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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
31st

Canadian defender joins Sounders in Arizona

Sounders top draft pick Eriq Zavaleta works at Casa Grande, Ariz. Photo from SoundersFC.com.
Sounders top draft pick Eriq Zavaleta works at Casa Grande, Ariz. Photo from SoundersFC.com.

Here’s an overview of the Sounders’ second Arizona training day, provided by the club:

The second day of training camp at Grande Sports World featured an intense morning session followed by fitness work in the late afternoon.

Head coach Sigi Schmid began the morning session by splitting the team into two groups for a 3v2 breakaway drill. The offensive side had the man advantage in the run of play but the two defenders were backed by a keeper in net. Starting at midfield, the three attacking players would force the defense to commit before passing and finishing on goal. The group then transitioned into a series of short-sided games with four small goals. Two fields featured a 6v6 game with one neutral player, forcing the players to constantly switch the point of attack and make quick decisions despite the fatigue. The four goalkeepers worked with Tom Dutra on the side.

The addition of defender Mason Trafford brought the total to 31 training camp participants as the four players who recently played for their national teams are not in camp and Patrick Ianni remained in Seattle to rehab. Trafford participated in full training in both the morning and afternoon sessions. It was his first time training with the team.

Sounders FC will train once on Friday and will return to two-a-days on Saturday.
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Jan.
31st

Sounders Women and U-23 announce partnership with Washington Youth Soccer

PrintHere’s the news release:

Washington Youth Soccer, the Seattle Sounders Women and Sounders FC U-23 teams announced a developmental partnership Tuesday to accentuate the state youth soccer association’s Long-Term Player Development Plan and to develop the brands of all three organizations within the state of Washington.

Providing the guidelines for age-appropriate development for soccer players of all ages, abilities and genders, the Long-Term Player Development Plan is at the core of Washington Youth Soccer’s coaching and player-development philosophy, helping guide the development of the more than 115,000 players aged 5-19 who play in Washington Youth Soccer-affiliated programs.
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Jan.
30th

Sounders in Arizona: Sun, blue skies, “it was good”

Sounders training at Casa Grande, Ariz. Photo courtesy of Sounders FC.
Sounders training at Casa Grande, Ariz. Photo courtesy of SoundersFC.com.

Here’s a recap of the Sounders’ first day in Arizona, supplied by the club:

Seattle Sounders FC players and coaches arrived in Casa Grande, Ariz. on Wednesday morning to begin the seven-day training camp in the Arizona desert. Head coach Sigi Schmid has scheduled nine training sessions, including three two-a-day sessions, as well as a training game against the Portland Timbers on February 5.

A total of 30 players made the trip, which includes Read more »

Jan.
30th

Sounders training shifts today to Casa Grande, Ariz.

After concluding the first phase of training at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila on Tuesday, the team flew out for Arizona. The Sounders will train there through next Tuesday, when it concludes this trip with a friendly against the Portland Timbers.

“It’s a little bit of team building, and when the team gets together, team bonding,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We spend some time with each other. They spend some time with each other. So whether they’re playing cards or whatever they’re doing – surfing on the Internet or playing video games – but they get together, they talk a

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Jan.
29th

Rodriguez to miss Reign season due to pregnancy

ReignFCSeattle Reign FC and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Amy Rodriguez has informed club and league officials she is pregnant and will miss the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season.

“We congratulate Amy and her husband on this wonderful news,” said Reign FC owner Bill Predmore. “We let her know that we are here to support her in any way we can and that we look forward to having her joining our club in 2014.”

“Amy’s pregnancy came as quite a surprise and has introduced some challenges that we are now beginning to work through,” said Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey. “We expect a huge boost mid-season when Rapinoe and Noyola join the club, but in the meantime we will address the gaps created by the absences of Rodriguez, Rapinoe and Noyola through free agent signings and the supplemental draft next week.”

“In light of this news we are speaking with NWSL about potential adjustments to the cap and roster,” said Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell. “We expect a decision will be announced by the league very soon.”

The club also announced these news updates through its Facebook page:
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Jan.
29th

USA-Canada in scoreless friendly; Sounders’ Johnson and Evans start, but Sodade passes

Final: It ends in a scoreless draw. Brad Evans goes the whole way, Eddie Johnson goes 73 minutes.

Update: Both Sounders are starting. Here’s the USA first 11: S. Johnson; Beltran, Gonzalez, Besler, Morrow; Beckerman ©, Zusi, Davis, Evans; Wondolowski, E. Johnson

US SoccerPreview: A quick reminder that the U.S. men’s national team will meet Canada at 6 p.m. today at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Sounders Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans are both in the starting lineup. The game will be shown on ESPN2. (Game preview here.)

“I spoke to both Brad and Eddie yesterday,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “They didn’t know lineups, but they felt pretty good about their chances of playing. They’ve both been doing well. They’re healthy. They’re fit. We talked that after the game we were going to give them a few days off anyway. We’ll see if they get called into the Honduras camp, and they’ll either join us in Casa Grande towards the weekend, or they’ll be gone for the Honduras camp and join us after that.”

One Sounder who will not be in Houston is second-year forward Babayele Sodade, who was invited to the Canadian camp, but declined after missing most of his rookie season with an ACL injury.

“They called me up for the camp that’s going on right now – to play against Denmark and the USA,” he said. “It would have been nice to go, but I knew Read more »

Jan.
29th

Neagle happy to be back with hometown Sounders

Lamar Neagle of Federal Way jogs around pitch during first workout since returning to Sounders.
Lamar Neagle of Federal Way jogs around pitch during first workout since returning to Sounders.

Lamar Neagle returned to his hometown Seattle Sounders this morning, going through limited work after his weekend trade from Montreal.

“We knew he hadn’t done much over the weekend, so we didn’t want to throw him into the games right away,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We just had him go through the warmups and then work … on the side. He’ll get full into it when we get into Casa Grande tomorrow.”

Neagle met with the media after practice and said he was happy to be back.

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Jan.
29th

Ianni out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture

Patrick Ianni on crutches during today's training session at Starfire.
Patrick Ianni on crutches during today’s training session at Starfire.

Starting central defender Patrick Ianni will miss four to six weeks due to a foot fracture suffered during fitness training over the weekend, coach Sigi Schmid said today.

“The MRI, I can’t tell you what bone it is. He’s got a slight fracture there,” Schmid said. “So, it’s going to take a while – I think four to six weeks was the first thing I heard. … We go on. Like I said, I think we have some internal options obviously to look at in terms of players who could play there. If something looks right we won’t ignore it. But certainly it’s something that we have to look at the long haul. We can’t just focus on what’s going to happen at the beginning of the season or what’s going to happen for our first series of games. We want to make sure the team’s right for the long haul, the team’s right at the end of the season. We can’t do something that maybe solves an immediate problem and creates a longer-term problem.”

In other news from today’s practice:
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