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Category: Personnel move

June
2nd

Schmid/Henderson on newest Sounder

Henderson
Henderson

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid and sporting director Chris Henderson had to say today about new Sounders midfielder Thomas of Brazil:

SCHMID:
I think he gives us an attacking player who can play in wide positions, who’s a pretty good dribbler of the ball and technically pretty clean.

On if he might play Saturday at SKC: We might be a little bit shorthanded this weekend with Alonso out and Evans out as well with the national team. Oba had his nose today – surgery on his nose – so there’s a chance he could be out as well. So based on that I see him definitely in the 18.

HENDERSON
Huge potential. Things have been a little bit of a struggle for him. We tried to get him once or twice and we were able to pull it off this time.
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June
2nd

Thomas: ‘I’ve always wanted to be here’

Thomas
Thomas

We got our first interviews with new Sounders’ midfielder Thomas today after training. Here’s some of what he had to say, as translated from Portuguese:

I’m very happy to be joining a great team like the Sounders. That’s the team with the biggest fan base in the U.S. – I got the information, I did my research. I’m happy with the staff, with the team, and I plan to be very successful.

I’m very satisfied. I’m happy with the city. It’s a big city. Very green. Lots of thing to do. I’m also fitting in with the team. Everybody very welcomed me very well. For that I’m very happy and looking forward to contribute as soon as possible. I had to wait for the Visa, but now ready to contribute.
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June
1st

Sounders sign Brazilian midfielder Thomas

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that it has signed Brazilian midfielder Thomás Jaguaribe Bedinelli. Known simply as Thomás, the midfielder brings four years of professional experience in Brazil to Seattle. Having received his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate, Thomás is being added to Seattle’s roster and is eligible to play effectively immediately. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, additional terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

“We are excited to welcome Thomás to Seattle,” said Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “He is a dynamic attacking player that has a diverse array of

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May
26th

Schmid explains lineup considerations for three games/nine days stretch

LogoSoundersAfter playing SKC on Saturday, the Sounders will play the Colorado Rapids at 7 p.m. Wednesday and then the New York Red Bulls at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Coach Sigi Schmid had this to say about how the club decides which players are able to play in all three games

We try to see how they recover. We do different things to measure their recovery. We see what their output was in the game. We see how they recover: OmegaWave gives us a little indication. Obviously, talking to them, asking them how they feel: We want them to be honest with us. You’ve got history with players, Read more »

May
21st

Schmid on juggling S1, S2, players, competitions

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid talked a bit today about juggling the first-team and S2 rosters, through U.S. Open Cup and their respective league competitions.

Open Cup rules mandate that once a player is one one team’s 18-man roster — such as Victor Mansaray last night with S2 — he can’t jump to the other team at any point in the tournament.

“There were a few guys that we needed to play for their team as well,” Schmid said. “We can’t play everybody with us. By the time we enter the competition, sometimes there’s one game. Sometimes depending on the

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May
5th

Schmid explains starting Rose, sitting Neagle; doesn’t know if that holds for Columbus

Rose
Rose

Coach Sigi Schmid today explained his decision to start Andy Rose at outside midfield in New York, while bringing usual starter Lamar Neagle off the bench.

“We wanted to come with Andy Rose a little bit because we think he’s been paying well and we know he can play wide right there,” Schmid said. “Lamar had a very good game in Colorado, he had a good game in LA, but he has not always been at his best this season. We felt, ‘OK, we’ll start Pappa and bring Lamar off the bench for this one.’ It could change going into the next game: I don’t know. But I think Read more »

May
1st

MLS announces 2015 rules and regulations

OrderHere’s the word from the league:

Major League Soccer today announced its 2015 Roster Rules and Regulations. As part of this announcement, the league issued new, streamlined rules for how MLS clubs acquire select players pursuant to the Allocation and Discovery processes. The league also provided information about the other mechanisms for signing players, such as the SuperDraft and Homegrown Player Rule.

As described in detail below, MLS clubs can acquire specific players through either (i) the revised Allocation Process or (ii) the revised Discovery Process. These revised player assignment mechanisms go into effect today, Friday, May 1, 2015:

· Allocation Process – MLS will maintain a single, fixed and public list of players, known as the Allocation Ranking List, that are subject to the Allocation Process. MLS clubs will have the right to acquire players on the Allocation Ranking List based on the Allocation Ranking Order. The Allocation Ranking Order is determined by the reverse order of finish in the previous season, taking playoff performance into account. Once a club acquires a player via the Allocation Ranking Order, that club drops to the bottom of the order. A club’s Allocation Ranking Order position is tradable.

· Discovery Process – Subject to certain exemptions specified further below, a player not listed on the Allocation Ranking List may be signed through the Discovery Process. A Discovery signing occurs when a team scouts and recruits a particular player not playing in MLS. Clubs identify players not yet under MLS contract and submit a claim to the league office to add the players to a club’s Discovery List.
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April
29th

Schmid, Evans believe conversion to CB working

Evans
Evans

Sigi Schmid has long maintained that it would take until about this point of the season to get a reasonable read on how Brad Evans’ conversion to center back is working.

Today — seven games into the the season — he spoke with Evans after training, assessing the progress with each seemingly satisfied.

Here’s some of what each had to say:

EVANS:
On his progress:
Sigi just asked me if I’m comfortable, and I think I am feeling a little bit more comfortable. I think I’ll always reference back to one game — that will be a sticking point. And for whatever reason my mind tends to go there, and I try to say don’t make those mistakes twice. There are still things I need to do better – some glaring points on film – so it’s good to recognize when you need to do better, and obviously I’m willing to put in the work and do what I can do to continue to get more shutouts. … (Schmid and I) are on the same page. Read more »