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Archives: Feb. 2012

Feb.
29th

Montero leads Sounders over Jaguares, 2-0

A pair of Fredy Montero goals were the difference tonight as Sounders FC defeated Jaguares de Chiapas 2-0 before a crowd of 11,140 at CenturyLink Field.

The opening goal was a combination of old and new, as Fredy Montero, an original Sounder, headed in a cross from Adam Johansson, who was signed during the off-season.

The capper came from a combination of veterans, as Osvaldo Alonso sent a pass to Montero, who lofted a shot in from just outside the top of the penalty area.

That was enough to give Seattle its second win over a Mexican Primera League club in as many weeks, following a 5-2 win at Atlante. However, the next one counts, as the Sounders play their first meaningful match of the 2012 season next Wednesday: a CONCACAF Championships league home quarterfinal opener against Santos Laguna.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had said he would use the final friendly of the preseason to prepare his starters for that Santo match. The lineup he sent out used goalkeeper Michael Gspurning; defenders Johansson, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Leo Gonzalez; midfielders Mauro Rosales, Alonso, Brad Evans and Alvaro Fernandez; and forwards David Estrada and Montero. Schmid added that newly acquired forward Eddie Johnson will move into the lineup once recovered from a hamstring injury.

Seattle concluded the preseason 5-0-2.

I’ll be back with notes, quotes and comments.
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Feb.
29th

Not going? Other options are available

Not going to the Community Shield match between Sounders and Jaguares tonight at CenturyLink Field? Even though admission is free?

Well, there are other ways to follow along with the game. There will be live audio from the SoundersFC.com website. There will be a Sounders preview show on KONG starting at 7, and while they aren’t really showing the game, they plan to show some highlights.

I had planned to live blog from the event, but I’m running into some technical difficulties. So, I’ll tweet @donruiztnt and update this blog above.

Feb.
29th

Chelsea tweets of summer visit to Seattle; Sounders say nothing has been confirmed

Above is a tweet saying Chelsea of the English Premier League will play in Seattle this summer.

No confirmation of Sounders as opponent. However, the Sounders have promised one big-name friendly opponent this season. And an originally scheduled July 18 home MLS home match against Real Salt Lake was moved to October to accommodate a friendly. So …

However, the Sounders say nothing has been confirmed. And this would be a rematch, as Chelsea visited Seattle in 2009, with the English side winning 2-0. And with a world of soccer clubs out there, I’m not sure another Chelsea visit will stir the faithful much.

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Feb.
29th

Gameday: Free charity match vs. Chiapas, 7 p.m.

The last exhibition game before the start of a season is often used to determine the final spots at the back of a team’s roster.

Sounders FC has other priorities for its Community Shield match tonight against Jaguares de Chiapas.

This one is all about the top of the roster: getting the likely first 11 ready for the start of meaningful competition one week from tonight when CONCACAF Champions League play resumes with an aggregate-score series against Santos Laguna.

“The most important thing for us right now is just preparation for the game against Santos,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “It’s not going to be a situation where we’re going to try to get guys in for minutes in this game, to try to make a decision on whether they’re going to make the roster or not. Our preparation is going to be to get cohesion among our first group, to play some guys that we think are pushing and are very close, and to put some guys on the field we think are very likely to be part of the 18-man squad that suits up for the game against Santos.”

Here’s my full preview from today’s paper. And below are some of the basics:

JAGUARES DE CHIAPAS
AT SOUNDERS FC
7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
BROADCAST:
No TV or radio. However, there will be audio coverage at SoundersFC.com, and highlights will be shown during a Sounders preseason special airing on KONG at 7 p.m.
NOTES: This is the Sounders annual Community Shield charity match. Admission is free. Donations to Sounders charities will be accepted at the gates. There will be general admission seating in the stadium’s lower east bowl. Gates open at 6 p.m. … This will be the home debut for goalkeeper Michael Gspurning and other newcomers such as right back Adam Johansson and midfielder Christian Sivebaek. … Seattle is 4-0-2 in preseason play. … Chiapas is 3-5-0 in Read more »

Feb.
28th

Sounders Women announce 2012 schedule

The 2012 Sounders Women‘s schedule was announced today:

Sounders Women 2012 Home Schedule
Match #1 Sounders Women vs. Seattle Pacific University Tuesday, April 9 7:30 PM
Match #2 Sounders Women vs. Seattle University Friday, April 13 7:30 PM
Match #3 Sounders Women vs. University of Washington Friday, May 4 7:30 PM
Match #4 Sounders Women vs. Colorado Rush Thursday, May 31 7:00 PM
Match #5 Sounders Women vs. Colorado Force Monday, June 4 7:30 PM
Match #6 Sounders Women vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Friday, June 8 7:00 PM
Match #7 Sounders Women vs. LA Strikers Sunday, June 17 4:00 PM
Match #8 Sounders Women vs. Pali Blues Wednesday, June 20 7:00 PM
Match #9 Sounders Women vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat Sunday, June 24 1:00 PM
Match #10 Sounders Women vs. Victoria Highlanders Friday, July 6 7:00 PM

The full schedule including home and road games is available here.

Here’s a release from the club including ticket information:

Sounders Women have released their 2012 schedule including a total of 10 home matches to be played at Starfire Sports Complex Stadium.

Sounders Women will kick off their season with 3 exhibition matches vs. Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, and University of Washington beginning Thursday April 5th before heading into their league home opener May 31st vs. Colorado Rush.

U.S. Women’s National Team players will be available for 6-7 of the 10 home matches between April and July as they prrepare for the 2012 London Olympics.

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Feb.
28th

(Mostly good) injury news out of Sounders camp

The Sounders have concluded their final training session before their Community Shield match tomorrow night at CenturyLink.

The biggest news involved the club’s health, as Steve Zakuani and Eddie Johnson were both active and impressive today.

“(Zakuani) has been without (restriction),” Schmid said. “We sort of had him on a modified program where he was all-in one day, off the next day. Now he’s at a situation where it’s sort of up to him how he feels. He’s pretty much been all-in for a number of days now. Today we held him out at the very end. It’s still

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