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Archives: Nov. 2010


Nkufo, Ianni, Nyassi, Sturgis, Leo unprotected

Here are the players the Sounders protected from the coming MLS expansion draft:

Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Mike Fucito, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Nate Jaqua, Kasey Keller, Fredy Montero, Jeff Parke, James Riley and Steve Zakuani.

Therefore, this is the list of Sounders available to Portland and Vancouver in the expansion draft Wednesday:

Baudet, Julien
Boss, Terry
Earls, Danny
Estrada, David
Gonzalez, Leonardo
Graham, Taylor
Ianni, Patrick
Levesque, Roger
Marshall, Tyrone
Montano, Miguel
Nkufo, Blaise
Noonan, Pat
Nyassi, Sanna
Scott, Zacharias
Seamon, Michael
Sturgis, Nathan
Wahl, Tyson

Here is a statement provided by the club:

“Expansion is good for our league, but the expansion draft is a tense and emotional time for the club and the players,” said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “Unfortunately, we may lose one or two members of the Sounders family on Wednesday. Once the draft is complete, we will make the best of it and move forward, strengthening our team with the aim of winning championships.”

Here’s the release from the league, listing all available players:

Major League Soccer today announced the available player list for the 2010 Expansion Draft on Wednesday, November 24, at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will each select 10 players during the 10-round draft.

Representatives from all 18 MLS clubs will participate in an Expansion Draft teleconference which will be streamed on during a special LIVE edition of ExtraTime Radio. The coverage will begin at 1:45 p.m. ET.

Each current MLS club has had the opportunity to protect 11 players from their 2010 roster. Generation adidas players (who did not graduate at the end of the 2010 season) and Homegrown players are automatically protected and do not count against a team’s 11 protected roster spots. Designated Players with a no trade clause in their contract must be protected. MLS Clubs may lose no more than two players from their 2010 roster during the Expansion Draft.

Through the Expansion Priority Draft, Portland earned the first selection in the Expansion Draft.

A complete list of the Expansion Draft rules can be found on the Expansion Draft Page of

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Vagenas goes to Rapids for two defenders

This just in from the club:

The Seattle Sounders FC announced today that midfielder Peter Vagenas has been traded to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for defenders Julien Baudet and Danny Earls.

An 11-year MLS veteran, Vagenas helped Sounders FC win its first trophy, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 2009. He ended the 2010 season on the disabled list with a quadriceps strain.

“I want to thank Pete for his contributions to Sounders FC during the first two years of the club’s existence,” said Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid. “He was an important player for us, both

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Expansion list running late

The expansion lists have been submitted, but their public release is running late.

Apparently several trades — some announced, some behind the scenes — are delaying things.

I’ll pop in as soon as the Sounders’ list arrives.


Four club awards for Sounders FC

Major League Soccer has announced the winners of year-end awards that recognize individuals and clubs for outstanding contributions off the playing field.

This time Sounders FC did better than it did in the on-field awards, winning for ticket sales team, ticketing executive, training staff and operations staff.

New York Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover, who was named the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year.

Here’s the list from the league:

2010 MLS Club and Executive Award Winners:

Community Relations Department of the Year presented by MLS W.O.R.K.S.: Chicago Fire

Equipment Manager of the Year: Charles Raycroft:

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Rapids win Cup; expanded playoffs ahead

The Colorado Rapids won MLS Cup tonight with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over FC Dallas.

The Rapids are a charter member of MLS, and this is their first league title.

The game went into extra time, and the Rapids dodged plenty of bullets in the closing minutes.

At halftime, commissioner Don Garber discussed certain some playoff format changes for future seasons.

The biggie — which I find depressing — is expansion from eight to 10 playoff participants next season when the league expands to 18 teams. Eight of 18 makes the playoffs a worthy goal and assures at

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Dallas midfielder Ferreira is MLS MVP

This just in from the league:

FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira is the 2010 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player, as voted by MLS players, coaches and general managers, and media. Ferreira scored eight goals and recorded 13 assists during the 2010 regular season, serving as a key element in Dallas’ return to the MLS Cup Playoffs after a two-year absence.

The Colombian international has a goal and three assists during the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. Ferreira’s goal proved to be the game-winner against the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship, advancing FC Dallas to the first MLS Cup final in the club’s 15-year history.

Although Ferreira finished the regular season as the most fouled player in the league with 84 fouls suffered, he still played every game, missing just one minute all year.

Since joining FC Dallas from Clube Atletico Paranaense of Brazil at the beginning of last season, Ferreira has tallied 16 goals and 20 assists while appearing in all 60 regular season FC Dallas games through 2009 and 2010.

Ferreira was named to his first MLS All-Star team this season, playing 45 minutes against Manchester United in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star game on July 28. He was also named to the 2010 MLS Best XI.

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