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Archives: July 2010


Reaction to Sounders 1-0 win at San Jose

Here is some of what they were saying in the locker room after the Sounders’ 1-0 win at San Jose tonight:

FREDY MONTERO (through a translator)
(On the team’s result . . .)
“These points are vital for us, especially fighting for the playoffs. As a team we’re doing well right now and we want to keep working hard. Everyone is working together and stepping up their game collectively.”

(On progress as a team . . .)
“What we are doing right now is we’re growing as a club as the Seattle Sounders. We are being rewarded for the hard work that we are putting in every day.”

(On the team’s recent run of positive results . . .)
“The thing about this league is that you have so much parity. You get yourselves on a good run, you shoot up the table, regardless of where your position is. We said for weeks that all we needed to do was get on a good run. The good run is here. What you’re seeing is a spirit within this team that you didn’t see for ten games.”

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How did Sounders win Heritage Cup?

The Sounders were awarded this season’s Heritage Cup, a two-game competition between the two only MLS clubs that retain the historic nicknames of their NASL predecessors.

They won despite splitting the season series with San Jose, each team winning on the road by identical 1-0 scores.

“I’m not quite sure how we won it,” Schmid admitted. “I thought we each won a game and the total score was 1-1. I thought we deserved it last year, so I guess we’ll take it this year.”

Seattle actually won on the tie-breaker favoring the higher-ranked team in the MLS standings.


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Seattle jumps in MLS, wins Heritage Cup

Sounders win it 1-0. A Fredy Montero goal in the 26th minute was the difference.

With the win, Seattle goes past San Jose, Colorado and Toronto in the MLS standings. Seattle also wins this season’s Heritage Cup, accepted by Kasey Keller.

Here was coach Sigi Schmid’s overview:

“Defensively we’re playing a lot tighter in the back. Today, I was very pleased with how we played. I thought our soccer was very good. I thought we moved the ball around very well. I throught we were a little unfortunate not to have more than one, I thought we could have had two or three in the first half. …

“I think the guys realize their situation. I think maybe at the beginning of the year we were maybe patting ourselves on the back a little bit too much for what we had accomplished last year, and everybody sort of came to the realization that, ‘Hey, we’ve we’ve got to put forth the effort. If you put forth the effort then the soccer will show at the end of the day, but you have to put forth the effort. We’re at that stage where we’re doing that.”

And this from San Jose coach Frank Yallop:

“I’m disappointed. I thought it was definitely our worst performance this season. … From the whistle it just didn’t seem like we had any idea or any scrap in us.”

It was San Jose’s first loss in five games.

Blaise Nkufo went most of the way, and played well. Alvaro Fernandez made a quiet debut.

Here are the basics:

Scoring Summary

SEA – Fredy Montero (Sanna Nyassi) 26

Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke (Tyrone Marshall 45), Leo Gonzalez, Sanna Nyassi, Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis, Steve Zakuani (Alvaro Fernandez 69), Fredy Montero, Blaise Nkufo (Nate Jaqua 86).

Substitutes Not Used: Roger Levesque, Terry Boss, Michael Seamon, Zach Scott.


San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch, Jason Hernandez (Chris Wondolowski 74), Bobby Burling, Ike Opara, Ramiro Corrales, Joey Gjertsen, Sam Cronin, Brandon McDonald (Arturo Alvarez 45), Bobby Convey, Scott Sealy (Ryan Johnson 45), Cornell Glen.

Substitutes Not Used: Joe Cannon, Justin Morrow, Steven Beitashour, Brad Ring.


Misconduct Summary:

SJ – Sam Cronin (caution; Reckless Tackle) 15

SJ – Ramiro Corrales (caution; Reckless Tackle) 80

SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 91+

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic

Referee’s Assistants: Eric Boria, Ian Anderson

4th Official: Ricardo Salazar

Time of Game: 1:52

Attendance: 10,351

Weather: Sunny and 72 degrees

Pregame at Buck Shaw Stadium on the Santa Clara University campus

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Ljungberg/Fire to visit on Aug. 28

As it happens, Chicago happens to be one of the few MLS clubs Seattle hasn’t played yet this season, and that means Freddie Ljungberg will be back at Qwest Field on Aug. 28, and then the Sounders will visit Chicago on Sept. 25.

And, as some of you have pointed out, Ljungberg happens to appear on that game’s ticket (thanks several of you who passed along photos… the one above is from Janette).

I asked general manager Adrian Hanauer if thinks the two looming Return-of-Freddie games are good things, or if he wishes the Chicago games had been played earlier

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Third DP for Seattle difficult, but possible

General manager Adrian Hanauer said tonight that it would be difficult for the Sounders to sign a third designated player, joining Blaise Nkufo and Alvaro Fernandez, and replacing Freddie Ljungberg, who was traded to Chicago on Friday.)

“We would have to do some things to be able to fit a third DP in,” Hanauer said. “We don’t have the cap space right now, and we don’t have the roster space right now. … We don’t want to challenge our ability of holding on to our top young players by being too top-heavy. But if we can and we find a

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Hanauer explains Ljungberg trade for pick

I got a few minutes with Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer tonight and got these answers on the club’s trade today, sending designated player Freddie Ljungberg to Chicago for a conditional 2011 or 2012 SuperDraft pick.

Q: How is it possible that a player like Ljungberg would draw only a college player to be picked later?

A: The answer is probably multifaceted. One, you always want more in a trade than you get. Two, in trades you get in some range of what the market calls the value. The market dictated the value to some degree. Then the two

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Ljungberg traded to Chicago Fire

Here’s the Sounders’ press release on the trade:

Freddie Ljungberg, an MLS Best XI selection and two-time All-Star midfielder for the Seattle Sounders FC, has been traded to the Chicago Fire today in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 or 2012 SuperDraft.

Ljungberg, 33, led Seattle and finished fourth in MLS with nine assists in 2009. He was named the MLS October Player of the Month after assisting on the team’s final four goals of the regular season, helping the Sounders FC reach the MLS Cup Playoffs in the club’s inaugural season. Ljungberg was also a finalist for

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Early look at Sounders @ San Jose

Here’s an early look at tomorrow’s important return to league play, visiting San Jose.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (6-8-4; 22 pts.)
AT SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (6-4-5; 23 pts.)
7 p.m. Saturday, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Channel 5.
RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).
HEAD TO HEAD: The series is even, 2-2. However, the Earthquakes have won the last two meetings by a combined 5-0. They took the only previous meeting on their home pitch, 4-0, last season; and won this season’s May 22 meeting at Qwest Field, 1-0, on a Chris Wondolowski

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