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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
28th

Sounders train today, then head to Vancouver

The Sounders have a local training session this morning before heading up the road for their 6 p.m. Saturday match at Vancouver.

Here are some notes from the club:

Best in the Northwest: Cascadia Cup 2012
Seattle, Portland and Vancouver have long battled for soccer supremacy in the Pacific Northwest. Sounders FC is the current Cup-holders after winning the derby competition in its inaugural MLS year in 2011. This season, the Portland Timbers have jumped out to an early lead with eight points through four games, but are yet to play an away derby match. Sounders FC is second in the competition with five points through four games, three of which have been played away from Seattle. The Rave Green can pull even with Portland atop the standings with a win in Vancouver on Saturday. The Whitecaps must win on Saturday to keep their Cascadia Cup hopes alive.
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Sep.
27th

Sounders will go pink in cancer fight Oct. 21

This just in from the league:

MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, today announced details of the League’s breast cancer awareness campaign as part of Soccer Kicks Cancer, an initiative focused on raising awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment and providing strength and hope in the fight against cancer affecting men, women and children. All 19 MLS clubs will conduct one night of local activation to raise awareness and funds for the cause beginning tomorrow night when the Chicago Fire visit Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park (5:30 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network).
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Sep.
27th

Healthy Sounders more well-rounded, dangerous

This was not a particularly newsy day for Sounders FC, but here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid has to say as the Saturday match at Vancouver draws nearer:

On the impacts of having a team at close to full health) “When you see all your teammates out there and everybody’s out there competing, it raises the level of competition in training. Players definitely realize, ‘Wait a second, I worked a little harder, I want to either be in the 11 or in the 18.’ But it’s also good to have all our possibilities at our disposal. To be

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Sep.
27th

Whitecaps “virtually sold out,” but upper deck won’t open for swarm of Sounders fans

Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi reported late yesterday that tickets for the Sounders visit on Saturday are “virtually sold out.”

But that’s a 21,000-seat, lower-bowl sellout.

Like the Sounders, the Whitecaps play in stadium with lower and upper-deck seating. But unlike the Sounders, the Whitecaps aren’t opening the upper deck for the Cascadia Cup or big draws like the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“I think you have to create the urgency,” Lenarduzzi said. “We played the Galaxy here this year, and we were sold out two or three days before the match. There was a huge debate that was taking place about why are we not opening up more seats. We probably left money on the table, but our feeling was that if people really believe that everytime we get a big match that Read more »

Sep.
26th

Sounders could have new jersey sponsor in ’14

The Sounders FC kits could have a new look in 2014. Not the rave green — that will be there. But the familiar “Xbox” running across those rave green kits could be gone.

On Aug. 15, the club announced that CAA Sports had been hired to explore the jersey-sponsor options for 2014, when the current deal with Xbox expires.

And now, speaking more than a month later, Sounders majority owner Joe Roth sounds pessimistic that the current Xbox sponsorship will continue.

“They’re not out of the running,” he said. “They’ve just had a very unimaginative conversation over the course of the past year. They see things differently than we do. … They’ve been great partners, and I wish they’d stay on. I wish they would see it the same way that we do.”
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Sep.
26th

Sounders OK with arena, NBA, NHL here

A new arena south of CenturyLink Field?

Potential NBA and NHL franchises alongside the current Seattle Seahawks and Mariners?

None of that would be a problem for the Sounders, according to majority owner Joe Roth.

“I think it’s great,” Roth said in a recent interview. “I don’t think the traffic (around the new arena would be an issue). It would have less effect on us, frankly, than the Mariners just because of the number of games. But this city should have a basketball team. I was around when that thing went down. I don’t think it was the NBA’s finest

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Sep.
26th

Sigi talks training, Rosales, friendlies, more

We’ve already posted a little on the blog from today’s Sounders training session. Here’s some more of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say:

On training this week…) “We just felt we have some time, so we trained hard yesterday, today was a little easier training. We pulled some guys out and worked a little bit on our finishing and had a nice, concentrated practice just on that.”

On the injury status of Mauro Rosales…) “It’s good. He trained hard yesterday, he felt good today. When I talked to him he said he felt all right, so things look good

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Sep.
26th

Sounders off pitch, Rosales says he’s ready

The Sounders are off the training pitch for another day. This had originally been scheduled as an off day, but coach Sigi Schmid finally decided to have to club do some lighter work after a relatively heavy day yesterday.

Some highlights:

Midfielder Mauro Rosales says his quad injury is fine, that he probably could have played last week, and that he feels fully ready to go against the Whitecaps on Saturday.

Schmid said newly acquired goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has good days and bad days and sore days, as he is still in effect in his training-camp phase. Sounds like he

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