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March 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Sounders content with replacement referee’s performance

CenturyLink Field has seen its fair share of controversy regarding replacement referees, but Saturday’s MLS opener did not feature another. The referee for Saturday’s matchup between Sounders FC and Sporting Kansas City was Irishman Alan Kelly. He has worked UEFA World Cup qualifiers in the past and UEFA youth tournaments in the past. Kelly has also…

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March 8, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Chad Barrett endears himself to Sounders fans on debut

One of the many new faces on Sounders FC’s roster, forward Chad Barrett wanted to endear himself to fans at CenturyLink Field. There’s no better way to do that than scoring a winning-goal in stoppage time on your debut as Barrett did. His strike in the game’s dying moments clinched a 1-0 victory over the reigning…

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January 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Who the Sounders could pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft

First, here’s who a few experts have the Sounders taking in the first round…

Simon Borg, MLSSoccer.com: Tesho Akindele, Colorado School of Mines, midfielder/forward

Matthew Doyle, MLSSoccer.com: Kyle Venter, New Mexico, defender

Nate Sulat, MLSSoccer.com: Schillo Tshuma, Maryland, forward (Generation Adidas)

Ives Galarcep, Goal.com: A.J. Cochran, Wisconsin, defender (Generation Adidas)

TopDrawerSoccer.com: Ben Sweat, South Florida, defender (with 13th pick)

Obviously, the last two mocks are not up-to-date with the Sounders’ trade on Wednesday with the Fire, but Kotlov and Sweat could both be options for the club with the 8th pick.

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January 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Top Drawer Soccer’s J.R. Eskilson on Sounders needs in Thursday’s SuperDraft, strength of 2014 class

J.R. Eskilson covers soccer across the country for Top Drawer Soccer and always has a pulse on the college game. We asked him about the quality of the 2014 SuperDraft class, who the Sounders may look to draft on Thursday, and what the club is getting in homegrown signings Aaron Kovar and Sean Okoli.

Seattle Times: As of this moment, what player do you think D.C. United will take with the first overall pick?

J.R. Eskilson: D.C. United is in a tricky spot. The franchise would be better off if it traded out of the top pick – added a player and more picks. The Generation Adidas class does not have any breakout stars – there are a lot of good players but no player that I would point to and say that guy is going to be great from day one. If D.C. United sticks with the spot, I think they roll the dice and take Christian Dean with the top pick. He is a big center back, athletic, strikes the ball clean. I don’t think he is the most pro-ready out of the bunch – I actually prefer his teammate Steve Birnbaum – but he is Generation Adidas so the salary does not count against the cap and it gives D.C. something to build around for now.

ST: If you were starting a new MLS franchise and had the first pick of the draft, would you still take Dean?

JE: No. I’d go after Andre Blake. D.C. United has a good, young keeper in Bill Hamid so there is no need to select a keeper in this draft. The reason Blake appeals to me beyond the obvious skills and athleticism is the vast difference between him and the next goalkeeper in the draft. Defensively, I think there are center backs that could go in round two or three that are close to par with the top names on the board. The same could be said in midfield – maybe to a lesser extent at forward. Goalkeeper is the position where the greatest difference is between the first players and second on my draft board.

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