February 11, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Seattle Sounders FC
The Countdown Continues
Less than three weeks until the season opener, Sounders FC returns to the Arizona desert for a two-week training camp at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. Seattle will play five matches over a 10-day span in Tucson, including a four-game MLS preseason tournament as well as a friendly against a Mexican opponent.
Sounders FC will participate in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup for the first time. Seattle plays the New England Revolution (February 13), Real Salt Lake (February 16) and New York Red Bulls (February 20), as well as the Final/Third Place (February 23).
The club also scheduled a friendly against Mexican second division side Veracruz on February 22 in preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Tigres, which begins March 6 in Monterrey, Mexico.
Fans can purchase tickets to the Desert Diamond Cup by visiting www.FCTucson.ticketsocket.com .
The team concluded its first stint in Arizona with a training game against the Portland Timbers last week. The short-handed Seattle side lost 1-0, but is returning to full strength as the team's four internationals join preseason training for the first time.
Forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Mario Martinez became the first pair of Sounders FC players to face off in a World Cup Qualifier as both players started last week's match in Honduras. Brad Evans traveled with the United States for the match but was not included on the gameday roster, and defender Adam Johansson rejoins the group after spending the past month with the Sweden National Team.
A total of 34 players will travel with Sounders FC for the Tucson portion of preseason training, including nine draft picks or invitees, and more players may join the group as Seattle prepares for an intense opening two weeks to the 2013 season.
Sounders FC will return to Seattle on February 24, just one week before the season opener against the Montreal Impact on March 2. The two-leg Champions League series against Tigres will conclude in Seattle on March 12.
Sounders FC Competition Schedule (all times Pacific; subject to change)
Wednesday, February 13 - Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution, 4 p.m. kickoff, Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, February 16 - Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 3 p.m. kickoff, Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, Ariz.
Wednesday, February 20 - Desert Diamond Cup: Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls, 6 p.m. kickoff, Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, Ariz.
Friday, February 22 - Desert Diamond Friendlies: Sounders FC vs. Veracruz, 6 p.m. kickoff, Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, February 23 - Desert Diamond Cup Final/3rd Place Game: Sounders FC vs. TBD, 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. kickoff, Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, March 2 - MLS First Kick: Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. kickoff, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Wednesday, March 6 - CONCACAF Champions League: Sounders FC at Tigres UANL, 7 p.m. kickoff, Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Mexico (leg one)
Tuesday, March 12 - CONCACAF Champions League: Sounders FC vs. Tigres UANL, 7 p.m. kickoff, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, Seattle (leg two)
Join for 2013
Sounders FC season tickets are now available. To select seats, fans may visit www.SoundersFC.com or call 877-MLS-GOAL (877-657-4625).
Single-match tickets are also on sale now. Tickets are available through www.SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. Ticket availability on a match-by-match basis is limited.
Tickets for the Seattle Sounders FC versus Tigres UANL match on March 12 are available by phone at 800-745-3000 or www.SoundersFC.com .
Schedule Updates: Philadelphia, Toronto and Chivas
Kickoff times for two Sounders FC road matches have been updated. The kickoff time for the match at the Philadelphia Union on May 4 has changed to 1 p.m. PT. It was originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT. The kickoff time for Seattle's August 10 match at Toronto FC will be 4 p.m. PT. Both matches will be televised locally on KONG 6/16.
The June 1 match at Chivas USA will now be broadcast on KONG 6/16.
FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup
The Seattle Sounders FC will participate in the Third Annual FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The three other MLS clubs participating in the tournament include the New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake. The teams will play a round-robin format through the first three dates with the tournament final and third-place game played on Saturday, February 23. The matches will take place over the course of four match days at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Fans can purchase tickets to the Desert Diamond Cup by visiting www.FCTucson.ticketsocket.com .
The Sounders FC will participate in the Desert Diamond Cup for the first time. The Revolution, who reached last year's final, the Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake have all participated in the tournament previously. Sounders FC previously participated in preseason tournaments in 2010 (La Manga Cup) and 2011 (Cascadia Summit).
Schedule of Matches (all times local)
Wednesday, February 13
New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 5 p.m.
New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 16
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 4 p.m.
New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20
Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution, 5 p.m.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 23
3rd Place vs. 4th Place, 4 p.m.
1st Place vs. 2nd Place, 6 p.m.
Prep Class: Seattle to Play Veracruz in Preseason Friendly
In preparation for their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Mexico's Tigres in March, Sounders FC has added a friendly to their game schedule in Tucson. Seattle will face Veracruz of the Mexican second division on February 22 at Kino Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. local).
Seattle will once again prepare for the Champions League quarters by playing a similarly styled team in preseason training. Last season, Sounders FC hosted Jaguares de Chiapas in the final week of preseason, winning 2-nil at CenturyLink Field. Seattle then jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first leg against Santos Laguna but ultimately fell to the eventual runners-up, 7-3 on aggregate.
In a Rhythm: Wednesday/Saturday Games
Performing best when in a game-playing rhythm, Sounders FC will play Wednesday and Saturday games for the next two weeks in preparations for the start to the season, which features a Saturday night opener against the Montreal Impact and Wednesday evening road match at Tigres. The match heavy portion of training camp includes five games scheduled over a 10-day span in the Arizona desert.
Returning to Full Strength
Head coach Sigi Schmid is certainly looking forward to the Tucson leg of preseason training as it marks the return of his team to full strength. Most notably, Seattle's quartet of internationals will rejoin the team for the first time this preseason. Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans returns to Seattle followed the match at Honduras last Wednesday. Adam Johansson flew 15 hours from Sweden to rejoin the group in Seattle last week. And Mario Martinez is set to meet the team in Tucson from San Pedro Sula.
Several ill and injured players have also returned to full training, including Osvaldo Alonso, Alex Caskey, Michael Gspurning and Lamar Neagle. All four players missed the first preseason match of the season last week and Schmid was forced to play eight invitees for extended minutes.
Additionally, 2013 second round Supplemental Draft pick Kevin Durr has joined the club in Tucson.
Sounders FC Training Camp Participants
Goalkeepers (4): Josh Ford, Michael Gspurning, Marcus Hahnemann, Doug Herrick-
Defenders (12): Marc Burch, Andrew Duran, Ashani Fairclough-, Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni#, Adam Johansson, Dylan Remick+, Zach Scott, Djimi Traore-, DeAndre Yedlin, Eriq Zavaleta+
Midfielders (13): Osvaldo Alonso, Cordell Cato, Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey, Kevin Durr+, David Estrada, Brad Evans, Phillip Lund-, Mario Martinez, Lamar Neagle, Mauro Rosales, Andy Rose, Christian Tiffert, Steve Zakuani
Forwards (6): Will Bates+, Travis Bowen-, Eddie Johnson, Sammy Ochoa, Jennings Rex+, Babayele Sodade
#Stayed in Seattle to Rehab Injury
+2013 SuperDraft or Supplemental Draft Pick
Waived GK Bryan Meredith, MF Michael Seamon, DF Daniel Steres and GK Andrew Weber.
Traded DF Jeff Parke to Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money and 2013 first round Supplemental Draft pick.
Re-signed DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and DF Patrick Ianni.
Signed DF DeAndre Yedlin as club's first Homegrown Player.
Selected Two players in 2013 MLS SuperDraft: FW/DF Eriq Zavaleta (Indiana; 10th overall) and DF Dylan Remick (Brown; 35th overall).
Loaned FW Fredy Montero to Millonarios of Colombia. Signed to multi-year contract extension with Sounders FC.
Acquired MF Lamar Neagle from Montreal Impact in exchange for international roster spot through end of 2014 season.
CCL Update: Tigres Continues Hot Start
UANL Tigres, Seattle's opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in March, have started the Clausura in Liga MX with five wins and one draw through the first six matches. The only undefeated team in Mexico, Tigres sits atop the table with 16 points and a plus-11 goal differential. The team is a perfect 3-0 away from home, and the lone draw came at home to Tijuana, and Tigres most recently beat Toluca 4-1 on the road. The next match is Saturday, February 16 against Santos Laguna. Overall, Tigres will play three more league matches before the March 6 meeting with Seattle, and they will also play league matches on March 9 and March 16.
Tigres is led by a pair of Argentine footballers. Forward Emanuel Villa leads the league with six goals this season. Villa, 30, previously played at Estudiantes Tecos with Sounders FC forward Sammy Ochoa. Midfielder Lucas Lobos, 31, has added four goals with three assists to rank second in Liga MX. Tigres features three American players in midfielders Jonathan Bornstein, Francisco Torres and Victor Garza.
Academy Update: U18's and U16's Return to League Play
After a six-week break, Sounders FC Academy returned to USSDA action last weekend with an unbeaten (2-0-2) performance on the road against division rivals Santa Cruz Breakers and DeAnza Force. Both the U18's and U16's won one and drew one, extending their unbeaten streaks to three games for the U18's and five games for the U16's. The highlight of the weekend came in a 5-1 U18 win on Sunday thanks to three assists from Duncan McCormick.
Sounders FC Academy will take another month break before their next match when they again travel down to California on March 2-3 to take on non-divisional opponents Nomads SC and San Diego Surf.
Sounders FC U18 (USSDA) (7-3-5, 26 points)
Sounders FC at Santa Cruz Breakers (February 2) - D, 1-1
Duncan McCormick put the Rave Green up early on a ball from Jason McGlothern, but were unable to find a winner after the Breakers equalized in the second half. Seattle dominated possession were unlucky not to score a few more.
SOUNDERS FC GOALS (ASSISTS): Duncan McCormick (Jason McGlothern).
Sounders FC at DeAnza Force (February 3) - W, 5-1
Sounders FC went up 3-0 in the first half-all on assists by McCormick-in a 5-1 thumping of the Force to leapfrog their Bay Area rivals in the Northwest Division standings. Jordan Morris and Kenny Sweet each recorded a brace, giving Morris a team-high 14 on the season. Goalkeeper Connor Adkisson put in a strong performance for the Rave Green.
SOUNDERS FC GOALS (ASSISTS): Jordan Morris (Duncan McCormick), Kenny Sweet (Duncan McCormick), David Olsen (Duncan McCormick), Kenny Sweet (Ike Crook), Jordan Morris (David Olsen)
Sounders FC U16 (USSDA) (8-2-5, 29 points)
Sounders FC at Santa Cruz Breakers (February 2) - W, 2-1
Sean Bowman put Sounders FC up 1-0 in the 27th minute before Santa Cruz equalized with a penalty kick in the second half. However, Denis Kalamar netted his team-leading 13th goal of the season on a ball from Fischer Gallinger-his first assist of the season-as the U18's held on for the win.
SOUNDERS FC GOALS (ASSISTS): Sean Bowman, Denis Kalamar (Fischer Gallinger).
Sounders FC at DeAnza Force (February 3) - D, 1-1
In a matchup of the top two teams in the Northwest Division, Ryan Schaefer scored his first goal of the season on a pass from Abdi Abdullah to put the Rave Green up. Seattle held the lead until the 80th minute when DeAnza equalized on a penalty kick, forcing the 1-1 draw.
SOUNDERS FC GOALS (ASSISTS): Ryan Schaefer (Abdi Abdullah).
Major League Soccer Unveils "Jersey Week"
MLS announced its newest annual platform, "Jersey Week." This concept celebrates the art, detail and nuance behind every club's jersey and the passion that supporters have for their club. Jersey Week will take place February 25-28, 2013, with a national launch event taking place in New York on February 25, in conjunction with the New York Red Bulls. Artist Curtis Kulig will be unveiling original pieces of art featuring the 19 MLS clubs at this event. In addition to the national event, there will be 11 local events where MLS clubs will unveil a new primary, secondary or third jersey.
Every year will see a new thematic. This year's theme, "Jersey as Art," will allow clubs to share the story behind the making of their new jersey with their supporters and will focus on the art and detail that went into the collaborative process with adidas, MLS' official merchandise partner.
Twelve MLS clubs will unveil at least one new jersey in 2013. Starting in 2014, all 19 MLS clubs will unveil at least one new jersey (home, away or third kit) every single year.
In advance of Jersey Week, jerseys that will be unveiled will be available for pre-order on MLSgear.com and MLSGearCanada.ca -- using teaser images -- starting today. There will also be Jersey Week coverage on MLSsoccer.com and a social media campaign using the #JerseyWeek hashtag.
MLS will join efforts with the Futbol Artists Network (FAN) as they create the "True Colors" of MLS. Artists from across the United States and Canada will create canvas art, utilizing club marks, club colors and jersey teaser images. The "True Colors" artwork will be featured via MLS social media platforms in the two weeks leading up to Jersey Week using the #TrueColors hashtag.
MLS clubs will announce additional details on their local events in the coming days.
Jersey Week Schedule
Club Jersey Date Location
Chivas USA Secondary Feb. 26 The Home Depot Center**
Colorado Rapids Primary & Secondary Feb. 25-26 Lodo's / Jersey Carava^
Houston Dynamo Primary & Secondary Feb. 25 House of Blues**
Sporting Kansas City Primary & Third Feb. 26 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art**
LA Galaxy Secondary & Third Feb. 27 The GRAMMY Museum^
Montreal Impact Third Feb. 27 New City Gas**
New York Red Bulls Primary Feb. 25 Pier 59 Studios**
Portland Timbers Primary & Secondary Feb. 28 "Last Thursday on Alberta Street"^
Philadelphia Union Third Feb. 26 Xfinity Live^
Seattle Sounders FC Primary & Secondary Feb. 27 Cinerama**
Toronto FC Primary Feb. 26 The Berkeley Church**
Vancouver Whitecaps Primary Feb. 27 Rocky Mountaineer Train Station**
*LA & KC Third jerseys are scheduled to be released at a later date
Sounders FC Announces Details for Kickoff Luncheon and Training Session
The Sounders FC announced limited seating is available for the team's fourth annual Kickoff Luncheon to be held at CenturyLink Field on Thursday, February 28 from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet players, coaches and members of the Sounders FC broadcast team, Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller, in addition to supporting the club's charity partners. Guests will sit with Sounders FC players, coaches, and team executives.
Fans attending the lunch are also invited to attend the Sounders FC training session from 11-11:30 a.m. The session will be followed by a question/answer session with members of the front office.
Tables of 10 include eight guests, plus two Sounders FC personnel (players, coaches, or team executives). Each table costs $800 and individual tickets are available for $100.
To purchase a table please register online at www.soundersfc.com or contact Tiffany Green at TiffanyG@SeahawksSoundersFC.com or (425) 203-8013.
Proceeds from the Kickoff Luncheon ticket sales and silent auction will benefit the five Sounders FC charity partners including: America SCORES Seattle, Boys & Girls Clubs (King Co. & Bellevue), Special Olympics Washington, Washington Global Health Alliance and Washington Youth Soccer.
For more information visit http://www.soundersfc.com/kickoffluncheon .
Sounders FC acquired forward Eddie Johnson on February 17, 2012...Midfielder Andy Rose celebrates his 23rd birthday on Wednesday, February 13. Christian Tiffert (February 18), Adam Johansson February 21) and Mauro Rosales (February 24) will also celebrate their birthdays in Tucson...Michael Gspurning and his wife had their second child on Sunday, son Kiam...French defender Mikael Silvestre will join Sounders FC training in Tucson. Silvestre, 35, played for Arsenal as well as the France National Team...Invitees Leo Lelis, Lebogang Moloto and Shavar Thomas are no longer training with the team...Sounders FC Academy goalkeeper Paul Christensen recently participated in the U.S. U17 National Team camp. Christensen is part of the U.S. Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida...With his goal last Wednesday, Clint Dempsey surpassed Eddie Johnson for goals in World Cup qualifying. Dempsey (11) is second to Landon Donovan (12). Johnson is tied with Brian McBride with 10.