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Archives: Aug. 2011

Aug.
25th

Zach Scott: Shrinking fan club, expanding role

Sounders FC trained last week in front of a banner reading “Zach Scott Fan Club” along with the words “No Ka Oi,” which is Hawaiian for “The Best.”

After Sounders training today, I asked Scott about it:

“When I was with the older Sounders team, I had to work as well, and one of the jobs I had was in the accounting department of one of (general manager Adrian Hanauer’s) companies: Northwest Framing, and Mad Pizza. So those were a bunch of people I worked with for several years who were always very supportive of me playing soccer.

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Aug.
25th

Carrasco calls start in Monterrey ‘amazing’

Sounders rookie Servando Carrasco grew up in Tejuana, so I asked him after training today how it felt to get the start on Tuesday on Mexican soil.

“It was amazing,” he said. “It was something that I was looking forward to, especially in Monterrey, because I have a couple of friends that live there that I grew up with, my cousin just recently moved there. So for me it was really as special moment to play in front of them, and obviously to get the victory given the history of how MLS teams have performed in the past. To

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Aug.
25th

Players as viewers: ‘Too easy,’ ‘Strange’

Coach Sigi Schmid’s decision to send some key players home while the Sounders played — and won — in Mexico put players such as Kasey Keller and Fredy Montero in the rare role of watching their teammates on TV.

Today we asked them what that was like:

MONTERO: It’s too easy for a player watching the game outside or on TV. You can see all the space and what kind of play you can do, but it’s very hard when you are playing.

KELLER: It’s a little strange. I don’t get to do it often. I’m not injured, I

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Aug.
25th

Schmid on road sweep: ‘It worked out all right’

The Sounders resumed local training today, after sweeping a two-game road trip to MLS Dallas and CCL Monterrey.

Because we members of the media are paid for our penetrating observations, we mentioned to coach Sigi Schmid that it wasn’t a bad road trip.

“It worked out all right,” he said. “Obviously a little bit of squad rotation in terms of playing games and trying to keep people fresh, a little bit of playing in the heat also. It’s always a lot harder training in cooler weather and going into heat. For our team to be able to play in a

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Aug.
25th

Youth campers watch Sounders training session

About 2,500 Sounders FC Youth Campers are taking in practice today as part of the club’s Campers Appreciation Day. Campers will be allowed to interact with coaches and players and win prizes including autographed Sounders FC merchandise.

Everyone seems to be having fun, and if you’ve got a window nearby you know it is a near-perfect summer day in Puget Sound.

“It just gives you a great feeling,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “You realize that the sport has made an impact, that the brand has made an impact in this area and that people are accepting what we

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Aug.
25th

Sounders looks ahead to Crew and Cup

The Sounders return to training this afternoon. I’ll be back with any updates after that. Until then, here are some notes from the club, looking forward to the Saturday match with Eastern-leader Columbus and the Tuesday Open Cup match with Dallas:

Sounders FC looks to continue their summertime success in three competitions as they return stateside to face the East-leading Columbus Crew just days after earning a historic victory in Mexico.

Sounders FC became the second MLS club to win on Mexican soil on Tuesday night when they defeated reigning champions CF Monterrey, 1-0, in the second round of

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