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Archives: July 2010


Hanauer, Schmid, Fernandez on signing

I’m traveling today for the league game in San Jose on Saturday, so I wasn’t able to get my own quotes on the Alvaro Fernandez signing. However, these have been provided by the club:

Adrian Hanauer – General Manager
(On Fernandez . . .)
“We have been tracking Alvaro for a while. Versatility, quality, character, a lot of the same attributes that we have been interested in all along. Alvaro is a player who has a very good pace. He is good in the air. Versatility, he can play anywhere across the midfield. Again, we just felt like

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Uruguayan midfielder signed as 3rd DP

The rumored announcement has been confirmed. Here’s the release from the club.

The Seattle Sounders FC have acquired Uruguay National Team midfielder Alvaro Fernandez, it was announced today. Fernandez, 24 played in four matches for semifinalist Uruguay during the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Fernandez qualifies as the club’s third Designated Player. His signing will be finalized upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. Fernandez has not yet been added to the active roster. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Fernandez started for Uruguay in the quarterfinal against Ghana and was a substitute in wins

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Reaction to Sounders win over Metapan

Reaction from both sides on Sounders FC’s 1-0 win over Metapan on Wednesday at Qwest Field:

Sigi Schmid
(General comments…)
“We had chances. I thought we had chances to score more than just the one and we’re disappointed that we didn’t get more. It’s most important not give up a goal at home. We have a lead. It forces them when we go down there that they have to score a goal. They can’t sit back. Here they can sit back. And for us on the road to score a goal, we force them to score three, so that’s really important. We wanted to hold them at zero at home and get as many goals as possible as home. We also wanted to make sure that we can play with a strong lineup when we go down to El Salvador because it’s going to be a hostile environment. The refereeing certainly is going to be a little different than it is in the MLS and it’s going to be a situation where we’re going to need our veteran players down there to get the result that we need to advance.”

(On yellow cards…) “Obviously, with two yellows you sit out a game, so we have to be careful with that. I thought early in the game we got drawn into some of the theatrics on the field and we didn’t play with enough composure. A couple of yellow cards we didn’t need to take. It doesn’t affect us for the next game. The most important thing is to get into the group stage and then we’ll see where we are with yellow cards.”

(On win being good for MLS…) “It shows that anything can happen. When you look at the Galaxy game, Puerto Rico got 4 shots and 4 goals. I’d much rather be in our position than the Galaxy’s position at this stage. It’s good for us to get a win and it’s good for the league, but mainly what we’re concerned with what’s good for us.”

(On substitutions…) “Our team has adjusted a little better to realizing that if you’re coming into the game as a sub, you can make an impact on the game and you want your subs to have an impact on the game. That’s something we talked about with our midfielders. I know Fredy was disappointed with not starting because he wanted to start, but he had his head about him, made good decisions when he came in, and he played with a lot of effort and enthusiasm and scored an important goal for our team. I knew coming in that it’d be hard to play all of our top players today, on Saturday, and then on Tuesday there, so we wanted certain guys like Fredy and Zakuani to play Saturday and then come back on Tuesday. Our subs have realized that they can have an impact and we’ve also told our players on the field that they have to get the subs involved when they get in the game. They have fresh legs, so get them involved.”

(On touches…) “I think some of our touches up front weren’t always the best. Sanna getting in twice really well in the first half and just that final pass and making that final decision has to get better. Metapan did a good job of getting numbers behind the ball and packing the defense and not getting themselves stretched too much defensively, so that made it a little tougher for us. You have to take your hat off to them because they made it difficult for us to win. We need to make it difficult for them when we go down there. We can always get better at that final pass. We can always get better at that final situations.”

(On needing players for short turnaround…) “We didn’t want to play [Blaise] Nkufo today because we want to make sure we don’t put him in a situation where we jeopardize an injury when coming back into fitness. [Patrick] Ianni didn’t suit tonight. We had some other guys on the bench. We have people there, certainly I’m not worried about that. Sometimes when you’re in the rhythm of playing, the games go. Players would rather get their fitness in games than in practice.”

(On the goal…) “I subbed him on and I just turned, so I didn’t see the shot. I saw the tail end of it. I saw the goalkeeper scrambling for it and have it spin off his hands and go in. I didn’t celebrate as much as I normally would do on a goal. That’s what happens. You take your eyes off him for a second and he scores a goal.”

Fredy Montero
(On expecting to score a goal when he came in…)
“I think so. From the bench and while I was warming up my focus and concentration was on scoring a goal and on my first play I managed to score.”

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Sounders win 1-0; deciding game Tuesday

Crowd of 17,228 watches Sounders and Metapan at Qwest Field.

The Sounders win it, 1-0. But this is, in effect, merely a one-goal lead halfway through a 180-minute game. However, the failure of Metapan to score makes it an encouraging result for the Sounders … although one that Metapan seemed oddly happy to take.

And that’s really how it seemed during the interviews after the game — both coaches seeming pleased enough with the result.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get more,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “But it’s most important not to give up a goal at home. We have the lead. It forces them when we go down there that they need to score a goal. They can’t sit back (again). Here, they could try and sit back a little bit. For us on the road, if we can score a goal, we force them to score three.”

“Sounders played better,” Metapan coach Edwin Portillo said through a translator. “We played looking for a tie but ended up losing. But at the same time, we know that last year we lost 0-1 (in our first game, but still advanced). Now we will do better on our own field.”

If total goals are even after the next match, the team with more road goals will advance. If road goals also are even, the teams will play on into added time. Then, if necessary, the series will be decided by penalty kicks.

Schmid implied he will go with a more conventional lineup in El Salvador, where the series will be settled.

Portillo predicted a crowd of 3,000-4,000 for that one, which will be played in San Salvador rather than Metapan. Given that, he seemed plenty impressed with tonight’s crowd, even though it was the smallest ever to see the Sounders at Qwest … smaller even that the 18,000-plus that showed up for the Sounders-Timbers preseason exhibition before the start of this regular season.

By the numbers:

SEA — Fredy Montero (Osvaldo Alonso) 60

Isidro Metapan — Misael Alfaro, Jose Alvarado, Erick Prado, Ernesto Aquino, Moises Menendez (Mark Lester Blanco 69), Oscar Jimenez, Hector Mejia, Emerson Umana, Rodolfo Suarez (Andres Flores 80), Anel Canales, Josue Flores (Jorge Luis Moran 87).

Substitutes Not Used: Milton Molina, Carlos Carrillo, Elias Bladimir Montes, Jose Gonzalez.

TOTAL SHOTS: 2 (Emerson Umana 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Emerson Umana 1); FOULS: 20 (Rodolfo Suarez 5); OFFSIDES: 3 (Anel Canales 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Josue Flores 2); SAVES: 4 (Misael Alfaro 4)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Tyrone Marshall, Taylor Graham, Leo Gonzalez, Sanna Nyassi, Peter Vagenas (Osvaldo Alonso 14), Mike Seamon, Miguel Montano (Steve Zakuani 57), Nate Jaqua (Fredy Montero 60), Roger Levesque.

Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, David Estrada, Terry Boss.

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Osvaldo Alonso 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Fredy Montero 2); FOULS: 17 (Leo Gonzalez 3, Roger Levesque 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Roger Levesque 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Osvaldo Alonso 4); SAVES: 1 (Kasey Keller 1)
Misconduct Summary:
SEA — Peter Vagenas (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 8
SEA — James Riley (caution; Reckless Foul) 17
SEA — Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Reckless Tackle) 19
ISM — Rodolfo Suarez (caution; Reckless Foul) 36
ISM — Erick Prado (caution; Reckless Tackle) 42
ISM — Emerson Umana (caution; Reckless Tackle) 64
SEA — Sanna Nyassi (caution; Reckless Foul) 67

Referee: Ricardo Arellano
Referee’s Assistants: -Alejandro Ayala; Victor Calderon
4th Official: Jair Marrufo
Attendance: 17,228
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Sunny-and-75-degrees

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Le Toux among All-Star starters

Former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux is among the starters as the MLS All-Stars begin play against Manchester United. (ESPN2).

Here are the lineups:

MLS: GK Donovan Ricketts; D Kevin Alston, Jamison Olave, Chad Marshall, Heath Pearce; M Marco Pappa, Shalrie Joseph, Javier Morales, Sebastien Le Toux, Guillermo Barros Schelotto. F Juan Pablo Angel.

MANCHESTER UNITED: GK Edwin van der Sar; D Rafael da Silva, Wes Brown, Jonny Evans, Fabio da Silva; M Gabriel Obertan, John O’Shea, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Nani; F Federico Macheta.


Sellout in Houston, not close in Seattle

A couple of hours before kickoff and here’s the first indication that there will be a notably smaller-than usual crowd at Qwest tonight: the return of the rave green end zone tarps.

We’re probably looking at a crowd of less than half the usual tonight when Sounders FC plays its first meaningful international competition, meeting Metapan of El Savador at 7 p.m. and on Fox Soccer Channel.

We’ll keep this blog open all night for pregame, in-game and postgame updates and comments.

Meanwhile, word from Houston, where the All-Star game is about to kick off, that that game will be

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MLS stars vs. ManU at 5:30 on ESPN2

In addition to the Sounders’ CONCACAF Champions League debut tonight at 7, this is also MLS All-Star evening.

The MLS Stars — although no Sounders — will take on Manchester United at 70,000-seat Reliant Stadium in Houston. The game will be shown live on ESPN2.

Lots of good preview coverage at

And here’s a local look from the Houston Chronicle.


Early look at Metapan-Sounders

7 p.m., Qwest Field.

TV: Fox Soccer Channel.
RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).
ABOUT CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The competition brings together 24 club champions from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Seattle qualified by winning the 2009 U.S. Open Cup. This is a preliminary round pairing, which will be settled by aggregate score over a two-game home-and-road series, with road goals used as the first tie-breaker. The winner advances to the group stage, with the top two teams from four four-team groups

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