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January 24, 2011 at 4:26 PM

No Julien Baudet at training Tuesday and other team notes

baudet cup.jpgPhoto credit: Harry How, Getty Images

In the notes provided by the team below you’ll see that defender Julien Baudet (above) wasn’t listed among the new arrivals this offseason — this despite being a part of the trade that sent Peter Vagenas to the Colorado Rapids.

Turns out Baudet will not be at Sounders FC training tomorrow as the team continues to hold talks with his representative. We’ll keep an eye on this one.

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Men at Work: Road to First Kick and Beyond Begins Tuesday

Seven weeks prior to the bright lights and big roar of opening night, the players and coaches of Seattle Sounders FC will gather in the relative quiet and gray of Tuesday morning to begin fitting all the pieces together for a successful third season.

Sounders FC will usher in the 16th Major League Soccer season on March 15 on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field when it hosts the Supporters’ Shield-holding L.A. Galaxy at 6:30 p.m. PT in First Kick 2011.

The players, including veterans, rookie draftees and invitees, begin preseason training in earnest at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Head coach Sigi Schmid and his staff will conduct two days of training there, followed by another two sessions of fitness tests at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash.

Beginning Sunday, January 31, the scene shifts to the Grande Sports World facility in Casa Grande, Ariz. The Rave Green will inter-mix practices with some training games against fellow MLS sides until returning February 12. There will be training sessions February 15-17 at Starfire before departing for Bradenton, Fla., and nine days of training and preseason play from February 18-27. Details are being finalized on the training games in Arizona and Florida and will be announced soon.

The complete MLS schedule will be released by early February 2011. Each team will play 34 games, facing each team home and away. For information on 2011 season tickets please visit SoundersFC.com or call 877-MLS-GOAL.

Open Tryout Registration Closes Wednesday

The Sounders FC Open Tryouts will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 29 and 30, beginning at 9 a.m., at Starfire Sports Complex. Wednesday, January 26, is the deadline for online registration at www.SoundersFC.com/opentryouts. Registration is $125 and fees go directly to the Sounders FC Youth Academy program.

Starters Storylines

This marks the 19th and final professional season for the iconic Sounders FC keeper, Kasey Keller. In his two seasons since returning home, Keller, 41, has twice been named an MLS All-Star, totaled 21 shutouts and last season earned MLS Save of the Year honors. On the other end of the pitch, Fredy Montero and Steve Zakuani are regarded as two of the league’s brightest young stars. They each scored 10 goals a year ago. In all there are 14 players who are holdovers from Seattle’s first preseason camp at VMAC in 2009.

Good as New

Seattle’s drive to win a second straight U.S. Open Cup and finish as the hottest club in MLS over the second half of the 2010 season was accomplished in spite of the fact that two starters, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Brad Evans, were injured and unavailable after June. Both players are cleared to begin full training. Hurtado, who sustained a torn ACL on May 22, was a 2009 All-Star and finalist for MLS Defender of the Year. A multidimensional midfielder, Evans also underwent knee surgery and did not play after June 10.

New to the Scene

Seattle acquired three new players from other clubs and drafted eight others from the college ranks during the offseason. Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg, 24, arrived on a free transfer from BK Hacken. Irish defender Danny Earls, 21, came over from Colorado in the Peter Vagenas trade and Jamaican forward O’Brian White, 25, was obtained from Toronto FC (via Vancouver), on the day of the expansion draft.

Sounders FC to Host Cascadia Summit March 4-6

Sounders FC has announced it will host a three-day Cascadia Summit which includes preseason matches between Sounders FC, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

From Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6, the Cascadia Summit will feature forums involving the coaches and supporters groups from each club.

The Summit’s opening match on March 4 will be Sounders FC facing Portland at 7:30 p.m. PT. On March 5, the Timbers and Whitecaps FC play at 5 p.m. PT.

The weekend activities conclude March 6 with the Sounders FC Academy U18 and Whitecaps FC Residency teams playing at 12 p.m., followed by the Seattle and Vancouver senior teams at 3 p.m. PT.

All matches will be played at the Starfire Sports Stadium. Tickets are $10 for each day and go on sale February 1 at SoundersFC.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. There is a two-day Sounders FC package for $18 that is good for both Seattle matches. No ticket is necessary for Saturday’s Supporters Event/Coaches Forum.

Portland and Vancouver supporters will each be allotted 500 tickets in specific sections for their matches with Sounders FC. For the Whitecaps FC-Timbers match, each group will be allotted 1,300 seats, with 500 for Seattle fans. Seating is limited.

Cascadia Summit Schedule of Events (all held at Starfire Stadium)

Friday, March 4

7:00 p.m. — Summit Opening

7:30 p.m. — Seattle Sounders FC v Portland Timbers

Saturday, March 5

1:00 p.m. — Supporters Summit & Coaches Forum

5:00 p.m. — Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sunday, March 6

12:00 p.m. — Sounders FC Academy U18 v Whitecaps FC Residency

3:00 p.m. — Seattle Sounders FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Academy Teams Off to Southern California

Coming off bouts with their local rivals the Sounders FC Academy teams complete their run of road matches this weekend with a trip to southern California. Seattle visits Real SoCal on Saturday and Cosmos West on Sunday.

Both Sounders FC teams remain atop the Northwest Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The U18s (9-2-3) play at 10 p.m. Saturday in Calabasas and 11 a.m. Sunday in Pasadena. The U16s (also 9-2-3) play at 3:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.

The U16s battled Crossfire Premier to a scoreless draw last Sunday. Michael Gallagher and Ian Lange formed a stout central defense and Keenan Townsend earned the shutout in goal. Crossfire avenged an earlier loss to Sounders FC by taking the U18s’ match, 2-1. Seattle’s score came on an own goal and the two sides each finished a man down following the issuing of red cards in the 49th minute.

On February 5 and 6 the Academy teams are back home at Starfire for the first time since November to host California’s Arsenal FC and Arizona’s Real Salt Lake.

Region IV Championships: Sounders FC/Washington Boys 1995 Repeat as Champion

Last week the Sounders FC/Washington Boys 1995s won the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Championship in Phoenix. The Rave Green beat California North, 4-0, in the semifinal and California South, 2-1 in the regional final to take their second straight crown.

Players on all eight of the state’s Elite Player Development (EPD) teams were selected from those training at one of Washington’s six regional training centers, created in 2009 by Sounders FC and Washington Youth Soccer. In addition, Washington’s 1997 Boys and 1997 Girls EPD teams also reached the title match, with both losing to Cal South teams.

The Region IV Championships bring together the top state teams from the Far West for competition to help select the regional and national team pools for the youth age groups.

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

Saturday, January 29, 9 a.m.-Sunday, January 30 – Sounders FC Open Tryouts, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Wash.

Sunday, January 30-Saturday, February 12 – Preseason Training, Casa Grande, Arizona

Tuesday, February 15 – Thursday, February 17 – Preseason Training, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Wash.

Saturday, February 19-Saturday, February 26 – Preseason Training, IMG Soccer Academy, Bradenton, Florida

Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. – MLS First Kick 2011, Sounders FC vs. L.A. Galaxy, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field

Saturday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. – Sounders FC at New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Camps: Finishing School Begins Friday at Starfire

Sounders FC Finishing School begins its five-week run on Friday evening, January 28, at 5 p.m. at the Starfire Sports Complex. There’s still time to register online at SoundersFC.com. Finishing School is designed for youth players (ages 8-14) that want, need and have a passion for finishing the ball in the final third.

High School Prep Camp will be held the week of February 21 through February 25 at Starfire. The sessions are designed to physically and mentally prepare players for their high school tryouts and spring seasons. Registration for either the Finishing School or High School Prep Camp is $200.

Throw-ins

Rookie defender/midfielder Michael Tetteh will wear Number 14…Forward Fredy Montero is among the five finalists for Seattle Sports Star of the Year, which will be presented Wednesday night at Benaroya Hall. The 76th Annual Sports Star of the Year is presented by Root Sports and benefits the Seattle Sports Commission. Also on the featured guest list is U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, a native of Richland, Wash., and former University of Washington standout…On January 29, 1994, Chris Henderson started and played the full 90 in the U.S. National Team’s 1-1 draw with Russia at the Kingdome. At the time the attendance of 43,651 was the 10th-largest U.S. home crowd. Goal scorer Alexi Lalas said of the crowd: “They’re loud, they’ve got passion. Fans elsewhere could take a lesson from Seattle.”

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