Oh, you thought the expansion draft protected list was the only list dropping tonight? Ha!
Tonight, we're all waiting for MLS to release the various lists of players who will and won't be available to New York City FC and Orlando City SC in Wednesday's expansion draft. But we've got a little appetizer to get our juices flowing, as D.
The season is approaching at warp speed, with the MLS Superdraft less than a week away. But if you haven't been following the top prospects, don't fret; Soccer by Ives has you covered. The draft has become devalued with the level of talent coming through transfer in the modern MLS era, but some would argue that teams aren't using it properly.
Real Salt Lake all but wrapped up the #2 seed in the Western Conference when they held Sounders to a 0-0. Zach Scott had been sent off early in the match and Sounders were able to hold off for a 0-0 draw. Salt Lake and Seattle have had a burgeoning rivalry that is comparable to either of their Cascadia Cup opponents, the largest difference being that RSL and Seattle have played more meaningful matches against each other rather than geographic proximity.
The big news for Seattle in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday was Marcus Hahnemann getting his first game in goal. Otherwise, it was business as usual in Group 4 with the Sounders beating Marathon 3-1 at CenturyLink Field. Seattle takes 12 points from their four group stage games with a +7 goal differential.
Seattle and Portland had the honor of closing the MLS weekend in Seattle in front of ESPN's cameras and 66,000 fans. It doesn't matter if Portland's season is effectively over, they lead the Cascadia Cup coming into tonight's match and a win against Seattle will always cover up few of this season's shortcomings.
The votes are being counted left and right for the 2012 MLS All Star game in Philadelphia.
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Our season review series marches onward with a look at David Estrada.
When D.C. United traded for David Estrada back in early August, the expectation was that he'd play plenty of CONCACAF Champions League minutes and be serviceable depth here and there in MLS matches. Go ahead and check the comments that followed our piece on the news: No particularly high hopes for greatness, but there's also a lack of skepticism and negativity.
D.C. United improved their depth today, acquiring their second player from the Seattle Sounders this year.
D.C. United announced today that they have acquired midfield/forward David Estrada from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for a third round pick in 2017. According to Steve Goff, the deal has been in the works for a number of weeks and is unrelated to the current rash of injuries.
With our viewing party for the Seattle Sounders v UANL Tigres CONCACAF Champions League match later this week Sounder at Heart spoke with David Estrada about Hope Place, our charity partner for the event, and his unique perspective on CCL games in Mexico.
The departure of Fredy Montero has created a rather enormous void, both in terms of production and tactics. As much talent as the Seattle Sounders have on their current roster -- and make no mistake, it's ample -- there is not a ready-made replacement for the player around whom this team's tactics were designed.
RENTON - When media members were let into the fieldhouse at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sounders FC training, we saw exactly what we expected to see. Andy Rose and David Estrada were among the top three in the first heat of the beep test, battling with Alex Caskey for aerobic-fitness superiority.
At this time a year ago, there was reasonable discussion about whether or not David Estrada was going to be back with the Seattle Sounders. Now, he was judged to have had the 12th best season among the Sounders. That's a pretty major step forward, and if not for an injury that cost him more than a third of his season, he probably would have been even higher.
The Seattle Sounders finished perfect in their CONCACAF Champions League group at home on Wednesday with a 3-1 defeat of MarathÃ³n. Having already secured a spot in the quarterfinals, the Sounders mostly used reserve players. Marcus Hahnemann, the Seattle native [...]
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A day after his first league appearances in nearly four months, David Estrada looked very much like his old self in leading the Seattle Sounders Reserves to a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in their season finale. Estrada scored the Sounders' opening goal and assisted on their second while playing 62 minutes.
TUKWILA, Wash. Playing 45 minutes in a Reserve League game doesn't intend David Estrada is all the way back. But he's clearly getting nigh. The Seattle Sounders forward has been out since May 26 with a broken foot and sounded at least ready to bestowing following his performance with the reserves on Sunday in [.
Another Reserve crowd that will beat many MLS games for attendance this year when the Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders Reserves. While the Portland Timbers are starting a DP and Mike Fucito up front, the Sounders will start Sammy Ochoa and Morris. In fact Seattle's starters includes three Four Academy players.
An already deep Seattle Sounders squad will get a little bit deeper in the coming weeks. David
Estrada, who hasn't played since May 26 after breaking his foot, has been cleared practice,
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said during a Friday teleconference.
"David Estrada showed that he's healing well so they cleared him to start up training again,"
Today's practice in the beautiful sunshine of Seattle was an opportunity for the Sounders to
slow down a bit. It is one of those rare weeks with merely one game. That game is as large a
Cascadia game has ever occurred in MLS, but still it is merely one game. The number one story today
was the amount of activity out there.
Michael Gspurning was deemed "ready" by Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid following Thursday's
training. The assumption being that Gspurning is due to make his first start since May 2, allowing
for the obvious caveats that anything can happen between now and then.
Steve Kelley is a soccer friendly mainstream writer. He's at US Open Cup games. He travels to
CCL matches. He is often at regular season games. He occasionally goes to practice, has broken a
story or two and his feature on Carrasco/Morgan was well done. He can also be dramatically wrong,
as he was in his column about the Sounders needing someone to "light a fire under whiny
Saturday night the Sounders embarrassed themselves. Forget the referee, the crowd, the Montreal
Impact. Intensity and focus matter in professional sports and the Sounders did not take the field
in Montreal ready to play. There were moments of precision and brilliance from the Sounders. Eddie
Johnson's goal was the result of beautiful interplay.
Luego de dos semanas de descanso Los Sounders de Seattle viajan este sÃ¡bado hasta la ciudad de
Montreal para enfrentar alÂ Impact, el nuevo equipo de la MLS. Pero entre los que tomen el aviÃ³n
no estarÃ¡ el delantero David ESTRADA quien ha sufrido una fractura en su pierna izquierda durante
un partido de entrenamiento el [.
The Seattle Sounders will be forced to play without their leading scorer for at least the next
couple of months.
According to the Seattle Times, David Estrada will miss the next 8-to-12 weeks with a broken
foot, one that was suffered in training on Tuesday. Estrada's five goals are tops for a team
focused on reclaiming its top form in league play while maintaining its run toward an unprecedented
fourth straight U.
On tap tonight: Filibuster rye, Yamazaki Japanese whiskey 12 year, apple cider and bourbon
The Filibuster crew is being broadcast into your ears for the 100th time, and we have some special guests who drop by to "congratualate" us. We start out by talking about D.C. United's 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, and we highlight Luis Silva and the performance of the defense overall.
With new signings pushing at his heels, will Nick DeLeon be pushed to the bench?
After securing its place in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, D.C. United welcomes the Philadelphia Union to town. The starters, for the most part, have been the same for most of the season, where the ebb and flow of injuries and suspensions have allowed various different players to get some time without Olsen having to make many truly hard decisions.
Read PSP's report on the Nowak ouster, Hackworth's comments at Wednesday's press conference, and
our postmortem on Nowak's tenure.
John Smallwood echos the thoughts of many Union fans when he wonders why the "philosophical
differences" that Nick Sakiewicz said were at the root of Nowak's split from the club arose after
the former manager had already "gutted a popular playoff team" through trades.
We asked Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart about the now former Sounder and newest member of D.C. United.
As is our habit here at B&RU, when word broke that D.C. United had traded for theSeattle Sounders' David Estrada, we reached out to Dave Clark, manager of our sister site Sounder at Heart, for a read on our newest pickup from somebody who has watched him play up close.
Seattle Sounders FC will likely be without at least two of their four listed forwards for the match at Santos Laguna next Tuesday. Obafemi Martins is getting his knee looked at by a foreign specialist and David Estrada's eye is still healing from a non-foul incident in the RSL game. Eddie Johnson may be back for the next match.
Sharlie Joseph's acquisition is equal to that of Eddie Johnson last year in terms of the talk it has sparked. Everyone is weighing on on a team acquiring an MLS legend at a position where they already have perhaps the best in the league. Fueling the fire is the sheer amount of uncertainty surrounding Joseph's role with the team and the cost of keeping him around.
In the past three seasons the "Moment of the Year" was something related to the US Open Cup. It helps that the major trophy was won in each of those seasons. This year the voting here at Sounder at Heart will be a little bit tighter as there were no trophies - major or minor. Presented in no particular order are the nine moments that are up for this virtual award.
Seattle once again proceeds on to the later rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League, putting a stamp on their 2012 run with a convincing win over Marathon. Their 3-1 victory featured goals from 2012's role players, Sammy Ochoa, David Estrada, and Steve Zakuani. It was also the first most recent Seattle start for born-again Sounder Marcus Hahnemann.
There will be two very different approaches in tonight's Desert Diamond Cup Final between Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake. Sigi Schmid made it clear this week that it will be a run for second teamers and trialists since the First Team started against Veracruz on Friday night. Kreis will almost certainly run his A-Team out, though there are questions as to their second forward - Findley v Plata.
The biggest question facing Seattle Sounders FC is simple. It has been known for some time even if it is not yet official, but a year (or more) without Fredy Montero will require attention. This is not the only question facing the team as training camp opens and four members of the Sounder at Heart team join other media in descending on Starfire for the first time in 2013.
Today's practice was generally a light affair that concentrated on ball movement across wide spaces and finishing into one of three mini-goals. Christian Tiffert went through a very light session as he still carries the minor injury from the win over Chivas USA. David Estrada was back in full practice while Osvaldo Alonso and Mauro Rosales were protected.