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If you’ve missed any news from the past week or so, check out the following release from the team. It also has information on player appearances in the community.
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Community Shield Final Whistle Signals the Start for Sounders FC
A dress rehearsal for opening night of the third season awaits Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night when the second annual Community Shield match is contested by the reigning MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT.
The match will be part of the Sounders FC Preseason Show airing live Wednesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on KONG 6/16. Sounders FC fans can tune into KONG 6/16 TV to view the “2010 Season in Review” starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring highlights from the team’s second season. Following at 7 p.m., join the voice-of-the-Sounders FC Arlo White for the Sounders FC 2011 Preview Show. Intermittent game action from the Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids will also be shown.
Following the final whistle Sounders FC will turn its attention to the commencement of Major League Soccer’s regular season and MLS First Kick 2011 against the L.A. Galaxy on March 15. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. PT.
Proceeds from the Community Shield match will benefit the team’s community outreach programs. Tickets are available at www.SoundersFC.com, by calling 877-MLS-GOAL, 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.
Seattle enters the Colorado match with a preseason record of 4-4-2 after losing twice at the inaugural Cascadia Summit last week.
Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Pacific)
Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. – Colorado Rapids, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle (Community Shield)
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. – L.A. Galaxy, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle (MLS First Kick 2011)
Saturday, March 19, 4:30 p.m. – at New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
Friday, March 25, 7 p.m. – Houston Dynamo, Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field, Seattle
Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. – at San Jose Earthquakes, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Community Shield Notes
This marks the second time in three years that the final preseason match has featured Colorado coming to Qwest Field. In 2009 the Rapids won a closed-door game, 1-0. Last year’s return date to Commerce City was scratched due to bad weather.
Since winning MLS Cup, Colorado has added two former Sounders FC players: central defender Tyrone Marshall and midfielder Sanna Nyassi. Both Marshall and Nyassi were starters for Seattle in the inaugural MLS game in 2009. The Rapids are coming off a 3-0 win at Cal Poly on Saturday in which Nyassi scored the first goal.
Sounders FC fans helped raise over $80,000 from the 2010 Community Shield match against Portland.
Montero to Welcome Global Music Superstar Juanes
Forward Fredy Montero will welcome Latin music superstar Juanes to the city on Tuesday, March 8 and present him with a personalized Sounders FC jersey to celebrate the Seattle opening of his World Tour. The welcome will take place at 2:45 p.m. PT at the WAMU Theater adjacent to Qwest Field. Juanes will speak briefly with media, offer a concert sneak peek inside his rehearsal, and make a special presentation in return to Montero on behalf of Major League Soccer. Both Juanes and Montero are natives of Colombia. Juanes’ “P.A.R.C.E. Tour” will open with a concert performance Thursday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. at WAMU Theater.
Neagle, Carrasco Signed
Forward Lamar Neagle and midfielder Servando Carrasco signed with Sounders FC last week.
A Tacoma native, Neagle, 23, re-joins Sounders FC after successful stints in America and abroad during 2010. He scored 12 goals in 19 regular season matches for the Charleston Battery to earn Golden Boot and MVP honors in USL-2, the third tier of U.S. professional soccer. The Battery went on to win the 2010 USL-2 championship.
Following the season Neagle was signed by Finland’s IFK Mariehamn, where he played in five leagues matches last fall, scoring two goals. He returns to Seattle as a free agent.
Neagle is joining Sounders FC for the second time. He signed on June 10, 2009 but was limited to action in friendlies versus Chelsea and Barcelona. He was waived after the season and spent the 2010 preseason in training as an invitee. Neagle was a three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team selection while at UNLV. He earlier played for Federal Way’s Thomas Jefferson High School.
Carrasco, 22, was selected by Seattle with the 27th pick overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. A defensive midfielder, Carrasco has played in all eight preseason games, starting three. He scored the winning goal in Seattle’s 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire in Bradenton, Fla.
Carrasco was born in San Diego but grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and holds dual citizenship. He played all four years at the University of California and was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, earning first team honors in 2010. Carrasco finished his collegiate career by starting all 20 games last fall for the Bears and scoring seven goals along with three assists.
Preseason Recap (March 4): Sounders FC 0, Portland Timbers 2
Sounders FC fell to the Portland in the opening match of the inaugural Cascadia Summit as Jorge Perlaza scored the game’s first goal in the 21st minute and Kenny Cooper added an insurance tally in the final minute of second-half stoppage time.
Kasey Keller dived to save Cooper’s shot but Perlaza was at the back post to tap the rebound into an open net. Cooper found the side netting in the 93rd minute when he caught the Seattle defense on a counter-attack.
Seattle held the advantage in shots 18-7 (4-4 on goal) and on corner kicks, 7-2. Portland was whistled for 11 fouls and Seattle had six.
In the first half Blaise Nkufo got free on a breakaway in the 11th minute but his shot from 18 yards was deflected by a Portland defender and Fredy Montero’s header on the rebound missed wide of the frame.
Alvaro Fernandez had a pair close misses in the game. He got free in the middle of the box in the 33rd minute and flicked a header that missed wide of the far post. In the 55th minute, Steve Zakuani sent a low cross into the box that fell to Fernandez in front of goal but his close-range shot missed high.
Osvaldo Alonso ran onto a bouncing ball and blasted a shot from 25 yards out in the 52nd minute that skimmed over the crossbar and landed in the top netting.
Preseason Recap (March 6): Sounders FC 2, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3
Roger Levesque scored and assisted and Miguel Montano added a second tally but Seattle fell to Vancouver in the final game of the Cascadia Summit on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle conceded two early goals but Levesque pulled Sounders FC a goal back shortly before halftime. Whitecaps FC added a third strike at the outset of the second half before Montano scored the game’s final goal in the 77th minute.
Sounders FC scored its first goal just before halftime when Levesque knocked the ball into the net from point blank range following a scramble in the box. Zach Scott and Patrick Ianni were both credited with assists on the play which started from a corner kick. It was Levesque’s first goal of the preseason.
Montano brought the score to 3-2 after he finished a ball driven by Levesque through the crease and past ‘Caps keeper Joe Cannon.
Salgado, the first overall selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, scored the game’s first goal in the 6th minute. After a mistrap by a Seattle defender, Salgado ran onto the ball and finished one-on-one against goalkeeper Terry Boss.
Another defensive mistake in the 12th minute resulted in Vancouver’s second goal. Russell Teibert hit a cross from the left flank that went through the hands of Boss and into the side netting.
Two minutes into the second half Camilo Sanvezzo put one into an open net after Boss had been drawn out for Vancouver’s third tally.
Sounders FC held a 17-9 advantage on shots (7-6 on goal) and corner kicks, 13-1.
Erik Friberg found Scott on a free kick in the 20th minute but his diving header was saved by goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Friberg played another good ball into the box in the 23rd minute but Nolly kick-saved Levesque’s sliding attempt at the back post.Ianni pushed forward and blasted one off the crossbar in the 53rd minute and Joe Cannon made a difficult diving save after Levesque whipped a header on frame in the 66th minute.
Portland and Vancouver battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.
Academy: Sounders FC U18s Rally to Defeat Whitecaps at Summit
A driven, bending free kick by Darwin Jones in the 87th minute capped a late comeback by the Sounders FC Academy U18s in their 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency in a friendly on Sunday during the Cascadia Summit.
Jones, who also assisted on Glen Paden’s strike in the 75th minute and hit the right post shortly after kickoff, scored on a shot from the edge of the box curling into the far corner. Michael Steele’s long drive had tied it at 3-all just two minutes earlier. In all, five of the game’s seven goals were scored in the final five minutes, plus stoppage.
After a scoreless first half Jesse Klug opened the scoring in the 57th minute. Vancouver scored twice in two minutes to take a 3-2 lead in the 79th minute.
Seattle (12-4-4) returns to league play on May 28, at home against California Development Academy.
Sounders FC/Washington Finish Runner-Up in ODP Championships
The Sounders FC/Washington Boys 1995s finished runner-up in the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Championships in Phoenix after falling to Virginia, 3-1, on Sunday. Jacob Hauser-Ramsey scored for the Rave Green in the final, and he also sent the semifinal match into overtime with a goal in the 60th minute against Georgia. Sounders FC/Washington went on to win that contest, 2-1 on penalties. Goalkeeper Christian Robles saved two of Georgia’s penalty attempts in the tiebreaker, won 4-2 by Seattle.
In 2009 Seattle finished the preseason with a record of 7-3-1 and in 2010 the mark was 3-2-1…Roger Levesque will be on hand at Seattle’s King Street Station from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 for an event launching Washington’s Lottery Amtrak Cascades Scratch Tickets…James Riley, Zach Scott and Lamar Neagle will all be available for autographs and photos for one-hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods at South Hill Mall in Puyallup…Two years ago, on March 9, 2009, Hope Solo was named MVP of the Algarve Cup after the U.S. Women’s National Team finished runner-up to Sweden on penalties. Solo allowed only one goal in four matches…On March 14, 1983 Laurie Calloway was named the final head coach of the NASL Sounders. The team folded following the season.