Garth Lagerwey

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Sounders should target these four strikers on free transfers

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Bargain shopping has never been so fun.

Garth Lagerwey loves a bargain. From pouncing on accomplished MLS players who may be undervalued after down years (Will Bruin, Harry Shipp, Waylon Francis) to mining the Chinese Super League for borderline international talent needing a new league (Gustav Svensson, Kim Kee-Hee), the Sounders General Manager uses every opportunity to stretch the team's dollars.

Christmas comes early: More TAM for everyone

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Garth Lagerwey's off-season shopping budget just got a huge boost.

As first rumored last month, MLS announced today an increase in the amount of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) that each team has available. Similar to 2017, teams will have $1.2M in TAM available annually for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, funded by the league.

Major Link Soccer: Don Garber reveals more details on Video Assistant Referees

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Can it just happen already? Also, the US is running out of fullbacks, and why the pro/rel movement is ineffective.

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More details on the Video Assistant Referee system from Don Garber are good news for those excited about the changes coming to MLS. Garber says he wants VAR referees on the sidelines starting after the All Star Game.

Sevilla midfielder still in play for Sounders

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Seattle convinced Hiroshi Kiyotake's agent that MLS is the right move, according to

Despite indications from Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey that his club would wait for final word on Clint Dempsey's health before signing a Designated Player, that doesn't mean they've entirely stopped looking.

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Postgame Pontifications: Focusing on Champions League was the right call

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Sounders have been promising to do exactly this for years and needed to put their money where their mouth was.

SEATTLE — Ever since Garth Lagerwey was hired to lead the Seattle Sounders' front office, he has talked about prioritizing CONCACAF Champions League. It's been easy enough to chalk that up to idle chatter when they've scheduled midseason friendlies against Liga MX sides two whole years before they could even play in the tournament, or look at their relatively conservative spending in order to ensure they have a full stocked roster, but Sunday's MLS opener was perhaps the most obvious sign that the organization was serious.

Explaining the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Draw

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Sounders will discover their Round of 16 opponent as well as their potential path to the finals.

A bunch of ping-pong balls will determine the Seattle Sounders' path to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League final. The draw takes place tonight in Miami at 4 PM Pacific Time and will air live on Univision Deportes (livestream above).

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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.

Clint Dempsey cleared to train, could play in preseason

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Sounders happy with progress Designated Player made in offseason.

There is still no timeline for when Clint Dempsey will be able to return to regular game action, but he has been cleared to train as the Seattle Sounders formally opened their 2017 preseason.

Dempsey, who was a full participant in the session, is on a pathway that could see him appear in preseason games, and it's at least possible that he'll be ready at the start of the season.

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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!

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.

Sounders can ‘add any player we like,’ GM says

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Garth Lagerwey suggests at least two players are likely to be added in summer transfer window.

There won't be any significant changes made to the roster before the summer transfer window opens in July, but the Seattle Sounders continue to give very strong indications that some significant additions will be made over the summer.

Major Link Soccer: Javier Morales says goodbye to Real Salt Lake

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The MLS veteran doesn't say what he'll do next. Minnesota United wants Sigi Schmid (what expansion team wouldn't?). Kim Little is hanging out with little kids and dragons.


Kendall Fletcher, playing in the W-League in Australia this season for Western Sydney Wanderers, is taking on the role of veteran guide for the young Americans on the squad with her, thanks to her experience moving between leagues around the world.

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Lagerwey 'flattered' by reported links to USMNT GM position

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There's still a lot to be done before U.S. Soccer names a U.S. Men's National Team general manager, but, after emerging as a candidate on Tuesday, Garth Lagerwey hinted that he could be interested in the opportunity was to arise.

Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Lagerwey is an early candidate for the GM position set to be created under newly-elected president Carlos Cordeiro, who is expected to meet with USSF CEO Dan Flynn this week to begin assessing candidates.

Report: Garth Lagerwey a candidate for USMNT GM as search begins

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The search for the U.S. Men's National Team's newly-created general manager position is set to begin, and reports indicate that there's at least one early candidate.

According to Sports Illustrated, Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey has emerged as an early candidate for the position set to be created under newly-elected president Carlos Cordeiro.

Sounders GM lays out offseason plan

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There's a good chance that the team could sign a TAM-level player soon, but Garth Lagerwey doesn't seem to be in a hurry to sign a new Designated Player.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Perhaps the most notable thing about the list of players whose options the Seattle Sounders exercised on Tuesday was how long it was.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Watch on JOEtv or MLS Live with us.

There was a point when Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders met it was a key rivalry game between two upstart expansion sides with high quality and great ambitions. That time is back. Seattle is lead by Garth Lagerwey (formerly of RSL you may have heard) and Brian Schmetzer (Sounder for life) while Salt Lake is under Craig Waibel (a Husky) and Mike Petke (a Red Bull?

Nos Audietis, Episode 261: Garth Lagerwey reflects on transfer season

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Learn how to say his name right, too.

We're now three transfer windows into Garth Lagerwey's tenure as head of the Seattle Sounders' technical staff. All three have been reasonably active. About a month after the last one has closed, we're starting to get a better picture of just how effective this one has been.

What it really means when Garth Lagerwey says he doesn’t ‘put much weight in the Supporters’ Shield’

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The soundbite is damning in light of results, but the context shows a deep, layered plan that involves winning plenty of regular season games.

When President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey told Radio Cascadia Live that he values the MLS Cup more than the Supporters' Shield, he echoed debates that many Seattle Sounders fans have had with each other.

Alvaro Fernandez on his emotional exit from Seattle Sounders

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"Without a doubt, this is the most important team I was a part of because it was where I felt at home despite being so far away"

It was first noted by Univision's Diego Arrioja after the Houston match that Alvaro Fernandez had said he was playing his last match at CenturyLink Field that night.

Andy Rose could be a Sounder again, someday

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The former midfielder is out of contract and in the Seattle area, but that doesn't mean a signing is imminent.

Astute eyes noticed that a former Coventry City and Seattle Sounders midfielder was on the sideline during Seattle's last home game. Andy Rose has friends in the area, he lived here for a few years, and his sister is currently an assistant tennis coach at UW.

Clint Dempsey's 2018 season is in Garth Lagerwey's hands

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The Seattle Sounders hold a team option on their Designated Player, who would be a free agent if they decline.

While the Seattle Sounders can add a Designated Player in the upcoming transfer window, they are also looking towards next winter. After the 2017 season the team holds an option on Clint Dempsey's contract according to Sam Stejskal at MLSSoccer.

Keisuke Honda rumor update: Sounders GM provides hint of insight

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There's some evidence in Garth Lagerwey's "no comment."

It has now been nearly four days since an Italian website suggested Keisuke Honda could be signing with the Seattle Sounders "imminently." Suffice it to say, those reports were, at the very least, a bit overblown.

Since then, however, it has been pretty well established that the Sounders are at least interested in the Japanese star.

AC Milan CEO says Keisuke Honda staying put

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Japanese star's contract runs out in summer, though.

All indications are that the Seattle Sounders really are trying to sign Keisuke Honda. The latest confirmation of this comes from well-connected reporter Sam Stejskal (who worked with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey when both were at Real Salt Lake).

Keisuke Honda transfer from AC Milan to Seattle Sounders: Rumors, news, updates

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This rumor is currently developing. Japanese attacking talent has struggled for playing time in recent seasons so AC Milan is looking to move him. Milan is currently embroiled in a lengthy ownership change and the new owners, Sino-Europe Sports, would need to approve the transfer to MLS and the Seattle Sounders.

2016 Player Profile #16: Álvaro Fernández

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Alvaro's 2016 MLS Cup victory was his fifth major trophy on three different continents.

What was old was new again in 2016. Alvaro Fernandez, who the Seattle Sounders never wanted to lose and who never wanted to leave, finally made his way back to his favorite club. Since leaving Seattle he was with the Chicago Fire, Al Rayyan (Qatar), Nacional (Uruguay), and Gimnasia (Argentina).

Cameroonian left back ready to learn

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Nouhou Tolo is good—but he wants to be even better.

Even though Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey noted offhand this week that S2's Nouhou Tolo would be on the first team roster this season, the club made Tolo's signing official today. The 19-year-old Cameroonian defender impressed the coaching staff enough in his 24 matches with S2 that they decided to promote him to the squad in order to back up Joevin Jones at left-back.

Explaining the Sounders’ 2017 SuperDraft strategy

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The Sounders' picks were a little underwhelming, but there was method behind the seeming madness.

On the surface, the Seattle Sounders had a pretty underwhelming SuperDraft on Friday; they traded their first pick (16th) for allocation money, signed Stanford centerback Brian Nana-Sinkam with their 22nd pick, and young international midfielder/defender Dominic Oduro with pick 44.

Jordan Morris released by USMNT, likely available against Houston

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Morris was one of nine US internationals released prior to New Zealand friendly

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported on Saturday that Jurgen Klinsmann was making some changes to the USMNT lineup for Tuesday's friendly against New Zealand, including the release of Jordan Morris to return to the Seattle Sounders.

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YachtCon Prime: 100 percent pure insufferable

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It's back and better than ever.

Back in 2013 we had an idea: Why not invite a bunch of people to watch us record a podcast? A couple years later, we did it again, only this time we gave it a name: YachtCon. Then we did it again last year, with a bit more structure.

Now, we kinda hope to make this an annual event.

Stefan Frei injury update: Goalkeeper days away from full return

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Recovery from ankle injury appears to be progressing faster than expected.

A bit of a chill was sent through the spines of Seattle Sounders fans when it was revealed that Stefan Frei was sent home early from United States National Team training camp with an ankle injury. Those concerns ramped up a few days later when GM Garth Lagerwey suggested the injury may be serious enough for him to miss most, if not all of preseason.

Yachtcon II: Photo Gallery

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Panelists and ascots, but no butt tattoo photos. Probably a good thing.

Yachtcon II is in the books. Together, the community of Nos Audietis listeners and Sounder at Heart readers raised about five grand for the Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center.

Haven't finalized everything but it looks like we'll hit our $5,000 goal for @seattlechildren autism center from #yachtcon.

Yachtcon II: Everything you need to know

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The premier yacht-themed event in the Pacific Northwest returns for a sequel on Sunday.

The YachtCon II is just a couple days away and we've pretty much finalized the details. In case you were waiting until you knew more, you no longer have to.

The Basics

Who: There will be two main panels, one featuring the Seattle Reign and the other featuring the Seattle Sounders.

The Rest

SBI Question of the Day: Who would be your pick for USMNT GM?

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With Carlos Cordeiro officially in office as U.S. Soccer president, the focus has turned towards filling yet another major position. It's a newly-created one, and it's a hire that will have a major impact on the U.S. Men's National Team for years to come.

Cordeiro reportedly met with Dan Flynn on Wednesday to begin the process of hiring a U.

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.

Sounders using tuition incentive as development tool

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Their direct-to-USL signings out of the Academy won't have to ignore their eduction.

Down in the USL with Sounders FC 2, Sam Rogers had a rather remarkable year. He committed to Villanova, broke into the squad as a regular centerback after transitioning from defensive midfield, signed a pro contract and graduated from Ballard High School.

Sounders acquire veteran Costa Rica international in trade with Crew

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Seattle parts with $50,000 in Allocation Money to sign Waylon Francis.

The task of restocking the roster has already begun for the Seattle Sounders, who announced a pair of signings on Thursday. The more high-profile of those signings is defender Waylon Francis, who the Sounders acquired from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $50,000 in Allocation Money.

Sounders GM: ‘We didn’t want to compromise’ by signing second-choice DP

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Garth Lagerwey also vows to continue pursuit of DP in January transfer window.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Although the summer transfer window remains open for a few more hours, the Seattle Sounders have given every indication their roster is now set. Yes, that means they've effectively given up any hope of Dynamo Kyiv having a change of heart and agreeing to transfer Derlis Gonzalez.

Seattle Sounders staff shift from scouting to player negotiations

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The Brain Trust is spending their time in Tukwila and Seattle talking to each other, the coaches and everyone involved in their final targets' ambitions.

TUKWILA, Wash. — These days, practices at Starfire have Garth Lagerwey, Chris Henderson and Kurt Schmid observing, and chatting with coaches.

Sounders add two more players from USL affiliate

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Jordy Delem and Zach Mathers are latest players to make jump

Slowly but surely, the Seattle Sounders are filling up their available roster spots. The twin signings of Jordy Delem and Zach Mathers — both of whom spent last season with S2 — bring the Sounders to 25 players under contract.

Depth Chart: Roster nearly set for title defense

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Sounders unlikely to add more than two players beyond those expected in camp already.

After winning MLS Cup, the Seattle Sounders immediately started rebuilding their roster. President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey's goals were to get younger, more durable, and to further integrate Sounders 2 and the Academy.