Stefan Frei is back in the Seattle Sounders' starting lineup after missing last week's game with an arm injury. Frei had been training with the first team most of the week. Joining him are Nelson Haedo Valdez and Jordan Morris, both of whom left the Real Salt Lake match with injuries.
Morris appeared to have sustained some kind of head injury but was quickly cleared of a concussion.
Zach Scott will be suiting up one more time. The longest-tenured Seattle Sounders player will also be the first to get a testimonial match, which will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Tickets will be available at the gate.
If you can't be there, though, you are welcome to watch it here with us.
The soon-to-be-retired defender recalled some of his fondest memories as a Sounder, what's changed in the 15 years he's been in Seattle, and more
After the Seattle Sounders announced on Thursday that longtime player Zach Scott would be retiring at the end of the 2016 season, the defender told the media that even though the club just announced it today, he's known for some time that this would be his last season as a Sounder and professional soccer player.
They tried to stop Zach Scott once. A declined option, passed over in the dozens of MLS re-allocation methods and it was quite possible that Zach Scott would not play in 2016. His time as a Seattle Sounders player could be over, not by his own choosing. Somehow he was able to train and try to prove his value again.
Starting the season on a slow note, the Seattle Sounders look to recover in Sandy, Utah. They do so without their captain. Real Salt Lake is also without one of their starters, and will be looking to the familiar, but aging, Wingert for help there. Without Evans, Zach Scott will get the start.
Zach Scott will be back in a Seattle Sounders uniform for a 15th season, after all. The Sounders announced that the 35-year-old has been re-signed, a couple months after they had declined his option and it appeared as though the center back would retire. Scott is the Sounders' last remaining player from their USL days and one of just three players left from their inaugural MLS season.
Although the Seattle Sounders chose not to make any selections in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft on Friday, they were still somewhat active. Shortly before the start of the draft, Zach Scott and Marco Pappa were removed from the list of eligible players.
The left back tells a Costa Rican site that he wants to play for Sounders or Herediano.
When news of option declines came down there were two long-time Seattle Sounders on the list. Zach Scott's future is still unknown, but Leo Gonzalez indicated his future plans are to play in Seattle or at Herediano in Costa Rica.
Even though it's no surprise, Osvaldo Alonso's return to the Sounders' starting XI for the final match of the regular season is absolutely crucial. His red card against the Houston Dynamo meant that he served a one match suspension against FC Dallas last weekend. Other than Alonso, the rest of the starting lineup is the same as it was in Dallas.
Based on the group that traveled, the Seattle Sounders are going into Estadio Azteca prepared to give it their best shot. Among those present at Tuesday's open training session were all 11 starters from last week's first leg against Club America as well as just about every other key player.
Here's the full list of players at training according to photographer Max Aquino: Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, Nelson Valdez, Darwin Jones, Joevin Jones, Osvaldo Alonso, Dylan Remick, Aaron Kovar, Tyler Miller, Charlie Lyon, Andreas Ivanschitz, Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Oneil Fisher, Stefan Frei, Erik Friberg, Oalex Anderson, Zach Scott, Cristian Roldan and Nathan Sturgis.
Evaluating players is a messy thing. With MLS's first Free Agency class nowavailable for purchase and MLS's yearly Re-EntryRound 2 Draft beginningtomorrow (Thursday, 12/17), itisworth looking at who's available...and who's worth being available.
I'musing the same data I've usedpreviously to look at player performance: The OPTA-based Squawkarating system and MLS Player Salary information.
It's always frustrating when many good performances don't add up to a win, or even a goal. These players know the fans expect more, but it's hard to point to a really bad outing for any of the Sounders in their loss to Colorado. While no Sounder made your jaw drop, there was plenty of attacking play to be excited about, and Jermaine Jones was effectively contained in the midfield.
Chad Marshall will miss his first game of the season after suffering a right hamstring strain in training this week. In his place will be Zach Scott, who will get his fourth start of the season. We'll also see Clint Dempsey and Erik Friberg in the midfield together for the first time this season.
Although the lineup is listed as a 4-3-3, with Aaron Kovar and Andreas Ivanschitz in the forward band it will more likely play like a 4-2-3-1 or possibly even a 4-4-2 with Dempsey effectively slotting in as a withdrawn striker.
Coaches Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso held a live draft on Tuesday to select their squads
With just a little over a week until the Zach Scott testimonial match, we now know the rosters of the two teams that will battle it out for charity in honor of Mr. Sounder. The two team coaches, current Sounders Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, held a live-streamed draft on the Sounders Facebook page on Tuesday to select their teams.
Let's not get too wrapped up in how accurate it is.
There are those who believe Zach Scott should eventually be immortalized with a statue outside of CenturyLink Field. While that may never come to pass, he will have the next best thing: a bobblehead. The first 20,000 people to come through the turnstiles for Sunday's season finale will receive one.
Zach Scott: Man Marker, Subject of Infographic. 15 seasons across two eras of Sounders soccer in Seattle earns Zach Scott the right to be among the other legendary figures of our 40 years (and counting).
Infographic updated 9/15/16: Zach Scott is currently at 348 games as a Sounder.
With the holiday weekend and the short turnaround, there's not much time to rate the Sounders in their loss at New England. Though this form is belated, we invite you to go back in time a few days and tell us who deserves credit and who deserves blame.
Aaron Kovar played a full 90, Tony Alfaro was forced into duty, and Zach Scott once again filled in at centerback.
Six clubs in Egypt are declining their own Premier League spots in protest of the league's awful officiating. Seattle's response may still be in the mail.
Here's wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day.
The nicest things that fans in New England can say about their PK goal Saturday is that "if it was a bad call (and it may well have been), it's one of two on our side of the scale (the other one interestingly also being a mis-called handball), with a cornucopia of calls on the other side of that scale.
Another home win for the Seattle Sounders, and crisis is averted, for now. While Seattle dodged a salvo of bullets in the first half, the team came out in the second 45 and brought the match to Columbus.
How did Zach Scott do in place of captain Brad Evans? How about the Honey Badger and Mini Badger ranging all over the midfield?
No more endless terms, among other changes. The vote for president is underway. Zach Scott admits he is mortal.
Big rule changes were voted on and adopted by FIFA before voting began for a new President of FIFA this morning. Highlights: presidential term limits, replacing the executive committee, transparent salaries, at least one female representative from each confederation.
Adidas gave Real Madrid 1.4 Billion (with a capital B) reasons to stick with them for their jersey-wearing needs.
I'll be in Arizona covering Sounders Spring Training starting Wednesday! Let me know what you'd like me to cover (within reason please; If no one has found the video of Victor Mansaray sitting on Zach Scott's shoulders with a trenchcoat on to get past a bouncer, it's probably lost to time.
Most notable among the recognizable faces was former Sounders midfielder Nate Sturgis.
The rain was coming down heavily, but that didn't seem to dampen the mood at the first official day of Seattle Sounders preseason training camp. About 200 fans braved the conditions and were treated a series of short-sided games as the Sounders did their first organized ball work of the preseason.
He made his mark against some of MLS' finest players - Brek Shea, Brad Davis, Seb Le Toux, Steven Lenhart and a whole lot of Timbers. This is why he's first in our hearts and will remain forever a Sounder.
Over the years Zach Scott's had some special moments. He earned the nickname "Zach Scott:Man Marker" for his performance against Brek Shea, but he was more than that.
Andy Rose and Andy Craven remain out of contract, but have been offered new deals.
There weren't a ton of big surprises as the Seattle Sounders released their updated roster situation on Wednesday. Nine players had their options for 2016 declined, and while there were several notable names the only one who qualifies as anything approaching a big surprise would be Marco Pappa.