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Category: Personnel move

Aug.
13th

Keller: Spurs phenomenal club of great opportunity

Keller
Keller

Like DeAndre Yedlin, Kasey Keller is a Puget Sound native who went on to play with the U.S. national team, Sounders FC and Tottenham Hotspur. So as Yedlin’s transfer loomed, I asked Keller about USA players making the leap to Spurs.

“Tottenham’s a phenomenal club with phenomenal fans and a great opportunity to play for a club,” he said. “But with any big club, it doesn’t matter where you go, you understand that there’s a high level of competition for you to earn your spots, and I have complete confidence that Yedlin has the ability to have a long career – wherever, if it happens to be Spurs or someplace else. It’s a great opportunity.”

On whether the history of managerial changes at Tottenham also makes it a less stable place for players: Read more »

Aug.
13th

Hanauer explains why Yedlin transfer is a good thing for the Sounders and their fans

Hanauer
Hanauer

Here is general manager Adrian Hanauer’s response to the opening question of today’s conference call, which asked why the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin to Tottenham is a good thing for the Sounders and Sounders supporters:

“Our goal is always to position ourselves to challenge for and win championships,” He said. “But our league is a delicate balance that includes a salary cap that sometimes is challenging to navigate. This transaction provides, first, a great opportunity for us to win a championship in 2014 with DeAndre remaining with the team; and second it provides us with allocation money that is paramount to maintaining a competitive squad going forward; and it provides us with some cash to reinvest in any aspect of our soccer business that we want, whether that is on the youth side that hopefully allows us to develop two or three or four more DeAndre Yedlins, or designated players, or other soccer facilities or infrastructure that hopefully will position us for strength going forward. Read more »

Aug.
7th

Donovan to retire, final regular-season game set for Oct. 25 at fully open Centurylink Field

LA Galaxy and US national team star Landon Donovan announced today that he will retire at the end of this MLS season. And as it happens, the Galaxy’s final regular-season game this year is Oct. 25 in Seattle, with CenturyLink Field opened to its full 67,000 capacity, and NBC on hand for the national telecast.

Here’s the Donovan retirement report from the Galaxy.

Here’s some reaction from Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson:

“He’s one of the top players U.S. Soccer has ever produced. For me, if we wasn’t the best, he was among the best national team players I

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Aug.
7th

Estrada traded to DC for 3rd round pick in 2017

Estrada
Estrada

Here’s the news release from the Sounders:

Seattle Sounders FC has traded midfielder/forward David Estrada to D.C. United in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced today.

Estrada, 26, was originally selected by Sounders FC with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2010. He has started 18 of 41 appearances in his five seasons with Sounders FC, scoring five goals.

“David has been a fantastic member of our organization, both on and off the field, for the past five years,” said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “He has made great contributions to the team’s performance and has been very involved in the community. We wish David the very best at D.C. United.”

Estrada has made one appearance in the 2014 MLS regular season, Read more »

July
31st

Estrada loaned again to USL Pro Charlotte

Here’s the news from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC has loaned midfielder/forward David Estrada to the Charlotte Eagles of the USL Pro, the club announced today.

Estrada, 26, previously joined Charlotte on loan from July 17-19, playing 135 minutes with one goal and one assist over two matches. He also joined the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) on loan from April 3-17.

Estrada has started 18 of 41 appearances in his five seasons with Sounders FC, scoring five goals. He has made one appearance in the 2014 MLS regular season, logging five minutes in a 1-0 win at D.C. United on June

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July
26th

Personnel updates mostly upbeat as LA nears

Clint Dempsey signs for young fans at Starfire Sports Complex.
Clint Dempsey signs for young fans at Starfire Sports Complex.

Here are some personnel updates from coach Sigi Schmid after Saturday training for their Monday night home match against Los Angeles:

On the training session: Good. Obviously It’s a long wait from our last game on Saturday to our next game on Monday, but I thought the guys have put in a good week of training and we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. We’ve got a ton of games coming up in the next month to 10 days and it was good to get some training in.

On health improvements: Evans is getting better. Rose trained all out again today, so there wasn’t an issue. Leo was in full training today. Djimi had a little bit of a setback, but we think it was very minor so he should be all right as well. Eveybody’s making progress forward. Remick trained fully as well.

On which of those could be available for the Galaxy: All of them with the exception of maybe Evans.
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July
23rd

Newly signed rookie ready to work and learn

Long
Long

We got our first meeting with new Sounders central defender/midfielder Aaron Long, who has been training with the team for two or three weeks after being drafted and cut by Portland and then signed by the Sounders this week.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

First impressions on the Sounders: They’re in first place for a reason. The training is unbelievable.

On his thoughts after release from Portland: A bit of letdown of course. But I rallied back. I talked to my agent and I knew the coaching staff here and they gave me a chance and it worked out.

Describing himself: I don’t know. Ready to work hard, I guess. Hoping to get out there.

On what he brings to the team: Hard work. Just ready to learn. They’ve got a lot of great veterans. Easy to learn from.
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July
23rd

Schmid updates wet practice, health, newcomer

A few hardy fans take in Sounders training on rainy Tukwila morning.
A few fans take in Sounders training on rainy Tukwila morning.

The Sounders trained in a lot of rain this morning at Starfire in Tukwila. Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say afterward:

On training in the rain: Obviously it affects things, but we went ahead with the plan that we had set today. I think we got a good workout in with the first-team group and we were able to get some gametime in with the reserve group. We accomplished what we wanted to do. It would have been nicer without the rain, but I think the rain’s good. The rain’s good for our state right now, especially with the fires. If the rains cane help with that, that would be tremendous.

On the work for reserve players: It was a good competitive training where we could play some 11v11, and as a result of that we could see Djimi back there, and his confidence is growing. Andy Rose today trained as well. We saw Aaron Long play as a center back today when we did the 11v11, which is a position we want to look at him at, as well as midfield. I know he played midfield in college, but he also played some center back, and that versatility is what interested us in him.

General health updates: It’s great with Djimi coming back. Leo got minutes today as well. Dylan was about to train as a neutral today. That just helps us. It makes us Read more »