Ezra Hendrickson

Seattle Sounders

Scouting Report: Caledonia AIA

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Scouting Caribbean teams can be a challenge. Outside the two that participate within the American system (Puerto Rico Islanders, Antigua Barracuda FC) the other leagues aren't available on television and highlights are hard to find. With the upcoming 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League opponent being Caledonia AIA the Seattle Sounders are at an advantage because both Ezra Hendrickson and Kurt Schmid actively scout players from Trinidad & Tobago.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Late Edition

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Sammy Ochoa was the most popular player interview after Seattle Sounders practice. The traditional target forward recorded a brace in the Reserve game against Chivas USA. He knows that the expectations from Sigi Schmid on the First Team or Ezra Hendrickson on the Reserves is to score goals. Sigi reminded the gathered media that players can and do work their way up from success in secondary competitions to meaningful minutes in MLS matches.

Sounders Have Passed Early Tests Of Depth

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This being a bye week, we're all searching for stuff to talk about. The topic du jour seems to be the Seattle Sounders' depth, or perceived lack there of. It's been debated here in the comments sections, but got a little bit more of my interest because of stuff that has been said over at MLSsoccer.

Steve Zakuani Slated To Play Against Chivas USA Reserves

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A fairly significant figure was at today's Seattle Sounders Reserve loss to the LA Galaxy. Landon Donovan was hoping to see Steve Zakuani back on the pitch. Aren't we all? Zakuani responded over twitter with an exciting next step in his journey to return to MLS play.

@landondonovan yeah, just need the match fitness.

Seattle Sounders Reserves v Some Team From Oregon | Gamethread

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The Portland Timbers squad brought north is primarily deep roster players, with a handful of names you'll recognize. Brian Rowe will be their keeper as he joins from the MLS keepers pool, left back Brett Evans is also new to Portland as of today. Timbers traveled only 15 players, including Brent Richards.

Sounders Reserve Game Opportunity

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Tonight's MLS Reserve League match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC is a chance for fans to see high level soccer at Starfire Sports with just a suggested donation, a chance for Eddie Johnson to show what he can do, a chance for Assistant Coach Ezra Hendrickson to continue developing talents while winning and a chance for the greatest rivalry in American soccer to resume.

Mrisho Ngassa v Cordell Cato Indirect Competition For Speedy International Prospect Slot

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With rumors of Cordell Cato reaching a contract agreement and Mrisho Ngassa's club still waiting for confirmation that Tanzanian international will return for another training stint with Seattle Sounders FC it could be said that Hanauer & Co went for the U-20 Trinidad player rather than the East African U-23.

Sounders Defense Strong, But Area In Most Need Of Improvement

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It isn't that Seattle Sounders FC's defense was poor, in fact is was quite good. The team gave up only 50 goals in all 48 competitive games for a 1.04 Goals Against Average. But there were two chronic issues - a weakness on the counter and probably merely average against set-pieces. Underlying the stopping of the opposition is a desire and recognition at the club to be better playing the ball out of the back.

Sounders Reserves At Vancouver Whitecaps - Depth v Development

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Today's Reserve Game has so many different storylines. There's O'Brian White's probable return to the lineup. There's the attempt by Seattle to remain perfect in this lower level competition, as they are currently 7-0-0 with a +8 Goal Differential. Is the game open to the public or not? Which seems like it should have a simple answer, but there were conflicting reports yesterday, and the Vancouver Whitecaps statement on the subject provides little clarity.

Seattle Sounders Reserves v LA Galaxy Reserves - Gamethread

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Today's Reserve game (11AM at Starfire) in the Seattle rain will feature the strongest MLS Reserve squad at the half way point of their season. The Sounders are 5-0-0 with a +7 goal differential and face the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserve side that is winless in three played with a -7 goal differential.

Seattle Sounders Assistant Coach Ezra Hendrickson Talks Defense

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While the offense gets the glory, it is the defense that carries the load. One bad play on defense is a goal. One great play is standard operating procedure. So defenses in MLS don't get much attention, except when there is a three-way battle for starts, fullbacks that both have experience as wide midfielders and a young Generation Addidas talent still learning the role.

Dead balls have been debilitating

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Kasey Keller's takedown of Jeff Cunningham back in April was just one of several communication errors that have cost the Sounders points this season.

Sounders Honored By Washington State Senate, House

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The Washington State Senate and State House of Representatives both passed resolutions this past Friday honoring the achievements of Seattle Sounders FC in their first year as a Major League Soccer club. Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer and goalkeeper Kasey Keller were both on hand for the event.

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Video from Eddie Johnson's first day at training. A few key takeaways that seem to be constantly...

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Video from Eddie Johnson's first day at training. A few key takeaways that seem to be constantly overlooked: Ezra Hendrickson (assistant coach) played with EJ with FC Dallas and Chris Henderson (technical director) and David Tenney (fitness coach) both coached EJ in Kansas City. Eddie was far from unknown to this coaching staff.

Camp Day 3: Cato And Banton Play, Ianni Talks Possession

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Cold air, but sunny skies down at Starfire for the last split session training on the schedule. Session One, the younger players, saw 10v10 action. They needed a warm body to fill out the full 20, instead assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson (now on twitter) played as a left back in their three back set.

Brad Evans: Unfairly maligned

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Brad Evans' best work has come in the areas that aren't always immediately obvious.

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Brad Evans has been on quite a roller-coaster ride during the season's first seven games.

The Stupidity of Former Galaxy Goalkeeper Josh Wicks

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What was he thinking?

Last night's U.S. Open Cup final had plenty of Southern California interest what with the likes of former Galaxy team members Sigi Schmid, Pete Vagenas and Ezra Hendrickson (as an assistant coach) involved for Seattle and Josh Wicks starting for D.C. United.

Wicks, who seems to have learned from his traumatic experience last year in L.

REPORT: Columbus Crew at Seattle Sounders FC Preview

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While tonight's game between conference leaders CD Chivas USA and Chicago Fire should be compelling, this Saturday's between two teams Sigi built should be one for the ages.

First you have the newfound rivalry between Crew and Seattle fans:




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The Expansion Draft: A Broken System?

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Set to begin another salary cap-governed year in Major League Soccer, one would expect a bit of turnover for every team. After only two full seasons of existence, 54 players have graced the Philadelphia Union roster (55 if you include Danny Cepero's one-game emergency goalkeeping bench stint), and only 5 remain of the original cast.

Hasta los Huevos Diego Serna and the Greatest game Everwhever! With Video by Burrito

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Burrito loves all the Futbol yesterdays especially wheres Burrito's Mexico lindo win! Ahuevo!
But Burrito bring you footage of the greatest game everwhever in the history of futbol! You no believe? Here is great game recaps of Greece vs Germany! It important to see how well thought of all the plays are made.

Schmid takes aim at the Crew

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José Miguel Romero of the Seattle Times writes about the match-up between the Sounders FC and the Columbus Crew, which will be the first time that Sigi Schmid will get to manage against his former team taht he had taken to the MLS Cup title last season.

Sigi Schmid won't say it directly, but one of his assistant coaches will.

Kevin Hartman

Error in Lineup Database

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I noticed a couple of errors yesterday relating to the LA Galaxy's games in the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup (played in January 2001, but still called the 2000 edition). They've been fixed, and the corrected version can be downloaded here (stats through 2010).

Brian Kelly & Zak Ibsen were each listed with two sub appearances.

MLS Cup preview: Former Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman leads FC Dallas

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I'll admit that I'm biased when it comes to Kevin Hartman, one of those MLS players I root for no matter what team he's on.

El Gato: Kevin Hartman trains with Dallas this week in Toronto ahead of today's MLS championship game (AP Photo).

Hartman is from the South Bay - he moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula while in high school - and went on to play for Cal State Dominguez Hills and UCLA.

Tuesday's Column: CONCACAF Champions League Galaxy gameday

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For the first time in club history the Galaxy play a legitimate Champions League game.

Well, a preliminary round game anyway. And it's against the "minor league" Puerto Rico Islanders not a big name club. Oh, and it's the CONCACAF version not the famous UEFA edition.

Still, for Galaxy fans tonight's 7 o'clock game at Home Depot Center (live on Fox Soccer Channel) is bigger than the MLS All-Star game featuring Manchester United a day later, said Coach Bruce Arena in my weekly column.

This week in SoCal Soccer History

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It has been 15 years since MLS began, giving U.S. soccer fans a domestic league for the first time since the North American Soccer League finally succumbed to over-spending a dozen long years earlier.

It has been 10 years since the Galaxy began considering a move to Carson (I broke the story in the Daily Breeze in March 2000).

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Injury Reports indicate lineup choices will be about strategy not new bodies

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Both Don Ruiz and Joshua Mayers relayed the injury status of the Sounders. The simple version is that the same players who were available Wednesday are still available while Estrada and/or Zakuani could be available. There may be changes though as Seattle Sounders FC needs to be more aggressive in leg two.

Little change for this year's Sounders Reserves

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The Seattle Sounders Reserve team is coached by Ezra Hendrickson. He has 16 years of pro soccer and a few of those were in the lower divisions playing in Des Moines, New Orleans and Charleston. He will not face any of those teams (two are no longer pro sides), but in his role as the Reserves Coach he will face off against Orlando City in a home and home.

Sounders Health Updates: Steve Zakuani 50-50 For Reserve League Game

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We probably don't want to get our hopes up too high, but Steve Zakuani has been deemed "50-50" as being able to play in Friday's Reserve League game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. This would mark his first game action of any kind that Zakuani has done since appearing in a scrimmage against Gonzaga back on April 1.

September 16, 2010 Notes - Araujo, Talley, OTFATT, and More

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1) Paulo Araujo Jr. is player 1,494. Last night, the Brazilian came on for RSL in their CCL match, and scored on his debut. He follows Sheanon Williams, the Philadelphia Union right back, who made his debut on Saturday and was player 1,493. We're now only 6 players away from 1,500 all time for MLS teams in all competitions.

I'm in Europe, and you're in Mexico. And you're always going to be in Mexico.

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Let's salute the Chicago Fire for picking the absolute perfect Designated Player.

From back when the Chicago Tribune covered soccer, we recall that Nery Castillo once set very great store on playing in the Old World. Now, he's following in the footsteps of Cootiemac Blanco.

I realize I predicted that Blanco would be a trainwreck that we would tell our grandchildren about, and he turned out to be acceptable.

Sounders FC Open Camp - One Major Absence

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29 Players Strong - Photo by Ron Moran of ECS

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The big news was of course the Freddie Ljungberg's absence and the statements from Kasey Keller.

MLS Horror Playoff Show

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EDIT - BREAKING NEWS! Preki re-nominated for Hall of Fame! Feel free to factor in his performance over the weekend. (Yes, I know you're not supposed to.)

Now that I've got my head out of the oven, let's warm up with some trivia.

Depending on what happens Friday night, one bit of statistical weirdness will fall.

Crew Visit White House

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President Obama welcomed the Columbus Crew to the White House on Monday to celebrate the team's 2008 MLS Cup title. The event was a reunion of sorts, as Ezra Hendrickson, Brad Evans, and Pat Noonan rejoined their former teammates. Also in attendance was current Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, the architect behind the Crew's surprising turnaround and championship run.