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December 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Sporting KC completes deal for former Seattle defender Jalil Anibaba

Former Seattle defender Jalil Anibaba is now a Sporting KC man, his new club confirmed Friday morning. As was first reported in the Kansas City Star on expansion draft day, Anibaba’s move completed a trade with Orlando City — who drafted Anibaba with its third-round pick on Wednesday — for veteran center back Aurelein Collin. Anibaba, 26,…

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December 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Three Sounders available in the MLS Re-Entry draft

Three Sounders (Tristan Bowen, Josh Ford and Marcus Hahnemann) are among the 62 players available in the Major League Soccer Re-Entry draft that begins Friday, the league announced Thursday afternoon. The Stage One draft of the Re-Entry process will take place on Friday, December 12 at noon PST and Stage Two of the draft will take…

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December 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

UW senior Andy Thoma snags invite to MLS combine — Darwin Jones does not

University of Washington midfielder/defender Andy Thoma is one of 55 graduating seniors who have been invited to the 2015 MLS Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Jan. 8-13. Thoma started 19 games for the Huskies this season, notching two assists and helping UW to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament. A notable absence from the list…

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December 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Orlando City selects Jalil Anibaba in MLS expansion draft, trades him to Sporting Kansas City

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid lamented last week that his teams always lost the maximum two players during expansion draft years. And while Seattle was spared that fate, its back line depth took a hit as versatile defender Jalil Anibaba was selected by Orlando City FC with its third selection on Wednesday. Anibaba was then swiftly dealt to Sporting…

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December 8, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Sounders release protected list for Wednesday’s expansion draft — which doesn’t include Leo Gonzalez

For Wednesday’s 2014 expansion draft, in which Orlando City and New York City FC will alternate 20 picks, each MLS club can protect 11 players. Homegrown guys are exempted, designated players are not. On Monday afternoon, each team revealed their protected list. Unsurprisingly, star forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are on Seattle’s. More notably, Leo Gonzalez is not. Here’s…

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December 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Sounders confirm Marcus Hahnemann’s retirement

Veteran goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann tipped his hand with an epic Instagram post last Wednesday and Sounders owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer seemingly confirmed it at Thursday’s season-end press conference, but the club finally made it official Monday: The veteran stopper is retiring after a 21-year professional career. Hahnemann, 42, began his career with the A-League Sounders in…

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December 8, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Portland Timbers headline busy half-day MLS trade window

Portland made a quartet of roster moves during Monday’s half-day MLS trade window, one that opened at 6 a.m. Pacific time and closed at 10 in advance of Wednesday’s expansion draft, while Seattle stayed pat. The Timbers first confirmed a pair of moves that had been rumored since last week, adding veteran defender Nat Borchers in…

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December 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

L.A. defeats New England for fifth MLS Cup title

The L.A. Galaxy became the first Major League Soccer club to win five MLS Cup titles — and attacker Landon Donovan got his record sixth — by topping the New England Revolution 2-1 courtesy of an extra time Robbie Keane goal at the StubHub Center on Sunday. L.A. was in cruise control following Gyasi Zardes’ 52-minute opener,…

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December 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Weekend watch: Must-see matches from around the world

Knockout competitions galore headline this version of the Weekend Watch: Accrington Stanley vs. Yeovil Town, English F.A. Cup, Saturday at 7 a.m. The allure of the world’s oldest association football competition, to me at least, is fixing your wagon to a club whose name you can barely pronounce all way from modest beginnings to their inevitable, glorious one-sided…

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