft on Friday, they were still somewhat active. Shortly before the start of the draft, Zach Scott and Marco Pappa were removed from the list of eligible players.

Major Link Soccer: College Cup weekend kicks off

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Can Jordan Morris win his title and come to the Sounders already? The US spanks Trinidad & Tobago after fronting the money for their player's pay (ouch). The New York Cosmos still want to build a stadium for some reason.

College Sounders

It's NCAA College Cup time, and we've got your preview right here.

Open Flavor Friday: Pizzas and when movie franchises die

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This is your weekly open thread to talk all things not-soccer-related with the Sounder at Heart community. This series will continue until competitive matches dominate weekend content again.

As North American club soccer wraps up and the month of festivities and food got its start yesterday it is time to bring back Open Flavor Friday.

It's Carli Lloyd's award, but two Reign players nominated for USWNT's top honor

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There's no reason to put on airs, Carli Lloyd will almost certainly be named U.S. Soccer's Female Player of the Year. That's what happens when you win the Women's World Cup Golden Ball after leading the United States to a resounding victory in the final by scoring a hat trick. Most voters are going to look at those credentials and basically give her a pass on scoring just four goals in only 12 NWSL games for a team that didn't even make the playoffs.

Sounders bring in biomechanical video capture tech for injury prediction

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Seattle Sounders FC players may already be some of the most measured athletes in soccer, but they can add biometric 3D video scanning to their daily regimen after the team announced its latest sports science partnership.

The Sounders science and training staff, headed by Dave Tenney, always want more data points.

Ranking the Free Agents: Whom Should Seattle Target?

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All 27 MLS Free Agents, ranked from best to worst. Who should Seattle target? Who could contribute to the 2016 season?

The offseason kicked off fast and hard with the ever-exciting Waiver Draft, which saw fan-favorite Micheal Azira pack his bags to the tropical clime of Colorado. Friday brings on the always popular Re-Entry Draft 1, with RED2 coming next week.

Previewing the 2015 College Cup

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This weekend four teams enter, one team leaves (with a trophy, then the other teams also leave). Maybe that trophy will be in the hands of Seattle's Jordan Morris.

This weekend, the 2015 college soccer season comes to a close. In Kansas City, four teams will compete in three matches in two rounds to determine the one team that will lift a trophy and be crowned champions.

Major Link Soccer - Azira to Colorado

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The waiver draft is the first (and possibly most obscure) MLS draft of the off-season. It occurred yesterday, and the only move of the draft was the selection of our own Michael Azira by the Colorado Rapids. This means that he will probably end up in Colorado.

We've known for a few days that Lamar Neagle has been traded to DC United.

How to Date a Guy Who Hates Sports

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Ladies, we all know that the single most important goal in life is to meet a man, right? Jobs, friends ... who cares about those trivial things? As the Seattle Weekly points out in an article that doesn't appear to be satire, it can be hard to find a man in Seattle because so many of them like sports.

Sounders just got nearly $2M of new money to spend on players

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League injects $37 million into Targeted Allocation Money and Homegrown Player budgets

Just as it was looking as though the Seattle Sounders' hands were going to be somewhat tied this offseason, now comes some potential relief. Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday an infusion of nearly $2 million of off-cap money to be spent over the next two seasons.

Evaluating Sounders’ roster needs entering ‘draft season'

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Seattle is going to fill seven to nine roster spots by the time the 2016 season starts. Don't expect much to come via the Waiver or Re-Entry Drafts.

With all the waived players, option declines and ended contracts Seattle Sounders FC are at just 20 players on the roster. There are a lot of holes to fill.

Major Link Soccer: That Champions League feeling

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Manchester United crashed out, Manchester City left it late, and Ronaldo hit four.

World Soccer

Anthony Martial scored early and Wolfsburg scored late. The German club advances as group winners and United crash out of the Champions League into the Europa Cup. All of Tuesday's scores can be found here.

Marcos Senna a reminder that lack of rumors indicates little

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When, exactly, the Sounders were trying to sign the former Spain international, the fact that we're only hearing about it now is telling.

Silly season is just gearing up. Rumors of inbound players will surely start to fly. Some of those signings will come to fruition (Román Torres was a recent fanciful example) and a lot more don't (oh man, remember when we were signing Diego Forlan before he was really old?

Four Sounders available in Waiver Draft

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The club picks 15th in Wednesday's Draft. There's more drafts to come.

MLS teams that want former Seattle Sounders players will have four available in Wednesday afternoon's Waiver Draft. The Waiver Draft is at 1:30 PM Pacific with the Sounders picking 15th. Michael Azira, Thomas Bedinelli, Andreas Correa and Gonzalo Pineda are available to other teams.

Supporter Stories aims to tell your tale

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When it comes to the Seattle Sounders, the fans are often almost as important as the team itself. No, they don't literally win games and people aren't coming to the stadium just to people watch, but every week 40,000 or so people pile into CenturyLink Field and create an atmosphere quite unlike any other in the United States.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group D voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group D.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

Major Link Soccer: MLS offseason officially begins, rosters unfreeze

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With the culmination of the season on Sunday (was there a game?), MLS rosters unfroze on Monday, allowing teams to trade freely.

Seattle

B-Rad is being rad again, this time working with Seattle Humane's Animal People Can campaign along with his wife, Becky.

MLS

Today was the first official day of the MLS offseason, unfreezing rosters and revealing a handful of early trades; MLSsoccer's Trade Tracker has all the deets.

Lamar Neagle says farewell to Sounders fans

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Lamar Neagle is like a lot of us. He grew up wearing blue, green, and teal. The Kingdome and Memorial Stadium and Starfire were his sporting homes. Like some of us he went away to school. Like nearly all of us he was not drafted.

Unlike us he got to be a Sounder, three different times. It was an opportunity he earned through hard work and a love for all hues of green that are the Sounders.

List of MLS Free Agents and Re-Entry Players Released

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Planning for the 2016 season begins, as 86 players look for new homes next season.

The MLS offseason has officially begun today, as the league has released the list of players who are either eligible for the Re-Entry Drafts or who are outright free agents.

This is the first offseason with free agency — a change added to the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated just before the 2015 season began.

Chad Barrett tweets his farewell to Seattle

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Looks like the MLS veteran won't be returning to the Sounders in 2016

Chad Barrett, among the players to have contract options declined last week by the Seattle Sounders, tweeted a goodbye to the city and fans today.

I wouldn't leave if it was up to me.

Lamar Neagle traded to D.C. United

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Sounders will receive a combination of regular and Targeted Allocation Money.

Lamar Neagle is on the move, again. The Federal Way product has been officially traded to D.C. United, it was announced on Monday. This is the third time the Seattle Sounders have parted ways with Neagle, who was cut after the 2009 season and traded before the start of the 2012 campaign.

End of year Realio Ratings Recap

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Realio became 2015's player ratings expert. He spent hours rewatching and cataloging performances by Seattle Sounders FC. The following is a recap of every match and player he rated.

Team

Team Season Rating - 6.276

Team Playoffs Rating - 6.314 (+0.038)

Team Best Avg. Rating - 7.

Major Link Soccer: Three titles can't buy you new knees

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Rapinoe's injury is the latest instance of US Soccer playing their Women on sub optimal field conditions.

USNT

In the wake of Megan Rapinoe's dumb stupid injury on a dumb stupid turf in Hawaii, the double standard between the three-time World Champion US Women's National Team and their male counterparts has been brought to the forefront again.

MLS Cup, How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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The Portland Timbers travel to Mapfre Stadium to take on Columbus Crew SC in the MLS Cup Final. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Cup Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The Portland Timbers were out of the playoffs spots in early October when manager Caleb Porter switched to a 4-3-3 and since then they have been enjoying a splendid run of form.

Jordan Morris scores again as Stanford advances to Final Four

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This is your regularly programmed alert that Jordan Morris scored. Again. His 18th minute goal, which came off a cross from the left, gave Stanford an early lead against top-seeded Wake Forest. Morris, a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, now has a career-high 11 goals in 16 appearances for Stanford in 2015.

Major League Soccer looks to 28-team future, announce schedule changes

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The MLS Board of Governors met today and made some significant changes to the future of MLS.

At the annual MLS Board of Governors meeting, league owners announced their support of continued massive expansion to bring Major League Soccer's field to at least 28 teams. This comes after a previous pledge to expand to 24 teams by the year 2020, which looks to be ahead of schedule with the imminent arrival of Atlanta United, Los Angeles FC, Minnesota and Miami.

Andy Rose needs to change his mentality to win a job at Coventry City

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Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray tells the Coventry City team site how the central mid will make his roster.

With the Seattle Sounders Andy Rose usually had Osvaldo Alonso sitting behind him. That meant he could do what Brad Evans does, bursting forward on occasion, take some risks, flash wide - that box-to-box stuff.

Megan Rapinoe tears ACL at USWNT training

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Extremely sad news for Seattle Reign FC fans: yesterday, Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL during a training session with the U.S. Women's National Team, who were preparing for Sunday's Victory Tour match in Hawaii. The ACL tear was in her right knee and was a non-contact injury.

This is not the first ACL injury for Rapinoe, who turned 30 on the day of the World Cup final.

Major Link Soccer: The Day Before MLS Cup

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When the libraries are in a ruckus, you know the hype is real.

MLS:

Orlando City Midfielder Darwin Cerén beat out some impression competition to win Latino del Año.

ESPN FC weigh in on the MLS Cup favorite, and why the final isn't played in a neutral site.

For those visiting Columbus this weekend or in the future, here's a definitive visitors guide.

Tacoma Stars beat Dallas Sidekicks 4-3

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Duncan McCormick gets the game winning goal to give the Stars their 5th win of the season

The Tacoma Stars needed a win on Friday night to reclaim first place in the MASL Pacific Division. They got it the same way they've earned most of their wins this season: with solid team defense and timely goals.

Sounders FC 2 pickup three options, roster now at five

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Two of the released players will be trying out for the first team.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines forward pair Oalex Anderson and Myron Samuel both had options exercised by Seattle Sounders FC 2 and will return to the Starfire based team in 2016. Colombian National and former Whitecaps Academy and Kistap Pumas midfielder/forward Carlos Patino was also retained via the option mechanism.

Leo Gonzalez would retire rather than play for another MLS team

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The left back tells a Costa Rican site that he wants to play for Sounders or Herediano.

When news of option declines came down there were two long-time Seattle Sounders on the list. Zach Scott's future is still unknown, but Leo Gonzalez indicated his future plans are to play in Seattle or at Herediano in Costa Rica.

Lamar Neagle is definitely still around

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It's probably best not to read too much into this, but Lamar Neagle is still doing his offseason training with the Seattle Sounders. At least, that's one takeaway from this video he put out on Instagram:

My new off-season hobby! Or I just saw #Creed and thought it was dope.. Either way it's a good workout.

Stats: Is Oba a Flat-Track Bully?

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After another playoff seasons without an Obagoal, we look at how top MLS forwards fare in general against better and worse teams.

One of the (unfortunately) consistent themes through the Sounders' annual playoff campaigns is our main striker's lack of postseason production. It began with Fredy Montero, who was considered a playoff underperformer for years before being shipped off to win hardware in Portugal.

Open Flavor Friday: Festivities and Stone Temple Pilots

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This is your weekly open thread to talk all things not-soccer-related with the Sounder at Heart community. This series will continue until competitive matches dominate weekend content again.

This week's Open Flavor Friday starts with my favorite winter beverage. It will warm your heart and your house.

Major Link Soccer: FIFApocalypse Part Deux

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This time, it's personal. Alan Hinton wants you to root for the Timbers. Don Garber wants to take a break for Copa América.

Seattle

Alan Hinton, the Sounders lovable patriarchal figure known for inventing an entirely new language for use on Twitter, has said he hopes we all join him in rooting for the Timbers in the MLS cup this weekend.

Reigns Abroad: Road to Euro 2017

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The Reign add two new internationals to the roster, which makes Euro 2017 qualification even more interesting.

With our two new Northern European signings, our interest in Euro 2017 qualification expands beyond Scotland and Wales. But first, we take a look at summer soccer down under.

Melbourne City FC (Kim Little, Jess Fishlock)

Melb City's rampage over the rest of the W League hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.

FIFA arrests won't endanger Copa America Centenario, U.S. Soccer says

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New presidents of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL were apparently not involved in tournament's planning.

The CONCACAF and CONMEBOL presidents were both arrested in Switzerland today. Again. This is the second time the active presidents of both federations have been arrested in connection to ongoing investigations into FIFA by Swiss and U.

Major Link Soccer: Roster Cuts Abound

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At least 5 teams announce declined contract options and the MLS Cup has a dead tree controversy.

Seattle

Although both stories were covered here on the site, the bigger story of which contract options the Sounders have declined may have made you miss the release of the opening CCL schedule in February.

Jordan Morris named a MAC Hermann award semifinalist

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Finalists will be named on December 11

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named its semifinalists for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy today, including Stanford forward (and Seattle Sounders academy graduate) Jordan Morris. The Mercer Island native has had a phenomenal season for the Cardinal, scoring eight goals so far this season on his way to being named Pac-12 Player of the Year last month.

Major Link Soccer: MLS CUP WEEK

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No matter who you root for as a soccer fan and more importantly an MLS fan, this has to be one of the most exciting weeks of the year.

Major League Soccer

Everything you ever wanted to know about MLS Cup Host City Columbus and of course who else better to tell you all you need to know than the original "Soccer Dude" Frankie Hejduk!

Dates set for Sounders-Club America CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal

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The Seattle Sounders will host Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Feb. 23 and play the away leg in Mexico City on March 2, it was announced on Wednesday. The home match -- as well as a potential home match in the semifinals -- will be part of the 2016 season-ticket package.

Marco Pappa, Zach Scott among notable Sounders to have options declined

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Andy Rose and Andy Craven remain out of contract, but have been offered new deals.

There weren't a ton of big surprises as the Seattle Sounders released their updated roster situation on Wednesday. Nine players had their options for 2016 declined, and while there were several notable names the only one who qualifies as anything approaching a big surprise would be Marco Pappa.

Andy Rose is on trial with League One side Coventry City

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The 25-year-old midfielder is out of contract and could leave on a free.

Andy Rose may eventually choose to re-sign with the Seattle Sounders, but there's at least some competition for his services. The 25-year-old midfielder is currently on trial with League One side Coventry City, Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey said on Wednesday.

Lamar Neagle traded to D.C. United, per new report

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Over the weekend loyal reader Mike Standish shared a conversation he had with Lamar Neagle's father-in-law. That conversation indicated the Seattle Sounders forward/midfielder is heading to D.C. United via trade.

Just ran into a man who said the Sounders traded his son-in-law, Lamar Neagle, to DC United last week.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group C voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group C.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

Major Link Soccer: MLS offseason moves begin

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Several teams are already in full roster swing with contract options, rumors, and even signings emerging.

Seattle

Sounders broadcast analyst and Seattle University head coach Peter Fewing was named the 2015 NSCAA West Regional Coach of the Year after leading the Redhawks to the NCAA DI Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history.

Consider this the first step toward understanding a painful offseason

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Big changes are on the way. Or, at least that's what the Seattle Sounders have been preparing us for. What that actually means is very much a "remains to be seen" issue, but given what we know, we figured we'd at least take a guess at the status of each player on the Sounders roster.

The Sounder at Heart staff classified each player as "keep," "drop" or "fence.