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Sounders back at Qwest (updated)

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm with 6 Comments »
March 10, 2010 1:34 pm

Seattle Sounders FC trained at Qwest Field today for the first time this season.

“It’s great,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Obviously the last time we were here we didn’t get the result that we wanted to in our last game against Houston [Dynamo]. So it’s got that memory. But it’s also got the memory of the opening game and a lot of the good accomplishments we had all season. But more so than anything every time you walk in here, even though the seats are blue, I see green everywhere. It just reminds me that we are about to embark on the season. I think it’s a good reminder for the players that the season is around the corner.”

And this from Kasey Keller: “It always feels nice. It just lets you know you are getting close to something happening. We love our training ground. We love what we are doing over there but it’s always nice to get back into the stadium knowing that something’s right around the corner. With the game against Portland [Timbers] and knowing that the beginning of the season is getting close. Se we are excited.”

Meanwhile, the Sounders will play their first home game of the preseason at 6 p.m. Thursday meeting the second-division Portland Timbers.

More than 13,000 tickets already have been sold to what will be the Sounders only home game of the preseason. Tickets remain available at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-17. Proceeds will benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington State, Soccer Saves, Seattle SCORES and Washington Youth Soccer.

Players will be available for autographs after the match.

The game will not be carried on local TV or radio.

After this, the Sounders will play one more preseason game — meeting the Colorado Rapids on Friday in Commerce City, Colo. – before opening the regular season against the Philadelphia Union at 6:30 p.m. March 25 at Qwest Field.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. You’d think they’d have it, at least, on the radio.

  2. derekyoung says:

    I suspect the theory is that they want people to show up since it’s a charity deal so blacking it out kinda makes sense. Wish they had the Vancouver match televised, even on the web would have been great.

  3. derekyoung says:

    PS Does anyone know when the rosters have to be set or what the number is? It was supposed to be a couple weeks ago but that was apparently a part of the CBA. Do we get to carry a fat roster as a result?

  4. elmocatt says:

    On the match on thursday, DR wrote “The game will not be carried on local TV or radio.”

    Sorry, but I don’t think that is accurate. The Timber game is listed as part of the Sounder Preseason Special on KONG, channel 6, with a season review show starting at 5:30 pm. Will be the first chance to check out Arlo White as the new sounders annoucer (even though he did the Houston (?) match last season).

    And DY – on the rosters, since the roster deadline was part of the CBA, and there is currently no CBA yet, no roster deadline yet. No point in having a fat roster only to have to cut a lot of players when the deal gets done. But certainly the team can carry an extra player or two in case the CBA allows more players this year.

  5. According to, the game will be televised on KONG 6/16.

  6. SoundersRiot says:

    The game will NOT be televised Thursday. KONG is airing a 2010 preview show and will show parts of the game but not the whole match beginning to end.

    And Derek – Roster compliance day was postponed due to the CBA. They will probably set the new date for sometime around the end of the month. But it looks like the Sounders are set anyway…

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