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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
7th

Tickets on sale for Sounders’ home CCL matches

CCLThis just in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that tickets for the club’s 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) Group Stage home matches are now available to the general public. Prices start at $14 per ticket for the pair of fixtures at CenturyLink Field, which are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.com for home dates on August 19 vs. CD Olimpia and September 23 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Complete information on the 2015-16 SCCL can be found via the following link: SCCL.SoundersFC.com.
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July
3rd

Late Mears goal gives Sounders 1-0 win over DC

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Seattle Sounders FC played half of the game without the only goalkeeper they’ve used since the start of the 2014 season.

D.C. United played more than half of the match with only 10 men.

For 87 minutes it appeared neither team would be able to take advantage of the other’s misfortune.

However, with about two minutes left in regulation, left back Tyrone Mears ran into space and fired a rocket into the back of the far netting from about 16 yards.

The defenders’ first MLS goal gave the Sounders a 1-0 win before a crowd of 40,410 at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle (10-7-2) snapped a three-game losing streak.
United (10-6-5) remains atop the Major League soccer points race, but suffered their fourth straight shutout against the Sounders.

The first half of that clean sheet was kept by Stafan Frei, who had played every regular-season minute for the Sounders since joining the club before the 2014 season. However, that streak ended at 4,725 consecutive minutes when Frei left the field with an apparent left arm or shoulder injury suffered several minutes earlier in a collision in front of the goal.

His departure brought on the regular-season debut of Sounders reserve keeper, veteran Troy Perkins.
Seattle once again began with a roster depleted by international duty (Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Marco Pappa) and injury (Obafemi Martins). However, All-Star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was back in the starting lineup for the first time since May 31 after missing five league matches with a left hamstring strain.

The teams played a rough first half, which took a toll on both teams.

In the 27th minute, United forward and assists leader Fabian Espindola raised his elbow in warding off Zach Scott and was given a red card, reducing D.C. to 10 men in the rest of the way.

Soon thereafter, Frei went down after a collision in front of the goal. He was tended to on the pitch, but tried to remain in the game. However, just seconds into first-half stoppage time he finally came off the pitch.

The Sounders return to MLS play July 11 at Chicago.

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July
3rd

Game day comes: Sounders-DC United at 8 PT

LogoDCHere is our game preview, and below are some basics:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-7-2; 29 POINTS)
VS. D.C. UNITED (10-5-5; 35 POINTS)
8 p.m. Friday, CenturyLink Field.
TV:
JOEtv, UniMas. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 5-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 at home. The Sounders won last season at D.C., 1-0, on a goal by Chad Barrett. Seattle is unbeaten in the last four meetings and has kept a clean sheet in the last three. This is the only scheduled meeting this season.
NOTES: D.C. leads the MLS points race and is unbeaten in its last three games. The Sounders have lost three straight games and fallen to second place in the Western Conference. Four straight MLS losses is the club record. … United leads MLS with a 0.85 goals-against average. … Seattle and D.C. are tied for second in MLS with plus-six goal differentials. … Seattle will be without Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Marco Pappa due to international duty. Obafemi Martins (leg) also is out. Osvaldo Alonso could return after missing five games with a hamstring injury. Newly signed midfielder Erik Friberg is not yet eligible, pending international paperwork. … Dempsey and Martins are Seattle’s goals co-leaders with seven each, and Dempsey is the assists leader with six. Chris Rolfe leads D.C. with six goals, and Fabian Espindola with five assists. … The Sounders are 6-2-1 at home. D.C. is 3-4-2 away. … United is a charter member of MLS and has won four MLS Cups, four Supporters’ Shields and three Open Cups. … D.C. was eliminated from the 2015 Open Cup with a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday. … The match will be shown on JOEtv in Western Washington. League rules allow a local TV outlet to show games in markets where UniMas has low penetration. … There will be a “Stars, Stripes & Sounders” food and music celebration at the stadium when gates open at 5 p.m. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu.
QUOTE: “To tell you the truth, I’ll take and own goal by D.C. and us winning 1-0 — and them having 30 shots and us having zero. I don’t care how it happens, as long as we score, as long as we post a shutout, that’s all that matters to us.” – Seattle forward Chad Barrett on the team’s desire to stop its three-game losing streak. Read more »

July
2nd

‘Stars, Stripes & Sounders’ part of game day

LogoSoundersHere’s the word from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC is inviting fans to arrive early to Friday’s match vs. D.C. United (8:00 p.m. PT / UniMas, JOEtv, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM) and take part in Stars, Stripes & Sounders Celebration at CenturyLink Field. The stadium’s northwest gate is set to open 5:00 p.m. PT so fans can gather at the CenturyLink Field North Plaza to take advantage of food and beverage specials, as well as live music, games and other festivities ahead of the 8:00 p.m. PT kickoff.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT, ticketed fans can enter the northwest gate and gain access to the North Plaza, where the festivities are being held. Stars, Stripes & Sounders features food and beverage specials – which are being offered until 6:30 p.m. PT – that include $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas and $5 domestic beer pints, as well as free cotton candy and snow cones. Live music will be provided by Combinator, a Seattle-based soul/funk band that will perform until 7:00 p.m. PT.
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June
20th

Saturday comes: Sounders-Quakes at 1 PT

NewQuakesHere is our game preview, which includes info on the Demspey suspension. Below, the game basics:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-4-2; 29 POINTS) VS. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (5-5-4; 19 POINTS)
1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV:
JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: San Jose leads the regular-season series, 9-6-2. Seattle leads 5-4-1 at home. The Quakes won in the second week of this MLS season, 3-2, at Seattle. The teams meet again Sept. 12 at San Jose’s new Avaya Stadium.
NOTES: The Sounders will be without their two leading goal-scorers as Clint Dempsey (seven) on Friday received a three-game suspension from MLS, and Obafemi Martins (seven) is out with a groin injury. Forward Chad Barrett (hamstring) and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (ankle) also are out, and midfielder Gonzalo Pineda (knee) is questionable. However, midfielder Marco Pappa is back from international duty. … The Sounders have the best record in MLS. The Quakes are eighth in the Western Conference. … Seattle has one loss over its last five games, while San Jose has one loss over its last seven. … Both teams played U.S. Open Cup matches at midweek. … Chris Wondolowski leads San Jose in goals (eight), shots (44) and shots on target (16). Their assists leader is Matias Perez Garcia (three). … Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the league in goals-against average, wins and saves. On Friday he won the MLS save-of-the-week award for a stop last weekend in a shutout of Dallas. … The referee is Juan Guzman.
QUOTE: “They didn’t have a game (last) Saturday. Their starters, only two of them played in the Open Cup game, so they’re going to be a well-rested team coming in in the game against us, and we’re going to have to be prepared for that.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the Quakes. Read more »

June
18th

Club announces ‘Pride Month’ events for Saturday

LogoSoundersHere’s the press release from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that it is celebrating Pride Month with a variety of distinctive elements on Saturday, June 20 surrounding the club’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes (1:00 p.m. PT / JOEtv, This TV, ROOT SPORTS, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, El Rey 1360 AM). Matchday events include a unique celebration at March to the Match, special programming at THE NINETY and game presentation elements to promote messages of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Read more »

June
15th

Sounders (officially) announce full-stadium games

Here’s the word from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced that it is opening the full capacity of the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field for four select fixtures against the club’s premier MLS Western Conference rivals. Additional upper deck seating in the 300-level is being made available for games against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (August 1), Portland Timbers (August 30), LA Galaxy (October 4) and Real Salt Lake (October 25). Tickets for these matches can now be purchased via SoundersFC.com. Starting at $159, the “Full 4 Pack” includes tickets to all four full-stadium fixtures, in addition to the 2015 Guinness

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