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April 20, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Sounders FC news and notes

Glen Davis will call the game on Sounders FC radio with Greg Vanney in place of Kevin Calabro, who I believe might have NBA playoff commitments but I will check on it.

-The team has a reserve game tomorrow at 1:15 at Starfire against the UW.

-Tickets for the Chelsea match go on sale May 11 at 10 a.m.; call 1-877-MLS-GOAL or visit to buy.

-With a crowd in excess of 28,000 for the match against Kansas City, Sounders FC became the first franchise in MLS history to have 28,000 or more fans to three straight regular season home games. In 2007, the Houston Dynamo had more than 30,000 for their final regular-season game (vs. Los Angeles) and first two home playoff games.

James Riley, the starting right back for Seattle, was selected by San Jose in the 2007 expansion draft following three years in New England. Sounders FC took him from the Earthquakes in the 2008 expansion draft. Riley played in 24 games, starting 23, for San Jose, which finished with the most wins (8) and points (33) by a first-year team in this decade.

-San Jose features a former USL-1 Sounders player and Kent, Wash. native in forward Cam Weaver. A member of Seattle University’s NCAA Division II championship team in 2004, Weaver went on to become the 2006 USL-1 Rookie of the Year after scoring 18 goals for Seattle. He was acquired by Norway’s FK Haugesund, where he played from 2007-08. San Jose signed Weaver on Feb. 5. He scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the Earthquakes’ only win, 3-2 over Houston on March 28.

-Earthquakes assistant coach Ian Russell is a West Seattle native, and former USL-1 Sounder who graduated to MLS and helped form the nucleus of two championship teams in San Jose from 2001-03. The former University of Washington standout played a total of six seasons in the league before retiring. In 2008 he returned to the Bay Area as an assistant on Frank Yallop’s staff. Russell played for the USL-1 Sounders in 1998 and ’99. He has 131 appearances for the Earthquakes from 2000-05, ranking No. 5.

-Sounders FC forward Nate Jaqua and Earthquakes midfielder Kelly Gray played together at the University of Portland from 2000-01. Ironically, Jaqua was traded by the L.A. Galaxy to the Houston Dynamo on July 2, 2007, in exchange for Gray and a 2nd round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.

-Sounders FC forward Roger Levesque started his professional career with San Jose before he joined the Sounders in the USL after several loan stints. Levesque played a total of four MLS games for the Quakes (2003-05). He was selected by San Jose with the 23rd overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.

-Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller played briefly with San Jose midfielder Darren Huckerby at Millwall in 1996.

-Earthquakes defender Chris Leitch played under Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schmid in 2006 for Columbus, starting 18 of 24 appearances.

-Although silenced over the last 225 minutes, the Sounders FC attack is generating its share of scoring opportunities, launching 20 shots in the last two games.

Sigi Schmid went to his bench earlier vs. Chivas USA than in previous games. For the first time this season he made a halftime change, inserting Steve Zakuani for Sebastien Le Toux. He later brought on Sanna Nyassi in the 71st minute for James Riley. Other than the moves resulting from Kasey Keller’s 29th minute ejection in Week 4, previously Schmid had held off until at least the 61st minute to make the first substitution.

-GK Alec Dufty is training with Sounders FC this week.


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