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Seattle Times Dec 19, 2014
Sounders FC will host New England in season opener next year

Sounders FC will host New England in season opener next year

Seattle is hosting New England on March 8 in both teams’ opening match of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, the league announced Friday, with the rest of the schedule still yet to be announced.
Tacoma News-Tribune Dec 19, 2014

Sounders will open MLS season vs. MLS Cup runner-up

New England visits on March 8 as Seattle opens at home for seventh straight season.

Marco Pappa wins Univision MLS player of the year award

Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa won the MLS player of the year award at the inaugural Premios Univision Deportes -- Univision Sports Awards -- on Thursday night, beating out Portland’s Diego Valeri and Chivas USA’s Erick “Cubo” Torres. Pappa had six goals and five assists in 28 appearances during his first season in Seattle. The 27-year-old also scored four goals for Guatemala as the top scorer at the Copa Centroamericana in September.

Sounders to host Revolution in 2015 season opener

The Seattle Sounders were a single goal – or some away-goal-rule arithmetic – away from hosting the Eastern Conference champion New England Revolution for the MLS Cup title a few weeks ago. The rain check may come a few months too late from a Sounders perspective, but the Revs are finally coming to CenturyLink Field. Seattle is hosting New England on March 8 in both teams’ opening match of the 2015 Major League Soccer season, the league announced Friday, with the rest of the schedule still yet to be announced. The match is slated for a 6:30 p.m. PST kickoff and will be televised on Fox...

Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums

Local World Cup organizers insisted they wanted the tournament played in 12 host cities despite concerns from FIFA and complaints from critics outraged by the money needed to build or renovate all the stadiums — many in cities without soccer tradition. There were four professional soccer matches, one amateur tournament, three religious events, two concerts and the celebration of the city's anniversary. At the 70,000-capacity Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia — another city without a big soccer tradition — only 300 fans were on hand this month to watch the U.S. women's national team,...

MLS announced 2015 home openers; Sounders’ season begins March 8 vs. Revs

MLS announced the 2015 home openers for its 20 teams today. The Sounders will open at 6:30 p.m. March 8, when the New England Revolution visits. The entire MLS schedule is expected to be released in early January. Here’s the news from the league: Today Major League Soccer and its broadcast partners announced the lineup of home openers for the League’s 20th season, as well as the schedule of games available nationally across the U.S. and Canada on opening week. The 2015 season is the first of eight-year landmark television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision...

Pappa wins Premios Univision Deportes for MLS

Here’s the report from the club: Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa won the MLS Player of the Year Award Thursday night at the inaugural Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards). Univision Deportes is the sport division of Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Pappa, 27, edged Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri and Chivas USA forward Erick Torres for the award. The Guatemalan had six goals and five assists in 28 appearances in 2014, including a brace in the Supporters’ Shield-clinching 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy in...

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

The decision by the FIFA executive committee to publish ethics investigator Michael Garcia's report, with witnesses' names taken out, is aimed at lifting the cloud of suspicion that has dogged the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar and the December 2010 vote that sent the World Cup to those countries for the first time. The 78-year-old Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term as president, said the decisions by the FIFA executive committee will allow the governing body to move on from four years of controversy. There are also cases against Franz Beckenbauer, the Germany great and...
Tacoma News-Tribune Dec 19, 2014

Sounders pass in Re-Entry draft; but lose two

Forward Tristan Bowen goes to New England, goalkeeper Josh Ford to Orlando City.
Seattle Times Dec 18, 2014

Sounders pass on taking any action during MLS Re-Entry draft

Two former Seattle players picked up by other teams

Sounders pass, Tristan Bowen and Josh Ford both taken in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft

Seattle passed with the 16th selection in Stage Two of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft on Thursday, but two former Sounders were taken as the New England Revolution drafted forward Tristan Bowen and Orlando City took goalkeeper Josh Ford. Below are the full results of Thursday's draft -- and with that, free agency season will pick up momentum. 2014 MLS Re-Entry Process Stage Two Results:   Team Round One Round Two Round Three Montreal Impact Bakary Soumare Pass San Jose Earthquakes Marvell Wynne Sanna Nyassi Pass Colorado Rapids Pass Chicago Fire Pass Houston Dynamo Chandler...

No re-entry additions, but Sounders lose GK Josh Ford

Seattle Sounders FC passed with its pick — the 16th overall — in today’s second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft. However with the 20th pick, the new Orlando City SC franchise selected Sounders reserve keeper Josh Ford.

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report. Relaxing strict FIFA secrecy rules could potentially hurt those being investigated by the former U.S. Attorney and former Interpol vice president, whose previous work as a prosecutor included the 1993 World Trade Center bombers and a Russian arms dealer. Garcia's resignation statement on Wednesday was critical of FIFA's slow,...

Re-entry draft’s second stage at noon PT

So far this offseason, the Sounders have lost players to retirement, to the Major League Soccer expansion draft, to the English Premier League and the general crash of contracts colliding with salary caps. It’s the dreary part of the MLS calendar: goodbye to goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, off to retirement; goodbye to defender DeAndre Yedlin, off to Tottenham Hotspur; goodbye to defender Jalil Anibaba, off to Orlando City in the expansion draft and then off again to Sporting Kansas City in a trade. But there is good news for those who don’t like goodbyes: Here come the hellos. That process...

Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

Funneled into the state-of-the-art Aspire training academy that Bravo oversees in Doha, Qatar's showcase capital, the wealth is helping to make the embryonic nucleus of what will be the 2022 home team more formidable than population numbers would suggest. French victory at home in 1998 and South Korea's wild ride to the semis of the 2002 tournament it co-hosted with Japan. The reach and size of that talent-search and Qatar's history of recruiting overseas athletes to represent it internationally led to suspicions it could naturalize foreign footballers in bulk for the World Cup, although...

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