Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2018

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

Seattle

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.