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  • Glasgow Seahawk wrote:Love the Hurtado trade! Has Traore been released yet?



    Nope, Don't see it happening either.
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  • From today's (1/21/14) drafting...

    "Sounders FC selected forward/midfielder Stefano Rijssel of Trinidadian club W Connection FC with the No. 55 overall pick in the third round and midfielder Fabio Pereira from the University of Michigan with the No. 77 pick."


    Sounders FC assistant coach and scout, Kurt Schmid:

    “Stefano is a young player that Ezra Hendrickson scouted at the Caribbean combine and we all saw at the MLS Combine. He showed good tactical sense as well as physical qualities. He can play wide in midfield but also has some versatility.”

    “Fabio has done well throughout his college career. He’s a player we had a chance to work with closely at our Las Vegas combine as well. We like his soccer IQ and technical ability. Fabio can play all over midfield and has a good engine. Both players have the ability to compete for a spot on our roster.”

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/soundersf ... uperdraft/
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Re: Sounders Offseason News -
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:50 pm
  • 19 year-old Panamanian Omar Browne to trial with the Sounders.

    "19 year-old left-footed striker and attacking midfielder Omar "Cito" Browne will go on trial with the Sounders, presumably during Seattle's pre-season training in the hopes of earning a spot on the roster."


    http://www.sounderatheart.com/sounders- ... s-trialist
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  • Here is to hoping that Omar Browne is a diamond in the rough!
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Re: Sounders Offseason News -
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:27 pm
  • We knew this day was coming but now it's arrived.... Fredy Montero is officially off the Sounders. Sport Lisbon has officially acquired him from his loan (the estimate is $4.5M). Sounders' loss is SL's gain. Good Luck Fredy! Thank you for all your efforts as a Sounder!
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  • Marco Pappa has been acquired via allocation.
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  • Drogba to Seattle at the end of the Euro season?

    https://twitter.com/TFootballFamily/sta ... 2585555969

    It's a rumor for now, but supposedly this has been a reliable source in the past.
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  • razgriz737 wrote:Drogba to Seattle at the end of the Euro season?

    https://twitter.com/TFootballFamily/sta ... 2585555969

    It's a rumor for now, but supposedly this has been a reliable source in the past.


    This would be cool. Drogba is up there in age (per Soccer years) but for a couple of years at minimum may be great value. I had a feeling that they were going to target Drogba as there is a void up front but that was before Martins decided he was coming back. Once he was coming back and they went out and got Cooper. I thought Drogba would be a longshot. Drogba, Pappa, Dempsey, and Martins....screw rebuilding. That's a formidable Midfield/attack.
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  • I wouldn't put much hope in that Drogba rumor...


    Seems every 5 months hes linked to an MLS club.
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  • Keeping up with preseason games for the Sounders - Martins had two goals in the first game and it sounds as though Dylan Remick has been playing well at right defender.
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  • hawkfan68 wrote:Keeping up with preseason games for the Sounders - Martins had two goals in the first game and it sounds as though Dylan Remick has been playing well at right defender.


    Where have they been playing Yedlin?
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  • CurryStopstheRuns wrote:
    hawkfan68 wrote:Keeping up with preseason games for the Sounders - Martins had two goals in the first game and it sounds as though Dylan Remick has been playing well at right defender.


    Where have they been playing Yedlin?


    If I'm not mistaken, Yedlin is with USNMT along with Evans. So I don't believe he was playing in the first two preseason games. IMO, when Yedlin is back I wouldn't mind seeing him play more midfield...where his skills are best utilized. His talent is wasted at defender. He's not that great as a defender which contributed to the piss poor defense last season. Just my take.
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  • The Sounders are pretty full at midfield, no? If Remick improves our defense then I would love to have him start. How has the new CB looked?
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  • CurryStopstheRuns wrote:The Sounders are pretty full at midfield, no? If Remick improves our defense then I would love to have him start. How has the new CB looked?

    They looked ok. It was Remick who really stood out the most so far. You're correct there is a glutton of MFs on the team. Why they centered on the position in the offseason, who knows. Yedlin is better than Rose, Caskey, and Joseph but most likely the Sounders will keep Yedlin at right back.
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  • hawkfan68 wrote:
    CurryStopstheRuns wrote:The Sounders are pretty full at midfield, no? If Remick improves our defense then I would love to have him start. How has the new CB looked?

    They looked ok. It was Remick who really stood out the most so far. You're correct there is a glutton of MFs on the team. Why they centered on the position in the offseason, who knows. Yedlin is better than Rose, Caskey, and Joseph but most likely the Sounders will keep Yedlin at right back.



    Playing Yedlin anywhere but RB is a disservice to his future. He has potential European talent if they keep him at RB.


    Remick should push Leo for time at LB. There is a reason they didn't squirm when Burch left, or really try to get a replacement. They knew what they had in Remick...he was the lone bright spot in that drubbing we took to Colorado last season. After he came on there was a reason to watch.

    The addition of Marco Pappa makes it easier for us to run a lopsided Diamond formation.
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  • Arsenal has loaned a reserve player to the Rapids. City can loan up to 4 to the new NYCFC...

    Interesting developments and I believe good for the league
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  • Brad Evans: It was time to reboot lockerroom
    http://www.sounderatheart.com/2014/2/12 ... lockerroom

    Good little article about the chemistry of the team now after the mini-rebuild. Lots of quotes from Evans.
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  • Hmmm...I wonder who would lose their DP spot should they come to terms with Drogba. Alonso, Dempsey, and Martins are DP. Since Martins is a DP/I, I would think something would have to be done with him. Which is too bad because I think he would be productive in a full season. If he can stay healthy. Hopefully we get to see that.
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  • OH MY GAWD LET THESE DROGBA RUMORS STOP.


    He's a decent player....but I really don't want him anywhere near this squad. Getting him seems unnecessary. It also makes setting the roster more difficult.


    Do we have to buy down Ozzie to make Drogba a DP? Do we have to move Oba? When does he arrive. How does he effect the chemistry?
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  • Why am I beginning to feel like getting Drogba would make us the New York Yankees of MLS?
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  • Yeah, I'm on the fence about this myself. Just thought I'd post them because it's interesting.
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  • Also you all have probably already seen this but we dropped a few trialists.

    http://www.sounderatheart.com/2014/2/19 ... son-roster

    ...Will Bates had been waived and that trialists Danny O'Rourke, Miguel Gonzalez, John McCarthy and Omar Browne were all dismissed from training camp.
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  • I'm totally in favor of the Sounders improving and actually making a deep run in the playoffs, but I don't think Drogba gets us there.
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  • Yeah, and didn't we recently get a nice chunk of change from Montero leaving? Gotta imagine we're gonna spend that, be it on Drogba or someone else.
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  • razgriz737 wrote:Yeah, and didn't we recently get a nice chunk of change from Montero leaving? Gotta imagine we're gonna spend that, be it on Drogba or someone else.



    Well, not quite. Part of the money goes to Deportivo Cali in Columbia (where we got Fredy). I've heard its about 1/3rd of what we got for him. I believe Millionairos gets a very small portion of it too for helping us out with the loan (I think its related to who pays his salary).

    Then the MLS gets a portion (remember, THEY own all of the players and their rights are just distributed to the clubs...cause single entity).

    Then the Sounders get theirs. So that number you have read (I've heard ranges $4-15million) isn't EXACTLY as it appears to be.


    Then throw in some of that HAS to be going towards paying Clint Dempsey's ridiculous salary.


    Things just don't add up for me equaling us going after Drogba. It'd be cool to have a big star like that...another one....but, it's not what I want. I want an MLS Cup Championship....and I don't think Drogba gets us there. I don't think EJ would get us there.

    The MLS is not won by big stars. That puts buts in the seats. The MLS is won by cohesive teams. Look at the last 6 years of this league. Sporting Kansas City, LA Galaxy (2), Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake, and Columbus Crew are your Champions. Only the Galaxy are a team with a big list of names....but those names played for their city, for their teammates, and the crest on the jersey. If you go back and watch those championship games you will see how hard David Beckham and Landon Donovan are working off the ball on defense. They ran their asses off for the cause. Because their team needed them too. Thats why they won. Then were a strong TEAM and worked for one another.


    As much as I love my Sounders I haven't seen that recently...and then the reports of a bad locker room started appearing. Its not a coincidence we haven't been able to win one. There has been a problem. Some say its at the top with Sigi...and who knows, they could be right. But I think there is more too it than that. I don't think those boys were truly playing for each other, and haven't been since 2011.


    That changes this season.

    Though on paper we appear to be a less talented team, I think we will be a stronger team, a more mentally tough team, and a deep team.
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  • Smurf wrote:
    razgriz737 wrote:Yeah, and didn't we recently get a nice chunk of change from Montero leaving? Gotta imagine we're gonna spend that, be it on Drogba or someone else.



    Well, not quite. Part of the money goes to Deportivo Cali in Columbia (where we got Fredy). I've heard its about 1/3rd of what we got for him. I believe Millionairos gets a very small portion of it too for helping us out with the loan (I think its related to who pays his salary).

    Then the MLS gets a portion (remember, THEY own all of the players and their rights are just distributed to the clubs...cause single entity).

    Then the Sounders get theirs. So that number you have read (I've heard ranges $4-15million) isn't EXACTLY as it appears to be.


    Then throw in some of that HAS to be going towards paying Clint Dempsey's ridiculous salary.


    Things just don't add up for me equaling us going after Drogba. It'd be cool to have a big star like that...another one....but, it's not what I want. I want an MLS Cup Championship....and I don't think Drogba gets us there. I don't think EJ would get us there.

    The MLS is not won by big stars. That puts buts in the seats. The MLS is won by cohesive teams. Look at the last 6 years of this league. Sporting Kansas City, LA Galaxy (2), Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake, and Columbus Crew are your Champions. Only the Galaxy are a team with a big list of names....but those names played for their city, for their teammates, and the crest on the jersey. If you go back and watch those championship games you will see how hard David Beckham and Landon Donovan are working off the ball on defense. They ran their asses off for the cause. Because their team needed them too. Thats why they won. Then were a strong TEAM and worked for one another.


    As much as I love my Sounders I haven't seen that recently...and then the reports of a bad locker room started appearing. Its not a coincidence we haven't been able to win one. There has been a problem. Some say its at the top with Sigi...and who knows, they could be right. But I think there is more too it than that. I don't think those boys were truly playing for each other, and haven't been since 2011.


    That changes this season.

    Though on paper we appear to be a less talented team, I think we will be a stronger team, a more mentally tough team, and a deep team.


    Smurf, great post. I can't disagree with anything you said. Chemistry is extremely important. It was severely lacking on the pitch last season and there were players on the team that were in it for themselves. Those guys are gone. Trying to bring in top internationals haven't really panned out for them - Ljungberg, Nkufo, Johnson, etc really didn't pan out in bringing championships to Seattle. Lot of these guys are interested in invididual success vs. team success. Hopefully that mindset has changed with the current team. I'd like to get back to how they played in their first 3 seasons. That was an emerging top team. For the most part, they played well together those years.
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  • Ah, thanks for clearing that up Smurf about the Montero money.

    I wholeheartedly agree with everything in the rest of your post as well, especially the last bit. Everything we are hearing thus far from the players is that the lockeroom appears to be a better environment, so hopefully that's a good sign.
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  • What's with the Drogba hate?

    The man is synonymous with work ethic. 8 goals in 11 appearances in the Chinese Super League, while not getting all of his wages.

    He fills a role that doesn't require a great deal of chemistry to succeed right away. His game is built on ferocious strength, accuracy and savvy with both feet, great touch and he's an absolute menace in the air. Honestly, if the he joins MLS.. he is the best forward in MLS.

    For those wondering how we'd fit him in, Trade Cooper for a modest amount of AM, buy down Ozzie and viola enter the best attacking side in MLS history.
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  • How did Dempsey do last year? I know he didn't score too many but how did he play?

    Also what's the opinion on Robbie Keane stateside, has he been a success?
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  • Robbie's done well enough. He has a fairly strong midfield to run off so he can play that slashing style he brought to the Prem. Dempsey was a disappointment in my mind. Fairly innocuous off the ball and lacked invention with it. He was not the cowboy he was at Fulham. A lot had to do with the distribution behind him and lack of creativity by his mates when he received the ball..

    The hardest adaptation these star strikers encounter when they come here is the lack of movement around them. Henry has adapted quite well... And Keane was adequately helped by internationals behind him. Dempsey struggled with a rather tepid Sounders side. I didn't see them add anyone that would help that either
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  • Uncle Si wrote:Robbie's done well enough. He has a fairly string midfield to run off so he can play that slashing style he brought to the Premium. Dempsey was a disappointment in my mind. Fairly innocuous off the ball and lacked invention with it. He was not the cowboy he was at Fulham. A lot had to do with the distribution behind him and lack of creativity by his mates when he received the ball..

    The hardest adaptation these star strikers encounter when they come here is the lack of movement around them. Henry has adapted quite well... And Keane was adequately helped by internationals behind him. Dempsey struggled with a rather tepid Sounders side. I didn't see them add anyone that would help that either


    Thanks, Robbie's goal record looks really good and I am not surprised he's been successful. Definitely helps that he has strong players behind him because it will allow him to use his natural football intelligence that he has in abundance just to create the space for himself.

    I thought Dempsey might be a disappointment, not because he's a bad player, because he isn't, but there was so much hype surrounding his return, he had a difficult period at Tottenham and as you say the re-integration to a league with far weaker players was always going to be difficult. Although the Sounders may not have strengthened much I think Dempsey will have a far better season now he's reacclimatised. I hope so anyway, he seems like a really decent guy.
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  • Sounders unveiled their new third kit tonight. I really like it. Clean, simple, elegant.

    http://www.soundersfc.com/news/articles ... nveil.aspx
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  • ^^^ Love it. Like you said, clean, simple, elegant. I think they'll look great on the pitch. That being said, I can't imagine anything that wouldn't be a tremendous upgrade from the super cyan kit. Gawd those were horrendous, and that awful collar on those things just made them even worse.
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  • I like the new Pitch Black uniforms too. I hope they make that the primary or secondary uniform. I actually like it better than cascade shade or rave green.
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  • The Timbers new kit is better.

    Looking forward to a season of the Sounders' struggling and the Timbers kicking ass. (Though Vancouver's looking dangerous.)
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  • Sarlacc83 wrote:The Timbers new kit is better.


    I am a Sounder's fan, but you cannot be serious with this? The timbers new kits are not orb pleasuring at all.
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  • I meant the Rose City Reds, not the third kit.

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  • Regarding the kits, can we ALL agree that the sponsor name on the front is horrible?
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  • Kennedyin92 wrote:Regarding the kits, can we ALL agree that the sponsor name on the front is horrible?



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  • razgriz737 wrote:Signed Gonzalo Pineda:
    http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles ... ineda.aspx


    Seems like a good signing. The Sounders sure have a lot of midfielders. The challenge will be getting them playing time. Dempsey, Pineda, Alonso, Rose, Pappa, Evans, Neagle, Kovar, and Pereira.
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  • hawkfan68 wrote:
    razgriz737 wrote:Signed Gonzalo Pineda:
    http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles ... ineda.aspx


    Seems like a good signing. The Sounders sure have a lot of midfielders. The challenge will be getting them playing time. Dempsey, Pineda, Alonso, Rose, Pappa, Evans, Neagle, Kovar, and Pereira.


    I have to believe that something is going to happen resulting in the departure of at least one of them. No way do they go and spend the money, as well as the DP slot, to get Pineda if they thought that he wasn't better than one of their current options.
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  • Kennedyin92 wrote:
    hawkfan68 wrote:
    razgriz737 wrote:Signed Gonzalo Pineda:
    http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles ... ineda.aspx


    Seems like a good signing. The Sounders sure have a lot of midfielders. The challenge will be getting them playing time. Dempsey, Pineda, Alonso, Rose, Pappa, Evans, Neagle, Kovar, and Pereira.


    I have to believe that something is going to happen resulting in the departure of at least one of them. No way do they go and spend the money, as well as the DP slot, to get Pineda if they thought that he wasn't better than one of their current options.



    Where are you seeing that they spent a DP slot on Pineda?


    And they did already ditch a midfielder to make room in Alex Caskey.
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  • Smurf wrote:
    Kennedyin92 wrote:
    hawkfan68 wrote:
    razgriz737 wrote:Signed Gonzalo Pineda:
    http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles ... ineda.aspx


    Seems like a good signing. The Sounders sure have a lot of midfielders. The challenge will be getting them playing time. Dempsey, Pineda, Alonso, Rose, Pappa, Evans, Neagle, Kovar, and Pereira.


    I have to believe that something is going to happen resulting in the departure of at least one of them. No way do they go and spend the money, as well as the DP slot, to get Pineda if they thought that he wasn't better than one of their current options.



    Where are you seeing that they spent a DP slot on Pineda?


    And they did already ditch a midfielder to make room in Alex Caskey.



    Thought I read that somewhere, but I was mistaken.
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  • Season starts in just a matter of days, and I'm off work early today....so here is a current roster. Going to give a breakdown of who we have, what position(s) they play, and where they most likely are on the depth chart thus far.

    Before getting to who is who, and where they stack up with the squad. Let's talk about tactics. The Sounders will most likely be employing a asymetrical Diamond 4-1-2-1-2 formation this season.

    That looks something like this:


    --------ST-----ST-----------

    -----------CAM--------------
    -----LM----------------RM--

    ------------CDM-------------

    LB------------------------RB

    --------CB------CB---------
    -----------GK--------------


    Starting from the Back.

    Goalkeepers:

    Stephan Frei - Most likely your starter, however not yet announced by the Big Man. Frie is known as a reflex keeper, with decent to good positioning. I'd expect him to start 80%+ matches this season. Only concern on him is how well he holds up. He's not made of Porcelain or anything, but he is coming off a torn ACL. This could be the biggest dip in Goalkeeper talent the MLS Sounders have seen.

    Marcus Hahnemann - Back for one last season he will compete to start, but I don't think he will. He'll get matches, no doubt about it. Hahnemann's biggest asset is his experience and positioning. He will rarely make mistakes, but has more ability to get beat in the athleticism department.

    Josh Ford - Our third keeper. He could get a start at some point this season in league play, but we'll most likely see him in Open Cup and reserve games. He's a pure shot blocker. Extremely athletic, excellent hand eye coordination. He's just very young, and his positioning isn't the greatest (his athleticism bails him out too much).

    Backline:

    DeAndre Yedlin - Yedlin is no doubt your season long starter at Right Back. He is the biggest prospect the Sounders have had since Fredy Montero in 2009, and better yet, he was born and raised in the 206. He's a Seattle boy through and through. If you're a fan of the EPL, Yedlin reminds me A LOT of Man Utd's Rafael. Pacey up the wing, wants to get involved in the attack, has incredible recovery speed, and is a good tackler. He's improving mentally, and if he ever learns to cross the ball with better accuracy, and with more consistency he will be playing in Europe. Until then we have one of the best young Right Backs in the league. It will be interesting to see if Yedlin gets a stronger look at making the US World Cup Team as Summer Approaches. If he comes out of the gate in Magnificent form we could be missing him for a few games while he is in Brazil.

    Chad Marshall - Gone are the days of Hurtado, Parke, and Ianni. All three of them are on different clubs in MLS and we've replaced them with some mighty fine players. The first of them is Chad Marshall. A big (6'4) player who excels in the air. He is not fast, but id decently athletic for his size. He has a hell of a head on his shoulders though. Very intelligent player who rarely puts himself in bad positions. He was a late bloomer and missed out on a trip to the World Cup with the 2010 team, though getting several looks form then head coach Bob Bradley. At this point he hasn't gotten a look with the team headed to Brazil. Marshall will be the first Centerback on the teamsheet every week...the bigger question is who pairs with him. Also, he is a threat in the Air on Set Pieces. He could net us a few goals this season too.

    Jalil Anibaba - Anibaba is most likely Marshall's partner in the back line. At 6'0 he is the shortest CB on the roster, but he is probably the most athletic of the Centerback options. He has good pace and has experience in MLS (Chicago Fire). Anibaba brings some flexibility as well. He can play Right Back as well, and if forced too could play as a Holding Central Midfielder.

    Djimi Traore - Traore is the other option to start besides Marshall in the back. He's a veteran who once won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool. He's got good athleticism for a 6'3 34 year old. I've seen him do bicycle kick clearances regularly. He's not fast, but he's smart enough a player to compensate. He's a great option to have as he can still play at a starting 11 level for this team. Both he and Anibaba both of their upsides and downsides, but I think Anibaba will be the preferred partner for Marshall based on his athleticism.

    Leo Gonzalez - Leo will be your preferred Left Back this season.....maybe. Leo is not at 100% right now, and most likely won't be in the 18 man roster for opening day. This leaves the door open for 2nd year player Dylan Remick to make an impression early in the season. Sigi has already stated that Leo is his preferred starter at Left Back, but Remick will have every opportunity to prove himself. I'd expect Gonzalez to play 70% of the matches this season, with Remick or Scott filling in. Leo is an excellent 1v1 defender with a wealth of experience. It is worth noting that his age is starting to catch up to him, as he's lost a step.

    Dylan Remick - Remick is an interesting player, and somewhat of an unknown. I've only seen him play a handful of times, but I know a couple of things. He's a natural left footed player, and from what I've seen he adds well to the attack. He can put in a good ball to the box, and was the lone bright spot in the 6-1 drubbing we took at Colorado last season. He came on as a second half sub and provided a spark up the left flank. The thing that to me is most telling about this player, the club has enough confidence in him to let Marc Burch walk, and to not look for a replacement. They feel he can get the job done. He is one of the players I am most intrigued about this season. We may have our long term LB on the roster in Dylan Remick.

    Zach Scott - A Sounder legend at this point. Hes been with the Club since 2002. He's had several special moments with the club including, and MVP performance vs the KC Wizards in the 2008 US Open Cup where he also scored the winning Penalty kick, the 2009 US Open Cup Where he scored the winning Penalty Kick to oust the Timbers, and in 2013 he conceded a critical penalty in the Open Cup Final vs Sporting KC, only to score later in the game to force Extra Time. Scott can play all four positions along the back line with CB being his best position. Scott is an aerial threat, and bone crunching tackler. He's not the most talented player to ever suit for the squad, but he's an invaluable member of this club. He is a true Sounder and knows what it means to play for the crest.

    Damion Lowe - Lowe is a Centerback, and the Sounders 1st round draft pick. He looks to be the 5th choice CB at this point so baring injury I don't think we will see him much in league play. I have never seen him play before so I can't offer any analysis as of yet. But I hear he is more along the lines of Anibaba than he is any other CB thus far.

    Jimmy Ockford - Ockford is another Sounders draft pick form this last offseason. He's a more physical CB (along the lines of Zach Scott). He has been loaned to the New York Cosmos for the Season.

    Midfielders:

    Osvaldo Alonso - The Honey Badger is a fearless defensive midfielder, and the heartbeat of the team on the field. He often sets the defensive tone and is a great distributor of the ball to his playmakers. He was rewarded in the offseason with a big contract making him a DP player. He is the second player to earn DP status via play on the pitch for the club (Fredy Montero was the first). The presence of Alonso makes our Diamond formation possible. He will be in the starting 11 95% of the time baring injury. He is usually at the top of the club as far as minutes logged.

    Brad Evans - Known as the Sheriff, Evans may have another title to add, Captain. He was handed the Armband by his teammates at the end of last season after Mauro Rosales had injury struggles. In the offseason he was rewarded with a new contract. Evans is your starter on the right side of midfield, and will give some defensive balance to that side of the pitch. He is a good enough defender that when Yedlin attacks with reckless abandoned Evans can cover the right side. Evans and Yedlin's combination play could be critical to the success of the club going forward. Evans is also a very versatile player, and one of Sigi's favorites. He can play every position on the field with a decent success rate with the exception of keeper...not only can he...He HAS played all those positions. Evans is a decent technical player, who's soccer brain has been improving with age. Evans also appears to be the front runner for the Starting Right Back job with the World Cup Bound US team.

    Clint Dempsey - Dempsey will be returning from a short loan Spell at Fulham which didn't do him any favors. He was incredibly out of form the two months he was there, and Fulham are quite frankly...Awful. His form is a bit concerning, but he's a quality player. It may take some time for him to get it in gear, but he has incredible break out potential. With the World Cup quickly approaching he needs to get it going here pretty quick for the sake of the US team, for which he is presently the Captain. Dempsey has wonderful ball skills, a crisp and power shot, and is a good distributor. He will most likely fill more a midfield role this season than one up front. This is mostly due to the larger influx of Strikers the team acquired this offseason. Dempsey will most likely start in the CAM role, but could play outwide to either side, or up top. CAM is his best position. He will likely have license to roam, and create.

    Marco Pappa - The Guatemalan international is the Sounders biggest offseason addition in my opinion. He is an MLS veteran (Chicago Fire), and returned to the league this offseason via the allocation order, Sounders were first and acquired him. The Fire reportedly wanted him, but the Sounders wanted too much so a deal never materialized. Pappa is a creative midfielder. He will play on the left side. He has pretty decent pace and is a good passer of the ball. I am excited to see what he can bring to the team. In years past he was the best player the Chicago Fire had, it will be interesting to see if he can recapture that form.

    Lamar Neagle - Neagle is one of our fringe 11 players. He'll make the 18 when healthy, but he most likely will be making his largest impact off the bench this season. He is your first choice sub for either outside midfielders, or either striker. He will get his minutes this season. Neagle is a pacey player with a knack for scoring. His goals aren't pretty, and rarely is his play, but he gets results.

    Aaron Kovar - Kovar is one of this seasons new Home Grown Player signings. Like Yedlin he was born and raised in the 206 and played for the Sounders Academy. He is a fast player, and is naturally left footed. He plays in a good ball from what I've seen. He could see some time on the pitch this season.

    Gonzalo Pineda - Freshly Signed, Pineda has been with the team all through pre-season. Pineda (31) is a midfielder most well known for a good ability to Mark. He is also naturally left footed and has a rocket of a shot. He will most likely be in the rotation at LM, as well as potentially an insurance policy should Alonso go down. Granted, I don't have a lot of information on Pineda or seen him play many times (twice that I'm aware of), he looks to be a good addition to the club.

    Andy Rose - Everyones favorite Goat of a Player. Often times when the club struggles people relate it to Andy Rose being on the pitch. IMO he's not a bad player, hes a squad rotation guy for sure. He'll play in the starting 11 now and again as needed but he's not a guy to start 6 games in a row. He has pretty decent feet, and has pretty good tactical awareness. His fitness levels frustrate me at times. Rose will see some time this season, but most likely due to injury, fatigue, or tactical reasons....though the signing of Pineda should be Alarming for him.

    Fabio Pereira - Pereira is a player who loves to attack and get after people. In preseason he always made a difference when he came on the pitch. He's got a cannon of a foot, and seems to be in the running to spell Clint Dempsey in the CAM when needed.

    Shalrie Joseph - Presently he is on the roster, but he is NOT in the plans of the Sounders going forward. I'd expect his contract to be bought out before the season Starts.


    Forwards:

    Obafemi Martins - No doubt Martins is the first Striker on the team sheet when healthy. He's coming off his first break from football in almost 24 months. He looked refreshed in the preseason scoring a bunch of goals. His partnership with Kenny Cooper already seems light years better than it ever was with Eddie Johnson. Oba is healthy, and thats the big thing here. I'd say he has a shot at winning the Golden Boot this season.

    Kenny Cooper - One of the streakiest strikers you'll ever see. He was magnificent for FC Dallas in 06-09 scoring 40 goals in 90 games, Since then he has scored 34 goals in 118 games for 5 different clubs. 18 of those goals came in 2012 when he played for the New York Red Bulls next to Thierry Henry. I think Cooper is, and always has been, a beneficiary of his surroundings. He's not the striker to build your team around, but he'll net you some goals when you put good people around him. When you look at him you see a 6'3 aerial powerhouse....but thats not how he plays. He's, frustratingly, a talented version of Nate Jaqua (sans looking like a Giraffe on Ice Skates when he runs). He's got great touch on the ball, and is a threat to score when played to his feet. I think paired next to Oba Martins will do great things for him.

    Sean Okoli - Ever since the first Academy season ended I have been hearing about this kid. He went on a tear. Scored boat loads of goals. People wanted him to be the first ever Home Grown Player for the club...and it just seemed to not happen. I was starting to wonder if Okoli would ever be a Sounder...but it appears the team was just waiting for the right time. Okoli was signed as a HGP this offseason and has already impressed in preseason. He has been instrumental in the games he has played in being involved in a large portion of the goals the club has scored. Okoli is a pacey player with good aerial skills. He will probably see more time than fellow HGP Aaron Kovar, though most of his time will be off the bench. I'm excited to see what he can do with the club now that He's FINALLY made it to the first team.

    Tristen Bowen - Bowen is a Cali boy. Former Galaxy and Chivas USA player. He's fast, has a cannon for a shot, and has a good ability to hold the ball up. If Cooper or Martins can't go I'd expect him to be in the mix to get a start.

    Chad Barrett - You thought Cooper was our aerial threat bruiser striker? Nope...that would be Chad Barrett. Barrett is merciless going for the ball. He's not the most talented player, but he knows how to use his body to his advantage.

    David Estrada - He, Like Lamar Neagle, is another one of those Midfielder/Striker Hybrids. He can play either outwide or up top, but he has been most successful up top for the club. Estrada is a quick player, but lacks size. He is a work horse though. Going 90 is no problem for him....he can score goals too. Has a Sounders hat trick under his belt.

    Eriq Zavaleta - At first the Sounders werent sure whether to play Zavaleta at CB or ST....well Striker is the way they went, and then they acquired a bunch of other strikers. Zavaleta looked to be the odd man out, but the club still wants to see how he develops so they have sent him on loan to Chivas USA for the season. Hopefully he gets some time with the Goats and Mauro can serve him some goals.


    This roster is NOT final, and its possible we add another player or two in the coming days.

    Anybody got any questions for me?
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  • Smurf wrote:Season starts in just a matter of days, and I'm off work early today....so here is a current roster. Going to give a breakdown of who we have, what position(s) they play, and where they most likely are on the depth chart thus far.

    Before getting to who is who, and where they stack up with the squad. Let's talk about tactics. The Sounders will most likely be employing a asymetrical Diamond 4-1-2-1-2 formation this season.

    That looks something like this:


    --------ST-----ST-----------

    -----------CAM--------------
    -----LM----------------RM--

    ------------CDM-------------

    LB------------------------RB

    --------CB------CB---------
    -----------GK--------------


    Starting from the Back.

    Goalkeepers:

    Stephan Frei - Most likely your starter, however not yet announced by the Big Man. Frie is known as a reflex keeper, with decent to good positioning. I'd expect him to start 80%+ matches this season. Only concern on him is how well he holds up. He's not made of Porcelain or anything, but he is coming off a torn ACL. This could be the biggest dip in Goalkeeper talent the MLS Sounders have seen.

    Marcus Hahnemann - Back for one last season he will compete to start, but I don't think he will. He'll get matches, no doubt about it. Hahnemann's biggest asset is his experience and positioning. He will rarely make mistakes, but has more ability to get beat in the athleticism department.

    Josh Ford - Our third keeper. He could get a start at some point this season in league play, but we'll most likely see him in Open Cup and reserve games. He's a pure shot blocker. Extremely athletic, excellent hand eye coordination. He's just very young, and his positioning isn't the greatest (his athleticism bails him out too much).

    Backline:

    DeAndre Yedlin - Yedlin is no doubt your season long starter at Right Back. He is the biggest prospect the Sounders have had since Fredy Montero in 2009, and better yet, he was born and raised in the 206. He's a Seattle boy through and through. If you're a fan of the EPL, Yedlin reminds me A LOT of Man Utd's Rafael. Pacey up the wing, wants to get involved in the attack, has incredible recovery speed, and is a good tackler. He's improving mentally, and if he ever learns to cross the ball with better accuracy, and with more consistency he will be playing in Europe. Until then we have one of the best young Right Backs in the league. It will be interesting to see if Yedlin gets a stronger look at making the US World Cup Team as Summer Approaches. If he comes out of the gate in Magnificent form we could be missing him for a few games while he is in Brazil.

    Chad Marshall - Gone are the days of Hurtado, Parke, and Ianni. All three of them are on different clubs in MLS and we've replaced them with some mighty fine players. The first of them is Chad Marshall. A big (6'4) player who excels in the air. He is not fast, but id decently athletic for his size. He has a hell of a head on his shoulders though. Very intelligent player who rarely puts himself in bad positions. He was a late bloomer and missed out on a trip to the World Cup with the 2010 team, though getting several looks form then head coach Bob Bradley. At this point he hasn't gotten a look with the team headed to Brazil. Marshall will be the first Centerback on the teamsheet every week...the bigger question is who pairs with him. Also, he is a threat in the Air on Set Pieces. He could net us a few goals this season too.

    Jalil Anibaba - Anibaba is most likely Marshall's partner in the back line. At 6'0 he is the shortest CB on the roster, but he is probably the most athletic of the Centerback options. He has good pace and has experience in MLS (Chicago Fire). Anibaba brings some flexibility as well. He can play Right Back as well, and if forced too could play as a Holding Central Midfielder.

    Djimi Traore - Traore is the other option to start besides Marshall in the back. He's a veteran who once won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool. He's got good athleticism for a 6'3 34 year old. I've seen him do bicycle kick clearances regularly. He's not fast, but he's smart enough a player to compensate. He's a great option to have as he can still play at a starting 11 level for this team. Both he and Anibaba both of their upsides and downsides, but I think Anibaba will be the preferred partner for Marshall based on his athleticism.

    Leo Gonzalez - Leo will be your preferred Left Back this season.....maybe. Leo is not at 100% right now, and most likely won't be in the 18 man roster for opening day. This leaves the door open for 2nd year player Dylan Remick to make an impression early in the season. Sigi has already stated that Leo is his preferred starter at Left Back, but Remick will have every opportunity to prove himself. I'd expect Gonzalez to play 70% of the matches this season, with Remick or Scott filling in. Leo is an excellent 1v1 defender with a wealth of experience. It is worth noting that his age is starting to catch up to him, as he's lost a step.

    Dylan Remick - Remick is an interesting player, and somewhat of an unknown. I've only seen him play a handful of times, but I know a couple of things. He's a natural left footed player, and from what I've seen he adds well to the attack. He can put in a good ball to the box, and was the lone bright spot in the 6-1 drubbing we took at Colorado last season. He came on as a second half sub and provided a spark up the left flank. The thing that to me is most telling about this player, the club has enough confidence in him to let Marc Burch walk, and to not look for a replacement. They feel he can get the job done. He is one of the players I am most intrigued about this season. We may have our long term LB on the roster in Dylan Remick.

    Zach Scott - A Sounder legend at this point. Hes been with the Club since 2002. He's had several special moments with the club including, and MVP performance vs the KC Wizards in the 2008 US Open Cup where he also scored the winning Penalty kick, the 2009 US Open Cup Where he scored the winning Penalty Kick to oust the Timbers, and in 2013 he conceded a critical penalty in the Open Cup Final vs Sporting KC, only to score later in the game to force Extra Time. Scott can play all four positions along the back line with CB being his best position. Scott is an aerial threat, and bone crunching tackler. He's not the most talented player to ever suit for the squad, but he's an invaluable member of this club. He is a true Sounder and knows what it means to play for the crest.

    Damion Lowe - Lowe is a Centerback, and the Sounders 1st round draft pick. He looks to be the 5th choice CB at this point so baring injury I don't think we will see him much in league play. I have never seen him play before so I can't offer any analysis as of yet. But I hear he is more along the lines of Anibaba than he is any other CB thus far.

    Jimmy Ockford - Ockford is another Sounders draft pick form this last offseason. He's a more physical CB (along the lines of Zach Scott). He has been loaned to the New York Cosmos for the Season.

    Midfielders:

    Osvaldo Alonso - The Honey Badger is a fearless defensive midfielder, and the heartbeat of the team on the field. He often sets the defensive tone and is a great distributor of the ball to his playmakers. He was rewarded in the offseason with a big contract making him a DP player. He is the second player to earn DP status via play on the pitch for the club (Fredy Montero was the first). The presence of Alonso makes our Diamond formation possible. He will be in the starting 11 95% of the time baring injury. He is usually at the top of the club as far as minutes logged.

    Brad Evans - Known as the Sheriff, Evans may have another title to add, Captain. He was handed the Armband by his teammates at the end of last season after Mauro Rosales had injury struggles. In the offseason he was rewarded with a new contract. Evans is your starter on the right side of midfield, and will give some defensive balance to that side of the pitch. He is a good enough defender that when Yedlin attacks with reckless abandoned Evans can cover the right side. Evans and Yedlin's combination play could be critical to the success of the club going forward. Evans is also a very versatile player, and one of Sigi's favorites. He can play every position on the field with a decent success rate with the exception of keeper...not only can he...He HAS played all those positions. Evans is a decent technical player, who's soccer brain has been improving with age. Evans also appears to be the front runner for the Starting Right Back job with the World Cup Bound US team.

    Clint Dempsey - Dempsey will be returning from a short loan Spell at Fulham which didn't do him any favors. He was incredibly out of form the two months he was there, and Fulham are quite frankly...Awful. His form is a bit concerning, but he's a quality player. It may take some time for him to get it in gear, but he has incredible break out potential. With the World Cup quickly approaching he needs to get it going here pretty quick for the sake of the US team, for which he is presently the Captain. Dempsey has wonderful ball skills, a crisp and power shot, and is a good distributor. He will most likely fill more a midfield role this season than one up front. This is mostly due to the larger influx of Strikers the team acquired this offseason. Dempsey will most likely start in the CAM role, but could play outwide to either side, or up top. CAM is his best position. He will likely have license to roam, and create.

    Marco Pappa - The Guatemalan international is the Sounders biggest offseason addition in my opinion. He is an MLS veteran (Chicago Fire), and returned to the league this offseason via the allocation order, Sounders were first and acquired him. The Fire reportedly wanted him, but the Sounders wanted too much so a deal never materialized. Pappa is a creative midfielder. He will play on the left side. He has pretty decent pace and is a good passer of the ball. I am excited to see what he can bring to the team. In years past he was the best player the Chicago Fire had, it will be interesting to see if he can recapture that form.

    Lamar Neagle - Neagle is one of our fringe 11 players. He'll make the 18 when healthy, but he most likely will be making his largest impact off the bench this season. He is your first choice sub for either outside midfielders, or either striker. He will get his minutes this season. Neagle is a pacey player with a knack for scoring. His goals aren't pretty, and rarely is his play, but he gets results.

    Aaron Kovar - Kovar is one of this seasons new Home Grown Player signings. Like Yedlin he was born and raised in the 206 and played for the Sounders Academy. He is a fast player, and is naturally left footed. He plays in a good ball from what I've seen. He could see some time on the pitch this season.

    Gonzalo Pineda - Freshly Signed, Pineda has been with the team all through pre-season. Pineda (31) is a midfielder most well known for a good ability to Mark. He is also naturally left footed and has a rocket of a shot. He will most likely be in the rotation at LM, as well as potentially an insurance policy should Alonso go down. Granted, I don't have a lot of information on Pineda or seen him play many times (twice that I'm aware of), he looks to be a good addition to the club.

    Andy Rose - Everyones favorite Goat of a Player. Often times when the club struggles people relate it to Andy Rose being on the pitch. IMO he's not a bad player, hes a squad rotation guy for sure. He'll play in the starting 11 now and again as needed but he's not a guy to start 6 games in a row. He has pretty decent feet, and has pretty good tactical awareness. His fitness levels frustrate me at times. Rose will see some time this season, but most likely due to injury, fatigue, or tactical reasons....though the signing of Pineda should be Alarming for him.

    Fabio Pereira - Pereira is a player who loves to attack and get after people. In preseason he always made a difference when he came on the pitch. He's got a cannon of a foot, and seems to be in the running to spell Clint Dempsey in the CAM when needed.

    Shalrie Joseph - Presently he is on the roster, but he is NOT in the plans of the Sounders going forward. I'd expect his contract to be bought out before the season Starts.


    Forwards:

    Obafemi Martins - No doubt Martins is the first Striker on the team sheet when healthy. He's coming off his first break from football in almost 24 months. He looked refreshed in the preseason scoring a bunch of goals. His partnership with Kenny Cooper already seems light years better than it ever was with Eddie Johnson. Oba is healthy, and thats the big thing here. I'd say he has a shot at winning the Golden Boot this season.

    Kenny Cooper - One of the streakiest strikers you'll ever see. He was magnificent for FC Dallas in 06-09 scoring 40 goals in 90 games, Since then he has scored 34 goals in 118 games for 5 different clubs. 18 of those goals came in 2012 when he played for the New York Red Bulls next to Thierry Henry. I think Cooper is, and always has been, a beneficiary of his surroundings. He's not the striker to build your team around, but he'll net you some goals when you put good people around him. When you look at him you see a 6'3 aerial powerhouse....but thats not how he plays. He's, frustratingly, a talented version of Nate Jaqua (sans looking like a Giraffe on Ice Skates when he runs). He's got great touch on the ball, and is a threat to score when played to his feet. I think paired next to Oba Martins will do great things for him.

    Sean Okoli - Ever since the first Academy season ended I have been hearing about this kid. He went on a tear. Scored boat loads of goals. People wanted him to be the first ever Home Grown Player for the club...and it just seemed to not happen. I was starting to wonder if Okoli would ever be a Sounder...but it appears the team was just waiting for the right time. Okoli was signed as a HGP this offseason and has already impressed in preseason. He has been instrumental in the games he has played in being involved in a large portion of the goals the club has scored. Okoli is a pacey player with good aerial skills. He will probably see more time than fellow HGP Aaron Kovar, though most of his time will be off the bench. I'm excited to see what he can do with the club now that He's FINALLY made it to the first team.

    Tristen Bowen - Bowen is a Cali boy. Former Galaxy and Chivas USA player. He's fast, has a cannon for a shot, and has a good ability to hold the ball up. If Cooper or Martins can't go I'd expect him to be in the mix to get a start.

    Chad Barrett - You thought Cooper was our aerial threat bruiser striker? Nope...that would be Chad Barrett. Barrett is merciless going for the ball. He's not the most talented player, but he knows how to use his body to his advantage.

    David Estrada - He, Like Lamar Neagle, is another one of those Midfielder/Striker Hybrids. He can play either outwide or up top, but he has been most successful up top for the club. Estrada is a quick player, but lacks size. He is a work horse though. Going 90 is no problem for him....he can score goals too. Has a Sounders hat trick under his belt.

    Eriq Zavaleta - At first the Sounders werent sure whether to play Zavaleta at CB or ST....well Striker is the way they went, and then they acquired a bunch of other strikers. Zavaleta looked to be the odd man out, but the club still wants to see how he develops so they have sent him on loan to Chivas USA for the season. Hopefully he gets some time with the Goats and Mauro can serve him some goals.


    This roster is NOT final, and its possible we add another player or two in the coming days.

    Anybody got any questions for me?


    Agree with most of that assessment other than Zach Scott. Was good on his day but is a complete liability now and should not be on this roster. He definitely should never play anywhere other than central defence as he is slower than a week in jail. Even at CB he got burned last season by anyone with speed.

    Traore can have good games but can be a liability other games. Sometimes moments of brilliance then stupidity in the same game. Sums up his career to date but he can do okay as a back up.

    I'm excited to see Frei and Remick play. There was a lot of talk about Frie moving to europe before his ACL injury. The Sounders so far have been lucky to have able goal keepers. Remick looked good in preseason (which means nothing) but he'll definitely get playing time as Gonzalez seems to have spells in the season when he is out.

    I don't get what Estrada brings to Seattle. He is pacey and that's about it. At least Neagle got some important goals last year and done well filling in when Johnson and Martins were out, even scoring from left mid. I remember Estrada for that hatrick and that's about it.

    This is a big year for Dempsey. He was poor last season and part of that was due to unrealistic expectations. I wish he didn't play in the EPL this off season. I doubt he was going to stay sharp playing in a struggling Fulham team (seriously- I understand Beckham going to Milan in past offseasons and even Donovan going to Everton as they above mid table as the standard is higher, but Fulham aren't much higher than the Sounders when it comes to standards) and will be burned out by the end of the MLS season given he had no rest in the off season and the world cup. At his age, recovery will take longer. I'm starting to worry this move could be a bust. Would rather have had Michael Bradley.

    The world cup shouldn't hurt the Sounders this year as i'm guessing only Dempsey and Evans will be away for it. I felt US call ups disrupted the Sounders last year with Johnson, Dempsey, Evans being called up and the injury at the time to Martins.
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