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Jan 9

Seattle Pro Sports… what a month so far!

Wow… January 2013 started with a bang!  It’s been a crazy couple of days for Seattle’s Pro Sports.  Here’s a summary of all that is happening:

Sounders loaned striker Freddy Montero to Colombia’s Millonarios Club for 6 months with option for 1 year. Suuuupa Fred sent his goodbye thank you tweet to Seattle fans for 4 great years. His tweeter profile (@Goleador17) already reads: ExDeportivo Cali , ExAtletico Huila , Ex Seattle Sounders FC. This move frees up salary cap and a designated player spot.  Thankfully for us Alonso (midfielder) was not chosen by West Ham. Opening game will be March 2, 2013 agains t Montreal at 7pm (C-link stadium).

On the Football front, our Seahawks moved on to the divisional round of the playoffs after winning 24-14 against the WA DC Redskins. In a game in which RGIII left injured. Next Sunday Jan 13 the Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons at 4pm PST. Unfortunately, Clemons is out for the season with an ACL injury. The good thing, Russell, Lynch, Sherman, Miller, Wagner, and the rest of the gang are playing extremely well and have the momentum on their side.

The biggest news of the year, NBA’s Sacramento Kings rumored to be bought by Seattle’s Chris Hansen investing group. Talks are ~$500M, this after the Virginia Beach Arena went down. News have been flying all over the web and they claim the deal will be completed by the end of January pending approval of the NBA in March. If all goes along what is being reported, the Sonics will be back in Seattle for the 2013-2014 season! I would have preferred an expansion team rather than moving a franchise up here. I feel for Sacramento and their 28 year long ownership.

Along with NBA potential return to Seattle goes the possibility of a professional NHL team and the Phoenix Coyotes have been struggling to finance their operations. NHL’s lockout have left their energy in trying to get a season going rather than paying attention to what is happening or not in Seattle.

Our beloved Edgar Martínez, will have to keep his fingers crossed for another year… Sports writers did not select any player to MLB’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Gar obtained 35.9% of the needed 75%. He got 36.2% in 2010 and 32.9% in 2011. Still, he has enough votes to remain elegible for next year. As long as he reaches over 5% of the votes he can remain on the ballots for a period of 15 years. Four years have already passed… he has 12 more years and I’ll keep hoping and praying! I will not lose faith that one say, Edgar will make it to Cooperstown as the 4th Boricua and join Roberto Clemente, Orlando ‘Peruchín’ Cepeda & Roberto Alomar.

In women’s sports, our new soccer professional team, Seattle Reign FC, awaits the college draft next Jan. 18th. There is plenty of speculation about which international players will land in Seattle. Most likely candidates: Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Verónica Pérez (Mexico). Teams will get an allocation of 3 US international players, 2 from Mexico and 2 from Canada. One team will get 2 US players. Check this article for more details.

Seattle Storm and gold olympian point guard, Sue Bird stepped into the court for a game on Jan 6th. First game since her hip surgery last October.  She played +23 min. She joined WNBA’s Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker and Ewelina Kolbryn in Russia all of whom play for UMMC Ekaterinbur.

Seattle's NWSL team will be named Seattle Reign FC

Bill Predmore announced “Seattle Reign FC was, in part, selected to pay homage those visionaries — the leaders and players of the Seattle Reign women’s basketball team — who pioneered professional women’s sports in Seattle. “

Predmore consulted and requested permission from former Seattle Reign ABL, Ann Levinson.

No players have been selected or announced but former Sounders Women GM, Amy Carnell, is the new Reign GM. Amy was the person behind the recruitment of US Women’s Nationals: Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Lereux & Alex Morgan; in addition to Mexican National, Verónica Pérez. This adds up more spice to what seems an already heated relationship between the Reign ownership group and the existing W-League Seattle Sounders (affiliated to the MSL Seattle Sounders FC).


Just today Laura Harvey - the former Head Coach of Arsenal Ladies - was announced as Seattle Reign FC’s first Head Coach. Laura led the Arsenal Ladies to three consecutive league titles and was the FA WSL Coach of the Year in 2011. Mr. Predmore is certainly making some moves… can’t wait to hear about the players!

Sounders to open 2013 season with visit from Montreal Impact

If there is one thing Seattle has shown in the Sounders FC’s first four years in Major League Soccer, it is that the city knows how to hold a soccer celebration.

In each of the club’s first four years, the Sounders FC opened the MLS regular season at CenturyLink Field and in 2013, that trend will continue.

On Tuesday, MLS announced the home openers for all 19 teams in the league and the Sounders will open at CenturyLink Field on March 2 against the Montreal Impact, putting Seattle back into the opening weekend after a one-year hiatus from MLS First Kick last year.

Seattle is 3-1-0 all-time in season openers.  

MLS Playoffs!!! C’mmon Sounders!

MLS Playoffs!!! C’mmon Sounders!

The Wash: US Soccer controls destiny of Seattle professional team(s)

US Soccer has jumped into the women’s professional soccer scene far beyond just sending some of its brightest stars to play in whatever league is still operating. Now the federation will oversee the development of a new professional women’s league, with as many as ten cities / ownership groups hoping to make up that league and kick off in 2013.

Seattle has two ownership groups that would like to join, one by owner Bill Predmore (Pop) and now also featuring former Sounders Women General ManagerAmy Carnell, and the Sounders Women, who have spent their life in the W-League and are owned since 2011 by Cliff McElroy and Lane Smith (Datec). In recent weeks the USSF has made statements that are clarifying where things stand, and the Sounders Women recently held a press conference to say where they stand.

US Soccer at some point will have to decide which clubs make the new league, and whether it is Predmore and a new team or the Sounders Women “going up” who will represent Seattle in the pro circuit.

thisisnotacomp:

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Seattle = Soccer City USA!

Sunday was a great night for Soccer in America. The MLS has come a long way and still has a long way to go. But if Sunday was any indication of things to come, the future looks bright. The level of play has risen quite a bit in the MLS. While it still pails in comparison to the major leagues in Europe and South America it is starting to creep its way up to match the competition of the second tear leagues in norther Europe and elsewhere.

On a more local note, I could not be happier with the Sounders first few years in the MLS. The Seattle sports fan has had to endure more then its fair share of garbage over the last 10 years. I mean just look at 2008 for example :
 - The Seahawks went 4 - 12. Holmgren’s last year as head coach. Worst season since 1992
 - The Mariners went 61–101. First team in MLB history to lose 100 games with a payroll over $100 million.
 - 07/08 was the last year that the SuperSonics played in Seattle.

2008 was a rough year to be a Seattle sports town. So when the Sounders arived in March of 2009 they brought with them a bit of hope. Some thing to cheer for that didn’t suck. A team that’s only history was of being a very good 2nd tear soccer club, a club that would beat MLS teams on occasions  Their was finally a ray of hope in the Seattle sports world. The team started out playing pretty well. Attendance was amazing and the city rallied behind the Rave Green. That support has only increased and Sundays game was evidence of that. It was the best attended game in the MLS since 2006. I was stoked to be a part of it. 

Sounders are here to stay and the whole damn city is stoked for that fact!

zacwassink:

Seattle Vs. Portland Match Attracts Nearly 300k Viewers While Against SNF and MLB Playoffs (photo credit: Karen Corby / Flickr) -http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rbny-fan-seattle-vs-portland-match-attracts-nearly-165300942—mls.html

zacwassink:

Seattle Vs. Portland Match Attracts Nearly 300k Viewers While Against SNF and MLB Playoffs (photo credit: Karen Corby / Flickr) -http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rbny-fan-seattle-vs-portland-match-attracts-nearly-165300942—mls.html

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jun-witherspoon:

Baby Horse’s equaliser.

Just lovely.

Golazo de Super Fred!

Golazo de Super Fred!

Sounders Women release statement about possible move to pro league

I would totally support the Sounders Women in a potential move to a Pro League and I believe Seattle - America’s most beloved soccer city - would rally behind the team as well! Go Sounders-W!

There is a new professional women’s league is in the works, with plans to begin play in as many as eight U.S. cities next spring.

Knowing this, the Seattle Sounders Women issued a long statement this week about the possibility of a team being located in Seattle.

“The Seattle Sounders Women, coming off an incredibly successful 12th season as a franchise in the USL W-League, will absolutely return to the pitch for a 2013 campaign,” the statement said. “We are aware of the possibility to move to a different league or evolve with our current league. At this point, the Sounders Women are open to all options and evaluating what is best for women’s soccer in the United States as well as what is best for the Sounders Women and our unparalleled fans.

Whether we are dealing with our own league or outside interests, women’s pro soccer deserves a fair shot at surviving. What survival means is a dogged restraint to costs in such a way that can compel future franchise growth nationwide. Our league and owners must agree on realistic player salaries and franchise fees and conjoin them with knowledgeable soccer people and business infrastructure.

The Sounders Women encourage our fans and all supporters of women’s soccer to be patient in order to ensure a stable, sustainable, and prosperous model is chosen for the women’s game in the U.S. so previous unsuccessful models are not repeated.”

Seaaaaaaattle….  Sooooooooouuuuunnnnders!  Goleada Genial!
Felicidades a Fredy por su hat trick y a Mauro por sus fabulosas asistencias. Todo el equipo se unió tras magistrales actuaciones.  Gspurning, Ochoa, Evans, Alonso, Eddie, Johanssen, Gonzalez, Tiffert, Hurtado, Parke, Zakuani, & debutando Mario Martínez!

Seaaaaaaattle….  Sooooooooouuuuunnnnders!  Goleada Genial!

Felicidades a Fredy por su hat trick y a Mauro por sus fabulosas asistencias. Todo el equipo se unió tras magistrales actuaciones.  Gspurning, Ochoa, Evans, Alonso, Eddie, Johanssen, Gonzalez, Tiffert, Hurtado, Parke, Zakuani, & debutando Mario Martínez!

Aug 9
Sporting KC, enjoy the USOC this year ‘cause we are coming back for it and will bring it home for the 100th anniversary of the USOC.
Yes, we had our chances and failed to take advantage but 5 cards against 0, then a PK retake call?  Really, Salazar?  Next time, please put on the opponent’s uniform on.
Photo source: https://twitter.com/racethetrain/status/233421156756103168/photo/1/large

Sporting KC, enjoy the USOC this year ‘cause we are coming back for it and will bring it home for the 100th anniversary of the USOC.

Yes, we had our chances and failed to take advantage but 5 cards against 0, then a PK retake call?  Really, Salazar?  Next time, please put on the opponent’s uniform on.

Photo source: https://twitter.com/racethetrain/status/233421156756103168/photo/1/large

Aug 9
Hey Kansas City!  Try to make it 3peat!  Guess what? Salazar will not call the next 2 USOCs in a row, therefore you will not come even close to the Sounders feat of 3 USOC’s in a row and 4 finals in a row.  Ah, let’s not forget you must achieve that feat without losing a single game ;)
Go Sounders!

Hey Kansas City!  Try to make it 3peat!  Guess what? Salazar will not call the next 2 USOCs in a row, therefore you will not come even close to the Sounders feat of 3 USOC’s in a row and 4 finals in a row.  Ah, let’s not forget you must achieve that feat without losing a single game ;)

Go Sounders!

Roger Levesque, you will never be forgotten and will forever be missed! Thank you for honoring the fans after each game with a greeting, a smile, a handshake, a hug and a few autographs… and yes, sometimes the shirt off your back, your cleats and even your socks!
You always took the time to come by the ECS & Gorilla FC seating areas and spent a few minutes of your time with us. Truly, a class act.  I hope the rest of your teammates learned from you… after all, without fans (aka attendance) there will be no team.
Good luck on your MBA studies! I hope we can cross paths again. Sounder ‘till I die!

Roger Levesque, you will never be forgotten and will forever be missed! Thank you for honoring the fans after each game with a greeting, a smile, a handshake, a hug and a few autographs… and yes, sometimes the shirt off your back, your cleats and even your socks!

You always took the time to come by the ECS & Gorilla FC seating areas and spent a few minutes of your time with us. Truly, a class act.  I hope the rest of your teammates learned from you… after all, without fans (aka attendance) there will be no team.

Good luck on your MBA studies! I hope we can cross paths again. Sounder ‘till I die!

Seattle Sounders draw world-class crowds

The Seattle Sounders, who lead MLS in attendance for the fourth straight year, dating back to their inaugural 2009 season, are  averaging nearly 40,000 fans. To see how Seattle’s attendance compares to some major European leagues and for MLS team attendance rankings … [click on link to article for full table of European Leagues as well as MLS teams]

* After 10 games, the Seattle Sounders are averaging 39,537 fans.

* MLS league-wide attendance this season after 181 games is 18,736. MLS’s highest season attendance averages were 17,872 in 2011 and 17,406 in its inaugural season of 1996.

* Seattle has set the all-time MLS attendance record in each of its first three MLS seasons: 2011 — 38,496; 2010 — 36,173; 2009 — 30,897.