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Archives: June 2009

June
27th

Nate Jaqua on double-secret probation

Well, OK, not really. However, he is in an interesting situation heading into Sunday’s game … when something has to give.


Jaqua has accumulated four yellow cards this season, which means that if he picks up another against Colorado on Sunday he will have to sit out the Sounders’ next league match.


However, because Jaqua hasn’t picked up any yellow cards over his last two games, one card will be deducted from his record if he makes it three straight on Sunday.


As an added drama, that next game is probably especially meaningful to Jaqua because

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June
27th

Ankles better — but still uncertain — for SSFC

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for the final time before tomorrow’s big game against Colorado.


It was a beautiful day for practice, and lots of kids from youth teams and their parents watched the Sounders conclude their otherwise closed practice and then seemed to have fun getting autographs after.


As for the team, the only real news is the apparent improvement of Sebastien Le Toux’s ankle injury to the point where he seems probable. Coach Sigi Schmid indicated that Steve Zakuani is improving, but likely will be a gameday decision.


Here’s a quick early scouting

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June
27th

Notes: Tickets, bus rides and soccer balls

It’s Saturday, but it’s not gameday.


So, a few Sounders notes to pass the time.


Here’s my story from today’s TNT taking a look at the Sounders as the hottest ticket in U.S. soccer, which has led to their expanded seating configuration starting Sunday at Qwest.


The Sounders popularity also is reflected in a note I received from the Gorilla FC supporters group, reporting that another bus has been added to their trip down to Portland on Wednesday to see the Sounders-Timbers U.S. Open Cup match. Cost for a seat on the bus and a ticket

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June
26th

Zakuani and Le Toux uncertain; keeper signs

Steve Zakuani took it easy today but was on the pitch after tweaking his ankle yesterday.


That probably passes for good news, considering the way he was carted off the practice field Thursday. However, there was no firm thumbs up or down for his status for Sunday’s game. And that status may have become more important because coach Sigi Schmid revealed that Sebastien Le Toux also is trying to work through an ankle roll.


"(Zakuani’s ankle is) a little bit sore so we decided with both him and Sebastien Le Toux to have them lay off today

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June
25th

Steve Zakuani hurt; Kevin Forrest waived

Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani was helped from the Starfire practice pitch this morning with an ankle injury — right ankle, I believe.


After sitting on the bench for 20 minutes or so, Zakuani was taken from the field on a cart.


As he was getting onto the cart, he seemed clearly unable to put weight on the ankle. However, no diagnosis or prognosis was immediately available.


Meanwhile, the club also announced that forward Kevin Forrest has been placed on waivers.



Forrest, 24, did not play in any MLS games but he scored the

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June
25th

Sounders’ game time won’t change, but …

Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer said today that the 1 p.m. kickoff of Sunday’s game against Colorado won’t be changed, despite it’s conflict with the Confederations Cup final.


However, Hanauer said the team is working on ways to mitigate the conflict for fans and that an announcement will be made soon. And meanwhile, prostamerika.com is reporting this.

June
25th

Confederations Cup forum

Here’s a story I wrote this morning on the Sounders’ reaction to the USA’s win over Spain yesterday.


What comes next is learning the Americans’ opponent: either Brazil or South Africa, who meet this morning at 11:25 on ESPN.


Unfortunately, that conflict with my time at Sounders practice today, so I’ll be DVRing the game like a lot of you and getting to it sometime after the fact.


Meanwhile, I’m creating this spot for any of you who want to discuss today’s match — before, during or after — and, of course, the one coming up

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June
25th

Brad Evans called up to USA Gold Cup team

This news just in from Sounders FC:


The Seattle Sounders FC announced today that the U.S. National Team has called in midfielder Brad Evans for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.



Evans will join the national team for training next week in Seattle. The U.S. faces Grenada in its first Gold Cup group match on July 4 at Qwest Field. Kickoff is 6 p.m. PT. That game is preceded in the doubleheader with a match featuring Honduras and Haiti at 4 p.m. PT.



This will be the first Senior National Team selection for Evans, 24.

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