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Category: Personnel move

Jan.
26th

Sounders trade Zavaleta to Toronto for pick

Zavaleta
Zavaleta

Here’s the word from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC has traded the rights to forward Eriq Zavaleta to Toronto FC in exchange for a Second Round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the club announced today.

“We want to thank Eriq for his service to our club,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “We wish him the best of luck in Toronto and throughout his career.”

Zavaleta, 22, was the club’s First Round selection (10th overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. He made five appearances with Seattle as a rookie in 2013 before being loaned to Chivas USA for the 2014 season. The Indiana product and 2012 Big 10 Player of the Year started 15 of 17 appearances for the Goats.

Sounders FC resumes its 2015 preseason presented by adidas this week at Starfire Sports before traveling to Southern California on Thursday, January 29 for a nine-day camp at Mt. San Antonio College.

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Jan.
24th

Sounders still looking for players; GM and coach discuss positional needs

The Sounders reported to preseason training Saturday, but the roster will continue to change before the regular-season opens in March.

We asked new general manager Garth Lagerwey and coach Sigi Schmid about possible positional needs:

LAGERWEY: “We’re always looking at players, and we’ll continue looking at players. Sounders have had a pretty good track record of signing at least one guy out of preseason, meaning we have a couple of trialists here with us now. We’ll have a look at them. We have four or five weeks to go through this. And again, I think part of getting value

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Jan.
23rd

(Amazingly enough) Sounders open seventh training camp on Saturday

LogoSoundersFifty-five days after their season ended in the MLS Western Conference final, Seattle Sounders FC opens its seventh preseason camp Saturday.

It will be the start of a season they hope will span all 12 months of the year: reporting in January, beginning their seventh MLS season in March, extending their playoff-run to seven seasons in October, and finally breaking through to their first MLS Cup in December.

It all begins Saturday with the first of five days of training at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.
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Jan.
15th

Three new Sounders after busy draft day

Roldan
Roldan

It didn’t project as much of a draft day for the Sounders, but that changed with a flurry of deals. Here’s the report from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC selected University of Washington standout midfielder Cristian Roldan with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Seattle traded its 27th pick and future considerations to Real Salt Lake for the 16th pick of the First Round to take Roldan, a two-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection.

The Rave Green added two more players in the Second Round, selecting Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller 33rd overall and New Mexico midfielder Oniel Fisher with the 40th pick. Sounders FC acquired the 33rd selection via trade with the New England Revolution in exchange for future considerations.

As a member of the 2015 Generation adidas class, Roldan is being added to the Sounders FC roster immediately, whereas Miller and Fisher are currently unsigned SuperDraft selections.
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Jan.
15th

Sounders trade up to draft Husky Roldan

Seattle Sounders FC moved up to the 16th selection of the MLS SuperDraft today and selected UW star Cristian Roldan, who slid a long way after being projected as high as No. 2 in the draft.

It’s a turn of events that Roldan hoped for, but seemed resigned to not happening in my draft-preview story today.

Seattle swapped its No. 27 pick and other considerations to RSL for that club’s No. 16 pick.

Here’s a note on Roldan that appeared on the SoundersFC.com website in advance of the draft:

Cristian Roldan
At this time two years ago,

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Jan.
14th

Sounders’ SuperDraft expectations modest

Sounders expectations seem modest going into the MLS SuperDraft, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and will be streamed live on the MLSsoccer.com website.

Sporting director Chris Henderson said the club goes into the draft looking for defensive depth and a third goalkeeper — perhaps simply guys who could develop on the new Sounders 2 USL-Pro team.

Seattle holds the No. 27 and 40 picks in the two-round draft, after sending its first-round pick – 19th overall — to Toronto last season for goalkeeper Stefan Frei. The Reds subsequently shuffled that pick along to Colorado.

Unless they trade up,

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Jan.
14th

S2 tryouts set at Starfire Feb. 13-14

S2This just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that it is holding local open tryouts for Sounders FC 2 (S2) in Tukwila at Starfire Sports on February 13-14. A minimum of one player from the tryouts is guaranteed a trial with S2, Sounders FC’s new USL PRO team that begins play in March.

“The greater Seattle area has a long history of competitive youth, amateur and professional soccer, which has produced many great players,” said S2 General Manager Andrew Opatkiewicz. “Since S2 allows us to develop more players in our system that hope to make the First Team one day, open tryouts are a great way to look at the best players in the area. Someone is going to come into preseason, and it’ll be exciting to see the players coming from tryouts competing for a professional contract.”
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Jan.
13th

Q&A with Troy Perkins: New Sounders keeper promises to compete for job

Here are some highlights from a phone conversation with goalkeeper Troy Perkins, who was introduced today as the newest member of Seattle Sounders FC:

On how the deal came about: It actually came out of the blue to be honest. We were pushing for a deal somewhere else, and at the last minute Seattle came in. At first I wasn’t sure: Going back to the west coast all the way from the east coast is a big move for my family. But at the end of the day, it’s an opportunity at a great club. The opportunity for me

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