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    Evans key part of Seattle's plans for 2011
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    Once healthy, central midfielder could boost Sounders' attack

    TUKWILA, Wash. – It’s difficult to understate the importance of Brad Evans to Sounders FC.

    The central midfielder, who missed vast swaths of the 2010 season with injuries, is slated to be a key figure for Seattle this season. Head coach Sigi Schmid said as much, recalling a conversation he held with another MLS coach about his attack-minded player.

    “One of the first things [the other coach] said when we saw each other was, ‘Do people realize how much you miss Evans because of his ability to make those late runs into the box, which are so hard to defend?’” Schmid recounted.

    With Nathan Sturgis playing in place of Evans for the latter part of last season, the Sounders missed that ability. Fortunately for Schmid, Evans is making great progress in his recovery from the injury that shut him down in 2010.

    This preseason, the Sounders are taking a cautious approach with Evans (as well as defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado), who practiced lightly on Wednesday after taking part in a full training session on Tuesday.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/evans-key-part-seattles-plans-2011
     
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    Sounders sign former TFC midfielder Sanyang
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    Gambian teenager to provide depth in middle for Schmid's side


    The Seattle Sounders have signed 19-year-old midfielder Amadous Sanyang, the club announced on Saturday.

    The young Gambian, who spent two seasons with Toronto FC, will provide depth in the midfield for a club that has struggled with injuries throughout the 2011 season and is currently competing on three fronts, the MLS regular season, CONCACAF Champions League, and the US Open Cup.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/07/30/sounders-sign-former-tfc-midfielder-sanyang
     
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    Sounders pick up ex-US youth forward Sammy Ochoa
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    Seattle trade up allocation rankings to reunite striker with Schmid


    The Seattle Sounders traded up the allocation rankings and on Friday claimed former US youth international Sammy Ochoa, who signed an MLS contract earlier this week after spending the last five years in Mexico's Priméra División with Estudiantes Tecos.

    Seattle traded their 2012 third-round SuperDraft pick to the Chicago Fire in a swap of allocation ranking spots. The Sounders, who were previously positioned at No. 6, used the Fire's No. 4 slot to land Ochoa.

    The soon-to-be 25-year-old will be reunited in Seattle with his former US Under-20 manager, Sigi Schmid, after working out with the Sounders back in June and featuring in Reserve League action for the club. He will become the second Ochoa to play for Schmid, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jesús, who played for Schmid at the LA Galaxy.

    "We're happy to have Sammy join our team because it gives us a little more depth at forward," Schmid said in a club statement. "He did well when he was here on his trial. Now it's just a matter of getting him fit and getting his game legs and he could help us."

    Ochoa is a Mexican-American who attended Riverside Poly High School near Los Angeles and debuted for Tecos back in February 2006. He scored just three goals over the course of several seasons of spot duty in Mexico.

    "He's a good back-to-goal player and a good finisher around the box," Schmid added. "Those are qualities that he's had. In all his time in Mexico he was in and out of the lineup because they had so many head coaches. So it was tough to establish a rhythm."

    The striker played for Schmid's US Under-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and featured for Peter Nowak's US Under-23 side in the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Five clubs passed on the opportunity to claim Ochoa in the allocation rankings, including LA-based Chivas USA, who held the No. 1 allocation pick. By picking up the player, Seattle drop to the bottom of the allocation rankings, which is determined by reverse order of finish in the previous MLS campaign. It's reset after every season and looks like this as of Friday:

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/08/26/sounders-pick-ex-us-youth-forward-sammy-ochoa
     
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    One For The Road
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    Montero's brace leads the way as traveling fans get their reward


    Special night in Vancouver as Seattle win Cascadia Cup. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Most of the 21,000 had departed Empire Field after Seattle's 3-1 win over the Whitecaps, marking the last MLS game at the temporary stadium built in Hastings Park. Most, that is, except for the 500+ Seattle supporters who crowded into the Northwest corner of the stadium.

    For them, there was still the matter of presenting the Cascadia Cup to resolve, with Kasey Keller accepting the trophy in a short ceremony after the match.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/09/25/special-night-vancouver-seattle-win-cascadia-cup
     
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    Pair of veteran Sounders players retire
    Goalkeeper Terry Boss, defender Taylor Graham hang up cleats

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    SEATTLE — Sounders FC said goodbye to two players on Friday afternoon, as goalkeeper Terry Boss and defender Taylor Graham both announced their retirement, the club announced.

    Boss, the 2008 USL-2 Goalkeeper of the Year, joined the Sounders midway through the 2009 season and played sparingly as the primary backup for Kasey Keller, who also retired at the end of the 2011 season.

    Graham, 31, was one of the first signings for the Sounders ahead of their inaugural season in MLS in 2009. A standout defender for the USL-1 Sounders, Graham made one league appearance and nine appereances in the US Open and the CONCACAF Champions League in the last three years.

    "It's always tough to say goodbye to something that I've been doing for so long," Graham said in a statement. "I love Seattle and I love the Sounders, but I'm ready for the next step in my life."

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/12/02/pair-veteran-sounders-players-retire
     
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    Seattle ink Swedish DF Johansson to multi-year deal
    Former Göteborg pro has nine caps with Sweden since 2009 debut

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    The Seattle Sounders added a veteran defender to the ranks on Thursday, signing Swedish international Adam Johansson to a multi-year contract.

    Johansson's signing will be finalized upon receipt of his P-1 visa and International Clearance.

    The 28-year-old has played the past seven years for IFK Göteborg in Sweden's top league, the Allsvenskan. He has made a total of 129 league appearances for Göteborg since 2005, scoring two goals. His pro career began with Västra Frölunda of the second tier in 2002.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/12/29/seattle-ink-swedish-df-johansson-multi-year-deal
     
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    Sounders FC signs Danish midfielder Sivebæk
    Christian Sivebæk, 23, has played for Midtjylland in Denmark’s Superliga since 2006

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    RENTON , WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC has signed Danish midfielder Christian Sivebaek following his transfer from Denmark’s FC Midtjylland, it was announced today. The signing will be finalized upon receipt of Sivebaek’s P-1 visa and International Clearance. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the transfer and contract were not disclosed.

    “Christian is a player that we have been following for quite some time,” said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. “He is a good one versus one dribbler who can provide consistent quality service to our strikers. He has good speed and physical presence.

    http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles/2012/01-January/Sounders-FC-signs-Christian-Sivebaek.aspx
     
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    Kick Off:
    Nasty Cascadia match leaves open wound

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    High challenge. Puncture wound. Staph infection.

    Those aren’t necessarily the terms you would associate with a preseason match in the serenity of Arizona. But after Vancouver and Seattle tie 1-1 in their respective preseason opener, it was language that Sounders manager Sigi Schmid used to describe the injury suffered by his forward Mike Fucito following a “high tackle” by Vancouver’s Martín Bonjour.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/02/07/kick-nasty-cascadia-rivalry-match-claims-victim
     
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    The Final Destination
    Johnson finally comes home; Montero finally has the right partner?
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    Montreal deal Johnson to Seattle


    It’s been a long few years for Eddie Johnson and his family. The sometime US national team striker bounced around Europe for three seasons, mostly failing to find the net and, consequently, failing to find a home.

    With the Seattle Sounders trading for him on Friday, a day after he agreed to terms with MLS, Johnson sounded sincere during a conference call with reporters when he said he was happy to be back in the league that gave him his start after nearly a year off from professional soccer.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/02/17/wake-euro-odyssey-johnson-happy-be-sounder
     
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    Many Happy Returns
    Estrada, Evans give Sounders 2-1 win over Santos Laguna

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    SEATTLE – Few people expected David Estrada to score first. Even fewer expected him to score on a header.

    Seattle’s diminutive striker scored his first professional goal at an opportune time, staking the Sounders to a 1-0 lead en route to a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. Santos Laguna striker Herculez Gomez and Seattle’s Brad Evans traded goals two minutes apart in the second half in front of 23,433 fans at CenturyLink Field

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    Zakuani healthy, happy after reserve stint vs. Gonzaga
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    TUKWILA, Wash. — The rain was coming down pretty heavily and temperatures were in the low 40s during the Seattle Sounders’ training session on Tuesday.

    Steve Zakuani couldn’t have been happier.

    The 24-year-old midfielder was training at full speed two days after appearing in a game situation as a member of the Sounders reserves, who played Gonzaga University on Sunday. There were no apparent ill effects from his 45-minute appearance, marking a huge step forward as Zakuani continues to work his way back from the compound leg fracture that he suffered nearly a year ago.

    “Before, I didn’t want to be out there training on days like this,” Zakuani told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. “Now, put me out there in rain, hail, snow whatever, I’ve really re-found my love and appreciation for football.

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    Rematch With Chelsea Is A Special Opportunity

    After striking up a great relationship with Chelsea in 2009, the Sounders FC will face the English giants again this summer.
    In his downtime, Fredy Montero can often be found playing FIFA on his Xbox 360.
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    He virtually plays with and against some of the top teams in the world. So when he has the opportunity to physically go toe-to-toe with those players that he controls in the video game world, it’s quite the experience for the 24 year old Sounders forward.

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    Sounders' Johnson fined for innappropriate gesture
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    NEW YORK – A day after the Fire's Frank Klopas and Jalil Anibaba learned their punishments for their roles in a postgame dust-up between Chicago and Seattle, the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined Sounders forward Eddie Johnson an undisclosed amount for making an inappropriate gesture directed at fans as he was leaving the field after the match.

    Johnson scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the second half of Seattle's 2-1 win over the Fire, but was punished by the Committee for making the gesture to fans at Toyota Park while exiting the field into the tunnel. He was not suspended for the incident.


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    Real American Hero?
    Alonso gets US citizenship, but can he play for Klinsmann?

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    What if Osvaldo Alonso played for the US national team?
    Suddenly that just might be a possibility.

    The Seattle Sounders midfielder spoke to the media on Tuesday about the news that he received his US citizenship last week, and that there’s a chance he could get his chance to play for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's side.

    Of course there's a logjam at the holding midfielder spot right now, and there's an issue because Alonso played for his native Cuba in the 2007 Gold Cup before defecting, but as head coach Sigi Schmid says, Alonso’s new US citizenship “opens up new doors for him and new options."


    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/06/20/kick-could-sounders-linchpin-alonso-get-usmnt-call
     
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    WFC:
    Lukaku nets brace as Chelsea down Sounders 4-2

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    Forward Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as European champions Chelsea registered a 4-2 victory over MLS side Seattle Sounders in the opening match of the 2012 Herablife World Football Challenge on Wednesday night at Century Field.

    The English giants received a solid debut from two of their high-profile newcomers, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard, who also scored as all the goals came in an explosive first half. Fredy Montero tallied two of his own for Seattle, who had momentarily equalized at 2-2.

    Chelsea came out firing from the opening whistle. Marin exposed the Sounders’ right flank after just 48 seconds, forcing Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith into an early save. That sector of the field would be a problem all night for Seattle.

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