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November 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Sounders FC weekly release of offseason news and notes

This in from the team:

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Offseason Moves Begin

The first day of Major League Soccer’s offseason was marked by a flurry of activity, with Seattle Sounders FC making its first player-for-player trade and later joining the other 15 existing clubs in revealing its protected players for Wednesday’s Expansion Draft.

Prior to Monday’s trade deadline, Sounders FC announced that midfielder Peter Vagenas has been sent to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for defenders Julien Baudet and Danny Earls.

An 11-year MLS veteran, Vagenas helped Sounders FC win its first trophy, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 2009. He ended the 2010 season on the disabled list with a quadriceps strain.

“I want to thank Pete for his contributions to Sounders FC during the first two years of the club’s existence,” said Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid. “He was an important player for us, both on and off the field.”

Vagenas, 32, made 16 starts in 21 league appearances for Sounders FC and recorded two assists in his two seasons. He was chosen by Seattle in the 2008 expansion draft. Vagenas has played 204 MLS games since being selected by Los Angeles in 2000. His totals include 14 goals and 27 assists.

This season, Vagenas made 10 appearances in all competitions. In 2009 he made 18 appearances in both league and cup play with 12 starts, including the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final win over D.C. United.

Baudet played two seasons for the Rapids, making 28 regular season appearances with 23 starts. The 31-year-old Frenchman scored one goal in 2009. He came off the bench to play the entire 30 minutes of extra time in Colorado’s 2-1 win over FC Dallas in Sunday’s MLS Cup 2010. Baudet played 10 years in France and England before arriving midway through 2009.

Earls, 21, started 15 games as a rookie this past season in Colorado, appearing in 18 matches altogether. A former Republic of Ireland youth international, he came to America in 2008, joining the Rochester Rhinos of USL-1.

Sounders FC Submits Protected List

Also on Monday Seattle submitted its list of protected players for Expansion Draft, to be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT. The League’s 17th and 18th teams, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, will begin to take shape following the 10-round draft which will be streamed on MLSsoccer.com.

Sounders FC will not lose more than two players, and may protect an additional player once one is taken in the draft.

Protected Players: Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Mike Fucito, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Nate Jaqua, Kasey Keller, Fredy Montero, Jeff Parke, James Riley, Steve Zakuani

Unprotected Players: Julien Baudet, Terry Boss, Danny Earls, David Estrada, Leo Gonzalez, Taylor Graham, Patrick Ianni, Roger Levesque, Tyrone Marshall, Miguel MontaƱo, Blaise Nkufo, Pat Noonan, Sanna Nyassi, Zach Scott, Michael Seamon, Nathan Sturgis, Tyson Wahl

Upcoming Key Dates (times are Pacific & subject to change)

Wednesday, November 24, 11 a.m. – Expansion Draft

Thursday, December 2, 7 a.m. – FIFA Announces hosts for 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Wednesday, December 8 – MLS Re-Entry Draft, Stage 1

Wednesday, December 15 – MLS Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2

Friday, December 17- Sunday, December 19 – Sounders FC College Combine, Las Vegas

Saturday, January 8-Tuesday, January 11 – adidas MLS Player Combine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Thursday, January 13, 9 a.m. – 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Baltimore

MLS Executive Award Winners

Prior to the championship match in Toronto, Major League Soccer announced the winners of year-end awards that recognize individuals and clubs for outstanding contributions off the playing field. Sounders FC personnel collected the following four awards:

Athletic Training Staff of the Year presented by Mueller Sports Medicine: Seattle Sounders FC

Operations Staff of the Year: Seattle Sounders FC

Ticketing Executive of the Year: Chuck Arnold: Seattle Sounders FC

Ticket Sales Team of the Year: Seattle Sounders FC

Alliance Year-End Event December 3

The Sounders FC Alliance, which includes season ticket holders and paid members, will hold its annual year-end business meeting on December 3. It begins at 7 p.m. PT in the WaMu Theater at Qwest Field Event Center. Majority owner Joe Roth and owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer will be involved along with selected players and members of the team management staff.

Every Alliance member has a vote in determining the direction of the club. Membership is complimentary for season ticket holders, and non-season ticket holders can join for an annual fee of $125. Benefits include voting privileges, membership pin, membership card, discounts at team shops, electronic newsletters during the season and an invitation to the annual meeting.

World Cup 2022: Watch the Announcement, Join the Bid

There will be a local viewing party on December 2 for the announcement of the host for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Local supporters will gather that morning from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. PT at FX McRory’s, located just north of Qwest Field at 419 Occidental Ave. S. Sounders FC management and players will be on hand.

The announcement will be made by FIFA President Joseph Blatter at 7 a.m. PT on December 2 in Zurich and will be broadcast live by ESPN SportsCenter, Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN Deportes, CNN International and Univision.

Seattle has been identified as an official host city by the USA Bid Committee and will be included in the formal bid book presented to FIFA. On the following day, December 2, FIFA will announce the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Over 1.1 million people have signed up online to support the U.S. bid (www.gousabid.com), including more than 46,000 backing the Emerald City as a site to host matches.

The other 17 cities selected by the USA Bid Committee are, in alphabetical order: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

Zakuani Makes International Debut

Steve Zakuani made his first international appearance last week, starting and playing the first hour of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 3-1 loss to Mali in a November 17 friendly outside Paris. Zakuani was involved in the sequence which resulted in Congo DR taking a 1-nil lead into halftime. After visiting his family in London, Zakuani will move on to Liverpool and train there with Everton FC.

Supporters Group News

Katie Pendleton of Gorilla FC was named by MLS W.O.R.K.S. The Home Depot Community Award recipient for Sounders FC. Pendleton earned a trip to Toronto where she was honored along with the winners from the other 15 clubs at halftime of MLS Cup. In addition to Gorilla FC, Pendleton was active with Sounders FC community events and Steve Zakuani’s Kingdom Hope foundation. Most notably she helped put together a benefit for Doctors Without Borders following the disasters in Haiti, an event which eventually raised over $20,000 for relief efforts.

Tickets are on sale for the Emerald City Supporters’ end of season party, at 9 p.m. on December 4 at the Cirque Event Center in Seattle. Prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and a portion of proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Renton and America SCORES Seattle. There will be food, drinks and live performances by several bands, including Grammatrain. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com.

Give Us Your Full 90 Again in 2011!

Sounders FC are currently accepting deposits for 2011 season tickets. To join, please visit SoundersFC.com or call 877-MLS-GOAL. Seattle’s schedule will include matches with MLS newcomers Portland and Vancouver, plus an international friendly against a soon-to-be-announced opponent. Sounders FC had 32,000 season ticket holders in 2010.

MLS Cup Playoffs Results

Western Conference Semifinals

Real Salt Lake 1 at FC Dallas 2, October 30

FC Dallas 1 at Real Salt Lake 1, November 6

FC Dallas advanced 3-2 on aggregate

Los Angeles Galaxy 1 at Seattle Sounders FC 0, October 31

Seattle Sounders FC 1 at Los Angeles Galaxy 2, November 7

Los Angeles advanced 3-1 on aggregate

Western Conference Final

FC Dallas 3 at Los Angeles Galaxy 0, November 14

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Columbus Crew 0 at Colorado Rapids 1, October 28

Colorado Rapids 1 at Columbus Crew 2, November 6

Colorado advanced on penalties, 5-4, after finishing 2-2 on aggregate

New York Red Bulls 1 at San Jose Earthquakes 0, October 30

San Jose Earthquakes 3 at New York Red Bulls 1, November 4

San Jose advanced 3-2 on aggregate

Eastern Conference Final

San Jose Earthquakes 0 at Colorado Rapids 1, November 13

MLS Cup 2010

FC Dallas 1 v Colorado Rapids 2, BMO Field, Toronto, November 21

Academy: Sounders FC Splits with Crossfire

The Sounders FC Academy U18s remained undefeated, edging Crossfire Premier, 1-0, for its fourth straight win at home on Saturday. Central midfielder Troy Peterson stepped to the spot and converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute for the victory.

Ryan Herman got the shutout, the team’s fifth thus far. The defense has allowed only five goals in nine matches. Sounders FC (6-0-3) played without top scorer Sean Okoli, who was in Carson, Calif., for a U.S. U18 National Team training camp.

A four-game unbeaten run for the U16s ended with a 4-0 loss to Crossfire. Three of the goals came during a four-minute span late in the first half. The U16s are now 6-2-1 and second in the Northwest Division.

The Academy teams resume play at the Winter Showcase in Phoenix on December 4, 6 and 7.

Sounders FC Roster

The following players are currently training with Sounders FC: Goalkeepers (3): Terry Boss, Jordan Jennings*, Kasey Keller; Defenders (12): Julien Baudet, Danny Earls, Taylor Graham, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall, Jeff Parke, James Riley, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Jamel Wallace*. Midfielders (8): Osvaldo Alonso, David Estrada, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Lamar Neagle*, Sanna Nyassi, Michael Seamon, Nathan Sturgis; Forwards (9): Mike Fucito, Blaise Nkufo, Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Miguel Montano, Fredy Montero, Pat Noonan, Ty Perdido*, Steve Zakuani.

*invitee

Throw-ins

Optional training sessions at Starfire will resume on November 29 and conclude December 3…Commissioner Don Garber announced at MLS Cup that the postseason would be expanded from eight to 10 teams and that the league will have a balanced 34-game schedule in 2011…Kasey Keller will turn 41 on November 29. That date also is the 13th anniversary of Seattle University winning its first title, the 1997 NAIA men’s crown with a 2-1 victory over Rockhurst…On November 29, 1975 a record crowd of over 7,000 fans watched in Memorial Stadium as Baltimore beat SPU, 3-1, in the NCAA Division II championship match…November 30 is the 19th anniversary of the United States winning its first FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2-1 over Norway. Seattle native Michelle Akers scored both goals, giving her 10 altogether in six matches at the finals.

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