No real updates on other players, though Aaron Kovar did do light fitness work for the first time on Friday
Despite only being a few weeks into the 2017 MLS season, the Seattle Sounders have already had to deal with a handful of injuries to first-team players. Brad Evans has yet to feature for the club this season after suffering a calf injury in training.
Let's rate the individual performances in this feel-good home win.
The Seattle Sounders started the 2017 home series at CenturyLink Field off right with a 3-1 victory, and now it's time for us to break down the win to the individual performances.
There's plenty of interest for raters in this match.
Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.
Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.
Even if Oniel Fisher passes concussion protocol by Saturday, he might not make the starting XI.
With just under a week left before the 2017 MLS season kicks off, the Seattle Sounders are faced with a selection dilemma that could put a wrench in Brian Schmetzer's plans to defend the club's first MLS Cup.
Still down five players due to injury Ezra Hendrickson will have to get production from Academy kids and loaned first teamers. Seattle Sounders FC 2 is still without a goal under these circumstances. Each of their two losses was powered by a team with MLS talent. In the midweek loss to Arizona that loss was powered by a stellar performance from Sam Garza, a player who the Sounders didn't see as having a future with them.
Now that Tyrone Mears is a permanent resident of the USA (holds a green card) the Seattle Sounders have two international spots open. The club also has roster space for two signings of any kind, as well as space for another Designated Player.
Today's announcement means that the following players are considered internationals - Oalex Anderson, Oniel Fisher, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Joevin Jones, Román Torres and Nelson Haedo Valdez.
The Seattle Sounders' opening loss to Sporting Kansas City can be blamed on a red card and a soft goal, but the team's performance in an even game state reveals growing pains of the 4-3-3.
In 410 games between March of 2014 and May of 2015, MLS teams played 86 matches with a red card imbalance by the end of the game.
La secuencia de 30 pases con la que Sporting Kansas City hizo el único gol del encuentro fue el retrato perfecto de la temporada pasada para el Seattle Sounders. Kansas City al minuto 73, cuando Nuno COELHO convirtió el gol, dominaba y controlaba el partido pero sin poder capitalizar a un Sounders apagado y deshecho a partir de la expulsión por roja directa del defensa Oniel FISHER en el minuto 41.
Another lower draft pick that has performed well for Sounders FC. Fisher adapted well enough to the pro level to become the starting left back.
When Oniel Fisher joined the squad the thought was that he would be a decent back up right back, maybe play some USOC and Group Stage CCL. Instead, what he did was win the starting job on the left.
It was a rough start, but there were hopeful signs.
One player comes out of the most recent loss in Arizona perfectly suited for Seattle Sounders new 4-3-3, plus Jordan Morris played his first Sounders game as a pro.
In his postgame presser, Sigi said that Joevin (like most of the team) struggled the first 20 minutes before buckling down and playing some good soccer.
Big changes are on the way. Or, at least that's what the Seattle Sounders have been preparing us for. What that actually means is very much a "remains to be seen" issue, but given what we know, we figured we'd at least take a guess at the status of each player on the Sounders roster.
The Sounder at Heart staff classified each player as "keep," "drop" or "fence.
What started with the MLS Cup banner reveal ended with a second-half full of goals.
Anyone still harboring concerns over the potency of the Seattle Sounders offense in this early part of the season can breathe a bit easier. An early penalty by Clint Dempsey was followed by second-half goals from Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp, as the Sounders earned a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
US-Mexico face off on November 11th, Jordan will be the lone Sounder on the roster this time.
MLS is giving clubs a week off between the conference semis and conference finals with FIFA holding World Cup qualifiers. Jordan Morris will join the list of players representing their national teams as non-US internationals Joevin Jones, Roman Torres, Nelson Valdez, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe and Nicholas Lodeiro received call-ups already.
Sounders win first ever league game while wearing horrendous white kits.
There were so many things working against the Seattle Sounders before they took the field on Sunday. It wasn't just that Clint Dempsey was out, or that Nicolas Lodeiro went and got himself suspended for the match.
They were also playing their third game in nine days — including two on the road that took them the length of the West Coast.
Clint Dempsey is Sounders' only representative on USMNT.
Seattle got pretty lucky with the Copa America final rosters. Jordan Morris and Brad Evans were both left off the United States' roster that was announced on Saturday. Clint Dempsey headlines a striker quartet that lost Jozy Altidore from contention last week and includes fellow MLS forwards Chris Wondolowski and Gyasi Zardes.
In what began as a sunny, joyous occasion in Seattle, the Sounders' opening day matchup with Sporting KC quickly turned as dark as the city's skies when a fairly uneventful first half ended with a red card for right-back Oniel Fisher. Fisher had been Seattle's most influential player in the first half, shuttling up and down the right side of the pitch up until his sending off.
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Jordan Morris scores the only goal in the friendlies.
Camp Cupcake ends with a 1-nil win by the United States over Jamaica. It was the only goal of the January friendlies. Jordan Morris took a pass from Benny Feilhaber and slipped it by Ryan Thompson in the 59th minute.
As they did against Serbia, the US struggled to generate an offense, but were stout in defense.
That's three games, three losses for Sounders FC 2 after they gave up three goals to the brand-new, Spurs-backed San Antonio FC.
The Sounders came out flat, and two individual mistakes led to fairly easy goals for San Antonio forward Jason Johnson within the first 10 minutes. First, Oniel Fisher failed to pick up Johnson as he made a run into the box in the 3rd minute, and Tyler Miller was easily beaten to the far post.
In a match featuring plenty of attacking talent with MLS experience on both sides, the lone goal was a Tommy Stewart penalty kick that left Seattle Sounders 2 with a 1-0 loss in their home opener.
Sacramento started the match on the front foot, overwhelming S2 in the midfield and either sending crosses towards Adam Jahn's head, or asking Tommy Thompson to beat the left side of the Sounders defense with skill.
A stout midfield defense from Sporting Kansas City isolated the Sounders midfield from it's attacking and defensive counterparts to Sounder overall detriment.
The Sounders' new tactical makeup is still a work in progress and Sunday's loss to Sporting Kansas City highlighted some ongoing flaws in the setup.
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The Albuquerque Journal has a nice piece that follows Oniel Fisher from his beginnings in Jamaica to a successful college career. A story of constant drive and growth, Fisher seems truly appreciative of his chance in Seattle.
The Sounders were keen on the left back, trading their 15th pick and allocation money for him.
Sounder at Heart can confirm that the player that was traded from Chicago FIre for Seattle Sounders' 15th overall SuperDraft pick is defender and Trinidad and Tobago international Joevin Jones. This was the initial report of the trade:
Hearing Joevin Jones is the player to be named later in #cf97 trade with Seattle.