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Archives: March 2013

March
26th

Gspurning when told he’s ineligible for first semifinal leg: ‘Oh. That’s not good news.’

Gspurning
Gspurning

When Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning picked up a yellow card for delay late in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal win over Tigres on March 12, no one thought much of it.

Most fans didn’t notice. And while Gspurning and coach Sigi Schmid thought the call wasn’t merited, it didn’t seem to matter much.

Since them, they have learned otherwise.

According to new CCL rules, the yellow card combined with another earlier in the competition, making Seattle’s No. 1 goalkeeper ineligible for the first leg of the semifinal round against Santos Laguna on Tuesday at CenturyLink Field.

Here’s what Gspurning and Schmid had to say about the situation today:

GSPURNING
On finding out:
I didn’t know it when I got the yellow card after the game. Then after the game I was thinking, ‘Hold on. How many yellow cards is a punishment.’ The team thought that after the group stage the yellow cards were canceled like in the past — but not with three teams. And I forgot about the yellow card I got in Honduras, so I thought I’m safe for the next stage. Sigi game to me and said, ‘Hey, you’re banned for the next game.’ I said, ‘Oh. That’s not good news.’
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March
26th

International players expected back Thursday, but Gspurning out Tuesday

The Sounders have come off the training pitch for another day. They’re off tomorrow, but when they return to Starfire on Thursday, they expect to be joined by Eddie Johnson, Obafemi Martins and Mario Martinez, all back from international duty.

Martins, in fact, might be back in time for some indoor training this afternoon. Meanwhile, Johnson (USA) and Martinez (Honduras) are playing World Cup qualifiers tonight and then head back to the Northwest.

Meanwhile, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid clarified that the club was initially confused about goalkeeper Michael Gspurning being ineligible for their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal Tuesday, because in

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March
25th

Gspurning out of Santos opener due to yellows

Gspurning
Gspurning

According to Sounders notes released today, goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is ineligible for Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning for the first leg against Santos Laguna due to yellow card accumulation.

Gspurning was issued his second yellow card of the tournament in the 86th minute of the second leg versus Tigres.

This likely means Marcus Hahnemann willl be in goal when the CCL semifinal series opens April 2 at CenturyLink Field.

More from the Sounders:

Santos Update
Santos Laguna, Seattle’s opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals, is currently 11 games into their 17-game Clausura in Liga MX. Santos is currently tied-third with a record of 6-2-3 (21 points). The club is undefeated at home, winning four of five, and has lost just once on the road. After Read more »

March
25th

Schmid still likes spirit — and some play — at SJ

Sometimes coach Sigi Schmid’s opinion of a game changes after he’s had a chance to watch it a few times.

This morning, Schmid was asked what he thought of the 1-0 loss at San Jose after watching the video:

“We gave up some chances for sure,” he said. “But like I said after the game, I thought our spirit of the game was much better, I thought our pressure was better. I thought we possessed the ball much better than we had been. I thought we had the ball more of the game, and I thought we put ourselves into

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March
25th

Chivas’ Agudelo voted MLS player of week

This news in from the league:

Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for week 4 of the 2013 MLS season.

Juan Agudelo helped Chivas USA achieve its first road win in eight months with a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

The deadlock was broken in the 57th minute when Agudelo sent a perfect pass to Edgar

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March
25th

Joseph on his debut; Evans on his return

Joseph
Joseph

Shalrie Joseph and Brad Evans were back at training today with the plan of being able to play Saturday when the Sounders visit Salt Lake. Here’s some of what each had to say after training today:

JOSEPH
On how he feels:
Physically great. I’ve been doing good things the last week or two, trying to get my fitness back and make sure I’m sharp, make sure I’m fit. And this week it’s going to feel great getting the guys back and seeing everybody back and everybody healthy.

On playing Saturday: Yeah. Hopefully I can make it out to Salt Lake. But I’ve got to take one day at a time. Today was a great day for me. I worked hard, I feel great going out there practicing with the guys. Tomorrow’s the same thing: just keep working hard all week and make sure I’m ready when Sigi gives me that call.
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March
25th

Schmid takes cautious approach to return of Evans, Joseph, Martins, others

Off to a franchise-worst 0-2-1 start, help appears on the way for the Sounders.

Midfielders Brad Evans and Shalrie Joseph took part in full training today and said they will be ready to play Saturday when the Sounders resume MLS action at Real Salt Lake. Meanwhile, forward Obafami Martins has tweeted that he’s on his way back to Seattle after duty with the Nigerian national team.

But for all that potential benefit, coach Sigi Schmid seemed to take a cautious approach to the potential return of so many key players:

SCHMID
On Martins:
We’ve got to wait for

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