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Category: MLS

July
15th

New look Thursday for Sounders Insider blog

Starting Thursday all of The News Tribune sports blogs — including this one — will have a new look.

The blogs are being moved into the main site from our blog platform. We are aiming to go live with the new site around 11:30 a.m.

To readers, the postings and stories will look largely the same and look better on mobile.

The main difference is in how you comment. You will need a Facebook account through which to sign in so you can comment on the blog. Otherwise, the content you’ve come to expect will be the same.

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July
14th

GM: Need another player that’s goal dangerous

Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)
Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)

Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey spoke today about the acquisition of midfielder Eric Friberg. But not surprising, talk quickly turned to a potential next signing, in light of the new MLS roster rules and the open transfer window.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

On another move: I appreciate the ongoing speculation. I understand why there’s so much interest. But we’ve got to be focused just on our team here in Seattle. We might ultimately do something, we might not. We’re going to look, but we’re always looking. Right now we haven’t had a great run of results. And again, we’re going to take a long-term view at what’s good for our team. But we need to be focused on the guys that are here. If that changes at some point, then it changes and we’ll adjust. But I think it’s important for us to remember now that the guys who play on the weekends are the guys who are on our team right now, and something that you read in a foreign media outlet or somebody that we made a phone call with, those are just conversations, they happen in normal course of business. It might come off and it might not.
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July
14th

Friberg welcomed back to Sounders

Sigi Schmid, Erik Friberg and general manager Garth Lagerwey at Starfire.
Sigi Schmid, Eric Friberg and general manager Garth Lagerwey at Starfire.

Erik Friberg trained with the Sounders today at Starfire and then met with the media for the first time since his re-signed with the club.

Here’s some of what he had to say.

On being back: It feels very good. I’m excited. It feels great. I know a lot of guys from 2011, so it feels easier.

On today’s training: It was good in the beginning. A little bit tired at the end. It’s warm.

On if he expected to return one day: Yes. I was close a couple of year ago. I talked to Chris Henderson every year. So wanted him to know that some day I would be back. Now I’m here. It’s perfect.

On the past couple of weeks: It was tough. I ended my season at the end of June. After that I couldn’t do anything else but just run and be at the gym. You can’t get many touches on the ball. I was a little bit frustrated, but now I’m here.

On how long before he’s 100 percent: It could take a couple of weeks, I don’t know, to get to 100. I’m pretty good right now. I need a couple of more touches on the ball, but fitness-wise I’m OK.
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July
13th

Dempsey, Martins named to MLS All-Star Fan XI

MLSallstar15Here’s the word from the club:

Major League Soccer today announced that Sounders FC forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins have been selected to the 2015 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI. This marks the second consecutive season that the Seattle forward pair has been named to the Fan XI, as well as the second-straight selection for Martins via the AT&T/EA SPORTS™ MLS All-Star ‘More Than a Vote’ Tournament. The 2015 MLS All-Star team faces Barclays Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, July 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado (6:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports 1, UniMás, TSN and RDS). Sounders FC joins Sporting Kansas City as the two teams with multiple players named to the Fan XI.

Dempsey, 32, makes his fourth MLS All-Star appearance and second straight with Seattle, after starting in 2005 and 2006 while with the New England Revolution. Dempsey has seven goals (tied for ninth in MLS) and is tied for fifth with six assists in 12 appearances for Sounders FC this season, in addition to three goals in two matches for the USMNT at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Martins, 29, earns his second MLS All-Star selection since joining Sounders FC in March of 2013. The 2014 Volkswagen MLS MVP runner-up is tied with Dempsey for the team-lead with seven goals in 2015, and his 32 career MLS goals ranks second in club history.
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July
13th

Schmid updates Sounders, S2 personnel

Eric Friberg, left in green, trains with Sounders on Monday at Starfire.
Eric Friberg, left in green, trains with Sounders on Monday at Starfire.

Here are some health and availability updates from Sounders coach Sigi Schmid:

On goalkeeper Stefan Frei: Feeling better, so we’ll see how this week progresses. Definitely a possibility for this weekend.

On Eric Friberg’s training session: Doing better. He had a good week of training when we were gone. Worked well today. Talked to him a little bit. Fitness-wise he told me where he feels at right now. So he just needs more touches. Just feels that he needs to get around the ball a little more. Today training involved a lot of touches. We’ll see how he does tomorrow, and we’ll make a decision as we move forward this week.
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July
13th

Schmid: Goal production not there

LogoSoundersCoach Sigi Schmid addressed the Sounders’ recent offensive troubles — two goals and three shutouts over the last five games — since losing Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins:

On mostly repeating lineup from win over DC: I thought we played well against D.C. especially when there were even numbers early on. But as well as we played against DC early on, that’s as bad as we played early on against Chicago. So it was very disappointing that the group was that off in their performance in comparison to what they had done the week before. You’re trying to build on that and we didn’t build on that. We all have to look at it. Did we train to hard? Did we not do the right things in training? I got to look at that because ultimately I’m the guy responsible.

On specific problem areas: We didn’t keep possession of the ball, we didn’t work hard enough up front.
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July
13th

Schmid: ‘It’s a very tight conference’

This morning's MLS Western Conference standings, with two points separating the top playoff position from the last.
This morning’s MLS Western Conference standings, with two points separating the top playoff position from the last.

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about the clustered standings atop the Western Conference:

“Probably didn’t expect it to be this even,” he said. “Obviously if we would have had not the run of injuries that we had I think maybe it would have been a little bit different story for us at this point. It is what it is and we have to deal with that reality. It’s a very tight conference. It’s fortunate for us right now because everybody is sort of taking points off of each other as well. We’ve got a conference game this week with Colorado and it’s important that we get three points.
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July
11th

Sounders cite ‘one mental mistake’

Perkins
Perkins

Some reaction from coach Sigi Schmid is in the post below. Here’s what some other Sounders had to say about their 1-0 stoppage time loss at Chicago:

Goalkeeper Troy Perkins
On letting one mistake take the tie away:

“One mental mistake, really, it cost us. Credit to the guy who scored the goal on the Fire. It was a good finish. He did well. But it starts well before that. We have to hold ourselves accountable for that and move on. We need to learn from our mistakes and just keep plugging away. It’s a tough loss.”
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