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Archives: Jan. 2012

Jan.
31st

Additions and subtractions on Arizona camp roster

Sounders FC has announced its Arizona training roster:

Goalkeepers: Josh Ford, Michael Gspurning, Bryan Meredith, Andrew Weber.

Defenders: Ever Alvarado, Marc Burch, Andrew Duran, Wes Feighner, Leo Gonzalez, Harlinton Gutierres, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Tim Pontius, *Michael Tetteh, Zach Scott.

Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso, Jason Banton, Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey, David Estrada, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Roger Levesque, Lamar Neagle, Mauro Rosales, Andy Rose, Amadou Sanyang, Michael Seamon, Christian Sivebaek, Andrew Vanzie, Steve Zakuani.

Forwards: Cordell Cato, Mike Fucito, Fredy Montero, Sammy Ochoa, Babayele Sodade, *O’Brian White.

*Stayed in Seattle for rehab

This reflects the arrival of Adam Johansson from the Sweden national team, and supplemental pick Wes Feighner and roster newcomers Ever Alvarado, Harlinton Gutierres and Andrew Vanzie.

However, news also is in the absent players who were among the first camp cuts Read more »

Jan.
30th

Timbers DP: top career scorer from Scottish League

This just in from down south:

The Portland Timbers today announced the signing of Scottish forward Kris Boyd as a Designated Player. Boyd is the Scottish Premier League’s all-time leading scorer with 164 goals. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.

More information here.

Jan.
29th

Sounders-Santos CONCACAF tickets now on sale

Reminder:

Tickets for the Seattle Sounders FC versus Santos Laguna match went on sale at 10 a.m. Tickets are available by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.SoundersFC.com.

Seattle will host Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on March 7 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The second leg will be played on March 14 in Torreon, Mexico.
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Jan.
28th

Parke and Evans discuss time with national team

Parke and Brad Evans returned to Sounders training today, their first day back from duty with the U.S. national team.

Here are some of what each had to say about that experience:

Evans

EVANS:
On how he found out:
I was working out with (fitness coach Dave Tenney) and then I came home for lunch and got a call from Sigi and was on a flight the next morning.

Comparing camps under Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann) It was definitely different. I just remember with Bob from the get-go it was playing twice a day with fitness: It was pretty intense from the get-go. Jurgen’s philosophy is he wants everybody together on the same page, so I think for the first six days we maybe played on the field twice. I think the rest of the time was spent in the gym. … We spent a whole lot of time on little exercises making sure that everybody was on the same page, working on little technical things. Then we got on the field, and it was pretty similar, but it was a much smaller camp: 20 guys, three of those were goalkeepers, so with 16 field players it made for intense training. They were short, but it was very, very intense.

On playing in his hometown of Phoenix: Everybody came out. It was a great atmosphere. The second largest U.S. crowd for Arizona, which was good. It was 22,000, all Americans pretty much. Small contingency of Venezuelans. It was good to see old friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, and obviously get the result and send the fans home happy.

On his own performance: The first game was just all over the shop. It was get the ball down the field and try and score. The second game was much different: You’re down a guy, you want to try to keep possession and keep in their half – being up 1-0 – try to connect your passes. I think the guys who came on did well. We held the ball in the corner. We didn’t have too many chances on goal. They were really putting pressure on there for a while. I think toward the end they kind of died down. We were able to keep the ball in the corner, and they weren’t really pressing that much. We withstood the pressure and it was a tale of two different games and two difference scenarios.

On feeling more comfortable than for first call up: Obviously when you get your first call up you’re kind of nervous. You don’t know what to expect. This one I knew pretty much what to expect from the getgo. I think getting a late call up was beneficial as well. I hadn’t touched a soccer ball since the last game of the season because of my ankle, and I let them know that and the said, ‘No problem, if you need to get extra work in after practice, then we’ll do that to get your touch.’ But from Day One I felt good. Ankle felt good, body felt great, and that got me confidence going into it. And there weren’t the expectations that maybe an early December – they let you know in early December usually, and if you get that one you’re really, really working hard and you really want to show what you can do. But when you get that late day-before call up when camp has pretty much already started, it takes a little bit of pressure off your back and you can settle in and play your game. I think it was a comfortable environment for everybody – especially myself. I didn’t feel pressure form any angles. Nothing but positivity, so overall it was great.

On watching Parke’s national team debut: It was good. He is a guy who always is going to be prepared. He doesn’t stop working. He had his wedding and he got married, but other than that he’s a hard worker. From that aspect he’s going to come in fit, he’s going to come in strong. And his play is so consistent it always is what it is. He’s even keeled, so you always know what you’re going to get from him. I thought he did really well. It’s a really good contingency of players. It’s tough to break in. And the guys that Jurgen selected on the font end are probably the guys that he wants to see play. Unless you have an unbelievable camp, it’s hard to break through that starting 11 that he already had in his head. We obviously did the best we could, and we got playing time as well, so in saying that it was successful. And for Jeff getting his first cap, everybody was happy for him.

Parke

PARKE
On experience living up to expectations:
“Yeah. It was probably the longest preseason I’ve been a part of. Yesterday was my first day off. It was nice, but that’s what it’s all about. You battle and you see what it’s like to be at the highest level among some of the better players in the league.”

On where he got the call: “I was sitting on my chair in my bedroom, watching I think ESPN or something like that, on the third and they were trying to get me in that night. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh. I got to go right now?’ I said, ‘I’m not even ready.’ They called me back later and were like, ‘We’ll get you a flight tomorrow morning,’ and I was like at least I got the night to say my goodbyes to my wife and her family and everybody else around. It was exciting.”

On his emotions: “I was definitely surprised, because I’m 29 … and it was a younger camp. I felt like an old man because most of the guys were like in their early 20s and there were maybe four of us over 25. Surprised, but relieved and excited and also nervous, because now you got one chance to impress. Even thought I wasn’t in the best shape I went in and did what I could.”

On getting sent the second game: “I got the call like at the last second. Read more »

Jan.
28th

Schmid satisfied with first phase of camp

The Sounders concluded their first phase of local training camp today. Next they will go on next week to Arizona where there will be an emphasis on fitness. Then, after a brief return, they head off to Florida, where they emphasis will be on games. Then they return home for the final phase before the start of the season.

We asked coach Sigi Schmid if he accomplished what he wanted in Phase One.

“The first phase was good,” he said. “We got to see players, we got to identify players. We’re going to make a couple of cuts. And also

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Jan.
28th

Evans recalls teammate Weber … from red card

We got some time with Brad Evans and Jeff Parke after Sounders training today. Naturally, the conversation was mostly about their recent time with the U.S. National Team. And I’ll have posts on those topics soon.

However, maybe the most memorable portion came from Evans, when asked if he had known new Sounders reserve goalkeeper Andrew Weber, when they were both growing up in Arizona.

Oh, yes indeed.

Evans’ story:

We played in high school against each other. I’m sure he remembers, but we were playing high school once and my high school team was playing against his, and I

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