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Victor MANSARAY

Victor Mansaray open to Sierra Leone switch

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He has been a member of the United States Youth National Team picture.

Victor Mansaray, the Seattle Sounders fourth ever Homegrown Player, is open to playing for Sierra Leone if they come calling. The 20-year-old has been a member of the Sounders since midway between the 2012-2013 seasons when he joined the Sounders Academy.

Seattle Sounders send Victor Mansaray on loan to FC Cincinnati

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The 19-year-old forward will spend at least part of 2017 playing in the USL's Eastern Conference.

FC Cincinnati announced that they have signed Seattle's United States U20 international on loan in preparation for the 2017 season. The move sends Victor Mansaray to an independent USL club where he will be fighting for playing time based purely on his performance rather than notions of potential.

Major League Soccer

2016 Player Profile #4: Jordan Morris

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He's already won the Hermann Trophy, the MLS Rookie of the Year, the NCAA Championship and an MLS Cup. He's only 22.

It is easy to forget that at this time last year Jordan Morris was barely a professional soccer player. Just a year into his career, the Seattle Sounders forward has certainly put his stamp on the league, winning Rookie of the Year, Sounder at Heart's Young Player of Year, and an MLS Cup.

Seattle Sounders 2017 adidas Away Jersey

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Reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders today unveiled its new secondary kit for the 2017 Major League Soccer season, releasing the new design in conjunction with MLS and adidas. The white kit, named "Heritage," replaces the previous Olympic White secondary option and joins the season lineup with 2016's Rave Green and Pacific Blue options, which [.

2017 MLS season preview and predictions

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The MLS offseason is drawing to a close, with opening day in Portland less than two weeks away.

After an exciting 2016 season, MLS sees two new teams join the league for 2017 with Atlanta United and Minnesota United making their debuts.

Here is a preview of the season to come as well as predictions on where the teams will finish in their respective conferences:

MLS WESTERN CONFERENCE

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2017 MLS season preview and predictions

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The MLS offseason is drawing to a close, with opening day in Portland less than two weeks away.

After an exciting 2016 season, MLS sees two new teams join the league for 2017 with Atlanta United and Minnesota United making their debuts.

Here is a preview of the season to come as well as predictions on where the teams will finish in their respective conferences:

MLS WESTERN CONFERENCE

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Which players in MLS are going to have a breakout season in 2017?

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A look at five players that could make the difference for their clubs during the 2017 Major League Soccer season.

Which players in MLS are going to have a breakout season in 2017?

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A look at five players that could make the difference for their clubs during the 2017 Major League Soccer season.

MLS Ticker: NYCFC adds Wallace, Minnesota makes deal with Revs, and more

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A former MLS Cup winner is set to add even more firepower to NYCFC.

NYCFC announced on Wednesday that the club has signed former Portland Timbers midfielder Rodney Wallace, who joins fromSport Recife in Brazil. As part of the acquisition process, NYCFCtraded $75k GAM and $50k TAM to Portland Timbers in exchange for the Right of First Refusal for the Costa Rica international.

Clint Dempsey upbeat after recovery from heart condition

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TUKWILA, Wash. Clint Dempsey is back and ready to help the Seattle Sounders defend their MLS Cup title.

Dempsey, addressing the media for the first time since being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat last summer, struck an upbeat tone after training on Tuesday.

MLS Ticker: Montero linked to Whitecaps, Crew sign young Brazilian and more

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Fredy Montero has been linked with a return to MLS with a surprising club named as the reported frontrunner.

According to El Heraldo, Montero is close to a move back to MLS as a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Montero, who played for the Seattle Sounders during his six-year MLS stay, currently plays for Tianjin Teda in China.

Brian Schmetzer

Know Your Schmetzer

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You may think you know everything about Schmetz. And maybe you do. But come Feb. 28 and hear stories for the first time at Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life.

Although we know a lot about Brian Schmetzer, come Feb. 28 it's certain we will know a lot more.

That evening Washington State Legends of Soccer is presenting Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life at The Market Arms in Ballard, and the lineup of guests promises to reveal a few more ingredients to the Schmetz special sauce.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United, Carolina Challenge Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"It just wasn't a very pretty soccer match" -Brian Schmetzer

It started in the first minute and didn't get much better for the Seattle Sounders team on the field to start the 4-2 loss to Atlanta United in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Two big defensive mistakes by trialists gifted Atlanta two quick goals, and the Sounders failed to put up much of a fight with the third-string lineup on the field.

Brian Schmetzer will get 'This is your life' treatment

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Washington State Legends of Soccer will host 'Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life' on Feb. 28 at The Market Arms. Admission is free.

It's pretty obvious why producers created the original This Is Your Life program. Someone attending a wake or memorial wondered why all the good tales are told a tad too late for the honoree.

2016 Player Profile #11: Andreas Ivanschitz

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The 2016 MLS Cup was Ivanschitz' first major trophy.

When the Seattle Sounders season started, he was the central playmaker. By the end of the year, Brian Schmetzer used Andreas Ivanschitz as his left winger and set-piece service specialist. Ivanschitz is now with Victoria Plzen, and the 33-year-old continues to be one of Austria's greatest soccer players.

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Seattle Sounders v Columbus Crew, Carolina Challenge Cup: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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With preseason ending expect a regular season lineup.

In their final tuneup before the 2017 season the Seattle Sounders take on the Columbus Crew SC. The previous three preseason matches lacked scoring by the starting XI, but that same XI saw few minutes with Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro on the pitch at the same time.

Dempsey given all-clear to return

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States forward Clint Dempsey has been given the all-clear to return to football following a six-month layoff due to an irregular heartbeat, US Soccer confirmed.

The Seattle Sounders striker, who had not played since last August, has already played 30 minutes and a full 45 minutes during pre-season action for the reigning champions of Major League Soccer.

2016 Player Profile #9: Clint Dempsey

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All three of Clint's major club trophies came with the Seattle Sounders. He also won the Gold Cup twice.

Any discussion about Clint Dempsey's 2016 starts and stops with the heart issues that forced him to watch the Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, rather than take the field with them. There's great news on that front.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Preseason: Highlights, stats and quotes

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In their second preseason match in Tucson, the Seattle Sounders came away with a 1-0 loss. There were many positives to take away from the match, including Clint Dempsey's continued progress, Nicolas Lodeiro's free kicks looking as dangerous as ever, and some strong performances from draft picks and homegrown players alike.

Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes, Desert Friendlies Recap: Tucson trip ends with 1-0 loss

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Former Sounder Cordell Cato scores the lone goal.

San Jose Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead on a Cordell Cato shot in the 57th minute. That was the only goal of the match. Both teams started near first XIs, with Seattle Sounders making a line change in the 60th minute. Clint Dempsey was one of Seattle first XI to only go 45, but that was an expected next step in his recovery.

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: News, lineup, updates, analysis

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The 1-1 draw was more notable for Clint Dempsey's return to play than any goal or save. Fanendo Adi and Harry Shipp scored for their respective sides. Freddy Adu played too.

The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup.

Real Salt Lake

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 MLSsoccer.com reporter Sam Stejskal (who worked with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey when both were at Real Salt Lake).

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: Preseason Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers are back on their home turf today as they face off against Real Salt Lake on the opening day of this year's preseason invitational. Coming hot on the heels of Minnesota United vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps, the match will be the Timbers' chance at earning their first preseason win of the year after drawing in last week's match against the Seattle Sounders.

Charleston Battery

Seattle Sounders vs. Charleston Battery, Carolina Challenge Cup: Stats and quotes

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MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Charleston Battery 1

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weather:58 degrees and clear

Referee: Ted Unkel

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Taylor Mueller (own goal) 31'

CHS - Kotaro Higashi 90'+2'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Jordy Delem (caution) 36'

SEA - Joevin Jones (caution) 40'

CHS - Vazquez (caution) 78'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - TylerMiller;DarriusBarnes (BrianNana-Sinkam 61'), ChadMarshall (JackMorris 75'), RomnTorres (TonyAlfaro 75'), JoevinJones (SamRogers 75'); JordyDelem (HenryWingo 61'), CristianRoldan, NicoLodeiro - captain, ClintDempsey (ZachMathers 61'), AlvaroFernandez (SeyiAdekoya 75'); JordanMorris (WillBruin 61')

Total shots: 8

Shots on goal: 3

Corner-kicks: 2

Offside: 0

Saves: 3

Charleston Battery First Half Lineup - Odisnel Cooper, Quinton Griffith, Taylor Mueller, Forrest Lasso, Obrian Woodbine, Maikel Chang, Atualla Guerra, Justin Dante Portillo, Marini, Ricardo Garbanzo, Heviel Cordoves

Charleston Battery Second Half Lineup - Alexander Tambakis, Thomas (Akeem Thomas 61'), Taylor Mueller, Wheeler, Mikey Ambrose, Maikel Chang, Dante Marini (Robbie Robinson 61'), Christopher Goslin, Anunga, Jonathan Okafor (Kotaro Higashi 75'), Vazquez

Total shots: 10

Shots on goal: 4

Corner-kicks: 6

Offside: 0

Saves: 3

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Head Coach Brian Schmetzer:

Forward Jordan Morris:

Carolina Challenge Cup is Sounders final phase of preseason

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With the season rapidly approaching there are a final few games in Charleston, South Carolina to evaluate the roster. The Seattle Sounders will face the Charleston Battery, Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC before returning to Starfire.

There are less than three weeks left in the Seattle Sounders preseason before the MLS season opens on March 4.

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We deciphered Fredy Montero’s first interview as a Whitecap

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His mouth may have been saying one thing, but his heart was saying another.

Fredy Montero loves Seattle, there's no question about that. He married a local woman, moved his family here and even continues to own a home in Bellevue. In the past, he's indicated that he'd like to play for the Seattle Sounders again, someday.

Fredy Montero appears close to joining Cascadia rivals

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Whitecaps are rumored to be interested in former Sounder.

Gross as it may be, there's some pretty plausible-sounding rumors that Fredy Montero could return to MLS with one of the Seattle Sounders' biggest rivals. Colombian paper El Heraldo is reporting that Montero is close to joining the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Rest

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew, preseason: Stats and quotes

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"Am i going to take stock in a loss, or am I going to be more informed about how we lost, why we lost, why we couldn't generate more attacking movements?" -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders lost 1-0 to a first-choice Columbus Crew squad in the final preseason warmup before the 2017 MLS season begins.

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.

This Seattle city flag-inspired kit is glorious

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Can't imagine it would be allowed, but it would be pretty awesome.

The newest Seattle Sounders kit is scheduled to drop on Thursday. But while you wait for that, allow yourself to bask in the glory of these fantasy kits designed by Reddit user davidbrent. Pay particularly close attention to the third one.

Sounders bring seven unsigned players to Charleston

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Barring new additions, the bottom end of the roster is taking shape.

As the Seattle Sounders continue the 2017 preseason with the Carolina Challenge Cup, they do so with a 30-man roster that seems close to set for the year, barring new additions and expected S2 signings at the tail end of the squad.

MLS Ticker: Diskerud back on NYCFC roster, Frei close to returning and more

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The curious tale of Mix Diskerud's whereabouts and club future took its latest turn, as the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder was named to the New York City FC roster for the Desert Diamond Cup.

Although he was named to the squad for the preseason tournament, Diskerud won't be in the club's plans for the 2017 season, according to Empire of Soccer

Diskerud is a precarious position because NYCFC does not want him back and his current MLS salary is too much for most clubs in and out of the league to take on.

Idiot who made MLS Cup bet really got his butt tattoo

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Celine Dion will forever be emblazoned on his bum.

You remember Matt Oak, right? He's the idiot who promised to get a Celine Dion tattoo on his butt if the Seattle Sounders won any sort of trophy this year. Well, he really got it - and our very own LikkitP put together a time-lapse video of the experience set to "My Heart will go on.

2016 Player Profile #10: Brad Evans

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The Sheriff holds eight major trophies after winning MLS Cup in 2016.

Brad Evans started 2016 as the captain of the Seattle Sounders. He was their centerback at that point. By the end of the year he was either injured or a bench player. His large option was picked up. The team clearly sees him as a valuable member, but how they will use him is one of the greatest mysteries of 2017.

Seattle Sounders and Coca-Cola celebrate MLS Cup 2016

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I'd like to buy the world a Coke, too

Sponsorship can feel inauthentic at times. But there are times when the right sponsor can make you feel like your sports team is something. A Coke sponsorship feels like something. This is the sponsor of the NBA, NASCAR, the NCAA, American Idol, the Olympics, and just about every other big time thing in the country, it seems like.

Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes, Desert Friendlies: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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This scrimmage is not on the Sounders schedule, but will be broadcast with Matt Johnson on the call. There are not supposed to be fans present.

Good news soccer fans. The San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders are playing a soccer game today. This scrimmage is being streamed, but is not part of an official schedule.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: Highlights, stats and quotes

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The Sounders staff (and the fans) got a better look at how the squad is taking shape in 2017.

The Seattle Sounders played their first match of the 2017 preseason, and that's exactly what it looked like. A mixed squad with plenty of new players got up to real game speed and got to know each other better, all while putting in a respectable performance against the Timbers.