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Start spreading the news: NYCFC-Sounders at 4 PT

NYCFCHere’s our preview story, and below, the basics:

4 p.m. Sunday, Yankee Stadium
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HEAD TO HEAD: First meeting. This is the only scheduled meeting of the season.
NOTES: This is New York City’s first season in MLS. The club is owned by the same group that owns Manchester City of the English Premier League and shares its primary color: light blue. Baseball’s New York Yankees are minority owners. … NYCFC is winless in its last six matches. The Sounders have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. … Seattle is 1-1-2 in its inaugural meeting against expansion teams. … As weekend play began, Seattle’s 0.71 goals-against average was the best in MLS. New York has scored five goals over its eight games and allowed seven. … New York coach Jason Kreis went 5-3-4 against Seattle while at Salt Lake. … Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and New York’s Mix Diskerud as USMNT teammates expected to face each other for the first time. … Dempsey and Obafemi Martins lead Seattle with four goals each. … NYCFC goals-leader David Villa (two) is questionable with hip irritation. Veteran Ned Grabavoy leads New York with two assists, and has played every minute of the season. Defender George John, formerly of the University of Washington, is out (knee). … Seattle central defender Chad Marshall is eligible after serving a one-game disciplinary suspension. New York midfielder Andrew Jacobson is out due to suspension. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu.
QUOTE: “It’s a new team in the league, but they still have good players. … It’s going to be a narrow field. …. It’s going to be for sure a really physical game. But when you have good players you want to try to keep the ball. … Possession of the ball is going to be a little more difficult.” – Seattle midfielder Marco Pappa. Read more »


Reign back to winning ways, 3-1 over Spirit

ReignFCHere’s a game report from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (2-2-0, 6 pts) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Washington Spirit (2-2-0, 6 pts) on Saturday, May 2 in front of a crowd of 2,703 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.

After dominating the attack throughout the game’s first 30 minutes, Seattle found the net first, courtesy of forward Beverly Yanez.

In the 35th minute, a cross in the box from forward Merritt Mathias found the foot of Yanez, with the latter putting a shot over the head of goalkeeper Kelsey Wys to give Seattle a 1-0 advantage.
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MLS announces 2015 rules and regulations

OrderHere’s the word from the league:

Major League Soccer today announced its 2015 Roster Rules and Regulations. As part of this announcement, the league issued new, streamlined rules for how MLS clubs acquire select players pursuant to the Allocation and Discovery processes. The league also provided information about the other mechanisms for signing players, such as the SuperDraft and Homegrown Player Rule.

As described in detail below, MLS clubs can acquire specific players through either (i) the revised Allocation Process or (ii) the revised Discovery Process. These revised player assignment mechanisms go into effect today, Friday, May 1, 2015:

· Allocation Process – MLS will maintain a single, fixed and public list of players, known as the Allocation Ranking List, that are subject to the Allocation Process. MLS clubs will have the right to acquire players on the Allocation Ranking List based on the Allocation Ranking Order. The Allocation Ranking Order is determined by the reverse order of finish in the previous season, taking playoff performance into account. Once a club acquires a player via the Allocation Ranking Order, that club drops to the bottom of the order. A club’s Allocation Ranking Order position is tradable.

· Discovery Process – Subject to certain exemptions specified further below, a player not listed on the Allocation Ranking List may be signed through the Discovery Process. A Discovery signing occurs when a team scouts and recruits a particular player not playing in MLS. Clubs identify players not yet under MLS contract and submit a claim to the league office to add the players to a club’s Discovery List.
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9K/5K Rave Green Run announced for Aug. 9

RGrun15This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that it has partnered with Washington Global Heath Alliance to host the inaugural Rave Green Run on August 9 at Juanita Bay in Kirkland, Wash. Proceeds from the Rave Green Run support Washington Global Health Alliance. Following the run, the event includes a viewing party of Sounders FC’s match against the LA Galaxy at 1:00 p.m. PT.

“The Rave Green Run is our chance to celebrate and strive toward healthy communities, both here and abroad,” said Sounders FC Director of Community Outreach Roger Levesque. Read more »


Schmid compares NYCFC and ’09 Sounders

NYCFCSeattle Sounders FC remains the gold standard for MLS expansion teams. Since the turn of this century, no MLS expansion team has been nearly as successful on the pitch in its first season or in following seasons. And of course none have been as successful in the stands.

One of the latest to try is New York City FC, who the Sounders will face for the first time Sunday at Yankee Stadium. They’re certainly off to a slower start: 1-4-3 through eight games, while the 2009 expansion Sounders were 4-2-2.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid was asked this morning in what ways NYCFC’s expansion blueprint seems like or different from those of the Sounders.

“Everybody tries to so the same thing: You want to be successful in your first year,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of likenesses in terms of they went after a couple of good DPs: we brought in Montero, they brought in Villa. You’re trying to get some guys in on discovery. They got a Mix Diskerud, we got a Kasey Keller and so forth. You try to do well in Read more »


Sounders prepare for smaller field in New York

The Sounders trained at Starfire today, between cones to narrow and shorten the field into something more like what they will face Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

“It just makes the game a little more of a bang-bang game,” coach Sigi Schmid explained. “It allows you to press a little bit more, which they like to do at their home field. The field’s also short. We wanted to just get our guys used to the tighter confines. … It’s still going to take some time for them to adjust when they actually get on the field, because you don’t get to

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Schmid, Evans believe conversion to CB working


Sigi Schmid has long maintained that it would take until about this point of the season to get a reasonable read on how Brad Evans’ conversion to center back is working.

Today — seven games into the the season — he spoke with Evans after training, assessing the progress with each seemingly satisfied.

Here’s some of what each had to say:

On his progress:
Sigi just asked me if I’m comfortable, and I think I am feeling a little bit more comfortable. I think I’ll always reference back to one game — that will be a sticking point. And for whatever reason my mind tends to go there, and I try to say don’t make those mistakes twice. There are still things I need to do better – some glaring points on film – so it’s good to recognize when you need to do better, and obviously I’m willing to put in the work and do what I can do to continue to get more shutouts. … (Schmid and I) are on the same page. Read more »


GM on Sounders passing on ICC

Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey gave this explanation today on the club’s decision to skip the International Champions Cup, which instead will come to Seattle with a pairing of Manchester United and Club America:

“(There were) couple of reasons. First off the Champions League stuff, which we’ve talked about from Day One. We feel like if you’re going to succeed inthat competition you have to take it very, very seriously, up to and including trying to win a high seed in the group stage to hopefully avoid Mexican teams in the quarterfinal round, or avoid the best team depending

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