3:24 PM EST, Wed November 21, 2018
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FC Cincinnati and Orlando City SC interested in Osvaldo Alonso, report says

FC Cincinnati and Orlando City SC interested in Osvaldo Alonso, report says

The veteran midfielder could provide needed leadership for both clubs. Less than 48 hours after the Seattle Sounders announced that Osvaldo Alonso is no longer under contract with the club, two other MLS teams are reported to have interest in signing the veteran MLS midfielder. Sounder at Heart’s own Niko Moreno is reporting that Orlando City SC and FC Cincinnati are potential suitors for the hard-tackling defensive mid. Por el momento, únicamente https://t.co/l6YhAwhAes ha podido confirmar interés en adquirir al volante cubano por parte de Orlando SC y FC Cincinnati, el nuevo equipo...
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Voting for the 2018 Sounder at Heart Defensive Player of the Year

Voting for the 2018 Sounder at Heart Defensive Player of the Year

Previous winners were Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Osvaldo Alonso (four times), Leo Gonzalez, Chad Marshall and Stefan Frei (twice). This award is given by the readers of Sounder at Heart to best defensive player in 2018. We consider anyone whose primary role is to keep the ball out of their own net a defensive player. Nominations were limited to any player that had at least 20 all-competitions starts. Previous winners of the Sounder at Heart Defensive Player of the Year award are, in order, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Osvaldo Alonso (‘10, ‘11, ‘12, ‘16), Leo Gonzalez, Chad Marshall, Stefan Frei...
3 hours ago
Megan Rapinoe up for U.S. Soccer 2018 Female Player of the Year

Megan Rapinoe up for U.S. Soccer 2018 Female Player of the Year

The Seattle Reign forward had a great year for club and country. Seattle Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe is one of five players up for U.S. Soccer’s 2018 Female Player of the Year award, which recognizes the United States player who performed at the highest level in their club and international play over the calendar year. Rapinoe faces Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath, and Alex Morgan. While all five players had standout seasons for club and country, Rapinoe has a particularly strong case for the award. Despite missing some time with both the U.S. and Seattle Reign due to injury, she...
5 hours ago
Major Link Soccer: USMNT ends lost year with loss

Major Link Soccer: USMNT ends lost year with loss

Also: MLS Playoffs approaching, again; Cinci building a roster; Yael and Yael; more We missed yesterday, sorry about that. This collection of links is from the past two days. Puget Sound soccer In pursuit of excellence: OSU Men's Soccer's comeback | The Daily Barometer: Oregon State University Student Newspaper, OSU Breaking News and Beaver Sports | orangemedianetwork.comIn 2017, Oregon State University Men’s Soccer was ranked second-to-last in the PAC-12. Yet, with the ushering in of a new coaching staff and culture, the Beavers have propelled to... All three Sounders Academy sides in...
Nov 20, 2018
Italy vs. USA: Gamethread and updates

Italy vs. USA: Gamethread and updates

The USMNT is in Genk, Belgium to play Italy in their last friendly of the year. The United States men continue their two-match swing through Europe to close out 2018. First up was England at historic Wembley Stadium for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match. The USMNT lost 3-0 in a game that might not have actually been that close. Outside of an individual effort by Christian Pulisic that missed early, the USA struggled to pressure the English defense. Three Big Storylines: 406 days. 58 weeks. One year, one month and 10 days. That’s how long it has been since the USMNT lost 2-1 in Couva,...
Nov 19, 2018
Ozzie is latest captain to enter Free Agency

Ozzie is latest captain to enter Free Agency

The honey badger enters the unknown. After 10 years with the Seattle Sounders, Osvaldo Alonso is now a free agent. Originally a discovery signing out of the USL, Alonso will almost certainly need to take a pay cut wherever he ends up and possibly even a bigger one to remain in Seattle. As Alonso learns the market, the Sounders will be able to maintain contact to see if there is a price and role that suits their budget and 2019 desires. While other players of comparable quality have tested MLS free agency, Alonso could become the highest profile one to actually switch teams. The likes of...
Nov 19, 2018
Sounders exercise options on 10 players

Sounders exercise options on 10 players

Osvaldo Alonso is now a free agent. There weren’t a ton of big surprises when the Seattle Sounders released their list of players already signed for 2019 on Monday, but there was at least one piece of potentially big news: Osvaldo Alonso is officially a free agent. Alonso, who could still potentially return, is the last of the Sounders players who were both part of the original MLS squad and continuously with the team since then. Aside from Alonso, though, the players whose options were declined or have not yet been re-signed is notable mostly because of how unsurprising it is. No one...
Nov 19, 2018
MLS mulling changes to playoff structure, report says

MLS mulling changes to playoff structure, report says

The Athletic is reporting that MLS will move to a single-elimination tournament between the October and November international dates. The MLS Cup playoffs could look a lot different the next time around. According a report in The Athletic, the league is seriously considering a move to a single-elimination tournament that effectively runs between the October and November international breaks and expands the post season to include seven teams from each conference. The changes could be made as soon as the December Board of Governors meeting and be implemented for the 2019 season. The main...
Nov 19, 2018
Major Link Soccer: Oscar Pareja headed to Club Tijuana

Major Link Soccer: Oscar Pareja headed to Club Tijuana

Also: NY Cosmos are still alive, NWSL recognizes their players union, and Caleb Porter should not replace Pareja in Dallas. Puget Sound soccer Emerald City Supporters - 2018 End of Season PartyEmerald City Supporters, a supporter group for the Seattle Sounders FC Soccer stadium could be reality by 2020 | Tacoma WeeklyHeidelberg/Davis Park, located along South 19th Street adjacent to the Metro Parks administration building, is home to baseball and softball fields used by local high schools and various recreational leagues. It is being considered as a site for future soccer stadium. 8...
Nov 18, 2018
Voting for 2018 Sounder at Heart Young Player of the Year

Voting for 2018 Sounder at Heart Young Player of the Year

Who will follow in the footsteps of two-time winners DeAndre Yedlin and Cristian Roldan? This award is given by the readers of Sounder at Heart to the player under the age of 23 who had the best year in 2018. Members of the Seattle Sounders First Team, S2, the Academy, and Academy alums still within the organization (potential HGPs and/or Sounders U23 players) are eligible. Staff has reduced the list of potential winners to 10, no previous winners are eligible. Previous winners of the Sounder at Heart Young Player of the Year award are Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan (twice), DeAndre Yedlin...
Nov 17, 2018
Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter rises to soccer’s global stage

Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter rises to soccer’s global stage

The local defender is representing Seattle and the U.S. in the U-17 Women’s World Cup Two years ago, Smith Hunter was on the outside looking in. The young soccer player from Seattle had recently been cut during tryouts for a local club team. Her dreams of playing soccer at the highest levels were halted, at least temporarily. But Hunter is a fighter — she always has been — and she didn’t let that barrier stop her. Hunter battled to earn a spot with the Reign Academy in 2016, and just a few years later, the young defender has started for the United States in the opening two matches...
Nov 16, 2018
Open Flavor Fridays: The Princess Bride

Open Flavor Fridays: The Princess Bride

Mustards and family games Due to the offseason we’re going to bring back Sounder at Heart’s favorite way to bond over non-soccer things. No, it’s not Dungeons & Dragons (it could be, just not this week). It’s Open Flavor Fridays, which sometimes happens on Saturdays. OFF is our way to connect about things not soccer. We’ll discuss flavors and other things we love. Flavor Mustards One of our staffers doesn’t like mustard. I say this not to shame them, but because I find this unfathomable. I have a half-dozen mustards in my fridge and at least two powdered versions in the spice...
Nov 16, 2018
Highlights of the 2018 Seattle Reign season

Highlights of the 2018 Seattle Reign season

The end might have disappointed, but the journey there was a lot of fun. With the 2018 NWSL season complete and the long off-season in full-swing, it’s time to look back on the season that was for Seattle Reign FC. Earlier this week we presented the fan-voted player awards, and today we’re going to look back on the top 10 moments of the season, in no particular order, as selected by the Ride of the Valkyries staff. 1. New season, new Reign The 2017-18 off-season saw the biggest roster upheaval for Seattle since their first-ever off-season back in 2013-14, as well as a change at head...
Nov 16, 2018
Major Link Soccer: No Austin in MLS for 2019

Major Link Soccer: No Austin in MLS for 2019

Also: Stars continue to add talent; USMNT loses, NWSL PA takes major steps forward Puget Sound soccer My Perspective on 2018 and the Offseason - Sounder At HeartRight, so as much as that sucked...right or wrong the Sounders' season is at an end. So let's talk a bit about how 2018 was and a bit about what comes next. Harry Redknapp breaks I’m a Celebrity 2018 silence - and asks one important question - Irish Mirror OnlineHarry Redknapp has signed up for this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, which starts on Sunday night on ITV JOEY GJERTSEN BACK FOR HIS FOURTH SEASON WITH...
Nov 15, 2018
There’s a quiet confidence surrounding Sounders heading into offseason

There’s a quiet confidence surrounding Sounders heading into offseason

Despite an earlier-than-expected exit from playoffs, Sounders seem set up to succeed. SEATTLE — For much of Garth Lagerwey’s tenure as Seattle Sounders general manager, there’s been a certain defensiveness. It’s not so much that the results haven’t been there — for the most part, they have — it’s that there’s been this underlying distrust of him in certain circles of the fanbase. Lagerwey has always seemed to be at least aware of this, and as a result the Sounders’ moments of triumph have felt more “see, I told you to trust me” than “isn’t this great?” On some...