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Sounders pitch will return for fourth season

Seattle Sounders FC apparently will have to play one more season on the existing FieldTurf surface at CenturyLink Field.

This is the period between the Seattle Seahawks final home game, and the Sounders’ first home game, and no plans are in place for a new field.

However, the Sounders are believed to be negotiating a lease extension with First & Goal, the organization that runs the stadium. And it is believed that the new lease will include language that specify how often the field will be replaced.

The last field was replaced after three Sounders’ seasons. The current one apparently

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Seattle interested in hosting Copa America

Here’s a report from Associated Press:

Twenty-four areas in the United States have expressed interest in hosting games during next year’s Centennial Copa America.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced the list Thursday and said 8-13 stadiums will be announced in May as sites for the 16-nation tournament, to be played from June 3-26, 2016.

CONCACAF recommends a seating capacity of 50,000 or more for venues in the tournament, which will feature all 10 national teams from South America and six from CONCACAF, including the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

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Hanauer: Happy at CenturyLink, could be long-term; but every team wants own building

Here’s what Sounders one-third owner Adrian Hanauer had to say Tuesday when asked about the possibility of seeking a new stadium for the club:

We’re very happy at CenturyLink. We’ve got a bunch of years left on a lease. We’re in constant communication with our landlord, and our partner in Paul Allen who owns 25 percent of the team. I’ve seen a bunch of rumors out there about possible stadiums. It’s certainly free to dream. Every sports franchise on the planet wants their own building and their own stadium. But sometimes that’s more realistic and sometimes not. I would say

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MLS releases 2015 home openers; Sounders’ season begins March 8 vs. Revs

MLSnew15MLS announced the 2015 home openers for its 20 teams today.

The Sounders will open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, when the MLS Cup runner-up New England Revolution visits.

The entire MLS schedule is expected to be released in early January.

Here’s the news from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC will open the 2015 MLS regular season on March 8 against the New England Revolution on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Major League Soccer announced today. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. PST, with the season-opening contest being broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). The complete 2015 MLS regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.

The 2015 season is the first of an eight-year landmark television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision networks. All three partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week for the first time in league history. The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings – primarily on UniMás. On Sundays, ESPN and FOX Sports networks will broadcast back-to-back MLS matches at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. PST, respectively.

Sounders FC is 4-2-0 all-time in MLS regular season openers, including a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in 2014. This also marks the fifth time in seven seasons that Seattle has opened on national television, as well as the sixth time they have faced an Eastern Conference opponent.

Additional information on times and broadcast details for these games and others is being revealed in the coming weeks as part of the complete 2015 regular season schedule announcement.

Below is the press release from the league:
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Sounders’ season ends on LA’s lone away goal

Tifo before start of Western Conference final.
Tifo before start of Western Conference final.

The Los Angeles Galaxy is heading to MLS Cup and the Seattle Sounders are heading home.
The difference came down to a Galaxy shot that hit the near goalpost in the 54th minute that bounced in rather than out.
That Juninho goal was the only one Los Angeles got Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Sounders at CenturyLink Field. But it was all they needed, as it evened the two-game series at 2-2 on aggregate score, and it put the Galaxy through as the only road goal of the series.
Los Angeles controlled the early minutes, through neither team had serious chances.
That changed in the the 26th minute, when Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey worked a give and go which ended with the ball at Dempsey’s foot inside the area. Dempsey sent the ball across the goal mouth where it was deflected by Galaxy defender Dan Gargan. However, the ball continued across to Brad Evans who swept it into the open net.
Seattle kept swarming from there with Dempsey, Martins and Lamar Neagle all getting dangerous chances.

The next one went in in the 32nd minute, Dempsey hitting a low hard shot that goalkeeper Jaime Penedo got a piece of but couldn’t keep out of the goal.

The temperature was 34 degrees at kickoff, making this the coldest Sounders’ home game over their six MLS seasons.

The Sounders went into the game at something very close to full strength as midfielders Osvaldo Alonso (hamstring) and Lamar Neagle (personal issues) moved back into the starting 11 after missing the first leg.

The game was played before a Seattle playoff record crowd of 46,758.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
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Festivities leading to 6:30 Sunday first kick

A club spokesman says Sounders-LA coverage on ESPN will begin around 6:20 Sunday with actual first kick expected at 6:30.

Here’s more from the club:

In support of Seattle Sounders FC facing LA Galaxy in the 2014 MLS Western Conference Championship Second Leg, multiple Seattle landmarks are turning their lights Rave Green on Sunday, November 30. Other matchday festivities include Seattle and LA competing against one another for charitable causes in Sunday morning’s Seattle Marathon, a March to the Match concert set by Fly Moon Royalty and a scarf drive presented by PEMCO Insurance.

Iconic Seattle landmarks are going Rave

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Sounders news beyond Ezra: staff, Yedlin, Zakuani, opening stadium for LA

The naming of Ezra Hendrickson as Sounders 2’s first coach dominated the news at training today, but other varied issues came up:

On replacing Hendrickson on the Sounders FC staff:
“We’ll be adding somebody to our staff. Who that is right now I couldn’t tell you. I’ve got a short list of people that I want to talk to, and we’ll see as we move down the line.”

On this short week of training: We wanted to keep them moving. We wanted to get some guys the rest that they needed and also make sure

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Tickets for Nov. 30 LA visit now on sale

Here’s the word from the club:

After a scoreless draw with FC Dallas on Monday night, Seattle Sounders FC has advanced, 1-1, on aggregate (via away goals) to face rival LA Galaxy in the 2014 MLS Western Conference Finals. Sounders FC is set to host the Second Leg of the two-match series on Sunday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. PST (ESPN, ESPN Deportes). Tickets for that contest are now on-sale to the general public, and can be purchased at the CenturyLink Field Box Office or via

The First Leg of the 2014 MLS Western Conference Finals is being

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