Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2018

You can call him Wolff

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Magnus Wolff Eikrem. It is a name of power. It is a name that screams glory. It is a name that is too long for a jersey. So Magnus simplified it.

FUN FACT:

Magnus Wolff Eikrem will wear "Wolff" on the back of his kit.

— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) March 2, 2018

We'll just be calling him Wolff on second reference.

Recap: Everyone feeling better?

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Scoring four at home, even against a questionable opponent, is a nice way to head into the MLS season.

SEATTLE — After a lackluster first half in which the Seattle Sounders dominated possession but had precious few genuine scoring opportunities, a 47th-minute goal from Will Bruin flipped the game on its head.

The Wolff impresses in Champions League debut for Sounders

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The Norwegian midfielder needed just two minutes before he provided his first major contribution in Rave Green—a key pass leading to a series-winning goal

SEATTLE — From columnists to fans to broadcasters and players — everyone was hoping that Magnus Wolff Eikrem would live up to the hype his name so easily provided for him when he joined the Sounders.

Links: NY Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso lashes out

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He sees the US as a failed soccer nation. Anthony Precourt is all in on Austin. LAFC sold out their season tickets.

Seattle

The WoSo Independent Podcast turns their attention to the Seattle Reign in their latest 2018 NWSL preview show. The WoSo Independent Podcast – Episode #38 – 2018 NWSL Team Previews – Seattle Reign | All White Kit

Major League Soccer

Without a US team making the trip, the list of MLS players who are likely to make a World Cup roster is shorter this time around.

Seven Sounders to consider for MLS Fantasy

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You will want some Sounders on your fantasy team, I guarantee it.

This year the MLS Fantasy season promises to be as dynamic as ever. Rolling roster locks mean you will have frequent opportunities to take advantage of surprising starts or primo matchups. The Sounders especially will have an evolving roster this season — I see about 20 players who may have five starts or more, plus about 5 others I expect will get some starts along the way.

Sounders vs. Santa Tecla: Highlights, stats, quotes

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"Certainly, the frustration level of the team was super high because of the antics of the opposition, slowing the tempo. So, I think you had a resolute group that was in that locker room that was pissed off." -Brian Schmetzer

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 4 (5) - Santa Tecla FC 0 (1)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Walter Lopez

Assistants: Gerson Lopez, Alejandro Camarena

Fourth Official: Sherwin Moore

Attendance: 35,549

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Will Bruin (Nicolás Lodeiro) 46'

SEA - Nicolás Lodeiro (Clint Dempsey) 69'

SEA - Chad Marshall (Nicolás Lodeiro) 81'

SEA - Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Clint Dempsey) 83'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

ST - Fernando Quintanilla (caution) 3'

ST - Marlon Cornejo (caution) 14'

ST - Gerson Mayen (caution) 53'

SEA - Gustav Svensson (caution) 60'

SEA - Clint Dempsey (caution) 75'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Chad Marshall, Tony Alfaro (Magnus Wolff Eikrem HT), Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey (Henry Wingo 87'), Harry Shipp (Lamar Neagle 78'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Alex Roldan, Jordy Delem, Waylon Francis

Total shots: 13 (Svensson, 3)

Shots on goal: 7 (Lodeiro, 2)

Fouls: 16 (Bruin, 6)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 6 (Lodeiro, 4)

Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)

Santa Tecla FC - Joel Almeida; Roberto Dominguez, Juan Barahona, Yosimar Quinones; Bryan Tamacas (Liber Quinones 74'), Gerson Mayen, Fernando Quintanilla (Gilberto Baires 64'), Marlon Cornejo (William Canales 72'); Aldair Rivera, Ricardinho, Wilma Torres

Substitutes not used: Hector Ramirez, Andres Flores Jaco, Alexander Mendoza, Harold Alas

Total shots: 4 (Barahona, 2)

Shots on goal: 1 (Mayen, 1)

Fouls: 23 (Mayen/Torres, 2)

Offside: 1 (Ricardinho, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Mayen, 2)

Saves: 3 (Almeida, 3)

Post-Match Quotes

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On the improved performance in the second half:

"I would say that it's a combination of everything.

Sounders vs. Santa Tecla FC: Player ratings form

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That's more like it.

After a lackluster CONCACAF Champions League away leg that saw Jordan Morris suffer a season-ending injury, the Seattle Sounders needed to rebound at home in a big way. And rebound they did. The first half saw Santa Tecla FC doing everything they could to slow the game, and the teams entered the break still level, a result that would have put Santa Tecla through.

Everything you need to be ready for the 2018 Sounders season

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We look back on the offseason and the state of the roster.

One thing about making it to the championship match: The offseason goes by in a flash. After the 2016 season, the Seattle Sounders and their fans reveled in the glory of their first MLS Cup victory, and roster concerns were few and far between.

Santa Tecla still feels like the underdog

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"The most important thing will be leaving it all on the field, come out with our head held high." - Santa Tecla's head coach

SEATTLE — If one thing was clear at Santa Tecla's press conference on Wednesday evening, it's that the visiting team by no stretch of the imagination feels like they have any type of advantage over their opponent.

USWNT v. Germany: Gamethread

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The SheBelieves Cup begins.

The SheBelieves Cup — a battle between four of the top-ranked teams in the world — kicks off on Thursday, and the U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany in the first round. That match begins at 4:00 PM PT on ESPN2. Seattle Reign FC players Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long have been named to the 23-player U.

How do you replace Jordan Morris?

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We look at several realistic options for the Sounders to deal with the loss of the speedy No. 9.

Jordan Morris is out for the year and it seems the team is looking to replace him, even if it's not as fast as some people want. Because of the current roster build, there are quite a few options for how you could do this and it's worth exploring them in further detail.

Newest Sounder chooses number with plenty of history

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Kim Kee-Hee will wear the number worn exclusively by Zach Scott since 2002.

When Kim Kee-Hee's signing was unofficially announced by the South Korean's Twitter account, the newest Seattle Sounders defender unknowingly stepped into a bit of controversy. Kim was pictured wearing not just a Sounders jersey, but the No.

A Sounder before it was cool: How it began for Tacoma Star Danny Waltman

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A long wait pays off as he now plays for his childhood team

If you were to ask Danny Waltman about how he got started in professional soccer, you'd hear a tale of humbleness and modesty.

"I was a Sounder before it was cool," Waltman chuckles.

He's not wrong, either. After a career at the University of Washington, Waltman signed on with the USL Sounders in 2004 as the backup goalkeeper to Preston Burpo.

Major Link Soccer: The longest tenured coaches in MLS

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Also: US Soccer news and Atlanta United FC got some bad news.

MLS

With so much change in the head coaching ranks of MLS, take a look at the list of longest-tenured head coaches in the league into 2018.

According to MLSsoccer.com, here is a list of the front runners for the 2018 MLS season.

Sounders announce new signing in the world of esports

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Jason "Flickiify" Flick will represent the Sounders on his quest for the FIFA eWorld Cup.

Big news in the world of esports, as Sounders FC announced the signing of Jason "Flickiify" Flick as their official competitive esports representative. He will take part in the inaugural eMLS Cup in early April.

All Sounders games will be available on YouTube TV

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Streaming deal is the first in Sounders history.

A day after announcing their local broadcast deal, the Seattle Sounders announced what can reasonably be called a pioneering deal with YouTube TV. The Sounders are actually the second MLS team to partner up with the streaming service, but unlike LAFC's deal it is not exclusive.

Kim Kee-Hee says Obafemi Martins helped him choose the Sounders

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The South Korean center back said the former Seattle forward helped guide his decision

SEATTLE — Kim Kee-Hee, the Seattle Sounders' newest center back, addressed the media for the first time Wednesday after the club trained at CenturyLink Field. The South Korean, who the club signed using Targeted Allocation Money from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua Tuesday, said he was excited by the opportunity to play in front of Seattle's internationally famous crowds.

“You will hear us” apparel collection

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We offer six designs based on the site motto in our store.

We added two more designs to our Web Community Tees store, both amplifying the Sounder at Heart motto. Yes, You will hear us appears on the jersey this season, but maybe you want a hoodie or crewneck sweatshirt to keep you warm, or a tank top for the Summer, or something in different sizes or cuts than are available as a jersey.

Osvaldo Alonso thinks he’ll be back in late March

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Sounders midfielder gives an update on his injury status.

SEATTLE, Wash. — Osvaldo Alonso won't be ready for this week's games, but he may not be all that far away from making his return. Talking to the press during Seattle Sounders media day on Wednesday, Alonso said he's feeling better and thinks he might be back in about a month.

What was that sweater Kim Kee-Hee was wearing during his signing?

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We did the research and found out how you too can own it.

If you watched the "Now Arriving" video (above) accompanying Kim Kee-Hee's signing with the Seattle Sounders, you probably noticed the sweatshirt he was wearing. If you're like me, it's the one element of the video you just can't stop thinking about.

Scouting Report: Thursday's path to victory

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Seattle is gonna have to do some work to move on against Santa Tecla.

It's a big week: Seattle's fate in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 will be decided, the 2018 MLS season kicks off on Sunday, and of course the team will be looking to do everything it can to wipe the haughty smile from Bob Bradley's face in his first match back in the league.

Analysis: In pursuing injunction, NASL was always playing down a man

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On February 23, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a gut-punch to the North American Soccer League (NASL) by denying their appeal of the District Court order denying their request for an injunction against the United States Soccer Federation. It was a blow the NASL apparently could not recover from, as they announced four days later that they would not participate as a soccer league this year at any level.

Postgame Pontifications: Let’s all take a deep breath

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It's been a bad few days, but let's not overreact.

It seems almost unbelievable to type this, but there seems to be a sense of minor crisis around even before the MLS campaign has even begun.

To recap: The Seattle Sounders - somewhat surprisingly - lost their first competitive match of the season 2-1, to lightly regarded Santa Tecla in El Salvador.

Major Links Soccer: Toronto, Tigres, Tijuana advance in CCL

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Also: Frei lists South Lake Union condo; More on Kim Kee Hee

Seattle

If the Sounders are going to advance in CONCACAF Champions League, one of the team's stated goals for 2018, they need to take the fight to visiting Santa Tecla during Thursday's second leg in Seattle. It sounds like that's the plan.

Western Conference preview: What each team’s offseason looked like

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Expansion, TAM, and DPs are the story of the West.

The Western Conference was the weaker conference for the first time in a few years in 2017, and now it's time to reload to challenge the East. Most teams didn't do terribly much, but we've got an expansion side and plenty of new DPs in the conference that should make it interesting.

South Korea international Kim Kee-Hee officially joins Sounders

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The Korean centerback chose Seattle to pursue his hopes of making World Cup 2018 in Russia.

From rumor to signing in less than a week, the pursuit of Kim Kee-Hee of South Korea is another example of the Seattle Sounders taking advantage of the strict international rules of the Chinese Super League.

Realio’s ratings: Jordan Morris looked set to have a fantastic season in his sole match of 2018

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Jordan Morris provides a spark going forward before suffering a devastating injury.

I've got to admit, that game went nothing like I expected. With a number of players hurt and still working on preseason fitness, Seattle sent a depleted side to El Salvador. I still believed they could win; instead, they lost 2-1 despite an early lead.

JOEtv will now air all of Sounders’ locally broadcast games

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The announcing team remains the same, but there are some changes to the gameday presenters

Locally broadcast Seattle Sounders games will be a bit easier to find this year. On Tuesday, the team announced that JOEtv will become the exclusive home for locally broadcast English-language games. Since 2014, locally broadcast games had basically been split between sister stations Q13 and JOEtv, but ratings were apparently nearly identical.

Major Link Soccer: 2019 Gold Cup expanding

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Also: Looking at all 23 teams 2018 kits, and women's soccer in Afghanistan.

MLS

The 2018 MLS season begins this coming weekend. The Mane Land ranked all the 2018 kits. Let's see where the Sounders kit ended up.

Now that we've seen all the new kits ranked, let's judge them.

Now take a look at some concept kits designed by William Geddes for all 23 teams.

Oddsmakers like Sounders’ chances to reclaim MLS Cup

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Sounders pegged as second or third favorites to win, depending on who you listen to

As anyone who has observed MLS for any extended period can attest, preseason favorites are rarely the team left standing at the end. Still, it's at least mildly encouraging that two different oddsmakers think the Seattle Sounders chances of winning MLS Cup are pretty decent.

Sounders GM still confident despite loss of Jordan Morris

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Garth Lagerwey says he still has confidence in a roster that's been to two MLS Cups and says fans should, too.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Even as the club announced the loss of Jordan Morris for the season with an ACL tear, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey was confident of the team's chances as it prepares for a CONCACAF Champions Leg second leg against Santa Tecla Thursday and its season-opener Sunday against LAFC.

Between Two Roldans, Episode 1: Featuring Steve Zakuani

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We have no idea if the series will actually stick, but this was the debut episode of "Between Two Roldans" which was featured at YachtCon Prime. It's a reference to the Funny or Die show "Between Two Ferns." Hopefully you enjoy it.

We did this interview in the basement of Steve Zakuani's house and that is his plant we used.

Jordan Morris already received a hand-written get-well card from Sounders fans

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This is the stuff that makes this club great.

The news about Jordan Morris' injury could barely have been worse. The 23-year-old forward has torn his ACL and has been ruled out for the year.

But, if there's a ray of sunshine to be found in all of this, it's that Morris has already received a hand-written get-well card from you guys.

Jordan Morris injury updates: Forward will miss all of 2018

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Morris tore his ACL in the first competitive match of the season.

Jordan Morris will miss all of 2018 after tearing his ACL in the first competitive match of the season. The injury occurred on Feb. 22 as he sprinted down the left wing on the artificial turf field at Santa Tecla FC.

Sounders confirm Jordan Morris is out for the year

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Forward has torn his ACL and team won't rush him back this year.

Before their season has really even started, the Seattle Sounders have been dealt a massive blow. What was rumored over the weekend became official Monday when Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey revealed that Jordan Morris has torn his right ACL and the team has elected to not bring him back this year.

Justin Solomon provides a snapshot into life in the early Sounders Academy

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The early days of the Seattle Sounders Academy meant lots of driving, not much time for homework.

Justin Solomon played two seasons with the Seattle Sounders Academy, their first two. Many of his teammates you know — DeAndre Yedlin, Sean (Ugo) Okoli, Darwin Jones, Ryan Herman, Jamael Cox, Jordan Schweitzer, Michael Gallagher, Aaron Kovar, Troy Peterson, Chase Hanson and Solomon himself all had professional careers of some length out of that group.

YachtCon Prime was a lot of fun

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And you can help make it an even bigger success.

YachtCon Prime was a blast for us. As far as we were concerned, it was better organized, more refined, and frankly more fun. We sincerely hope all of that came across to people in attendance and those who watched the livestream (you can still watch it above!

Eastern Conference Preview: What each team’s offseason looked like

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The three T's: Trades, TAM, and Toronto

The Eastern Conference was the stronger conference last year for the time in a few years and it only got stronger this offseason. Between teams swapping stars, spending TAM/GAM and making team altering trades; the East only got better. This is the fastest way to get up to speed on the other side of the standings.

Major Link Soccer: Manchester City win League Cup

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Pep Guardiola captured his first trophy with Man City, thanks to a thrashing of Arsenal on Sunday.

Seattle

Longtime Washington State University Strength and Conditioning Trainer David Lang has tragically passed away.

University of Washington Women's Soccer coach Lesle Gallimore spoke with Soccer America about how the game can continue to grow in a positive and unified way.

Stars come through in ‘must win’ game

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Tacoma now control their own destiny in the season finale

The Tacoma Stars began the night one game behind the Ontario Fury and the stakes were simple, but high. A loss would see the Stars out of the playoff picture entirely and win would put them into second place and allow them to control their own destiny.

Morris’ injury could change Sounders’ transfer strategy, GM says

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And, we should expect an unrelated signing as soon as next week.

While the severity of the injury to Jordan Morris is not yet official, with further testing to confirm severity on Monday, Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey knows that those results could change what the organization does during the transfer window, either this one or the next one.

Sounders vs. Santa Tecla FC: Player ratings form

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Sounders dive into CONCACAF Champions League with a road loss and an injury. Awesome?

And just like that, the 2018 season is upon us! After a 2017 season that culminated in a trip to MLS Cup, this campaign kicked off with CONCACAF Champions League action in El Salvador, as the Sounders took on Santa Tecla FC in leg one.

YachtCon Prime: Gallery

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Schmetzer, Garth and the Rainier Beach Boys, Egg Roulette, Reign's new coach is Liam Neeson - YachtCon Prime had it all

Jordan Morris reportedly out 6-9 months

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The Sounders forward has torn his ACL.

Jordan Morris is likely finished for the year before it had really even started. The nightmare scenario was revealed on Saturday when the Fox Sports' Stu Holden shared the news on Twitter that the 23-year-old had torn his ACL. The typical timeframe for recovery is six to nine months, which means there's only a small chance he'd play again in 2018.

Seattle Reign players report for international duty

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Eight players will represent their countries during the FIFA break.

As preseason kicks off for Seattle Reign FC, the club will be without at least eight players over the next two weeks, as a number of players received call-ups for international tournaments.

The Algarve Cup kicks off on February 28 in Portugal and will feature four Reign FC players.

Sounders at Santa Tecla, CCL leg one: Full coverage

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Seattle trails after leg one. They'll need to overcome a 2-1 deficit, though they have a road goal.

This is the Seattle Sounders' sixth trip, and their fifth of the MLS era, to the championship of CONCACAF. Their best finish to this date is to make the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Former Sounder Philip Lund happy to return to Northwest after a globetrotting career

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Danish Dynamo is still learning the indoor game, but wants to turn the ShoWare Center into a fortress with the Tacoma Stars.

Philip Lund's soccer life started in Denmark around the age of three. "According to my parents, the first time the football hit my face, I cried and ran away," Lund says.

Links: Landon Donovan explains why he’s back, again

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He would also like to see an American coach the USMNT. Patrick Vieira wants to sign RSL's Rusnak. Also, Sunderland AFC could be yours, for free.

Seattle

The Times sent Geoff Baker down to Santa Tecla to cover the Sounders match, and he also spoke to locals who have persevered through devastating natural disasters.

Sounders at Santa Tecla: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We gave up a couple of goals that we shouldn't have. You have to give them credit, you have to give the fans credit." -Brian Schmetzer

Match recap.

Game Info and Stats

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Santa Tecla FC 2

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Venue: Estadio Las Delicias

Referee: Melvin Matamoros

Assistants: Melvin Cruz, Helpys Feliz

Fourth Official: Hector Said Martinez

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Nicolás Lodeiro 15'

ST - Gerson Mayen 67'

ST - Gerson Mayen (penalty) 76'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Jordy Delem (caution) 68'

ST - Gerson Mayen (caution) 90'+4'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCreary, Chad Marshall, Tony Alfaro, Waylon Francis; Henry Wingo (Alex Roldan 59'), Jordy Delem (Gustav Svensson 78'), Cristian Roldan, Harry Shipp (Will Bruin 57'); Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Jordan Morris

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Nouhou, Zach Mathers, Lamar Neagle

Total shots: 5 (Lodeiro, 2)

Shots on goal: 4 (Lodeiro, 2)

Fouls: 14 (Roldan, 5)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 5 (Frei, 5)

Santa Tecla FC - Joel Almeida; Bryan Tamacas, Yosimar Quinones, Roberto Dominguez, Juan Barahona; Fernando Quintanilla, Aldair Rivera (Gilberto Baires 66'), Gerson Mayen, Marlon Cornejo; Ricardinho (Liber Quinones 82'), Wilma Torres (William Canales 90'+2')

Substitutes not used: Hector Ramirez, Alexander Mendoza, Jacobo Moreno, Harold Alas

Total shots: 15 (Mayen/Ricardinho, 3)

Shots on goal: 7 (Mayen, 3)

Fouls: 12 (Quintanilla, 3)

Offside: 1 (Ricardinho, 1)

Corner-kicks: 6 (Mayen, 6)

Saves: 3 (Almeida, 3)

Post-Match Interviews

Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer:

Sounders Midfielder Cristian Roldan:

Sounders at Santa Tecla: Gamethread

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Univision streaming properties or go90 at 7 p.m.; watch with us.

This new format of the CONCACAF Champions League puts the Seattle Sounders on the road for their first competitive match of 2018. Their trip to San Salvador to face Santa Tecla will be without major talent, in the first leg of the two leg series.

Nico Lodeiro’s 50-yard chip gives Sounders lead

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What a goal!

Short-handed or not, the Seattle Sounders picked up a huge road goal when Nicolas Lodeiro scored a nearly 50-yard chip in the 15th minute.

Lodeiro.. goalzo. Enjoy this one pic.twitter.com/Y1I6gJ6vWn

— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) February 23, 2018

Although Lodeiro deserves much of the credit on the goal for noticing the Santa Tecla goalkeeper off his line and perfectly placing his shot, the sequence was created through some strong counter-attacking play.

Sounders fall behind in El Salvador

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Very little went as hoped, and the injury situation is looking worse already.

The Seattle Sounders kicked off their 2018-19 CONCACAF Champions League campaign with an away match against El Salvador side Santa Tecla, the first ever between the two teams. The Sounders found themselves a bit short-handed, as a number of first team regulars stayed in Seattle to continue getting ready for the start of the MLS season.

Watching Roman Torres play in the snow will give you life

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This guy's joy is seriously infectious.

Kids all around the Seattle area were surely making the most of Thursday's unseasonable standing snow. But few of them were likely as enthusiastic about it as Seattle Sounders center back Roman Torres.

Mi ponchera con la Rusa, hice mi paso y por ahí mismo aprovecho para aclimatarme estamos activado mi gente, saludos a todos de parte del mazinger pic.

Sounders at Santa Tecla, CONCACAF Champions League leg one: Full coverage

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go90 and UnivisionDeportes.com will be streaming Thursday's leg one match between El Salvador's best team and Seattle.

This is the Seattle Sounders' sixth trip, and their fifth of the MLS era, to the championship of CONCACAF. Their best finish to this date is to make the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez among Sounders who didn’t travel to El Salvador

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There will be at least five presumed starters unavailable for tonight's match.

Among the many challenges MLS teams face in the CONCACAF Champions League is dealing with a schedule that means some of the most important games are played before players are fully fit. That will be frustratingly illustrated when the Seattle Sounders starting lineup is revealed for Thursday's match against Santa Tecla.

YachtCon | Prime: All you need to know

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We are days away from our annual event.

We are just a few days away from YachtCon | Prime and the details are all finally coming together. Here are some of the latest developments:

Sounders panel

The Sounders panel will feature Brian Schmetzer, Garth Lagerwey and likely a player or two.

Scouting Report: Santa Tecla vs. Sounders

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Sounders must not overlook their CCL opponent.

The Sounders have arrived at El Salvador, where they'll face many challenges in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League match.

Brian Schmetzer is not one to overlook any opponent; as a matter of fact, his preparation along with his intensity in daily training are one of his virtues.

Major Link Soccer: Club America crushes Saprissa

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FC Dallas lost in Panama, Luis Robles is now NYRB's captain, and Mark Geiger takes a cell phone away

Seattle

If you don't love Stefan Frei's dogs, I really don't know what to say to you. A comprehensive breakdown of Stefan Frei's #WrinkleWednesday tradition

Hockey is like soccer with sticks and a puck.

Hero Sounders fan taunted Whitecaps during a training session in Hawaii

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This is the good stuff.

Although it seems completely unnecessary to ever leave our fair region, those of us who have ventured outside its borders can likely attest to the recurring experience of running into fellow Sounders fans. Whether they are ex-patriots, fans from afar or actually just traveling, they are hard to miss when proudly donning their rave green.

Sounders appear to be nearing deal with South Korean center back

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Kim Kee-Hee's agent says a deal with Sounders is close.

It would appear that the Seattle Sounders are about to fill one of the last remaining holes on their roster. A day after somewhat questionable reports first surfaced about the Sounders signing South Korea international Kim Kee-Hee, now comes word that his agent is telling the local press that a deal is effectively done.

MLS Fantasy with Sounder at Heart

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Some big changes to the official platform mean MLS Fantasy could be better in 2018 than ever

Major League Soccer's 2018 season is set to kick off in barely one week's time, and MLS Fantasy in 2018 should be as fun as ever. The official game has players set up a 15-man roster with a budget of $100 million allocated among MLS players of various prices.

Seattle Reign unveil 2018 schedule

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Seattle will get three matches on Lifetime this season.

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) released the full 2018 league schedule on Tuesday, including 20 matches to be broadcast nationally as part of the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime. Seattle Reign FC will be featured in three of those 20 matches, all coming on the road.

Nos Audietis, Episode 269: Let’s talk about the 2018 season

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I'll be totally honest, as of a few days ago we didn't think we were going to try to squeeze in another episode before YachtCon Prime (by the way, it's on Saturday and tickets are still available).

But it somehow just didn't feel right to not record an episode before the start of the season, which .

Major Link Soccer: Chris Henderson talks scouting and drones

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Also Toronto wins CONCACAF Champions League opener; Herediano tie Tigres

Seattle

In a wide ranging and insightful interview with Soccer America, Sounders Sporting Director and Vice-President of Soccer Chris Henderson talks topics from scouting CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) matches to using drones to obtain aerial footage of Sounders training sessions for better analysis.

Shot at CCL glory important to Sounders, MLS

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Another year, another shot at international immortality.

TUKWILA, Wash. — For MLS fans and clubs alike, the CONCACAF Champions League remains the elusive grand prize for a league looking to expand its influence and prestige. For the Sounders, who open their competitive season Thursday in El Salvador against Santa Tecla FC, it is another chance to pursue the eternal bragging rights of being the first MLS club to win the title in its modern format.

Lamar Neagle on return: “I know my role”

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The 30-year-old midfielder is ready to compete on the training ground.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Though he insists that it still only counts as his fourth, the new contract midfielder Lamar Neagle signed with the Seattle Sounders Tuesday after a spell in free agency could be considered his fifth separate time joining his local club.

Sounders sign Calle Brown

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Former third keeper for the Houston Dynamo is a USL stalwart.

Last year's third keeper with the Houston Dynamo will now compete with Bryan Meredith for playing time with Seattle Sounders FC. The University of Virginia graduate is a giant, even for a keeper listed at 6'5" by MLS.

In 2015 he was a rotational starter with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, playing 1500 competitive minutes in 1 Open Cup and 15 USL starts.

South Korean center back reportedly joining Sounders

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Kim Kee-Hee was on the outs after his Chinese Super League team needed to free up an international roster spot.

The Chinese Super League may not be signing players at the breakneck speed it once was, but its restrictive roster rules continue to pay dividends for the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders appear to have found their depth center back in South Korean Kim Kee-Hee.

Major Link Soccer: Man City loses and Sergio Aguero shoves a fan

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Wigan Athletic strikes again, Amazon might be coming to soccer, and DC United made history

MLS

DC United broke a barrier in 2007, becoming the first club majority-owned by a minority. Black History Month: Majority-minority owners make history - Stars and Stripes FC

I've got a scarf wall with about 20 scarves on it, and another 10 or so that I just couldn't fit on it or wear more often.

Sounders at Santa Tecla match to be live via streaming only

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UnivisionDeportes.com will carry it in Spanish, while go90 will have the English feed.

Live broadcast coverage of the Seattle Sounders trip to El Salvador to face Santa Tecla will be confined to digital networks. It will be available on tape-delay on Galavision. Univision will have the match on several streaming options.

Major Link Soccer: The Roldans prepare for a homecoming

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The brothers return to familial roots in El Salvador, to face their first CCL away challenge.

Seattle

Cristian and Alex Roldan are going to have somewhat of a homecoming experience on the Sounders' upcoming CCL trip to El Salvador.

The Roldan brothers (with the help of Will Bruin) also helped set expectations for the teams upcoming trip: its a mistake to take a CCL away match lightly.

Sounders interested in acquiring Panamanian CB Roderick Miller

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The 25-year-old is reportedly on the outs at Atletico Nacional.

After several weeks of following the Roderick Miller situation, a reliable source has told me Seattle Sounders FC has reached out to Colombia's Atletico Nacional with an inquiry about the player's contract and his salary needs.

Rave Green Olympics, what sport would each Sounder compete in

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Roman Torres and Osvaldo Alonso could probably do every event.

In honor the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea what sport would each Sounder participate in if the they were at the Winter Games? Some players are good fits for multiple events but they could only compete in one (except Cristian Roldan).

OFF: Bonding over soccer

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Yeah, it's Saturday, I get it.

One of the interesting things about travel is that it becomes easy to separate yourself from time — I meant to write this story on Friday. Some part of me might think it is still Friday. This weekend's OFF isn't about my vacation, but a fun soccer moment that took place during it.

Seattle Sounders FC at Sacramento Republic FC: What we learned

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There was plenty to like and some stuff to be a little worried about.

Preseason games shouldn't be read into in great depth. The important thing is that the team gains fitness and no one gets hurt. In that regard, the Sounders' 3-1 win over Sacramento Republic can't be seen as anything but a success.

Sounders at Sac. Republic FC: Highlights, stats, quotes

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"Well-taken goals, but it was a competitive match and that's what we wanted" -Brian Schmetzer

Game Recap

Match Statistics

SUMMARY - AT SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC

Seattle Sounders FC 3 - Sacramento Republic FC 1

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Venue: Papa Murphy's Park

Weather: Clear and 53 degrees

Attendance: 9,094

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Jordan Morris 2'

SEA - Henry Wingo (Nicolás Lodeiro) 27'

SAC - Christian Eissele (Josh Turnley) 47'

SEA - Jordan Morris (Seyi Adekoya) 79'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SAC - Brian Nana-Sinkam 84'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Chad Marshall, Tony Alfaro, Waylon Francis; Jordy Delem, Cristian Roldan; Henry Wingo, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Harry Shipp (Seyi Adekoya 62'); Jordan Morris

Substitutes not used: Calle Brown^, Francisco Narbon+, Seyi Adekoya, Shandon Hopeau+, Khai Brisco*, Dylan Teves*, Felix Chenkam+

+ Player currently signed to S2 roster

* Sounders FC Academy player

^ Guest player

Sacramento Republic FC - Josh Cohen; Hayden Partain (Esteban Zepeda 67'), Mitch Taintor (Brian Nana-Sinkam 69'), Cole Seiler (Matteo Sorentino 69'), Josh Turnley (Shannon Gomez 67'); Jeremy Hall - captain (Quincy Butler 61'), Jaime Villarreal (Roberto Hategan 61'), Villyan Bijev (Jose Garcia 61'); Wilson Kneeshaw (Keven Aleman HT), Christian Eissele (Oscar Govea 61'), Cameron Iwasa (Luis Espino HT)

Substitutes not used: Jordan Martinez, Mark McEntosh

MATCH SUMMARY - VS.

Seattle Reign open 2018 season against Washington Spirit

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Reign FC will host the Spirit at Memorial Stadium on March 24.

While the full schedule for the 2018 NWSL season won't be unveiled until next week, the league provided a preview by announcing home openers for all nine teams. Seattle Reign FC will be at home for the opening weekend of NWSL play, hosting the Washington Spirit on Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.

Links: Sac. Republic seek a billionaire to boost MLS hopes

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The Roldans know Santa Tecla will be a tough trip. Also, a new blood test can detect brain trauma.

Seattle

The Roldan brothers are together again, just in time for the Seattle Sounders to head to their mother's home country to play against the top team there. Alex and Cristian warn that the Santa Tecla players and fans will make the upcoming away trip a difficult one for Seattle.

Sounders at Sacramento Republic preseason: Gamethread

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It's the final preseason tuneup before Seattle takes on Santa Tecla. Watch with us.

Preseason is nearly over for Seattle Sounders FC. Thursday's games are essential in getting the team onto a Thursday cycle with CONCACAF Champions League matches coming. For the most part the lineup against Sacramento Republic will be the the Ideal XI, but not quite.

Sounders fall 1-0 to Reno 1868 in Preseason Friendly

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The mixed Sounders/S2 squad had a rough afternoon in California

Despite having another full friendly tonight against Sacramento Republic, Seattle Sounders FC played a closed-door match against USL squad Reno 1868 FC. The starting lineup was mostly comprised of S2 players and reserves, but potential starters like Clint Dempsey, Will Bruin, and Magnus Wolff Eikrem were also in the XI.

Jordan Morris brace leads Sounders to win in preseason finale

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Henry Wingo adds another goal as Sounders win 3-1.

In the final preseason match before the season opens against Santa Tecla in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Sounders deployed a lineup that earned mixed reviews against USL side Sacramento Republic, but ultimately came out victorious 3-1.

Path to CONCACAF Champions League glory goes through Mexico

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In order for the Sounders to become the first MLS team to win the CCL, they'll most likely have to defeat some of Liga MX's top teams.

No MLS club has ever won CONCACAF Champoins League. In fact, every year since 2008, a Mexican club has taken the honors. Back in 2011, Real Salt Lake was the first team from MLS to reach the finals in the modern version of the tournament.

Major Link Soccer: MLS Live fades away, ESPN+ to begin soon

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Victor Mansaray has a new club, and 15 other links to start your day.

Your ability to watch out-of-market MLS games is shifting. By the end of this year the matches not on your local broadcast or on national broadcasts will be on ESPN+, a new pay service that expands ESPN's live programming offerings while lowering your cost for MLS matches.

S2 add Academy player, U20 international

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Ray Serrano and Ibrahim Usman will join the Sounders USL side for the 2018 season.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 have made their first new signings of the offseason, today announcing the additions of 15-year-old Ray Serrano and 18-year-old Ibrahim Usman.

Serrano is an attacking midfielder who has shined since joining the Sounders Academy in 2016.

Sounders will play split-squad game against USL’s Reno 1868

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Game will be played down the road from and several hours before match against Sacramento Republic.

In an apparent quest to get as many players as many minutes as possible, the Seattle Sounders will be playing a second match during their trip to Northern California. Several hours before presumed first team faces off against Sacramento Republic, another group of players will play a closed-door scrimmage against USL-side Reno 1868 FC at UC Davis.

Major Link Soccer: Yamil Asad officially going to DC United

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The trade is finally official, 600k for the Argentine.

MLS

If the Crew is trying to convince people they need to move to stay afloat they are doing a good job. MLS to Austin: Crew fans given bleak financial picture

FC Cinci's GM presented plans to the school board hoping to get a stadium deal in place to sway MLS for an expansion spot.

Brad Evans bids farewell to Sounders

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One of the last remaining original Sounders has reportedly agreed to join Sporting KC as a free agent.

Brad Evans all but made it official: He's leaving the Seattle Sounders. The free agent has reportedly signed with Sporting Kansas City, about 10 days after joining them on what appeared to be a trial.

Preki looks forward to Sacramento Republic reunion

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The Sounders' newest assistant head coach is looking forward to returning to the club that revitalized his coaching career.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Predrag "Preki" Radosavljević has good reason to look forward to the Seattle Sounders' trip to Sacramento for its first-ever match against Sacramento Republic FC Thursday.

Garth Lagerwey on short list of USMNT GM candidates, Grant Wahl says

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Position would apparently report directly to USSF CEO Dan Flynn, not new president Carlos Cordeiro.

The list of people reasonably qualified to serve as general manager of the United States men's soccer program is not very long. One of the people on that hypothetical list is apparently Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl.

Sounders sign Alex Roldan, Jordan McCrary to First Team contracts

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The moves shore up Seattle's depth in the midfield and fullback positions.

The Seattle Sounders have signed MLS SuperDraft pick Alex Roldan and trialist and former Toronto FC II player Jordan McCrary to contracts with the First Team, the Sounders announced today.

Seattle used the 22nd pick in the 2018 draft to nab Alex Roldan out of Seattle University.

Sounders sign Alex Roldan, McRary to first team contracts

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The moves shore up Seattle's depth in the midfield and fullback positions.

The Seattle Sounders have signed MLS SuperDraft pick Alex Roldan and trialist and former Toronto FC II player Jordan McCrary to contracts with the First Team, the Sounders announced today.

Alex Roldan was the Sounders' 22nd pick in the 2018 draft, out of Seattle University.

Seattle’s sports radio KJR carrying Sounders games in 2018

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The oldest radio station in the city now hosts Sounders games and ancillary programming.

Announced during morning drive, during prime time, the Seattle Sounders and Seattle's Sports Radio KJR declared their partnership for all to hear. This will be the first time the team is on an all-sports station, having previously being carried by 97.

Major Link Soccer: Injuries loom large before Sounders season starts

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Also: Chicago Fire want your Valentine's Day #SoccerGrams

Seattle

In Geoff Baker's piece on the Sounders' new 4-4-2 formation for the Seattle Times yesterday , he dropped three important pieces of unrelated news.

  • Ozzie Alonso has a quadriceps injury and is going to miss at least the CONCACAF Champions League matchup at Santa Tecla FC.

What do you think of the Sounders’ look this year?

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We collected all the Sounders jerseys; tell us where you think this year's combination ranks

As they have every season, the Seattle Sounders will be sporting a new look in 2018. This year's addition is "New Rave Green", otherwise known as "that jersey that looks like it's made out of crushed velvet.

Sounders enjoying aggressive new formation

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The players and coaches are liking the new 4-4-2 diamond the club has rolled out in preseason.

TUKWILA, Wash. — The new 4-4-2 diamond formation that the Sounders have rolled out this preseason seems to be a hit with coaches and staff, and may give Seattle more opportunities to overwhelm opposing back lines.

Cristian Roldan relishing El Salvador return

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The Sounders midfielder is looking forward to playing in front of his mother's family in the CONCACAF Champions League.

With a little over a week until the season kicks off, no Sounders player is more excited to make the journey to El Salvador than Cristian Roldan. Roldan, who spent time as a boy in his mother's native country, is looking forward to the opportunity to play in front of his extended family when Seattle takes on Santa Tecla in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Jess Fishlock does it again

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The Welsh midfielder scored a trademark Fishlock goal, sending Melbourne City to its third straight W-League Final

Over the weekend, the four best teams in Australia's W-League faced off in the playoff semifinals. In the scorching heat, Melbourne City FC — current home to Seattle Reign FC players Jess Fishlock, Lauren Barnes, Larissa Crummer, Lydia Williams, Steph Catley, and Jodie Taylor — faced off against the top-ranked Brisbane Roar.

Major Link Soccer: Carlos Cordeiro elected U.S. Soccer President

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The current USSF Vice President will take on the executive role, and must now pivot away from being seen as an "inside hire."

Seattle:

Andy Rose is hoping to channel his US Open Cup experience as a Sounder into a victory for his new side Motherwell's Scottish Cup campaign.

Take a few seconds out of your day to watch Deandre Yedlin decleat Alexis Sanchez with a nifty turn.

A Royal Visit

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As the original NASL's 50th anniversary kicks off, a look at the league's first stop in Seattle, well before the Sounders came to town.

Even by standards 50 years ago it was a modest match day program. Yet it matched the surroundings and, some might say, the fare that was on display that afternoon.

Rankinator results differ from Realio’s (and the community’s) rankings

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Stefan Frei takes the top spot.

Over the offseason Sounder at Heart took a few different looks at how the team performed in 2017. We asked you to rank players in the Rankinator, while both Realio and Scott Burbidge looked at player performances with the First Team and S2, respectively. You also awarded players the best Offensive and Defensive Player of 2017.

It was 20 years ago today that the USMNT beat Brazil in real competition

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Back then they were barely more than kids. Now they are veterans, Sounders.

Arriving jetlagged and greeted by some unlikely L.A. rainfall, Kasey Keller was actually very much in favor of postponing what would become the signature performance of his storied life between the sticks. As it turned out, he would have to keep his date with destiny.

Sounders season ticket unboxing video: spoilers

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There are several nods to Sounder at Heart in the package.

"A mysterious package from the Sounders showed up so I shall do an unboxing video smash that like button" pic.twitter.com/okrhSYGwt3

— LikkitP™ (YachtCon Prime is on 2/24) (@LikkitP) February 11, 2018

Let's break down the key elements;

  • These are in the mail already.

February Q&A

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Let's talk about beer, Olympics and soccer

I'm doing monthly Q&A/AMA during the offseason. This is now that weekend, as next week I'm a bit occupied. The week after that is the going to be full of season preview content, so this is the week I talk beer, Olympics and Sounders.

November's Q&A is here.

How to watch: USSF Presidential election live thread

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Join us in watching the USSF election

It's finally here, the USSF Presidential election. While it is usually an uncontested quiet vote, this year it has eight candidates and has produced some fireworks. Two main candidates, Kathy Carter and Carlos Cordeiro, are considered establishment and very similar to Sunil Gulati.

You will hear us, explained

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nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in alto

Nos audietis came to being with sidereal's FanPost titled "Latin is for smarties", and it grew in usage. It is on scarves, shirts, the name of our affiliated podcast, and now on the very kits the team wears.

It is a phrase that inspires volume, declares support, and tells anyone who opposes us that we will not be silent.

NOS

What we’ve learned from preseason so far

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With five games under their belt, the biggest takeaway is that Brian Schmetzer is prepping the Sounders for squad rotation.

Another phase of preseason wraps up as the Seattle Sounders return to the shores of Puget Sound. They have the 2018-19 kit launch party Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.

Magnus Wolff Eikrem dominates in win

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Sounders win 5-1 in second preseason scrimmage in two days.

Say what you will about the quality of the opponent, but the Seattle Sounders' confidence has to be soaring right now. Fresh off beating Cal United FC 6-0 on Wednesday, the Sounders followed that up with a 5-1 win over the same team on Thursday.

Links: The USSF presidential election is finally here

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Voting to replace Sunil Gulati takes place Saturday. Washington State takes a bite out of ticket bot companies. Galaxy players would love a chance to team up with Zlatan.

Seattle

Washington's "bot ban," formally known as the Ticket Sellers Act, is revealing for the first time that it has teeth.

End-of-season player ratings, #1: Victor Rodriguez

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V-Rod was the highest-rated Sounder over 11 games. Can he keep it up in 2018?

#1 Victor Rodriguez – 7.00 | Community – 6.93

In something of an upset, the newcomer Victor Rodriguez burst on the scene midseason and ended 2017 as the highest cumulative rated player from Realio's Ratings.

Seattle Sounders vs. California United FC, preseason: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Whenever you score goals, no matter who you're playing or what the circumstances are, it gives you some confidence." —Jordan Morris

With two goals each from Chad Marshall and Jordan Morris, and one apiece from Nicolas Lodeiro and Cristian Roldan, the Seattle Sounders defeated California United FC with a lopsided scoreline in the first of a pair of matches against the UPSL side.

Major Link Soccer: United States goal must be to win World Cup

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Former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin talks about USA's goal, say goodbye to a Sounder and an unsanctioned soccer league in the US?

Seattle

It's official, Oniel Fisher has been acquired by D.C. United. United reinforced a weak spot and got the former Seattle Sounders fullback for a low price.

In other Sounders news, Academy products committed to college programs on National Signing Day.

S2 has reportedly signed Nigerian left back

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Ibrahim Usman is said to be on his way to Washington this week.

Reports out of Nigeria state the Seattle Sounders have just signed 18-year-old left back, Ibrahim Usman. Nigerian football news outlet, Own Goal Nigeria, put out a report today stating that Usman is making the move from Eco FC to S2.

Quincy Jones would like you to believe Paul Allen can seriously shred

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There's apparently a bit more to the Sounders minority owner than any of us would have guessed.

It's not very often that we write about Paul Allen, one of the richest people in the world and who also happens to own a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders. Allen seems to only have a passing interest in the Sounders, after all, and what he does has very little impact on the team.

Major Link Soccer: Svenssonisms and Waterslides

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Also: Nouhou noticed

Seattle

Watch new Sounders midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem talk about his time with Manchester United Academy and Malmö FF in a short interview with Steve Zakuani. Magnus Wolff Eikrem sits down with Zakuani to discuss his beginnings

From his wry sense of humor to his honest and down-to-earth take on keeping soccer in perspective, there is more to Gustav Svensson than his play on the pitch.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #2

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Cristian Roldan is consistent, tireless and versatile, and he's still getting better.

#2 Cristian Roldan – 6.87 | Community – 6.94

This grade is likely a surprise to those of you still following these, but Roldan will have to wait another year to be No.

Major Link Soccer: Svenssonisms and Waterslides

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Also: Nouhou noticed

Seattle

Watch new Sounders midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem talk about his time with Manchester United Academy and Malmö FF in a short interview with Steve Zakuani. Magnus Wolff Eikrem sits down with Zakuani to discuss his beginnings

From his wry sense of humor to his honest and down-to-earth take on keeping soccer in perspective, there is more to Gustav Svensson than his play on the pitch.

Brad Evans ‘hasn’t gone anywhere yet’

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Brian Schmetzer gives at least some reason to believe Evans could return in 2018.

Brad Evans is a free agent and currently training with Sporting Kansas City. To hear KC head coach Peter Vermes tell it, Evans is likely to sign there if he can "get back to full strength." That doesn't seem to bode well for his future with the Seattle Sounders.

Oniel Fisher may be heading to D.C. United

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Possible trade would leave Sounders without a natural right back behind Kelvin Leerdam.

Just as the Seattle Sounders' roster seemed to be settling in, now comes news that they may be on the lookout for a new backup right back.

D.C. United in process of acquiring outside back Oniel Fisher, 26, in trade with Seattle Sounders.

Depth Chart demonstrates clear opportunities for improvement

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Sounders have several roster spots open, and most are meant for veterans.

The slow offseason continues. While the Seattle Sounders likely lost less significant talent than other top teams in the league, their moves have not been as significant as the teams that added talent (the exception being their opponent in the last two MLS Cups).

Major Link Soccer: Jermaine Jones stokes MLS conspiracy theories

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Also: Asad's adventure, USSF uh-ohs, and the Conte conundrum

Seattle

The Reign are handing over ticket sales management for the season to focus on the rest of the business. Force 10 is the parent company of the owner of the Seattle Storm. Seattle Reign FC partners with Force 10 Sports Management to manage ticket sales and service

MLS

The Sounders released their new jersey yesterday and plenty of teams have released their new jerseys as well.

Sounders vs. Columbus Crew, recap: Victor Rodriguez scores in first loss of preseason

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Sounders fall to 2-1-0 in preseason.

As you probably know, the Seattle Sounders' third match of the preseason was not streamed. To follow along live, the only option was the Sounders' Twitter account. We at least have some highlights, but unfortunately there's not much to be gleaned.

We do get a nice shot of Victor Rodriguez's goal — his second in three games — but we don't even see how the Columbus Crew scored their game-winner.

Roman Torres indicates he’s signed extension with Sounders

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Niko Moreno initially reported this over the weekend.

Roman Torres will be sticking around for a bit longer. The Seattle Sounders center back announced on Twitter that he signed an extension and seemed very happy about it.

Gracias a Dios y a @SoundersFC ⚽ mi historia continua #Román Bendiciones para todos y feliz inicio de semana ⚽ pic.

Brad Evans reportedly training with Sporting KC

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Evans is currently a free agent.

Is it the end of an era in Seattle? Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes said that Brad Evans is training with his club this week, as relayed by Kansas City-based TotalMLS editor Jimmy Mack.

Peter Vermes said former Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans is training with #SportingKC.

Sounders’ new kit features unique design

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Sponge-painting effect will be slightly different on each jersey, while also featuring Sounder at Heart's motto.

Say what you will about how it actually looks, but the new Seattle Sounders primary kits are going to be unique. Seriously. Each of the new kits will be slightly different from one another, featuring a sponge-effect.

Former S2 standout Pablo Rossi is again looking for a new team

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The Argentine had been in training camp with Las Vegas Lights FC.

After spending a week as a trialist with the Las Vegas Lights FC, Mexican manager "El Chelís" decided to pass on signing former S2 midfielder Pablo Rossi, due to a lack of international spots in the roster.

For every fútbol success story you've ever seen, there are hundreds of untold stories of how cruel the life of a professional player can be.

Major Link Soccer: David Beckham’s Miami bid meets local opposition

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The South Beach bid has been hyped for some time, but not all locals feel that way.

Seattle:

Seattle Sounders Academy players are soaking in every preseason moment with the first team.

Dirty South Soccer's haters guide to the 2018 MLS season predicts the Sounders will return to MLS Cup because "the West is trash".

Kit teaser features Sounder at Heart’s motto

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‘You will hear us' will be on the Sounders' neck tape on the 2018-19 kit.

The phrase "You Will Hear Us" is being used with our blessing and at the suggestion of the Alliance Council on Seattle Sounders FC's 2018-19 kits. It will appear on the necktape of the rave green primary jersey for the next two seasons.

Sounders vs. Timbers, preseason recap: Another win as Seattle builds fitness

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Roldan and Bwana score in victory

Brian Schmetzer used this match to build endurance on about half the top end of his roster and to test a diamond 4-4-2. In this developmental game the Seattle Sounders triumphed 2-1 behind goals by Cristian Roldan and Handwalla Bwana. It was Bwana's second of the preseason.

Sounders vs. Portland Timbers preseason, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Preseason match 2 is against the second oldest rival Seattle has.

Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Suffering leads to Caleb Porter quitting. The Portland Timbers have a new coach and Seattle Sounders first chance to see what he's done to the team is Saturday night in Tucson at the Mobile Mini Sun Cup event at the Kino Sports Complex in MLS Preseason Presented by adidas (I think that's the full name and sponsorship involved).

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #3

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Nicolas Lodeiro simply never stops.

#3 Nicolas Lodeiro – 6.79 | Community – 6.62

After bursting into the league last season and leading Seattle to its first MLS Cup title, many pegged Lodeiro as an MVP candidate. While he didn't show up on any MVP ballots, he did produce scoring chances at nearly the same rate as in 2016, and when he played well, Seattle usually followed.

Nicolas Lodeiro receives his green card

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The Uruguayan no longer takes up an international roster spot.

It took a little over a year and a half but Nicolas Lodeiro now has a green card. The Uruguayan will no longer count as an international for roster spot purposes. This likely means the rumors of Lodeiro returning to Boca Juniors will fade away with Lodeiro establishing permanent residency now.

Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Preview

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Preseason phase 2 continues the tradition of Cascadia rivals meeting in Arizona

In what is preseason tradition the Seattle Sounders are again in Tucson, though this year they are not part of the Desert Diamond Cup, nor its successor the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. Due to CONCACAF Champions League obligations the team is only playing a single match at the Kino Sports Complex.

Major Link Soccer: Rubio Rubin signs with Tijuana

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You won't see the young striker in MLS this year. Hope Solo's USSF complaint, explained. Is David Beckham wasting his money in Miami?

Seattle

If you want to handpick your seat for a full- or half-season ticket package, head down to the CenturyLink Field Open House Saturday, Feb 10. You can wander around and try before you buy.

Open Flavor Friday: Superb Owl foods

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Today our community communes over foods meant for sharing.

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's topic focus on the grandest of Strigiformes, the Superb Owl*. When watching this bird of prey, it is important to have snacks and beverages.

Sounders will have big money sitting on the bench, and that’s a good thing

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Infusion of TAM means competition for the starting lineup as well as the bench.

The response to the Seattle Sounders' signing of Magnus Wolff Eikrem has been overwhelmingly positive. Fans wanted a TAM-worthy signing, fans got a TAM-worthy signing. That it comes early enough in the preseason that he should be able to be fully incorporated into the team by the start of the season is a huge bonus, as is the fact that he's young enough, 27, to be a building block for years to come.

We’d get on this party bus with Roman Torres, too

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This guy really is living his best life.

If there's one reason for Seattle Sounders fans to be excited about the World Cup, it might just be Roman Torres. No, Panama is not expected to do much, especially in a group that includes England, Belgium and Tunisia. But the way he's embracing the opportunity is truly infectious.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #4

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Deuce bounced back in a big way in 2017 after a scary medical situation derailed his 2016 campaign.

#4 Clint Dempsey – 6.73 | Community – 6.55

Checking in at #4 is reborn attacker Clint Dempsey. After a health scare, Clint ended 2016 with only 19 appearances.

Major Link Soccer: Deadline Day is over

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Plenty of last minute deals got done including Olivier Giroud to Chelsea

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Georgetown Brewing took home gold in the most contested category, top IPA. Washington brewers win 28 medals at Best of Craft Beer Awards

Ray Serrano traveled with the club to Chula Vista for the start of Sounders preseason.

Panamanian Love For Roman Torres Runs Deep

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Torres idolized with sculpture at fruit festival

Roman Torres became a Panamanian national hero when on October 10, 2017 he scored the game winner over Costa Rica that put Panama into the World Cup for the first time.

El homenajeado de hoy.