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GM Part 3: Lagerwey talks infrastructure, ‘cradle-to-grave’ player development

Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)
Lagerwey (Photo provided by Seattle Sounders FC Communications)

In this third part of our interview with new Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey, we talk about the Seahawks/CenturyLink Field decision to keep the existing FieldTurf surface for a fourth season … and other infrastructure issues:

“I have not met anybody from the Seahawks side yet – not that it’s not very important, it’s just that I haven’t had time yet.

“In terms of building infrastructure for the club, we’re going through a time now of re-examining our academy. My old job we felt like we had arguably the best academy in the country. Are there elements of that model we can take an incorporate here? Which is not to say necessarily that we would do a residency academy here, but there are still concepts that you can take out of that and try to apply to this market, which should have a lot more talent than Arizona and Utah do, if you just look historically at the number of pros that have been produced out of Washington state. There’s that aspect. There’s launching S2. And then, oh by the way, the first-team season starts in three weeks.

“So a couple of things on our plate, and we’re looking at things here at Starfire in terms of the facility, in terms of how we use the facility, in potentially developing some new facilities here in the context of S2 coming in and playing all there games here and wanting to do more with our academy. So a lot of exciting things in the works.

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GM Part 2: Lagerwey likes Starfire’s size … just wants to sell it out

Here’s the second of a six-part series of answers from an interview with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey. In yesterday’s opener, he talked about the first-team Sounders playing at CenturyLink Field. Today, he talks about their home for U.S. Open Cup and S2: Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila.

“I actually think that’s a pretty good sized stadium. What I want to do is sell that stadium out. If you can sell that out for S2, what we want it is as an incubator, as a chance to expose our product to people who haven’t been able to maybe get up

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Soccer Sunday: USMNT at 1, MASL Stars at 4

A kind of Sunday soccer triple-header opened this morning with the U.S. Women’s national team falling to France, 2-0.

At 1 p.m., Clint Dempsey and the U.S. men’s team will meet Panama in a match carried live on ESPN.

Then at 4, the Tacoma Stars conclude their inaugural home season at ShoWare Center in Kent against the Turlock Express.

Here’s a preview on the men’s national team game:

The U.S. Men’s National Team hosts Panama at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 8, at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game will be live on ESPN,

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Stars weekend: WISL team faces Oly in playoffs Saturday, MASL home finale Sunday

StarsMASLHere’s a release from the club:

The biggest weekend of the Stars season is near as the team prepares for Saturday night’s WISL semi-finals clash with Oly Town FC at 7:30 PM at the Tacoma Soccer Center and Sunday afternoon’s MASL home season finale with the Turlock Express at 4:00 PM at the ShoWare Center. Tacoma, who have been perfect through all eight regular season games in the WISL, are just two wins away from claiming the championship! In terms of MASL play, Sunday’s match-up with Turlock will be the last home MASL game for the Stars this season.
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AO Tacoma hosting US viewing party, Stars game

AOT0208Here’s a note from the group:

AO Tacoma will be hosting Derek Johnson & the Tacoma Stars for our USMNT viewing at Doyles, 1 p.m. Sunday. Doyles are selling match/bus tickets for the Stars MASL match immediately after vs Turlock Express in Kent for $20. AO Tacoma will be at the Stars match in full voice & color. Details are below & attached.

American Outlaws Tacoma viewing with Tacoma Stars leading goal scorer, Derek “El Tigre” Johnson

USMNT vs Panama
12:30pm @ Doyles Public House
208 St Helens, Tacoma
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MASL Tacoma Stars fall, but crowd grows

StarsMASLHere’s the report from the club:

Less than 24 hours after shutting out the Wenatchee Fire, the Stars had to quickly turn their attention to the Las Vegas Legends. The away side capitalized on Tacoma’s very short amount of turnaround time and have left Kent’s ShoWare Center as winners of a 13-3 game in front of 1,050 fans, a 20% increase over the previous home match. Three different Las Vegas players scored multiple goals to help the Legends win and keep their playoff hopes alive.
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Sounders return in generally health good

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid addresses some of the supporters who showed up for the first day of training at Starfire.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid addresses some of the supporters who showed up for the first day of training at Starfire.

The Sounders returned to training this morning, 55 days after losing the Western Conference final to LA.

The club was in generally good health, although with a few early absences including Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. Dempsey is away with the U.S. national team, while Martins and midfielder Aaron Kovar are expected in Monday.

Coach Sigi Schmid said Zach Scott had his scheduled off-season foot surgery and isn’t game-ready now, but should be by the time the games roll around in March.

“It’s a very quick turnaround, and we start up in six weeks,” Brad Evans said. “It feels good, though. It feels good to see the guys. There’s a ton of faces, especially with S2, so there’s a lot of weeding out to do. Everybody came with a great attitude today, and we’ll get back at it on Monday.”

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