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February 9, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Osvaldo Alonso could miss six-to-eight weeks following successful groin surgery

The Sounders announced Saturday that midfielder Osvaldo Alonso had undergone right groin surgery. On Monday morning, when the team returned to Starfire Sports Complex for training for the first time in a week-and-a-half, coach Sigi Schmid revealed more of what that means for Alonso’s status for the beginning of the season. Schmid said that the surgery was…

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February 6, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Weekend watch: Must-see matches from around the world

A rivalry weekend in England and Spain — plus the final of the African Cup of Nations — headline this edition of the Weekend Watch. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal, English Premier League, Saturday at 4:45 a.m. Just two points separate the Gunners in fifth place from Spurs in sixth in the EPL table. Both are hot on the…

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February 5, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Sigi Schmid: Brad Evans “is an option at center back”

Seattle’s Lamar Neagle, who started at forward, and Darwin Jones, who played left wing, weren’t the only players trying on unfamiliar roles on for size when the Sounders topped UCLA 5-0 in a preseason friendly on Wednesday night. Brad Evans, occasional outside back and more often midfielder, got the start alongside Chad Marshall in the center of…

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February 5, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Reign FC announces 2015 regular season schedule

Seattle Reign FC, the defending National Women’s Soccer League regular season champions, will open its new campaign on April 12 at Memorial Stadium against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash, the club announced Thursday as the league unveiled its 2015 schedule. Seattle also takes on Sky Blue FC on June 6 before the league takes…

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February 4, 2015 at 8:58 PM

Sounders open preseason friendlies with 5-0 victory over UCLA

Obafemi Martins, Lamar Neagle, Chad Barrett, Kenny Cooper and Micheal Azira all got on the scoresheet as Seattle opened its preseason friendly schedule with a 5-0 victory over UCLA in Walnut, Calif. Martins opened the scoring 39 minutes in, and Neagle — who slotted in up top alongside Martins with Clint Dempsey still off at national team camp —…

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February 4, 2015 at 1:46 PM

U.S. Soccer reveals new format for the 102nd edition of the U.S. Open Cup

If the Sounders are to win their second-straight and fifth overall U.S. Open Cup, they’ll have to work their way through a re-worked bracket. U.S. Soccer revealed Wednesday the new format of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which has a record number of 91 entrants for its 102nd edition in 2015. The most significant change is…

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February 3, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Practice notes: Evaluating young center backs Damion Lowe, Jimmy Ockford

There isn’t a lot of mystery with the Sounders’ opening day lineup — especially when compared to this point last year, when player acquisitions were coming hard and fast. “We’ve gotten good work done,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said from the team’s preseason camp in Southern California. “At this stage, we’re probably ahead of where…

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February 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Sounders 2 to open against defending USL-Pro champion Sacramento

Fans who have already thrown down for season tickets for the inaugural season of Sounders 2 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila won’t have to wait very long to get their money’s worth. Not only does S2 open with defending USL-Pro champion Sacramento on March 21, it follows with matches against their Cascadian rivals Vancouver (March…

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