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Archives: March 2012


MLS fines Alvaro Fernandez for embellishment; Schmid says he wants players to respect game


The league announced this morning that Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez has been fined for an incident of embellishment late in the win over Houston last week. The league also suspended Houston Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge in that same game.

“Obviously the league has the opportunity, with their Disciplinary Committee, to review cases and situations,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said after training this morning. “I’m not going to comment on Moffet’s situation. Flaco’s situation is something we’ve talked about internally as a team. It’s important that we respect the game.”

Here is the release from the league:

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Houston Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for a reckless challenge which endangered the safety of his opponent in the 35th minute of the Dynamo’s match against Seattle Sounders FC on March 23, 2012.

The Disciplinary Committee also fined Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Alvaro Fernandez an undisclosed amount for embellishment of contact in the 82nd minute of the same match on March 23, 2012.

Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.

More from Schmid:

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U-23 to debut with Gonzaga friendly in Sumner

This just in from the club:

The Seattle Sounders U-23 have announced their first exhibition match. The Sounders U-23 will host Gonzaga University on April 15 at Sunset Stadium in Sumner, Washington. The Sunday match will be a noon kickoff.

“The Gonzaga game gives us an opportunity to evaluate players for the U23’s and see the progress of our former academy players,” Sounders U-23 Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky said. “We also want to make sure we give local college programs quality spring games.”
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Schmid tells good story on Estrada hat trick


David Estrada seems like a genuinely nice guy, genuinely team-focused and genuinely humble in light of his four-goals-in-two-games start to the season.

That is reflected in his comment today when asked about his new life in the spotlight.

“Starting the season with a hat trick I think sets the tone,” he said. “I’ve been enjoying it more than anything. I know there’s still a long season ahead of us. I’m staying grounded, just doing what I did the first day of preseason: just work hard and not change one thing.”

Sigi Schmid was asked a bit about that too, and he emphasized the point with a really good story from opening night.

“His humility is genuine,” Schmid said. “We actually talked today a little bit, and I said, ‘They’re asking now are you going to play for Mexico or the U.S.?’ I said, ‘Right now you’ve got to just keep playing for the Sounders, let’s not worry about that other stuff.’ And he said, ‘I know.’ Just keeping his feet grounded.

“It’s like when I subbed him in the first game. I had never really talked to him about it. I asked him, I said, ‘Do you know why I subbed you?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I thought because I had the yellow card or something you wanted to take me out.’ I said, ‘No, I wanted you to hear the crowd because you scored a hat trick, it’s near the end of the game and I wanted you to hear the crowd.’ He goes, ‘Oh.’
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Schmid on Eddie Johnson return, other topics

No huge news out of Sounders training today, but a few interesting topics from coach Sigi Schmid, who returned after missing yesterday with an undisclosed personal issue.

* Eddie Johnson “has been able to participate in training, but what we want to do is we want to now lay a base for him because he really missed preseason when you look at it in terms of the hard work that we did. So we figure this now becomes a good weekend when we can lay a little bit of that base to make sure that when we get him out

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Sounders GM explains Chelsea return, ticket allocation for Timbers and Whitecaps


Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer is as generous with his time as any major-sport executive I’ve ever dealt with. He made more time available today to discuss for the first time the Monday news about the Chelsea FC friendly match in Seattle, and the decision to open all of CenturyLink Field for that game along with three other league games, including the Cascadia Cup matches with Portland and Vancouver.

On the Chelsea friendly: One of the great teams in the world, which is something we’re really focused on. We have a great relationship with the organization. We think they have an exciting team. They could potentially be Champions League champions. Again, just a great opportunity for our fans and for out team to play against a top club like Chelsea.

On if they considered if it was too soon to repeat a club that had visited in 2009: Yeah, I guess so. You also could say it’s a great opportunity to get a second chance at a team like Chelsea. They beat us 2-0. We’d like to have a better showing against them. But sure, I can certainly see that someone could come to that conclusion. But as I’ve said numerous occasions: These games are complicated, and we wanted to make sure that we brought one of the great teams, and we had the opportunity to snag Chelsea and jumped at it.

On if he has a feel for fan reaction to the announcement: I don’t. I think we’ve just gone on sale with that four-pack. We’re not selling individual tickets yet, so no I don’t.

On ticket allocation to Portland and Vancouver supporters: … Because we play twice in Portland and Vancouver, they play once in Seattle, that we’ll give them 1,500 tickets in Seattle; we’ll get 750 per game in Portland and Vancouver. Maybe 800 – somewhere in that range when we go on the road. Same number of (total) tickets, that’s sort of the idea.

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Sounders “a little rusty” for variety of reasons


The Sounders have concluded a training session at Starfire Sports Complex, which was unusual for a few reasons. Some of the players were still recovering from the 1-1 reserve league match at Vancouver on Monday, everyone was coming back from an off day Tuesday, and coach Sigi Schmid was away due to undisclosed personal reasons.

In Schmid’s absence, top assistant Brian Schmetzer presided over the session.

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Parke unhappy not starting; discussed with Schmid


Sounders defender Jeff Parke said that he is unhappy to have been out of the starting lineup so far this season. He said that he has discussed the situation with coach Sigi Schmid, and acknowledges that it is the coach’s call to make.

“It is what it is,” Parke said. “I’m not happy about it, but that’s the coach’s decision. He’s the one with the answers. I guess he’s had to put some thought into it. It’s frustrating, but the only thing I can do is go out and play and push for the spot. Do I agree? No. Do I think that’s the reality of it? No. But that’s his take, and everybody is entitled to his own opinions and thoughts. I’ll try my best to keep the frustration and anger down, but it definitely is something that has been frustrating, but I guess it’s part of the game.”
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Houston’s Clark suspended/fined for CLink slur

This just in from the league:

Major League Soccer today announced discipline for Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has suspended Clark for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for using unacceptable and offensive language towards a ball boy in the seventh minute of the game in Seattle on Friday, March 24. Commissioner Garber also mandated that Clark attend diversity and sensitivity training. This is in addition to the training that all MLS clubs attend at the beginning of each season.

“Major League Soccer will not tolerate this type of behavior from its players

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