Saturday April 8 (7:30 PM, Q13 Fox & Univision-Seattle) the Seattle Sounders take their first trip down to Avaya Stadium of 2017. The San Jose Earthquakes are 5th in the West with a 2-2-0 +0 record. Seattle is 1-1-2 +1 and 6th in the conference. Victor Bernardez is suspended for the match. CenterLineSoccer is the SB Nation home for the 'Quakes.
No real updates on other players, though Aaron Kovar did do light fitness work for the first time on Friday
Despite only being a few weeks into the 2017 MLS season, the Seattle Sounders have already had to deal with a handful of injuries to first-team players. Brad Evans has yet to feature for the club this season after suffering a calf injury in training.
Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.
Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.
Even if Oniel Fisher passes concussion protocol by Saturday, he might not make the starting XI.
With just under a week left before the 2017 MLS season kicks off, the Seattle Sounders are faced with a selection dilemma that could put a wrench in Brian Schmetzer's plans to defend the club's first MLS Cup.
The Sheriff holds eight major trophies after winning MLS Cup in 2016.
Brad Evans started 2016 as the captain of the Seattle Sounders. He was their centerback at that point. By the end of the year he was either injured or a bench player. His large option was picked up. The team clearly sees him as a valuable member, but how they will use him is one of the greatest mysteries of 2017.
A little banged up, missing a DP, against some pretty long odds, the Sounders have made their way to the playoffs, and even earned a home knockout match. But this last match made things a little more nervy than they needed to be, thanks to an immediate tying goal early on gave RSL hope.
So how did the individual players fare in this one?
With the Playoffs in sight, the Seattle Sounders travel to Carson, California to face their nemesis, the LA Galaxy. While this match will not break their chances at making the second season a win would go a long way towards that goal. LA is undefeated at home (8-0-7) and 11-4-15 +17 overall. Seattle is only 2-8-4 away from CenturyLink Field with a 10-13-5 -3 overall record.
Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris are a little "dinged up" but Schmetzer expects them to start against the Whitecaps.
The Seattle Sounders go into this weekend's home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps having played 27 matches so far this season, so it's no surprise the team is a little banged up.
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TUKWILA, Wash. When the Seattle Sounders signed Panamanian center back Roman Torres last summer, Brad Evansmade no secret of his initial displeasure.
"I'd like to be comfortable in one position," the team captain said, well aware he was about to find himself looking for a new one.
Apparently Brad Evans is a fast healer. Just a few days after a shot to the side of the head sent him to the locker room and cast his future availability into doubt, the Seattle Sounders captain is back in the starting lineup for a pivotal match against D.C. United.
The boys are ready!
Sounders center back cleared concussion protocol.
Brad Evans has cleared the concussion protocol and will be available for Wednesday's game against D.C. United, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters on Tuesday.
Evans' availability was cast into doubt when he was struck in the side of the head by a close-range Kei Kamara shot during Saturday's game against the New England Revolution.
Clint Dempsey is back in the Seattle Sounders starting lineup after getting a week off to rest an injury, but Sigi Schmid is still rolling out a depleted group for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew. In addition to the expected absences of Brad Evans (suspension) and Andreas Ivanschitz (illness), Erik Friberg and Nelson Haedo Valdez were also left out of the starting lineup.
The 1 PM game is on JOEtv (10/22/110) and ROOT Sports outside of the Greater Puget Sound.
Columbus Crew SC and Seattle Sounders FC will be forever connected. Seattle stole their coach and young midfielder Brad Evans (out this match). The Crew responded by winning the Supporters' Shield. The Crew lost the best defender to make MLS home (Chad Marshall) and then proceeded to start a new era of competitive soccer making the MLS Cup last year.
Meanwhile, Didier Drogba may not be so hot on joining Phoenix Rising.
S2 won their first game of the year, keeping Portland Timbers 2 winless through their first three games and improving to 8-1-0 all-time against their southern rivals. We were particularly impressed with Academy player Sam Rogers and First Teamer Zach Mathers.
FoxSports 1 has the 7 PM match on TV. Kick will be later than that.
With the international break over the Seattle Sounders return to MLS action. They host Atlanta United at CenturyLink Field on FoxSports 1 (7 PM). A contest between a team that defined being an expansion side and one that is trying to redefine that will be slightly dampened by a few absences, but still features two strong offenses.
This is shaping up to be quite the cast.
Players and coaches continue to line up for a chance to participate in Zach Scott's testimonial match on March 1 at Memorial Stadium.
The latest names to be added to the roster are Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, who will serve as coaches. They are also the last two original MLS Sounders.
Osvaldo Alonso, captain for the night in place of Brad Evans, was sent off against the Houston Dynamo in the 64th minute after a scuffle with Will Bruin. Replays showed that both players were taking swipes at each other, but the referee judged Alonso's actions as worthy of a red card and sending off.
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Brad Evans doesn't like MLS' convoluted acquisition rules, and isn't too shy to say so, as he took to twitter to state he'd never play for a rival team despite them.
The Seattle Sounders and U.S. Men's National Team defender's twitter was ablaze on Wednesday, as he sparked a storm with his comments lamenting MLS player acquisition rules while stating he would never play for a rival.
Fans can vote on the MLS website, or by playing FIFA 16
Major League Soccer announced that the fan voting portion of the MLS All-Star team selection process begins on Thursday, May 26 and lasts until July 4.
To vote online, fans should head to the All-Star page on the MLS website, where they can vote for 10 players -- a goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards.
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Today, Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee heaped insult on top of injury when it issued Brad Evans with a fine for an undisclosed amount for using offensive, insulting and abusive language towards center referee Jorge Gonzalez in the 87th minute. The Sheriff's double-yellow means he will miss this weekend's match against his former club.
Jordan Morris scores the only goal in the friendlies.
Camp Cupcake ends with a 1-nil win by the United States over Jamaica. It was the only goal of the January friendlies. Jordan Morris took a pass from Benny Feilhaber and slipped it by Ryan Thompson in the 59th minute.
As they did against Serbia, the US struggled to generate an offense, but were stout in defense.
It may have taken longer than they had hoped, but Ozzie Alonso, Brad Evans, and Zach Scott are enjoying every minute of their latest quest for an MLS Cup.
While it may have taken longer than they all hoped for, the three remaining Sounders from the inaugural MLS side are being sure to soak up every moment leading up to their first Cup appearance.
Tyrone Mears gets the nod at right back as Brad Evans is out injured.
The good news is that Roman Torres is getting his first Sounders start since his injury, against the San Jose Earthquakes. As Brad Evans is out injured Osvaldo Alonso takes the captain's armband and Tyrone Mears remains the starting right back.
In an ad campaign in some ways similar to Scarf Seattle in '08/09 the Seattle Sounders have re-entered Seattle's neighborhoods with a poster campaign unique to each community.
The players are literally giants in the community. The towering figures of Jordan Morris, Chad Marshall, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey are running through neighborhoods with a ball at their feet, storm clouds on the horizon and call to lose your voice, but not your passion.
Clint Dempsey is Sounders' only representative on USMNT.
Seattle got pretty lucky with the Copa America final rosters. Jordan Morris and Brad Evans were both left off the United States' roster that was announced on Saturday. Clint Dempsey headlines a striker quartet that lost Jozy Altidore from contention last week and includes fellow MLS forwards Chris Wondolowski and Gyasi Zardes.
Things are not going well in Sounders-land at the moment. Even when mostly healthy, winning on the road against Colorado wasn't looking particularly likely. But even with the squad that traveled, a draw seemed very much within reach. Of course, we all know what happened in the end.
Now that the pain of that loss has dulled slightly, it's time to tackle rating the players.
Erik Friberg was a late scratch from the lineup due to a left calf sprain
The Sounders have nearly the exact same starting XI for the second leg of the Western Conference finals that they had for the first leg in Seattle last Tuesday, except for Andreas Ivanschitz, who gets the start over Erik Friberg.
Alvaro Fernandez is the only addition to lineup.
Brad Evans was unable to make a semi-miraculous recovery and will not be available for Saturday's Cascadia Cup clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris, both of whom were unable to full participate in training this week, were able to get ready in time for the match.
Get there early. There will be the largest opening day crowd in Sounders history.
Finally, we get to see the Seattle Sounders play at home for the first time this season after they opened up with two games on the road. Prior to the game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls, there will be tons of different things you can do to get ready.
Coaches Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso held a live draft on Tuesday to select their squads
With just a little over a week until the Zach Scott testimonial match, we now know the rosters of the two teams that will battle it out for charity in honor of Mr. Sounder. The two team coaches, current Sounders Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, held a live-streamed draft on the Sounders Facebook page on Tuesday to select their teams.
Montero also defends himself against Brad Evans' tweet.
Opinions have been pretty well split over Fredy Montero's signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
On one side, there's people — frankly, like myself — who think Montero has a right to return to MLS and be close to his family. Plus, the Whitecaps are not the Portland Timbers, or even the LA Galaxy, in terms of the intensity of the rivalry.
Brad Evans says that the key is containment of Giovinco and winning the physical battle with Altidore
Ahead of the Seattle Sounders' first ever appearance in an MLS Cup final this weekend, team captain Brad Evans says that even though Toronto FC have two of the best forwards in the league, the Sounders are more than capable of containing them.
But Alvaro Fernandez and Andreas Ivanschitz already ruled out.
The team that the Seattle Sounders put onto the field for Leg 2 of the Western Conference semifinals will likely look a lot like the one that beat FC Dallas 3-0 in the first leg.
Alvaro Fernandez and Andreas Ivanschitz have already been ruled out for the game, while Roman Torres has been deemed a game-time decision and Brad Evans is still something less than 100 percent fit.
Just minutes after scoring the penalty to put his team in front, Sounders captain Brad Evans was sent off by referee Ricardo Salazar in the 84th minute for an apparent headbutt attempt.
There's still been no clear indication where Evans would play if he does start.
When last we saw Brad Evans, he had moved over to right back and turned in a solid 45-minute shift in a losing effort against the Portland Timbers. The common thinking seemed to be that it was a signal of a potentially permanent move, as Roman Torres' return to health was going to push Evans out of center back.
Brad Evans became a political lightning rod for at least one day.
If you were anywhere near Twitter on Thursday, you probably heard about Brad Evans stepping into the political arena with a response to this almost-impossible-to-believe tweet from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump:
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