You’ll notice more than 13,000 tickets for Thursday’s game have been sold now. Also, the training roster looks the same, save for second-round draft pick Michael Seamon, who is back studying at Villanova.
Only 500 single-game tickets for each regular-season game remain (except sold-out Philly and L.A.), along with limited season-tickets. Also the Sounders FC defense has a scoreless streak of 293 minutes.
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Sounders FC Hosts Timbers on Thursday in Community Shield Match
The Seattle Sounders FC will host the Portland Timbers in its only home preseason match on Thursday, March 11, on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. Kickoff is 6 p.m. PT.
Proceeds from the match will benefit the team’s four community partners: Boys and Girls Club of Washington State, Soccer Saves, Seattle SCORES and Washington Youth Soccer. Following the match the teams will sign autographs from the field.
More than 13,000 tickets have been sold to Thursday’s game. Qwest Field gates open at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available at 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.
Sounders FC fans can also tune into KONG 6/16 TV to view the “2009 Season in Review” starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring highlights from the inaugural season. Following at 6 p.m., join the new voice-of-the-Sounders FC Arlo White for the “Sounders FC 2010 Preview Show.” Intermittent game action from the Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers will also be shown. The game will be available via live weblog on soundersfc.com.
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 Competition Schedule (All times Pacific)
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
Saturday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. – New York Red Bulls, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle
Last Time Around
Thursday will mark the first meeting between Seattle and Portland since the Sounders FC defeated the Timbers, 2-1, in a third-round U.S. Open Cup match last July 1.
Roger Levesque’s diving header in the first minute of play provided an early lead and Stephen King also scored for Seattle. The game was played in front on a Portland franchise record crowd of 16,382 at PGE Park.
Portland finally broke through the Seattle defense in the 43rd minute. Mandjou Keita scored his third goal of the Open Cup, firing past Kasey Keller from 10 yards.
Sounders FC went on to win the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
For much of the last 35 years, Seattle and Portland have been rivals at the highest senior levels in soccer. From 1975-82 the NASL Sounders and Timbers met 21 times. FC Seattle and FC Portland (1985-89) collided on 13 occasions. From 2001-08 in USL-1 the Timbers and Sounders battled 38 times in league and Open Cup play. Until 2011, when Portland joins MLS, the only possible competitive meetings between the Sounders FC and Timbers will occur in Open Cup play.
Union, Galaxy, United Games Sold Out
The home opener on March 25 against first-year side Philadelphia Union, the May 8 game against the MLS Cup runner-up Los Angeles Galaxy and the June 10 match against D.C. United are sold out. Fewer than 500 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.
Registration Open for Camps
A total of 56 weekly sessions are offered for the 2010 Sounders FC Camps Program, with sites in Alaska and Idaho as well as Washington. There are also Spring Break Camps scheduled for the weeks of March 29 through April 2 and April 5 through April 9. For a complete list of camp dates , sites and further information, go to SoundersFC.com.
The Sounders FC Youth Academy will host open tryouts on March 10 for the U17/18 age group and on March 11 for the U15/16 age group. The open tryouts are for players wishing to attend the invitational tryouts on March 13 and 14. All players attending the open tryouts must register before attending. Go to SoundersFC.com for more information and to register.
Preseason Scoreless String Extended in B.C.
Seattle extended its defensive scoreless streak to 293 minutes after settling for a 0-0 draw last Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Burnaby, B.C.
The Sounders FC came out aggressive in the offensive third early in the game but could not score a goal. Sounders FC was whistled for six offsides in the first half, putting a halt to several scoring opportunities, including a header by Steve Zakuani in the 15th minute that found the back of the net. In the 27th minute, Freddie Ljungberg beat Vancouver’s defense on the left side of the box but was also ruled offside.
Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller kept Vancouver scoreless with two saves, including one on forward Dever Orgill’s one-touch shot in the 38th minute. Defender James Riley helped the cause by knocking down a shot by Ansu Toure in the 51st minute to keep the score tied at nil.
Seattle, now unbeaten in its last three outings, is 3-1-1 in the preseason. The last goal allowed was in the 67th minute of a 3-0 loss to Norway’s Rosenborg on February 18 in La Manga, Spain.
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 (10): Osvaldo Alonso, David Estrada#, Brad Evans, Stephen King, Freddie Ljungberg, Sanna Nyassi, Lamar Neagle*, Kevin Souter*, Nathan Sturgis, Peter Vagenas; Forwards (7): Michael Fucito*, Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Ellis McLoughlin*, Fredy Montero, Tye Perdido*, Steve Zakuani.