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2005 News Archive

Nov 28 - Sounders defender and USL 1st Div Defender of the Year Taylor Graham signed with MLS Kansas City Wizards.

Oct 17 - As foretold by the hanging of the championship banner at Qwest Field yesterday, the Sounders today announced that they will again make Qwest Field their home for the 2006 season.

Oct 1 - First Division Champions!

Seattle Sounders 1-1 Richmond Kickers (AET: Galindo 73; Gorres 24). Kicks from the mark: Seattle Sounders 4-3 Richmond Kickers. Maikel Galindo's goal kept the Sounders in the match, and on his last touch as a professional player Scott Jenkins converted his kick from the penalty mark to give the Sounders the league championship. Congratulations to all of the Sounders for the championship! Your fans appreciate your accomplishment.

Sep 30 - League individual awards were announced at a media luncheon at Qwest Field today. Congratulations to Taylor Graham for being selected as Defender of the Year. The other awards went to Vancouver Whitecaps forward Jason Jordan (Most Valuable Player), Puerto Rico Islanders goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (Rookie of the Year), and Montreal Impact coach Nick DeSantis (Coach of the Year). Seattle's CJ Klaas was a finalist for Rookie of the Year (and we think that Brent Whitfield and Gabe Sturm could have been considered as well, especially if they had gotten more playing time).

Sep 29 - The Seattle Times reports that Leighton O'Brien suffered a hairline fracture in his right foot in last Friday's match, but plans to play in the final. The article also reports that assistant coach Jimmy Gabriel will retire from coaching after the championship match.

Sep 20 - The league announced some USL first division awards finalists today, including: Taylor Graham for Defender of the Year and CJ Klaas for Rookie of the Year.

Sep 15 - The all-league teams have been picked by a vote of the coaches and general managers. Selected to the first team was sweeper Taylor Graham and to the second team, goalkeeper Preston Burpo.

The Sounders finished 4th in the regular season with an 11-11-6 (W-D-L) record and will face the 5th-place team in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Sep 8 - Welcome Maikel Galindo! Galindo, a 24-year-old forward from Cuba, recently defected from the Cuban national team while in Seattle for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Galindo scored Cuba's goal against the USA, a match won by USA 4-1. Galindo is expected to see action against Montreal tomorrow evening.

Nine-year Sounders defender Scott Jenkins announced his retirement at the end of this season in today's Seattle Times.

Aug 18 - According to the Salt Lake City newspapers, Leighton O'Brien has been loaned to the Sounders for the rest of the season to make room for new players on the Real Salt Lake roster.

From the P-I on the defection of Cuban forward Maikel Galindo: Sounders have eye on Cuban defector: Galindo could help shore up Seattle offense.

Jul 12 - Portland Timbers 2-0 Seattle Sounders (Alcaraz-Cuellar 15, Antoniuk 59). Sounders crash out of the cup at the second hurdle.

Jul 9 - Gold Cup: USA 2-0 Canada (own goal 48, Donovan 90).

Gold Cup: Costa Rica 3-1 Cuba (Brenes 61, Soto 81, Brenes 85; Galindo 72).

Jul 7 - Gold Cup: Cuba 1-4 USA (More 18; Dempsey 45, Donovan 87, Beasley 90, Donovan 90).

Gold Cup: Canada 0-1 Costa Rica (Soto 30).

The USL 1st Div suspensions list shows that Billy Sedgewick will serve a 6-match suspension for biting Billy Sleeth during the Jun 21 Seattle-Rochester match. Sleeth already served one match for kicking Sedgewick in retaliation.

News flash from the Sounders: Leighton O'Brien will return to the Sounders on loan from Real Salt Lake. O'Brien will be with the team for both matches against the Vancouver Whitecaps. He will essentially fill the attacking central midfield position while CJ Klaas serves the last two matches of a 3-match suspension.

May 31 - The Sounders announced the signing of midfielder and Yakima native Jake Sagare. After playing for the University of Washington and the Sounders Select PDL side, Sagare played for the Portland Timbers, Grimsby Town FC, Halifax Town, and at the start if this season the Vancouver Whitecaps.

May 13 - From the Seattle P-I: Sounders' injuries continue. "... Chad Brown underwent surgery to repair a degenerative bone in his right foot and will be out at least three months...On Wednesday, the Sounders learned they would be without defender Billy Sleeth for an extended period because of a badly bruised tailbone."

Apr 29 - A Sounders news release says that with Preston Burpo still sidelined by a hamstring injury, tomorrow's starting goalkeeper will be Robby Fulton, a rookie out of Stanford and West Linn, OR. Fulton made the roster for the San Jose Earthquakes and is here on short-term loan. The news release also announces that James Ward, a rookie out of Seattle Pacific U, has been signed as a backup goalkeeper. A call to the front office turned up the news that rookie Brett Wiesner did finally sign a contract with the Sounders.

We learned that Costa Rican Franklin Chacon has made the team but won't play until visa paperwork clears. That takes longer than it used to thanks to the Dept of Homeland Security. Chacon will be the youngest player on the roster at 19.

Apr 23 - Today's Seattle Times article says that coach Schmetzer has made his final cuts to a roster of 22, including 5 rookies, with Brett Wiesner holding a contract offer.

Apr 22 - The Sounders added several rookies to their roster page. In are two players we have seen in preseason matches, Jacob Besagno (D) and Brent Whitfield (F/M). Also in are Josh Hansen (F) and Gabe Sturm (D), both from Phoenix and U San Francisco (2003). Congratulations to the rookies for earning a spot on the squad.

Apr 14 - Deal finally done: The Sounders today announced the re-signing of midfielder Ben Somoza.

Apr 13 - The Seattle Times reported on the preseason injuries to Danny Jackson and Craig Tomlinson. Unfortunately, both are expected to miss the 2005 season. Also covered is the signing of defender Taylor Graham, who played for the Kansas City Wizards the past two seasons after playing college ball at Stanford.

The Sounders reported on Danny Jackson's MRI today, and the news is not good. Jackson injured his right knee in practice on Apr 2. He will undergo exploratory surgery on Apr 12, after which they will be able to estimate the extent of the injury and the recovery time.

The Sounders put out a nice report on day 1 of training camp. They report that Danny Jackson has been named team captain.

Mar 24 - Word out of Kansas City is that the Wizards have cut Danny Jackson from their camp roster, meaning that he is expected to sweep for the Sounders this season.

Word out of the front office is that two players from Costa Rica have been invited to the invitational tryouts, Franklin Chacon, a 19-year-old forward from the Costa Rican U-20 team and Club Sport Herediano, and Marvin Chinchilla from Costa Rican club Liberia.

Mar 23 - The Seattle Times is reporting that Leighton O'Brien has been signed by Real Salt Lake.

Mar 21 - It has been confirmed that Danny Jackson was called back to the Kansas City Wizards' camp and that Jackson is now with that team in Costa Rica. Also in Costa Rica doing some scouting is Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer.

Mar 14 - An article in today's Seattle Times confirms that Leighton O'Brien will sign with Real Salt Lake. The article says that compensation for the Sounders is hosting an exhibition match with Salt Lake, but word from the front office indicates it is probably be more than that.

Mar 9 - Veteran Brazilian striker Welton has signed on for a second season with the Sounders. Welton led the team in goals last season, and most of those goals were match winners!

Mar 7 - A surprise is the signing of ex-Husky C.J. Klaas. While Klaas was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS draft, he elected to stay in Seattle to finishes his education at the University of Washington. Klaas has been a regular on the US national U-20 team.

Mar 2 - The nats are coming! The Seattle Times reports that the Gold Cup group that plays in Seattle will include the US Men's National Team. The matches be on July 7 and 9 at Qwest Field. We suggest getting your tickets at the earliest opportunity to get good seats. At Qwest Field we'll see:

Mar 1 - Andrew Gregor returns to the Sounders!

Feb 24 - Jonathan Bolaņos won't be back. He has signed with the Rochester Raging Rhinos.

Feb 23 - The Sounders' first announced player this year is again Billy Sleeth.

Feb 18 - The Sounders put out a news release on their preaseason matches. It includes information on how to get tickets.

Feb 17 - Marco Velez reportedly signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders for 2005. Velez is a native of Puerto Rico. Velez will have to increase his card count to fit in with his new team!

Jan 18 - The Sounders draft picks are Brett Wiesner, forward, and Jeremiah Doyle, goalkeeper.

Jan 14 - The first pick in today's MLS draft was a local 16-year-old, Nik Besagno from Maple Valley. Besagno, a defensive midfielder, was picked by expansion Real Salt Lake head coach John Ellinger, who had previously selected Besagno for the national U-17 team. UW senior defender CJ Klaas was taken in the third round by the San Jose Earthquakes. Defender Tim Merritt from Gig Harbor, who played college ball at North Carolina, went to DC United in round 4. On the draft list but not taken were defender Scott Burcar from Tacoma (played college ball at U San Diego) and forward Will Weatherly from Bellevue (college at Santa Clara U).

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