Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2016

Major Link Soccer: National Team Tune-ups

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The USMNT looks to start a pivotal 2016 against a tough Iceland squad.

United States:

Facing a pivotal year for management and beyond, Jurgen Klinsmann has the keys to the USMNT's success. That journey will start by taking on an overachieving Iceland Squad this weekend. Take a look at who and what to watch on Sunday.

2015 Player Profile #19: Lamar Neagle

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Neagle fell off from his great 2014 season. His future is now in the hands of "other Washington."

Federal Way's finest soccer player had his worst season as a Sounders veteran. It was not about the numbers, but a combination of expectations and need that showed Lamar Neagle's best, and worst.

Somehow the Marco Pappa stabbing story keeps getting weirder

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As if the whole Marco Pappa-was-stabbed-by-a-beauty-queen story couldn't get any weirder, TMZ has now managed to get photos and a copy of the 9-1-1 call that surrounded the former Seattle Sounders midfielder's trip to the hospital. Notably, the report confirms the stabbing incident occurred on Dec.

Promising Panamanian CB linked to Sounders, again

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Roberto Chen is a name that should be reasonably recognizable to anyone who follows Seattle Sounders transfer rumors. The Panamanian center back was on trial with the Sounders back in 2013 and was reportedly close to signing. Instead, the then-18-year-old joined La Liga side Malaga on a transfer that was reportedly worth about €400,000.

2015 Player Profile #20: Dylan Remick

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Though he ended 2015 as the third left back, the 24-year-old could still be a starter in 2016.

Another late draft pick that's contributed for a few years, Dylan Remick is approaching a crossroads. He earned regular playing time in the last two years, but his future is unknown. The Brown University grad may just be a rotational player, but that's much better than the vast majority of the 2nd round of the 2013 SuperDraft.

Major Link Soccer: USWNT building on 2015 momentum

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The US women go into 2016 with an opportunity in their new CBA negotiations, as well as a big announcement on girls' youth development that's been in the works since last summer's World Cup.


With the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal starting on February 23, Sigi Schmid is aware of the challenges of a preseason camp that's about 12 days shorter than for most MLS teams.

Letting Ryan Herman enter draft was 'moral obligation'

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Highly regarded goalkeeper was picked in first round by FC Dallas, while Sounders got nothing.

How well the Seattle Sounders did in this year's SuperDraft is still very much to-be-determined, yet one of the more notable bits of news to come out of the Sounders' draft was the signing they ultimately decided not to make.

Major Link Soccer: Matt Miazga to Chelsea?

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Landon Donovan has a baby, Caleb Porter gets an extension, and Juan Carlos Osorio has a problem with MLS.


Nos Audietis is no longer alone in the world of Sounders Podcasting. The team has released the first episode of their new official show, the "Sound of Soccer".

Clint Dempsey is entering his third full season with the Seattle Sounders, but this will be his first full off-season.

Jordan Morris is not about to become 'the next Freddy Adu'

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While there may be a few passing similarities, the differences are stark.

Garth Lagerwey had a front-row seat for the Freddy Adu unveiling. Literally. Back in 2004, Lagerwey was working for D.C. United's broadcast team. He was one of the many people shoving a microphone into the 14-year-old's face, asking him what it was like to become the poster child for a league that was still very much finding its way.

Sounders hoping to work on fitness, tactics during Arizona preseason

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Osvaldo Alonso is one player the Sounders will keep a particularly watchful eye upon.

On the eve of Seattle Sounders FC's preseason trip to Arizona, Sigi Schmid said he's happy to have most of his players available and healthy, but worries that the team's truncated preseason could add unwanted injury risk to some of the players.

Nos Audietis, Episode 208: Sounders GM/President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey

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Jeremiah attempts to put Sounders GM/President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey to the sword in what is quickly becoming an annual interview occasion.

Aaron and Jeremiah start the show by giving a quick state of the opening of training camp. Jeremiah grills Sounders General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey in an in-depth interview regarding several subjects including this unknown player named Jordan Morris.

Meet the trialists and guest players trying to earn an MLS contract

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Roster spots are at a premium. These are the 13 players competing with the four draftees for a pro contract with Seattle Sounders FC.

After Tuesday's practice Sigi Schmid clarified that not all players at practice are trialists. Both Tally Hall and Josh Ford are with the club getting extra training in as they continue to find their path to contracts in 2016.

Major Link Soccer: 2022 World Cup in USA if Champagne has his way

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FIFA Presidential candidate Jerome Champagne believes the United States should directly be made the 2022 World Cup host if Qatar is stripped of the tournament.

World Soccer

It could be a ploy to get the American vote in the FIFA presidential election, but candidate Jerome Champagne went on the record Tuesday and stated that "The United States should directly get to host the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of the tournament ".

SonarFeed FIFA Tournament '16 raises more than $11,000 for Lamar Neagle Foundation

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In four years, a group of live vloggers has generated around $25,000 for Lamar's foundation to put towards youth programs in South King and North Pierce counties.

It started as a little tournament featuring a couple friends playing EA's FIFA. It is now a behemoth event raising five figures which draws the attention and participation of hundreds.

Come enjoy the Tacoma Stars with Sounder at Heart

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Sounder at Heart and LEVYfilms are helping you get to a Tacoma Stars game for $15. You will get in, get a trucker cap and have fun.

This Friday night at 7:35 PM, the ShoWare Center in Kent is going to be rocking. The Foot Thunder will be strong. A good indoor soccer team, your Tacoma Stars (9-5), will be hosting the lowly Turlock Express (2-9).

Sounders 2 schedule starts home heavy, ends on the road

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Seven of the first eight USL matches are at Starfire Sports down in Tukwila.

In year two of the Seattle Sounders USL team a greater effort was made to align matches with the first team schedule. This should enable fringe MLS talent to get a bit more time with S2 and further their development.

2015 Player Profile #21: Román Torres

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The massive Panamanian centerback didn't have time to show much, but what he showed was impressive.

It happened right as the secondary transfer window was closing. It took a couple days after the window closed, but eventually Roman Torres was a Sounder. The club got their man. He seemed a bit of an extra as Seattle Sounders already had three-time Defender of the Year Chad Marshall and fringe USMNT CB Brad Evans.

Major Link Soccer: Yankees may be gearing up for NYCFC stadium buy

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DC United invents a new front office position while Orlando and NYCFC keep pushing towards stadium deals.


The Sounders U23s are having open tryouts on March 19th-20th in Sumner, WA.

It appears Seattle icon Bill Gates has picked a favorite club, and it isn't the Sounders.


The good guys made an appearance in ESPN's new app commercial, along with a bunch of soccer teams that play in baseball stadiums.

Major Link Soccer: Drogba returns to Montreal

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Perhaps what Didier Drogba likes more than anything else is a "welcome home" party?


Hopefully you didn't miss yesterday's Sonarfeed FIFA Charity Tournament at the Berliner Pub in Renton, because it was massive fun. I had the great honor and privilege to be the first of Cristian Roldan's many conquests in a 3-0 first-round loss.

Aaron Kovar repeats as beep-test champion

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Winner winner! Way to go, @aokovar

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 25, 2016

Aaron Kovar is the winner of this year's Seattle Sounders beep test, repeating a feat he shared with former S2 player Duncan McCormick last year.

Reign Headed to Portland For 2016 Preaseason

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Seattle returns to Providence Park to kick off preparation for their fourth season.

The Seattle Reign are starting their 2016 campaign where the 2015 season ended — in the unfriendly confines of the Thorns' Providence Park. Their preseason schedule was released today, and we learned they'll be traveling down in late March to participate in a preseason tournament (which Thorns owner Merritt Paulson hinted at on Twitter last week), then returning for their annual Community Shield match at home against the University of Washington.

Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman weigh in on Jordan Morris

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The commentators give their thoughts on such topics as whether or not this move was good for Morris and how quickly he can reach his potential.

Love them or hate them, Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman know what it's like to be a promising, young American soccer player. They've experienced this as players and as commentators.

Sounders appear to have big plans for Joevin Jones

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Schmid said that he thinks Jones will flourish in Seattle and be a key member of the squad.

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid praised new signing Joevin Jones for his pace and ability to go forward, specifically highlighting the player's ability to play as a left winger if needed. "We want our outside backs to get forward, and he's somebody who can add that to our game.

Players definitely noticed Sounders fans' support at training

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Every year, the crowd of Seattle Sounders fans who show up for the first official day of preseason training seems to be get bigger and bigger. Saturday proved to be no different. Despite a steady rainfall and chilly temperature, what appeared to be a crowd of a couple hundred people showed up at Starfire Sports Complex to watch the Sounders play short-sided games.

Photos: Sounders Training Day One

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First day of Sounders training: Zach Scott returns along with several trialists

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Most notable among the recognizable faces was former Sounders midfielder Nate Sturgis.

The rain was coming down heavily, but that didn't seem to dampen the mood at the first official day of Seattle Sounders preseason training camp. About 200 fans braved the conditions and were treated a series of short-sided games as the Sounders did their first organized ball work of the preseason.

Our Game Magazine NWSL Draft review: all Heart-eyes for Reign

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Our Game goes beyond simple draft grades to dig into Seattle's performance at the 2016 NWSL Draft, and they like what they see.

Our Game Magazine (which ably covers women's soccer) has put together a well-researched and comprehensive two-part review of the 2016 NWSL Draft. Part One covered Boston through Portland, and today they published Part Two, which includes the Reign.

This is the best goal you'll see this weekend

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Someday, we hope, DeAndre Yedlin will be playing a significant role with Tottenham Hotspur, which is why we've taken a bit of an interest in some of their exploits. But even if we didn't have an excuse to watch Spurs games, goals like this one from Dele Alli remind us why the Premier League is as good a place as any to get our MLS offseason fix.

The 2015-16 offseason at a glance

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Competitive games start in just five weeks. This is your cheat sheet to how Garth Lagerwey reloaded for the 2016 season.

It seems like a long, long time since the Seattle Sounders failed to advance past a plucky FC Dallas team in the Western Conference semifinals. Besting the LA Galaxy in those playoffs was a long time coming for Seattle, but it didn't do anything to satisfy the singular stated goal of the front office since taking home the Supporters' Shield in 2014: Win the MLS Cup.

Major Link Soccer: UEFA Elections on hold

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Pending Platini's appeal, UEFA leadership remains at an impasse.


According to The Guardian, Jordan Morris to Seattle is a good fit for all involved.

United States:

On the Jurgen Klinsmann public image repair tour, The USMNT coach opened up on the recent USMNT happenings, and expressed interest in meeting with MLS owners.

The Zach Scott Immortality Tour lives on another year

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Zach Scott will be back in a Seattle Sounders uniform for a 15th season, after all. The Sounders announced that the 35-year-old has been re-signed, a couple months after they had declined his option and it appeared as though the center back would retire. Scott is the Sounders' last remaining player from their USL days and one of just three players left from their inaugural MLS season.

Zach Scott remains Man Marker, Legend

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He made his mark against some of MLS' finest players - Brek Shea, Brad Davis, Seb Le Toux, Steven Lenhart and a whole lot of Timbers. This is why he's first in our hearts and will remain forever a Sounder.

Over the years Zach Scott's had some special moments. He earned the nickname "Zach Scott:Man Marker" for his performance against Brek Shea, but he was more than that.

Details of Jordan Morris' Homegrown Player contract

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Sounders' newest player will make about $225,000 a year for the next three seasons, according to Grant Wahl.

For a couple months now, the Seattle Sounders have made no secret about the fact that they had offered Jordan Morris the richest Homegrown Player contract in league history. It even appears as though MLS created a new fund from which teams could draw, partly in order to accommodate the Sounders' efforts.

Signing Jordan Morris was more personal than business for Sounders owner

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Reminded of his own youthful soccer dreams, Adrian Hanauer admits emotion played part in Morris signing.

"I have to be honest – this addition to our team has been more emotional for me than most players that we've signed in the past." This, from Seattle Sounders FC owner Adrian Hanauer, best sums why the club spent so much time, money, and effort in getting Jordan Morris back to Seattle.

Your 2015 Reign Newcomer of the Year

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The Reign had a host of new talent in 2015. One Scottish defender rose to the top of our list.

In this horrifically long offseason, Ride of the Valkyries has been slowly unveiling the results from our Seattle Reign team awards. Lauren Barnes won Defender of the Year, while Kim Little was named Offensive Player of the Year.

Major Link Soccer: John Spencer joins Colorado Rapids

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Somehow, the Rapids may have just gotten worse. Brad Evans needs a loan. Do we finally have a working US Women's soccer league?


Reactions to the long-awaited signing of Jordan Morris poured in quickly. Here are a few notables:

This is great for the city.

Jordan Morris' heart was always in Seattle

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Amidst all the cameras clicking, all the microphones being shoved into his face and the questions being asked, Jordan Morris wore a calm smile. He joked about how he "used to be so bad at interviews," talked about how he'd be living with his family in their Mercer Island home for the immediate future, reminisced about following the Seattle Sounders in their USL days and spoke glowingly of the emotions and energy he felt when he attended the team's first-ever MLS match.

Preseason depth chart shows roles mostly settled

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It's time for the first depth chart of 2016.

With the draft and major signings behind us, it's time to look at the depth chart as it exists in a presumed 4-3-3 formation.

Let's review the formatting. The first section is where a player fits in their presumed most common role. There's also notations about who holds DP slots, which players were bought below the DP threshold with TAM, the Homegrown Players and the Generation Adidas kids.

Jurgen Klinsmann 'thrilled' that Jordan Morris is joining Sounders

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Just in case you needed a confirmation of our earlier report about Jordan Morris signing with the Seattle Sounders, Jurgen Klinsmann was only too happy to let the cat out of the bag himself. Speaking to ESPN FC, the United States men's national team coach left little doubt as to what Morris is planning to do after leaving Werder Bremen.

Jordan Morris joins Sounders: News, updates and live stream

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The Seattle Sounders will announce the signing of Jordan Morris at Thursday's press conference, Sounder at Heart has learned. The press conference will be held at The Ninety and will feature Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer, GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, head coach Sigi Schmid and Sporting Director Chris Henderson.

Major Link Soccer: Totally not about Jordan Morris(?)

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A Sounders striker raises the specter of signing in Europe, a Stanford star gets a shot at the US National Team, and other news that surprisingly doesn't involve Jordan Morris.


Just kidding, the first story is still about Jordan Morris. As everyone around the world seems to have a strong opinion of whether his decision was right or wrong, the right opinion is possibly just to be less opinionated.

How to watch Jordan Morris' introductory press-conference

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The Seattle Sounders are holding a press conference on Thursday at The Ninety, their downtown clubhouse. Majority owner Adrian Hanauer, GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, head coach Sigi Schmid and Sporting Director Chris Henderson are all scheduled to be in attendance for a "significant club announcement.

Jordan Morris signs 'richest Homegrown Player contract' in MLS history

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The Mercer Island product is the most accomplished amateur American soccer player since creation of MLS.

It was a quite a ride -- especially over the past couple weeks -- but the Seattle Sounders have finally completed the longest courtship in their history. Jordan Morris officially joined the Sounders on Thursday, ending a pursuit that was at least three years in the making and seemed all but lost as recently as a couple days ago.

Michael Farfan is low-cost midfield depth Seattle needs

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In Michael Farfan, the Seattle Sounders find low-cost depth in the attacking midfield. A tendency for fouling limits his adaptability to deeper, defensive roles than he has played in the past.

Fan concepts of "dirty" and "clean" players often reflect perception bias. Fouls and cards mostly occur in place of defensive actions - either a duel crosses the line or the duel loser retaliates.

What should Sounders fans expect from Jordan Morris in 2016?

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A small survey of writers who follow the league and/or Morris talk about what Seattle fans should see from the hottest prospect of 2016.

Now that Jordan Morris is a Sounder, the thoughts can move on from will he/won't he into the territory of 'what does this mean for the Seattle Sounders?' He's clearly talented.

This gif pretty much sums up how Sounders fans are feeling

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Pardon Seattle Sounders fans for feeling pretty good about the state of the team right now. Jordan Morris is the most hyped college player probably since the start of MLS and a local boy to boot. A few days ago, it looked like he was going to be signing in Germany. Now, he's officially a Sounder.

So, yeah, this gif pretty much sums up how we're feeling.

Jordan Morris signing to be formally announced Thursday

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The Seattle Sounders will announce the signing of Jordan Morris at Thursday's press conference, Sounder at Heart has learned. The press conference will be held at The Ninety and will feature Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer, GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, head coach Sigi Schmid and Sporting Director Chris Henderson.

Sounders sign Michael Farfan

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Marfan is a free agent who has played for D.C. United, Cruz Azul and the Philadelphia Union.

On Wednesday the Seattle Sounders added to their midfield depth with the signing of MLS veteran Michael Farfan. He was available as a free agent after his option was declined by D.C. United. Last year he trialed with the Sounders.

Nos Audietis, Episode 207: Are they really talking about Jordan Morris still?

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Jeremiah and Aaron discuss this relatively unknown young player and what possible homecoming will mean for the Sounders and their 2016 campaign.

More Jordan Morris talk! Jeremiah and Aaron discuss the news that Jordan Morris is not signing for Werder Bremen afterall and Jordan Morris is apparently headed back home.

Major Link Soccer: Bremen is green with envy

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By now everyone knows Jordan Morris has spurned Werder Bremen for his hometown club, but what everyone really wants to know is when will we see Morris in Rave Green.


For Jordan Morris the Seattle Sounders are (literally) family. Morris' next step in his meteoric rise will be in his home town with family and friends close by.

Clint Dempsey turned down USMNT camp to focus on injury prevention

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Clint Dempsey may not have been called into either of the past two United States training camps, but he still sees himself as having a future with Jurgen Klinsmann and the national team. Dempsey's last turn with the national team came in a much criticized performance against Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup, which cost the USMNT a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Training compensation may have complicated Jordan Morris' move to Werder Bremen

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German club would have reportedly needed to pay as much as $300,000 in solidarity payments to Sounders Academy and Eastside FC.

Jordan Morris is no longer training with Werder Bremen and is apparently focused on starting his career in the United States, presumably with the Seattle Sounders.

Sounders cap off 2016 MLS draft haul with midfielder and defender

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Nebraka Omaha's Alihodzic and Old Dominion's Michael Nelson are the club's newest signings

Yes, the MLS SuperDraft was still going today. The third and fourth rounds were carried out via conference call by the league, and its importance (or lack thereof) was underlined by the fact that a number of teams passed on their picks today.

Copa América Centenario draw set for Feb. 21

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Event in New York City next month will fill out the group stage schedule.

Seattle soccer fans eager to learn the CenturyLink Field matchups for Copa América 2016 don't have too much longer to wait. The televised draw will take place Feb. 21 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, the Copa Local Organizing Committee announced Tuesday.

MLS Superdraft: How to follow rounds 3 and 4 and what to know

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Since you can not watch the MLS Superdraft rounds 3 and 4, follow along here or on the MLS tracker

In the first two rounds the Sounders traded their top pick for Joevin Jones and then drafted Tony Alfaro and Zach Mathers in round two. The Rave Green have two more picks in the final rounds, unless they trade for more, with one per round.

Jordan Morris turns down Werder Bremen

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The 21-year-old sees a future with the Seattle Sounders in America.

Just two days after Werder Bremen general manager said it was only a matter of "when" Jordan Morris would sign, the club has now announced that Morris turned down an offer to join the club this season.

Instead, Sporting Director Thomas Eichen said that Morris made it clear after "intensive discussions" that he currently sees a future in America.

Major Link Soccer: Salary Cap system versus Luxury Tax system

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MLB is the only major sports league in the US to not use a salary cap; a similar system could potentially work in the future to aid the growth of MLS while maintaining parity.


Sounders FC is hosting a coaches summit at The Ninety on Friday with speakers Sigi Schmid, Laura Harvey, and Dave Tenney; the price of admission includes lectures on sports science and performance, as well as a ticket to the CCL quarterfinal against Club America on February 23rd.

We’ve got 2 days to convince Jordan Morris to pick Seattle

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With the Sounders doing the low-pressure technique with a long-time friend, maybe it's time for fans to give the hard press to convince Jordan Morris to stay.

Here are 22 ways that Seattle Sounders fans can help convince Jordan Morris to don the Rave Green and roam CenturyLink Field in 2016;

  1. Even after Mercer Island loses its residents and workers exception to the I-90 Express Lanes, there will be a "Jordan Morris family and friends exception" so they can get home quickly.

Dani Foxhoven will not return to Seattle Reign in 2016

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The 26-year-old forward spent two seasons with the Reign.

Seattle Reign FC announced today that forward Danielle (Dani) Foxhoven will not be returning to to the Reign for the 2016 season.

Fans expected that might be the case when Foxhoven's name was left off the list of re-signed players this November.

Sigi Schmid: Sounders 'feel good' about offer made to Jordan Morris as decision looms

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Notes that the plan was always for Morris to remain with Werder Bremen until Jan. 20.

In the privacy of their offices, it's easy to imagine the Seattle Sounders front office cursing Jurgen Klinsmann's name. By most reports, Jordan Morris would already be a Sounders Homegrown Player without the interference of the United States national team coach.

Brad Evans called into USMNT training camp

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Consider this your morning gut punch.

As if there weren't enough things to be annoyed about with the Seattle Sounders offseason, now comes this: Brad Evans has been added to the United States national team's training roster. Evans was originally given a pass on the first USMNT training camp of 2016, but Jurgen Klinsmann has apparently decided he absolutely needs the versatile 30-year-old for a pair of friendlies against Iceland (Jan.

Major Link Soccer: Good-looking Yedlin

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The former Sounder is objectively one of the best-looking people on the planet.


As Sounders fans know well, DeAndre Yedlin has one of the world's most attractive faces. That's a good looking kid.

Anyone who witnessed the first half of the Seattle Seahawks match game Sunday morning saw what an NFL team does to a grass field.

Werder Bremen sporting director confident of Jordan Morris signing

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Morris trial with Werder Bremen is nearly up, but they've seen enough to focus on contract details rather than if he suits them.

News out of Germany has Werder Bremen confident that they can sign both Jordan Morris and midfielder László Kleinheisler, their Hungarian 21-year-old target. Sporting director Thomas Eichen, the equivalent of a general manager with most European teams, says that it is a matter of "when" the two prospects sign their deals, but the contracts are not yet final.

It's Nelson Haedo Valdez turn to squash rumors

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Today, the Twitter was alive with rumors that the Paraguay national was headed to Deportivo Independiente Medellín (DIM). People can now calm down.

Several hours ago the rumor cycle exploded when rumor started that Deportivo Independiente Medellín was signing Nelson Haedo Valdez. People stated that he was on a plane to meet them in Colombia (they're in Miami right now).

No EPL friendly and other things revealed in Alliance Council update

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Attendance at Alliance Council events tends to be shallow, but their year-end recap reveals several things about the club's future. If there is a friendly it will not be an English Premier League team. The flamethrowers are here to stay. Team benches will get a major improvement in 2016.

With the hiring of Garth Lagerwey, the major work of the 2015 Alliance Council was establishing how long it would be before there was a retention vote for the new President of Soccer.

2015 Player Profile #22: Micheal Azira

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Now a Colorado Rapids player Azira was probably the best representation of what replacement level talent in central midfield is in MLS.

A couple years ago the Seattle Sounders found a solid USL player just entering his peak period. The minimum contract offered, his playing performance and that they let him go after two years shows their confidence that they will be able to replace the defensive midfielder through the draft, HGPs or another USL signing.

Major Link Soccer: The Jordan Morris Effect

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the ripples of Jordan Morris' upcoming decision were felt in more than just Seattle.


Registration for the Reign's open tryouts has begun for women ages 18 and older.

A pretty great deal to grab a seat at half of the Sounders home matches went up today.

United States:

With several months to go, the Copa America is undisputedly the largest event happening in the U.

Colombian clubs showing interest in Nelson Valdez

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Independiente Medellin appears to be the team most aggressively pursuing the Sounders forward.

With less than two weeks until the Seattle Sounders officially open preseason training camp and about six weeks before they play their first competitive match of the year, transfer rumors are suddenly starting to heat up.

Sounders coach addresses new acquisitions, Obafemi Martins transfer rumors

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The 2016 season could see a tactical shift, unless the club signs more midfielders, Sigi Schmid admits.

While predictions for the Seattle Sounders' 2016 season were anything but easy going into yesterday's MLS SuperDraft, the flurry of trades, draft picks, and rumors in the last 24 hours has made it even more difficult.

Marco Pappa stabbing incident happened after trade

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Former Sounders midfielder was stabbed and hospitalized after incident involving former Miss Washington USA.

Details are slowly starting to emerge about a December incident that left Marco Pappa hospitalized with a stab wound and Miss Washington USA having to forfeit her crown.

Although the timeline of when exactly the stabbing occurred is not entirely clear, sources with knowledge of the situation have told Sounder at Heart that it happened after Pappa had been traded to the Colorado Rapids.

Reign Add Left Back, Defensive Depth in 2016 NWSL Draft

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Seattle goes for a promising replacement for Stephanie Cox and then three players that can be given time to develop (and heal).

Before today's draft, head coach Laura Harvey said the team would be looking more to the future with their picks, and they stuck to the plan. Other than 4th overall pick Carson Pickett — who should be expected to compete for a starting left back job — the team went for high-risk, high-reward choices.

Details emerging about Marco Pappa stabbing incident

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Marco Pappa's tenure with the Seattle Sounders appears to have ended on a pretty strange note. Some time in mid-December -- Pappa's trade was announced on Dec. 15 -- police were called to a South Lake Union apartment where Pappa was found with Miss Washington USA and a stab wound that required him to get surgery at Harborview Hospital, according to a King 5 report.

Joevin Jones, by the Numbers

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Joevin Jones is a solid attacking fullback with modestly below-average defensive numbers.

In 2015, Joevin Jones was one of 47 players in Major League Soccer to accumulate at least 1000 minutes as a starter at a fullback/wingback position. That position alone isn't particularly descriptive; it includes everything from attacking specialists (New England's Chris Tierney is an extreme example) to stay-at-home defenders (for example, Montreal's Donny Toia).

Church is in session - our new shirt and hoodie lineup

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Obafemi Martins spurns Aston Villa due to interest from another EPL side

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At least four EPL sides have shown interest in Seattle's perennial MVP candidate.

Just a week ago, Obafemi Martins was denying any and all rumors that had him leaving the Seattle Sounders. That seems less likely now. According to the Birmingham Mail, he turned down a loan to Aston Villa, but;

"An interesting offer from Villa was proposed.

Just say No to Andreas Ivanschitz in midfield

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He's not the CAM you are looking for

A couple weeks ago, I looked at a 3-man midfield and what kind of players the Seattle Sounders would need to fill in those roles depending on the midfield style.One notable omission from that piece was the role of Andreas Ivanschitz. It's been a popular refrain this offseason from proponents of playing a more classic archetype of the 4-3-3 that he should play as the tip of a midfield trio.

Major Link Soccer: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid get transfer bans

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The Spanish rivals will have to work with what they've got. Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer are reunited in KC. Plus, MLS Superdraft intrigue!

MLS Superdraft Fallout

Sounder at Heart published a lot of stories yesterday, so there will be a bit of 'in case you missed it' here. The Superdraft happened (or, the first two rounds did), and Seattle Sounders picked up left back Joevin Jones, left-footed centerback Tony Alfaro, and midfielder Zach Mathers.

2016 NWSL Draft stream and live thread

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The draft kicks off at 7:00 a.m. PT, and the Reign have the fourth overall pick. Follow the action here.

The 2016 NWSL Draft kicks off in Baltimore, Maryland, at 7:00 a.m. this morning. The Seattle Reign FC have the fourth pick in the draft, while our rivals down South claim the first selection in the draft.

Scouting Report: Joevin Jones

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Chicago Fire blog Hot Time In Old Town predicts that their former left back will be in the MLS Best XI as a Sounder.

Let's use the power of the SB Nation network to check in with Hot Time In Old Town to see what they think about losing their former left back to the Seattle Sounders. Sean is their former manager and still a writer there.

Seattle Reign launch Academy system

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A new partnership with Seattle United will develop female youth soccer talent in the Seattle region.

Just one day prior to the NWSL Draft (we'll have a live blog for all that action), Seattle Reign FC announced the launch of the Seattle Reign Academy, a partnership with Seattle United that will develop elite-level female youth soccer players in the Seattle region.

Reign's Havana Solaun Called Up To U23 WNT Camp

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Seattle's rookie winger hasn't played a competitive match since 2014, but is well-regarded enough to be one of just five professional players called into the camp

Just under a year ago, newly drafted attacker Havana Solaun injured her foot during the Reign preseason and became the second consecutive Seattle first round draft pick to miss her entire rookie season due to injury (and I hope you're furiously knocking on wood, since the 2016 draft is tomorrow).

Seattle GM on Sounders' day at the SuperDraft

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Alfaro, Mathers picks fit into Seattle goal of reinforcing the squad

At the end of the 2015 season, Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey, as well as head coach Sigi Schmid, stressed the need for depth in Seattle's squads. Lagerwey reiterated this after today's SuperDraft, saying that Seattle's picks were made on the desire to build up the team for the future.

Jordan Morris 'is going to play a ton' if he signs with Sounders

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Garth Lagerwey also hints at a potential switch to a three-forward setup.

One of the factors Jordan Morris is believed to be strongly considering when it comes to signing his first contract is how much playing time he'd likely receive. Well, the Seattle Sounders are making it clear that if he comes to MLS that playing time would not be a huge concern.

Sounders take Duke midfielder Zach Mathers with 35th overall pick

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Mathers played 71 matches for Duke before graduating this past December.

With their final pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Seattle Sounders selected Duke midfielder Zach Mathers. A native of Keller, TX, Mathers won multiple honors in high school, both with his club team Chelsea Solar and with Keller High School.

MLS Draft 2016: Sounders select left-footed CB with 27th pick

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Cal-State Dominguez Hills player Tony Alfaro started 71 of his 75 appearances in NCAA D II

Reportedly one of the better center backs with the ball at his feet, the Seattle Sounders picked Tony Alfaro to add to their defensive depth. Alfaro was born in Mexico and grew up in Santa Barbara before playing for Cal-State Dominguez Hills, a Division II school.

FC Dallas pick former Sounders Academy player 17th

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When Ryan Herman entered the Combine the Seattle Sounders confirmed that he was still Homegrown Player eligible. They will no longer be able to sign the towering keeper from the University of Washington as FC Dallas took him 17th. He is the second keeper to be drafted in 2016.

Herman split his college time between Santa Clara and the UW.

MLS Commisioner on potential Jordan Morris signing: 'We want that to happen'

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Jordan Morris' professional future is still very much in flux, but the Seattle Sounders clearly have the support of MLS Commissioner Don Garber in their pursuit to get the 21-year-old signed to a Homegrown Player contract.

Garber on Jordan Morris signing w/ Seattle: "It's very important [that he joins MLS].

Defender Joevin Jones confirmed as player traded from Chicago Fire

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The Sounders were keen on the left back, trading their 15th pick and allocation money for him.

Sounder at Heart can confirm that the player that was traded from Chicago FIre for Seattle Sounders' 15th overall SuperDraft pick is defender and Trinidad and Tobago international Joevin Jones. This was the initial report of the trade:

Hearing Joevin Jones is the player to be named later in #cf97 trade with Seattle.

Sounders acquire Chicago Fire player in draft-day trade

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Looks like the Seattle Sounders won't be picking in the first round of today's MLS SuperDraft, as it was just announced that they traded the pick to Chicago for an unnamed player. The Sounders' remaining picks, bar any other last-minute trades, will be 27th and 35th overall. The traded player is unnamed as of now, as MLS Commissioner Don Garber noted that all parties will be notified before the names are announced on television.

Michael Parkhurst couldn't stop himself from flaming Chivas USA

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Chivas USA may not have played for over a year and will soon become little more than a footnote in MLS history once LAFC actually takes the pitch, but that didn't stop Michael Parkhurst from shoveling some dirt on their grave. Totally unprovoked, he lobbed this bomb ahead of today's draft:

Good luck to all potential MLS draftees today.

2016 MLS Superdraft: How to watch, streaming, live thread

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Follow along with Sounder at Heart as we cover the Seattle Sounders' moves and other events from Baltimore.

Major League Soccer's annual draft of college talent (and a few others) begins today at 10 AM Pacific in Baltimore, Maryland. After earning less than a point per game in the 2015 season, the Chicago Fire have the dubious honor of picking first (or trading that pick) to kick things off.

Jordan Morris joins Werder Bremen as they head back to Germany

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It will come as little surprise considering how highly coaches and technical staff have spoken of him, but Jordan Morris will continue his trial with Werder Bremen as they head back to Germany following their midseason training in Turkey.

"I'll stay a few days in Bremen," Morris is quoted as saying in a German publication.

2016 MLS Superdraft: Sounders select 15, 27 and 35th

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It's Garth Lagerwey's second MLS SuperDraft with the Seattle Sounders. Last time he nabbed Cristian Roldan, Tyler Miller and Oniel Fisher on day one of the draft. Two contributed in their first year. In 2016 those three are all MLS players. Today's livestream is via and starts at 10 AM Pacific.

Major Link Soccer: SuperDraft Catchup

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Excitement over college prospects, Jordan Morris' path to the pros, and several pre-draft moves.


Just in time to break up the off-season monotony, today is SuperDraft day. The draft will be shown live starting at 10am.

It may be a little bit late in the game for you to read up on all of the prospects, but here is a full list of draft eligible players.

Marco Pappa was hospitalized after incident involving Miss Washington USA

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Marco Pappa's tenure with the Seattle Sounders appears to have ended on a pretty strange note. Some time in mid-December -- Pappa's trade was announced on Dec. 15 -- police were called to a South Lake Union apartment where Pappa was found with Miss Washington USA and a stab wound that required him to get surgery at Harborview Hospital, according to a King 5 report.

This is why Jordan Morris clearly needs to get to Europe ASAP

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One of the reasons Jordan Morris is being pushed to consider signing with Werder Bremen straight out of college is the belief that he would be subjected to higher training standards. As this video clearly shows, he's already fallen behind in one crucial area: the crab walk.

Few gems in mid-teens of recent MLS Drafts

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The last four MLS Drafts haven't seen too much talent around where the Sounders pick (15).

The MLS SuperDraft kicks off tomorrow, and our preview coverage continues with a look at recent SuperDraft picks in the 13-17 range since the Seattle Sounders are set to make their first pick at 15. This is, of course, if the Sounders front office doesn't trade up or down like they did last season.

2016 MLS Superdraft: Players to watch, sleepers and stars

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These ten guys are players to watch as their stocks should fall or soar on draft day

Very rarely MLS teams find an immediate starter who puts up 10 goals and 10 assists or leads a defense to a league leading goals against average, but teams do find players who can blossom into that and start as steady role players.

Major Link Soccer: Superdraft or Morris

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Will the Seattle Sounders sign the No. 1 pick outside of the draft or pick a gem at No. 15 in the SuperDraft


Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin heaped praise on Jordan Morris yesterday claiming Morris "does a few things one rarely sees." While Sounders President of soccer Garth Lagerwey feels "MLS is a great place for a young player to start his career".

Jordan Morris training with Werder Bremen: Updates, news, rumors

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All Sounders can do is sit and wait at this point.

Because no good transfer saga is worth its salt without a few twists, turns and unexpected developments, it appears the Jordan Morris signing isn't quite as close to final as it appeared. Just a day after a report suggesting Morris was in the process of finalizing a deal that would have made him a Sounders Homegrown Player, now comes word from Grant Wahl that the 21-year-old will train with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

Jordan Morris' training impresses Werder Bremen GM

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SI writer Grant Wahl says he's 85% certain that Morris will sign with the Sounders.

Now that Jordan Morris is training with Werder Bremen their staff is able to see him up close, and they like what they see. But there is not yet a formal offer beyond the training stint.

[Werder Bremen GM Thomas] Eichin told Bremen newspaper Kreiszeitung that he has been impressed with what he saw during Morris' first training session with Bremen.

Clint Dempsey, Roman Torres, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Laura Harvey up for CONCACAF awards

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No city is more represented than Seattle in the CONCACAF awards for 2015. They're open for voting so stuff the ballot box.

CONCACAF opens its annual awards up to a vote, which is a fun little democratic ballot stuffing exercise. It's even more fun when five total players with Seattle ties are up for awards - both the Reign and Sounders are represented.

MLS Mock Draft 2016: Sounders will take CM depth

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SBNation mockdraft has the Sounders taking a Husky, a Cavalier and a guy you haven't heard of in the first two rounds. All three would make an impact, in some format with either the First Team or S2.

As part of MLS Superdraft fever, it's a thing,SBNation blogs held a mock draft. The MLS Draft Combine is marching on with a few players to note for the Sounders but with the first pick not till #15, expect he Sounders to miss out on the consensus top players and GA's this year, but take a look at who Seattle would pick from this year's mock draft.

Major Link Soccer: Kreis joins Klinsmann's staff at USMNT camp

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Plus, Guillermo Barros Schelotto gets a big chance to coach in Italy.


UW women's soccer announced their schedule for 2016, including a spring opener against the Reign at Memorial Stadium.

In the last year, Seattle City Light paid the Sounders $95,000 and the Mariners $232,000 to promote its energy-conservation programs.

Sounders add two ex-MLS players to academy coaching ranks

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Troy Perkins decides to retire after long pro career, while Wade Webber joins club from Washington Premier FC.

The Seattle Sounders added a pair of former MLS players to their academy coaching ranks on Monday, with Troy Perkins become the goalkeeping coach and Wade Webber becoming the head coach of the U15 team.

Your 2015 Reign Offensive Player of the Year

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After a 'little' holiday hiatus, we return to bring you the results of our site Player of the Year voting. This time, it's the players who put the biscuit in the basket.

In the ancient time of yore that was the year 2015, we asked our community to vote for the Reign players of the year. Previously, we wrote that Lauren Barnes was our Defensive Player of the Year.

Photographic proof Jordan Morris is training with Werder Bremen

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Morris is "fitting right in" as he starts training in Turkey.

Jordan Morris' future may still be up in the air, but it looks like we'll be able to keep a close eye on him while he trains with Werder Bremen in Belek, Turkey, thanks to some on-point work by Bremen's social media team. A series of tweets showed off new faces at the first day of training in the new year.

Major Link Soccer: Laws of the Game

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The Silverbacks may have new ownership, The Storm have a new logo, and I need new pants.


Be sure to sign up for the fourth ever SonarFeed Tournament as written about on Sounder at Heart HERE, then start playing FIFA like crazy because Stefan Frei is (according to well-placed sources) "sick with the stick.

Fredy Montero's first goal in more than a month was a beauty

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This has not been a great year for Fredy Montero. The Sporting CP forward has found league minutes hard to come by, starting just five of 17 league games. Although he has scored three goals in Europa League action, the last one came about six weeks ago. Montero's last league goal came back in September.

4th Annual SonarFeed Tournament features Stefan Frei

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Other special guests are still to be announced, but the main name is the Sounders keeper. Frei is also a hardcore gamer. All proceeds from the tourney will go to the Lamar Neagle Foundation.

Over the past three years a handful of passionate Sounders fans turned their love of the sport into a fundraising powerhouse.

Major Link Soccer: MLS Draft season ends next week

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Get caught up on all things mock draft and combine before the clock turns on.

The MLS:

Before joining MLS, will Minnesota United be forced to change its name in perhaps the only location where it makes a lot of sense?

Shortly after retiring, former Seattle Sounder/ serial Paneka striker Gonzalo Pineda explains how the MLS can be a springboard to Europe for young Mexican Players.

Jordan Morris caps grand year with MAC Hermann Trophy

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In 2015 Morris won the Pac12 Player of the Year, the College Cup Player of Tournament and tonight he takes home the greatest award for college soccer players.

Jordan Morris' 2015 is finally over. It ends with the award as the greatest D-1 NCAA men's soccer player. Tonight he won the MAC Hermann trophy.

U23 coach claims he was misquoted, isn't pushing Jordan Morris to Europe

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Andi Herzog walks back just about everything he was quoted as saying in German publication.

Just when you think all will go quiet until Jordan Morris actually decides what he's going to do, something new develops. This time, it's Andi Herzog claiming he was "completely misquoted" by a German publication that gave a very strong impression U.

Sounders 2 Player Profiles: They were fun while they lasted

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A ranking of the S2 players that will be don't appear to be coming back next season, though some probably should.

The final group of Sounders 2 players is those that are not coming back. Now some of these guys could be offered a trial or a contract later on and the club just hasn't announced it yet but as of right now, none of the guys on these lists will be back next year.

Open Flavor Friday: Theme parks, Ken Griffey Jr. and ginger ale

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This is your weekly semi-frequent 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.

Open Flavor Fridays returns with me talking about my trip to Universal Studios Orlando, thoughts on Ken Griffey, Jr and ginger ales.

Major Link Soccer: LAFC gain colors, crest, and Will Ferrell

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The list of owners in LA grows. English soccer needs a winter break. Griffey Jr. breaks a record.


Gonzalo Pineda has officially called it quits on the field, and will continue to explore commentary opportunities and someday coaching. On his way out he had high praise for Major League Soccer, saying it's no longer a "cemetary" for older players.

Scouting Jordan Schweitzer

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Former Sounders Academy Technical Director and current Sounders U23/Tacoma Stars Head Coach Darren Sawatzky scouts the latest Homegrown Player.

As a defensive midfielder there are not flashy statistics for Jordan Schweitzer. The highlights may tell less about his game than any other position.

Sounders sign Jordan Schweitzer as Homegrown Player

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The HGP list grows to Yedlin, Okoli, Kovar, Jones, Mansaray and Schweitzer.

Yedlin and Morris get most of the headlines out of the Seattle Sounders Academy. Victor Mansaray gets some mention because he's so young. Now joining Darwin Jones as a senior signing a Homegrown Player contract with his hometown club is Everett's own Jordan Schweitzer.

Talking with Jordan Schweitzer, Seattle's latest Homegrown Player

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Everett native is the 6th HGP in the club's history

Former Seattle Sounders academy player Jordan Schweitzer officially signed a Homegrown Player contract with the club on Thursday after opting out of the MLS SuperDraft. Schweitzer played four seasons at the University of Denver after playing his high school soccer in Everett and spent three years in the Sounders academy.

Obafemi Martins shoots down non-existent rumors

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Nigerian international asserts that he's got no intention of leaving Sounders ... not that we thought there was any.

There are never any shortage of transfer rumors surrounding Obafemi Martins. This is not just a thing that's been happening since he joined the Seattle Sounders, mind you. Martins is the guy who has customized chairs made for every team he's played for, a list that includes eight clubs and one country.

Seattle Sounders 2016 schedule features three road Cascadia matches

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Seattle travels to Vancouver Whitecaps once and Portland Timbers twice in 2016 as they defend their Cascadia Cup title on their quest to unseat the Team from Oregon as Champions of MLS.

Major League Soccer announced their full schedule today. As usual the Seattle Sounders FC are heavily featured on national television appearing seven times on ESPN, six times on FoxSports 1 and do not appear on Univision's suite of stations.

Gonzalo Pineda announces his retirement

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The former Mexico international made 53 appearances for Seattle

Former Seattle Sounders midfielder Gonzalo Pineda has announced his retirement from professional football at age 33 after having his contract option declined by the Seattle Sounders following the 2015 season. Pineda appeared 53 times for the Sounders since arriving in 2014, scoring three goals including this screamer against the Vancouver Whitecaps last year:

Born in Mexico City, Pineda began his career in 2002 with hometown club UNAM Pumas before heading to C.

What's going on with Jordan Morris?

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There's been a lot of news coming out about Jordan Morris in the last few days and we understand that it can be a little confusing if you're not tethered to the Internet at all hours of the day. With that in mind, we're here to answer all of "your" questions.

Can we start with the tl;dr version?

Nos Audietis, episode 206: Let's talk about Jordan Morris

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In the first episode of the new year, Jeremiah and Aaron ring in 2016 discussing the homegrown elephant in the room known as Jordan Morris and they break in a new trialist on the show.

In this pre-season episode, Jeremiah and Aaron start off 2016 talking about pretty much where they left off 2015: the ongoing Jordan Morris adventure.

Andy Rose will begin with the U21s at Coventry City

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His new manager wants to see Rose fight for a starting role in his system.

Coventry City FC's manager Tony Mowbray is impressed with Andy Rose's game, but he says the newly-married midfielder has to win a starting spot by learning the way he needs to play in his new squad. Rose will start that process with the Coventry City U21s.

Sounders 2 Player Profiles - Academy players

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A ranking of the first Academy players to suit up with S2 and when we should expect to see them on the field again.

Sounders 2 is supposed to be a place to develop young talent getting them ready for MLS minutes or weeding them out before they get there. In any case, it gives the Sounders roughly an extra 10-20 roster spots to test out players and with the amateur rules for the USL, the Sounders Academy will get plenty of exposure with S2.

Major Link Soccer: A History of Peter Nowak

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The Philadelphia Union laid out their grievances against Nowak, Didier Drogba may have retired, and a youth soccer league takes on the NFL


The big Seattle sports story yesterday was Ken Griffey Jr being voted into the Major League Baseball hall of fame with a record setting 99.3% of voters.

Six collegians and five youth internationals added to MLS Combine

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Sounders Academy product Jordan Schweitzer among the players who previously dropped out.

Leading up to Friday's MLS Player Combine, Major League Soccer announced that six college players and five youth internationals would be added to rosters for the pre-draft event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

U.S. Soccer really seems to be pushing Jordan Morris toward Europe

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Sounders seem happy with the way they left things with Morris and even termed contract negotiations "cordial."

In case there was any lingering doubt as to U.S. Soccer's preference about the next step in Jordan Morris' career, Andi Herzog effectively put that to rest. The USMNT assistant and U23 head coach clearly indicated he helped arrange the Werder Bremen training stint and hopes more young Americans choose to play overseas.

Jordan Morris only Sounders-affiliated player on official USMNT camp roster

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Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey left off roster, presumably to allow them to go through entire Sounders preseason ahead of CCL match.

The 23-player roster for the first US Men's National Team camp of 2016 has been released, and confirming yesterday's reports, the Sounders' Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans weren't called in.

Jordan Morris left a very nice note to his former Stanford teammates

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Jordan Morris clearly enjoyed his time at Stanford, and the farewell note he left his former teammates goes a long way toward explaining why he stuck around as long as he did. Here it is:

I am very excited for the next chapter of my career!

Sounders 2 Player Profiles: The guys who are coming back

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A ranking of the S2 players that will be back next season, either with the Rave Green in MLS, with S2, or were awarded a trial to see which club they'll fit into.

This is the first of three groups of Sounders 2 Player Profiles which are broken out by players that are coming back, academy players, and players who are not coming back or have at least not been announced as coming back/on trial.

Major Link Soccer: Silly Season in full effect

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The English press have identified Osvaldo Alonso as a possible short term fix in the January transfer window.


With seven picks in the 2016 SuperDraft, the Seattle Sounders are surely going to get younger. But will they do better than their 2015 haul?

We knew that Sounders academy alumni Jordan Schweitzer dropped out of the MLS Combine, but did you know that academy coach Junior Gonzalez will be part of the coaching staff at the combine?

Aaron Kovar training with Preston North End

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We don't think it's anything to be too worried about, though.

Jordan Morris isn't the only Sounders Academy product to be doing some overseas training. Like he did last offseason, Aaron Kovar is going to England ahead of the Seattle Sounders season. This time, Kovar will be training with Preston North End, a team that currently sits 15th in the 24-team English Championship.

Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans won't join USMNT training camp

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Next week, more than 20 players will report to the U.S. men's national team month-long training camp in California. While the full roster has not been released, Grant Wahl is reporting that two Sounders veterans —€" Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans —€" won't be in attendance.

Last year's camp, which included Evans and Dempsey, was filled with tension.

What chance does Jordan Morris have of sticking at Werder Bremen?

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Werder Bremen is a good place for Jordan Morris to be right now, as painful as that may be.

Jordan Morris doesn't seem to be short on options now that he's decided to make professional soccer his livelihood. From the Sounders' offer to make him the most expensive Homegrown Player in MLS history to Jurgen Klinsmann's January camp to Werder Bremen, he's not wanting for options on how to explore his first month getting paid to play.

Jordan Morris officially leaves Stanford, destination unknown

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Not that there was much doubt about it at this point, but Jordan Morris made his departure from Stanford official on Tuesday. Morris completed three seasons with the Cardinal and still had a year of eligibility remaining, although he's basically run out of things he could accomplish.

In addition to leading Stanford to their first-ever men's soccer national championship by scoring a brace in the College Cup final, Morris is also considered the favorite to win the Hermann Trophy, annually given to the college game's best player.

Sounders still trying to close deal on Jordan Morris

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Werder Bremen has stepped in to throw a wrench into plans, but Sounders remain hopeful they can sign the Homegrown Player.

I have a silly personal story about Jordan Morris. I knew him "before." Before the Gatorade State High School Player of the Year, before the USSDA Player of the Year, before the U-20, U-21, U-23 and full United States National Team calls.

Major Link Soccer: MLS schedule gets a release date

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I mean, if you feel like reading about something besides Jordan Morris...


JoMo. That is all.


MLS will release the full 2016 season schedule on January 7th. Given the tinkering MLS did last year with Rivalry Weeks, Decision Day, and an expanded playoff field, there's going to be a lot to look at on Thursday.

Jordan Morris not quite ready to sign with Sounders, will train in Germany

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Previously mysterious club turns out to Bundesliga's Werder Bremen.

Because no good transfer saga is worth its salt without a few twists, turns and unexpected developments, it appears the Jordan Morris signing isn't quite as close to final as it appeared. Just a day after a report suggesting Morris was in the process of finalizing a deal that would have made him a Sounders Homegrown Player, now comes word from Grant Wahl that the 21-year-old will train with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

Werder Bremen boss seems to downplay Jordan Morris' training stint

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Werder Bremen's Sporting Direction confirmed that Jordan Morris will be training with the Bundesliga club on Tuesday, but also seemed to downplay its significance.

"It's a good opportunity for us to get to know a player better," Thomas Eichin told the team's website. "Nothing more, nothing less.

Sounders 2015: A Season in Photos

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View this gallery here.

Sounders prospect dropped from MLS Draft Combine

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Jordan Schweitzer is one of three potential Homegrown Player signings that will no longer be at the Combine. Replacements have been named.

MLS found six new players to attend the Combine in a couple weeks. Currently each Combine team will consist of just 15 players, but Generation Adidas signings and international prospects will eventually expand those roster.

Major Link Soccer: Amy Rodriguez to have second child

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She doesn't have to be the bane of my existence for a year...


Centurylink Field won't be hosting playoff games this January, but Sounders roommates the Seattle Seahawks are in their fourth-straight playoff run after smashing division rival Arizona Cardinals 36-6. They'll play in the NFL Wild-Card Round at the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday at 10:00 a.

Jordan Morris' decision likely made, expect news soon

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With collegiate deadlines looming and a rumor that the decision is made, the Jordan Morris chase may finally be over.

American soccer news is about to explode. The holidays are over, the SuperDraft is a couple weeks away and Jordan Morris' decision whether to remain at Stanford or turn pro is imminent.

Victory Mansaray called into United States U-20 camp

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The US starts preparations for the U20 World Cup with matches against Florida All Stars and semi-pros.

Tab Ramos is working to discover which Americans will help the United States qualify for the U20 World Cup in South Korea in 2017. Four CONCACAF teams will qualify for the tournament. Young Seattle Sounders forward Victor Mansaray is one of 36 invitees to the first camp of 2016.

2015 Player Profile #23: Aaron Kovar

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The former Stanford student and Sounders Academy product is entering his third year. It's time to break out.

Seattle's less known Stanford attendee, Aaron Kovar was either the second or third ever Homegrown Player. He is now the longest tenured HGP as both Yedlin and Okoli are no longer in Seattle.

Major Link Soccer: "Hard" Didier Drogba(ll)

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Chelsea are hoping to call on Didier Drogba for reinforcements, but the MLS has other ideas.


With the MLS Draft fast approaching, it's becoming decision time for the Generation Adidas class, but some prospects are looking elsewhere

Don Garber lauded the MLS' commitment to player development, signing of designated players, and fan involvement in his 2016 New Year's Greeting.

Major Link Soccer: Welcome to 2016!

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Lots of looking back and looking forward, US Soccer gets the new year started, the NFL kicks some defenseless children off their youth soccer fields.

Happy New Year!

I'm hoping many of you don't mind how late you're receiving your daily links dose because you were celebrating into the wee hours.

Washington's top 2015 Team Performances

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Spanning the state to spotlight the amateur and pro seasons that will stand the test of time.

As daylight dwindles on 2015 and we seal this calendar's time capsule, why not thumb through the best team performances, and determine which will best prevail against the test of time.

Some Washington sides made some remarkable accomplishments in the past year, and here are the best of the best:

Seattle United B98 Copa - In April they defeated Crossfire Premier to become the state's first Dallas Cup champion, and the boys just kept going, winning the state and regional titles before reaching the USYSA U16 final match in July

Seattle Reign - First professional club to win back-to-back regular season league championships, going 13-3-4 in NWSL despite losing Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe to national team duty for the better part of three months

Puget Sound women - Despite being eliminated in the Division III second round, the Loggers allowed only three (3) goals in 22 matches and became the state's first unbeaten (17-0-5) women's collegiate program

Seattle University men - For first time in program's 49 seasons the Redhawks earned the mantle of the state's top D1 men's program by beating UW, winning the WAC and reaching the NCAA third round

Receiving consideration

Seattle Prep girls - Panthers overcame injuries to finished undefeated at 22-0-1 and 3A champions

Western Washington women - Vikings won a record 21 games and their fourth straight GNAC regular season title before falling in D2 semi

Seattle Pacific men - SPU finished 14-1-4, the fewest losses in 48 seasons

Frank MacDonald is a Seattle soccer journalist and historian.

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