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July
15th

New look Thursday for Sounders Insider blog

Starting Thursday all of The News Tribune sports blogs — including this one — will have a new look.

The blogs are being moved into the main site from our blog platform. We are aiming to go live with the new site around 11:30 a.m.

To readers, the postings and stories will look largely the same and look better on mobile.

The main difference is in how you comment. You will need a Facebook account through which to sign in so you can comment on the blog. Otherwise, the content you’ve come to expect will be the same.

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July
14th

GM: Need another player that’s goal dangerous

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

Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey spoke today about the acquisition of midfielder Eric Friberg. But not surprising, talk quickly turned to a potential next signing, in light of the new MLS roster rules and the open transfer window.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

On another move: I appreciate the ongoing speculation. I understand why there’s so much interest. But we’ve got to be focused just on our team here in Seattle. We might ultimately do something, we might not. We’re going to look, but we’re always looking. Right now we haven’t had a great run of results. And again, we’re going to take a long-term view at what’s good for our team. But we need to be focused on the guys that are here. If that changes at some point, then it changes and we’ll adjust. But I think it’s important for us to remember now that the guys who play on the weekends are the guys who are on our team right now, and something that you read in a foreign media outlet or somebody that we made a phone call with, those are just conversations, they happen in normal course of business. It might come off and it might not.
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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
13th

USA ends group play with draw; Dempsey goes 45, Evans sits

GoldCup15Here’s a game report from U.S. Soccer:

After already winning Group A with its 1-0 win over Haiti, the U.S. Men’s National Team concluded group play in the 2015 Gold Cup with a 1-1 draw against Panama in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,467 at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

Panama was the first to strike with Luis Tejada working to find Blas Perez for the game’s opening goal. The U.S. responded early in the second half when Alejandro Bedoya crossed to Michael Bradley, who buried the game-tying goal, which was his second against Panama in 2015. The U.S. dominated possession following the goal and threatened with a number of opportunities, but had to settle for a share of the points.

The U.S. MNT has won its group in 12 of the 13 Gold Cups and with this draw improves its all-time record against Panama to 12-1-3 its Gold Cup record against Los Canaleros to 5-1-2.

The tournament continues for the MNT on Saturday, July 18, with the Quarterfinal match at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, against the third place team from either Group B or C. The game will be broadcast live FOX and Univision. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
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July
13th

U.S. aims for group play perfection vs. Panama

US Soccer Here’s an extensive preview from U.S. Soccer:


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Gold Cup – Group A
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kansas
July 13, 2015

U.S. MNT CONTINUES TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST PANAMA: After clinching the top spot in Group A with a 1-0 win against Haiti in front of a record-setting crowd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the U.S. Men’s National Team continues its title defense in the final match of group play in the 2015 Gold Cup against Panama at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

The matchup will be the second between the two teams in 2015, with the first head-to-head taking place in February in Carson, Calif., where goals from Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley secured a 2-0 win for the U.S.

It was just two years ago that Los Canaleros faced the USA in the Gold Cup final. Alejandro Bedoya set up Brek Shea for the game-winning goal and the U.S. won 1-0 to earn its fifth Gold Cup trophy. That win was the fourth in the line of the MNT’s current streak of six straight wins against Panama. In October of 2013, the teams met in the final match of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup. The U.S. had already advanced, while a win for Panama would have seen them advance to an intercontinental playoff with New Zealand for a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Panama held a 2-1 lead heading into second-half stoppage time, but Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson both struck before the final whistle, eliminating the Central American team from contention for Brazil.

This game is another high-stakes matchup for Panama, which currently sits precariously in second place in Group A with two points, one ahead of both Haiti and Honduras. A win forLos Canaleros would guarantee advancement; anything less and the team would need to depend on other results to determine their advancement.
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July
10th

Dempsey does it again in USA 1-0 win

US SoccerHere’s a game report from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Men’s National team clinched the top spot in Group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with its win 1-0 against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Clint Dempsey buried his second consecutive game winning goal to lead the team to victory.

After a scoreless first half, MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann subbed in Gyasi Zardes, who got right to work, assisting on Dempsey’s game winning strike in the 47th minute.
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July
10th

USA-Haiti meet in Gold Cup at 5:30 PT

GoldCup15Here’s an extensive preview from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Haiti
Gold Cup Group A Play
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Massachusetts
July 10, 2015

U.S. MNT CONTINUES TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST HAITI: The United States Men’s National Team’s title defense continues against Haiti on Friday, July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.
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