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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.

Toronto FC

MLS Ticker: Evans signs with Sporting KC, TFC signs Brazilian youth international and more

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Veteran defender Brad Evans has found a new home.

According to The Kansas City Star, Evans has signed on with Sporting KC as a free agent. Evans moves to Sporting KC after spending the past nine seasons with the Seattle Sounders.

A consistent presence in the Sounders defense for many years, Evans was limited by a back injury last season and missed out on the remainder of the season after suffering the injury in August.

TFC, Rapids drawn together in CONCACAF Champions League round of 16

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Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids were drawn against each other for the round of 16 of the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League on Monday night.

Although they play in the same league, TFC and the Rapids were allowed to be pitted against each other because they come from two different nations.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: MLS Cup player ratings

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Biff! Bang! Powww! Whaaamm! Flrbbb! Zammm! Oof!

After a dominant run through the Western Conference playoffs, it would have been great to see the Seattle Sounders play spectacularly and win a second straight MLS Cup. It would have been okay to see the team perform decently and fight for a chance to win.

MLS Cup 2017: A Look Back

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The MLS season is officially over following Saturday's MLS Cup as Toronto FC solidified its place among the league's best ever teams.

Toronto FC completed a historic treble over the weekend by knockout off the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, at BMO Field. The win saw TFC earn the club's first MLS Cup while also locking down a treble that includes a Canadian Championship and a Supporters Shield.

Toronto’s trophy and the challenge for the rest of MLS

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The soccer news starts with a new MLS Cup champion. Toronto FC took the title and made it about a team coming together to makeup for almost getting there the year before. 2016 loomed large for Toronto throughout 2017. They knew what that felt like, and not revisiting that disappointment became the driving push behind their 2017 success.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

BRIAN SCHMETZER – HEAD COACH, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

Cristian Roldan

Seattle Sounders vs. California United FC, preseason: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Whenever you score goals, no matter who you're playing or what the circumstances are, it gives you some confidence." —Jordan Morris

With two goals each from Chad Marshall and Jordan Morris, and one apiece from Nicolas Lodeiro and Cristian Roldan, the Seattle Sounders defeated California United FC with a lopsided scoreline in the first of a pair of matches against the UPSL side.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #2

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Cristian Roldan is consistent, tireless and versatile, and he's still getting better.

#2 Cristian Roldan – 6.87 | Community – 6.94

This grade is likely a surprise to those of you still following these, but Roldan will have to wait another year to be No.

Portland Timbers Fall 2-1 to Seattle Sounders in Preseason

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The Portland Timbers lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night in their second match of the 2018 preseason. A goal from Diego Valeri kept the first teams of the two sides even, but a moment of sloppy play in the second half opened the door for a Seattle winner.

With the presumed first teams on the pitch, the Sounders opened the scoring in just the 9th minute when Cristian Roldan knocked home a close range rebound.

Major League Soccer

MLS Preseason Rewind: Quakes, RSL draw, FC Dallas hosts CCL foe

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A few more MLS teams were in preseason action on Wednesday.

The San Jose Earthquakes took on Real Salt Lake in Tucson, Arizona in the only MLS on MLS match of the day. Meanwhile, FC Dallas continued their preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League against a team from El Salvador.

Elsewhere, Minnesota United had a routine afternoon against a college side and the Seattle Sounders took on an NASL side.

MLS Ticker: New deal for Roman Torres, kit reveals, and more

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Roman Torres looks to be staying with the Seattle Sounders.The defender had been close to a new deal for quite some time now and reports indicate that the Panama international has signed a new contract that would keep him in Seattle until 2020.

He took to Twitter to reveal the news:

Gracias a Dios y a @SoundersFC mi historia continua #Román Bendiciones para todos y feliz inicio de semana pic.

Major Links Soccer: Tyler Miller needs your help

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Also: broken bones, holdout hard-feelings, and criminal clouds.

Seattle

Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan to take lessons learned from U.S. camp to Seattle Sounders preseason - Seattle Sounders FC
Fresh from USMNT camp and their first international friendly of 2018, Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan are eager to jump into the Sounders' preseason.

MLS Ticker: Sounders sign Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Orlando adds Rosell and more

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The Seattle Sounders midfield just got even deeper ahead of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

The defending Western Conference champs, announced the signing of midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem on Tuesday. Eikrem, 27, has played with Swedish outfit Malmo FF since 2015 playing in 79 matches throughout his time there.

Major Link Soccer: NWSL’s Boston Breakers are no more

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The club will cease operations. An LAFC-Barcelona team up on a Californian side is a rumored replacement.

MLS

ZLATAN!! ZLATAN!! ZLATAN!! Somehow he might be a TAM player too...Ibrahimovic to MLS has "serious legs" – ProSoccerTalk

The folks at E Pluribus Loonum are helping figure out the best pets for a player, so go see what is going on over there.

Alex Roldan excited for opportunity with his brother Cristian, Sounders

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In the sports world, not many siblings get the chance to play together on the professional level. Every now and then you may see it occur, but the chances are very slim that it actually happens.

Alex Roldan will be one of those lucky siblings entering the 2018 Major League Soccer campaign, after being selected 22nd overall by the Seattle Sounders in the first round of Friday's MLS Draft, setting him up to play with his older brother, standout U.

Major Link Soccer: Goodbye Ronaldinho

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Also: Fredy Montero leaves MLS again, and is a Premier League transfer in the cards for Christian Pulisic?

Seattle

The Sounders' move to sign Handwalla Bwana to a Homegrown Player contract is one of the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the last week. Read why.

Sounders Academy product Trey Muse has decided to return to Indiana University for his sophomore year instead of going pro, where the Sounders were interested and could have signed him as a Homegrown Player.

Around The Forest: Red Bulls explain Kljestan move

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Also: 10 Timbers matches you need to mark down, In MLS expansion Sacramento could be left in the cold, does Jose Mourinho deserve a new contract?

Portland

10 Portland Timbers games to circle on your calendar in 2018 | OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers unveiled their full 2018 MLS regular season schedule Thursday.

60 percent of 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft selections ex-Sounders

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LAFC take Calum Mallace, MNUFC take Tyrone Mears, Galaxy select Servando Carrasco.

What's the worst part about having a successful season in MLS? Getting a lousy spot in the MLS Re-Entry Draft, of course. Okay, so that's not true. Seattle Sounders did not select any players today in Stage 2 of the 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft (they also passed on a selection in Stage 1), but they did see one member of their 2017 squad, Calum Mallace, picked up by LAFC.

Eastern Conference final rematch headlines MLS home openers

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The Columbus Crew and Toronto FC will renew hostilities on March 3 at BMO Field to kick off the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

The rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final will be part of a seven-game slate on March 3, while four games will be played on March 4, including LAFC's inaugural match against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

TFC depth, new format could help MLS achieve CCL glory in 2018

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Major League Soccer has achieved more than many could've imagined over the last five years, but there's still one glaring hole on the league's resume.

Although it will be a tough task for the five MLS clubs entered in the CONCACAF Champions League, the elusive prize the league has searched for could finally end up in the trophy case in April.

Grella, Mears chosen in first stage of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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The first stage of the 2017 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft took place on Friday afternoon with two teams adding faces to their respective rosters.

Defender Tyrone Mears and forward Mike Grella were the only two names called, being chosen by Minnesota United and the Colorado Rapids, respectively.

MLS Ticker: Sounders acquire Francis from Crew, Galaxy ink Norwegian defender to deal and more

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It took less than a week for the Seattle Sounders to fill the void left open by Joevin Jones' departure.

The Sounders acquired full back Waylon Francis from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money.

The 27-year-old left back has played the last four season in Columbus, and he brings needed depth to the position in Seattle after Jones left the club for Darmstadt at the end of the 2017 season.

2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

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The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final.

On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes.

2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

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The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final.

On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes.

D.C. United

D.C. United gets Oniel Fisher from Sounders, Lori Lindsey talks U.S. Soccer, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/8/2018

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MLS rumors? At this time of year? Well, yeah, of course!

Hello everyone! I'm not sure if it's a thing to say ‘Happy Olympics' but the Olympics are starting, so that's cool. Here's what we've got today in soccer news.

Lori Lindsey, One-on-One: What she wants from the next U.S. Soccer president and the need for multiple development pathways - FourFourTwo
Former Washington Spirit player Lori Lindsey (who is currently involved with the Spirit's Development Academy) talks about the U.

D.C. United makes it official, acquires Oniel Fisher

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D.C. adds some fast depth at fullback for cheap.

D.C. United made it official today, acquiring fullback Oniel Fisher from the Seattle Sounders for $50,000 in General Allocation Money. The 26-year old Fisher played in 27 games since being drafted in the second round of the 2015 MLS Superdraft, though almost half (12) of those appearances came in the first season.

Expansion, waiver, and re-entry drafts, oh my! Filibuster

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Get ready for a wild couple of weeks

The Filibuster trio is back together, and not a moment too soon. Jason, Adam, and Ben discuss MLS Cup, the final game of the 2017 season, and we talk about Toronto FC's formation switch and the great game of Michael Bradley. We wonder if Seattle Sounders could have done anything sooner and better, and whether or not this TFC team had the best season in MLS history.

TFC wins, D.C. United deals & more: Freedom Kicks for 12/11/17

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Also, I'd pay a premium for a Paul Thomas Anderson Star Wars movie.

Well it was great to see Army beat Navy to claim their first Commander in Chief trophy in more than two decades in what was the only thing going on on sports Saturday.

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders to claim their 1st MLS Cup from SB Nation proper, Waking the Red, Sounder at Heart, WaPo, ESPN (with more here, here, here, here and here), Four Four Two (with more here), Goal, Sports Illustrated and MLS (with more here, here, here, here and here).

Brian Schmetzer

Brad Evans ‘hasn’t gone anywhere yet’

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Brian Schmetzer gives at least some reason to believe Evans could return in 2018.

Brad Evans is a free agent and currently training with Sporting Kansas City. To hear KC head coach Peter Vermes tell it, Evans is likely to sign there if he can "get back to full strength." That doesn't seem to bode well for his future with the Seattle Sounders.

Sounders plan to play Jordan Morris at forward

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Brian Schmetzer says they hope to keep Morris at one position.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Perhaps the most notable tidbit to come out of the first official day of Seattle Sounders preseason was about a player who isn't currently with the team.

Coming off a sophomore season in which Jordan Morris slumped from 12 goals to three while battling injury and moving between forward and midfielder, head coach Brian Schmetzer said stability is the goal.

The Rest

Brad Evans reportedly training with Sporting KC

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Evans is currently a free agent.

Is it the end of an era in Seattle? Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes said that Brad Evans is training with his club this week, as relayed by Kansas City-based TotalMLS editor Jimmy Mack.

Peter Vermes said former Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans is training with #SportingKC.

Seattle Sounders vs. 2017: End-of-season player ratings, #4

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Deuce bounced back in a big way in 2017 after a scary medical situation derailed his 2016 campaign.

#4 Clint Dempsey – 6.73 | Community – 6.55

Checking in at #4 is reborn attacker Clint Dempsey. After a health scare, Clint ended 2016 with only 19 appearances.

Aaron Kovar loaned to LAFC

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This could spell the end of the Homegrown Player's time in Seattle.

After a fourth consecutive season of failing to find reliable playing time, Aaron Kovar's tenure with the Seattle Sounders may be up. The Seattle native was loaned to LAFC on Tuesday, meaning he's almost certainly gone for the entire year at a minimum.

Sounders 2 unveils initial roster, returns nine

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S2 opens preseason with 10 players under contract, nine returning and one potential future HGP.

As the Seattle Sounders open the preseason, we knew where S2 would play and when, just not who would be playing. Now we have the start of the roster that will lead the Rave Green at Cheney Stadium.

A gift guide for each Sounder on your list

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Yes, we've fallen for the cliché...

We like to avoid clichés. But sometimes stories become clichés because they work. This is one of those times.

We assembled a gift guide for every player and first-team coach on the Seattle Sounders (we even included guys who are still free agents).

Major Link Soccer: Kaka officially retires

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The Brazilian legend calls Orlando City his last playing home; plus more stuff you missed over the weekend

Seattle:

Seventeen coaches across the United States professional leagues and national teams completed the second annual U.S. Soccer Pro Coaching Course, including Bryan Schmetzer.

The Kitsap Pumas have posted their 2018 open tryout dates.

News roundup: Expansion draft, MLS Cup, and Stanford wins (again)

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Also: Ayuk on the move, new financial rules for 2018, and interesting moves in a half-day trade window.