Before we get to the team release (with La Manga Cup information removed), I wanted to point out a new name on the training roster: forward Ellis McLoughlin.
Off the top of my head, if I remember correctly, McLoughlin is a local kid from Bishop Blanchet High School that didn’t play prep soccer because he was training with the youth national team. He’s 19 years old and spent some time with Hertha Berlin. I even think he played a season at the University of Washington.
Here’s his U.S. soccer profile.
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Sounders FC Returns Home; Begins Final Phase of Preseason
There is less than a month to go, a roster to be finalized and three games left before the Sounders FC hosts expansion side Philadelphia Union in the opener on March 25. As it begins its third and final leg of preseason, Seattle returns to training at Starfire on Wednesday after posting a 2-1 record and a fifth place finish at the La Manga Cup II in La Manga, Spain.
Three games remain, two of which come against former and future rivals, both of which will challenge Seattle when they join MLS in 2011; the current USL Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers.
First up, Seattle plays at Vancouver in the second match against the Whitecaps FC this preseason. Seattle won, 3-2, on February 11 in Casa Grande, Arizona, getting a goal from Lamar Neagle and two from Sanna Nyassi, including the game winner in the 88th minute. The game Saturday begins at 4 p.m. at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C. with a live blog available on SoundersFC.com. Tickets are available online at ticketmaster.ca or by calling 604-280-4400.
The following Thursday, March 11, Seattle hosts Portland in the inaugural Sounders FC Community Shield match. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. Tickets are available at www.SoundersFC.com, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets and the Qwest Field Box office. General Admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (6-17). Children under the age of six are free.
Proceeds from the match will benefit the team’s four community partners: Boys and Girls Club of Washington State, Save the Children, Seattle SCORES and Washington Youth Soccer. Following the match the teams will sign autographs from the field.
Seattle will play its final preseason match versus the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Friday, March 19.
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, March 3-7 (times are local & subject to change):
Wednesday, March 3 – Training at Starfire, 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 4 – Training at Starfire, 10:00 a.m.
Friday, March 5 – Training at Starfire, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 7 – Training at Starfire, 11:00 a.m.
Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Pacific)
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.
Thursday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. – Philadelphia Union, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle
Union, Galaxy Games Sold Out
The home opener on March 25 against first-year side Philadelphia Union and the May 8 game against the MLS Cup runner-up Los Angeles Galaxy are sold out. Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for all remaining home MLS matches. There are limited season tickets still available. To purchase tickets please visit www.soundersfc.com or call 1-877-MLS-GOAL.
Evans with National Team
Midfielder Brad Evans earned his fourth cap with the U.S. National Team against El Salvador on Wednesday, February 24 in Tampa. Evans started at right back and played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win.
Preseason Training List
The following players are currently training with Sounders FC: Goalkeepers (4): Terry Boss, Derby Carillo*; Chris Eylander, Kasey Keller; Defenders (10): Taylor Graham, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall, Jeff Parke*, James Riley, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Jamel Wallace#; Midfielders (11): Osvaldo Alonso, David Estrada#, Brad Evans, Stephen King, Freddie Ljungberg, Sanna Nyassi, Lamar Neagle*, Michael Seamon, Kevin Souter, Nathan Sturgis, Peter Vagenas; Forwards (7): Michael Fucito*, Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Ellis McLoughlin, Fredy Montero, Tye Perdido*, Steve Zakuani.
Michael Seamon, the team’s second round MLS SuperDraft selection, returns to training this week while on spring break from Villanova…Tye Perdido is attending classes at Gonzaga this week but is expected to resume training next week…Stephen King celebrates his 24th birthday in Vancouver on Saturday.