Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2017

Refugees, immigration are part and parcel of American soccer

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Politics is forcing its way into soccer; soccer should win.

On Jan. 27, 2017 President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that suspends visas and other immigration matters from seven specific nations as well as suspended the Refugee Admissions program for fiscal year 2017 pending review.

Major Link Soccer: Sunil Gulati speaks on the current international climate

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In lead-up to the USMNT's first game under Bruce Arena, Sunil reminds us of the bigger picture.

United States:

Sunil Gulati publicly addressed how the current political climate will impact the United State's efforts for a World Cup bid, saying that it runs secondary to resolving the executive order.

Hiroshi Kiyotake may spurn Sounders for Japan return

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There don't appear to be any offers yet, but several outlets have reported his preference is to go home if he leaves Sevilla.

The Hiroshi Kiyotake situation may be a bit more complicated that it looked just 24 hours ago. Although Sevilla still plans to sign Walter Montoya — which would force them to clear an non-EU roster spot — there's at least a possibility that the move can't be fully completed until the summer transfer window.

Clint Dempsey won't play in March World Cup Qualifiers

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Bruce Arena says he wants Dempsey to focus on Sounders, getting healthy.

As Bruce Arena plans for World Cup Qualifying, he will be without Clint Dempsey. During the pregame of the friendly between the United States and Serbia, ESPN's Taylor Twellman said Arena told him he will not call the Seattle Sounders forward/midfielder into the USMNT.

United States vs. Serbia: Time, live stream, TV schedule and 3 things to know

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The USMNT host Serbia in San Diego as Bruce Arena makes his second debut as coach of the national team. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings. Here is your Sounder at Heart USMNT Friendly Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. This will be Bruce Arena's first game back with the USMNT since taking over from the fired Jurgen Klinsmann on November 22nd.

China pipeline flows both ways, Sounders set to sign Sweden int'l

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Gustav Svensson has reportedly signed with the Sounders to provide defensive midfield depth.

To call the defensive midfield position an area of weakness for the Seattle Sounders would be absurd. Osvaldo Alonso and Cristian Roldan are, after all, one of the top pairings in MLS.

But behind them?

First-team training camp sees continuing integration of S2, Academy

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Opening of camp begins to fill out the role Sounders 2 and its players will fill in 2017.

Sounders 2 is at least a couple weeks off from their own training camp but their involvement in the opening week of first team training is starting to offer an outline of what S2 will look like in 2017.

2016 Player Profile #19: Tony Alfaro

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Like every 2016 Seattle Sounders player, Alfaro won MLS Cup.

Tony Alfaro went from second round draft pick to fringe member of the Seattle Sounders gameday 18 in just a year. The Cal State-Dominguez Hills product played a tiny bit of stay-at-home left back, but was mostly the fourth central defender on the roster in 2016.

Hiroshi Kiyotake in sights of Sounders FC: Full coverage

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Out of favor with Sevilla FC in La Liga, Hiroshi Kiyotake is looking for a new team to take him. Rumors are that Seattle Sounders FC and a few teams in Japan are finalists for the regular on the Japanese national team. The rumored fee is about €6 million (currently about $6.5 million US). That fee would be the sixth largest paid by an MLS team, right between fees paid for Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro.

Oniel Fisher will join Jamaican National Team

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The backup fullback will face off against Sounders teammates Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, and Jordan Morris

Even Seattle Sounders FC's depth players are getting called into CONCACAF teams. As Jamaica looks to rebound from a poor World Cup Qualifying cycle, they are set to face the United States (Feb.

Recapping final day of training before Sounders head to Arizona

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Clint Dempsey provides the highlight of the afternoon.

The last day of practice before heading off to Arizona to continue pre-season started off indoors. Originally using both fields, the MLS Cup Champion Sounders were soon ushered off of one field for what looked to be a girls U4 team. (Schmetzer's look was priceless.

Stars win, confident heading into international roadtrip

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Stars defeat Turlock 7-3, to face Soles de Sonora and Atletico Baja next.

KENT, WA - On Friday, January 20th the Tacoma Stars (8-3) faced the Turlock Express (5-8) in front of a crowd of 4,064 people, the largest in the current era of the franchise.

The game started slow as neither team scored on just three shots on goal in the first quarter of play.

Nicolas Lodeiro back with Sounders after much-needed rest

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He even got married during the offseason!

Even though the Seattle Sounders started training camp earlier this week, a few notable faces were missing. Jordan Morris, Brad Evans, and Chad Marshall were in US national team camp, but another important player was also absent: midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro.

Sounders 2 will open the 2017 season at home

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S2 opens against Sacramento Republic, followed by travel to Vancouver

Unlike the first team, Sounders 2 will open their season at home by hosting the Sacramento Republic at Starfire Sports in Tukwila on Sunday, March 26. Their second match of the season will be on the road at Vancouver Whitecaps 2, whose first match of the season is on the road at LA Galaxy II.

Open Flavor Fridays: Guacamole

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The creation of better worlds and never drink beer at 34 degrees.

Guacamole, or guac if you don't like syllables, season is starting. It is a season that starts with the Super Bowl and ends when avocado prices go over two dollars a piece. Here's how you make the best guac;

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 dashes salt
  • minced shallot
  • minced jalapeno, half seeds removed
  • dash garlic
  • hint of lime juice

Mash all together with your manual potato masher.

Rumored Sounders target is almost certainly leaving Sevilla

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Hiroshi Kiyotake's exit is all but confirmed after the signing of Walter Montoya.

Hiroshi Kiyotake is all but finished at Sevilla. The Japanese midfielder was already rumored to be on his way out — primarily because he has failed to break into third-best team in Spain's lineup — but now his fate is all but assured after the signing of Walter Montoya as Sevilla will need to clear a non-EU roster spot.

2016 Player Profile #20: Oniel Fisher

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Fisher won the 2016 MLS Cup with Seattle Sounders FC.

Out of Portmore, Jamaica via the University of New Mexico, the 25-year-old Oniel Fisher earned his way into playing time by showing that he could play both as a right back and a left back. He also could earn more calls into the Jamaican National Team.

Steve Zakuani is at least exploring the possibility of a comeback

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Former Sounders midfielder has been a full participant in preseason training.

There will be a, perhaps, surprising name on the list of players traveling with the Seattle Sounders to Tucson, Ariz. as they take their preseason training on the road: Steve Zakuani.

What at first seemed like a simply exercise to get into shape — something the 29-year-old did at the end of last year — is now something a bit more.

Nos Audietis, Episode 240: The Boys are Back

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Sounders open training camp with some intriguing names.

Opening training camp as the defending MLS Cup champions has a certain ring to it, doesn't it? The Seattle Sounders did just that this week, and there were no shortage of storylines.

The most interesting was probably the health of Clint Dempsey.

Major Link Soccer: Minnesota spends big money on Molino

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It turns out expansion teams get a lot of Garber Bux to spend these days. Chicago may host the All-Star Game, but not in Bridgeview. Could Earthquakes fans find a way to cheer for Landon Donovan again ?

Major League Soccer

Fox Sports profiles another potential MLS expansion city (or area); this time it's whatever you want to call the combination of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the immediate region.

Cameroonian left back ready to learn

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Nouhou Tolo is good—but he wants to be even better.

Even though Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey noted offhand this week that S2's Nouhou Tolo would be on the first team roster this season, the club made Tolo's signing official today. The 19-year-old Cameroonian defender impressed the coaching staff enough in his 24 matches with S2 that they decided to promote him to the squad in order to back up Joevin Jones at left-back.

Second day practice observations

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Yes, we have your daily Clint Dempsey update too

Day two in Soundersville started out much the same as the first, except without the number of fans at Starfire. Warmups were done in lines and players' preferred groups began to emerge. It will be interesting to see what happens when the missing players return.

First Day of Training: Photo Gallery

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Sounders begin their 2017 campaign, as does a new Sounder At Heart photographer.

First day of training is in the books. You'll notice a few familiar faces.

About that rumored $14M transfer offer for Dario Benedetto...

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Sounders weren't the team who made it.

Perhaps the most intriguing rumor this offseason was that the Seattle Sounders offered Boca Juniors $14 million for Dario Benedetto. That would have been a MLS record transfer fee and seemed to suggest the Sounders were ready to open their checkbooks quite unlike they ever have before.

Major Link Soccer - Brad Guzan to Atlanta

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Also, Landon Donovan may be retired, Giovinco may be leaving, and the discussion of pro/rel in America may be complete.

Seattle

According to The Seattle Times, Brian Schmetzer's key enemy of this preseason is complacency. This is, understandably, seen as a constant threat in the wake of winning the MLS Cup.

CONCACAF Champions League qualification: MLS teams playing for 2019 spots this year

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Sounders are definitely in 2018 tournament.

CONCACAF made a somewhat confusing announcement on Monday about the future of their largest club tournament. Although the broad format was clear enough — Canadian and American teams will have five of the 16 spots in the 2018 tournament — the particulars of how those teams will qualify was less so.

Sounders sign S2 defender Nouhou Tolo to senior team contract

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Left back is third player ever signed directly from USL affiliate.

Seattle Sounders FC announced on Thursday that they have signed Cameroonian defender Nouhou Tolo. He spent the 2016 season with S2 and appeared in 24 games — all starts.

Tolo joined S2 in April 2016 after playing for Rainbow FC in Cameroon.

Seattle Reign sign Australian forward Larissa Crummer

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The 21-year-old was the Golden Boot award winner in the 2016 W-League

Seattle Reign FC announced today the signing of Australian international forward Larissa Crummer, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). With Crummer's signing, Seattle now has filled all of its five international roster spots.

Clint Dempsey passes fitness test with flying colors

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Sounders performance analyst happy with Dempsey's progress.

Seattle Sounders FC's annual beep test establishes baseline fitness. Getting a baseline maximum aerobic heart rate is more important than winning it. Since professional soccer players are involved, though, it becomes a competition.

Fredy Montero’s in Seattle, but don’t expect an announcement

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Alternate headline: Local man visits family.

I'm not going to lie, writing this story feels a bit weird. It was only a few days ago that I wrote about how I wasn't really buying the Fredy Montero-to-Sounders rumors. But I find myself revisiting this after Montero himself Tweeted out a photo of he and his family hanging out at the Seattle Roastery with a not-so-subtle message:

Wow .

Coaching staff changes not expected to slow preseason progress

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Despite the turnover, Schmetzer expects Pineda to easily take over Ante Razov's duties

For the first in his coaching career, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer is overseeing a full MLS preseason with the club. Having stepped up to the position during the middle of last season after the departure of Sigi Schmid, Schmetzer is having to make many choices that he never did while coaching at the USL level or as an assistant to Schmid.

2016 Player Profile #21: Oalex Anderson

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Oalex Anderson won an MLS Cup in 2016.

Blessed with amazing speed, Oalex Anderson may be the best active player from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Just 21, the youngster will have to recover from a major knee injury suffered just prior to MLS Cup before he finds a new team, or returns to the Seattle Sounders.

First Practice observations

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The defense of MLS Cup 2016 started on a cold Tuesday in front of fans and media.

After a very short offseason, Seattle Sounders veterans and trialists alike stepped back onto the practice field vying for spots on a team set to defend its very first MLS Cup.

There were a few major pieces missing, namely Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Stefan Frei, Nico Lodeiro, and Jordan Morris.

Major Link Soccer: 2017 kicks off with no surprises

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Seattle's training camp starts with no big surprise players, Diskerud is out of the mix, and goals of the week.

Seattle

Tuesday signified the official start of the 2017 for the Seattle Sounders. Going into the season there will be many changes to the team: here are four to start with.

Sounders open 2017 preseason: News, notes and updates

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All you need to know about the first day of Sounders preseason training

Among the more intriguing names on the list of trialists at the first day of Seattle Sounders was former USMNT prospect Gale Agbossoumonde.

Still just 25, the former U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year (2010) is fresh off his most productive professional season, making 28 starts for the Ft.

Sounders receive allocation money for Tyrone Mears

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Veteran full back traded to Atlanta United.

Tyrone Mears has officially joined Atlanta United, as a trade was announced on Tuesday. The Seattle Sounders will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money as part of the transaction.

This is the second time this offseason that Atlanta has sent the Sounders GAM.

Stefan Frei unlikely to play in any preseason matches

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The goalkeeper's ankle injury is severe enough to keep him out for "multiple weeks"

Perhaps it wasn't a huge surprise to Seattle Sounders fans when goalkeeper Stefan Frei was called up to the US national team for the first time this month. Fans in Seattle have known about Frei's quality for the past couple seasons, but the former Swiss youth international really came onto the international radar after his stunning performance in the MLS Cup final.

Depth Chart: Roster nearly set for title defense

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Sounders unlikely to add more than two players beyond those expected in camp already.

After winning MLS Cup, the Seattle Sounders immediately started rebuilding their roster. President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey's goals were to get younger, more durable, and to further integrate Sounders 2 and the Academy.

Clint Dempsey cleared to train, could play in preseason

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Sounders happy with progress Designated Player made in offseason.

There is still no timeline for when Clint Dempsey will be able to return to regular game action, but he has been cleared to train as the Seattle Sounders formally opened their 2017 preseason.

Dempsey, who was a full participant in the session, is on a pathway that could see him appear in preseason games, and it's at least possible that he'll be ready at the start of the season.

One-time USMNT super-prospect on trial with Sounders

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Gale Agbossoumonde among the notable names at first day of training.

Among the more intriguing names on the list of trialists at the first day of Seattle Sounders was former USMNT prospect Gale Agbossoumonde.

Still just 25, the former U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year (2010) is fresh off his most productive professional season, making 28 starts for the Ft.

Major Link Soccer: 2018 World Cup draw date set

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I think we're all a little sick of hearing about the Kremlin.

Seattle

Former promoter and SuperSonics executive Bob Walsh died yesterday at age 76; he was known for being a key part of the Sonics organization during their 1979 championship season and for bringing 13 major national sporting events to Seattle.

Grading Garth Lagerwey’s performance after three offseasons

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That MLS Cup sure helps, but there aren't many moves to really second guess.

It was a little more than two years ago that Garth Lagerwey was hired as the Seattle Sounders GM and President of Soccer. It didn't happen all at once, but just seven of the 26 players currently listed on the Sounders roster — and certainly less than half of the 2017 starters — were here when he took over.

Seattle Reign trade for Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson

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The midfield was a concern at the end of 2016. Now Seattle has plenty of options.

Laura Harvey strikes again.

Seattle Reign FC has acquired Canadian International midfielder Diana Matheson from the Washington Spirit in exchange for the rights to midfielder Arielle Ship, who was the 26th pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.

Three young Sounders called into United States U18s

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Two defenders, one Goalkeeper will represent the Seattle Sounders Academy at U.S. U18 camp.

After a recent set of call ups that saw no Sounders tapped for the United States U20s the Sounders organization will be glad to have three youth players at the upcoming U18 camp in Bradenton, FL. Trey Muse (Goalkeeper), Jake Morris (Left back), and Stirling Russell (Right back) will all get a chance to prove their worth to Omid Namazi who has pegged the Jan.

2016 Sounder at Heart Moment of the Year

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We're ignoring past years' group stage and just jumping into the major events that defined Puget Sound soccer in 2016.

The Sounder at Heart Annual Awards wrap up with voting for the Moment of the Year in 2016. Past winners, in order from ‘09 to ‘15, are fans meeting the team after winning the Open Cup in DC, Nyassi brace to win the Open Cup repeat, Alonso's dagger to earn Open Cup three-peat, Zakuani returns to MLS play & exchanges jerseys with Mullan, Traore's goal to draw level with Tigres in CCL play, Pappa pickpockets Pinedo to secure Supporters' Shield, and the Red Card Wedding.

New CONCACAF Champions League format eliminates group stage

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How the Seattle Sounders fit still in isn't entirely clear.

Starting in the Summer of 2017, the CONCACAF Champions League will contain 31 teams in a new format of dual tournaments. The first tournament will be contested between 16 clubs from the Caribbean and Central America. That winner will enter the second phase of the new CCL in 2018 competing against MLS, Liga MX and a selection of other CONCACAF clubs in a straight knockout tournament starting in February 2018 and ending in May of that year.

Major Link Soccer: Deandre Yedlin dubbed 'best fullback in Championship'

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Following a two assist performance this weekend, Seattle's own appears to have found his footing across the pond.

Seattle:

Deandre Yedlin seems to have found his footing across the pond and has put together a string of strong performances for Newcastle in the Championship. Following his two assist performance versus Rothertham on Saturday, some were calling him 'the best fullback in the Championship".

Gonzalo Pineda happy to be back with “beautiful” Sounders

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Despite fielding multiple coaching offers, Pineda said Seattle is the "best place I can be."

The Seattle Sounders announced this week that former midfielder Gonzalo Pineda had joined Brian Schmetzer's coaching staff for the 2017 season. Pineda, who also played for the Mexico national team, spent two seasons in Seattle, his only tenure outside of Mexico.

Aaron Kovar’s upside is nearly unlimited, ESPN commentator says

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Herculez Gomez has high praise for former Sounders teammate.

Aaron Kovar once again spent the offseason on trial with several teams in the United Kingdom. Kovar's recent twitter activity suggests he is back in Seattle preparing for the start of Sounders' training camp on Tuesday

Still just 23, Kovar will be heading into his fourth professional season and it will almost certainly be his most important to date.

2016 Player Profile #22: Dylan Remick

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Dylan Remick earned a lifetime treble with the Sounders. He won MLS Cup in 2016 with the Supporters' Shield and US Open Cup in 2014.

Plagued by injury in 2016 Dylan Remick's time as the Seattle Sounders backup left back came to an end shortly after winning MLS Cup. Remick is now with the Houston Dynamo where he will be the understudy of DaMarcus Beasley.

LEVYfilms captured the magic of 2016’s MLS Cup victory

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This isn't necessarily a sequel to American Football, it's more the tale of a championship.

"It's just been one long down, and then one long up," says Jeremiah Oshan (you've heard of him) on the 2016 Seattle Sounders season in the upcoming LEVYfilms documentary. LEVYfilms got to explore the down and then up of 2016.

Some idiot is getting a butt tattoo of Celine Dion because Sounders won MLS Cup

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And apparently even Herculez Gomez has contributed to the cause.

Right around this time last year, Sounders fan Matt Oak made a rather bold promise:

@mattoak like if Sounders win a trophy this year I'll get this Celine Dion ass tattoo. And I don't Welch on bets like @mread531

— InsufferabO⭐️K (@mattoak) February 14, 2016

For a good chunk of the season that seemed like a rather safe prediction, as the Sounders seemed far more likely to have their worst-ever season than anything that would result in glory.

Stars and Perry win on unlucky day

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Tacoma defeated Cedar Rapids, Got help elsewhere

KENT, WA - The Tacoma Stars (7-3) and Ceder Rapids Rampage (8-3) both had bad luck on Friday the 13th as despite many first half chances the only goal that was found was courtesy of Stars midfielder Raphael Cox: his third of the campaign.

Jumping on ball upon the Ceder Rapids kickoff, and he stole the ball (in similar fashion to last week's performance when he scored in just seven seconds) and taking the strike himself, scored in just twenty-four seconds.

Tyrone Mears says goodbye to Sounders fans

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Right back appears ready to sign with a new team.

Tyrone Mears' first half of his debut MLS season left many suggesting he was the best right back in the league; by the midpoint of his second MLS season, opinions had dramatically changed. Mears closed out the season playing sound defense and was a key component of the Seattle Sounders' first-ever MLS Cup, only to have his contract option declined only hours after.

OFF: Rogue One Ratings

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It can definitely stand alone but leaves a few questions.

Friday turned into Saturday, then turned into Sunday, and eventually into Tuesday but I finally saw Rogue One. My first rendezvous with the Star Wars franchise, well, excluding the one time I did not pay attention to episode four and those Family Guy versions.

Darwin Jones is moving on to the Tampa Bay Rowdies

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A slide down the depth chart means joining Damion Lowe at the USL side makes sense for the homegrown player.

As two new homegrown players arrive, the Seattle Sounders have let another go. The USL's Tampa Bay Rowdies announced the addition of Darwin Jones to their roster. Jones joined Seattle before the 2015 season after a complicated but successful three years in college and PDL play.

Major Link Soccer: Tim Howard gets backlash for questioning US teammates' passion

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He walks back the comments in a new interview. The Sounders have a pretty favorable 2017 schedule. Deloitte tells you which club made $735 million last season.

US Soccer

Tim Howard is pretty happy Jurgen Klinsmann is gone, in part because he felt like some of the players Klinsy brought in showed a "lack of passion and desire.

Sounders face tough choices in their 2017 DP strategy

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Here are three ways Seattle could work around Clint Dempsey's health status and Osvaldo Alonso's climbing salary as they look to bring in a new Designated Player.

The Sounders currently have three Designated Players on the roster: Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso, and Nicolas Lodeiro. Though it's possible only one of them will be a DP and/or on the roster by opening kick.

Talking through this Fredy Montero rumor

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Some Twitter account says he's leaving China and possibly heading for the Sounders.

Fredy Montero was, undeniably, one of the most talented players to ever wear a Seattle Sounders uniform. His 47 goals and 34 assists still rank as franchise records, despite his having not played a game here since 2012.

Sounders release 2017 preseason schedule

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The reigning MLS Cup champs will begin training next week at Starfire

Even though it still feels like the Seattle Sounders just won MLS Cup, the boys will be back in training next week. They will have their first day of training next Tuesday, January 24 at Starfire Sports training facility in Tukwila.

Kiersten Dallstream re-signs with Reign FC

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"Dave" is coming back for the 2017 season

As the Seattle Reign FC prepare for the 2017 season, their fifth in existence, another Reign Original will be on hand for it. The club announced today that Kiersten Dallstream re-signed with the team.

While listed as a forward, Dallstream has been a multi-role option for Laura Harvey, spending plenty of time on the defensive line, in the midfield, and up top.

Mexican World Cup veteran joins Sounders coaching staff

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Gonzalo Pineda is the newest addition to the staff.

The first of what appears to be several open coaching spots will go to a former Seattle Sounders player, Gonzalo Pineda. With Ante Razov leaving for LA Galaxy and Brian Schmetzer moving from First Assistant to Head Coach the staff should have at least a couple openings.

2016 Player Profile #23: Tyler Miller

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Like every 2016 Sounder, Tyler Miller is an MLS Cup champion.

At 23, Tyler Miller looks every bit like a future Seattle Sounders starting keeper - if he can keep earning time over 2017 addition Bryan Meredith. Miller was the bench keeper in MLS play in 2016, but may wind up the permanent S2 starter in 2017 to provide him more game reps.

Zach Scott is a testimonial to hard work, respect

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From humble soccer beginnings he became Mr. Sounder.

When you chat with those within soccer that know Zach Scott something becomes quickly apparent - everyone respects him. Their respect for Mr. Sounder grows out of a few things - he treats everyone well; he works harder than anyone else; he dedicates himself to family; he sacrifices everything for his team, the Seattle Sounders FC.

Major Link Soccer: Minnesota United FC hits its Target

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Biomechnical injury issues at Real Madrid and a shiny new jersey sponsor for the Minnesota expansion side.

MLS

Minnesota United has not looked as promising with their roster as Atlanta United, but the Western expansion side set high targets as a franchise grabbing a massive local sponsor (hint its logo is a red target).

Newest Homegrown Sounders relishing chance to join forces in Seattle yet again

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Henry Wingo and Seyi Adekoya grew up playing together in Seattle, and consulted each other before re-joining the Sounders

Perhaps it's obvious from the title, but the Sounders' newest crop of Homegrown Players are about as Seattle as they can get. Both UCLA forward Seyi (pronounced like "shay") Adekoya and University of Washington midfielder Henry Wingo are not only Seattle natives, they're actually longtime teammates.

Get ready for The Yachtcon II

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The much anticipated sequel to last year's debut event will be held on Feb. 12.

When we did the first YachtCon last year, we really didn't know if we'd ever do another. Although we raised about $3,500 for the PBMU at Seattle Children's, it was a ton of work and sucked up a lot of bandwidth.

Andreas Ivanschitz announces his departure from Sounders

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It's unclear what the Austrian plans to do next.

Although a return always seemed a bit unlikely, Andreas Ivanschitz made his departure from the Seattle Sounders official on Tuesday. The Austrian made the announcement on Twitter.

1/3 It's been a great pleasure being a part of the Sounders organization for the last 1 1/2 years.

Merritt Mathias re-signs with Seattle Reign

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Another versatile player gives Laura Harvey even more options.

Seattle Reign FC has announced the re-signing of Merritt Mathias for the 2017 NWSL season. Mathias, who joined Seattle from FC Kansas City in 2015, appeared in 37 matches for the club in the last two years and scoring three goals and getting two assists.

Sounders sign two Homegrown Players

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Seyi Adekoya and Henry Wingo will join the first team in 2017.

As had been rumored for a couple weeks, the Seattle Sounders have signed two more Homegrown Players ahead of the start of 2017 training camp. Seyi Adekoya and Henry Wingo become the eighth and ninth Homegrown Players signed to the Sounders first team.

Major Link Soccer: Schmetzer goes Pro

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Coach Schmetzer is getting his Pro license, Dwyer is looking for USA love, and bikes galore in Goals of the Week.

Seattle

Seattle Sounder legend Alan Hinton caught up with BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis to discuss Seattle's championship, coach, and the city he loves.

2016 Player Profile #24: Darwin Jones

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The Homegrown Player earned his 3rd major trophy in 2016.

While we write player profiles recapping the 2016 season, a season with an MLS Cup, it is also important to recognize that Seattle Sounders players and staff go through real life just as we do. In 2016 Darwin Jones lost his father. The team wore black armbands in support of one of their own in their April 16th win over the Union.

Major Link Soccer: NYRB ship Dax McCarty to Chicago

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Juventus enters a 'new era' with logo unveiling

MLS/NWSL

Chicago made a splash yesterday, acquiring holding midfielder Dax McCarty from NY Red Bulls for a good chunk of allocation money. While Fire fans are just thankful their FO didn't waste resources on Bastian Schweinsteiger and the move gives the Red Bulls flexibility, it forces fans to say goodbye to the captain of their club's most successful period.

Sevilla midfielder still in play for Sounders

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Seattle convinced Hiroshi Kiyotake's agent that MLS is the right move, according to MLSItalia.com.

Despite indications from Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey that his club would wait for final word on Clint Dempsey's health before signing a Designated Player, that doesn't mean they've entirely stopped looking.

How to watch today’s MLS SuperDraft action

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There's another draft today. It's the continuation of the SuperDraft, but with less Super.

Today's third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft are a bit less interesting than the early rounds. The 117 players remaining for selection with today's 44 picks aren't in Generation Adidas, nor were most on Hermann watchlists (though Sounders HGP eligible Seattle U senior Kyle Bjornethun was).

Seattle Reign sign New Zealand defender Rebekah Stott

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Her versatility will be needed across Seattle's changing backline.

After the NWSL Draft last week, Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey signaled that the team would have international signing news within the week. That news came today, with Reign FC announcing the signing of New Zealand international Rebekah Stott, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Sounders wrap up 2017 SuperDraft by picking Seattle U defender

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Former Academy player Bjornethun one of three players chosen by the team in the 3rd & 4th rounds

The 3rd and 4th rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, done over conference call rather than the live ceremony and broadcast of the first two rounds, tends to be a place for clubs to find players for the future without risking too much.

Herculez Gomez retires, joins ESPN

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Sounders forward will go out an MLS Cup champion.

This may not have been the way Herculez Gomez saw this offseason playing out, but it does seem fitting. On the same day that the 34-year-old announced his retirement from playing, it was also announced that he would be joining ESPN as a pundit and color commentator.

Nico Lodeiro joked he could recruit Luis Suarez to Sounders

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Sounders midfielder dropped all sorts of gems during his Media Day press conference.

Media days can be tough, both for subjects and reporters. Usually, there's a bunch of players dragged out in front of reporters and asked an assortment of questions. Rarely does anything particularly newsworthy surface.

Major Link Soccer: Investment Group behind San Diego NASL Expansion Emerges

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Former teammates Demba Ba and Eden Hazard have emerged as part of a group bringing futbol back to San Diego.

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With the SuperDraft complete, the drafting portion of the offseason transitions into the draft-grading portion. In Will Parchman's grades, the Sounders 2017 class was given a decent B-.

Kendall Fletcher Departing the Seattle Reign

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Kendall Fletcher is departing the Seattle Reign to complete a three year Advanced Diploma in Ministry from the Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia.

Kendall Fletcher has flipped for the Seattle Reign for the last time. The 32-year-old defender has decided to depart the Reign in order to complete a three year Advanced Diploma in Ministry from the Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia.

Damion Lowe signs with Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Lowe had been with the Sounders since they drafted him in 2014, but never made a first team appearance.

The Seattle Sounders have officially lost the second half of their 2014 MLS SuperDraft CB haul. Jimmy Ockford has already moved to Reno and now the Sounders 8th pick in 2014, Damion Lowe, is headed to another new USL side, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Injury forces Stefan Frei to leave USMNT camp early

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The Sounders goalkeeper has his first action with the US cut short.

Stefan Frei has had to withdraw from his first United States National Team camp after suffering a sprained ankle, US Soccer announced today. LA Galaxy ‘keeper Brian Rowe has replaced the Swiss-born Sounder in Bruce Arena's squad.

2016 Player Profile #25: Michael Farfan

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Farfan won the 2013-14 CCL title as well as the 2016 MLS Cup.

When the Seattle Sounders signed Michael Farfan the move was about adding creativity to their midfield. Unfortunately Farfan's season was derailed with injury. The former MLS All-Star was looking to reboot his career after a nondescript journey to Liga MX (where he did win the CCL with Cruz Azul).

MLS Draft 2017: Sounders add right back Dominic Oduro with pick 44

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Not to be confused with Montreal's forward of the same name, this Oduro might be nearly as fast.

Seattle closed both rounds of the MLS draft in LA, picking 22nd in round two (44th overall) the Rave Green picked youth international Dominic Oduro. Not to be confused with Montreal's speedster of the same name, the former Manchester City Academy player has a similar type of speed about him, and could play on the right side in MLS.

Explaining the Sounders’ 2017 SuperDraft strategy

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The Sounders' picks were a little underwhelming, but there was method behind the seeming madness.

On the surface, the Seattle Sounders had a pretty underwhelming SuperDraft on Friday; they traded their first pick (16th) for allocation money, signed Stanford centerback Brian Nana-Sinkam with their 22nd pick, and young international midfielder/defender Dominic Oduro with pick 44.

MLS Draft 2017: Sounders add another Stanford product with 22nd pick

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Brian Nana-Sinkam was centerback when the Cardinal won the NCAA Champoinship.

With the final pick of the first round the Seattle Sounders selected a champion to join their squad. Brian Nana-Sinkam is a 6'0" tall, 180-pound center back that won the NCAA tournament with Jordan Morris and also played with Aaron Kovar.

MLS Draft 2017: Sounders trade 16th pick

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NYCFC gives them general allocation money

With two picks in the first round, the Seattle Sounders had the opportunity to package and move or pick up resources via trading away. They chose to do the latter with their 16th pick in the first round, trading with New York City FC. Seattle gains 75,000 dollars in general Allocation Money in the deal, and still have the 22nd pick in the round.

Sounders 2017 Draft: News, trades and updates

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Here's everything the Sounders did during the MLS SuperDraft

While the excitement behind the MLS SuperDraft as a method of club-building is waning, for some players it is their biggest shot to catch on with a club and prove they can make it in professional soccer. Most make or break it at the combine; Tesho Akindele went from relative unknown to a high pick based on his performance, landing at the sixth spot in 2014.

Major Link Soccer: Pre-draft reading

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Networks play up their 2017 MLS coverage, top SuperDraft prospects, and Ronaldinho writes a letter to his younger self.

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MLS' Will Parchman has his list of the top five draft prospects at each position, offering plenty of interesting reading even for teams picking later in the first round (like MLS Cup champions).

2017 MLS Draft: How to watch the live stream

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Sounders pick 16, 22 and 44 on Friday the 13th of January.

Draft season continues for MLS with the SuperDraft. In today's event teams will select from a list of mostly college players with a couple former pros eligible as well. Several seniors already have contracts, as do the Generation Adidas players.

Stars defeat Baja, Mexican National Team Member Not Present

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Tacoma rides early offensive explosion, coasting to victory

KENT, WA - On Saturday, January 7th the Tacoma Stars defeated Atletico Baja of Tijuana, Mexico by a Score line of 6-4 at the ShoWare Center.

Electrified and inspired to begin their first match of 2017, the Stars scored just SEVEN seconds into the match thanks to the brilliant talent of Stars forward (and team leader in points) Dan Antoniuk off a quickfire assist from midfielder Raphael Cox who immediately stole the ball of the opening kick.

OFF: I will not be the Rogue One any longer

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I'm finally watching the Star Wars films, starting with Rogue One.

Today is the day. No, not the MLS SuperDraft, (actually that is today, too,) but something more important. Well, to most people, at least. I will be going to a movie theater and watching Rogue One. As some of you may recall, last year I asked for suggestions on what movie series to watch, seeing as I've viewed almost zero relevant movies for pop culture purposes.

NWSL Draft recap: Laura Harvey got what she wanted

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Seattle Reign draft players who will compete for starting spots and provide depth.

This year's NWSL Draft felt bigger than ever before, with a standing-room only crowd huddled into a large ballroom at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Los Angeles. In a year where Seattle Reign FC didn't have a huge hole to fill in any one position, the team drafted players that could provide solid depth, and a few who could compete for starting spots on the squad.

Looking back on Sounders’ SuperDraft history

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The last two years have been very good after a long list of underwhelming picks.

When the 2017 MLS SuperDraft kicks off on Friday it will mark the ninth such event in the Seattle Sounders' history. As usual, the Sounders don't start out in a particularly advantageous position. Since making the No.

Major Link Soccer - Kekuta Manneh Achieves Citizenship

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Also, Jesse Marsch's possible move and Joevin Jones' national team redemption.

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In Seattle Sports news, the city has opened up the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for remodeling Key Arena. The possibility of demolishing the iconic structure is apparently on the table.

Joevin Jones is likely to see his national team status reaffirmed in the wake of the resignation of the coach of Trinidad and Tobago - a resignation that was given via Facebook.

NWSL 2017 College Draft Livestream

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Follow along to see which players Seattle Reign drafts.

The 2017 NWSL College Draft takes place today at 12:00 p.m. PT in Los Angeles, and more than 180 players are available for selection by Seattle Reign FC and their NWSL opponents.

Seattle currently has the 6th, 26th, and 37th picks, and will likely use these spots to build depth for the future.

Sounders 2017 schedule released

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The title defense starts on the road and ends with two home games against FC Dallas and the Rapids.

The 2017 MLS schedule pits a rematch of MLS Cup 2016 on Saturday May 6th at 1 PM (ESPN) when Seattle Sounders host Toronto FC. Seattle will be on national TV 12 times (ESPN 6 times, FS1 5 times, one time on FOX and none on UniMas) in 2017.

Whose MLS Draft stock is up and whose is down

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Daniel Johnson may be out of the Sounders reach now, but a few others have emerged as first rounders

While the excitement behind the MLS SuperDraft as a method of club-building is waning, for some players it is their biggest shot to catch on with a club and prove they can make it in professional soccer.

MLS/Adidas release official MLS Match Ball

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Sounders will play matches with same ball as last year.

Today MLS and Adidas have made official the release of the soccer ball to be used during MLS matches in 2017. Players will be kicking the same ball as they did in 2016, a design Adidas calls NATIVO, with a new graphic pasted onto it.

The new design features distressed fragments of both the American and Canadian flags against a plain white background.

2016 Player Profile #26: Damion Lowe

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Like every Sounder, Damion Lowe earned an MLS Cup medal in 2016.

At this time, Damion Lowe is an unsigned free agent. The former Generation adidas player dominated lower levels with both S2 and Minnesota United (while in the NASL) over his past two healthy seasons. Now 23, the athletic centerback is looking for the right opportunity to prove that the talent that earned him a GA contract is ready for MLS.

Sebastian Blanco is probably not coming to Seattle Sounders

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The Argentinian reportedly has an offer on the table from the Portland Timbers and Club America.

The Sounders are likely done pursuing San Lorenzo winger Sebastian Blanco. The Argentinian club is reportedly accepting bids on the player and have an offer in hand from the Portland Timbers. They seem to be the MLS club that was linked alongside a $4M bid from Club America week.

Jimmy Ockford signs with Reno 1868 FC

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The young centerback's move away contributes to the continued dwindling of the Sounders' active roster.

Jimmy Ockford will not be on Seattle Sounders FC in 2017 with the announcement that he has joined USL side Reno 1868 FC. Ockford has spent the last three years on the back end of the Sounders' roster and out on loan but his time as one for the future appears to have run out.

Seattle Reign: NWSL Draft Preview

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Seattle has the 6th pick in a deep NWSL college draft.

The 2017 NWSL Draft is just days away, and more than 160 players are eligible for selection into one of the most competitive women's soccer leagues in the world. After acquiring defender Carson Pickett in the first round of last year's draft, Seattle Reign FC has an opportunity to find another solid contributor its lineup this time around.

Seattle Reign prepare for 2017 without Hope Solo

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The goalkeeper's playing status is up in the air, but Harvey will always have a spot for her.

Right now, in addition to getting ready for the 2017 college draft, Seattle Reign FC's General Manager and Head Coach Laura Harvey is preparing for the upcoming season as if she'll be without Hope Solo in goal.

Clint Dempsey’s health will determine direction of next DP signing

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Garth Lagerwey strongly suggests no signing will happen until there's certainty around forward's status.

With a large revenue base, grand ambitions and a potentially open Designated Player spot, the rumors surrounding the Seattle Sounders include some of the larger names associated with MLS.

One month as Champions

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On December 10th at 8:00 PM Pacific won the 2016 MLS Cup

Now, in the cold of winter, under grey skies, we can look back on the greatest day in Seattle's young MLS history. It was a Final defined by defense, and not the numerous attacking talents on the field. It was Stefan Frei with The Save and Roman Torres with the winning kick from the spot.

Major Link Soccer: Bruce Talks Soccer

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Bruce Arena shared his opinion, Sounders won't sign a DP anytime soon, and Goals of the Week.

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Don't expect any huge moves from the Seattle Sounders this winter. With Nelson Valdez now back in his native Paraguay, the MLS Cup champions have one Designated Player spot available and won't use it just yet.

Sounders 2 signings bring roster to three

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Lorenzo Ramos makes the leap from Academy to pro contract.

As Sounders 2 looks to rebuild after a poor 2016 season, a few of the player will get a look to join the first team (Nouhou Tolo, Jordy Delem, and Zach Mathers). The next batch of S2 players to earn their way to first team started signing today.