Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2016

Major Link Soccer: Expansion fever (and how to end it quick)

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Plenty of groups and cities are interested in ponying up to get into MLS now, but who has the most realistic chance? Who might be out before they even start? Also, did you see that Messi goal?!

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There are plenty of cities vying to gain entry into MLS before the gates presumably close at 28 teams; Fifty-Five One breaks down the 10 teams named by MLS that are fighting for the four remaining spots, including factors like population and median income.

Vote for the 2016 Sounder at Heart Young Player of the Year

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Who will follow in the footsteps of Montero, Yedlin, Roldan and others?

This award is given by the readers of Sounder at Heart to the player under the age of 23 who had the best year in 2016. Members of the Seattle Sounders first team, S2, the Academy, and Academy alums still within the organization (potential HGPs and/or Sounders U23 players) are eligible.

Roman Torres addition is what led Seattle to their first MLS Cup

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A shift to direct play helped the Sounders beat two mighty midfields.

If the addition of Nicolas Lodeiro single-handedly changed the Sounders' season, then the return of Roman Torres from injury is what led Seattle to the first MLS Cup victory in their history.

Brad Evans held the second center back spot alongside Chad Marshall for much of the last two years.

Major Link Soccer: Will next year be an encore?

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The Seattle Sounders dream of more, the Dutch deem field turf safe, and Goals of the Week.

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The Seattle Sounders may have just won their first MLS Cup, but that doesn't stop some in the Sounders organization from already looking ahead to the encore.

Tacoma Stars player Alex Megason was selected for MASL team of the Week.

Setting the table for what could be a quiet Sounders offseason

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A near flawless finish removed the need for what could have been some painful decisions, but there are still a few outstanding issues.

We are just about to enter the roughly two-week period that constitutes the real MLS offseason. Once Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft is completed on Thursday, the next significant league event is the MLS Player Combine that starts on Jan.

Sounders to begin 2017 on road for first time in MLS

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Seattle returns home in week three.

Since the Seattle Sounders joined MLS in 2009, they have held their season-opening game at home. Things are about to change in 2017.

Save the date(s).

The 2017 home openers for each club!

Major Link Soccer: The 2022 World Cup is Saved

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Air conditioned helmets, Zach Scott on a road trip, and signs of boredom in San Jose

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Apparently each player gets 24 hours with the cup. Zach Scott spent his day taking a road trip across the region with the cup in tow.

Where to go, what to do?

Laura Harvey, Jess Fishlock reflect on Seattle Reign FC’s tough fourth season

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A video series featuring two brilliant soccer minds? Yes, please.

While the NWSL offseason slogs on, Seattle Reign FC players and staff have been busy reflecting on the 2016 season — asking what went right and what went wrong as the team fell just short of its bid for the playoffs.

To bring supporters into those conversations, Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey and midfielder Jess Fishlock sat down for a three-part video series that looked back on the squad's fourth season.

Sounders Homegrown Player headed to Orlando City B

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Orlando City B announced the signing of Jordan Schweitzer earlier today.

Jordan Schweitzer, the once Seattle Sounders FC Homegrown player, signed with Orlando City FC's USL affiliate. Schweitzer spent the 2016 season as a regular starter for S2 providing four goals and two assists in 1685 minutes.

Schweitzer headed to Orlando City B

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Orlando City B announced the signing of the 22 year old midfielder earlier today.

Jordan Schweitzer, the once Seattle Sounders FC Homegrown player, signed with Orlando City FC's USL affiliate. Schweitzer spent the 2016 season as a regular starter for S2 providing four goals and two assists in 1685 minutes.

A trip down the rabbit hole of Sounders promos

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It may be time for another sing-along.

If you're like me, you've been fulfilling your hunger for Sounders content during these long stretches between playoff games by spending a totally reasonable amount of time on the internet.

Ozzie and Mauro

I came across this amazing photo of my favorite player Ozzie and his buddy Mauro while .

Jordan Morris exchanges praise with Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore ahead of MLS Cup Final

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The USMNT teammates had many nice things to say about each other

Among the many storylines that have popped up ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final, one that is of particular interest beyond just Seattle and Toronto is the matchup of the three US national team regulars expected to start. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are expected to start for Toronto FC, while 2016 Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris should start for the Seattle Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: NASL close to collapse

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A former Sounders Academy product found his way back to MLS and it wouldn't be TFC without a ticketing snafu.

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NYCFC has added another young attacker to their squad for next season in signing USL MVP Sean Okoli, and Sounders fans everywhere gulped.

FourFourTwo breaks down the talking points for MLS Cup, highlighting the surely entertaining battle of difference-makers of Giovinco vs.

Tukwila proclaims December 10th Seattle Sounders FC Spirit Day

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Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg signed the proclamation on Monday.

We are under a week away from the Seattle Sounders playing in their first ever MLS Cup Final this Saturday, Dec. 10 at BMO Field against Toronto FC. The Mayor of Tukwila, Allan Ekberg, signed a proclamation Monday naming this coming Saturday Seattle Sounders FC Spirit Day.

Jordan Morris nominated for U.S. Soccer’s top young male player

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Cristian Pulisic will likely win the award.

Jordan Morris has been dominated for U.S. Soccer's Young Male Player of the Year award, and could become the second Seattle Sounders Homegrown Player to win the award since 2014. That's the year DeAndre Yedlin won it, shortly after announcing plans that he'd be transferring to Tottenham Hotspur.

Osvaldo Alonso snubbed on MLS Best XI

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MLS voters go heavy on offense, select no defensive midfielders.

MLS released their 2016 MLS Best XI on Monday and not one player from the Seattle Sounders was named to the list. Most notable, Osvaldo Alonso was left off the list that is compiled through a voting process that includes MLS players, club executives and media members.

Sounders compensated for Atlanta’s signing of Paraguayan playmaker

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Sounders apparently had a discovery claim on Miguel Almiron.

Atlanta United made another big signing on Monday, officially revealing that Paraguay's Miguel Almiron will join the expansion team on a Youth Designated Player contract for the 2017 season. United reportedly paid around $8.5 million to complete the transfer of the 22-year-old from Argentina's Lanus.

How do the Sounders stop Toronto’s strike duo?

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Brad Evans says that the key is containment of Giovinco and winning the physical battle with Altidore

Ahead of the Seattle Sounders' first ever appearance in an MLS Cup final this weekend, team captain Brad Evans says that even though Toronto FC have two of the best forwards in the league, the Sounders are more than capable of containing them.

Major Link Soccer: Sounders stalwarts ready for MLS Cup

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It may have taken longer than they had hoped, but Ozzie Alonso, Brad Evans, and Zach Scott are enjoying every minute of their latest quest for an MLS Cup.

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While it may have taken longer than they all hoped for, the three remaining Sounders from the inaugural MLS side are being sure to soak up every moment leading up to their first Cup appearance.

Four Seattle-Toronto connections you probably knew, and five more you likely didn’t

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Everyone knows that Toronto FC cut Herculez Gomez unceremoniously late in preseason. Then Herc wanted to go to only one team, it happened to be the team that wanted him, Seattle Sounders FC. That is not the only connection between Seattle and Toronto, though, and some of them are downright odd.

Let's hit the other TFC-SSFC connections you probably know.

Sounders cracking down on scalped MLS Cup tickets

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Team revoked tickets of at least one person trying to sell tickets at massive markup.

There were supposedly about 1,500 tickets made available to the Seattle Sounders and their fans for next Saturday's MLS Cup final. ECS got a few hundred, the Sounders kept a few more hundred to give to players' families and such and the rest are in the process of being distributed to season-ticket holders through a lottery.

Reigning Abroad: Battle in Melbourne City

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This week in W-League action: Jess Fishlock gets a brace

Another exciting week of W-League action took place in Australia, and Seattle Reign FC players once again played a big role in their games. Here's an update on their most recent play Down Under.

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Western Sydney Wanderers (Kendall Fletcher, Paige Nielsen) v.

Leslie Jones rocked a Sounders jersey on Saturday Night Live

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That's pretty cool!

Ever since Leslie Jones "discovered" soccer and started tweeting about MLS games, there's been several teams wooing her allegiance. But her affinity for the Seattle Sounders always seemed strongest and now we have hard evidence:

LESDOGGGGGG!

Reigning USL MVP leaving FC Cincinnati

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Sean Okoli seems to indicate he'll be looking for a bigger challenge.

Sean Okoli is coming off by far his most productive professional season. The Federal Way product and Sounders Academy alum finally found regular playing time with FC Cincinnati and responded with a 16-goal campaign that earned him the USL MVP award.

Major Link Soccer: It’s all Toronto

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A selection of news, all about Toronto FC

The ratings for Toronto's win over Montreal are huge. About 1.4 million people in Canada watched the game. The numbers in the USA weren't as strong.

+ an additional 101K on Fox Deportes. https://t.

Tacoma Stars change December 10th start time

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That helps Sounders fans, like our intrepid reporter.

On December 10th, my favorite outdoor team will take on Toronto FC in a Major League Soccer cup final. Our first trip to the final and I have to work. I will be at the Tacoma Stars game to bring their story, to you our loyal readers. Thankfully the Stars front office staff, the Ontario Fury, and Major Arena Soccer League all combined to make things easier on all of us.

Toronto FC favored over Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup

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Toronto is the home team after all.

ESPN's Paul Carr tweeted out that the latest Soccer Power Index (SPI) has Toronto FC as the favorites to win MLS Cup. The results should not shock you. They list Toronto as a 63% favorite to beat the Seattle Sounders on Dec. 10 at BMO Field.

Imagine that, a home team that is favored to win at home.

Here’s who the Sounders should protect in the Expansion Draft

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The next step in the Garth Lagerwey-fication of the roster comes on December 13th when Minnesota and Atlanta snag players in the Expansion Draft.

There is a minor inconvenience to making MLS Cup. Shortly after it the Cup there is the Expansion Draft, when Minnesota United and Atlanta United take five players each.

Major Link Soccer: Guzan eyeing a January move to MLS

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He might pull a Tim Howard. Sunil Gulati has talks with NASL and USL brass. Did Minnesota United just sign the next Zach Scott?

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The Eastern Conference Finals set a new record for Canadian MLS viewers, with 1.4 million tuning in to watch the two rivals battle to reach MLS Cup, according to this report from Bell Media.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, Western Conference Finals, leg 2: Player Ratings

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Seattle flipped the script in their away game against Colorado, and managed a 1-0 win against the Rapids. Pulling a page from their opponents' playbook, the away side absorbed pressure repeatedly, forcing the home team into hopeful, speculative shots. Seattle took advantage of a break to score a huge away goal.

Sounder at Heart is hosting a MLS Cup viewing party

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Join us at Queen Anne Beerhall on Dec. 10

Thanks to some rather shoddy set-piece defending by the Montreal Impact, the Seattle Sounders will have to go on the road in an effort to win their first-ever MLS Cup. But just because you are unable to take a few days off from your normal obligations to traipse across the continent, doesn't mean you need to be resigned watching the game by yourself at home.

Nos Audietis, Episode 237: Into the Great White North

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Let's talk about playing in MLS Cup.

We encountered several technical difficulties in attempting to get this week's show into your earholes, but we like to think it was worth it. Richard Farley joined Jeremiah in the first segment and they basically broke down the Colorado Rapids series while looking head to the MLS Cup matchup with Toronto FC.

Need an excuse to go to Toronto? Brad Evans has you covered

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Sounders captain writes an excuse not to get you out of work.

Even with a Saturday evening game, getting to Toronto for MLS Cup is probably going to require most Seattle Sounders to take a day or two off of work. On the off chance you don't have a boss who's perfectly happy to give you that time off, Brad Evans has volunteered to help out:

If you need me to write emails to your bosses so you can fly to Toronto LMK.

Bruce Arena hints that Cristian Roldan could get USMNT call-up

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New USA head coach name-checks two Sounders during FS1 interview.

By now, Seattle Sounders fans are well aware of the breakout season Cristian Roldan has enjoyed. The 21-year-old product of the University of Washington scored four goals and added three assists in his second season, but those stats only scratch the surface of how well he has done.

Seattle Sounders head to Toronto for MLS Cup

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TFC nets two extra time goals to beat Montreal 7-5 on aggregate.

With a high-octane series that saw 12 total goals scored Toronto FC managed to outlast the Montreal Impact. The win by the Reds means that they will host the Seattle Sounders on December 10th (5 PM, Fox) with the MLS Cup on the line.

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders, MLS Cup 2016: News, injury updates, highlights, analysis

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Led by head coach Brian Schmetzer the Seattle Sounders (14-14-6 +1) travel to Toronto, Canada to try to win their first ever MLS Cup. TFC (14-9-11 +12) are also trying to take their first MLS hardware. Toronto FC joined the league in 2007 and first made the playoffs in 2015. They have five Canadian Championships.

Major Link Soccer: Triumph in Toronto

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Plus a Portland kit tease, a new MLS ball, and the unraveling of the NASL

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A you surely know by now, Seattle will be facing Toronto in the MLS Cup. The match to determine that went all of the way to extra time. Here are game summaries from both Waking the Red and Mount Royal Soccer.

Osvaldo Alonso expected to play in MLS Cup

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Brian Schmetzer thinks he'd have a hard time keeping Alonso off the field, anyway.

Everyone in Seattle more than likely held their collective breaths when they all saw Colorado Rapids left back Marc Burch clatter clumsily into Osvaldo Alonso. You probably held your breath a little longer seeing Ozzie grab his knee.