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Archives: Nov. 2012


Osvaldo Alonso named to MLS Best XI


This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso has been named to the 2012 MLS Best XI, it was announced today by Commissioner Don Garber. The Best XI recognizes the League’s top 11 players on the field – one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards.

Garber disclosed the Best XI during his annual State of the League address. Alonso earned his first Best XI honors along with seven other players, and Sporting Kansas City led all teams with four players selected.

Alonso, 27, continued to cement himself as the league’s top defensive midfielder this season. The tenacious ballwinnner helped anchor one of the league’s top defenses, which allowed the second-fewest goals in MLS (33), the second-fewest shots on goal (122) and recorded the third-most shutouts (12). With 2,688 minutes played, Alonso led all Seattle field players for the second consecutive season. He also scored one goal and two assists in league play, and added four goals and three assists in outside competitions.

“I’m feeling so good,” said Alonso. “I think I did a good job this year playing for my team, being an All-Star and now Best XI, so I’m feeling happy and I enjoy this moment.” Read more »


Basic information from new Seattle women’s team; club wants to be among best in the world

I just got a few minutes with Bill Predmore, owner of the new women’s professional soccer team granted today to Seattle. He said his bottom line mission is to create the best women’s soccer club in the world.

That, of course, depends on players. So I asked if the allocation process will allow the teams first shot at players from their region, like — for example — Hope Solo for Seattle.

“I think the specifics of the allocation process are still being worked out,” Predmore said. “The players themselves are obviously going to have a significant role in deciding where

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Seattle granted team in new women’s pro league

A conference call held today has confirmed that Seattle will be granted a team in a new top-tier women’s professional league that will begin play in spring of 2013.

The league — as yet unnamed — will be run by U.S. Soccer, which will fund the participation of about two dozen of the league’s players. About a dozen players will be funded by the Mexican soccer federation.

The Seattle team will be operated by a group led by Bill Predmore.

Other teams will be located in Portland, Boston, Washington DC, Western New York, New Jersey, Kansas City

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Sounders Women to remain in USL’s W-League

This release just in from the club:

The Seattle Sounders Women will play the 2013 season in the United Soccer Leagues’ W-League. With the backdrop of the USL’s decision, a few weeks ago, to step away from involvement in operating a newly proposed women’s soccer league, the Seattle Sounders Women received word that the franchise proposal from the Sounders Women to U.S. Soccer was not accepted.

The Seattle Sounders Women are confident that our current league (USL, W-League) continues to provide a strong and sustainable platform for the Seattle Sounders Women to thrive. The W-League will represent the strongest and

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Sounders path to MLS Cup ’13 goes through LA; demands more star power at top of roster

Seattle Sounders FC’s fourth season was a success by every measure except the ones that matter most.

Measured against the rest of Major League Soccer, the Sounders did fine. Their 15-8-11 regular-season record was seventh-best among 19 clubs, and they were among the final four in the playoffs.

Measured against their Northwest rivals, they also did fine. Yes, Portland took the Cascadia Cup, but that went down to the final game despite the Timbers playing four home games and two away, while the Sounders played two at home and four away. Cup competition is fun, but the truer indication of Northwest supremacy comes from Seattle finishing above Vancouver and Portland in the standings and going further in the playoffs.

The Sounders also shine when measured against other recent expansion teams – with one disconcerting exception. Sounders FC finished ahead of all of the teams that have come into the league after them: Philadelphia, Portland, Vancouver and Montreal. They ousted 2004 arrival Real Salt Lake from the playoffs. And while the Sounders made the postseason for the fourth time in its four seasons, 2007 expansionist Toronto FC is still waiting for its first appearance.

However – and yes, this is where the “however” portion begins – the San Jose Earthquakes, Read more »


SKC’s Besler top defender; Petrescu top ref in MLS

These awards announced today by Major League Soccer:

2012 Defender of the Year: Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City

Besler appeared in 31 matches this season for Sporting Kansas City logging a total of 2,769 minutes. The central defender was a mainstay in a back line that allowed just 27 goals in 2012, the fewest among all MLS clubs this season. The Kansas City native also contributed two assists this season.

The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were teammate Aurelien Collin and San Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez. Below is a breakdown of the voting for the top five candidates:

2012 Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year
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GM: Sounders ponder “what do we do from here?”


General manager Adrian Hanauer spent a few minutes with the media after the club’s fourth season came to an end last night. Here’s some of what he had to say:

Thoughts on the season: “I think I’d echo a lot of what Sigi said. We took some positive steps this year, from Open Cup, where we make it to another final and get nipped on penalties, a Cascadia Cup that doesn’t go our way on the final day, (advanced to) CONCACAF quarterfinals handily, very well managed throughout that process, and we obviously took another step in the playoffs. I feel like we’re becoming more mature as an organization and as a team, but obviously tonight’s disappointing and we’ll spend the next couple of days doing a bit of an autopsy and figure out what we do from there.”

Will it be hard to keep this group together? “It depends what you call ‘this group.’ We certainly have the salary cap issue, but we’ve managed our cap pretty well. As I’ve said and as happens every year, it will not be the exact same group next year Read more »


MLS rolls out first of 2012 awards; no Sounders

MLS has announced the first of its postseson awards in three categories in which Sounders were not contenders.

Here’s the release from the league:

Major League Soccer today announced the 2012 Rookie of the Year, as well as the Xbox Individual and Team Fair Play awards.

2012 Rookie of the Year: Austin Berry – Chicago Fire

A hard-nosed, blue collar defender out of the University of Louisville, Austin Berry developed into one of the top young center backs in the League. In his rookie season, Berry showcased his physical talents, skill and composure under pressure while starting 28 consecutive

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