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Feb.
28th

Schmid talks game, preseason, coming season

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after the Sounders ended their preseason with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City:

On this game: I thought we started the game slowly. We weren’t really as sharp as I wanted us to be. As the game went on, we obviously gave up a goal, but I thought from about the 25-minute mark on, I thought we picked up our game and played better. I thought we were playing better at the start of the second half, and then we got some good energy from Andy Rose

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Feb.
28th

Sounders draw, end Cup 1-2-1

When technical difficulties stopped playing of anthem, crowd took over and sang it.
When technical difficulties stopped playing of anthem, crowd took over and sang it.

The game is over, and so is the Sounders preseason. Seattle ended things tonight with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City, with the equalizing goal coming from Obafemi Martins.

Martins and Clint Dempsey just swarmed the second half with plenty of good chances — mostly on target but well-saved.

“I thought we started the game slowly,” Schmid said. “We weren’t really as sharp as I wanted us to be. As the game went on, we obviously gave up a goal, but I thought from about the 25-minute mark on, I thought we picked up our game and played better. I thought we were playing better at the start of the second half, and then we got some good energy from Andy Rose and Kovar when they came into the game. I think that helped us, and at the end we had enough chances to win the game. But I thought we started out slowly today.”

Seattle ends the Desert Diamond Cup 1-2-1.

The regular season begins March 8 at home vs. New England.

I’ll be back with more quotes.

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Feb.
27th

Sounders down to one practice game Saturday before the real thing

Sounders training on a sunny Friday morning in Tucson.
Sounders training on a sunny Friday morning in Tucson.

The Sounders went through their final training in Tucson on Friday morning. Now they’re down to a concluding Desert Diamond Cup match at 4 p.m. PT Saturday against Sporting Kansas City. Then it’s back to the Northwest on Sunday and game-week preparations for the scheduled season opener March 8 against the New England Revolution.

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about tomorrow’s rematch match:

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Feb.
27th

RSL owner fined for CBA comments

The expected fine dropped today on RSL’s Dell Loy Hansen for his comments this week that the MLS players union’s quest for free is a waste of time.

I tried to get a player’s perspective/update from Sounders’ union rep Brad Evans today, but he declined.

Here’s the release from the league:

Major League Soccer (MLS) Commissioner Don Garber announced today that Real Salt Lake investor-operator Dell Loy Hansen has been fined an undisclosed amount for comments made during a radio interview and that were subsequently published earlier this week.

“The comments made by Mr. Hansen are not permitted under

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Feb.
26th

Keller, Henderson, Razov among HoF nominees

Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson, assistant coach Ante Razov and former goalkeeper Kasey Keller are among 31 nominees on the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. This is Keller’s first year of eligibility.

Here is the news from U.S. Soccer:

Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later

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Feb.
26th

Schmid notes players who have had good camp

Sounders compete to kick ball into distant trash can.
Sounders compete to kick ball into distant trash can.

The Sounders went through a very loose training session this morning in Tucson. It was mostly a regeneration day after their Desert Diamond Cup match Wednesday night. However, the players added on some soccer-tennis and a competition to see who could kick a ball into a distant trash can.

The Sounders will train again Friday, then conclude Cup play with a 4 p.m. Saturday match against Sporting Kansas City and then will head home for game-week preparations leading to their MLS opener March 8 against the New England Revolution.

With camp winding down, coach Sigi Schmid was asked what players have raised their stock so far.
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Feb.
26th

Sounders will conclude Cup with SKC rematch

The Sounders will conclude their stay in the Desert Diamond Cup with a rematch against Sporting Kansas City at 4 p.m. PT Saturday.

SKC beat the Sounders, 2-1, in Round 2 last Saturday.

Coach Sigi Schmid had said earlier that the tournament hoped to avoid rematches, but it became unavoidable when the only two teams the Sounders didn’t play — Real Salt Lake and Colorado — finished 1-2 and therefore were paired in the final.

“We didn’t want to play Tucson again, and we didn’t want to play New England again because we have to play them in the opener,”

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Feb.
25th

Darwin Jones talks young lineup, 2-1 loss

Here’s some of what Sounders homegrown Darwin Jones had to say about his play at that of a lot of other young players tonight in a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution.

On all the young starters: We were definitely excited because we had a lot to prove because there was a lot of us it was our first opportunity getting out there and playing. So we just wanted to go out there and have some fun.

On his assist of Kenny Cooper’s goal: It definitely was a boost because the last couple of days I’ve been playing

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