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).
September 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Just a couple hours before the roster freeze, the Sounders have made a move.
They traded midfielder Servando Carrasco and a natural second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Adam Moffat, a seven-year veteran.
Moffat, 27, is joining his fourth team since 2010 but was on coach Sigi Schmid‘s MLS Cup-winning Columbus Crew team in 2008 and also started in the 2011 and 2012 championship games with the Dynamo. He has set career-highs with 26 games, 24 starts and three goals for Houston this season.
Moffat isn’t expected to join the Sounders until Monday.
“I have known Adam since 2007, when I brought him to the Crew,” said Schmid in a news release. “He was a member our MLS championship team in Columbus and brings a fantastic attitude, has experience running the midfield, and a great shot from distance. Although it is difficult to see Servando leave, I am excited to welcome Adam to our team.”
This has also been a career year for Carrasco, who has set personal bests with 19 games and 13 starts, recording his first MLS goal and assist.
“We want to thank Servando Carrasco for his dedication to Sounders FC the last two-plus seasons,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in the release. “Days like today are bittersweet, as we lose a fantastic teammate and member of the Sounders family. That said, we are very excited to bring Adam to Seattle. He has been a part of three MLS Cup final teams and brings tremendous experience to our club. At the age of 27, Adam is still in the prime of his career.”
Here is Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear in a news release: “Servando is a smart player who’s versatile and good on the ball. We also think he is a good player in MLS who can really help us endure a busy schedule. With the games we’ve seen him play for Seattle, he can play central or he can play wide. This is a difficult move because we know how popular Adam is, not only with the fans, but also with the coaching staff.”
September 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Reign FC has stayed busy in the offseason.
The team announced Tuesday that it has traded Kaylyn Kyle to the Boston Breakers in exchange for fellow Canadian international Carmelina Moscato, a defender.
Kyle played 1,752 minutes in 21 games for Seattle this past season, scoring three goals (all on penalty kicks). A natural midfielder, she also played for the Reign as a center back starting May 19 against Sky Blue FC.
According to a team release, Moscato and Kyle are among the group of Canadian players that will be allocated to NWSL clubs in 2014.
“Kaylyn was a terrific player for us and did a fantastic job when asked to move to the back line early in the season,” said Laura Harvey, coach and general manager, in the release. “The trade for Carm was a difficult decision, as Kaylyn was a leader on the club and a consistent presence for us on the pitch. We felt this swap will allow Kaylyn to return to her natural position on the pitch and will give Carm the chance to make an impact on the field each week.”
Moscato, 29, began the season with the Chicago Red Stars and played five games. She was traded to Boston on June 29 for Adriana Leon, another Canadian international, and played five more games for the Breakers.
A Penn State product, Moscato earned a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics with the national team, where she has played 78 games since 2002.
August 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM
extremely happy and blessed to join the @sounders family. very grateful for this opportunity and all the support i have been given.
— Blair Gavin (@blairgavin15) August 22, 2013
Sounders FC made an addition Wednesday, signing midfielder Blair Gavin.
The 24-year-old has been training with the team for several weeks and has played in some reserve games after playing in the PDL with the IMG Academy earlier this year. He had been expected to join Seattle in preseason, but we’ll get an update on what happened when we’re able to talk to him.
Gavin has MLS experience with Chivas USA, which drafted him No. 10 overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, and New England, where he was included in a trade for current Sounder Shalrie Joseph. He has played 45 league games, recording three goals and five assists.
“Blair has been training with us for a few weeks and we are very happy to add him to our group,” said sporting director Chris Henderson in a news release. “He is a thinker on the field and has good technical ability. He has enough MLS experience to help us down the stretch.”
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed per league and team policy, but I’d assume it’s a minimum-salary contract or close to it. The Sounders have open roster spots, as well.
Gavin is the third Akron product on the team, joining Steve Zakuani and DeAndre Yedlin.
Reaction from MLS players leaguwide after the jump…
August 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM
The Sounders made a big move Thursday by agreeing to a new contract with Shalrie Joseph that, as a result, means the midfielder will no longer be a designated player.
That means Seattle has an available DP slot on the roster and a week left in the summer transfer window to potentially sign a difference maker on the run to an MLS Cup. The team had opened up international roster slots and cap space by cutting Ashani Fairclough and Sammy Ochoa recently.
The Sounders’ two other DPs are midfielder Mauro Rosales and forward Obafemi Martins.
Joseph, 35, has started four of his seven MLS games played this season and played 429 minutes. He is a four-time Best XI selection and eight-time All-Star with 39 goals and 35 assists in his 11-year career.
There is certainly more to come in the next week or so, call this the first domino. I’ve posted the team’s DP history below. A midseason DP charge is $175,000 and a Young DP counts $150,000.
What do you make of the news?
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Freddie Ljungberg (signed on Oct. 28, 2008 … traded to Chicago on July 30, 2010)
Blaise Nkufo (signed March 4, 2010, arrived July 17, 2010, bought out Mar. 15, 2011)
Alvaro Fernandez (signed July 29, 2010, traded to Chicago on July 27, 2012)
Fredy Montero (re-signed as DP on Dec. 1, 2010 … loan to Millonarios on Jan. 21, 2013 … loan to Sporting Lisbon on July 22, 2013)
Christian Tiffert (signed on July 27, 2012, bought out Mar. 2, 2013)
Mauro Rosales (re-signed on Dec. 13, 2011, classified as DP before 2012 season … current)
Shalrie Joseph (acquired on Feb. 19, 2013 … agreed to new non-DP contract Aug. 1, 2013)
Obafemi Martins (signed on March 15, 2013 … current)
June 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Sounders FC has waived defender Ashani Fairclough, a move that became expected following this tweet from the former Jamaican youth international.
Fairclough also wasn’t at Thursday’s practice before the announcement of this transaction. Here is some information from the news release:
Fairclough, 20, was signed by Sounders FC on March 22, 2013. He logged 214 minutes in four appearances in the MLS Reserve League. Before joining Sounders FC, Fairclough made 73 appearances for the University of South Florida from 2009-12, totaling one goal and 10 assists. He was the captain of the 2007-08 Jamaican U-17 National Team and was the youngest player on the U-20 team. Fairclough originally joined Sounders FC in the 2013 preseason.
The biggest takeaway from the move is Seattle freed up an international roster slot by releasing Fairclough. The Sounders have seven in total after trading one to Montreal in preseason for the rights to Federal Way native Lamar Neagle. Other internationals include forward Obafemi Martins, defender Djimi Traore, and midfielders Andy Rose and Philip Lund.
Mario Martinez also counts as an international player, but we’re waiting to see if he’ll stay with Seattle after his initial loan deal ends Sunday.
Here is a look at the roster:
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Goalkeepers (3): Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, Josh Ford
Defenders (8): Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez, Marc Burch, DeAndre Yedlin^, Dylan Remick
Midfielders (9): Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales, Steve Zakuani, Andy Rose, Brad Evans, Shalrie Joseph, Alex Caskey, Servando Carrasco, Philip Lund
Forwards (7): Eddie Johnson*, Obafemi Martins, David Estrada, Lamar Neagle, Sammy Ochoa, Will Bates, Eriq Zavaleta+
Loan ends Sunday (1): Mario Martinez*, can’t play Wednesday unless something is announced
Pool goalkeeper (1): Doug Herrick
On loan in Colombia but set to join Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon (1): Fredy Montero
On trial or training with the team (3+): Roberto Chen, Aaron Long, Sean Okoli plus more I’ll try to get identified
italics — recovering from injury, ^ — away with U.S. U-20s, * — on break after international duty, expected back Friday, + — set to go back on loan with San Antonio (NASL)
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