Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2018

Reign FC acquire four former Breakers in dispersal draft

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Seattle has significantly bolstered their depth at most positions.

Today was the dispersal draft to unwind the Boston Breakers following their unfortunate demise over the weekend. Draft order was randomly determined using a weighted system that gave preference to clubs which missed out on the playoffs in 2017, and a snake system was implemented to reverse the order of each ensuing round.

S2 hires former A-League player as new head coach

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John Hutchinson promoted to head coach from assistant coach, Wade Webber moves up to S2 from Academy ranks.

John Hutchinson has been promoted from S2 assistant coach to head coach following the departure of Ezra Hendrickson to the LA Galaxy. As part of the move, Wade Webber has moved up to the S2 assistant position from the academy ranks, where he was the U18/19 head coach.

More significant changes coming to Sounders coaching staff

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EPL fitness veteran Damian Roden will replace Dave Tenney and Ezra Hendrickson announces he's leaving S2 for LA Galaxy.

The remaking of the Seattle Sounders coaching staff is all but complete. Damian Roden will be announced as the Sounders' new "director of high performance," effectively replacing Dave Tenney.

What to make of Nico Lodeiro’s apparent desire to return to Boca Juniors

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Lodeiro made some comments to South American media that at least bring up some questions.

One of the low-key, but ongoing rumors over the past couple weeks is that Nicolas Lodeiro is interested in returning to Boca Juniors. There hasn't really been much to write about, though, as it seemed more like speculation than anything concrete.

Michelle Betos returns to Seattle Reign FC

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The 2013 Reign goalkeeper returns to back up Lydia Williams.

The flurry of off-season moves for Seattle Reign FC continued today with the team announcing the return of 2013 Reign original goalkeeper Michelle Betos. The Reign were in need of a second goalkeeper following this week's trade of Haley Kopmeyer, and Betos has familiarity with both the club and the league.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #5

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Wherever you rank him, Chad Marshall had a typically massive year, making every defender around him better.

Chad is such a consistent performer that he earned #5 and #6 on my list this year. Sorry again about my mistake, but this gives an under the radar star a little more pub and I'm okay with that.

Major Link Soccer: Miami FC is finally coming to MLS

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Also: Meram moves, Larin leaves, and Harrison hightails


Time is almost up on the B-rad tee re-issue, get one while they last. "The Radical Tee" graphic tee, tank, and pullover crewneck by Brad and Becky Evans

The same questions apply here in Seattle. Striker or winger? Seattle's Jordan Morris happy to pull double duty for US | MLSsoccer.

Sounders to sign Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem

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The TAM signing will be Seattle's first big move of the offseason.

A quiet offseason is about to come to life as the Seattle Sounders appear ready to announce the acquisition of Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Eikrem can play anywhere in the midfield, attacking or defensive, spending most his time on the wings with Malmo FF.

Sounders will visit USL’s Sacramento Republic for preseason friendly

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Sounders had previously said they were trying to line up an Latin American opponent.

After speaking numerous times about hoping to line up a preseason friendly against a Latin American opponent, the Seattle Sounders will instead pay a visit to the USL's Sacramento Republic. The Feb. 15 match comes a week before the Sounders will visit El Salvador's Santa Tecla in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Seattle Reign FC acquire Steph Catley, Jasmyne Spencer from Orlando Pride

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Five-player deal sends Haley Kopmeyer, Carson Pickett and Christine Nairn to Orlando.

When Vlatko Andonovski was announced as the new head coach of Seattle Reign FC, fans wondered how much roster turnover there would be in the new era of Reign FC soccer. As we draw closer to training camps, Seattle is not done making moves — and their latest is another major one.

Seattle Reign will get to select former Breakers during dispersal draft

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Seattle has the 3rd pick in the first round.

One week after the NWSL Draft, the news became official: the Boston Breakers would cease operations, effective immediately. The 2018 NWSL season will now feature a nine-team league, and each club will play 24 games—facing each opponent three times in the regular season.

Yes, the contest for 4th centerback is surprisingly important

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Usually depth in MLS is limited to three players per position group, but the Sounders will potentially lose two CBs during the World Cup.

I have to admit, this is an issue related to preseason that I thought wasn't important. Gustav Svensson is a more than serviceable centerback, so in a normal season that is adequate depth on an MLS team.

S2 Player Recaps: The Contracts of 2017

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A look at the players who were signed to Sounders 2 last season and what their futures hold.

Time for the (admittedly belated) third and final installment of the S2 player recaps. Since it has been a while, here are the first and second parts. Okay, let's get right into it and see how this part of #TheFuture fared last year and what you can expect from them this year.

Major Link Soccer: NWSL’s Boston Breakers are no more

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The club will cease operations. An LAFC-Barcelona team up on a Californian side is a rumored replacement.


ZLATAN!! ZLATAN!! ZLATAN!! Somehow he might be a TAM player too...Ibrahimovic to MLS has "serious legs" – ProSoccerTalk

The folks at E Pluribus Loonum are helping figure out the best pets for a player, so go see what is going on over there.

USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch International Friendly online

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Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan join the USMNT in their first game of 2018, watch as they take on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Author's Note: I am back in 2018 with the gamethreads. While the disaster that was Couva, Trinidad on October 10th has really put a damper on the summer plans there will still be weekly MLS coverage, USMNT coverage and World Cup gamethreads.

There’s a lot to like in Handwalla Bwana’s first appearance

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Sounders beat Tijuana U20s 3-1 as Bwana gets a goal and an assist.

Down in Southern California for the week, the Seattle Sounders ended their first phase of preseason with a match against Club Tijuana's U20s. The Sounders First Team handled the youngsters in a 3-1 victory using mixed lineups including a trialist, all three draftees and a couple of their own youth playing up from S2 on the squad.

Surprise! There’s a Sounder’s match right now!

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Seattle takes on the Tijuana U-20 side in a pre-season warmup

The Seattle Sounders sprung a fine surprise on everyone this morning; they're kicking off the pre-season today with a friendly against the Tijuana U-20 side in Chula Vista, California. It's an interesting mixed lineup of certain and fringe starters, with Stefan Frei, Roman Torres, and Clint Dempsey all getting the call.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #6

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Stefan Frei had a great year in goal, with fantastic performances in big matches and few costly mistakes.

Before we begin, you may be wondering why Frei shows up at #6 when I clearly had Marshall there. This was my error — I originally graded Stef's postseason on only the final. That was good for him since you'll recall he earned his second successive perfect 10 grade in an MLS Cup Final.

Francisco Narbon isn’t leaving the Sounders, yet

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S2's defensive mid got a look in Europe.

Rumors come and go. Sometimes here at Sounder at Heart we can corroborate them, other times we cannot. A rumor emerged from Gianluca Di Marzio that Seattle Sounders FC 2 player Francisco Narbon was getting a look from two Italian clubs, a Swiss club and Dinamo Zaghreb*.

Replacing Joevin Jones will take two players

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Finding someone else to provide assists is essential to Sounders success in 2018, while replacing him at left back is a two-player race.

Preseason, it's the time of year when you pray no one gets hurt. It's also the time of year when the chemistry and tactical makeup of the team are first tested.

We loved seeing three Seattle boys interview each other on a boat

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Apparently, Cristian Roldan even claims to have grown up in Rainier Beach.

As you may have noticed, we have a bit of a thing about boats and their connection to the Sounders. So you can imagine how we felt when we saw a trio of our very own interviewing one another on an actual boat. Check out the #RoweBoat video above.

Open Flavor Friday: Martial Arts

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Tonight our community communes over violence, well, the art of violence when not actually performing said violence.

Our weekly off-topic post usually focuses on flavor, although other subjects have been broached — the flu, many movies, D&D and more. This week, as we get to know each other a bit through what it is besides soccer let's talk martial arts, both Western and Eastern.

Selling Homegrown Players just got a lot more lucrative

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MLS teams can now keep 100 percent of the transfer fee from academy products.

The MLS transfer game is getting a bit more lucrative. Although there's been no formal league announcement, news of Montreal Impact Homegrown Player Ballou Tabla being sold to FC Barcelona's B team for a "seven-figure" sum was accompanied by a nugget of information that could dramatically alter the incentive for MLS teams to sell players.

YachtCon Prime: 100 percent pure insufferable

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It's back and better than ever.

Back in 2013 we had an idea: Why not invite a bunch of people to watch us record a podcast? A couple years later, we did it again, only this time we gave it a name: YachtCon. Then we did it again last year, with a bit more structure.

Now, we kinda hope to make this an annual event.

Major Link Soccer: Barcelona B snap up Montreal homegrown player Tabla

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The deal sends the Impact seven figures. Justin Meram shows up to Crew practice. The Sounders try out archery.


New Seattle Reign defender Yael Averbuch is well-respected among fellow players and wants to be involved in the game for a long time. She gives her perspective on the state of NWSL and the upcoming USSF election.

Surprise, surprise Clint Dempsey looks natural with a bow and arrow

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A dinosaur appeared and took a few shots from Clint Dempsey and co.

Sounders training camp down in California has been underway for a few days and it didn't take long for the club to start target practice. Plenty of players hit the target and a few, like Clint Dempsey, hit a dinosaur because of course they did.

Visit Seattle and Dave Grohl teamed up to explain why Seattle is amazing

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It perfectly captures a point in our time when grunge ruled the airwaves.

Maybe it's because I was once one of those kids that shopped at Fred Meyer and Value Village. Maybe it's because I still hang out in basements and bars. Maybe it's because I still love flannel shirts. Maybe it's because I love the rain.

It doesn’t look like Sounders are signing Colombian playmaker

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Various reports had linked Andres Felipe Roa to the Sounders, but there are several reasons it doesn't appear to be happening.

One of the stickiest rumors we've had this offseason is that the Seattle Sounders are pursuing Colombian midfielder Andres Felipe Roa. The 24-year-old is apparently looking for a way out of Deportivo Cali and the Sounders were reportedly interested.

Sounders aren’t in any rush to make big signings

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GM Garth Lagerwey preaches patience with a roster that finished 12-3-6 last year.

TUKWILA, Wash. — As offseasons go, this one has been eerily quiet for the Seattle Sounders. The only veteran player the Sounders have signed is Waylon Francis, and that came back in December. Since then, the most notable acquisitions were Homegrown Player Handwalla Bwana and first-round draft pick Alex Roldan, neither of whom are likely to have significant roles early in the season.

Nick Hinds might remind you of someone

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The Akron and Academy product has a chance to leverage the S2 development path to a First Team spot

This may seem rather familiar: there was a young kid at Akron; speedy, nimble, nifty on the dribble, dominant with one foot, questions about position at the pro level, and signed after two seasons with the Zips.

Major Link Soccer: Lee Nguyen a no show at camp

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Finally some David Beckham FC news and Manchester United pick up their first trophy.


Harry Shipp: Everything is setting up for me to be successful in 2018.

Tacoma Rainiers We R Tacoma Combo Pack. I'm game.


Report: Montreal Impact express interest in Italian star Claudio Marchisio.

Little feeling for the Draft

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Between the growing influence of homegrown signees and clubs' lack of interest in later rounds, maybe it's time to re-examine the MLS SuperDraft.

What do a Playboy Playmate, a basketball All-American, and Cristian Roldan have in common? They've all been selected in American soccer's most anachronistic and superfluous offseason exercise.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #10-#6

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Every one of these players return in 2018.

As we move into the top 10 rated Seattle Sounders from 2017, we start to see the big name players, the guys who scored above average in nearly every game last season. It's exciting to know that every single Sounder from the top 10 is returning for the 2018 season to compete for minutes, and its noteworthy that even with two high-performing midseason acquisitions arriving and making their way into the top 10, this group still averaged over 29 appearances per player.

Major Link Soccer: Sounders Head to Camp; YachtCon III is Coming

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Also: Why More South American Players are Picking MLS; Learn about Liga MX


The Sounders started training in Chula Vista yesterday with a focus on ramping up conditioning for the upcoming season. Training Report: Day 1 in Chula Vista is all about fitness —

After the success of last year's trial effort to include Academy prospects in the Sounders's preseason the team decided to make invites again this season.

Aaron Kovar loaned to LAFC

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This could spell the end of the Homegrown Player's time in Seattle.

After a fourth consecutive season of failing to find reliable playing time, Aaron Kovar's tenure with the Seattle Sounders may be up. The Seattle native was loaned to LAFC on Tuesday, meaning he's almost certainly gone for the entire year at a minimum.

Sounders plan to play Jordan Morris at forward

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Brian Schmetzer says they hope to keep Morris at one position.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Perhaps the most notable tidbit to come out of the first official day of Seattle Sounders preseason was about a player who isn't currently with the team.

Coming off a sophomore season in which Jordan Morris slumped from 12 goals to three while battling injury and moving between forward and midfielder, head coach Brian Schmetzer said stability is the goal.

Major Link Soccer: Minnesota United after Yamil Asad

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Minnesota United is after the former Atlanta United attacker


Not surprisingly that the Crew want a lot for their most valuable asset. It will take a significant offer for Crew SC to part with Justin Meram - Massive Report

No one will likely get killed if the Crew moves to Austin but in Argentina they would.

Photo Gallery: First Training 2018

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Mostly S2 and Academy players show up along with a few trialists

TUKWILA, Wash. -- It was a rather subdued first day of official preseason training for the Seattle Sounders. Nicolas Lodeiro was the only first-teamer to train outside, where he was joined by a group of Sounders Academy and S2 players as well as a few trialists.

Lauren Barnes re-signs with Seattle Reign for 2018

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The 2016 NWSL Defender of the Year is back!

Seattle Reign FC announced today that Lauren Barnes will return to the club for the 2018 season. Barnes, who is currently playing with Melbourne City FC in the W-League, will stay with the NWSL club that she's called home since 2013.

After Women's Professional Soccer folded in 2012, Barnes decided to take the year off from playing professional soccer.

Sounders 2 unveils initial roster, returns nine

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S2 opens preseason with 10 players under contract, nine returning and one potential future HGP.

As the Seattle Sounders open the preseason, we knew where S2 would play and when, just not who would be playing. Now we have the start of the roster that will lead the Rave Green at Cheney Stadium.

What is the ideal roster construction strategy?

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MLS now has many ways to build a roster. What can we say about the different methods?

With the DP rule, the influx of TAM, GAM, HGPs, and other MLS oddities, we've started to see teams approach roster construction in different ways. Are all of these ways equally valid, or is there a system that maximizes the value of the limited asset that is Allocation Money?

Major Link Soccer: Bruce Arena reflects on second USMNT tenure

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In his first public commentary since Trinidad, Bruce doesn't mince words, or egg analogies


The Los Hernandez Tamales shop has brought a James Beard award to central Washington.

Joevin Jones is back on the field, or at the very least he will be soon for Dhis new Bundesliga club.

USA v. Denmark: Game time, TV schedule, how to watch online

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Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long could appear in the first USWNT match of 2018.

After a two-week training camp, the United States Women's National Team kicks off 2018 with a match against Denmark, a country that made it to the UEFA Euro final in 2017 — beating teams like Germany and Norway in the process.

Waylon Francis is here to win titles and share tears of joy

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A quiet addition early in the offseason, Francis sees opportunities for success with Seattle Sounders

Born in the humble town of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, Waylon Francis understood at a very young age the sacrifices his mother went through to support his soccer career. Those struggles, and the gratitude for all her demanding work, are just a few of the reasons why the former Columbus Crew SC fullback plays with so much passion every time he enters the field.

Sounders final MLS Draft pick is Panamanian youth national team player

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Chris Bared played at Villanova in college and has 198 minutes with Panama's U17/20s in official competitions.

With their third pick in the MLS SuperDraft, the Seattle Sounders took a dual-national right back who played in the U17 and U20 World Cups with Panama. Chris Bared is a speedy right back who played for Villanova in college.

How to watch the final two rounds of the SuperDraft

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Today's draft is held via conference call. You can follow via MLS on Twitter.

The MLS SuperDraft continues with rounds three and four, starting Sunday at 11 AM Pacific. Seattle Sounders only have a pick in the third round, at the 22nd spot. The first pick today, 47th overall, goes to LAFC.

Because the league has expanded it is important to think of a draft pick's value not by round, but by overall position.

Nico Lodeiro gives update on his quest to bring Luis Suarez to MLS

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Lodeiro also doesn't sound like a player angling for a return to South America.

When Nicolas Lodeiro moved to Seattle Sounders in 2016, he said it was mostly a decision about family. At just about every turn, he spoke mostly about wanting to raise his kids here.

Not quite two years in, he seems happy with that decision.

Roman Torres ‘very close’ to extension

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Niko Moreno reporting that the new deal would keep Torres in Seattle until at least 2020.

Roman Torres is reportedly "very close" to signing a contract extension with the Seattle Sounders, according to a report by Seattle-based journalist Niko Moreno. The extension would apparently keep the 31-year-old in Rave Green for at least a couple more years.

A look at S2’s full 2018 schedule

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S2 will play 17 matches at Cheney Stadium in their inaugural season in Tacoma

We may not yet know exactly who will be playing them, but we now know when and where Sounders 2 (Tacoma) will play their 34 Games in 2018. We already knew the first match at Cheney Stadium will be March 16 against Timbers 2 but the City of Tacoma can now plan for their 16 other chances to show their support for their new team.

MLS Draft 2018: Sounders add center back depth with second-round pick

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Markus Fjortoft is a giant defender out of Duke.

With the second to last pick of the second round, the Seattle Sounders added Duke University product Markus Fjortoft. The Norwegian came up through Bærum SK's youth program. His father was a Norwegian international who played professionally in England, Germany, Austria and Norway.

Catching up with the Reign down under

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Eight Seattle Reign FC players are on loan in Australia; let's check in on how their seasons are going

The W-League season in Australia is entering its home stretch, with teams jockeying for position in their final few games and fighting for one of the four playoff spots before next month's Grand Final.

Sounders pick Alex Roldan in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

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From Cristian's brother and roommate to his teammate.

Alex Roldan is now the second Roldan with the Sounders. Seattle officially took Roldan-the-younger at pick 22. He projects to be a CM or a RB with the Sounders. Roldan plays similar to his brother in that he's a smart player with good passing ability and positioning.

MLS Draft: How to watch the live stream

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Sounders pick 22 and 45 on Friday the 18th of January.

Los Angeles FC continue their inaugural season roster build with the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. They get the first selection from among the more than 200 prospects eligible this year. There are several players with Washington ties, including a potential Sounders HGP — Paul Christensen.

Who the experts think Sounders will pick in the 2018 MLS Draft

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To put it bluntly, there isn't a ton of consensus.

It's been almost a month since MLS last held a draft, so it is high time for another one. The MLS SuperDraft, or the draft to end all drafts, is Friday at 8 a.m. The Sounders have the 22nd and 45th picks in the draft with rounds three and four happening on Sunday.

Seattle Reign acquire Yael Averbuch, depth on NWSL Draft Day

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It was expected to be a quiet day for Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL Draft, but instead of announcing one pick in the last round, the club ended up with three new players.

Before the draft started, the first Vlatko Andonovski - Laura Harvey trade was announced. Reign FC acquired defender Yael Averbuch and the 25th overall pick in the draft in exchange for midfielder Diana Matheson.

Garth Lagerwey must either double-down on winning now or continue the rebuild

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This transfer window could be a turning point.

In 2016 the Seattle Sounders won MLS Cup. Oddly enough, this was probably during a major rebuild. Not only did the core roster dramatically change from the start of ‘16 to the start of ‘17, so did the ancillary parts of the roster. President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey took a roster with many post-peak players and dropped it down to just a few, and all of those are core to success.

Major Link Soccer: Theo Walcott moves to Everton

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Also: Kasey Keller gets a cake, Eric Wynalda talks himself into trouble, and everything's great in Qatar. Really. Seriously.


Who are the best friends in MLS? Yes, it is our very own bromance. Nikolic, Martinez, Roldan, Morris, and Besler win #MLSSoshies |

ICYMI, the City of Seattle wants to host World Cup games.

Jorstian Mordan win #MLSsoshie for ‘best duo’

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A well deserved award for Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan.

Jorstian Mordan is "officially" recognized as the best duo in MLS, and by "officially" we mean that they won a Twitter poll by

Time to vote on #MLSSoshies Subcategory #2: BFFs!

NWSL Draft: Seattle Reign FC roster needs

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Seattle currently has just one fourth-round pick. Which position should they prioritize?

The NWSL Draft is just one day away, and if the activities leading up to the event are any indication, this could be a wild few hours. Allie Long is now a part of the Reign FC midfield, while Seattle fans are mourning the loss of Katie Johnson and Rebekah Stott.

Cristian Roldan can relate to Jonathan Gonzalez’s tough choice

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Sounders midfielder shares his thought process on choosing to represent the United States.

Few players can relate to the situation facing Jonathan Gonzalez during the past few months better than Cristian Roldan. Like Gonzalez, Roldan was not only eligible to play for multiple countries but was actually being recruited by them.

Major Link Soccer: Goodbye Ronaldinho

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Also: Fredy Montero leaves MLS again, and is a Premier League transfer in the cards for Christian Pulisic?


The Sounders' move to sign Handwalla Bwana to a Homegrown Player contract is one of the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the last week. Read why.

Sounders Academy product Trey Muse has decided to return to Indiana University for his sophomore year instead of going pro, where the Sounders were interested and could have signed him as a Homegrown Player.

Sounders select Alex Roldan in Mock MLS Draft

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With just the 22nd and 45th pick, don't expect Seattle to add someone who can help the First Team.

A disadvantage to making MLS Cup is that the Seattle Sounders will draft second to last in each round of the upcoming MLS Superdraft. A disadvantage to expansion is that the Sounders' second round pick is lower than where they drafted Mike Fucito in the 4th round back in 2009.

Nouhou’s return delayed by lost passport

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Left back is reportedly stuck in Cameroon while he gets his travel documents sorted out.

Even though Seattle Sounders preseason training camp doesn't officially open for about another week, players have already been gathering at Starfire Sports Complex for unofficial sessions. One player who hasn't been there is Nouhou, who is expected to compete for the starting left back position this year.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #15-#11

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In the third installment, we make our way to the edge of the best 11.

Cruising into the third group of five players, we begin to see a cross-section of guys who ended up with vastly different roles by the end of the year than was expected in preseason. Injury, strong play, and variability in performance contributed deeply to these rankings.

Major Link Soccer: Kyle Beckerman is back with RSL

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The Captain of Rio Tinto is returning for the 2018 season after exploring free agency.


The newest Reign FC member, Allie Long, came from our rivals to the south. Long was a big part of the Thorns, and Stumptown Footy put together a tribute for the new Reign midfielder. Once a Thorn: A Brief Tribute to Allie Long - Stumptown Footy

"Once A Sounder, Always A Sounder" should probably apply to coaching staff too, as the Colorado Rapids hired Chad Kolarcik, a former Sounders coach.

Stars Overcome Three-Game Weekend; Gain Ground

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Stars go 1-1 on the road, and then cruise at home vs Turlock

The Tacoma Stars survived a congested weekend, playing three games in four days and winning two.

A big 8-6 win was picked up over the Ontario Fury on Thursday, effectively tying them for second in the race for a playoff spot.

Sounders should ignore the Justin Meram sweepstakes

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The Crew midfielder is available for a significant price, but Seattle should probably spend their TAM to extend their championship window.

A couple Columbus Crew SC players are likely to go on the move. Ola Kamara seems destined for the LA Galaxy and a massive raise, while Justin Meram is looking to contend for trophies outside of Ohio.

Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United are betting big on Ezequiel Barco

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Also: Beckham FC inches closer to launching, Cyle Larin is flying the coop, and MLS is crashing the e-sports party


Sunday marked the 154th anniversary of Seattle becoming incorporated.


Los Angeles FC is reportedly fielding multiple offers for the #1 overall SuperDraft pick.

January Q&A

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Let's talk about beer, pizza and soccer

I'm doing monthly Q&A/AMA during the offseason. It will fall on a weekend when I don't have plans, which means this weekend in January, because well, I'm bored.

November's Q&A is here.

December's Q&A is here.

Preki joins Sounders coaching staff

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This marks a return to the Puget Sound, where Preki got his start in America.

Arguably the most decorated player to have ever spent time playing in the Pacific Northwest has formally joined the Seattle Sounders coaching staff. On Friday it was announced that Pedrag Radosavljevič, better known as "Preki", would become the newest assistant to Brian Schmetzer.

Major Link Soccer: Bayern Munich midfield prospect to switch from Germany to U.S.

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Timothy Tillman could have a promising future in red, white and blue. Also, Raheem Sterling is the poster boy for xG.


Seattle Reign FC acquired U.S. international midfielder Allie Long form the Portland Thorns yesterday in a somewhat complex trade that also sent Rebekah Stott and Katie Johnson to Sky Blue FC.

Sounders sign Homegrown Player once likened to Darlington Nagbe

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Handwalla Bwana is coming off an eight-goal, six-assist season for the Huskies.

A quiet offseason finally got a bit of life on Thursday when the Seattle Sounders announced the signing of Homegrown Player Handwalla Bwana. The midfielder is coming off a pair of seasons at the University of Washington in which he totaled 12 goals and 13 assists over about 2,500 minutes.

Sounders participating in new eMLS esports league

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19 of the league's 23 teams will join the new EA FIFA competitive league in 2018.

Teasing the final at PAX East in Boston on April 5-8, MLS released a micro video about its new esports endeavor: eMLS. The league will feature 19 of their teams, including the Seattle Sounders, as the best FIFA 18 players compete for a chance to become world champions.

You’ve just been promoted to GM for the Seattle Sounders

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In the middle of the offseason, Sounders GM has asked you, yes you, for help with his signings. What do you suggest?

Let's face it: we're full on in the middle of the offseason, the transfer season, the silly season and the Seattle Sounders haven't made a move (except for signing Waylon Francis and Handwalla Bwana).

Major Link Soccer: Ola Kamara is nearing a move to... the Colorado Rapids?

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Also: Pappa arrested (again), Dzemaili leaving (already), and Kyle Martino hits a nerve (acerbically)


Since he is a former Sounder, I feel obligated to put this unfortunate situation in this section: Marco Pappa was once again arrested for domestic violence. The former Sounder was apparently stopped on his way to Asia where he was supposed to join a new team.

Hope Solo to be honored for reaching 200 caps

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US Soccer will make amends with Solo for at least one more event

It looks like the United States Women's National Team isn't quiet done with Hope Solo just yet.

Grant Wahl broke the news today that Solo will be honored for reaching 200 caps during the USWNT friendly against Denmark later this month.

Stars Close in on Playoff Spot

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A strong second half saw the Tacoma Stars move one win back of Ontario

The Tacoma Stars took on the Ontario Fury on January 5th at Showare Arena. Both teams came in fighting for the second playoff spot in the Pacific Division, trailing the undefeated San Diego Sockers.

Prior to the match, the Stars made a big move, bringing in Nick Perera from the Syracuse Silver Knights via trade for future considerations.

Reign acquire U.S. international Allie Long

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Rebekah Stott and Katie Johnson go to New Jersey as part of a three-team swap.

In a blockbuster deal, Seattle Reign FC announced today that they have acquired US international midfielder Allie Long from the Portland Thorns FC, as part of a three-team trade that involved Seattle sending New Zealand international defender Rebekah Stott and Mexican international forward Katie Johnson to Sky Blue FC.

Osvaldo Alonso ‘still the man’, Steve Zakuani says

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Sounders announcer clearly of the opinion Alonso still has much to offer the team.

If there's one thing that the loss to Toronto FC laid bare, it's that the Seattle Sounders have room for improvement. Just how much they need was probably overstated in that game — somehow every Sounders midfielder seemed to have their worst game of the season at the same time — but there was clearly something missing.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #20-#16

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Our series continues with some players whose inconsistency brought their season ratings surprisingly low.

Hi there. After a move of residence, I am back with the second set of five cumulative ratings for the Seattle Sounders in 2017. This is a very interesting grouping. Unlike the bottom five, who were very clearly low performers and guys with few minutes, this group includes some very big names who underperformed last season.

Major Link Soccer: Sound Wave Needs You

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Also: Roman Torres sure looks happy


The MLS Cup final loss may have taken a bit of the strut out of our step, but with the new season approaching just remember: The Sounders still have the best overall record in MLS since 2009 (good for an average of 1.62 points per game over that span of time).

There’s an additional 2019 CONCACAF Champions League spot up for grabs

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Rules clarification means New York City FC has not clinched a berth, as previously reported.

There will be an additional open spot for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, it was announced on Monday. Despite a seemingly official announcement back in December that said New York City FC had qualified by virtue of finishing with the most points among U.

Major Link Soccer: Jonathan Gonzalez may trade the USMNT for Mexico

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If you loved Diagon Alley in Seattle, you'll love the next project. If he can get the permits, here's Diagon Alley creator's next project – My Ballard.


Not sure how they got it done, but I am a bit jealous. FC Dallas blocks US Soccer call-ups amid CONCACAF Champions League prep.

Two Sounders called into USMNT’s January camp

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Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris could be with USMNT from Jan. 10-28.

As expected, Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris have been called into the United States men's national team January camp, which will start on Wednesday and conclude with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28.

Major Link Soccer: Hope Solo calls out U.S. Soccer Leaderhsip

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In a podcast interview, the goalkeeper/USSF presidential candidate detailed the threats Sunil Gulati and others made towards USWNT players requesting higher wages


The December Sounders Alliance meeting focused on voting for the 2018 executive staff.

Ten Sounders academy players have been called into United States Youth National Team January camps.

How to unlock the full potential of Nicolas Lodeiro

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What's a free eight? Quite possibly the best position for Nicolas Lodeiro.

While trying not to do anything over Christmas break, I came across a Twitter discussion that began with this tweet from Michael Caley.

We really need a word for that tweener CM/AM playmaker position that Silva, KDB, Coutinho and Eriksen play.

Sounders reconnected to Panamanian attacking talent

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Ismael Diaz rumored to be a Seattle target, again.

After being linked to the Seattle Sounders last summer, Ismael Diaz signed with Real Deportivo Fabril of the Spanish third division. As he did in the lower division in Portugal, Diaz is tearing it up in Spain, and now he is again linked with a move to the Sounders.

Relive the good times with all 64 Sounders goals from 2017

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You probably forgot about some of these bangers.

You know that feeling of ecstatic joy and relief when the the back of the net bulges from a Seattle Sounders strike? That sense of victory, the wonderment of experiencing incredible skill (or maybe luck)? I can't think of a reason not to mainline that glorious feeling for 14 minutes and 25 seconds, and that's just what you'll get with this compilation video of every single goal from 2017.

Wee Willie: The First Name We Heard

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Ode to the late Willie Penman, scorer of Sounders' first home goal.

So many pieces fell precisely into place, it's not surprising that the Sounders' very first season came to be known as Camelot. A huge opening night turnout, the immediate and steadfast bonding between enthusiastic new fans and deeply appreciative and earnest players.

Open Flavor Friday: Flu Season

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Our Friday off-topic biopic explores the journey of one man's desire to never be sick ever and his failures along the way.

The holidays came and went. New Years resolutions are happening, so stick to it. But in the midst of all this, it's also flu season, and I have a confession to make: I'm sick.

A Photographer’s Story: The Six-Percent Challenge

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Shooting a Tacoma Stars game on low battery life gives one of our photographers a fresh perspective on the community aspects of the team

My name is Max Aquino, one of the photographers for Sounder at Heart. Over this upcoming season, I will be writing a series of articles covering a variety of soccer photography topics, such as game day preparation, photo technique, favorite photos from the game, stories from the sideline, and anything else that you guys may find interesting.

These three stretches will define Sounders’ 2018 season

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There's a lot to like about the schedule, but this is where the Sounders will make or break their season.

By most reasonable accounts, there's not a ton to complain about in the Seattle Sounders' 2018 MLS schedule. They only play as many as three straight games on the road once, and only play back-to-back games away from home two other times; most of their "hot-weather" games are played during cooler parts of the year; and their home schedule is full of Saturday dates.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #25-#21

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Over the coming weeks, we'll be looking at each player's cumulative rating. Today, the first five.

Although the season ultimately ended on a sour note, the 2017 Sounders had a good run, and back-to-back finals is incredible for a franchise that hadn't so much as won a conference championship a year and a half ago.

Major Link Soccer: Meram, Kamara look for the exit in Columbus

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The US could lose Jonathan Gonzalez to Mexico. The USL is waiting on Division II status. The Tukwila police have been chasing a pig for days.


The Tukwila police department have been in pursuit of an escaped pig named Monty for several days. According to their Facebook updates on the dramatic chase, Monty is "ungodly fast" and a police representative went on the radio this morning to discuss the case.

Sounders Academy well represented at U.S. Soccer YNT Summit

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First of its kind camp includes five young Sounders.

The first ever U.S. Soccer Men's Youth National Team Summit Camp is currently being held in Lakewood Ranch Florida, with 153 players representing the rosters for the U.S. U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 Youth National Teams. The Sounders academy has five players at the camp.

2017 Season Hype Video Retrospective

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We can probably agree that the 2017 Seattle Sounders season did not have that Hollywood ending we desired even though YNYA Studios tried to hype it up as best as we could. While we cannot go back and rewrite the script on the season, we can certainly look fondly back and relive our hype.

#4 - "Champions Must Rise"

Hype Occasion: Sounders vs Whitecaps Western Conference Semifinals (leg two)

Hype Description: "Champions must rise in order to defend their Cup.

Sounders 2018 schedule: There will be one fewer Cascadia Cup match

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Early byes, more Saturday home games, no games during international breaks highlight this year's slate.

Major League Soccer released the full game schedule for the 2018 season Thursday, and the times and opponents for the Seattle Sounders' 34 regular-season matches are finally available to drop into your calendar over the next 10 months.

Sounders using tuition incentive as development tool

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Their direct-to-USL signings out of the Academy won't have to ignore their eduction.

Down in the USL with Sounders FC 2, Sam Rogers had a rather remarkable year. He committed to Villanova, broke into the squad as a regular centerback after transitioning from defensive midfield, signed a pro contract and graduated from Ballard High School.

Major Link Soccer: Benny Feilhaber traded to LAFC

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MLS schedule revealed today and some US Soccer news as well.


The FULL 2018 MLS schedule will be revealed today at 10:30 am.

Sporting Kansas City trades Benny Feilhaber to LAFC. Why couldn't they have sent him to an Eastern Conference team?

Orlando City SC have locked up Dom Dwyer for the next three years after signing him to an extension on Wednesday.

Megan Rapinoe called up for U.S. January camp

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Rapinoe and Rachel Corsie will represent their countries in January friendlies

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe is coming off her most productive NWSL season, where she scored 12 goals in 18 matches and was a finalist for the NWSL MVP Award. She will start the 2018 season on a strong note, as Rapinoe was one of 26 players selected by Jill Ellis for the U.

Brad Evans shares thoughts on ‘nuclear buttons’ in the locker room

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The longtime Sounder has never seemed too concerned about weighing in on off-field matters.

Brad Evans has never been one to shy away from controversy, and at times has even stepped into the political arena. He did it again on Tuesday.

I've seen a lot of nuclear buttons in the locker room and the ones with the biggest buttons never said so.

Major Link Soccer: MLS transfer news kicks into high gear

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Also: Vacation Pics and New Kit Inspiration


With all of the roster moves around MLS in the last few days, it has felt quiet (too quiet) here in Seattle. But we have a couple of Sounders news items to report...

Stefan Frei has been enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation in Mexico.

Major Link Soccer: Morgan Brian is going to Lyon

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The USWNT star is trading the NWSL for Olympique Lyon


February is the target for getting the marketing launched. Pieces falling into place for Seattle's NHL expansion franchise bid -

The Experts Name Seattle's Top Dining Neighborhoods for 2017 - Eater Seattle


The Seattle native is trying to start his time off right with the Rapids.

Soccer in Puget Sound: It’s Rarely a Holiday

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Tales of battling winter elements to play on Christmas and New Year's.

If your idea of a perfect winter holiday is to while away the hours watching live top-class soccer, you best not live near Seattle.

Among native Puget Sounders, perhaps only octogenarians can speak of such an experience in their lifetime.

Community Player Ranker 2017

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We're asking you which player had the greatest influence on Seattle's year.

One of our favorite community projects is The Rankinator. The project asks you which player most contributed to the Seattle Sounders 2017 season. As a reminder the club finished 2nd in the West, 7th in the Shield race, won the Western Conference trophy in making it to their second straight MLS Cup.

Major Link Soccer: Transfer Season is Upon Us

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New York City FC get their next DP at midnight, while Sebastian Giovinco once again gets linked back to Italy


The Sounders 2017 season ended on a rather unfortunate note, but there are many great things to appreciate in the coming year.

Now that it is 2018, take a look back at the best Washington Youth Soccer coaches, administrators, and volunteers of 2017.