Category: Seattle Sounders

Sounders Practice Notes [08-09-18]: Closing Windows

Lots of news today, but I did have time to head down to Starfire to catch Sounders' practice. Last night was the close of the transfer window for the summer. And while the Sounders left some room for a last-minute move, in the end, the window closed without any other additions. Sounders GM/President of Soccer ...

With Reports of Multiple Incoming Foreign Players, Sounders Aren’t Concerned About International Slots

Note: I recently started a Patreon for those who want to help support/expand my writing content. Whatever you'd like to contribute is greatly appreciated! End plug. Become a Patron: The Seattle Sounders appear set to be one of the busier teams ahead of next week's Transfer Deadline. With one big signing already confirmed, and reports ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-27-18]

It was back to the practice field, as the Sounders have a short turnaround in this three-game week. Today was mostly a regeneration session, as the starters from Wednesdays' 1-0 victory over San Jose weren't involved in full training. One bit of good news: Chad Marshall, who was unavailable for selection for the game on ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-24-18]

It was a blazing-hot day out at Starfire, as the team got in their final practice before traveling down to San Jose for their game tomorrow versus the Earthquakes. Much like yesterday, the focus was on making sure the team takes advantage of a struggle San Jose side, who is last in the Western Conference, ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-23-18]: Cautious

A fairly light training session today, as the majority of the starters from Saturday's victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps did some light jogging while watching the reserves practice. With a short turnaround before the next game versus San Jose Wednesday, coaches focused on regeneration. The word after practice today was cautious. As in, while the ...

Waiver of Magnus Wolff Eikrem Won’t Impact Seattle Sounders’ Salary Budget Flexibility

The waiver of Magnus Wolff Eikrem ended a short tenure with the Sounders that never ended up being a good fit. Aside a promising start in the Concacaf Champions' League, the player never got consistent playing time, even with the Sounders decimated by injuries this spring. As it was apparent the Sounders did not see a ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-20-18]: Departure

The late-night news that the Sounders were going to waive Magnus Wolff Eikrem certainly came as a bit of surprise to Sounders fans. Though frankly, it probably shouldn't have. His appearances this season were limited, even when the team was decimated by injuries. He was left off the 18-man squad versus Atlanta United, and at the ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-17-18]: Schmetzer Jabs

Back from a 5/9 (shameless plug) point road trip, the Sounders got back out on the practice field to prepare for a Cascadia clash with Vancouver this weekend. While the team is happy to get back home on an undefeated streak, they know that a win this weekend is absolutely necessary. Designated Player Raúl Ruidíaz was ...

Sounders Practice Notes [7-11-18]

The news of today centered around yesterday's big win by the Sounders Academy in the U16/17 championship game over Atlanta United's Academy. Things were shaky in the first half, especially after dueling red cards left the game 10 v. 10. But after that, the Baby Sounders' quality took control. Sounders GM/President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey came ...

Sounders Practice Notes [7-10-18]

The first practice since the Sounders returned from the first two games of their road trip saw the return of at least one smiling face from the World Cup, though the questions after practice mainly revolved around the debut of the newest Designated Player. Roman Torres returned to the practice field, though he wasn't involved ...

Sounders Practice Notes [07-02-18]: Returns

It was a light practice today, as everyone who started against Portland on Saturday trained inside. However, that doesn't mean there wasn't any news of interest. The most important sighting was the return of three injured players to training. Stephan Frei, Kelvin Leerdam and Felix Chenkam all were involved in training this morning. All three ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-28-18]: Progression

It was a spirited training session in the penultimate practice before the big game versus Portland this weekend. The team did some short-sided drills right near us, so I was able to get some good pictures. Nico in particular dropped in a heck of a goal from distance. The team is about as healthy as ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-27-18]: Protocol

The Sounders continue their preparations for Portland on the weekend and heath concerns continue to be top of mind, in addition to the team's standing in the Western Conference. On the latter point, Ozzie Alonso indicated he is feeling better and better since having returned to the team from his dual quad injuries. Will Bruin ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-22-18]: Frei Fires

The last Sounders practice before the game versus the Chicago Fire was a pretty standard affair. The team worked on shooting and prepared tactically for what will be a Chicago team that is likely to rotate their squad, after their mid-week U.S. Open Cup game versus Atlanta, where they played a first-choice lineup. It was ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-19-18]: Rising Shipp

There was a big group out for practice today, as some Academy and Sounders 2 players had the opportunity to train with the senior team. There was a lively full field 11 v 11 scrimmage, with what could be considered the first team versus reserves and backups. One thing that was interesting to note was ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-18-18]: Back to Work

The "World Cup Break" is officially over, with the team back on the field after having a bit of extended time off. It seems like most of the players enjoyed watching some World Cup action on their down time, and otherwise getting away from things for a few days. However if the comments of Christian ...

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Enjoy Your Weekend, and a Personal Update

I'm here at CenturyLink field, and I am taking in the game from a different view: The Press Box. I've been credentialed for the rest of the year, so I'll be working some games from up above. It's been awhile since I've worked games from the media side, but things haven't changed too much from ...

Sounders Practice Notes [06-08-18]: Recovery

The weather may have been overcast, but the mood around the team was bright, as the Sounders continue to work their way towards full (relative) heath. Sure, Jordan Morris is still out for the year, and Handwalla Bwana suffered an unfortunate injury, but Victor Rodriguez working his way towards full fitness, and Ozzie Alonso training, ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-31-18]: Reinforcements

The Sounders went through a full scrimmage today at practice, and by far the most important thing was that two injured players appeared to make it through with no issues. Both Will Bruin and Victor Rodriguez fully participated in the scrimmage and didn't look to have suffered any problems. Whether that means that both are ...

Sounders Practice Notes [05-30-18]: Progress

It was a spirited and intense practice today, as the Sounders prepare for their visit to Real Salt Lake. You can feel there is some frustration with the recent results and the current standing of the team; there weren't too many smiles throughout the training session as the side gets ready to try to avenge ...

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