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2009 News Archive

Dec 30 - Seattle Soccer Examiner interview: Stephen King ready for second season as a Sounder.

From Goal.com: Give & go: Sounders FC 'keeper Kasey Keller.

From Sounders FC: Zakuani up in down time, and 10 things to watch in 2010.

From the Seattle Times: Fanatomy | Part 5: Record-setting first season puts Sounders FC fans on world's soccer map.

Dec 27 - The Sounders at Heart series of player reviews continues: Osvaldo Alonso - Holding mid, or something more?

From Seattle Soccer Examiner: Steve Zakuani talks about rookie season, shoulder surgery, union stance.

From the Times: Sounders FC player Brad Evans wants World Cup spot.

Dec 23 - Another travel report from goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra: More from Germany.

Sounder at Heart's inovative idea for player salaries is intriguing: Scrapping the designated player rule.

Prost Amerika report: Brad Evans postpones honeymoon for America.

Dec 22 - Brad Evans has been called up to the national team again: Bradley calls 30 players to begin training camp on Jan. 4 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. USA will host Honduras in a friendly there on Jan 23.

The Sounders FC announced some fixtures that will occur during their preseason training at La Manga, Spain. They will compete in the La Manga Cup, opening with Norwegian champions FK Rosenborg on Feb 18. Two more matches over the next week will pair the Sounders with opponents from Denmark, Russia, or Norway. Today's Sounders FC news release has a bit more detail.

From Goal.com: Give & go: Seattle Sounders FC announcer Kevin Calabro.

Seattle Soccer Examiner recaps the 2009 season: 2009 in review: Seattle Sounders FC.

Where's Freddie? Enjoying Sweden.

Dec 20 - Sounder at Heart doesn't like the idea of guaranteed salaries: Guaranteed contracts are death in a salary cap league.

The Times blog has an update with some interesting details: Following up on Sounders FC and CBA talks.

Sounders FC are keeping mum about this weekend's invitational tryouts in Vegas, but a nicely written report leaked out from the blog of a late invitee, UCLA defender Sean Alvarado: The road to becoming a pro – day 1; Day two.

From MLSnet: Sounders FC focus on offseason strength program: Seattle aims to increase team speed, strength, quickness for 2010 season.

Dec 18 - Seattle Times interviews the Sounders FC players representatives: Sounders FC players fear a lockout in February.

A nice interview of assistant coach Brian Schmetzer from Soccer Hype: Seattle Sounders FC looks to continue success in 2010 MLS season.

Sounder at Heart continue their series of player evaluations: Leo Gonzalez - Answering the left back dilemma.

Dec 17 - Kasey Keller's blog, Kasey's Last Line, has his perspective on player-league negotiations: The off season continues. He has thoughts regarding next season in a Soccer 365 article: Keller: Seattle '1-2' players away.

Dec 15 - Goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra reports from Europe: 1899 Hoffenheim.

Catching up with some fan blogs, Seattle Sounders Offside take a humorous look at team chemistry: More male bonding: The Sounders guys do a preseason trip, and this is how it plays out.

Sounder at Heart have been publishing a series of insightful player reviews, beginning with low-minute players and now reaching the starting defenders. Here is the series to date:

Dec 11 - Sounder at Heart examines scouting in MLS: Scouting matters.

Dec 10 - MLSnet focuses on the Sounders: Sounders FC set records in year one Seattle's gambles pay off in successful expansion season, and Five big questions for Seattle Sounders FC.

From the club: Coaches in Europe, episode 2.

From the Lodi News-Sentinel, we learn that Patrick Ianni recently got married: Ianni's life is changed, but not his hometown.

Prost Amerika collected some quotes from yesterday's Q&A with the GM at the Seattle Times web site: Hanauer: CONCACAF is a personal and team priority. The Times has a few other questions answered: Chat with Sounders FC GM Adrian Hanauer covers future on, and off, the pitch.

Dec 8 - Seattle Soccer Examiner has been following reports from negotiations between MLS and the players' union over a new collective bargaining agreement: Major League Soccer players strike? Players and league far apart so far.

Dec 7 - We didn't really expect that Freddie Ljungberg would play for Arsenal, but manager Arsene Wenger has completely quashed that old rumor.

From Sounders FC, fitness coach David Tenney reports on his visit to Europe: Coaches in Europe, episode 1.

Dec 6 - The Times reports on yesterday's fan-organized goobye party: Sounders FC fans get together to say adieu to Le Toux.

Dec 4 - Sounders FC handed out their player awards at the party for season ticket holders last night at Qwest. Kasey Keller was named Most Valuable Player, Tyrone Marshall Defender of the Year, Fredy Montero Golden Boot, and Taylor Graham Humanitarian of the Year.

The American Soccer Report handed out grades: MLS Western Conference report card and MLS Eastern Conference report card.

Dec 3 - Sounders FC have confirmed that they have opened up the lower ring of the upper deck for 2010 season ticket sales. That ring was used for the MLS Cup final.

From MLSnet: KICKIN' BACK with Tyrone Marshall: Seattle Sounders FC defender chats about who he admires most, and more.

Seattle Soccer Examiner has a Q&A with the GM: Ask Adrian: Sounders GM gives hints about 2010 season.

Dec 1 - The club reports that Alan Hinton will be honored as one of the all-time best XI at Derby County: Sounders FC analyst a legend at Derby County.

Nov 30 - MLSnet checks in on Taylor Graham's community service work: Seattle's Graham makes giving back a priority: Sounders FC honor defender with Humanitarian of the Year award.

Nov 26 - Happy Thanksgiving. We suspect that when people think about what they are thankful for, tens of thousands will include the 2009 Sounders on their list. Ready for some emotional entries for today? Seattle Offside posted a heart-felt tribute: The post where we let ourselves grieve over losing Séba. Seattle Soccer Examiner has a link to a great YouTube video and an interview with the producer: Sounders FC real-life military march video causing a buzz with fans.

Nov 25 - The Sounders today waived Michael Fucito, Evan Brown and Lamar Neagle. All three were on the developmental roster and did not see action in any MLS matches. The complete list for today's waiver draft includes Kent native and ex-Husky Ely Allen. Just one player was picked up, with Real Salt lake taking forward Abe Thompson from the waiver list.

Reuters has a report on the perspective of the players' union in negotiations for the collective bargaining agreement: Players want big changes in MLS league structure: union.

The Philadelphia Union took M/F Sebastien Le Toux in the expansion draft. He went down in history as the first player signed by the Seattle MLS franchise. This may be a tough move for Seba -- he seemed quite content with island life on Puget Sound. We thank Seba for many memorable moments in his years with the USL and MLS Sounders, and for always being kind to the fans. Coverage of the results:

In an interview by the Vancouver Sun, Drew Carey calls VAN-SEA-POR a future triangle of death for MLS visitors, and he advises the new Canadian franchise to listen to their fans, something that the USL Whitecaps have not always done well. The Whitecaps have decided to keep their moniker when they enter MLS in 2011.

Sounders goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra and fitness coach David Tenney are headed to Germany and The Netherlands, respectively, to observe European training techniques.

More post-Cup reports:

Nov 23 - Protected lists were released today for Wednesday's Philadelphia Union Expansion Draft. Seattle protected Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Nate Jaqua, Kasey Keller, Freddie Ljungberg, Tyrone Marshall, Fredy Montero, and Steve Zakuani. Zakuani was graduated from the Generation adidas program, probably because he started a lot of matches this year, therefore he had to be protected. The exposed players include the rest of the final roster.

From MLSnet: Union to select from unprotected players: Philadelphia to pick first 10 members in MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday.

MLS Cup wrap-up:

Nov 22 - MLS Cup Final: Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - 1 Real Salt Lake (AET: Magee 41; Findley 64; SL win kicks from the mark 5-4). It was an entertaining, well-officiated match. LA scored late in the first half, Salt Lake tied it up midway in the second, and that was it until kicks from the penalty mark, won by Salt Lake in the seventh round. Salt Lake can call themselves MLS Champions for a year. Attendance was outstanding at 46,011, and not one drop of rain fell on the match.

Tomorrow at noon Seattle time teams' protected lists (11 players) are due at MLS headquarters. Philadelphia Union take 10 in the expansion draft on Wed. Expect them to take one from the Sounders, who exceeded all expectations as an expansion team this year.

Nov 21 - One day ahead of the MLS Cup final:

Nov 20 - Two days ahead of the MLS Cup final:

Nov 18 - From Soccer By Ives: SBI's 2009 MLS Rookie Best XI. Steve Zakuani is in there, of course.

Nov 17 - From Goal.com: Seattle Sounders: What happened in 2009? With a U.S. Open Cup trophy and a trip to the post-season to their credit, Goal.com's John Zielonka reviews Seattle's inaugural MLS season and what's in store for the future.

The collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the players' union will be a hot topic for the next few months. Garber addressed the issue in his State of the League Address yesterday. USA Today has an update: MLS, players see tough road ahead to avoid work stoppage.

From Reuters: U.S. seeing emergence of real fan culture, says Garber.

Nov 16 - MLS announced the players voted to the best XI: MLS announces 2009 Best XI. Freddie Ljungberg was included, and there is just one player who will be competing in the MLS Cup final, Landon Donovan from LA.

Soccer By Ives announced Galarcep's picks, and he went three teams deep: SBI's 2009 MLS Best XI. First Team: Colombians Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Second Team: Freddie Ljungberg. Third Team: Osvaldo Alonso, Tyrone Marshall, and Kasey Keller.

From the league, the State of the League Address: MLS Commissioner Garber talks MLS.

Nov 14 - Real Salt Lake claimed the other MLS Cup bench after a scoreless 120 minutes in Chicago and a 5-4 win in kicks from the penalty mark. It was a sad end for retiring Seattle native and ex-Sounder Brandon Prideaux, whose kick from the mark was saved and opened the door for Salt Lake's winner. Prideaux returns home now to become an assistant coach for the UW Huskies.

Nov 13 - The Los Angeles Galaxy qualified for the MLS Cup final in Seattle with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo after no goals in the first 90 minutes. The vaunted Home Depot Center was an embarrassment as the lights went out for 18 minutes once in each 45-minute half.


Nov 12 - Today was the season end meeting between the team and the media. Early reports:

Nov 11 - Today's articles:

Nov 10 - Aftermath:

Nov 8 - Playoffs, round 1, leg 2: Houston Dynamo 1 - 0 Seattle Sounders FC (AET). After another 90 minutes with no goals, Houston's Brian Ching scored in extra time to advance the Houston Dynamo to the semifinals.

Nov 6 - Two days ahead of the second leg:

Nov 5 - Today's stories:

Nov 4 - From the Tacoma News Tribune: Sounders' Keller a 'Godfather' in goal: International experience gives Kasey Keller rare status in Seattle.

The Vancouver Columbian (a newspaper that Seattle Pitch's senior editor delivered by bicycle for years beginning at age 10) reports that the Sounders have set up a regional youth training program in Vancouver: Partnership helps develop soccer players.

MLS awards update: MLS today announced Chivas USA's Zach Thornton as Goalkeeper of the Year and New England's Steve Ralston as the winner of the Fair Play Award. Kasey Keller had been in the final three for both. Defender of the Year, with Jhon Kennedy Hurtado a finalist, will be announced tomorrow. Soccer America likes Hurtado: MLS's best defender is ....

Nov 3 - Today's post-practice quotes from the Times: Sigi Schmid quotes, 11-3-09. And from the News Tribune: Sounders react to MLS honors nominations.

Nov 2 - From Seattle Times: MLS Cup to be played on Qwest's FieldTurf (explains why temporary grass would not work well in November).

Soccer By Ives has the league's list of finalists for season awards: MLS announces awards finalists. All three finalists for Newcomer of the Year are Sounders: Kasey Keller, Freddie Ljungberg and Fredy Montero. Keller is also a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year and the Fair Play Award. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is a finalist for Defender of the Year. Sigi Schmid is a finalist for Coach of the Year. The league's news release: 2009 MLS awards finalists & announcement schedule: Goalkeeper of the Year and Fair Play award winners to be unveiled Wednesday.

From the Sports Business Journal: Winning, rather than profits, drives Carey’s MLS passion.

From the LA Times: MLS needs more drama and passion.

Oct 31 - From the Crosscut: The Sounders play brave and bloody.

Oct 30 - From MLSnet: Five-a-side: Stellar substitues make the difference: Building quality depth at Qwest.

Oct 29 - Playoffs, round 1, leg 1: Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 0 Houston Dynamo. The regular season's two top defenses met and guess what, no goals. The series will be decided in Houston on Nov 8.

Freddie Ljungberg was voted MLS Player of the Month for October.

From Soccer365: Top 5 above & beyond MLS field cogs. Osvaldo Alonso is one of the five players recognized.

From Soccer America: Crowds down but they could have been worse.

Oct 27 - Today's practice notes from the News Tribune: Sounders finish work without Keller, Montero. Sore ankle for Keller, and Montero is reported as having a mild fever. Also mentioned in the MLSnet article: Seattle players are vets of playoff scene: Sounders FC roster has 65 games of postseason experience. More in the P-I: Sounders FC's Keller tweaks his ankle.

From the club: Show your spirit and help scarf the sound. The club will hang another 4000 scarves around Seattle.

From the News Tribune: Sounders get few shots, but suffer fouls gladly: Sounders FC finishes first MLS regular season with most fouls drawn, fewest shots on goal.

From the Times: Sounders FC brings some experienced players into MLS playoffs.

From MLSnet: Seattle's Evans has knack for knockout goals: Sounders FC midfielder's offensive punch rare, but timely.

From the UW Daily: UW's John returns home to rousing support.

Oct 26 - The league has posted the playoffs bracket and the complete schedule for the first round: 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule: Conference Semifinal series set to launch on October 29. Seattle Pitch has a playoffs bracket: 2009 MLS Playoffs.

Soccer By Ives has season awards based on reader voting: The 2009 MLS awards: SBI reader selections. Sounders won the vote for Goalkeeper of the Year (Kasey Keller, tied with Donovan Ricketts) and Newcomer of the Year (Fredy Montero). Voted among the MLS Best XI were the Colombians, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Fredy Montero.

Oct 25 - On the final day of the MLS regular season Houston beat Chivas USA to pull ahead of the Sounders into second place in the Western Conference. First-place Los Angeles are tied with Houston in points with 48,and Sounders FC are third with 47 points. The final match saw New England beat Columbus to claim the last playoff berth. Columbus win the Supporters Shield with 49 points, and the Sounders have the 4th best record in the league, just two points from earning the Shield.

Five teams from the West qualified for the playoffs, as Real Salt Lake were the big winners yesterday.

From Sounders FC: Sounders FC shatter MLS attendance records. Ticket demand for the first playoff match is so high that the Sounders have opened up 3000 seats in the upper level. Playoff attendance will exceed regular season attendance, which is opposite the MLS norm.

From the Times: Steve Kelley: Sounders FC star Freddie Ljungberg earning his money.

Oct 24 - Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 1 FC Dallas (Jaqua 61, Evans 84; Harris 14). The Sounders end the regular season with a win and an impressive 47 points and will finish second or third in the Western Conference. The result eliminated Dallas from the playoffs. Los Angeles won their final match to claim first place in the West. Chivas and Houston are each two points behind the second-place Sounders and play tomorrow to end the season. The winner passes the Sounders in the standings, but if they draw neither will catch the Sounders.

Seattle Soccer Examiner has posted a fan's leaked photos of the Sounders' dedication to the original season ticket holders: Sounders honor inaugural season ticket members with permanent display at Qwest Field

Oct 23 - News:

From the AP: Sounders buck trend of MLS expansion flops.

Oct 21 - So much news in this, the final week of the MLS regular season:

Oct 20 - From the Times: Sounders happy with season so far, but say there's more work to be done.

From the Washington Youth Soccer newsletter Play On, an interview with Kasey Keller: Emerald City icon.

More on Keller from the AP: Sounders GK Keller thinks 2010 won't be the end.

Oct 19 - From MLSnet: National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot announced. Sigi Schmid is on the ballot as a Builder, but the competition includes some well-known names in US soccer.

From MLSnet: Ljungberg wins MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 31: Pair of assists earn Seattle midfielder first MLS weekly top player award. Actually, he set up all three of Seattle's goals, but the first one didn't technically qualify for an assist. Goal.com echoes the sentiment: Goal.com's MLS Player Of Week 31: Seattle's Freddie Ljungberg.

Ljungberg has started a blog, Freddie Speaks Up, joining Kasey Keller, who started his Kasey's Last Line blog early in the season.

From Seattle Soccer Examiner, on Saturday's Man of the Match: Freddie Ljungberg comes through when Sounders need him most.

From the Seattlest: Weekend sports roundup: Sounders in the playoffs.

Oct 18 - From Prost Amerika: Absorbing it all the morning after.

Oct 17 - Kansas City Wizards 2 - 3 Seattle Sounders FC (Hercegfalvi 51, Wolff 53; Marshall 27, Levesque 69, Jaqua 76). The win qualifies the Sounders for the MLS playoffs. The Wizards were eliminated by earlier matches in the day. The final match for the Sounders at home will be a love fest between the club and the fans, with the result affecting playoff positioning.

Oct 16 - From the Seattle Times: Soccer franchises in Europe are noticing Sounders FC.

Oct 15 - From the Times: Win and in: Sounders FC wants to keep qualifying for playoffs simple. And a transcript of an web Q&A for fans with the coach: Exclusive chat with Sounders FC's Sigi Schmid.

Oct 14 - From the News Tribune: Expansion team Sounders near playoffs.

From MLSnet: West notes: Wild finish ahead for MLS: Teams bunched at top of standings mean intrigue down the wire.

Oct 13 - From Sounders FC: A crowded dance card.

From the Times: Sanna Nyassi aims to return stronger for Sounders FC.

From MLSnet: Playoff race set for wild finish: Nine teams in contention for remaining postseason berths.

From Prost Amerika: "If my country called, I'd go to South Africa" – Kasey Keller interview.

From MLSnet: Jaqua getting time in Seattle midfield: Move in lineup gives Sounders FC another offensive threat.

Oct 10 - From Sounders FC in a bye week: Sounders prepare for final playoff push. And a look at plans for youth development: A different developmental system.

The Seattle Times reports that Kevin Forrest, waived from a developmental spot earlier this year, was given a US Open Cup medal to honor his lone goal in one of the qualifiers: Kevin Forrest gets medal from Sounders FC. Two shortened training matches were held today: Sounders FC practice games, 10-9-09 (the reserves) and Sounders FC training game No. 2: The starters. Follow-up quotes: The importance of today's Sounders FC training games.

Oct 9 - From the Daily Evergreen: Kasey Keller dishes on the Sounders.

Oct 8 - From the Akron Beacon Journal: Former Zips star shines in pro soccer league, and: Q & A with former Zips soccer star Steve Zakuani.

From the Times: Sounders FC backup goalkeeper Terry Boss learns from Kasey Keller during practice.

Seattle Soccer Examiner posted an interesting report from a meeting of the Sounders Fan Advisory Network: Sounders fans could be in for some changes in 2010, says meeting attendee.

Oct 7 - From the Times: Sounders FC's Jhon Kennedy Hurtado relieved that Columbus penalty kick missed.

From MLSnet: West notes: Levesque an unlikely hero: Seattle forward making most of opportunites in MLS.

Oct 6 - From the club: Sounders FC inch closer to playoffs with historic win.

From the P-I: Sounders' defensive efforts drawing notice.

MLSnet has put up a collection of candidates for 2009 individual awards, called MLSnet 2009 Awards Tracker. Nominations were from a panel of expert voters, including some of the top MLSnet journalists. Sounders FC have more players nominated than any other team, with a nomination in every category:

From Soccer America: Rising star: Seattle's Stephen King.

Oct 5 - The Crew blog posted a great story, complete with photo evidence, about the missed PK on Saturday. It features Tyrone Marshall: "They broke the floor before the penalty..."

Remember when DC United goalkeeper Josh Wicks stomped on Fredy Montero after he scored in the US Open Cup final? The US Soccer disciplinary committee has given Wicks a 5-match suspension for Open Cup matches, meaning that he is unlikely to appear in an Open Cup match for two or three years. The report from the Washington Post: Wicks suspended 5 games.

Oct 4 - From Sounders FC: Defender Leo Gonzalez called in by Costa Rica. Given that the Sounders have a bye next week, Gonzalez may not miss any Sounders matches.

Oct 3 - Columbus Crew 0 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Levesque 36). The Sounders bagged a big road win, ending the Crew's 22-match unbeaten home streak. Long-time Sounders fans will be pleased that Roger Levesque scored the lone goal. The win greatly improved Seattle's chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

Oct 1 - From MLSnet: Seattle veterans point way during stretch run: Keller, Ljungberg remain in top form despite long regular season.

From the News Tribune: Gold Cup peak for Brad Evans?: His season has been bumpy after MLS title and earning national team spot.

Sep 30 - From the Times: Sounders FC's Fredy Montero scores goal for deceased friend.

Sep 26 - New England Revolution 2 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Joseph 51, 87; Montero 6). The Sounders grabbed an early lead on an amazing shot from distance by Fredy Montero, but they couldn't manage another goal while condeding two.

Sep 24 - From the league: MLS clubs' 2010 Home Openers unveiled: First Kick March 25 in Seattle featuring Philadelphia Union's inaugural game; All 16 teams in action on opening weekend. From the Sounders: Sounders FC to host Philadelphia Union in 2010 MLS First Kick. It is an honor to host the league's season opener for the second consecutive year.

Sep 23 - From the Times: Sounders FC's Brad Evans adjust to new reserve role.

From the News Tribune: Sounders listen to fans' clamor for tickets: Team to add seating for 2010 after setting league attendance records this year.

From USA Today: Drew Carey joins board of US World Cup bid.

Sep 21 - From the Times: Lack of playing time for Sounders FC's Nate Jaqua is due to a concussion.

Sep 19 - Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 0 Chivas USA. The Sounders failed to score in spite of a Chnivas red card in the 71st minute. Man of the match was Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton with some big saves.

Sep 18 - From Taylor Graham: More trivial trivia.

Sep 17 - From Sounders FC, talking about Fredy Montero: Man on fire.

From the News Tribune: Zakuani happy with path to Seattle: Steve Zakuani took an unusual path from England to pro soccer.

From the league: MLS to break during 2010 World Cup group play: MLS clubs to play each opponent twice in balanced 2010 regular season.

Sep 16 - From the Times: Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani is pleased with MLS rookie season: Former college star says he has learned a lot from Seattle teammate Freddie Ljungberg.

From Elias Sports Bureau, more analysis of the playoff race: Playoff picture clearer when accounting for games played, games remaining.

Sep 15 - Playoff analysis from ESPN: MLS playoff race tighter than ever. From Soccer America: Seattle leads crowded wild-card race. From MLSnet: Clubs jockey for position in stretch run. And statistics master Ken Roberts' amazing Monte Carlo analysis, updated daily: MLS playoff chances. The analysis says that Seattle's playoff chances, currently at 80%, would increase to 93% with a win Saturday, and would drop to 60% with a loss or 74% with a draw.

Sep 12 - DC United 1 - 2 Seattle Sounders FC (Wallace 54; Zakuani 5, Montero 84). A big win on the road. All of the goals came from 21-year-olds. The kids are alright.

Sep 10 - From the Times: Sounders FC players juggle jobs, bills.

Sep 9 - From Sounders FC, awarded by TheCup.us: Keller is Player of the Tournament.

From the Times: Sounders FC's Ljungberg talks little about plans after season. From the News Tribune: Ljungberg unclear on postseason plans.

Sep 8 - From the News Tribune: Montero shows marks of attack: Sounders go back to practice, and star forward shows off battle scars from their U.S. Open Cup win.

From Sounders FC: US Open Cup win means Champions League berth .

Sep 4 - The Sounders have been invited to next year's CONCACAF Champions League: Seattle claims first berth in 2010-2011 CCL.

Rumors about a loan of Freddie Ljungberg to Arsenal for the winter have shown up in two Swedish papers. From Fotballs Expressen: Ljungberg kan göra comeback i Arsenal (Ljungberg could make a comeback at Arsenal). From Fotballs Bladet: Träffar Wenger i helgen: Ljungberg lånas ut i vinter – blir Arsenal eller Chelsea (Meet Wenger in weekend: Ljungberg lent in winter - will be Arsenal or Chelsea). Chelsea is unlikely because FIFA just slapped them with a ban on signing new players for a year and a half. The loan would reportedly start on Jan 1, when the transfer window opens. Ljungberg would reportedly return to the Sounders around Apr 15, which is a week into the MLS season. The Seattle Times have an update: Will Sounders FC star Freddie Ljungberg return to Arsenal after MLS season? Team says Ljungberg is in London, and reports from Sweden say he's talking to his former English Premier League club.

Sep 3 - Aftermath following the Sounders' historic US Open Cup championship:

Sep 2 - US Open Cup Final: DC United 1 - 2 Seattle Sounders FC (Simms 89, Montero 67, Levesque 86). Fine play by the Sounders in Washington, DC brings the Dewar Cup to Seattle. Congratulations to the team for winning the cup! The fans are proud of you!

Aug 29 - Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 0 Toronto FC. The Sounders laid another egg at Qwest, but picked up a point as Toronto laid an egg, too.

Aug 28 - The Times and News Tribune blogs gave an update on trialist midfielder Terry Cooke, recently released from the Colorado Rapids: Terry Cooke practicing with Sounders FC, and Ex-England/Colorado midfielder Cooke training.

Aug 26 - The Sounders FC reserves, plus a few regular starters, played a 60-minute training match at Qwest against the Seattle Wolves. The Sounders won 3-0 with goals from Patrick Ianni, Sanna Nyassi and Michael Fucito. The Seattle Wolves posted a match report.

From the club: Levesque caps long journey back to MLS.

USOpenCup.com named Sebastien Le Toux the Player of the Round for the semifinals and posted an interview: Sounders' Le Toux lauded as Player of the Round.

Aug 23 - Houston Dynamo 1 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Cameron 36; Jaqua 70). Nate Jaqua got the equalizer against his 2008 club. With the draw the Sounders have won the season series with Houston.

From the Seattle Times: Sounders of NASL built the foundation for Sounders FC. And Original Sounders fans' devotion comes full circle.

Aug 20 - Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 1 New England Revolution (Joseph 21). The Sounders really laid an egg this match.

No doubt assisted by a lot of votes from Sounders fans, Steve Zakuani won Goal of the Week honors this round.

From US Soccer: USA bid committee announces list of 27 cities still in contention for inclusion in U.S. bid to host FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Seattle is, of course, on the list with both Qwest Field and Husky Stadium.

Aug 19 - Today's updates from the Times blog following practice: Schmid: Ljungberg won't play Thursday, tests negative for migraine, and Sounders FC practice, Aug. 19, 2009. Ljungberg will be rested both matches this week, and goalkeeper Terry Boss is out after suffering a concussion in practice yesterday. Ben Dragavon from the MLS goalkeeper pool will be the backup tomorrow.

From the Seattle Times:

Aug 18 - An update from the Times: Freddie Ljungberg seems OK. Medical tests are continuing, looking for the cause of the recent memory loss and disorientation.

Aug 17 - Andrea Canales from Goal.com wrote a nice one last Friday: The Sounders fans are anything but silent.

Aug 15 - Los Angeles Galaxy 0 - 2 Seattle Sounders FC (Zakuani 22, Montero 54). Steve Zaluani broke the Sounders' scoring drought on an attack, assisted by a perfect Brad Evans cross. There were three red cards in this match, but the Sounders only got the middle one, a second yellow card to Tyrone Marshall for a tactical foul. Surprisingly, the first red went early to David Beckham for a pointless studs-first challenge in the circle on Peter Vagenas. Vagenas later took the corner kick that led to the insurance goal by Fredy Montero, assisted by Nate Jaqua. This was the second road win by Sounders FC, and it pushed them back into second place in the west.

Aug 13 - From Sounders FC: Scott fighting for starting job. And: Graham removed from disabled list.

From the Times: Freddie Ljungberg speaks his mind about Sounders FC's recent play.

A report out of Colombia says that Deportivo Cali has sold full rights to Fredy Montero to MLS, which would be good for the Sounders. But reporters from the Times and the News Tribune queried GM Adrian Hanauer and the cryptic reply put the Colombian report in question, suggesting that negotiations may be continuing. Playing for Colombia in a friendly this week at Giants Stadium, Montero played the final 23 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Venezuela.

From the Auburn Reporter: Homegrown talent: Neagle earns a chance to play for Sounders.

From the Times: Family ties --- the O'Briens, not TV's Keaton family. Leighton and Ciaran O'Brien are now on the roster together at the Montreal Impact.

Aug 12 - From MLSnet: Levesque brings depth, energy to Seattle: USL holdover provides rare attacking option from Sounders bench.

Aug 11 - Today's practice notes from the Times: Sounders FC practice, 8-11-09. Moroccan trialist Reda Doulyazal has left the team and in for a trial is Oregon State sophomore Danny Mwanga, a big forward who was born in the Congo and went to high school in Portland, OR.

From the Times: Sounders FC coach searches for end to team's slump.

From MLSnet: Sounders FC aim to stop skid: Seattle veterans take lead in focusing team to strong finish.

Aug 10 - DC United president and CEO Kevin Payne threw down the gauntlet at the feet of DC sports fans: We win trophies.

Aug 8 - Real Salt Lake 1 - 0 Seattle Sounders FC (Findley 62). The Sounders were shut out for the third consecutive league match.

Times: Sounders FC's new defender adjusting to life in Seattle, MLS.

Longtime USL Sounder Leighton O'Brien has joined the Montreal Impact: Midfielder Leighton O'Brien joins the Impact.

Aug 7 - News Tribune: This year's friendlies may be difficult to top: Team ponders which clubs to invite next year, aims to meet fans' expectations.

Times: Sounders FC's Taylor Graham glad to be back on the pitch.

Aug 6 - From Steve Zakuani, in ESPN soccernet's MLS Rookie Diary: Chelsea game the highlight of the season so far.

From Reuters: Seattle's new team lifts spirits and economy.

From Puget Sound Business Journal: Sounders FC the envy of many.

From the Stranger: Why is soccer so popular in Seattle?.

Aug 5 - Friendly: Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 4 FC Barcelona (Messi 21, 41, Suarez 75, Rodriguez 89). A humbling experience for Sounders FC.

From the Tmes: Sounders FC's Freddie Ljungberg enjoys the quiet life in America.

From the News Tribune: Red, red wine goes to his head: Freddie Ljungberg traces his All-Star Game migraine to red wine used in a cooking sauce.

Aug 4 - From the Seattle Times: Barcelona star Thierry Henry was never a target of Sounders FC. And today's Sigi quotes: Sigi Schmid quotes, 8-03-09 - Gonzalez to debut vs. FCB.

Aug 3 - From Time: Soccer in Seattle: A new kind of football team woos fans.

Aug 2 - San Jose Earthquakes 4 - 0 Seattle Sounders FC (Own goal 2, Glen 54, Huckerby 78, Wondolowski 84). The path to Seattle's worst loss of the season started with an Osvaldo Alonso own goal in the second minute and turned south with James Riley's undeserved red card at 33'. The win gives San Jose the inaugural Heritage Cup.

From MLSnet: Sounders FC welcome Gonzalez to club: Costa Rican defender gives offensive punch to back line.

Aug 1 - From the Times: Leonardo Gonzalez joins Sounders FC.

Kasey Keller wrote about his flight with the Blue Angels: Once in a lifetime.

From the San Jose Mercury News: Seattle finds formula for soccer success.

From Prost Amerika Soccer: Nou camp brings back old memories for Taylor Graham: Sounders centre half targets Barcelona game for return.

From Puget Sound Business Journal: Seattle Sounders' splash debut spills over. Sounders chocolate bars. Mmmmm.

From the News Tribune: Ljungberg goes home from hospital: All-Star midfielder suffered migraine symptoms after game in Utah. From MLSnet: Ljungberg recovering from migraine: Seattle midfielder spent night in hospital following All-Star Game.

Jul 30 - From the News Tribune: Ljungberg returns to Seattle. The migraine was reportedly mild compared to the earlier one. From the Times: Sounders FC star Freddie Ljungberg expected to make quick recovery.

From the Times: Say hello to Sounders FC trialist Reda Doulyazal, and today's news. The player, also spelled Douliazale, is a midfielder, age 23, born in Casablanca and most recently playing there for Wydad Athletic Club.

Jul 29 - MLS All-Stars 1 - 1 Everton FC (Davis 26; Saha 12). After the 90 regular minutes kicks from the mark were taken as a tie-breaker, with Everton winning 4-3 thanks to three saves by Tim Howard. Fredy Montero, Freddie Ljungberg (captain) and Kasey Keller started, with Ljungberg going the full match. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado entered in the second half, and Keller re-entered after Zach Thornton injured himself. Ljungberg suffered a migraine onset during the match and was taken to a local hospital immediately after the match. Match reports:

From the New York Times: Q & A With Freddie Ljungberg: M.L.S. All-Star. The first question is, "So what the heck happened in the game on Saturday?"

From the Seattle Times: Sounders FC players Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado bond.

From USA Today: Sounders bring MLS success in Seattle.

From MLSnet: Sounders FC not following expansion blueprint: Expansion side represented by four players on MLS All-Star team.

From the Federal Way Mirror a reporter is converted: Sounders soccer: The beginning of a beautiful friendship.

From US Soccer Players: MLS mid-season awards.

Jul 28 - From Crosscut: Chelsea, Chicago: Sounders at mid-point.

From Sounders FC: Sounders ready for tough final stretch.

Jul 27 - From the News Tribune: Sounders take an All-Star breather: Schmid glad to give players a rest, but doesn't care for MLS all-star concept.

From MLSnet: MLS All-Stars converging on Utah: League's best looking forward to Wednesday match with Everton FC. The report from the Salt Lake Tribune has Ljungberg and Keller quotes: How do they measure up? Players say MLS stars could form a club team good enough to compete in some of world's top leagues.

Jul 25 - Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 0 Chicago Fire. The Sounders had good chances but failed to finish any. Freddie Ljungberg hurt his side by getting his fifth yellow card for a very bad dive (worse than Blanco's many dives) and then immediately getting a yellow/red for dissent. It will probably be a two-match suspension, one for yellow accumulation and one for red.

From MLSnet: Ex-Everton star Gabriel attending training: Former player, coach of NASL Seattle Sounders enjoying time with Toffees.

Jul 24 - From Sounders FC, with quotes from the GM: A winning culture.

Jul 23 - From the TNT: U.S. Open Cup bidding process leaves Sounders GM 'skeptical': U.S. Open Cup final goes to RFK, but Hanauer thinks Seattle's bid would raise game's profile. Hanauer's pointed comments provoked a pointed response from the DC United president, reported in the Washington Post blog: Payne responds to Sounders.

Rumors have been circulating regarding Fulham FC and Fredy Montero. A brief report from London Sky Sports claims some quotes from Montero expressing interest in a Fulham offer: Montero claims Fulham contact: Striker would be interested in agreeing Prem move. However, it would be difficult for Montero to get an English work permit without being a regular on his Colombia national team. Today's TNT article has more on the topic: Will Montero flee for England? Report in London says Seattle's leading scorer could join Fulham FC. A later update in the TNT blog says that Montero claims he is not expecting a quick transfer to Fulham: Montero denies English report. More Montero quotes are in the Times update: Sounders FC's Fredy Montero denies report he talked with English club. In our opinion, it would make most sense for Montero to complete the Sounders season and then seek a large salary increase either in MLS or in Europe. Lately, it seems like Montero is involved with about one controversy per week. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Two of those controversies resulted in critical goals for the Sounders. Professional sports is for entertainment, and Montero's controversies certainly lead to interesting news articles.

Kevin Forrest has signed with the Portland Timbers after being released by the Sounders FC. The announcement: Timbers sign forward Kevin Forrest. He scored a goal for the Timbers in a friendly with Bayern Munich II earlier this month.

Jul 21 - US Open Cup Semifinal: Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 1 Houston Dynamo (AET: Jaqua 89, King 94; Okinbiyi 32). It took perseverance to win this one, but perseverance was rewarded with a deserved win in this semifinal. Nate Jaqua's just-in-time goal against his 2008 team forced extra time, and Stephen King netted the match winner for the second time in two consecutive Open Cup matches. The final will be at DC United.

Ives Galarcep has an alternative idea for the MLS All-Star match -- pit the USA stars against stars from outside USA: The MLS All-Star Game that could have been.

Jul 20 - Coach Dominic Kinnear named the final six players to the MLS All-Star Team, and Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado are among the invitees. They join previously announced Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg. Articles:

The MLS All-Star match will feature Everton, and the squad will start by training at Starfire. From the club: Blues depart for Seattle. The All-Star match will be played in Utah.

Prost Amerika interviewed the GM after the Chelsea match: Hanauer stays level-headed through (nearly) unbridled joy.

From the P-I's Art Thiel: Chelsea fans show us newbies how it's done.

Jul 19 - From the Seattle Times: For Federal Way's Neagle, a memorable Sounders debut: Former Thomas Jefferson High player sees first action for Seattle against Chelsea.

Jul 18 - Friendly: Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 2 Chelsea FC (Sturridge 23, Lampard 35). Chelsea opened their preseason with a win.

Jul 16 - Sounders FC have released expansion draft choice Jarrod Smith after season-ending surgery. Smith had been on the disabled list all season and was never activated. Smith played for Sounders FC in two US Open Cup matches this year, but did not play in any MLS matches.

From MLSnet: Ljungberg: European players 'interested' in MLS: Seattle stars see Chelsea friendly as an opportunity for league to impress.

Jul 15 - From the News Tribune: Sounders stars Keller, Ljungberg open to having contracts extended.

From MLSnet: Alonso, Scott back in fold for Seattle: Defensive midfielder, fullback return to health ahead of Chelsea friendly; and All-Stars Keller, Ljungberg make Seattle shine: European soccer veterans turning expansion Sounders FC into contenders.

From Soccer By Ives: Five players Dom Kinnear should add to the MLS All-Star roster. On Galarcep's list are Osvaldo Alonso and Fredy Montero. Galarcep's mid-season rookie XI include Steve Zakuani: A mid-season look: Sizing up the MLS rookie class.

Jul 14 - Soccer By Ives analyzes the MLS All-Star voting: A closer look at the MLS All-Star First XI.

From Prost Amerika: 15/30 interview – Peter Vagenas.

Jul 13 - The MLS All-Stars First XI were announced today. If it had been all up to the online fan vote, the First XI would have been nearly all Sounders. But with votes from players, media, and coaches/GMs each having 25% weight, it was just Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg in the First XI. Other deserving Sounders got low votes from players and coaches/GMs. Fredy Montero was first in both the fan vote and the media vote. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado won the fan vote and got respect from the media. Osvaldo Alonso was second behind Ljungberg in the fan vote and got respect from the media. The three amigos are all new to the league and did not win the popularity contest. More All-Stars will be selected later, mostly by coach Dominic Kinnear, with two selections by the MLS commissioners. More:

Visiting the White House and President Barack Obama today were ex-Columbus coach Sigi Schmid, ex-Columbus players Ezra Hendricksen and Brad Evans. Columbus Crew were honored as 2008 MLS Champions and invited the trio from Sounders FC. Details: Crew visit Obama at White House: MLS Cup champions honored by President, take 45-minute tour. And: Crew reunite at White House ceremony: Schmid, Evans, Hendrickson, Noonan all make trip to Washington, DC.

Jul 11 - Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 1 Houston Dynamo (Montero 32, Ianni 46; Davis 12). The Sounders pulled to within three points of league-leading Houston Dynamo. The two sides meet again soon, Jul 21, in a US Open Cup Semifinal.

From MLSnet and a pissed off coach: Onalfo steaming over controversial PK: Wizards head coach vents frustration stemming from late PK against Seattle.

Jul 7 - US Open Cup Quarterfinal: Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 0 Kansas City Wizards (Le Toux 89). This match needed a winner and it went to a penalty kick, but just one, earned by Fredy Montero and converted by Seba Le Toux in the 89th minute. The Sounders will host Houston Dynamo at Starfire Stadium on July 21 in the semifinal.

From Sounders FC: Red, white and Brad.

From MLSnet: Young King key as Sounders face KC: Open Cup quarterfinal provides midfielder with opportunity.

Jul 4 - CONCACAF Gold Cup, first match at Qwest Field: Honduras 1 - 0 Haiti (Costly 76). Match report from CONCACAF: Costly header lifts Honduras over Haiti 1-0.

CONCACAF Gold Cup, second match at Qwest Field: USA 4 - 0 Grenada (Adu 7, Holden 31, Rogers 60, Davies 68). Sounders midfielder Brad Evans earned his first cap for the nats, entering in the 62nd minute as a defender. Match reports:

Another new signing for the Sounders: Draft pick Michael Fucito was signed, then immediately placed on the disabled list with foot tendenitis. From the News Tribune: Sounders sign fourth-round pick from Harvard. From the Times: Mike Fucito signs with Sounders FC. From Sounders FC on Fucito and Leonardo Gonzalez: Sounders add two more.

Well, we reluctantly report on another dubious allegation of sexual misconduct by a Sounders FC forward, this time an alleged incident from 2007, when Nate Jaqua was playing for the LA Galaxy: Woman accuses Sounders FC player Nate Jaqua of sexual assault, seeks more than $10 million. From the P-I: Sounders' Jaqua target of sexual assault lawsuit. From the Eugene Register-Guard: Jaqua's parents 'stunned' by suit: Eugene attorney Jon Jaqua calls plaintiff a 'troubled young woman'.

Jul 3 - From the Times: Sounders FC's Brad Evans playing for U.S. national team.

Jul 2 - Sounders FC announce another roster move, an experienced defender from Costa Rica: Sounders FC sign Leonardo Gonzalez. Gonzalez still needs a P-1 visa and a work permit, and he is with the Costa Rican national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

From the Everett Herald: Phil Andruss is 'The Man in the Mohawk'.

Jul 1 - US Open Cup Round 3: Portland Timbers 1 - 2 Seattle Sounders FC (Keita 43; Levesque 1, King 27). The Timbers were fired up by a sellout crowd, but couldn't overcome the Sounders' 2-0 lead. Roger Levesque is the Timbers fans' favorite Sounder, and Levesque stunned them with a diving header goal before the match was a minute old. The Sounders will face the Kansas City Wizards at Starfire on Jul 7 in a semifinal match.

From USA Today: 'Special edge' for Cuban defector Alonso.

Prematch from MLSnet: Seattle-Portland rivalry remains intense: Old USL-1 foes now seeing battles move toward MLS landscape. From the Times: Portland vs. Seattle soccer rivalry more friendly back in NASL days, and Portland Timbers fans take rivalry with Sounders FC to another level.

Jun 29 - From Soccer 365: Soccer365 Q&A: Sounders' James Riley.

From the P-I: Rivalry renewed: Sounders gear up for Portland next. Preview from MLSnet: Seattle, Portland meet in Northwest tilt: Area rivals go head-to-head in third-round U.S. Open Cup clash. From Sounders FC: Portland Timbers: Old foes.

Jun 28 - Seattle Sounders FC 3 - 0 Colorado Rapids (Montero 23, Jaqua 48, 68). Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero were part of every goal. The post rejected a Colorado penalty kick to help Kasey Keller earn a shutout.

Jun 27 - From MLSnet: Defensive effort fueling Montero's resurgence: Work on defense creating scoring opportunities for Seattle striker.

From the P-I: Sounders' Evans, Marshall go international in July.

From the News Tribune: Qwest seating increased for hot-selling Sounders: Team increases Qwest seating, which also is selling out quickly. From the Times: Sounders FC opens up about 4,000 more seats.

Jun 26 - The Sounders have added a new player: Sounders FC signs goalkeeper Terry Boss. Boss is 27 and was recently waived by the New York Red Bulls. He played for the USL-2 Charlotte Eagles in 2008. This roster move was probably necessitated by the lengthy recovery of injured Chris Eylander.

From the Everett Herald, Kevin Forrest on his next plan: Sounders waive Forrest.

From FOX Sports: Newest MLS franchise thriving in first season. Another telling of the success story, but done with great style.

From the News Tribune: Evans gets call to join U.S. team: Seattle midfielder becomes part of the mix for Gold Cup.

Jun 25 - The club today reported that Kevin Forrest has been placed on waivers. Forrest did not suit up for any MLS matches, but he played in the most recent US Open Cup qualifier and scored the lone goal.

Soccer By Ives has the newly announced roster for the USA men in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and it includes Brad Evans: U.S. Gold Cup roster announced (a closer look). Also on the squad is ex-Sounder Brian Ching. Seattle fans will get to see USA play at Qwest on Jul 4.

From the Times: Sounders FC midseason report: Early success, uneven recent play. The News Tribune blog has more quotes from the coach: Sigi gives Sounders mid-season thumbs up.

Jun 24 - From UnitedMania.com, a DC fan contrasts his experiences at away matches in Seattle and Colorado: A tale of two cities.

From MLSnet: Elias Sports Bureau 'Insider's Edge': Looking closely, there is a lot to like about Seattle Sounders FC.

From Sounders FC: Marshall called in by Jamaica. He will join his national team on Jul 1 for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jun 22 - From the News Tribune: Sounders' debut nearly pitch perfect: Midterm report: While on-field success has raised expectations, MLS has been stunning triumph in Seattle so far. From the Sounders FC blog: First half in review.

Jun 20 - New York Red Bulls 1 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Angel 40; Montero 45). Both goals came from embarrassing turnovers near goal. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado did not play, flying home to be with his wife and newborn son, Paolo Hurtado, born Jun 19.

Jun 18 - From the Times: Tyson Wahl finds a spot in Sounders FC starting lineup at new position.

Jun 17 - Seattle Sounders FC 3 - 3 DC United (Alonso 38, DC own goal 45, Montero 57; Pontius 34, Gomez 63, Seattle own goal 87). Seattle had this one all but in the bag when an own goal near the end gifted DC with a road draw.

A great story from Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley: MLS player Cam Weaver scores goals for stricken teammate.

In last night's US Open Cup Round 2, it was Sonomo County Sol 0 - 3 Portland Timbers. The Timbers advance to host Sounders FC at PGE Park on Jul 1.

Ex-Sounder goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has signed with the newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers: Keeper signs.

Jun 13 - Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 1 San Jose Earthquakes (Ljungberg 42, Montero 59; Huckerby 68). Freddie One and Fredy Two brought Seattle back to the win column. And no red cards!

Jun 12 - From the News Tribune: Ianni finally gets his shot: Veteran defender came via trade, only to watch from sideline.

From the Honolulu Advertiser: Family support helped Scott's climb to MLS.

From the Everett Herald: Coach wants Sounders to have 'more aggressive attitude' around the goal.

From the News Tribune: Former Jefferson High star signs with Sounders FC: Tacoma native Lamar Neagle had played for Seattle during the preseason.

From the Times: Sounders FC has seen lots of red this season.

From MLSnet: Schmid dismisses chemistry concerns: Sounders FC coach insists cohesion not an issue for expansion club.

From the University of Washington: Prideaux joins men's soccer program as assistant coach: Former UW and current MLS defender to start new position on January 1. From MLSnet: Back to school for Fire's Prideaux: Veteran defender announces decision to coach his alma mater.

Jun 10 - Announced today by Sounders FC: Sounders FC signs local product Lamar Neagle. Neagle is a 5-11, 165 lb. midfielder from Federal Way who just finished his college play at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Neagle spent time in preseason camp and had been training with the team of late. With three players on the disabled list, the Sounders don't have to cut anyone yet.

From MLSnet: Sounders FC seeing flurry of red: Handful of recent red cards have hamstrung Seattle.

From the Times: Let the Heritage Cup competition begin: Earthquakes and Sounders meet in inaugural "Heritage Cup" match June 13 at Qwest Field.

Jun 9 - Kent native and ex-Sounder Cam Weaver was expected to return home with the San Jose Earthquakes for a match this weekend, but his return has been postponed because he was just traded to the Houston Dynamo: Quakes acquire Wondolowski from Dynamo: San Jose trades forward Weaver for California native, draft pick.

Another local native and ex-Sounder, Brandon Prideaux, just announced his retirement from the Chicago Fire: Prideaux to retire following 2009 MLS season: Prideaux to end a 12-year professional playing career after current season.

From the Seattle Times: Michael Fucito returns to Sounders FC with Harvard degree. From the News Tribune: Harvard degree not a bad fall-back for new Sounders midfielder: After graduating last week, rookie midfielder Fucito embarks on career in pro soccer.

The club blog notes that Jarrod Smith played 55 minutes for New Zealand in a 0-0 draw with Botswana last weekend: Jarrod Smith - world traveller.

Jun 8 - The Tacoma News Tribune has a spot-on analysis of what ails the Sounders FC: Fouling and whining taint that fuzzy Sounders start.

Jun 6 - Chivas USA 1 - 0 Seattle Sounders FC (Lillingston 38). The Sounders outshot Chivas but couldn't find the net. More suspensions for next week, as Nate Jaqua got a yellow-red at the end of the match and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado got his fifth yellow.

Jun 5 - From the Sounders FC: Making changes.

From the Hong Kong Apple Daily (translated): Seattle Sounders shine in MLS.

Jun 4 - From MLSnet: Sounders FC missing Alonso in midfield: Seattle having trouble on defense without injured midfielder.

From the Times: Sounders FC's Nate Jaqua has found his groove. From the Everett Herald: Jaqua is Sounders' Mister Reliable.

Jun 3 - From the Seattle Times: Why is Sounders FC so good in its first year?

From Prost Amerika: The bizarre story of Taylor Graham's international career.

Jun 2 - An interview from Seattle Sounders Offside: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado loves Seattle.

Jun 1 - From Seattle Times' Steve Kelley: Nothing less than full speed ahead for ageless Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

May 31 - Jarrod Smith flies out today to join the New Zealand national team for the FIFA Confederations Cup. Smith has not yet played for the Sounders due to injury. Now on the disabled list is Taylor Graham with a broken foot.

May 30 - Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 1 Columbus Crew (Jaqua 58; Moreno 12). The Sounders won't feel good about this draw, their fifth in a row in league play. Freddie Ljungberg missed the goal on a penalty kick and Tyrone Marshall drew a red card two minutes into added time.

May 29 - Taylor Graham is still having problems with his foot, but his humor is intact. He posted an interview of some of his teammates, picking on them at every opportunity: Nine questions.

From the P-I: Sounders GM fires back at Colorado coach. Hanauer was responding to comments from Gary Smith: Colorado coach miffed at Sounders' playing facility. Smith in particular complained that the Starfire pitch was too small, but it is 70 by 110 yards according to Hanauer. For international matches FIFA requires 70-80 wide by 110-120 long, so the Starfire pitch meets those requirements. According to Hanauer, Qwest is 74 by 114.

From the fan's perspective, from Seattle Soccer Examiner: Hatred of Sounders helps their legend grow at warp speed.

May 26 - US Open Cup Qualifier: Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 0 Colorado Rapids (Forrest 61). Kevin Forrest's flying header was the difference as the Sounders FC qualified for the US Open Cup proper with a win over the visiting Rapids in a hard fought match. It was Forrest's first minutes in competition for Sounders FC.

Unfortunately, Taylor Graham has broken his right foot. From the club: Injury report.

From MLSnet: Ljungberg resumes training with Seattle: Sounders FC designated player recovering from migraine attack.

From the Seattle Times: Sounders FC's Freddie Ljungberg says migraine appears to be easing. Mentioned is that Jarrod Smith has been called up to the New Zealand national team and will fly out on Sunday.

From Goal.com: You asked? Seattle Sounders' Keller answers, part II.

May 25 - From the News Tribune: Expansion success continues for Sounders: One-third of the way through MLS season, FC Sounders still on pace for best record by an expansion franchise.

May 23 - Colorado Rapids 2 - 2 Seattle Sounders FC (Clark 25, Casey 47; Montero 17, Jaqua 76). The Sounders came from behind to earn a draw on the road. Fredy Montero returned to form with a nice goal and a nice assist. James Riley's crosses set up both goals. This draw, the Sounders' fourth in a row, is one you can feel good about.

May 22 - From MLSnet: Evans' versatility helping Sounders FC: Expansion Seattle using midfielder all over the pitch.

From the Seattle Times: Sounders FC's Chris Henderson can call Seattle, Colorado home.

From Goal.com: Quick kicks: Seattle Sounders FC forward Nate Jaqua.

From the Denver Post: Owners, players, fans make Seattle a sound organization.

May 19 - From the News Tribune, on Osvaldo Alonso: Sounder goes from Cuba to Seattle . . . through Wal-Mart.

May 18 - From the Times: Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl finally play for Sounders.

May 16 - FC Dallas 1 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Rocha 45; Hurtado 18). It seemed like Dallas were ripe for the taking, but after a 1-0 lead the Sounders failed to find a second goal.

From the Everett Herald: Sounders' Dragavon a traveling goalie.

The Sounders reported today that Chris Eylander has been placed on the disabled list and will be out six matches.

May 15 - Ex-Sounder and Bellevue native Marcus Hahnemann has been released by Reading FC, where he played in 302 matches from 2001 to present.

From the Everett Herald, on flyin' Hawaiian Zach Scott: Sounders FC defender has plenty to smile about.

From Sounders FC, focusing on the back line: Stepping up.

From the Times, on FC Dallas rookie George John: Shoreline native faces Sounders FC this week.

From the News Tribune: Sounders deal with foul issue: Montero, Ljungberg adjusting to physical MLS approach.

From Soccer By Ives: The MLS Quarter Pole: Who is on the MLS Best XI? Ives picked three Sounders, Kasey Keller, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Osvaldo Alonso.

May 14 - This week's Referee Week in Review from US Soccer has been posted, and as expected it covers the SEA-LA melee: 2009 Referee Week in Review - Week 8. They agreed with the cards that were issued, but say that the defender who grabbed the ball to delay the free kick should be been cautioned. They also suggest that the referee should intervene more quickly to help avoid a mass confrontation.

From MLSnet: Le Toux making most of opportunities: Seattle striker has made impact after being removed from starting lineup.

May 13 - From the Seattle Times: Sounders FC's Montero takes a break to go home.

May 12 - In what amounts to an admission that Tim Weyland's performance as a referee on Mothers' Day was subpar, an MLS executive VP issued a statement that Weyland's performance is being reviewed by US Soccer. From the Times: Official under fire is now under review.

From the News Tribune: Sounders coach, general manager rip MLS refereeing, and Boling: Pugnacious Schmid bonus for Sounders.

The Sounders are opening up the seats in the South end of the lower bowl that have been covered with tarps for all but the opener. From the P-I: Sounders to open up additional seating at Qwest. From the Times: Sounders FC will make more seats available at Qwest.

May 11 - Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley lambastes referee Tim Weyland with eloquence: Seeing the ugly side of the beautiful game.

From the P-I, day-after quotes from the skipper: Sigi not sorry about referee remarks.

From the Sounders FC blog: Hanauer on officiating - "Rest assured that we are going to get involved."

From the 90th Minute Soccer Blog: Major League Soccer: Attendance down, NY, KC, and Dallas averaging under 10,000.

May 10 - Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 1 Los Angeles Galaxy (Le Toux 22; Gordon 36). The Sounders hurt their chances with yet another red card, this one to defender James Riley for retaliation.

May 8 - B is for Barcelona. Confirming rumors that have been around all year, the Sounders FC today announced that FC Barcelona will play a friendly with the Seattle Sounders FC. The match will take place Wed Aug 5 at Qwest Field. Sounders season ticket holders already have a ticket in their package. The tickets for matches A, B, and C will be for Chelsea, Barcelona, and the MLS Championship Match, respectively. The prospect of both Chelsea and Barcelona is made all the more interesting because of this week's Chelsea-Barcelona semifinal match in the UEFA Champion's League, which Barça won with a short-handed away goal deep into added time. The announcements:

Sounder at Heart interviews ex-Husky and Sounders FC trialist Ely Allen: Galaxy starter, Sounders trialist Ely Allen.

Prost Amerika has a translation of a La Raza del Noroeste interview: Difficult times: Fredy Montero keeps his head up at a time of adversity.

May 7 - From the Seattle Times: Osvaldo Alonso has been a great find for Sounders FC.

From MLSnet: Schmid unhappy with embellishment: Sounders FC head coach disturbed by overdramatization of fouls.

May 6 - From the Seattle Times: Sounders FC's Fredy Montero is ready to play the role as a fan this week. Good quotes from Montero, telling his side of the red-card story. Apparently Montero has never before been red-carded in his professional career.

From Goal.com: The short list: Most valuable to their team. Kasey Keller is on the list.

Kasey Keller has a new blog up, courtesy of The End 107.7 FM, where he has made some guest appearances on recent mornings: Kasey's Last Line.

From the East London Advertiser: Ljungberg in Hammers injury revelation.

From Sounders sponsor PEMCO: PEMCO reveals Northwest Profile #26: 'I know I am, I'm sure I am Sounders FC Fan'.

May 4 - This has to be the best Sounders piece we've read all year, from Seattle Sounders Offside: Sigi finally gets the Freds to play together, and here's how it happens.

May 2 - Chicago Fire 1 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Pappa 68; Marshall 71). The defense earned this road point. Sweeper Tyrone Marshall scored the tying goal from a corner kick while the Sounders were a man short due to a Fredy Montero red card for throwing an elbow at the start of the second half.

From Next Season Sports: Conversation with former NASL Sounders gaffer, Alan Hinton.

May 1 - US Soccer has finally posted the 2009 US Open Cup format: 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup structure finalized.

Apr 30 - From Sounder at Heart: Asst Coach Ezra Hendrickson on Tactics in MLS.

From FOX Sports: Top five MLS rookie performers. Steve Zakuani is on that list, of course.

From the Vancouver Province, an update on the Parke saga: Waiting the hardest part: Jeff Parke finally can play after sitting out suspension over supplement.

Apr 29 - USOpenCup.com has a MLS qualifying bracket that ends with two of eight teams qualifying for the Open Cup proper. Those two will join the six teams with the most points from the 2008 MLS regular season, who automatically qualified for the tournament.

From MLSnet: Teen's dream: Brown taking attention in stride: Song from Argentinean fan serves as locker room fodder for Sounders FC.

Apr 28 - US Open Cup Qualifier: Seattle Sounders FC 4 - 1 Real Salt Lake (Le Toux 24, Nyassi 26, King 53, Le Toux 55; Johnson 32). Thanks to an offensive explosion, the Sounders advance to take on the Colorado Rapids in the second qualifier.

Apr 27 - From the Times: Sounders FC's Sebastien Le Toux adjusts to new role off bench.

From Sounder at Heart: Steve Zakuani: "No first team, no second team, just Sounders."

Sports Illustrated: Seattle keeper Kasey Keller chats about coming home, future of MLS.

Apr 25 - Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 0 San Jose Earthquakes (Zakuani 42, Evans 49). The wingers score to return Seattle to winning ways.

Apr 23 - From MLSnet: Seattle's 'Freds' struggling to find cohesion: Ljungberg, Montero having difficulty connecting in Sounders FC attack.

Apr 22 - From MLSnet: Zakuani still adjusting to midfield role: Schmid impressed with rookie's attacking skills, wants improvement on defense.

From Sounders FC: Midfield shake down.

Goal.com: Alan Hinton talks soccer.

Another from Goal.com: Canales daily: First impressions of Freddie.

Apr 21 - From the News Tribune: Brad Evans talks midfield ... and eye candy. We've been resisting the urge to post on the "eye candy" story, but the quotes Don Ruis got out of Evans are too good.

Apr 20 - From Goal.com: Montero already has eyes abroad.

From the Times: Sounders FC midfielder Freddie Ljungberg remains media darling.

From FIFA.com: Schmid's soaraway Sounders.

Apr 18 - Chivas USA 2 - 0 Seattle Sounders FC (Own goal 32, Chijindu 84). The Chivas defense shut down the Sounders in LA.

Apr 16 - From MLSnet: Unheralded Scott earning keep in Seattle: Little-known defender taking advantage of opportunity, sticking in lineup.

Apr 15 - From the P-I: Go 2 guy: Ljungberg quietly lives international playboy lifestyle.

Apr 14 - The Times reports that Fredy Montero will not be charged: Prosecutor finds insufficient evidence to charge soccer star Montero. We have been anticipating that outcome to the accusations reported originally by the Pee-Eye.

Apr 12 - From the New York Times: 30 seconds with Kasey Keller: A world traveler comes full circle.

Apr 11 - Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 1 Kansas City Wizards (Davy Arnaud 80). A red card to Kasey Keller in the first half put Seattle at a disadvantage, and Kansas City capitalized. The scoreless MLS start for the Sounders lasted 349 minutes.

Apr 10 - From the News Tribune: Are YOU part of the sellout? With their first five games sold out, expansion Sounders are envy of MLS.

From the P-I: Keller: Qwest as World Cup host is 'no brainer'.

Apr 9 - From Times columnist Steve Kelley: Soccer, the beautiful game, is hip in Northwest.

Apr 8 - MLSnet on the Sounders FC defense: Sounders backline yet to allow goal: Seattle has dazzled with offense, dominated with defense.

Goal.com focuses on Kevin Calabro: Seattle basketball broadcasting icon switches to soccer.

Apr 7 - The News Tribune speculates: Yes, the Sounders could win MLS Cup.

From the University of Akron Buchtelite: Former Zip Zakuani finding his way in MLS.

The New York Times blog has interesting details on the Jeff Parke saga: Vancouver does Parke a solid. It seems that when the Vancouver Whitecaps signed Parke, they thought his MLS suspension wouldn't apply to a Canadian team. It apparently does. The Whitecaps announced that they will honor the remaining four matches of the suspension: Parke to miss start of USL-1 season.

Apr 6 - The soccer pundits raised questions about Seattle's defense before the season started. Now they are singing praise. From Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy: Monday MLS breakdown: Sound(ers) defense.

A new blog piece from Taylor Graham: April fools.

A good read from CBC Sports: Ljungberg adapting to life in MLS.

From the Everett Herald: Road to Sounders has been bumpy one for Forrest.

Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney looks at the history of expansion teams: History puts 'expansion' label in perspective.

A Toronto Sun article reports on the outcome of a beer thrown at Drew Carey at Saturday's match: Carver needs to change TFC's system.

From the Seattle Times: Agent defends Sounders FC soccer star Fredy Montero. The article includes a quote from general manager Adrian Hanauer with advice to "have faith in our system of law and to allow due process." As fans, we hope to see Montero back on the pitch in Saturday's match. After all, his picture is on this week's match ticket.

Apr 5 - The Seattle Times blog posted a link to a song written and performed by a Seattle fan: A tribute to Evan Brown.

The News Tribune reports on Sanna Nyassi and the Sounders' Nothing But Nets humanitarian program: Sounder wants to beat malaria.

The truth about allegations against Fredy Montero is starting to emerge. The Times blog has a translation of an article from Colombia: Montero fell into a trap, agents says - en español. The Colombian article, en español: Fredy Montero cayó en una trampa, asegura representante del futbolista colombiano. Our suggestion for Fredy: check with the other Freddie on how to deal with the women. The team captain supports Montero: Sounders FC goalie Kasey Keller says team stands behind Fredy Montero. A News Tribune editor explains the process by which they decided how to handle the situation: A mere accusation doesn't mean an allegation is true.

Apr 4 - Toronto FC 0 - 2 Seattle Sounders FC (Ljungberg 15, Zakuani 45). In their first road match, the Seattle Sounders silenced Toronto FC and their fans with goals from designated player Freddie Ljungberg and #1 draft choice Steve Zakuani.

Apr 3 - The P-I has shocking new news on Fredy Montero: Sources: Sounders' Montero subject of police investigation. A woman has complained to police that Montero sexually assaulted her on Mar 22 and in another complaint that he was stalking her on Mar 31. There have been no charges at this time. The article indicates that investigation of the first complaint is continuing, while investigation of the second concluded that no crime was committed. An update shortly before noon explains that the alleged stalking was purely coincidental. Montero had been in the area with his host family to attend a high school soccer match -- the family's son plays on the team. The assault investigation has been sent to the King County prosecutor's office for review. No word yet on whether or not charges will be filed. Details: Montero allegations sent to prosecutors for review. This update from the Seattle Times: Sounders FC star Montero investigated in sexual-assault case. Apparently the family of the woman that filed the complaint took it to the media. Another update from the Times: Sounders FC's Montero under investigation.

Apr 2 - Soccer By Ives has posted the CONCACAF Gold Cup schedule: CONCACAF Gold Cup groups and schedule announced: USA to face Honduras, Haiti and Grenada. On the Fourth of July Qwest Field will host a double header with Honduras vs. Haiti at 4:00 and USA vs. Grenada at 6:00. Here is the CONCACAF news release: Costa Rica to face El Salvador on opening night of Gold Cup.

From the News Tribune: Montero makes it happen for Sounders: Colombian's scoring creates big splash with soccer fans in Seattle.

From the Times: Marshall adds talent, leadership to Sounders FC.

From MLSnet.com: 'Three Amigos' form Seattle's backbone: Montero, Hurtado, Alonso impressive in first two Sounders FC matches.

Apr 1 - From Goal.com: The Kelly Gray Column: The State Of Major League Soccer.

From the New York Times: New soccer team stokes Seattle's passion.

Mar 31 - Jeff Parke has signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps after the expansion draft choice could not reach an agreement with Sounders FC: Whitecaps acquire MLS defender.

Soccer America looks at attendance woes in the MLS: Expansion shrouds teams in trouble.

Mar 30 - Soccer By Ives: Expansion Sounders off to dream start.

From Prost Amerika: 15/30 interview - Steve Zakuani.

From the P-I: Everything's gone right so far for Sounders. From the Times: Sounders FC one of only two perfect teams in MLS.

It appears that Jeff Parke is going to sign with the Vancouver Whitecaps and play for a couple of months until European transfer windows open up again. From the Province: Parke deepens defence: Veteran MLS D-man leaves Seattle, set to sign here.

Mar 28 - Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 0 Real Salt Lake (Jaqua 17, Montero 77). Sounders are real. Nate Jaqua is a real nemesis for Salt Lake, making it six goals in six matches against them. Salt Lake seemed to have the better second half, but only Fredy Montero managed a goal, and a brilliant goal it was.

Mar 27 - The latest in the Jeff Parke saga is reported by the Times blog: Parke, team part ways. Let's hope the team gets good value for Parke by trading his rights elsewhere in the league. From the News Tribune blog: Saturday tickets gone ... and so is Jeff Parke. Soccer By Ives reports that Parke will train with the Whitecaps now: Parke leaves Seattle, will train with Vancouver as Sounders shop his rights. After today's practice, the Times blog posted Sigi Schmid's comments regarding Parke: Schmid on Parke.

Mar 26 - The Seattle Times with some quotes from the Player of the Week: Sounders FC star Fredy Montero happy to be playing in Seattle.

From MLSnet: Cuban defector Alonso turning heads: Sounders FC midfielder impresses coaches against Red Bulls.

Mar 25 - A nice article from a local writer at the Crosscut: The Sounders: full of talent and high ambition.

From the Seattle Times, on the Don Garber talk with media: Sounders FC fans' passion bowls over commissioner. From the TNT: Northwest basks in spotlight.

Matt Gaschk focuses on the defense from the first match: Defense off to a strong start.

Mar 24 - The Sounders FC today announced that Kevin Forrest, from Edmonds and the University of Washington, has been signed to a senior developmental roster spot. Forrest played the latter part of last season for the Sounders. His MLS rights were just waived by the Colorado Rapids, and the Sounders picked him up.

From MLSnet, a look at the whole MLS weekend features Sounders FC: Week in Review: Seattle slew: Newest MLS club announces presence with authority in debut match.

From the Times: Jeff Parke finally comes home to Sounders FC. From the club, a video with Matt Gaschk interviewing Jeff Parke and getting comments from the head coach: The new centerback at practice. More on Parke from the NY Daily News: Ex-Red Bull Jeff Parke feels maligned on steroid ban.

Jarrod Smith, on the Sounders' disabled list, has joined the New Zealand national team for a couple of friendlies: New Zealand bound.

From MLSnet: Ljungberg ready for Seattle debut: Sounders Designated Player set to return from hip surgery.

From the Times blog: Quotes from Sigi Schmid, 3-24-09. The coach has instructions for us fans.

More praise of Seattle, from a Bleacher Report writer: Spectacle in Seattle gives hope to US Soccer.

From Soccer America, on MLS expansion: Don Garber: 'We're a long-term play.'

From the Chicago Tribune blog, The Red Card: Garber: Seattle game 'brought tears of joy to my eyes'.

Mar 23 - Worth a read is Ives Galarcep's report after spending four days in Seattle: MMCB: Discovering the Pacific Northwest and why it's perfect for MLS.

Mar 22 - The News Tribune's John McGrath looks at the three-way local rivalry: Qwest-quake - and surrounding events - shake up MLS.

Seattle Soccer Examiner put together a great story from opening night: Getting Fredy Montero's match-worn jersey latest thrill for Sounders' fan.

Report from a fan, posted at Next Season Sports: A night to remember.

Mar 21 - From the Seattle Times: Sounders FC's Schmid has another celebration. From the P-I: Sounders got off on right foot at every level.

Ives Galarcap has the scoop on unsigned Sounders expansion draft choice Jeff Parke: Parke speaks out (Part 1), and (Part 2).

Sweden's Aftonbladet published a fresh interview of Freddie Ljungberg, translated by a local Swede here.

Tony Ventrella reports on yesterday's prematch march: A whole new ball game.

Portland and Vancouver MLS expansion news, with Portland being announced today:

Mar 19 - MLS season opener: Seattle Sounders FC 3 - 0 New York Red Bulls (Montero 12, Evans 25, Montero 75). The historic first Sounders MLS goal took only twelve minutes, with Osvaldo Alonso dishing a short pass to the arc for Sebastien Le Toux, who fed an open Fredy Montero for the strike to the lower far corner. Kasey Keller was called on for just two saves, both outstanding, en route to the first Sounders MLS shutout. The team deserve to be proud after giving the fans everything that could be hoped for in match one and then some.

In advance of the opener:

Mar 18 - Today's news:

On MLS expansion to Vancouver BC (announced today) and Portland (will be announced Friday):

Mar 17 - Vancouver Whitecaps chip in: The Vancouver investment team will announce a 2011 MLS expansion franchise tomorrow, according to the Vancouver Sun: Vancouver Whitecaps to announce they will join MLS in 2011.

Praise from Soccer America: MLS ready for a smash in Seattle.

From Sounders FC: 2009 preview: The players.

From the News Tribune: Keller, Eylander make Sounders solid in the net.

Seattle Soccer Examiner's third of three: Seattle Sounders FC season preview: Act III.

Soccer By Ives reports on some rhetoric from Sounders co-owner Drew Carey: Carey sounds off on Seattle, Galaxy and opening game. Ives' preseason picks for best XI include Kasey Keller in the first XI, Fredy Montero in the second XI, and ex-Sounder Brian Ching in the third XI: SBI MLS Pre-season Best XI.

Mar 16 - The club finally announces it after league clearance: Sounders FC signs Roger Levesque and Zach Scott.

Well, well, well. Jeff Parke is headed back to MLS after cutting short his trial in Belgium at RAEC Mons, according to Soccer365: Parke cuts Mons trial short. Although without an MLS contract, Parke's MLS rights are held by Sounders FC.

The News Tribune has an in-depth story on coach Sigi Schmid: An All-American soccer success story.

Soccer By Ives posted their first power rankings of the year, putting Sounders FC ninth out of 15: SBI MLS power rankings.

From the club, a look at all of the coaches: 2009 preview: The coaches.

Sounders preview from MLSnet.com: Preview quick hits: Sounders FC. And a comprehensive update from the team: Sounders FC news & notes -- March 16.

From the Everett Herald: Excitement builds for Sounders soccer.

From the Oregonian: Former Portland stars Keller and Jaqua ready for Sounders' debut.

From Seattle Soccer Examiner: Seattle Sounders FC season preview: Act II.

Mar 15 - The News Tribune has a 2009 MLS preview and a look at Sounders history: Name dates to '74, but Sounders of MLS offer new, faster game.

Seattle Soccer Examiner's Sounders forecast: Seattle Sounders FC season preview: Act I.

Mar 13 - From FOX Sports: Kasey Keller back home in Seattle to finish career.

We have a flyin' Hawaiian. The Maui News reports the signing of longtime Sounders defender Zach Scott: Maui High grad Scott signs with Sounders.

Soccer By Ives posted a list titled 2009 SBI MLS best XI international newcomers. Ives was generous to Seattle, putting Fredy Montero, Sanna Nyassi, Freddie Ljungberg, Osvaldo Alonso, and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado on the list.

The New York Times blog interviews the MLS commish regarding Qwest Field and league expansion: Q & A with M.L.S. commissioner Don Garber.

Mar 12 - Preseason: Sounders FC 0 - 1 Colorado Rapids (Casey 38). The lone goal came from a penalty kick.

Kurt Schmid, son of the head coach, has been hired by Sounders FC as a scout and assistant coach.

Mar 11 - MLS and Sounders FC now confirm it: Qwest Field to host league's 14th Championship Match on Sunday, November 22. The 21,000 season ticket holders are already holding a ticket (Game C) to the final. For comments from fans across the league, see Soccer By Ives: 2009 MLS Cup awarded to Seattle. From the Seattle Times: Seattle awarded 2009 MLS Cup.

From the club, on tomorrow's training match: Technical rehearsal.

The Times blog says that two more Seattle neighborhoods will be adorned with scarves on Friday: Another "scarf blast". It was Fremont/Ballard and West Seattle the first time.

Sounders FC focus on Steve Zakuani and Freddie Ljungberg: Gunners United.

From MLSnet: Ljungberg joins Seattle training session: Rehabbing designated player impressed with teammates' focus. At the end, Ljungberg speculates on what position he will play.

Mar 10 - Camp updates from the Seattle Times: Freddie Ljungberg likely to miss opener and possibly more, and Schmid close to setting starting lineup. On the Open Cup: Making sense of the U.S. Open Cup.

Trialist goalkeepers Ben Dragavon and Jordan Jennings are back in camp. Most MLS teams carry three 'keepers on their roster, and Sounders FC currently have just Kasey Keller and Chris Eylander.

Mar 9 - Sounders FC posted the happy news that on July 4 Qwest Field will host a doubleheader in the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup: Gold Cup Coming to Qwest. Note to US Soccer: We Seattle fans would sure appreciate a World Cup qualifier, too.

Club reports have the latest changes to the camp roster: Sounders FC return to Qwest, and Comings and goings. Gone after the Argentina training are Jeff Clark (F), Ryan Caugherty (M), Mike Fucito (F/M), Jared Karkas (D) and Evan Bush (G). Rejoining camp is 2008 Sounder Kevin Forrest (F). New trialists are Mike Randolph (D, cut by Los Angeles last week) and Tom Taiwo (M, from England). Injured players under contract but in camp for the first time are midfielders Peter Vagenas and Freddie Ljungberg.

The News Tribune blog looks at Freddie Ljungberg's first training day with the team: Ljungberg works with Sounders for first time.

Mar 8 - The Sounders FC front office has reportedly told a reporter that Seattle will indeed host the MLS Cup final this season. From KING 5: Seattle to host 2009 MLS Cup.

The MLS Players Union has updated their list of player salaries: 2009 MLS player salaries: March 2, 2009: by club. Seattle players range from $34k to $1.3M, the latter for the designated player, of course.

Mar 6 - From the club: The Sounders FC and Ljungberg return to Seattle.

From the News Tribune: Sounders gear up for opener.

GOAL.com's preview of the Sounders FC: MLS 2009 Team Preview: Seattle Sounders.

Mar 5 - Preseason: River Plate 1 - 0 Sounders FC (Lizio 84). Sounders FC shut out for the first time.

Freddie Ljungberg is due back in Seattle tomorrow after rehab following hip surgery: Welcome home Freddie.

Temporarily freeing up a roster spot for another forward, the club announced that expansion draftee Jarrod Smith has been placed on injured reserve due to a hip flexor: Forward Jarrod Smith placed on injured reserve.

From the Examiner: Watch out for Wexley: Sounders stuff around Seattle. A thousand scarves were distributed around Seattle today!

The club has put up a Scarf Seattle page, where fans are invited to send in Scarf Seattle pictures.

From GOALSeattle: Seattle: sleeping 'soccer giant' reawakens.

Another Jeff Parke update, from Soccer365: Parke on to Mons trial. After failing his tryout at Anderlecht, Parke is beginning a tryout with RAEC Mons in Belgium.

Mar 4 - Sounders FC arranged another training match for today, but again they were rained out in Argentina. They had hoped to play Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata of the Argentine Primera División.

Jeff Parke update from Yanks Abroad: Anderlecht nearing Parke decision. "No decision on him has been made." We suspect that if Parke fails to get a contract with Belgium, he will be interested in returning to MLS, but not to Seattle. In which case Sounders FC could trade his rights.

Mar 3 - Training match: Tristán Suárez 0 - 5 Sounders FC (Fucito 25, Montero 33, Evans 38, Scott 43, Le Toux 89). A 90-minute training match against an Argentine Primera B Metropolitana side.

Kevin Sakuda, recently cut from Sounders FC camp, has signed with the Montreal Impact.

From Soccer America: Seattle opener sold out. Good quotes from Joe Roth in this one.

Mar 2 - Camp update from the team, posted by the Times blog: No game vs. Velez Sarsfield.

The New York Times soccer blog features Sebastien Le Toux: New hope in Pacific Northwest.

Ticket update from Sounders FC: Sounders FC sells out home opener. The update says that seating capacity has been opened up to 27.7k for regular season matches and 32.4k for the season opener. Season ticket sales will be capped at 22k, meaning that fewer than 1000 are left.

Today's scheduled training match with Vélez Sársfield was cancelled due to heavy rain and standing water on the pitch. Tomorrow's opponent has been changed from Argentinos Juniors to Tristán Suárez from the Primera B Metropolitana league.

Kyle McCarthy at GOAL.com wonders how the Sounders ticket success will affect the rest of the league: Monday MLS breakdown: Too much of a good thing? His article also notes that today's roster trimming deadline really only applies to players under contract. Sounders FC currently have only 19 players under contract, plus the two Colombians who are waiting for international clearance and P-1 work visas. So they really aren't obligated to cut anybody today.

Mar 1 - From Soccer America: Sounders Mania - Back To The Northwest.

From Examiner: 2009 season preview: Seattle Sounders FC. Also: Qwest Field: In search of a soccer identity.

Feb 28 - Training match: CED 1 - 1 Sounders FC (Unidentified 53; Ferreira 43). A 70-minute training match against a team of free agents. Goal by Diego Ferreira, a trialist Argentinean midfielder, 23 years old. Also getting minutes was newcomer Ely Allen, the ex-Husky from Kent who was cut by the LA Galaxy earlier this week.

Feb 27 - Training match: Estudiantes de La Plata 1 - 3 Sounders FC (Own goal 20; Jaqua 46, Montero 54, 58). In this 70-minute training match, Estudiantes played a combination of first team reserves and youth players.

Bad news from the Times: Sounders FC's Taylor Graham sidelined by broken bone in foot.

From the Puget Sound Business Journal: Soccer's new Seattle Sounders outpace M's in season ticket sales.

Feb 26 - From the Times: Finally, Sounders FC arrives in Argentina: After 14 hours of flying, Sounders FC lands in Buenos Aires, prepares to play five exhibitions.

The club reports on day 2, with focus on the arrival of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado: Argentina day 2. The Times blog says team training staff diagnosed Taylor Graham with a broken foot, so expect him on the disabled list to start the season: Taylor Graham has a broken foot.

Season ticket sales are now north of 20,500, so there really aren't many available for walkups. The team announced that they will open additional end zone sections for the opener, allowing an attendance of 27 kbutts, but they are sticking with lower bowl only for the rest of the league matches, limiting attendance to 24.5 kbutts. The stadium holds 67 kbutts if the whole upper section is opened, but we're guessing that the team will limit seats and enjoy the "sellout" announcements. As noted in the Steve Kelley piece linked yesterday, the public reaction has been well beyond anything the team owners could have reasonably expected.

Feb 25 - Taylor Graham, nursing a sore foot, took time to write on the first day in Argentina: Greetings from Argentina!

From columnist Steve Kelley at the Times: Seattle embraces Sounders FC.

Steve Zakuani is planning to write a rookie diary for ESPNsoccernet. The first post is up: Adjusting to the pro lifestyle.

From the Harvard Crimson: Fucito Hopes To Make Noise with Seattle Sounders: Senior striker works toward MLS contract. Draft pick Michael Fucito is joning camp in Argentina after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Feb 24 - The Times blog has the latest camp roster changes. Out are Densill Theobald and 2008 Sounders Ben Dragavon and Kevin Forrest. In is goalkeeper Evan Bush from the University of Akron. Trialist defender Mandou Bojang is apparently not travelling to Argentina with the team.

Feb 23 - From the News Tribune: Sounders Argentina-bound after latest training victory.

Feb 22 - Preseason: Sounders FC 4 - 0 Vancouver Whitecaps (Jaqua 37, 39, Montero 66, 67). Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero have clearly earned starting jobs at forward, and today they got used to scoring at Qwest Field.

Feb 20 - Preseason: University of Portland Pilots 1 - 4 Sounders FC (Emory 63; Jaqua 4, Clark 32, Montero 71, Evans 75).

The Seattle Times blog reports that Sounders SuperSearch winner Vini Oliveira has been cut from camp: Oliveira, SuperSearch winner, no longer with team.

A surge of season ticket orders has pushed the total past 20,000. Simply amazing.

Feb 19 - The roster evolves: Now signed is second-round draft pick Evan Brown, a defender. Joining camp is 2008 Sounder Kevin Forrest (F, MLS rights held by Colorado Rapids). Gone are Lamar Neagle (M, finishing academics) and Kyle Schmid (D).

From the Seattle Times: Sounders FC players get first taste of Qwest turf, and Sounders FC Q&A: Tyrone Marshall. From the Seattle P-I: Sounders test home turf: Colombian defender Hurtado latest to join evolving roster. From the Tacoma News Tribune: Qwest Field is pitch perfect for Sounders.

Feb 18 - The Sounders FC have signed 24-year-old defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado from Colombia. Hurtado played in 2008 at Deportivo Cali with Fredy Montero. From the News Tribune blog: Sounders sign Columbian defender Hurtado. From the Times blog: Breaking news: Hurtado signs. From the club: Sounders FC Signs Colombian Defender Hurtado. In the USL years, Sounders fans were pleased to see the club sign players who didn't quite make an MLS roster. Now we get a player who didn't quite make the AC Milan roster.

From Sounders FC, focusing on new defender Tyrone Marshall: Defense not resting for Seattle.

From the P-I: Sounders FC to host English power Chelsea. Includes quotes from Adrian Hanauer about the state of the team.

Feb 17 - The Sounders FC announced a friendly against Chelsea: Sounders FC to Host Chelsea on July 18. Also from the club: SSFC Return To Seattle Amidst Buzz.

Feb 16 - Jose Romero at the Seattle Times has a roster analysis: A roster overview.

Feb 15 - From the News Tribune blog: SSFC returns to Northwest for week of training.

Feb 13 - Preseason: San Jose Earthquakes 3 - 2 Sounders FC (Johnson 7, 13, Amarikwa 46; Montero 11, 44). Sounders FC's first taste of defeat.

Feb 12 - The club confirmed the rumors: Sounders FC sends Khano Smith to New York. From the Times: Sounders FC trades Khano Smith to New York. From the PI: New York acquires Smith from Seattle. From GOAL.com: Red Bulls Boost Left Flank With Khano Smith. From the Times blog: Adios, Khano. From Bermuda's Royal Gazette: Khano: No hard feelings.

The Sounders FC blog looks at rekindling the rivalry with the Earthquakes, and it also has the latest cuts from camp: Sounders FC set to rekindle old rivalry. Cut were 2008 Sounders Danny Jackson, Leighton O'Brien, and Adam West, and trialists Kevin Guppy, Quavas Kirk, Ryan Pore, and Fernando Screpis. The Times blog has an analysis of the cuts: Roster trimmed down; Jackson, O'Brien let go.

Newly signed defender Tyrone Marshall played the full 90 for Jamaica as they played a friendly with Nigeria in London yesterday, ending 0-0.

Feb 11 - Preseason: Ventura County Fusion 1 - 6 Sounders FC (Aghasyan 13; Montero 7, Zakuani 9, 21, Jaqua 43, 44, Levesque 83). This was the Sounders FC's first preseason match open to the public, against a PDL side, and fans got to see a goal fest. The score is linked to a match report from a fan who attended.

Feb 10 - Second preseason training match: Sounders FC 2 - 0 Shandong Luneng (Nyassi 56, 75). Shandong Luneng is the Chinese Super League Champion. Over the two training matches, wing midfielder Sanna Nyassi scored 3 goals in 20 consecutive minutes on the pitch.

The club posted a comprehensive update on the preseason, talking about everything except Khano Smith: News & notes: 2/10/09. Regarding Smith, a report out of Bermuda says that he has flown to New York for a physical with the Red Bulls.

Acquired from Toronto FC for allocation money was 34-year-old defender Tyrone Marshall. Analysis by the Times blog: Looking inside the Marshall trade.

Feb 9 - First preseason training match: Los Angeles Galaxy 1 - 3 Sounders FC (Lewis 3; Montero 28, Levesque 84, Nyassi 90). Fredy Montero will go down in history as scoring the first Sounders FC goal, although it was just a training match. The goal was a penalty kick earned by Steve Zakuani. The entire starting eleven for both sides were replaced at halftime. Post-match notes from the Times blog: One last look at Monday's game.

Feb 6 - Camp report from the News Tribune blog: Sounders' Montero has seven-goal training day.

Feb 5 - From MLSnet.com: First XI: Taking down names: A look at players who could bring excitement in 2009. Included are new Sounder Nate Jaqua and ex-Sounder Maykel Galindo.

Feb 4 - Sounders camp moved to California. From the News Tribune blog: Wednesday report from California.

Feb 3 - The Seattle Times has good camp reports today: Sounders FC camp highlights, Day 10, and Sounders FC gets to work in California. The articles mention several new players in camp for a tryout. More camp news from the News Tribune blog: Sounders FC California roster, reaction.

From the News Tribune: Sounders off to California for phase two of preseason training. From the Ventura County Star: MLS teams arrive in county to train.


Soccer By Ives reports that the San Jose Earthquakes are bringing ex-Sounder Cam Weaver back from Norway, where he has been playing for Haugesund in the second division. A lot of Sounders fans would have liked to see Weaver returning to the Sounders, but at least we will get to see him for two league matches at Qwest.

Feb 1 - The Sounders SuperSearch final show aired today, broadcast live from the Starfire indoor pitches. The ten finalists were introduced, then the field was narrowed to four: Dallas Jaussi (by fan vote), Chase Mikkelsen, Vini Oliveira, and Junior Garcia. After some Jaussi and Oliveira vs. Mikkelsen and Garcia action, the judges (Adrian Hanauer, Sigi Schmid, and Chris Henderson) narrowed it down to Oliveira and Garcia. It was a treat to see the pair play 1 v 1, as both have the moves to take people on. The judges chose Brazilian-born Oliveira as the winner, no doubt partly due to his play in the 11 v 11 match the previous day. At 20 years old, Oliveira was the youngest of the ten finalists.

Jan 31 - Tryout match: Seattle Wolves 2 - 0 Sounders SuperSearch Finalists (Sturm 5, Rivela 32). Most impressive were the Wolves' Thiago Rivela (goal and assist) and SuperSearch finalist Vini Oliveira, who showed good skill taking on opponents and earning a few shots.

Jan 30 - Cut from camp were 2008 Sounders Kevin Sakuda (D/M), Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar (M), Kenji Treschuk (D/M), Youssouf Kante (M), and John Fishbaugher (D/M). The cuts leave six 2008 Sounders still in camp in addition to the four that were already announced as having MLS contracts. Still unsigned but trying for a roster spot are Ben Dragavon (G), Danny Jackson (D), Zach Scott (D), Adam West (D), Leighton O'Brien (M), and Roger Levesque (F/M).

Jan 29 - Expansion draftee Peter Vagenas had his arthroscopic knee surgery and expects a quick recovery.

Jan 28 - MLS released the complete 2009 schedule. The season kicks off March 19 with New York Red Bulls at Seattle Sounders.

Unsigned expansion draftee Jeff Parke is unlikely, heading off to Belgium for tryouts.

Jan 27 - Sounders FC announced the newly signed Cuban midfielder, Osvaldo Alonso.

Jan 26 - First trade! Sounders FC acquired central defender Patrick Ianni from the Houston Dynamo. Given up was Sounders FC's 2nd or 3rd round draft pick next year, conditional on whether or not Ianni plays in at least 20 MLS matches this year. Ianni, with a 6-figure salary, became expendable after Houston re-signed Bobby Boswell. With Ianni, Taylor Graham, and Tyson Wahl now on the roster as central defenders, the Sounders no longer have a critical need to sign expansion draft choice Jeff Parke.

Jan 21 - Training camp opened today at the new Virginia Mason Athletic Center, training grounds for the Seahawks. The camp roster in a nutshell:

Add central defender and 2008 Sounder Taylor Graham to the signed list.

Jan 20 - Sounders FC announced Ezra Hendrickson as the second assistant coach. Hendrickson recently retired from the Columbus Crew.

Jan 15 - Sounders SuperDraft picks:

FC Dallas took Shoreline native George John with pick 14, making him a first-rounder. Real Salt Lake took Tacoma native Raphael Cox in the fourth round with pick 54.

Jan 10 - Sounders FC have a fitness coach, David Tenney.

Jan 5 - Sounders FC are now adding to their roster again, after naming a head coach and two assistants. First of 2009 is a fan favorite from the recent Sounders seasons, goalkeeper Chris Eylander.

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