January 2016

Team was quick to work together
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/30/16

A lot of Rave Green fans have expressed concern about the Seattle Sounders this season in terms of cohesion. The team is brimming with new players, some of whom are complete rookies, and there seem to be more unfamiliar faces than familiar ones. It is a legitimate concern with the amount of fresh blood on the team. The Sounders, however, are well into season training and Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid says that the team is already buff and ready to play, and that they are already playing as a unit rather well. In fact, Schmid says that he is impressed with the rate of cooperation and... Read More
Barcelona and Atlético duel for first place
Posted by jschario on 01/29/16
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A weekend of epic implications looms in Spain this Saturday as Atlético Madrid and Barcelona face off for sole possession of first place a top the Spanish league. Both teams are currently tied for first. Each team finds itself on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of confidence heading into their match at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Atlético was stunned during the week in their Copa del Rey tournament match against Celta Vigo, losing 3-2 at home and thus losing the aggregate 3-2 after drawing 0-0 in Vigo. Barça meanwhile easily dispatched Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the final leg of their Cope... Read More
What you need to know
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/28/16

If you haven’t already purchased your Seattle Sounders season tickets, worry not. There is still plenty of time to purchase your seats to ensure you don’t miss a game. That said, the choice seats do fill up fast, so if you are eyeballing a great spot to watch the game, you might want to make sure you add it to your shopping cart ASAP. The cheapest seats are going for $24, which is an unbeatable price for the benefits of a season ticketholder that come along with them, such as the 15% discount at the Sounders Pro Shop and your Alliance Member scarf. When you order, you get to attend all 17... Read More
Dempsey discusses possible changes
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/27/16
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How would you feel about big changes in the Seattle Sounders formation this season? Clint Dempsey himself says that he won’t mind, so maybe you shouldn’t. Of course, he also says that changes, if any, should make sense before being made. Dempsey, who has typically played a 4-4-2 formation paired with Seattle favorite Obafemi Martins, could be facing an entirely new format of play this year. He seemed positive about the potential shift when he said, “As long as the tactics are right, as long we’re playing well and getting chances with it, it will be good.” With rumors circulating that head... Read More
Plus drama with Atlético's fan favorite
Posted by jschario on 01/26/16
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Soccer is a great sport because of the drama that it creates week to week. Whether it’s the overdramatic dives to the ground during games, late game-winning goals or the gossip that fills the lull between games throughout the week. Spain is always a great place to find that drama as they have two of the richest clubs that also happen to include the game’s most overwhelming personalities. Though not to be left out a third club, co-league leader Atlético Madrid is experiencing some drama of its own as well. Atleti faces Celta Vigo Wednesday this week at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid for the... Read More
The top of the table shaken up
Posted by jschario on 01/24/16
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This past weekend was a competitive one in Spanish football. Instead of a usual game with a litany of goals, all the top three teams were severly tested in their matches. Atlético endured a tough physical match at home against Sevilla, and consequently only came away with one point. Real Madrid hosted a vastly inferior Real Betis side, but only came away with one point as well. Barcelona now shares the top spot after traveling to Málaga and coming away with a three points in a tough match of their own. Barcelona escape with three Young prodigy Munir got the Catalans on the board early with a... Read More
Sounder player receives new contract
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/22/16
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He is the longest tenured player with the Seattle Sounders. He just announced today that he is putting off his retirement in order to play with the team yet another season. Although the Sounders are quickly building a younger, faster team before the 2016 season begins, they have signed on 35-year-old Zach Scott to new contract to play again. That will make this Scott’s 15th year with the team. Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey told the press that he is very pleased to have Scott back on the team, and that Scott means a great deal to the team. Sounders head... Read More
Their starting XI limps into the weekend as they chase Atlético
Posted by jschario on 01/22/16
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Barcelona, with all the success they have been experiencing this 2015-16 soccer season, still find themselves looking up in the standings. Atlético Madrid sit atop the league table, two points clear of los cules, although the Catalans have played one less game.  Even with that one extra game to make up the ground, Luis Enrique's men can not afford to slip up with the way Diego Simeone has his men playing in the capital. This weekend Barça travels down to Málaga, where they again will not be playing with their full attacking trio as Neymar is out to nurse his hamstring. However his injury has... Read More
Sounders sign on homegrown player
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/21/16
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The Seattle Sounders were so excited to announce that one of their first fans became a player on the team today that they used his photo as their website art for the day with the bold title, “Welcome Home, Jordan!” Pieces all about Jordan Morris—from his interview to a discussion about what he can do in a year to even a special call for fans to come see Morris in particular highlighted the team’s enthusiasm over their newest player. The enthusiasm is multi-fold, of course. It’s not that Morris is the best player the MLS has ever seen. But he IS the first to be capped by a national team before... Read More
Posted by jschario on 01/20/16

Sunday featured all three teams at the top of the league table; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid. And all three delivered emphatic wins that is sure to please their fans. Each team won by at least three goals, with Atleti winning 3-0, Barça 6-0 and Real Madrid 5-1. Barcelona hosted Basque side Athletic Bilbao, the same team they defeated at the Camp Nou barely more than seven months ago to win the Copa del Rey en route to their treble winning season. Bilbao was at a disadvantage, playing with 10 men after their goalkeeper drew a red card just seven minutes in. Athletic goalkeeper... Read More
Welcome, Michael Nelson
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/20/16
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The Seattle Sounders announced their final MLS SuperDraft pick on Tuesday. Their number 15 pick during the fourth round was Michael Nelson. Nelson, a defender, remains unsigned as of yet. Nelson was born on August 8, 1984, making him 21 years old. He hails from Austin, Texas. He stands at 6’1 and weighs 170 pounds. In his senior year in 2015, Nelson attended Old Dominion and was named a First Team All-Conference USA selection. He transferred there and played for the Monarchs after spending his freshman year at N.C. State. In high school, he was a four-year team captain and named 2011 RISE... Read More
Emir Alihodzic is one choice
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/19/16

Today the final rounds of the SuperDraft were announced and the Seattle Sounders found themselves on the receiving end of not one but two more players. University of Nebraska-Omaha midfielder/defender Emir Alihodzic is the newest Rave Green player after today’s announcements. Alihodzic is originally from Bosnia but his hometown is St. Louis, MO. He was born on September 2, 1993 and is 22 year old. He weighs in at 170 pounds and stands at 6’0. The son of Latif and Hasa Alihodzic, he has one sibling. Alihodzic was the 13th pick of the third round of the draft, making him the 54th draft pick... Read More
Plus Valdez says he’s not going anywhere
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/18/16

We just started to get into the deep of the SupeDraft last week when the weekend hit. But don’t think that it’s over just yet, Seattle Sounders fans. There is plenty more draft where that came from! In fact, the break today was in honor of the Dr. King holiday. Tomorrow it will resume again. Have any predictions or hopes? Who do you NOT want to see traded at all costs—and who would you love to see traded for someone younger, faster or just plain better? Maybe you love every Rave Green player equally. Either way, tune in tomorrow for more Superdraft news. The third and fourth rounds are still... Read More
Alfaro is the Sounders seventh round selection
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/16/16

Sounders fans are enjoying the different draft pick news as the stories trickle in, and the latest selection is none other than Tony Alfaro from Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills. Alfaro is the 27th pick overall. From Santa Barbara, California, Alfaro stands at 6’2. He is a left-footed defender and weighs 190 pounds. As an unsigned player, he has yet to obtain a uniform number. The 22-year-old was born on June 15, 1993. In his senior year, Alfaro was named both All-American by the NSCAA (1st Team) and Division II CCA (2nd Team), making him a highly sought-after player during this draft.... Read More
Both face one-year transfer bans
Posted by jschario on 01/15/16
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Scandal is nothing new to Spain. Politicians engulfed in corruption scandals are the norm in every province at every level, and top businessmen are a mainstay in the headlines for similar offenses. This week however, it was Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid’s turns to be mired in scandal, which has seen them hit with heavy sanctions. Barcelona were hit with similar sanctions by FIFA last year, which saw them unable to incorporate new players until this month. Like Barcelona, Atlético and Real Madrid were found to have committed irregularities in regards to youth transfers. In Real Madrid’s case... Read More
Players available for 2016 draft picks
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/13/16

The Generation adidas Class just announced the first player selections of the year, giving plenty of fans time to speculate who will be picked up by which teams and which NCAA underclassmen will have a shot at becoming the newest fan favorites during the 2016 season. This year’s picks are from all around the world, from California to Germany. For those unfamiliar with the program, Generation adidas is a program that has replaced the Nike Project-40 since 2005. It is designed to help encourage young soccer players by having them join an MLS team without finishing college first. Home Grown... Read More
A new star is rising for the US in the Premier League
Posted by jschario on 01/13/16
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It’s January, which means some Americans could be on the move in the January transfer window. Although, that isn’t very likely as most of the big American names are stateside in the MLS (Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey) or are coveted young assets (Julian Green, john Brooks). However, one Yank will be making his way back to MLS; 24-year-old defender Zarek Valentin has just signed with the Portland Timbers Tuesday. Valentin had been playing with FK Bodø/Glimt in Norway since 2013. Initially loaned out to Bodø/Glimt, his deal was made permanent after a successful showing whilst on loan. This... Read More
Meanwhile the Zidane era begins in Madrid
Posted by jschario on 01/11/16
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Perfect weekend for Barcelona Lionel Messi won his record fifth Ballon D’Or award Sunday, capping a perfect week of FC Barcelona. After kicking off the weekend with a 4-0 win over Granada, in which Messi scored a hat-trick, Messi and teammate Neymar traveled to Switzerland for the awards ceremony. Both Barcelona players plus Cristiano Ronaldo were the three finalists for the award anointing the best player in the world for the previous year. Neymar came in third in the voting, Ronaldo second and of course Messi came in first. It’s Messi’s first Ballon D’Or since winning a record four in a row... Read More
Perkins returns as part of coaching staff
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/11/16

You may have heard all about the retirement of Troy Perkins this year. Perkins just joined the Seattle Sounders last year and only appeared in four games, but now, at the age of 34, he is retiring after 12 years as a goalkeeper. That said, he is not completely out of the game. Perkins is returning to the Sounders not as a player, but as a part of the team’s coaching staff. Perkins is specifically serving as the goalkeeping coach for the team. Regarding the transition from player to coach, Perkins said, “It’s a tough decision to make when in your heart you want to compete. You see the field... Read More
Retired but still active
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/10/16

On January 7, Sounders fans gasped over the news that Gonzo Pineda, a fan favorite for many years, was retiring from playing soccer. Sure, it was a shock to see him go after two years on the team plus several years playing internationally, for a total of 13 years on the field, and seeing a favorite on waivers is never easy, but retirement? It wasn’t as if Pineda wasn’t used to trying on new hats. After all, he has played for seven teams in MLS and been to the World Cup more than once, earning 44 caps and becoming a favorite worldwide. Luckily, Pineda may not be playing on a team anymore, but... Read More
Plus a desktop calendar
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/09/16
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Ready for some more Sounders news now that the preseason festivities have been announced? All of the 2016 Sounders dates are now available. So get out your schedule and start planning your matches to attend—or, if you are watching from home with friends, your viewing parties. To make it easier on you, the Sounders even have this nifty Obafemi Martins desktop wallpaper you can download. It’s Rave Green and includes home game icons, opposing team crests and Martin’s trademark roaring face to get you pumped up about the new season. If you’re not into that, you can also visit the same page for a... Read More
Sounders sign on another homegrown player
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/07/16
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Yesterday we learned that homegrown player Jordan Morris would be joining the Seattle Sounders in lieu of attending Stanford University his senior year. Today we know that another Jordan, Jordan Schweitzer, is also joining the team as a homegrown player. Schweitzer is a native of Everett, Washington and is the team’s sixth homegrown player to join the official team.  A midfielder, Schweitzer is 6’0 and weighs 165 pounds. He was born on April 19, 1994 in Dallas, Texas. His contract was signed on January 7, 2016. Sounders GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey says that he is very pleased to... Read More
Barcelona's Luis Suarez faces a three match ban
Posted by jschario on 01/07/16
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Well it may be winter, but things have gotten off to a hot start in 2016 for Spanish soccer. First Real Madrid made waves by firing Rafa Benitez and ushering in soccer legend Zinedine Zidane. Then midweek city rivals Espanyol and Barcelona square off in a feisty Copa del Rey match that saw two players sent off for Espanyol, and Luis Suarez facing suspension. Throughout their match, tensions were high between the two teams, with referee Juan Martinez Munuera losing control early. As mentioned, two Espanyol players were sent off, though Barcelona’s players were not on their best behavior either... Read More
Morris will skip senior year to play
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/06/16
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Last year, The Seattle Sounders announced that they had given the sweetest homegrown deal in their history. This week, they have topped that previous deal with a new one for homegrown player Jordan Morris. In order to get the contract, Morris is even skipping his senior year at Stanford University to start playing for the MLS team. The decision came as a surprise to fans watching the team, particularly the ones who have been following Morris, because the rumor mill had churned out that he was interested in playing internationally instead. Morris was born on October 26, 1994. He is from Mercer... Read More
Can he coach as well as he played?
Posted by jschario on 01/05/16
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Big news out of Spain on Monday as Real Madrid change managers yet again, this time turning to a former legend on the pitch, Zinedine Zidane. After only seven months at the helm, Rafa Benitez finds himself unemployed The move isn’t surprising, as the Benitez was never the preferred choice for the fans and the heat has been on since Madrid was destroyed at home 4-0 by Barcelona in El Clásico. What did surprised many was the timing. Yes, Real Madrid did miss an opportunity to move closer to the top of the table by drawing in their match at Valencia. But they are still only four points off the... Read More
Plus key MLS dates announced
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 01/03/16
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Although the team is happy with his progress, Roman Torres is being shy about exactly when he will return to playing with the Seattle Sounders. He has been working with a personal sports physician in Panama, his native country, since he suffered from an ACL injury last September. On Monday, he began training with the Panama team, prompting local media to find out exactly when we can see him join Rave Green again, but Torres was very vague with his reply, simply stating that, “In Seattle they are happy with my progress.” Fans should know that he is at least returning to Seattle later in the... Read More
Who will make what moves?
Posted by jschario on 01/02/16
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Christmas may be done and gone, but soccer teams do their holiday shopping in January. As the calendar changes to 2016, European teams look to bring in reinforcements to help them secure trophies. The January transfer window differs a bit from its summer counterpart in that it is more rare to see a big name move, though it is possible. Reason being that with the summer window longer, it is easier to integrate a new player into the lineup. Not only that, but many teams are unwilling to sell, and as a result the asking prices for players tend to be overvalued. Still though we do see big moves... Read More
Favorite players offer their greetings
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 12/31/15
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Energy is high as the New Year approaches and both fans and players count down toward preseason festivities. Seattle Sounders players’ spirits were soaring as they wished their fans a Happy New Year with festive greetings on social media. The entire team wishes Seattle fans near and far a safe, happy and healthy New Year in general, too. Stefan Frei shared an image of fireworks on his Twitter page, wishing his friends, fans and family, “Happy New Year to y’all!” and included the hopeful hashtag #2016. Obafemi Martins gave fans some fun firework emoticons on his status, wishing everyone a... Read More