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2011 News Archive

Dec 30 - From the Times: Adam Johansson: "I wouldn't come if I didn't find Seattle a great club and a club where I can win something" (transcript of a conference call).

From Goal.com: Palermo target Alvaro Fernandez wants to play in a top league, admits agent.

Dec 29 - From Sounders FC: Sounders FC signs Johansson.

Another new player, all but confirmed, is Christian Sivebæk, a right winger from Denmark.

Dec 27 - News out of Sweden says that Sounders FC have signed right back Adam Johansson. He currently plays for IFK Göteborg, and has made nine appearances with the Swsedish national team. IFK have confirmed the deal, but the Sounders have yet to. This move will fill the Sounders' only remaining hole, previously occupied by James Riley, who was taken by Montreal in the expansion draft and traded to Chivas USA.

From MLS: Best of 2011: Levesque's dive the Celebration of the Year: Sounders favorite beats out Le Toux's dance moves for the award. And another: Stories of the Year, No. 9: End of an era: Keller's final game was a fitting tribute to a legend. And a third: Stories of the Year, No. 5: Portland vs. Seattle: The best rivalry in American soccer finally comes to MLS.

Dec 22 - Lots of questions, from Android app to vuvuzelas, all answered by Sounders FC: Additional Business meeting questions and answers.

TheCup.us has a nice article on the bidding process for hosting US Open Cup matches: Dollars & cents: The controversial US Open Cup hosting bid process explained. Other news:

Dec 21 - This is not confirmed yet, but Trinidad Express have a convincing report: Teenager Cato signs with Seattle Sounders. Cordell Cato is 19 years old and has played as a midfielder for the Trinidad and Tobago U20 team. He would be a developmental player for the Sounders.

From Sounder at Heart: Sounders Academy philosophy, structure and future.

From MLS: Best of 2011: Rosales a welcome hero for Sounders; Newcomer tops other moves as the Transaction of the Year in 2011.

From Sounders FC: Coach spotlight: Kurt Schmid - through his own eyes.

Dec 20 - The Sounders reported on their Las Vegas combine: Diamonds in the desert .

Dec 19 - Monday's reports:

Dec 16 - From Sounder at Heart: Big clubs are interested in Osvaldo Alonso: A test in Sounders fans' faith.

Dec 15 - MLS has been posting a season review for each team, and now it's Sounders FC's turn. Also: 2011 in review: Q&A with Seattle's Sigi Schmid: "There's got to be a real hunger" in 2012, says Sounders boss.

From Sounders FC: Coach spotlight: David Tenney - ahead of the curve.

Alliance Business Meeting recaps from Sounders FC, Times, Sounder at Heart, and a live blog.

Dec 14 - News of the day is the announcement of Mauro Rosales' new contract. More: The feeling is mutual: A symbiotic admiration built a strong bond between Mauro Rosales and the Sounders FC fans.

From Sounders FC: Sounders FC announces team award recipients.

Dec 13 - Digesting yesterday's player moves, from Sounders FC: Friberg transfer shows Seattle's philosophy, and Out of his hands: At just 30 years old, Terry Boss was forced to retire after repeated concussions.

Dec 12 - The MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 was held today. The Sounders this morning traded up to the first pick by swapping picks with Vancouver and giving the Canadians Seattle's third-round pick in the 2014 college draft. The Sounders took DC United left back Marc Burch with the first pick. The second pick saw New England take Sounders forward Nate Jaqua. Late in the draft Los Angeles took Sounders forward Pat Noonan. Twelve players out of fifty were taken, with Los Angeles taking six.

With Burch effectively replacing Tyson Wahl in the depth chart at left back, the Sounders have just one big hole to fill at right back.

Midfielder Erik Friberg has been transferred to Malmö FF in Sweden, reportedly to be back home near family as he and his wife are starting a family.

From Prost Amerika: The Marc Burch interview.

Dec 8 - Prost Amerika with a transcript: Gspurning: "It's a great town, Seattle is. It has a great quality of life.".

From SB Nation Seattle: Meet Michael Gspurning: The Sounders' goalkeeper for the next decade.

From Sounder at Heart: Heiner Mora to Sounders moving towards truthiness from rumor?.

From Sounders FC: Coach spotlight: Tom Dutra - a whole new path.

From Sounders FC: Hahnemann was too pricey.

Dec 7 - Today's news is led by the announcement of the first new Sounder for 2012: Sounders FC signs Austrian goalkeeper Michael Gspurning: Gspurning will be added to the roster pending receipt of his international clearance. Also: Nowhere but Seattle: A July visit had new Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning convinced that Seattle was the place for him, and Further notes on Gspurning, and No replacement for Keller.

Dec 6 - MLS announced a new match ball for 2012, the adidas PRIME, and they promise a more stable flight than last year's Jabulani.

From Montreal Impact: Forward Miguel Montaño signs with the Impact for MLS (as expected).

Dec 5 - The Sounders were unaffected by today's Re-Entry Draft, Stage One. Three players were taken from the list of 54.

Dec 2 - From Sounders FC: Terry Boss, a five-year MLS veteran and the backup goalkeeper for Sounders FC for the past three seasons, has announced his retirement. And another: Taylor Graham, Sounders FC defender and a seven-year MLS veteran, has announced his retirement. More: The next step: Taylor Graham had the opportunity to continue his pro career at the USL level, but decided instead to retire and stay in Seattle.

From MLS: Emerging MLS stars set for Generation adidas tour: Sounders FC defender Michael Tetteh part of 18-man roster.

From MLS: MLS names players available in re-entry process (updated).

Dec 1 - From the Times: Arlo White thanks Sounders fans as he heads to national TV.

From Sounder at Heart: Cascadia Summit 2012 canceled: Sounders eye friendly with Latin American team.

Nov 30 - From MLS: MLS announces players available in re-entry process: Players on offer in stage 1 of player redistribution process, Dec. 5. From the Sounders, Terry Boss is retiring due to multiple concussions, following medical advice. Nate Jaqua, Pat Noonan and Taylor Graham will not have their contract options picked up and are therefore available in the re-entry draft, unless they agree to a new, lower contract by Friday. All have had injury problems, and releasing them will free up about $290k of salary cap space. Jaqua seems like the only one who might stay with the Sounders, but only if he agrees to a substantially lower salary than his current $140k.

From the Times: It's official: Arlo White is leaving the Sounders for NBC Sports.

Nov 29 - From the Times: Sounders interested in Costa Rican defender Heiner Mora.

Nov 26 - From Sounders FC: Riley bids fond farewell.

Nov 23 - In today's Expansion Draft, Montreal took right back James Riley from the Sounders, then traded him and some allocation money to Chivas USA for forward Justin Braun and midfielder Gerson Mayen. Then, in a surprise move, the Sounders traded left back Tyson Wahl to Montreal for allocation money. Riley and Wahl, both picked up by Seattle in their expansion draft three years ago, had plenty of good matches while helping Seattle to a successful first three years. They will both be missed.

With regular starter Leo Gonzalez holding the spot he shared with Wahl, the Sounders' two biggest needs now are a veteran goalkeeper and a right back with the ability to help on the attack.

Montreal also picked three ex-Sounders from the USL days: Brian Ching from Houston, Sanna Nyassi from Colorado, and Josh Gardner from Columbus.

The waiver draft was held today, with the Sounders waiving nobody and taking nobody.

Nov 22 - From Sounders FC: Sounders FC to install new FieldTurf at CenturyLink Field.

Nov 21 - From Sounders FC: Protected players for 2011 MLS Expansion Draft. MLS has the full list: MLS clubs release Expansion Draft protected lists: Clubs release unprotected lists, Impact learn who they can choose.

From CONCACAF: Galaxy win sets U.S. CCL qualifiers (Sounders FC enter the 2012-3 CCL in the group stage as runner-up in the regular season).

Portland mayor Sam Adams: We lost the bet ....

Nov 20 - MLS Cup final: Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Houston Dymano (Donovan 72).

From MLS: MLS reveals 2012 conference-based schedule format: Clubs will play more in-conference matches, full schedule expected earlier this year . Also: Big changes for MLS Cup Playoffs format in 2012: Top remaining seed to host MLS Cup 2012; Conf. finals two legs.

Nov 19 - From Sounders FC: Sounders FC reveal new third kit for 2012 season.

From Sounders FC: Welcomed from the start: Mauro Rosales was a key addition for the Sounders in 2011.

Nov 16 - Kasey Keller's quad save has been voted as MLS Save of the Year. MLS Goal of the Year went to Darlington Nagbe, beating out a strike by Fredy Montero.

Nov 15 - A big honor for Kasey Keller: Seattle's Keller wins Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year: Sounders netminder voted the league's best in final season.

A first MLS honor for Mauro Rosales: Seattle's Rosales named Newcomer of the Year: Sounders MF's standout season overshadows Rodgers, Hassli.

The club has sent out an e-mail saying that the Hawk's Nest will be opened up for Sounders matches next year. That adds about 2200 seats.

From CONCACAF: CONCACAF unveils 2011/12 Champions League quarterfinal schedule.

Nov 10 - Kasey Keller was the lone Sounder named to the MLS Best XI. Soccer By Ives agree on Keller and add Osvaldo Alonso and Mauro Rosales to the first team, and put Fredy Montero on the second team: SBI's 2011 MLS Best XI.

From the Times: Sounders will exercise Erik Friberg's contract option for 2012.

From the Times: GK target Michael Gspurning gives interview to Austrian site.

Nov 8 - From Sounders FC: Compartment syndrome hindered Zakuani's early return. More in the Rave Green blog: Steve Zakuani on Mullan and support from around the league.

From CONCACAF: CCL championship round draw held in NYC. Sounders FC have drawn Mexico's Santos Laguna, while the Los Angeles Galaxy will play Toronto FC. The winners of those two series will meet in a semifinal series.

From the Times: Schmid covers dozens of topics in season's last interview.

Nov 7 - The Times has a transcript of exit interviews from Fredy Montero, Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales, and Alvaro Fernandez.

MLS announced the three finalists for each end-of-year award: MLS reveals finalists for MVP and other year-end awards: Awards season set to open with Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Included are Kasey Keller (goalkeeper), Mauro Rosales (newcomer), and Sigi Schmid (coach).

From Sounder at Heart: Steve Zakuani continues recovery, reveals compartment syndrome complication.

Nov 6 - From Sounders FC: The Federal Way: A surprising tale of a 24-year old midfielder from Federal Way, Lamar Neagle has proven to many his value this season.

Nov 4 - From the Times: Plenty of positives for Sounders in season that ended too soon.

Nov 3 - Thank you to the Sounders FC players and coaches, and to everyone in the organization, for another fine year. success on the pitch reached a new high water mark with a three-peat in the US Open Cup, the Cascadia Cup, advancement from the CONCACAF Champions League group round, and second place in the full league table. We all were looking for a deeper run in the MLS playoffs, but at least it ended with a strong match that came close to leveling the series. Thanks to Kasey Keller for giving us Seattle fans the last three years of a stellar career.

Nov 2 - MLS quarterfinals, leg two: Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 0 Real Salt Lake (Alonso 55, Neagle 61). The Sounders pulled within a goal on aggregate with a half hour to go, but could not find another. Salt Lake advance to the semifinals. The Sounders will plan for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in March, to be contested with the 2012 edition of the team.

Oct 29 - MLS quarterfinals, leg one: Real Salt Lake 3 - 0 Seattle Sounders FC (Saborio 41, 53, Grabavoy 88). The Sounders were totally outplayed this match, as Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando never had to make a save. Salt Lake, meanwhile, put a dozen shots on goal.

Oct 26 - From the News Tribune: Kasey Keller's career remembered. More: Lots of quotes from and about Kasey Keller ... even though his "achievements speak for themselves".

From the Times: Jeff Parke content after delayed start with Sounders FC.

Oct 25 - From the Times: O'Brian White: "I'm happy with the way I'm progressing.".

Oct 24 - From ESPN: MLS Top 10 Goals of the Year (includes one each from Fredy Montero and Tyson Wahl).

From News Tribune: NW teams 1st, 3rd, 6th as MLS sets attendance mark.

Oct 22 - Chivas USA 1 - 3 Seattle Sounders FC (Estupinan 83; own goal 53, Fernandez 68, Ochoa 73). The Sounders win the regular season closer on the road, finish second in the conference and in the league.

Oct 20 - From Sounders FC: Humanitarian in every way: James Riley was named Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year for the second straight season and shares the honor with his teammates.

Oct 18 - CONCACAF Champions League: Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 2 Monterrey (Montero 42; Carreño 3, Delgado 61). Defensive mistakes gave up easy goals to Monterrey, who finish first in the group with the win. The Sounders finish second in the group.

Oct 15 - Seattle Sounders FC 2 - 1 San Jose Earthquakes (Ochoa 82, Montero 87; Wondolowski 24). The final home match of the regular season was a retirement party for Kasey Keller, but he had to work hard, making seven saves. It took late goals from Sammy Ochoa (his first in MLS) and Fredy Montero to give the Sounders the win that the party needed. Attendance was an amazing 64,140, setting a new high water mark for the Sounders in a league match.

From Prost Amerika: When Keller became Leicester goalkeeper, he changed the entire image of American soccer – Here's why.

From Sounder at Heart: Sounders may have already found Kasey Keller's replacement: Michael Gspurning?.

Oct 14 - From Prost Amerika: The improbable career of Kasey Keller.

Oct 13 - From TheCup.us: Seattle Sounders Fredy Montero named 2011 TheCup.us Player of the Tournament.

Oct 7 - From Sounders FC: Hitting the home stretch: Steve Zakuani is four months from his next match, but he sees the light at the end of the tunnel on his long road to recovery.

Oct 4 - US Open Cup Final: Sounders FC 2 - 0 Chicago Fire (Montero 78, Alonso 90). Scoring was not easy against tough defenses and stingy goalkeepers, but Fredy Montero knocked in a rebound off the keeper for the match winner and Osvaldo Alonso, who had a fine match in the midfield, sealed the deal at the end of added time with a goal. The Sounders became the third team in US Open Cup history to win three in a row, the first to do that in more than 40 years.

Sep 19 - From Sounders FC: Record-breaking support: For the third straight year, the Sounders FC smashed the single-season MLS attendance record and they still have two home matches to play.

Sep 12 - Sounders FC, making it official: Sounders sign goalkeeper Meredith.

From MLS Players Union: Player salary information.

Sep 9 - From the Times: Terry Boss (concussion) will be shut down for the season.

Sep 8 - From the Times: Bratislav Ristic, formerly of Chicago, joins camp on trial.

Sep 5 - From Sounder at Heart: Wes Knight on trial with Seattle Sounders.

Sep 1 - From Prost Amerika: Sounders win Reserve League [West] title.

Aug 30 - From Prost Amerika: The newest Sounder: Exclusive interview with Sammy Ochoa.

Aug 28 - From Steve Zakuani: Quote Me (his music video to the fans).

Aug 27 - From Sounders FC: White undergoes second surgery.

Aug 26 - From Sounders FC: Sounders FC adds Sammy Ochoa: Former U.S. youth international forward obtained through allocation.

From the News Tribune: Boss leaving for Puerto Rico national team (2-match callup).

Aug 23 - CONCACAF Champions League: Club de Fútbol Monterrey 0 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Fernandez 38). A week ago FC Dallas were the first MLS team to ever win a competitive match in Mexico after 25 such matches. Now the Sounders are the second to do it, in the very next attempt. The Sounders defense made a first-half goal from Alvaro Fernandez hold up as the match winner. Goalkeeper Terry Boss had a career highlight with the shutout.

Aug 15 - From the Times: Transfer window closes on Sounders FC moves: Two targeted players opt to remain in Europe over coming to Seattle.

From the Times' Steve Kelley: Defender Zach Scott's determination paying off for Sounders FC.

From Sounders FC: Midfielder Miguel Montaño loaned to Montreal Impact: The term begins immediately and extends through the end of the 2011 season.

Aug 11 - From Prost Amerika, via Nuestro Noroeste: "El Rayo" (The Lightning): Sounders' Argentinean midfielder could well fit the nickname of a Mexican traditional Mariachi song.

From the Times: Sounders FC's Servando Carrasco breaks down rookie wall.

From Sounders FC: Utility man: Wherever and whenever he's asked, Roger Levesque has played any role asked of him by head coach Sigi Schmid.

Aug 10 - From MLS: MLS, NBC announce three-year broadcast deal: 45 MLS and 4 USMNT matches to appear on NBC and new NBC Sports Network.

Aug 9 - From Sounders FC: 150! Sigi Schmid reached the landmark 150th win in his MLS coaching career with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Aug 6 - PDL Championship Match: Kitsap Pumas 1 - 0 Laredo Heat (Christner 11). Congratulations to the Pumas!

Aug 3 - From Sounder at Heart: Seattle Sounders transfer rumor: Ajax interested in Fredy Montero?

Aug 2 - From Sounders FC: Newest part of the family: Amadou Sanyang heard all about the Sounders organization before he was signed to the club last week. From the Times: A stop and chat with your newest Sounder, Amadou Sanyang.

From Sounders FC: Settling in: After a whirlwind start to his MLS career, Alvaro Fernandez is growing more and more comfortable in his role with the Sounders FC.

Ju1 30 - The Sounders FC announced the first signing since March, Amadou Sanyang, a midfielder/defender from Gambia. Although he is the youngest player on the Sounders (a month younger than Miguel Montaño), Sanyang has two years of MLS experience with Toronto FC. He was a free agent, as Toronto did not sign him for this season.

Ju1 28 - From the News Tribune: Boss not with team after concussion vs. Man U.

From Sounders FC: Expanding the reach: Mrisho Ngassa came to the Sounders FC on trial as part of the club's efforts to branch out their scouting reach to East Africa.

Ju1 27 - MLS All-Stars 0 - 4 Manchester United (Anderson 20, Park 45, Berbatov 52, Welbeck 68). Kasey Keller flew from Panama City to New York to play the last eight minutes.

Ju1 25 - Osvaldo Alonso was added to the MLS All-Star roster as an inactive player, inactive due to travel to Panama for a CCL match.

Ju1 20 - Friendly: Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 7 Manchester United (Owen 15, Diouf 49, Rooney 51, 69, Park 71, Rooney 72, Obertan 88). A humbling experience for the Sounders.

Ju1 19 - From Prost Amerika: Humble Wahl taking his success week to week.

Jul 14 - Sounders FC announce: Sigi Schmid signs contract extension: Sounders FC head coach reaches agreement potentially through 2015.

From AP: Sounders' White set for return after leg surgery.

Jul 13 - From Sounders FC: Change of pace: Lamar Neagle is adjusting to his role coming off the bench much better than opponents are adjusting to him on the field.

Ju1 12 - O'Brian White was removed from the disabled list after recovering for surgery for a blood clot in his leg. Training with the Sounders is Tanzanian trialist Mrisho Ngassa.

Ju1 10 - Portland Timbers 2 - 3 Seattle Sounders FC (Own goal 46, Perlaza 69; Montero 57, 74, Alonso 83). Twice Portland took the lead, and both times Fredy Montero re-leveled the match with a goal. The winning goal was Osvaldo Alonso's penalty kick.

At halftime the MLS All-Star First XI, chosen from fan voting, were announced. Included is goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

Ju1 8 - From the Times: Sounders FC's Zach Scott working hard to stick around.

From the Everett Herald: Sounders's Levesque making his mark.

Ju1 1 - Pat Noonan was re-signed for the rest of the season.

Jun 29 - From Sounders FC: Rookie Michael Tetteh loaned to Orlando City.

Jun 22 - From Sportspress Northwest: Thiel: It's the Clink, but it could be worse.

Jun 21 - From Sounder at Heart: Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer on connections to Tanzania (and two more possible trialists, Gianfranco Di Julio from Venezuela and Cordell Cato from Trinidad and Tobago).

Jun 20 - From Sounders FC: New era: Qwest Field to become CenturyLink Field.

Jun 17 - From the Everett Herald: Sounders' Miguel Montaño bides his time: Nineteen-year-old Columbian does his work, waits for opportunity to knock with Seattle's MLS team.

Jun 15 - From Sounders FC: The evolution of Alonso.

From MLS: Sounders continue search for another target forward: Seattle looked at ex-Celtic striker Sheridan, ex-Tecos man Ochoa currently in camp.

Jun 10 - From the Times: Sounders FC's O'Brian White recalls blood-clot scare.

From the Times: Full transcript of Steve Zakuani's group interview.

May 25 - From the Times: Sounders FC rookie Servando Carrasco is mature beyond his years.

May 15 - From Sounder at Heart: ECS's tifo against Portland Timbers raises the bar.

May 13 - From the Times: Steve Zakuani and O'Brian White discharged from hospital.

May 2 - From Sounders FC: Sounders and fans pay tribute to Zakuani.

Apr 28 - The verdict from the MLS Disciplinary Committee has been announced: MLS suspends Mullan an additional nine games: Rapids vet faces stiffest penalty for a tackle in league history. While that won't satisfy all Sounders fans, it is probably the most that could be expected. Sounders FC posted the same article, adding at the end a statement from GM Adrian Hanauer. The Colorado Rapids posted a statement from their managing director: Plush: Statement on MLS' ruling on Mullan.

From Sounders FC: O'Brian White undergoes surgery (for a blood clot in his leg).

Apr 27 - From the Colorado Rapids: Mullan issues formal apology to Zakuani.

Apr 23 - From Sounders FC: Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani underwent successful surgery.

Apr 22 - Colorado Rapids 0 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC (Montero 19). This match provided major good news and major bad news. The bad news is that in the third minute, Colorado's Brian Mullan retaliated hot-headedly against the nearest opponent after he felt he was fouled (it was trifling, not worth a whistle), and his cleats-first slide into Steve Zakuani's planted right leg broke both leg bones, probably at least a season ending injury for Zakuani. The good news is that Fredy Montero's lone goal gave the Sounders their first road win of the season. The bad news greatly outweighs the good. We (and certainly countless other soccer fans) wish Zakuani a full recovery in due time.

Apr 13 - From Sounders FC: No better feeling: Fredy Montero returned to training on Tuesday, missing the previous two matches after undergoing wrist surgery, and he hopes to play Saturday against Philadelphia.

From Prost Amerika: Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer elaborates on exploration of installing grass at Qwest Field.

Apr 5 - From MLS: Rosales brings jolt, leadership to young Sounders: Argentine midfielder finding his form three games into '11 season.

Apr 3 - San Jose Earthquakes Reserves 0 - 1 Seattle Sounders FC Reserves (Tetteh 87). The Sounders FC Reserves start their Reserve League campaign with a win, thanks to an individual effort by Michael Tetteh on the goal.

Apr 1 - From MLS: Seattle give Noonan three-month extension: Sounders will decide further action in summer.

From MLS: Tetteh comes a long way from Ghana to MLS: Sounders rookie fullback's story full of changes and success.

From Sounders FC: Return of the reserves: Ezra Hendrickson leads the Sounders FC Reserves.

Mar 31 - From MLS: Sounders' Montero undergoes wrist surgery: Surgery not major, but Seattle striker could miss game vs. SJ.

Mar 30 - From Sounders FC: Defender Leo Gonzalez receives green card (Sounders now have two open international spots).

Mar 29 - The lone friendly has been announced: Sounders FC to Host Manchester United on July 20.

Sounders FC make it official: Forward Nkufo retires.

Mar 25 - Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 1 Houston Dynamo (Zakuani 80; Cameron 42). The unlucky Sounders dominated, outshooting the Dynamo 26-6, but had to settle for a draw.

Mar 24 - From the Times: Nate Jaqua inching toward return, Sounders FC needs his offense.

Mar 22 - From Sounders FC: The new ten shirt: Mauro Rosales may fit some of the traits of the famed Ten Shirt, but he insists it's just a coincidence.

Mar 18 - From Sounders FC: Sounders FC signs Argentine midfielder Mauro Rosales.

Mar 15 - Seattle Sounders FC 0 - 1 Los Angeles Galaxy (Junínho 58). The Sounders had good chances, but missed them all, losing First Kick for the first time.

Surprise just before the match from the club: Sounders FC, Blaise Nkufo cut ties. From the Times: Reaction from Hanauer and others on Nkufo's departure, and Blaise Nkufo's exit opens door for Fredy Montero to lead Sounders FC.

Mar 14 - From Sounders FC: The last ride of an icon: Kasey Keller is set to embark on his final professional season with the Sounders FC. From the News Tribune: Keller: 'Nothing different' about his final season.

From the Times: Cohesive core of Sounders FC players, coaches eyeing MLS Cup run.

From MLS: 2011 Seattle Preview: Last chance for Sounders?: It may be now or never for this deep group – or rebuilding awaits.

From Sounders FC: Sounders FC re-signs midfielder Miguel Montaño, signs keeper Josh Ford.

Mar 13 - From Sounders FC: A new man: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is back and stronger than ever.

From the Times: Lamar Neagle brings confident game to Sounders FC.

Mar 11 - From Sounders FC: At home, far from home: Erik Friberg has quickly acclimated himself to an all new environment in Seattle with the Sounders FC.

From Sounders FC: Strength in numbers: O'Brian White joins a strong group of forwards for the Sounders FC, but that's just what he was hoping for.

Mar 9 - Multiple reports indicate that the third goalkeeper this year will be Josh Ford, while the Sounders are trying to find another opportunity for Bryan Meredith. It also appears that the club is working to sign The Trialist, Mauro Rosales.

Mar 8 - From Sportspress Northwest: For Brad Evans, patience rules his play.

Mar 5 - From Prost Amerika: Supporters summit a triumph for the Sounders FO.

Mar 2 - The Sounders have announced the signing of draft pick Servando Carrasco, a defensive midfielder, and the returning Lamar Neagle, an attacking midfielder. They have cut trialist Jonathan Prieto, leaving just three trialists. Still vying for a roster spot are college goalkeepers Bryan Meredith and Josh Ford, and Argentinian midfielder Mauro Rosales.

From Sounders FC: The road less traveled: Lamar Neagle couldn't catch on in MLS in 2010, so his path took him to the USL-2 and all the way to Finland before he made his return to the Sounders FC.

Mar 1 - Additional cuts on roster compliance day were Danny Earls (acquired by trade) and Richard Martinez (trialist). The Trialist is still in camp and has been named as forward/midfielder Mauro Rosales, an Argentinian who last played for Querétaro FC in Mexico.

Feb 27 - Defender and draft pick Leone Cruz has been cut from camp at the end of the Florida phase.

Feb 25 - From Sounder at Heart: Josh Ford, Bryan Meredith making third goalkeeper decision hard with impressive training camp performances.

Feb 22 - From the Times: Sounders FC designated player Alvaro Fernandez transitions from new country to fatherhood.

From MLS: Seattle's USL vets still contributing: Sounders trio remains a throwback to city's pre-MLS days.

Feb 17 - From Sounders FC: SFC extends Osvaldo Alonso contract.

From Soccer By Ives: 'Fully fit' Zakuani reflects on first two years in MLS, ready to take next step.

Feb 16 - From Sounders FC: Beyond the field: The Sounders FC Academy program is continually growing as the MLS Academies become more integral to the progress of American soccer.

Feb 11 - Prost Amerika has a Roger Levesque interview: The love of playing keeps the old rocker staying.

The Sounders were in the weighted lottery for Arnoux with better odds (24.2%) than Salt Lake (5.4%), but Salt Lake got lucky. Monday's weighted lottery is for Chris Agorsor, a forward who recently turned 21.

Feb 10 - During today's training match the league announced the 2011 schedule.

From MLS: Cascadia Cup highlights Whitecaps' '11 campaign: Timbers, Sounders matchups rekindle well-established rivalries.

From Sounders FC: We need more: Fredy Montero is happy with the successes of the Sounders FC, but is ready for more in year three.

Feb 8 - From the Times: Sounders FC's James Riley ready to step into leadership role.

Feb 5 - From the Times: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado eager to excel after injury-shortened 2010 season.

Feb 4 - First training match of the season: Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 0 Vancouver Whitecaps (Evans 63). Brad Evans broke the winter ice with a lone goal after a back-heel pass from David Estrada, set up by a cross from O'Brian White.

Feb 2 - From MLS: Fucito hoping for breakout season in Seattle: Forward expected to translate Champions League success to league.

Feb 1 - Goal.com has a good update on the Sounders FC Academy: Seattle Sounders Academy not your normal debutant: From coaching to players, Sounders get it right in their first season.

Jan 31 - The Sounders FC weekly news release announced the full preseason schedule. There will be nine matches against MLS foes, including the Cascadia Summit matches against the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Jan 30 - From MLS: New Sounder Friberg settling in at Seattle: Still acclimating, Swedish midfielder has positive outlook.

Jan 29 - From Sounders FC: Diamond in the rough: Zach Scott was discovered in 2002 at an open tryout.

Jan 28 - The league had some major administrative announcements today:

Jan 27 - From MLS: Seattle defender Baudet exploring other options: Sounders GM Hanauer confirms veteran not in team's plans.

Jan 25 - Sounders FC 2011 camp started with about 40 players. Reports:

Jan 21 - Sounders FC announced some preseason matches today: Sounders FC to host Cascadia Summit: Portland and Vancouver to join Seattle for series of preseason matches at Starfire from March 4-6.

Jan 20 - Sounders FC opened training yesterday for draftees, a few trialists, and some young rostered players.

Jan 18 - Sounders FC's Supplemental Draft picks:

Jan 13 - Sounders FC SuperDraft picks:

Seattle's first round pick, number 11 overall, got kicked around. First, Seattle traded it to Portland along with an international roster spot, getting the number 20 overall pick and allocation money in return. Then Portland traded the pick to Houston for allocation money. Houston got a steal with the pick, taking forward Will Bruin, whom most of the writers considered the third best player in the draft.

Michael Tetteh was a steal, as every writer that posted a mock draft had Tetteh projected to the first round. He is a Generation adidas player, so he is already under contract with the league and will surely be on the roster when the season opens. Other than Tetteh, the Sounders steered clear of players rated more highly by the soccer raters and instead picked players based the club's own scouting and own combine (in Las Vegas last month).

The draft will continue on Jan 18 with three more rounds in the Supplemental Draft.

The roster now has 32 names on it. The limit is 30 for the 2011 season, so at least two will be cut in training camp. Six roster spots are reserved for players age 24 and under, but two of the 30 slots are reserved for homegrown players and the Sounders don't have any on the roster yet. It would not be surprising to see the team add another well-paid player using the allocation dollars they received today from trading down from the first round. Longshots will come and go from the the "possible" list. Next week's Supplemental Draft has three rounds, then there will be the open tryouts and various trialists appearing during camp. The competition for roster spots will start when camp opens on Jan 25.

Complete MLS draft list: <"http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft-tracker">2011 MLS SuperDraft tracker.

Jan 11 - Sounder at Heart talks to senior VP of business operations Gary Wright: Seattle Sounders won't add seats For Cascadia, may not open Hawks Nest afterall. See the article for the reasons. Also, plans to train in Turkey are off. The club will train in Arizona and Florida.

Jan 5 - Confirming previous reports: MLS SuperDraft trimmed to three rounds: Supplemental Draft also returns after two-year hiatus. Consider it a 6-round draft with a 5-day break between the 3rd and 4th rounds.

Jan 3 - From the Colorado Rapids: Colorado sign veteran defender Marshall: Jamaican center back returns to team that drafted him in 1998. So in the end, Colorado and Seattle effectively swap veteran center backs Marshall (age 36) and Julien Baudet (32nd birthday next week). An advantage for Colorado is that Marshall has a green card and doesn't take up an international spot on the roster.

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