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November 30, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Sounders FC weekly release of offseason news and notes

This in from the team…

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World Cup 2022: Watch the Announcement, Join the Bid

Sounders FC representatives will gather with other leaders of the local sports community on Thursday morning to view the announcement of host nations for the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022. Seattle’s official viewing party begins at 6:30 a.m. PT at FX McRory’s, located just north of Qwest Field at 419 Occidental Ave. S.

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 Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN SportsCenter, 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 (, 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.

White Becomes Latest Arrival

Forward O’Brian White became the newest member of Sounders FC last week when the Jamaican international was acquired from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for allocation money.

The trade occurred just hours after White was selected by Vancouver from Toronto FC in the expansion draft. Earlier in the week Seattle had traded with Colorado for defenders Julien Baudet and Danny Earls.

White, 24, had been selected 12th overall by Vancouver in the MLS Expansion Draft. He started 14 times for Toronto FC in his two MLS seasons, making 33 appearances overall. White debuted for the senior Jamaica National Team on November 17, starting the friendly against Costa Rica.

Chosen fourth overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, White missed the first half of his rookie season while recovering from a knee injury sustained during his senior season at the University of Connecticut. He played in nine games in his rookie campaign and more than doubled his playing time in 2010, playing in 24 regular season games (nine starts) and scoring two goals and four assists for Toronto FC.

A youth international selection for Jamaica at the U15, U17 and U20 levels, White moved to Canada in 2002 and later starred at UConn. He was named the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy winner–symbolic of collegiate soccer’s top player–after his junior season for the Huskies, when he scored 23 goals in 24 games.

Baudet and Earls were both acquired in a trade that sent Peter Vagenas to the MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids.

Baudet played two seasons for the Rapids, making 28 regular season appearances with 23 starts. The 31-year-old Frenchman came off the bench to play the entire 30 minutes of extra time in Colorado’s 2-1 win over FC Dallas in 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 Loses Two in Expansion Draft

Sounders FC midfielders Sanna Nyassi and Nathan Sturgis were selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC with two of its 10 selections in the 2010 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft.

Nyassi, 21, was taken with the second overall pick and Sturgis, 23, the sixth. The Portland Timbers chose FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty with the top overall selection.

Following the selection of Nyassi, Seattle added defender Patrick Ianni to its protected list. Teams could not lose more than two players in the draft.

Nyassi was the third player signed by Sounders FC on September 5, 2008. After playing sparingly in 2009, the Gambian international blossomed in the second half of this season. He started 11 of the final 13 regular season matches on the right wing and both playoff games. Nyassi scored two goals and added three assists during the final 14 matches, and he scored both goals in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, a 2-1 win over Columbus.

Taken in the 2008 Expansion Draft, Sturgis achieved career highs in appearances (20, including 16 starts) and minutes played (1483). A five-year veteran, he started 15 of the last 16 games in central midfield, scoring one goal, a penalty kick, and two assists.

Nyassi, whose twin brother Sainey plays for New England, originally came to Seattle in 2008, signing with the USL-1 Sounders. He contracted malaria twice while growing up in Gambia and has served as the Sounders FC spokesman for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Nothing But Nets campaign each season. Nyassi was named MLS W.O.R.K.S. April Humanitarian of the Month.

A U.S. youth international, Sturgis was originally drafted 12th overall by the L.A. Galaxy in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, following two seasons at Clemson. He was traded to Real Salt Lake in 2007. His younger brother Caleb is a placekicker for the University of Florida.

Their stay in Vancouver didn’t last long as both players were traded within two days. Nyassi joins Peter Vagenas, another former Sounders FC midfielder, in Colorado while Sturgis was dealt to Toronto FC.

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

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

Give Us Your Full 90 Again in 2011!

Sounders FC are currently accepting deposits for 2011 season tickets. To join, please visit 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.

Alliance Year-End Event on Friday

The Sounders FC Alliance, which includes season ticket holders and paid members, will hold its annual year-end business meeting on Friday 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.

ECS Party on Saturday Night

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

Academy: Winter Showcase

The Sounders FC Academy teams leave Friday for the Winter Showcase in Phoenix. Matches begin on Saturday morning against South Carolina United. Seattle meets Virginia rush on December 6 and concludes the tournament versus Lonestar Academy on December 7. All tournament games will be played at the Reach 11 Sports Complex.

The Sounders FC Academy U18s head into the tournament with an unbeaten (6-0-3) record and in first place in the Northwest Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The U16s are 6-2-1 and second in the Northwest.

Upcoming Championship Anniversaries

There are seven anniversaries of local NCAA championships to be celebrated during the first days of December.

December 2, 1978: Seattle Pacific won its first Division II title, getting a goal from Bruce Raney in the 127th minute of a marathon match to defeat Alabama A&M, 1-0

December 2, 1983: SPU claimed its second national title by defeating Tampa, 1-0, on Gerard McGlynn’s goal

December 7, 1985: Peter Hattrup scored twice and set-up the game-winner in Seattle Pacific’s 3-2 victory over Florida International

December 6, 1986: SPU became the first team in Division II history to claim back-to-back championships after beating Oakland, 4-1, at Memorial Stadium

December 4, 1993: Seattle Pacific became the first D2 team to win five crowns by defeating Southern Connecticut, 1-0.

December 5, 2004: Seattle University won its second national title and first in NCAA with a 2-1 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Redhawks finished unbeaten at 22-0-1

December 6, 2008: Thanks to a golden goal by Janae Godoy, the SPU women won their first NCAA championship, 1-0 over West Florida


Optional training sessions will conclude later this week at the Starfire Sports Complex…The North Sound SeaWolves FC will join the Premier Development League for the 2011 season. The SeaWolves will play their home games at Goddard Memorial Stadium in Everett, Wash….The U.S. Women’s National Team had a tough draw for next summer’s Women’s World Cup. They will be in Group C with North Korea, Colombia and Sweden. The 16-team tournament begins on June 26 in Germany.


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