It happened on August 23 of 2011. A team of mainly reserves (this isn't hyperbole) went down to Monterrey, Mexico and pulled off a 1-nil win. That Seattle Sounders side faced a fairly standard Rayados lineup. They won. It was an upset, but the stakes were not high. It damaged the mystique, but was not an advancement in a knockout stage.
Osvaldo Alonso's lasting memory of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup may not be a great one, but he can at
least take solace in being named the "Player of the Tournament" by theCup.US. Alonso was one of
three Seattle Sounders players not to convert his attempt in the decisive penalty shootout, but he
was undeniably a major reason they were even there to begin with.
The Sounders U23s have advanced along with the Timbers U23s out of the Northwest Division of the
PDL and tonight play in the Western Conference Semifinals against FC Tucson. With video! And Nate
The Timbers lost in the early match, so if Seattle advances they'd face the Ventura County
Fusion in the conference final.
Tomorrow the Portland Timbers take on the Seattle Sounders in what promises to be one of the
premier matches of the regular MLS season. But I don't really need to tell you all this. As a
Portland Timbers fan this stuff is ingrained within you from the very day you decide to done the
green and white.
Back before the first ever Seattle Sounders FC match in 2009, it was fairly clear who the
veteran leaders would be -- Kasey Keller, Nate Jaqua, Tyrone Marshall and Peter Vagenas. Each had
long careers and, except for Keller, those careers were primarily in MLS. Just three seasons later,
none of those players are on the roster.
One of the factors in yesterday's trade that got little notice was that the Seattle Sounders
shipped out two more American players in Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle. Of course they got an
American in return in Eddie Johnson, but, in addition to that transaction, the list of Americans
the Sounders have lost this offseason is substantial.
The Bent Musket has learned today that former USA international forward Nate Jaqua, who was
selected by the New England Revolution in the Re-Entry Draft this offseason, is currently
evaluating his options for the next stage of his career, according to team sources. Those options
With neither of Seattle Sounders FC's MLS SuperDraft picks being from Generation Adidas nor
pre-signed seniors or internationals the two players are going to have to fight to make the tight
roster. A roster than may get even tighter before they report as General Manager Adrian Hanauer
said during today's conference call there are "other deals that are possibly pending or getting
Revolution right back Kevin Alston keeps a close eye on Galaxy midfielder Miguel Lopez (Photo:
Heads down. Hands on hips. That was the unofficial pose of the Revolution defense in 2011.
After giving away goals at a philanthropic rate (58, the second-most in MLS last season) it's
not a stretch to say that the biggest task head coach Jay Heaps faces this offseason is improving
his team's porous D.
The New England Revolution selected two players in today's MLS Re-Entry draft, forward Nate
Jaqua from the Seattle Sounders and defensive midfielder Clyde Simms from DC United. These players,
in addition to the acquisition of defender Danleigh Borman from Toronto FC in last Monday's first
stage of the re-entry draft, total the Revs' additions to three new players thus far this
Head coach Jay Heaps potentially added two pieces to his team on Monday afternoon as the New
England Revolution selected Nate Jaqua and Clyde Simms in Stage 2 of the 2011 Major League Soccer
Re-Entry Draft. The Revs now control the MLS rights to each player and the league will extend
contract offers to both within the next seven days.
Seattle Sounders FC clearly wanted one player in today's Re-Entry Draft Stage Two when they made
a last minute trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps for the number one pick. Moments later they
selected MLS veteran and former D.C. United player Marc Burch. Burch's 2011 salary is reported to
be 97.5k, but is subject to renegotiation per the RED rules.
Although the majority of teams passed on the opportunity to add players in the second stage of
the MLS Re-Entry Draft, a few used Monday's exercise to stockpile depth ahead of the 2012
Three teams took multiple players, spearheaded by the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy, who
made four selections: defenders Andrew Boyens and Chris Leitch, veteran forward Pat Noonan and
veteran goalkeeper Jon Conway.
The Sounders have lost more players this season than any previous MLS off-season. That's without
the official losses of Pat Noonan and Nate Jaqua who could still be drafted in Stage Two of the
Re-Entry Draft on Monday. But there have been three retirements, the odd departure of Miguel
Montano with basically no compensation, the expansion draft loss of James Riley and the trade of
Tyson Wahl for allocation money have Seattle with plenty of openings.
Outside of Fredy Montero getting another long run of 75% or more of available minutes the
Seattle Sounders FC have no clear favorite as to which of their remaining three forwards will get
the most playing time. The declined options of Nate Jaqua and Pat Noonan do open minutes for the
remaining three most used forward.
Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero are both scoring now. They each have an assist in 2012. What
they don't have yet is that partnership, the very partnership that was the reason for the trade. A
partnership is about more than each scoring. Several of Montero's "other forwards" did that. A
partnership is what Nate Jaqua and Fredy had in 2009 when their interplay showed potency and
Here it is, the last leg of the positional preview. I finally manage to get around to talking
about the forwards. There are several issues with trying to evaluate the forwards. The last road
pre season game, the one I expected to have the closest thing to the starting eleven that we were
going to get, never happened.
Perhaps it is the remnants of the last two seasons that has Revolution supporters feeling
incredibly negative about the franchise's off-season moves. With news of players reneging on deals,
choosing to sign in different countries, being defined as unnecessary to the organization, or
threatening retirement, it is easy to let surprisingly positive moves get whitewashed in
Amid the controversy surrounding the Jose Moreno fiasco, an interesting piece of news came to
light on Thursday. After he was waived - rather surprisingly - by DC United on February 3rd,
second-year forward Blake Brettschneider tweeted today that he would be joining the New England
Revolution for a trial on Sunday.
Tyler Polak could fill the Revs need at left back. (Photo Credit: Andy Mead / MLSsoccer.com)
With the 2012 MLS SuperDraft now in the books, the writers at New England Soccer Today handed
out their grades for the New England Revolution's 2012 draft performance. The Revs selected UCLA
midfielder Kelyn Rowe with the third overall pick and Creighton defender Tyler Polak with the 22nd
The holidays are upon us and I'm beginning to think that I won't be getting anything from my
Revs Christmas wishlist this year. While other teams are signing international players and brand
new soccer stadiums are being built, Revs fans are settling for some stocking stuffers this
year--and I guess a little coal, too.
An anemic New England Revolution offense started to turn around towards the end of the 2011
season thanks to some late additions, but new head coach Jay Heaps might not get the chance to
build upon that improvement in 2012.
Jay Heaps may have to replace Rajko Lekic and other key players from the 2011 squad.
The New England Revolution are a team in transition this offseason. Â Long-time coach Steve Nicol
has been fired and replaced by a man familiar to Revs fans: former player Jay Heaps. Â The new head
man comes in at a time ...
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The Chicago Fire selected former New England Revolution striker Kheli Dube with the 8th Pick in
the Second Round of the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Dube would leave the New England Revolution, the only
MLS club he has ever known, if the two sides can reach a deal in the next 7 days. In four seasons
the Zimbabwean compiled 14 goals and 8 assists in 72 appearances.
Even for the most faithful Seattle Sounders supporters among us, this has been a bit of a rough
off-season. The numbers fairly illustrate why: Nine players that were part of the team during the
final game of the season are no longer here. Those players represent more than 14,000 minutes of
all-competition playing time or about 29 percent of the total minutes played by the team.
Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg became the latest Seattle Sounder to depart this off-season,
moving to Swedish club Malmo on Monday in a transfer announced by the Sounders.
Friberg played 26 matches for Seattle, recording a goal and assist for the Sounders.
The off-season has been a busy one for the Sounders, who had already lost goalkeeper Kasey
Keller to retirement, James Riley and Tyson Wahl in the expansion draft, as well as Nate Jaqua and
Pat Noonan in the re-entry draft.
With the Sounders playing so many games every year there are players that get a chance that would not on other teams, or just as subs. This year that man is Sammy Ochoa. He has six starts and one sub appearance in non-league matches in 2012. In those games he's banged in six goals and earned an assist.
It's currently halftime in the first round playoff match between the Sounders U23s and the
Washington Crossfire. The important update is that Seattle has a 2-0 lead and a man advantage going
into the second half. But an interesting twist is that Nate Jaqua seems to be playing for the U23s,
at least if the official Twitter feed can be believed.
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.