As you may remember, Sounders FC held its end-of-the-year business meeting last month. A fan Q&A was part of the event, and the team noted that all questions that weren’t addressed then would be answered online.
Well, here’s a link to those answers, which consisted of a few interesting notes and reminders.
First off, it sounds like there will be a four-game ticket pack for 2013 that will consist entirely of regular-season matches (not an international friendly). You have to imagine the Portland and Vancouver games will be featured, or even make up the entire package — Seattle is set to host each rival twice.
Along the lines of a friendly, there may or may not be one next season. That is consistent with news from the end of last year, when it was announced there would be no friendly in 2013 season-ticket packages.
Elsewhere, the Sounders are again looking to possibly line up a preseason exhibition against a Mexican opponent to help prepare for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Tigres UANL.
Other topics addressed are grass at CenturyLink Field, standing/sitting at home games, new uniforms and more. Now let’s get to some links…
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— Here’s a reminder that a celebration of Mike Ryan‘s life is set for this Saturday at the University of Washington.
— Here’s some more information on the Sounders’ trip to Tanzania.
— And don’t miss this story from the Stranger on Marc Burch going out to train with Rain City Soccer Club, a local gay soccer team.
— FutbolMLS.com caught up with Mauro Rosales recently, who said he hopes to stay in MLS for another year or two. Also, here’s a report from the site on Joan Verdu, whose agent said the Sounders haven’t made an official offer, just shown interest up to this point.
— Around MLS, Montreal has a new head coach in Marco Schallibaum, New York looks to be lining up Paulo Sousa as its head coach, and Toronto FC had a wild day Tuesday resulting in Ryan Nelsen being named head coach (even while he still playing for QPR?).
— Elsewhere around the league, FC Dallas midfielder Julian de Guzman could be off to La Liga, Hendry Thomas has re-signed with Colorado, and D.C. United’s Andy Najar will be going on a one-month loan with Belgium’s Anderlecht.
— Also, Lloyd Sam got a new deal with the Red Bulls, a pair of D.C. United goalkeepers are off to England to train, and might “Queens” have to be included in the new expansion team’s name in New York?
— A lot is going on in Portland, too, where coach Caleb Porter met with local media for the first time, owner Merritt Paulson gave an update on upcoming moves, Robbie Findley‘s rights have reportedly been traded back to Real Salt Lake, and another homegrown player was signed.
— In what appears to be a fluid situation right now, MLS has reportedly tried to trademark the “Cascadia Cup” name in Canada. I’ll keep an eye on this one.
— Regarding some U.S. national team players, Megan Rapinoe (who played for the Sounders Women this past summer) is set to play for a French team for six months, and Maurice Edu might also be bound for France on loan from Stoke City.
— MLS added another college star to its Generation Adidas class and signed a handful of seniors in anticipation of the SuperDraft.
— Lastly, UW women’s soccer coach Lesle Gallimore is being honored with the Women’s Committee Award of Excellence by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The award, according to this report on GoHuskies.com, is meant to recognize those who have brought honor and distinction to women’s soccer .