November 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Time to start planning for next season. Here is Sounders FC’s schedule for 2014, as released Monday (I’ll update this post over the next several months as changes dictate)…
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|March 8||Saturday||vs. Sporting KC||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|March 15||Saturday||vs. Toronto FC||7 p.m.||TBD|
|March 22||Saturday||at Montreal||1 p.m.||TBD|
|March 29||Saturday||vs. Columbus||7 p.m.||TBD|
|April 5||Saturday||at Portland||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|April 12||Saturday||at FC Dallas||5:30 p.m.||TBD|
|April 19||Saturday||at Chivas USA||7:30 p.m.||TBD|
|April 26||Saturday||vs. Colorado||TBD||TBD|
|May 3||Saturday||vs. Philadelphia||7 p.m.||TBD|
|May 7||Wednesday||vs. FC Dallas||7 p.m.||TBD|
|May 11||Sunday||at New England||3 p.m.||TBD|
|May 17||Saturday||vs. San Jose||7 p.m.||TBD|
|May 24||Saturday||at Vancouver||TBD||TBD|
|May 31||Saturday||vs. Real Salt Lake||TBD||TBD|
|June 7||Saturday||at Chicago||5:30 p.m.||TBD|
|June 11||Wednesday||at Chivas USA||8 p.m.||TBD|
|June 28||Saturday||at D.C. United||4 p.m.||TBD|
|July 5||Saturday||at Vancouver||TBD||TBD|
|July 13||Sunday||vs. Portland||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|July 26||Saturday||vs. LA Galaxy||5 p.m.||ESPN2|
|August 2||Saturday||at San Jose||TBD||NBCSN|
|August 10||Sunday||vs. Houston||7:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|August 16||Saturday||at Real Salt Lake||11:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|August 20||Wednesday||vs. San Jose||7 p.m.||TBD|
|August 24||Sunday||at Portland||2 p.m.||ESPN2|
|August 30||Saturday||vs. Colorado||TBD||TBD|
|September 12||Friday||vs. Real Salt Lake||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|September 20||Saturday||at New York||11:30 a.m.||NBC|
|September 24||Wednesday||at FC Dallas||6 p.m.||TBD|
|September 27||Saturday||vs. Chivas USA||TBD||TBD|
|October 5||Sunday||at Colorado||12 p.m.||TBD|
|October 10||Friday||vs. Vancouver||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|October 19||Sunday||at LA Galaxy||5:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|October 25||Saturday||vs. LA Galaxy||12 p.m.||NBC|
November 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM
In a move that had become increasingly expected as the season came to an end, Sounders FC has signed midfielder Brad Evans to a new multiyear contract. Evans’ previous contract had come to an end. That’s two Sounders “original” signing new deals in the past two days.
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Sounders FC release
Seattle Sounders FC has signed midfielder Brad Evans to a multi-year contract, the club announced today. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Evans, 28, has been a consistent starter for Sounders FC since 2009, ranking third in club history in games played (112), games started (103), goals (17), assists (19) and fourth in minutes (8,900). He is one of just four players to make over 100 appearances for Sounders FC, and has been capped 16 times by the U.S. National Team.
“Re-signing Brad was a major priority for us,” said Sounders FC Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “He has become a leader in the locker room and is a versatile player on the field. Brad exhibits the commitment, values and spirit of playing for the Sounders FC badge.”
November 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM
I’m actually supposed to be on vacation these next couple weeks, so here is Sounders FC’s press release on Osvaldo Alonso signing a new deal that makes him a designated player. The team’s three DPs are Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Alonso. Mauro Rosales could still return for 2014, but he would no longer be a DP.
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Sounders FC Release
Seattle Sounders FC has signed midfielder Osvaldo Alonso to a multi-year contract, the club announced today. Alonso will occupy one of Seattle’s Designated Player spots.
“Ozzie is the ultimate competitor who has given everything to Sounders FC,” said Sounders FC Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “His passion for the game of soccer and his drive to be the best are validated by being named team MVP four-consecutive seasons by his teammates. Ozzie is a key building block for our club and we are happy to sign him to a long-term contract extension.”
Alonso, 28, has been a steady presence in Seattle’s midfield since signing with the club on January 27, 2009. He is a three-time MLS-All Star and was named Sounders FC MVP for four consecutive seasons. Alonso continued to establish himself this season as one of the league’s premier defensive midfielders while leading MLS in passing accuracy (88.58).
November 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM
Sounders FC majority owner Joe Roth and part owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke with reporters Thursday afternoon following the news that coach Sigi Schmid will be retained for the 2014 season.
Here is a transcript…
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How much of a concern was the late-season slide in making this decision?
Roth: “Well, I sat down with Adrian and Sigi on Tuesday down here in Los Angeles for two hours, and we kind of talked through everything, because anybody who has a business that’s kicking ass Oct. 1 and down to fifth on Nov. 1 has got to worry about it or they’re remiss, themselves. I think that I was horrified by the late-season slide and felt like it started in the 1-1 tie in the Red Bulls game, frankly — a game we should’ve won. Then it just seemed like we were on our heels the rest of the way. As a sports fan and a fanatic Sounders fan and an owner and a businessman, I was terrified, particularly since the previous 22 games we’d gotten 47 points. If we stunk, we stunk, but this was totally unexpected. I think the job that Adrian and I have in front of us is to evaluate every single piece of the team: coach, coaches, medical staff, players, ball boys — you name it. I just wanted to hear from Sigi and, at the same time, have him hear what my expectations of the team are.”
What were the reasons that led you decide to keep Sigi and what, if any, changes have you identified that you need to make to the organization to avoid a repeat of what happened?
Roth: “Look, I think Sigi’s a great coach. I’m down here in L.A. and I watched him coach at UCLA for a long time and at the Galaxy and at Columbus. We went out of our way to try and bring him to Seattle. In the five years we’ve been here with an expansion team, he’s made the playoffs all five years. We just haven’t had a slide like that. It was so shocking and discouraging, I think we all needed to talk about it. Nobody’s won more MLS games than Sigi; he’s a great coach. We just wanted to get more understanding about it and make sure we can take steps, whatever they are, in training, in the locker room, or whatever, to make sure this thing doesn’t happen again.”
Hanauer: “I was just going to add that I think in that meeting we heard that Sigi has the same commitment to the tough decisions ahead, the kind of soccer we want to play, and the mentality that we want our team to represent for our brand and our fans.”
November 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey has been forced to withdraw from the U.S. men’s national team after suffering a right calf strain in during practice Wednesday morning. As a result, the USMNT captain won’t be available in friendlies against Scotland on Friday and Austria on Tuesday.
It has been a tough run of injuries for Dempsey since he signed with Seattle in August; he had issues with his hamstring and shoulder in his three months with the team before this latest setback.
The injury also comes after coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was very much looking forward to getting Dempsey back into the team.
“We are excited to have Clint back. He’s our captain,” Klinsmann said recently in a Q&A with the federation website. “It was a huge transition for him going back into MLS, struggling with injuries, not having had a preseason with Seattle. He’s working his way back to full fitness and sharpness, and he looks good for us. The results didn’t work out the way he wanted them to be in Seattle, but we could see that he, step by step, is getting back in a rhythm, attacking the game and looking good. We’re excited to have him back and see him in our group again.”
You might Eddie Johnson also suffered an injury while training with the national team last month.
No replacement will be made to fill Dempsey’s place on the roster, or for Fabian Johnson, who was also forced to withdraw with an ankle injury.
October 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Reporters got a chance to catch up briefly with Sounders FC general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer after Thursday’s practice, mainly to discuss there being NFL lines on the CenturyLink Field surface for Saturday’s playoff game against Portland.
A couple other topics came up, too.
Here is a transcript:
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(What should the fans be prepared for in terms of NFL lines on the field Saturday?) “Yeah, they should be prepared for a football field pretending to be a soccer field. It’s the unfortunate reality of a two-professional-team stadium with the timing. We probably could’ve avoided this if we had done a little better job collecting points toward the end of the season, but it is what it is. It’s still going to be FieldTurf. It’s still going to be 114 by 74. It’s still going to have two goals, an 18-yard box with a midfield line and stripes. Obviously we’ve had five years of doing a pretty good job of managing it and making sure that we don’t have football lines, just I think maybe the one playoff game last year where we had some football lines. And we’re not happy about it, but we’re going to have to make the most of it.”
(This is in no way a choice, right?) “The only way around it is creating massive risk for a nationally televised NFL game. Again, in the weighed risk, I understand why this is where we’re at with this solution. That said, we are going to continue to push and try to figure out ultimately over time whether there are technologies, work force opportunities, creative solutions to never have this happen, but for now, it is what it is.”
October 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM
Sounders FC general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer spoke for reporters for a while after Tuesday’s practice. The interview ran about 20 minutes long and covered topics from the team’s form, to the playoffs, to the production (or lack thereof of Clint Dempsey), to the job security of coach Sigi Schmid and more.
Here is a transcript:
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(What were the emotions after this weekend? Celebratory after clinching a playoff berth?) “Look, celebratory? No. I don’t think we’ve ever really celebrated after… Well, maybe the first year making the playoffs. But after that first year, it became kind of an expectation just like in the community, with our fans, with the media, with everybody in the organization — we expect to make the playoffs. Not celebratory, but check mark for one of our goals for the year. Now we know we need to move on and perform in the playoffs.”
(Is it safe to say then that just making the playoffs does not a successful season make?) “For us, it’s kind of a minimum standard, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been a successful season. I think it means it hasn’t been a failure of a season, but we want to win trophies, and you don’t get a trophy for making the playoffs.”
(What do you make of setting another attendance record and can that record continue indefinitely?) “Can we keep it going indefinitely? I have my doubts. Can we keep it going for one more year? Two more years? Three more years? We hope. And I guess going back to the original question, our fans have been amazing. It’s been sort of humbling and just made me really proud to be part of this community to see the support that the team gets, see the support the players and coaches get in good times and in bad. Obviously, it’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster season, but our fans have stuck behind us. When we take a goal at home, and they’re as loud as ever, it means a lot. It keeps the guys motivated to continue to perform. It’s been a pretty amazing run, and we want to keep that going.”
October 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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Sounders FC lineup: GK Marcus Hahnemann, D DeAndre Yedlin, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Patrick Ianni, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Brad Evans, M Adam Moffat, M Alex Caskey, F Clint Dempsey, F Lamar Neagle
Sounders FC bench: GK Michael Gspurning, D Marc Burch, D Zach Scott, D Dylan Remick, M Andy Rose, F/M David Estrada, F Eriq Zavaleta
FC Dallas lineup: GK Chris Seitz, D Jair Benitez, D Matt Hedges, D Walker Zimmerman, D Kellyn Acosta, M Andrew Jacobson, M Peter Luccin, M David Ferreira, M Jackson, M Fabian Castillo, F Kenny Cooper
FC Dallas bench: GK Kyle Zobeck, F Blas Perez, D Zach Loyd, D Stephen Keel, M Erick, D/M Michel, M Ramon Nunez.
NOTES: This is Seattle’s 37th lineup in 38 games in all competitions. Marcus Hahnemann stays the starting goalkeeper, which begs the question: Is he the new No. 1? Looks like Obafemi Martins and Eddie Johnson didn’t travel, as had been indicated on Twitter and Instagram yesterday, respectively. Clint Dempsey back in the starting lineup with the sore shoulder. Zach Scott returns from suspension. Osvaldo Alonso is serving a suspension. Brad Evans back in after duty with the U.S. national team.
October 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM
There was one Sounder on the practice field longer than the rest Wednesday: Michael Gspurning. The goalkeeper, of course, was benched for the first time Sunday, so he stayed out maybe as long as 45 minutes after the rest of the team had gone inside.
Well, league pool goalkeeper Doug Herrick stayed out with him.
Reporters got a chance to talk to Gspurning after he was done. Here is a transcript of what he had to say for the first time since losing his starting job:
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(So how are you feeling after all this?) “I feel all right. Of course I’m not happy with the situation, but as long as I think about it, I don’t want to make a comment on the decision. It’s up to the coach. I just can say I’m proud of what I’ve done in these two years to now, with the personal success I’ve had and with the team. This stuff didn’t change at all. Of course I have established myself as one of the best ‘keepers, I think, in the league, and you expect from a goalkeeper with this quality that he’s making a couple of saves sometimes that we don’t expect. Of course I expect this, too, so these two games I didn’t make the saves. I don’t have to talk about the last goal, I take the responsibility, but this is now over. I can’t change it, and I’m looking forward. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t mean now anything about my quality. I think we didn’t take the result as a team. In my opinion, the only thing I can do now is look forward and give the best in practice. Yeah, looking forward.”
(Are you still confident in yourself?) “Absolutely. As I’ve said, games like this happen. Did I win these games? No, of course I didn’t. For me, the most important thing is always if a ‘keeper wins games or not. I won a lot of games for the Sounders I think the last two games. I didn’t win these two games, but did I lose the games myself? I don’t think so either. I know that from the quality of one of the best ‘keepers in the league, you expect that he’s making one-on-one saves and unstoppable saves, and I was unlucky, too, in those two games. In Vancouver, the shot touched here [points to his elbow]. It was a negative run and I can handle it. It doesn’t mean anything about my quality.”
(Was there any benefit to taking a step back for maybe one game just to get away from the bad spell?) “I had a conversation with (coach Sigi Schmid), and he explained his thoughts. I have to accept them. In the end, maybe you come out stronger from this. It’s a situation where, yeah, you have to prove character and, if you’re able, to put yourself behind and do the best for the team. I’ve tried to do this, but to be honest, I don’t see any good thing about it at the moment that I’m not playing.”
(Schmid’s characterization has deemed less like a demotion but as a break. Is there some comfort in that?) “Yeah. He explained it like this, that I was also unlucky in the situation. That’s not my fault, but I was unlucky. And he wanted to give me a break. As long as it’s a break, then it’s OK.”
(Do you know your status for Saturday?) “No. I wasn’t thinking about this, to be honest.”
(People know you as an outgoing guy, but has this been difficult to take?) “It’s tough. Of course it’s difficult. I’ve been playing seven years in a row now, eight years, and to be honest sitting on the bench was very uncomfortable for me because you’re waiting for the game, you don’t know what it brings. Maybe you have to be ready in the first minute or in the last minute. It was tougher for me to be cool and calm than even if I was playing. Sounds weird, but it is like this because it was so different for me.”
October 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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