I would’ve posted this earlier, but I was in a prep sports meeting this morning. I’ll post the snippets of the release that pertain to the Spain trip as the rest has been covered.
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Sounders FC Lands in Spain
Following a few days off for rest and travel, the Seattle Sounders FC resumes preseason training in La Manga, Spain this week. Seattle will face Norwegian champion Rosenborg BK in the opening Group A match at the La Manga Cup II on Thursday.
Sounders FC will face either Denmark’s FC Norsjalland or Norway’s Stabak on February 21. The tournament concludes with crossover matches to determine final placement on February 25 and 26.
Seattle opened preseason competition by coming from behind to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 3-2, on February 11 in Casa Grande, Ariz.
La Manga marks the club’s second overseas excursion. Prior to the inaugural 2009 season, Sounders FC played and trained in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The MLS regular season begins March 25 with Sounders FC hosting Philadelphia Union in the MLS First Kick 2010. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Upcoming Training Schedule, February 17-24 (times are local & subject to change):
Wednesday, February 17 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Friday, February 19 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Monday, February 22 – No Training
Tuesday, February 23 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 24 – Training at La Manga, 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Pacific)
Thursday, February 18, 9 a.m. — Rosenborg BK, La Manga, Spain (La Manga Cup II)
Sunday, February 21, 9 a.m. — FC Norsjalland/Stabak, La Manga, Spain (La Manga Cup II)
Thursday/Friday, February 25/26, TBD — Opponent TBD, La Manga, Spain (La Manga Cup II)
Saturday, March 6, 4 p.m. — at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, B.C.
Thursday, March 11, 6 p.m. — Portland Timbers, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle
Friday, March 19, 6 p.m. — at Colorado Rapids, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
Speaking of La Manga
Sounders FC took 28 players to Spain. Three roster players did not make the trip. Midfielder Brad Evans is with the U.S. National Team, which plays El Salvador on February 24 in Tampa. Forward Nate Jaqua (lower abdominal pain) and goalkeeper Terry Boss (ankle) are recovering from injuries and remain in Seattle. Among the non-roster invitees traveling are Derby Carillo (GK), Michael Fucito (MF), Patrick Lane (GK), Lamar Neagle (MF), Jeff Parke (DF) and Tye Perdido (FW).
The eight-team field for the La Manga Cup II is split into two groups. Joining the Sounders FC in Group A is first-round opponent Rosenborg BK, FC Norsjalland and Stabak. Group B consists of Molde FK (Norway), FC Krylia Sovetov (Russia), FC Midtjylland (Denmark) and SK Brann (Norway). Group game winners and losers meet on Sunday, February 21. Final placement will be determined by the outcomes of matches on February 25 and 26.
A Scandinavian power, Rosenborg is the winner of a record 21 Norwegian league titles and nine domestic cups. Rosenborg won 13 straight championships from 1992 to 2004. It begins defense of its 2009 title on March 13. The Norwegian season, similar to MLS, runs through November. Rosenborg gained notoriety in 2004 by reaching the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and has played in Europe four of the last five seasons.
FC Norsjalland, located in Farum, Denmark, is preparing to resume its Danish Superliga schedule. Norsjalland was eighth in the table going into the winter break, which began on December 1. The second half of the season opens March 7. U.S. international defender Michael Parkhurst, 26, plays for Norsjalland after spending four seasons (2004-2008) in MLS with New England.
Stabak, the other potential second round game for Seattle, placed third in Norway last season after winning the title in 2008 and taking second in 2007. Midfielder Mikkel Diskerud, 19, has represented by Norway and the USA at the U-20 international level. Diskerud’s mother is from Arizona.
Preseason Training List
The following players are training with Sounders FC in Spain: Goalkeepers (4): Derby Carillo*; Chris Eylander, Kasey Keller, Patrick Lane*; Defenders (11): Taylor Graham, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall, Jeff Parke*,James Riley, Zach Scott, Nathan Sturgis, Tyson Wahl, Jamel Wallace#; Midfielders (7): Osvaldo Alonso, Michael Fucito*, Stephen King, Freddie Ljungberg, Sanna Nyassi, Lamar Neagle*, Peter Vagenas; Forwards (5): David Estrada#, Roger Levesque, Fredy Montero, Tye Perdido*, Steve Zakuani.
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Notice that Josh Gardner is indeed not with the team in Spain.