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CCL: Sounders grouped with Whitecaps, Olimpia

CCLThe Sounders will begin CONCACAF Champions League as part of Group F, paired with the Vancouver Whitecaps of MLS and Olimipa FC of Honduras.

Here’s the news from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today learned its 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) opponents following Monday night’s Group Stage draw held in Miami, with the club joining Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Honduran side C.D. Olimpia in Group F. This marks the Rave Green’s fourth appearance in the regional tournament that consists of the top club teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Dates, times and broadcast information for all Group Stage matches will be determined at a later date.

Sounders FC qualified for the 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League after an impressive 2014 season in which it captured the Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Seattle previously advanced out of the SCCL Group Stage in both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 tournaments. In 2012-2013, Sounders FC became the first MLS team to oust a Mexican side from the tournament when it advanced past Tigres UANL in the Quarterfinal Round.

The 2015-2016 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League consists of eight groups of three teams each. Each team plays the other two teams in its group twice – one home and one away – with each group winner advancing to the Knockout Stage.
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NYRB’s BWP MLS player of week

LogoNYHere’s the word from the league:

New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for week 10 of the 2015 MLS season.

In the historic first-ever meeting between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC, Wright-Phillips rose to the occasion, netting a brace to hand the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory in front of a packed Red Bull Arena on Sunday night. With his two-goal performance, Wright-Phillips is now NYRB’s fifth all-time leading goal scorer with 33 tallies and is tied for third in club history in multi-goal games with seven.
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Schmid on what made him a Hall of Fame coach


On the day that he was named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked what he does well: What traits made him a good coach.

“As you get older, you become a little more calm and you don’t react to things as quickly to things, for sure,’ he said. “As a younger coach I reacted to things a lot quicker. For me the mainstay is about being able to fit the right pieces of the puzzle together on the field, make the pieces work, because it changes always from year to year. Like I’ve said to you guys a lot of times, one 4-4-2 is different from another 4-4-2 because of the individual abilities. I think I’ve been honest with my players over the years. Some of them probably claim that I’ve been hard to talk to, and they’ve found out maybe that that’s a little less so once we actually meet. I think being honest and showing them my passion. And I have a great desire to win. I always say losing is what motivates me, and winning is what sustains me. And so all those things together I think have allowed me to have some success. And you work hard, study, read a lot, you observe a lot, you learn a lot, you watch a lot. You can’t ever be afraid to take on new things no matter how many years you’ve coached or how old you are.”

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Keller talks about election to soccer Hall of Fame


Here is some reaction from former U.S. national team and Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Olympia on the news today that he has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The quotes are provided by the club:

On being elected to U.S. Soccer’s National Soccer Hall of Fame:
“It’s always one of those things that’s a huge honor once you really realize how difficult it is to get
into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. To think that everybody who has a voting right, and that in my
first year I get in, it is nice. You do your job in a particular way and you hope that people respect
what you have done and how you have done things — you don’t do it necessarily to get
accolades, but it is nice when people acknowledge what you’ve done and I am proud and

On his favorite soccer moments:
“I think the cool part for me is just really trying to be one of the first Americans to experience
different things — to play in the topflight in Spain, one of the first to really establish myself in
England, to captain a team in Germany. Then there’s all of the fun times with the National Team,
then have the opportunity to come home and finish my career with the Sounders, there’s just so
many cool situations. I look where soccer was when I left in 1991, to where it is now, it’s an
amazing growth rate. It’s cool to think that I had a part in that.”
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Jozy Altidore voted MLS Player of the Week

Here’s the news release:

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the first week of the 2015 MLS season.

In his highly anticipated return to MLS, the U.S. Men’s National Team forward did not disappoint, finding the back of the net twice to lead Toronto FC to a 3-1 win over Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Saturday. The two goals scored in Vancouver marked Altidore’s first in MLS since 2008, when the striker was with the New York Red Bulls.

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Evans: “I don’t think players were in the right mindset last year;” this team different


Sounders captain Brad Evans had some interesting things to say today about the mindset of the club now and last season.

“I don’t think players were in the right mindset last year,” he said. “We had a lot of rotation last year. We had a little bit of commiserating in the locker room when things weren’t going well, and this year’s a lot different. I think that we’ve stuck together as a team. And we know that now there’s a final tournament at the end of the year. We’ve achieved to trophies so far, which I think is phenomenal. I think we’re coming into the playoffs different than we were last year. … But last year at this point in the season I was saying the exact same thing: ‘We’ve got a big one this weekend.’ The matter of fact is tomorrow’s a big one, and that’s it.”

On if the team is more relaxed: There’s a little more calm around as opposed to last year. Last year we were going in and we hadn’t won for eight games or whatever. Then a played a team in Portland that was flying at that point.

On the team being hungry: I think we’ve achieved a lot this year, but think the guys are still hungry. … That’s a mindset that we’ve got to keep going. If we want to achieve something that a team’s never done it starts tomorrow.


Pappa player of week: “Feels great for sure”


Seattle midfielder Marco Pappa was named MLS player of the week today after scoring both goals Saturday in the Sounders’ 2-0 win over Los Angeles. The win clinched the club’s first Supporters Shield.

“It feels great for sure,” Pappa said today after training.

Here’s the report from the league:

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 33 of the 2014 MLS regular season.

Pappa scored both goals in the Sounders’ Supporters’ Shield clinching 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy in the final minutes of the game on Saturday.
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Sounders “all happy,” but want more

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say after they clinched Supporters Shield with a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy:

On the match:

“I am going to take what we just did today as a champion of the league. For the fact we know the MLS Cup Playoffs are soon so we have to continue to train as we normally do and get ready for the playoffs.”

On his assist on the Papa goal:
“When I hold the ball, you know I can see my teammates. He’s not really

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