8:18 AM EST, Sun January 20, 2019
15 hours ago
Nicolas Lodeiro addresses Boca Juniors rumors

Nicolas Lodeiro addresses Boca Juniors rumors

He didn’t exactly shoot them down, but it also doesn’t look like a move is anything like in the offing. For large chunks of this offseason, rumors have swirled around the possibility of Nicolás Lodeiro leaving the Seattle Sounders. First it was Cruz Azul — a rumor that appears to have been conjured virtually from thin air. More recently, he’s been linked to a potential move back to Boca Juniors. This has had the air of more plausibility, in part because he seems to constantly be linked to moves there and various club officials have clearly been talking about him to media...
16 hours ago
Seattle Reign players enthusiastic about possible Sounders partnership

Seattle Reign players enthusiastic about possible Sounders partnership

Reign players responded positively when asked about a potential partnership with the MLS club. While Thursday’s announcement that the Seattle Sounders and Seattle Reign would share Zulily as a kit sponsor may have been a surface-level partnership, Reign players in attendance were excited about the prospect of a potentially deeper relationship between the organizations. Shea Groom, recently arrived from Sky Blue FC, said the differences between MLS-affiliated clubs and most independent NWSL teams were easily spotted. “I’ve been a part of many clubs now,” Groom said. “It’s been...
17 hours ago
Jordan Morris still in national team picture

Jordan Morris still in national team picture

After a year lost due to injury, Morris wasn’t a formal member of January camp, but they asked him to stop by anyway. Starting their first year under Gregg Berhalter, the United States men’s national team is short on forwards in January camp. Just three forwards are on the roster Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), and Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6). At this time, the collection of American forwards succeeding in MLS is shallow. One answer may be Jordan Morris. A familiar face. #USMNT striker @JmoSmooth13 was invited to visit January Camp to...
18 hours ago
USA v. France: Gamethread and updates

USA v. France: Gamethread and updates

The path to the Women’s World Cup begins today. The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team begin their road to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Saturday with a match against a talented France squad that is currently ranked third in the world. The match will be played in front of a sellout crowd in Le Havre, France, and will air on FS1 at 11:30 AM PT. While Megan Rapinoe was the engine that fueled the USWNT’s creativity in 2018, she is being rested this match — as the Seattle Reign FC forward is not in the Starting XI or on the bench. It is possible she is being saved for...
Jan 18, 2019
Waylon Francis called in to Costa Rica national team

Waylon Francis called in to Costa Rica national team

Sounders left back will be on roster when Ticos take on the United States. Waylon Francis’ status with the Seattle Sounders doesn’t quite seem settled, but his reputation is apparently still good enough that he’s getting called in to the Costa Rica national team. The left back was one of 24 players named to Costa Rica’s roster for their upcoming friendly with the United States on Feb. 2. Muy agradecido por este nuevo llamado ala sele a darlo todo por este hermoso país #lloreconmigopapi pic.twitter.com/MY9PXfiuu1— Waylon Francis (@WaylonFrancis90) January 18,...
Jan 18, 2019
Major Link Soccer: Miguel Almirón transfer saga continues

Major Link Soccer: Miguel Almirón transfer saga continues

Also: Precourt has new challenges in Austin, like a stadium being built on top of an old chemical plant Puget Sound soccer Hope Solo to headline Oz football festival - The Women's Game - For the love of the gameThe former Reign/Sounders Women keeper is on the speaking circuit. culture & news Chris Cornell Tribute Concert: Setlist + Video | Music News | Consequence of SoundThe life and legacy of Chris Cornell was celebrated with an all-star tribute taking place at Los Angeles' Forum on Wednesday night. "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" featured nearly five hour's worth of...
Jan 17, 2019
Chad Marshall says he’s fully recovered from surgery

Chad Marshall says he’s fully recovered from surgery

Center back tore his meniscus during the playoff series against the Timbers. Perhaps the best news to come out of Thursday’s sponsorship announcement was that Chad Marshall is fully recovered from knee surgery he underwent last November. Marshall tore his meniscus in the first leg of the Sounders’ Western Conference semifinal against the Portland Timbers. “I got the surgery done, and it was a pretty quick recovery after that — like four weeks I was getting back running,” Marshall said at the event. “I’ve been getting after in the gym and the field, I should be good to...
Jan 17, 2019
Zulily sponsorship a sign of longstanding collaboration between Seattle Reign, Sounders

Zulily sponsorship a sign of longstanding collaboration between Seattle Reign, Sounders

And a big commitment from the locally based online retailer. On Thursday afternoon, Zulily announced a new multi-year sponsorship of both Seattle Sounders FC and Seattle Reign FC, indicating a commitment from the local employer to not only be involved in the Greater Seattle community, but to support both women’s and men’s professional soccer in the region. For Reign FC owner Bill Predmore, the sponsorship from Zulily sends a powerful signal about the employer’s community focus. The online retailer was initially in talks with just the Sounders about a sponsorship. The fact that Zulily...
Jan 17, 2019
Zulily unveiled as new sponsor of Sounders, Reign

Zulily unveiled as new sponsor of Sounders, Reign

Deal with locally based company is worth more than Xbox’s sponsorship despite being less extensive. SEATTLE — For the first time since joining MLS in 2009, the Seattle Sounders have a new shirt sponsor. Zulily, a locally-based online retailer that prides itself on machine learning to target a user’s preferences, was announced as the Sounders’ and Seattle Reign’s most prominent sponsors on Thursday during a press conference at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The company’s refreshed logo — which itself was unveiled at the event — will be featured on the First Team and academy...
Jan 17, 2019
Coffee & Valkyries, Episode 19: The One With Shea Groom

Coffee & Valkyries, Episode 19: The One With Shea Groom

“I will run through a brick wall for him, and for my team.” Oh yes, your favorite Seattle Reign FC podcast, “Coffee & Valkyries” is back for 2019! We hope the holidays were good to you and yours as we inch closer to the start of a new Seattle Reign FC campaign, and the second year of the Vlatko Andonovski era. While most of the 2018 squad will be back, there have been a couple of new additions and the newest one literally arrived in Seattle this week. Forward Shea Groom has joined the squad via a trade with Sky Blue FC in exchange for Nahomi Kawasumi. Of course it is never easy to...
Jan 17, 2019
Stars split home weekend series

Stars split home weekend series

Two games in two days is never easy. Tacoma pulled off a win and a bitter loss. The Tacoma Stars had a two-game home-stand last weekend, hosting Monterrey Flash on Friday night and Ontario Fury the following evening. The Stars split the games, falling to Monterrey in heartbreaking fashion but dominating Ontario in the second game. Results 1/11Tacoma 8Monterrey 9 In a match where the largest lead was two goals, it look destined for over time with the teams tied at seven apiece in the middle of the fourth quarter. But a late Flash surge led to a golden chance to Franck Tayou, who had already...
Jan 17, 2019
Yes, the Sounders were among the most-injured teams in 2018

Yes, the Sounders were among the most-injured teams in 2018

As you could probably guess, Seattle suffered more injuries than normal last year, and the weak spot appears to be attacking mid. I started this search a while ago: is there a good source for data on MLS injuries? It was my white whale. It’s the coming together of my job in data science-y public health stuff and my enthusiasm for the Seattle Sounders. It’s something that I rarely see actual analysis of, but hear a lot of speculation about. It’s information that might actually prove useful to the team (although probably not). But there really isn’t any data, let alone data across...
Jan 17, 2019
Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United signs Josef Martinez to an extension

Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United signs Josef Martinez to an extension

Pity Martinez will be joining the ATL soon and Chelsea is closing in on Higuain Seattle Gallimore Announces 2019 Will Be Final Campaign - University of Washington AthleticsThe Official Athletics Site for the University of Washington. Watch game highlights of Washington Huskies games online, get tickets to Huskies athletic events, and shop for official Washington Huskies gear in the team store. Jess Fishlock: Midfielder listened to heart on Wales status - BBC SportWales' most capped player Jess Fishlock listens to her heart by opting to continue playing for her country. Through triumph,...
Jan 16, 2019
Trey Muse represents landmark signing for Sounders’ home-stay program

Trey Muse represents landmark signing for Sounders’ home-stay program

Muse is the first of what could be a long line of Homegrown Players the Sounders find from outside the region. At just 19 years old and standing 6-foot-4 with cat-like reflexes, Trey Muse has the combination of youth, size and skill that coaches drool over. It’s not at all difficult to imagine him turning into an elite goalkeeper, especially after he led his team to the College Cup in each of his two years at Indiana University. But for as good as Muse may turn out to be, his signing may be one of the more important in Sounders history in part because of what he represents. Muse, you see,...
Jan 16, 2019
Cristian Roldan praises Gregg Berhalter’s new culture in USMNT camp

Cristian Roldan praises Gregg Berhalter’s new culture in USMNT camp

Will a new coach, players, tactics and attitude lead to better results? With the first week and a half of the USMNT’s annual January camp in the books, Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan commended the new culture and tactical system of new manager Gregg Berhalter. The camp is Berhalter’s first opportunity to gather national team players since being named the head coach in December. “The first week has been fantastic in terms of our tactics and the energy the guys have brought into the camp, the willingness to learn a new system, to do something that some of us have never seen...