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.
Seattle convinced Hiroshi Kiyotake's agent that MLS is the right move, according to MLSItalia.com.
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.
Seven of the first eight USL matches are at Starfire Sports down in Tukwila.
In year two of the Seattle Sounders USL team a greater effort was made to align matches with the first team schedule. This should enable fringe MLS talent to get a bit more time with S2 and further their development.
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.
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 MLSsoccer.com reporter Sam Stejskal (who worked with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey when both were at Real Salt Lake).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Instead of trying to force a return this season, the club has decided to target a full health return in 2017 for Dempsey
Seattle Sounders FC officially announced on Tuesday that forward and Designated Player Clint Dempsey is ruled out for the rest of the 2016 MLS season. General Manager Garth Lagerwey had said a few weeks ago when Dempsey returned to training that they were hopeful he could return this season, but it turns out that the player still requires more evaluations, testing, and treatment before he could be cleared to play in competitive matches again.
Depending on where you sit, the Seattle Sounders are either in desperate need of attacking talent or better off holding out for the perfect player, even if that means waiting until summer. A decent case can be made for either position, but it's looking like the Seattle Sounders may be more in the mind of waiting.
Tonight's 6 PM Pacific match between S2 and the Monarchs is more interesting for off-field reasons than those on the pitch.
When now Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey left Real Salt Lake they were in the process of setting up the Real Monarchs, their USL side. Since that time the Monarchs have signed a whopping 15 players from their Academy or last year's USL side.
There's a rather significant list of things the Seattle Sounders liked about Herculez Gomez. The 33-year-old is a proven scorer, has played in a World Cup, is a positive locker-room presence and even has ties to Seattle. Based on those criteria alone, there would be reason to like this signing.
But the cherry on top?
Going after the 25-year-old forward would be a particularly bold move.
Garth Lagerwey has made no secret that the Seattle Sounders are currently in the transfer market. The team's top two scouts -- Chris Henderson and Kurt Schmid -- have recently been in Chile and France, respectively. Although figuring out who they are looking at is a bit of a guessing game, at least one French outlet is reporting that Schmid was scouting Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder.
The Sounders GM was short on details, but we think we have a pretty good idea of what kind of player the team is after
Obafemi Martins' surprising departure has proven at least somewhat costly in the short term. In three competitive matches, the Seattle Sounders have gone winless and no player has been credited with a goal from the run-of-play.
Nearly two weeks after the first reports, the Seattle Sounders formally announced Obafemi Martins' transfer to Shanghai Shenhua of the Chines Super League on Thursday. Martins had already bid farewell to Seattle and Sounders fans last week and started training with his new team, but this makes it officially official.
The lone holdup for the sale of Obafemi Martins to Shanghai Shenhua is a Chinese entry visa, according to a report circulating through Nigerian media. Tribune Online Nigeria is likely the originator of the story, but a few sites have reprinted it in full.
A source close to the former Inter Milan player disclosed: "Martins is only waiting for his visa to fly out to China.
When Jordan Morris was signed with much fanfare, one of the reasons the Seattle Sounders said they weren't worried about it all going to the 21-year-old's head was that he was naturally humble. And if that wasn't enough, Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey joked, Morris' brother would be there to slap him back to earth.
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.
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.
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.
Who: There will be two main panels, one featuring the Seattle Reign and the other featuring the Seattle Sounders.
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.
Sounders Designated Player has been cleared to train, but not to play.
Clint Dempsey returned to Seattle Sounders training on Wednesday, but when he'll actually be able to play in a match is still an open question.
"He's had a procedure to address some of the issues associated with that," Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey told reporters after Dempsey's first training session.
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.
At halftime Keith Costigan and Kasey Keller spoke to the Seattle Sounders President of Soccer. It's clear that Garth Lagerwey is still trying to craft his own vision with the roster.
While Sigi Schmid was giving halftime instructions to a Seattle Sounders team that would win 2-nil, President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey chatted with play-by-play man Keith Costigan and color commentator Kasey Keller.
The CB quietly signed an extension this year.
A fan simply asked Lagerwey about the rumors regarding the backline - upcoming retirements or free agency.
Laughing, Lagerwey indicated that the "cat's out of the bag" on Zach Scott. He's retiring and not part of the 2017 plan. Then he offered this nugget on Chad Marshall.
President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey seems to be completing another transfer that started years ago.
The latest report out of Panama is that the former Malaga centerback is already in Seattle. Supposedly the contract is nearly finished, with a physical on Sunday being all that stands between Seattle Sounders FC and another national team quality centerback.
With the transfer window closing on May 11th, Sounders FC's Designated Player search is in "overdrive."
According to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, the Seattle Sounders search for a new Designated Player is not confined to Sporting Director Chris Henderson and Head Scout Kurt Schmid. Wahl says that President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey is also on the hunt for a new DP.
Jeisson Vargas seems like a player very much worth getting excited about.
At this point, there's really no doubt that the Seattle Sounders are looking to make some additions. GM Garth Lagerwey has confirmed as much and Sporting Director Chris Henderson has been leaving clues all over Twitter, snapping pictures of stadiums he's visited in Argentina and Chile.
Obafemi Martins is not at training camp in California with the Sounders
Seattle Sounders General Manager Garth Lagerwey has confirmed that Obafemi Martins is not with the club at training camp in Walnut, California, and that there is interest in the Nigerian forward from a Chinese club. "It could take a while to have that resolved," Lagerwey said in an interview with new club radio announcer Matt Johnson, "and there's really nothing we can add at this point.
While there may be a few passing similarities, the differences are stark.
Garth Lagerwey had a front-row seat for the Freddy Adu unveiling. Literally. Back in 2004, Lagerwey was working for D.C. United's broadcast team. He was one of the many people shoving a microphone into the 14-year-old's face, asking him what it was like to become the poster child for a league that was still very much finding its way.
Jeremiah attempts to put Sounders GM/President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey to the sword in what is quickly becoming an annual interview occasion.
Aaron and Jeremiah start the show by giving a quick state of the opening of training camp. Jeremiah grills Sounders General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey in an in-depth interview regarding several subjects including this unknown player named Jordan Morris.
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.
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.
Sounders have seen playoff chances increase nearly 80 percent over the past 10 weeks.
There were times when making the playoffs for an eighth straight season seemed like an implausibility. After the Seattle Sounders lost 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City — arguably the least inspired performance in franchise history — they found themselves 10 points out of the final playoff spot.
Previously Seattle United, Spokane Soccer Club Shadow and Twin City Soccer Association (NC) were announced as youth affiliates.
One of Garth Lagerwey's stated goals was to reduce the fractured landscape in Puget Sound's youth soccer scene. Over the past few months that meant first affiliating with Seattle United, and now adding Eastside FC and Pac NW means the Sounders youth umbrella covers Seattle, East King County and South King County.
Highly regarded goalkeeper was picked in first round by FC Dallas, while Sounders got nothing.
How well the Seattle Sounders did in this year's SuperDraft is still very much to-be-determined, yet one of the more notable bits of news to come out of the Sounders' draft was the signing they ultimately decided not to make.