Sounders FC Nominated for Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards
Sounders FC has been nominated by the Seattle Sports Commission as the Sports Story of the Year for winning their third straight U.S. Open Cup. The four other nominees include Eastern Washington University’s FCS National Championship, the Seattle Seahawks playoff win over the New Orleans Saints, U.S. Women’s Soccer making the World Cup Final and University of Washington Crew winning the national title.
Kasey Keller also received a nomination for Professional Sports Star of the Year as he completed his 20-year professional career as the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2011. The list of nominees includes Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry, Seattle Mariners pitcher Brandon League, hydroplane driver Dave Villwock and Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
Fans can vote for their favorite nominee by visiting SeattleSports.org. Individuals can vote up to once a day. Winners will be announced during the show on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.
Michael Tetteh Returns from Generation adidas Tour of Netherlands
Sounders FC defender Michael Tetteh joined 17 other emerging MLS stars for a 10-day tour of the Netherlands that concluded last week. The Generation adidas team won once and lost twice in their three matches and Tetteh made two starts for 109 minutes of action.
The first match ended in a 4-2 loss to the Ajax reserve side as Tetteh started and played the full 60 minutes. Generation adidas had equalized at 2-2 but allowed two Ajax goals as they dropped the opening match of their tour. The second match provided the team’s first victory as they downed second-division side FC Volendam, 3-2. The tour ended with a 2-nil loss to Dutch second-flight side Almere City FC as Tetteh started and played the first 45 minutes.
Aside from playing in matches the team also got to watch two contests, including the Ajax-Real Madrid Champions League match at Amsterdam Arena and the AZ Alkmaar-De Graafschap Eredivisie match at AFAS Stadion.
The tour is part of the ongoing commitment that adidas has made to help advance soccer in the United States and Canada through MLS. Players who join MLS through the Generation adidas program are provided unique opportunities to hone their skills, develop as professionals, and receive educational grants. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.
Sounders FC to Host Combine in Trinidad and Tobago
Sounders FC will host a combine in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in early January. It will be the first time the club has held a combine outside of the United States. Players from the Caribbean will be evaluated by Sounders FC coaches during the three-day combine. The club recently scouted nearly 70 players who attended the club’s combine last weekend in Las Vegas.
The evaluation process will be complete in the beginning of January as Sounders FC prepares for its fourth MLS SuperDraft. Seattle holds the 15th and 34th selections in the draft, to take place on January 12 in Kansas City. The Supplemental Draft will follow on January 17 where Seattle holds the 33rd and 34th selections.
Sounders FC Alliance Business Meeting
Over 700 season-ticket holders attended last week’s Alliance Business Meeting at WaMu Theatre. Owner Joe Roth, owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer, VP of Business Operations Gary Wright, head coach Sigi Schmid, Kasey Keller and council members were all in attendance to speak to and answer questions from Sounders FC supporters. Owner Drew Carey also joined the meeting via Skype from Los Angeles. Visit SoundersFC.com for a full video of the event.
Sounders FC and the Alliance Council approved a constitution and charter in November and invited all season-ticket holders and Alliance members to submit a vote to approve. The Alliance constitution and charter were approved by a resounding 96%.
For more information on the Sounders FC Alliance Council, visit www.SoundersFC.com/Alliance.
Key Dates (times are Pacific & subject to change)
Thursday, January 12 – 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Kansas City, Miss.
Saturday, January 21-Sunday, January 22 – Sounders FC Open Tryouts, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Wash.
Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m. – Sounders FC v Santos Laguna, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals – first leg
Saturday, March 10, TBD – TBD, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Seattle (MLS Regular Season Home Opener)
Wednesday, March 14, 5 p.m. – Sounders FC at Santos Laguna, CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals – second leg
Sounders FC Announces Team Award Recipients
Seattle Sounders FC has announced the 2011 Team Award recipients. Osvaldo Alonso was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Jeff Parke was honored as Defender of the Year, both by a vote of their teammates. Fredy Montero received the Golden Boot by virtue of leading Sounders FC in scoring and James Riley was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year.
Voted MVP by his teammates for the second consecutive season, Alonso has continued to play an instrumental role in the midfield for Sounders FC, helping lead the club to the league’s second-best record. Alonso tallied career-highs in nearly every statistical category this season, including games played (33), goals (3), assists (3), shots (54), shots on goal (11), fouls committed (50) and fouls suffered (39). Alonso was named Player of the Round in the U.S. Open Cup final and he also scored a brace at Guatemala’s CSD Comunicaciones in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage to clinch advancement to the quarterfinals for the first time in club history.
A stalwart on Seattle’s backline, Parke started a career-high 28 games this season. He continued to shore up the defense in his second year with Sounders FC, which finished the season as one of the league’s top five defenses. Parke started 19 straight MLS games from May 21 to September 24 in which Seattle went 12-3-4 and he played the full 90 minutes in 25 of his 28 starts. Parke made 38 appearances in all competitions, logging 3,226 minutes (fifth-most on Sounders FC).
Winner of the club’s Golden Boot in the first two seasons, Montero again led the Seattle offense in season three, helping the Rave Green become the league’s most potent attack. Montero matched his career-high with 12 goals (tied-fifth in MLS) and added nine assists (tied-fifth), and he shared the MLS lead with five game-winning goals. Altogether he totaled 18 goals and 11 assists in 41 games played across all competitions. He was named the U.S. Open Cup Player of the Tournament for his three game-winners in Seattle’s third straight title run and added another three tallies in Champions League play. Montero set a club record for MLS total points (33) in a single season.
For the second consecutive year Riley has been named the club’s Humanitarian of the Year. Since joining Sounders FC in 2009, he has integrated himself into the community through work with the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, America SCORES Seattle and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, along with other organizations that he holds close to his heart. In 2011, the James Riley 7-A-Side youth tournament raised over $15,000 for the Boys & Girls Club, where he is a board member, in just its second year. The money will go to fund a hands-on project at the club’s Renton/Skyway location, where Riley has been a regular visitor to involve himself in the community that he has become a vital part of while sharing the tale of his rise from a single-parent family to success as a professional soccer player.
Sounders FC are nominated twice for the Moment of the Year on MLSsoccer.com, including the Zakuani tribute on April 30 and Keller’s final game on October 15. A fan vote will determine the winner, which will be announced on January 1. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, December 23…Sounders FC defender Zach Scott and his wife welcomed a baby girl, Ko’olina, last week…James Riley raised over $15,000 for the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club and held a holiday party for the kids last week, complete with holiday presents…Mexico’s Santos Laguna, Seattle’s opponent in the CCL quarterfinals next March, lost in the Mexican Apertura championship final to Tigres…Several Sounders FC players were recently ranked in the top 5 of their position by Soccer America. Kasey Keller was rated the top goalkeeper while Mauro Rosales (No. 2 attacking midfielder), Osvaldo Alonso (No. 2 holding midfielder), Fredy Montero (No. 3 forward) and Alvaro Fernandez (No. 3 left midfielder) also ranked high.