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Dec.
19th

MLS releases 2015 home openers; Sounders’ season begins March 8 vs. Revs

MLSnew15MLS announced the 2015 home openers for its 20 teams today.

The Sounders will open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, when the MLS Cup runner-up New England Revolution visits.

The entire MLS schedule is expected to be released in early January.

Here’s the news from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC will open the 2015 MLS regular season on March 8 against the New England Revolution on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Major League Soccer announced today. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. PST, with the season-opening contest being broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). The complete 2015 MLS regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.

The 2015 season is the first of an eight-year landmark television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision networks. All three partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week for the first time in league history. The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings – primarily on UniMás. On Sundays, ESPN and FOX Sports networks will broadcast back-to-back MLS matches at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. PST, respectively.

Sounders FC is 4-2-0 all-time in MLS regular season openers, including a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in 2014. This also marks the fifth time in seven seasons that Seattle has opened on national television, as well as the sixth time they have faced an Eastern Conference opponent.

Additional information on times and broadcast details for these games and others is being revealed in the coming weeks as part of the complete 2015 regular season schedule announcement.

Below is the press release from the league:
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Dec.
19th

Pappa wins Premios Univision Deportes for MLS

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Pappa

Here’s the report from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa won the MLS Player of the Year Award Thursday night at the inaugural Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards). Univision Deportes is the sport division of Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America.

Pappa, 27, edged Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri and Chivas USA forward Erick Torres for the award. The Guatemalan had six goals and five assists in 28 appearances in 2014, including a brace in the Supporters’ Shield-clinching 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy in Seattle’s 2014 regular season finale on October 25.

Video of Pappa receiving the award can be found via the following link: http://sndrs.com/e6rd.

A total of 65 sports figures were nominated for their accomplishments on and off the field across multiple sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, boxing, auto racing and more. Premios Univision Deportes winners were decided by fans and a diverse committee of sports personalities, including journalists, broadcasters and retired world-class athletes. Fan-selected awards included Best Goal, Best Extreme Sports Athlete, Best Social Post of the Year and Best Artistic Performance by an Athlete.

Here’s a more complete report from the league:

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Dec.
18th

Sounders pass while Ford and Bowen taken

Seattle Sounders FC passed with its pick — the 16th overall — in today’s second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

However two Sounders were selected: reserve goalkeeper Josh Ford the new Orlando City SC and forward Tristan Bowen by New England.

Here’s the release from the leauge:

Major League Soccer today conducted Stage Two of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Process. A total of eight players were selected by six different MLS clubs.

San Jose Earthquakes made two selections in the draft, picking up defender Marvell Wynne and midfielder Sanna Nyassi. Houston Dynamo also selected twice, choosing forward Chandler Hoffman

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Dec.
18th

Re-entry draft’s second stage at noon PT

So far this offseason, the Sounders have lost players to retirement, to the Major League Soccer expansion draft, to the English Premier League and the general crash of contracts colliding with salary caps.

It’s the dreary part of the MLS calendar: goodbye to goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, off to retirement; goodbye to defender DeAndre Yedlin, off to Tottenham Hotspur; goodbye to defender Jalil Anibaba, off to Orlando City in the expansion draft and then off again to Sporting Kansas City in a trade.

But there is good news for those who don’t like goodbyes: Here come the hellos.

That process

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Dec.
15th

Reports link RSL GM to Sounders position

TwellmanTweetReal Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey will leave to take a position with Seattle Sounders FC, according to numerous reports.

Lagerwey joined RSL in 2007, when the club finished last in the Western Conference. Two seasons later, they were MLS Cup champions. The club has made the playoffs a league-high seven consecutive seasons. Over that time, Lagerwey has overseen all aspects of RSL’s off-field business including personnel, team budget and youth-development programs.

Here is Lagerwey’s biography from the RSL website.

Taylor Twellman first reported the move Monday night on Twitter, and other media including Sports Illustrated reported confirmation by unnamed sources. The public response from a Sounders spokesman was that the club doesn’t have “any comment at this time.”

From Salt Lake media, Lagerwey was quoted as saying, “I have no written offers from anyone. I’m under contract to RSL through Dec. 31.” Here’s a Tuesday morning report from the Salt Lake Tribune.
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Dec.
15th

S2 season tickets go on sale

S2This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that 2015 full-season tickets for Sounders FC 2’s inaugural campaign are now on sale to the general public. Season ticket packages start at $130 and include all S2 regular season, postseason and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup home matches played at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila starting March of 2015. S2 season ticket packages can be purchased via the following link: http://www.soundersfc.com/s2/tickets.

“We’re excited to open season tickets sales for S2’s inaugural season,” said S2 General Manager Andrew Opatkiewicz. “With Starfire Stadium improvements planned for 2015 and 2016, and affordable ticket prices, we are looking forward to welcoming the Sounders community of fans and supporters, old and new. Our fans will create the atmosphere critical to developing the future stars of Sounders FC.”

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Dec.
14th

MLS re-entry Stage Two coming Thursday

Nearly 60 players remain available for selection in Stage 2 of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Process at noon PT Thursday. Sounders eligible for selection are Tristan Bowen and goalkeepers Josh Ford and Marcus Hahnemann (who has announced his retirement).

Here’s the full list and more information from the league.

This is generally the more active phase of the re-entry process, and this is how the Sounders’ acquired Chad Barrett last season.

Dec.
12th

3 teams make re-entry picks (not Seattle)

The Sounders sat out today’s first phase of the MLS re-entry draft — as did 17 of the league’s 20 teams.

Here’s the release from the league:

A total of three MLS players were selected today in the Stage One draft of the 2014 Re-Entry Process. Montreal Impact picked up Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg with the first pick of the draft, while San Jose Earthquakes followed suit choosing another Sporting Kansas City ‘keeper, Andy Gruenebaum. Toronto FC closed out the first phase of the Re-Entry Process with its selection of Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley.

Players not

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