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2011 Seattle Sounders FC season

Background

The 2011 season is the third season for Seattle Sounders FC who began play in 2009 as the league's 15th team. In their inaugural season, Sounders FC became the second MLS expansion team in league history (Chicago was first) to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in their first season. They did so by defeating D.C. United 2–1 on the road at RFK Stadium. In winning the U.S. Open Cup tournament, Sounders FC qualified for the preliminary round of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. During the preliminary round, they were paired up with the defending Primera División winners, Isidro Metapán. After winning the first leg by a score of 1–0, Seattle went to El Salvador to play the second.

Review

November

On 22 November 2010, Seattle made a trade with the Colorado Rapids for defenders Julien Baudet of France and Danny Earls of the Republic of Ireland for Peter Vagenas.[1] Also, the list of the ten protected players for the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft was decided by the club. The draft took place on 24 November 2010 when both the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected ten players from the Major League Soccer teams, including Sanna Nyassi (who was later traded to Colorado) and Nathan Sturgis (who was later traded to Toronto) from Seattle Sounders FC.[2] Vancouver later traded Jamaican international O'Brian White to Seattle.[3]

December

Q: What can you tell us about the Swede, Erik Friberg?

Adrian Hanauer: We're definitely looking at players in Scandinavia. We like Erik. Let's leave it at that for now.

Adrian Hanauer, Seattle Sounders FC owner and General Manager regarding the future signing of Erik Friberg[4]

On 9 December 2010, Swedish club, BK Häcken reported that midfielder, Erik Friberg completed a three-year deal with the Seattle Sounders FC, bringing him over to the team. They also have announced a contract extension with captain Kasey Keller. On 15 December 2010, the Sounders selected Chris Seitz of the Philadelphia Union in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft.[5] The goalkeeper was later traded to FC Dallas for a fourth round pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[6] Defender Tyrone Marshall was also selected in the draft by the Colorado Rapids.[5]

February

The team traveled to Casa Grande, Arizona, just like before the 2010 season for preseason training.

March

On 9 March 2011, the Seattle Sounders FC played the defending MLS Cup champions, Colorado Rapids in the second Seattle Sounders FC Community Shield. The game was at Qwest Field, now called CenturyLink Field.[7]

The Sounders opened up the 2011 regular season against the defending Supporters' Shield titleholders, Los Angeles Galaxy at Qwest Field. It was the third-consecutive MLS season that the league had its First Kick in Seattle. The match was held on 15 March.[8]

Match results

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason

Cascadia Summit

Seattle Sounders FC Community Shield

MLS regular season

Table

Western Conference
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 67 34 19 5 10 48 28 +20 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Seattle Sounders FC 63 34 18 7 9 56 37 +19
3 Real Salt Lake 53 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8
4 FC Dallas 52 34 15 12 7 42 39 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
5 Colorado Rapids 49 34 12 9 13 46 42 +4
6 Portland Timbers 42 34 11 14 9 40 48 −8
7 San Jose Earthquakes 38 34 8 12 14 40 45 −5
8 Chivas USA 36 34 8 14 12 41 43 −2
9 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 34 6 18 10 35 55 −20
Updated to matches played on October 22, 2011. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:
(SS)=Supporters Shield winner
(W1)=Western Conference champion
  • ^Note 1 - The top three clubs in each conference are guaranteed spots in the 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals. The other four clubs in the playoffs enter via wild card entrees, regardless of their conference, based on their overall standings in a single table.
League
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 67 34 19 5 10 48 28 +20 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals, 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Seattle Sounders FC 63 34 18 7 9 56 37 +19 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
3 Real Salt Lake 53 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8
4 FC Dallas 52 34 15 12 7 42 39 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
5 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 51 34 13 9 12 50 40 +10 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
6 Houston Dynamo 49 34 12 9 13 45 41 +4
7 Colorado Rapids 49 34 12 9 13 44 41 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
8 Philadelphia Union 48 34 11 8 15 44 36 +8 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
9 Columbus Crew 47 34 13 13 8 43 44 −1 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
10 New York Red Bulls 46 34 10 8 16 50 44 +6
11 Chicago Fire 43 34 9 9 16 46 45 +1
12 Portland Timbers 42 34 11 14 9 40 48 −8
13 D.C. United 39 34 9 13 12 49 52 −3
14 San Jose Earthquakes 38 34 8 12 14 40 45 −5
15 Chivas USA 36 34 8 14 12 41 43 −2
16 Toronto FC 33 34 6 13 15 36 59 −23
17 New England Revolution 28 34 5 16 13 38 58 −20
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 34 6 18 10 35 55 −20
Updated to matches played on October 22, 2011 (NER v TFC). Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:
(SS)=Supporters Shield winner
(E1)=Eastern Conference champion
(W1)=Western Conference champion


Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground H A H A H A A H A A H H H A A H A H H A A H A A H A H H H A A H H A
Result L L T T W T W W L T T W L W T T W W W T W W L W T W W L W W W L W W
Conference 7 8 7 8 6 7 7 5 6 6 6 4 7 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Overall 13 17 16 17 13 12 11 9 10 9 10 6 10 6 7 7 5 4 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Last updated: 22 October 2011.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T=Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results

      Win       Tie       Loss

MLS Cup Playoffs

U.S. Open Cup

CONCACAF Champions League

Preliminary round

Group stage

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Monterrey 6 4 0 2 11 4 +7 12
Seattle Sounders 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
Comunicaciones 6 2 1 3 8 13 −5 7
Herediano 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6

Friendlies

Squads

First Team squad

As of 27 August 2011.
No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
18 Kasey Keller (C) GK (1969-11-29) 29 November 1969 Fulham
28 Terry Boss GK (1981-09-01) 1 September 1981 New York
29 Josh Ford GK (1987-11-06) 6 November 1987 UConn
35 Bryan Meredith GK (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 Kitsap Pumas
Defenders
4 Patrick Ianni CB (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 Houston
5 Tyson Wahl LFB (1984-02-23) 23 February 1984 Kansas City
7 James Riley RFB (1982-10-27) 27 October 1982 San Jose
12 Leonardo González LFB (1980-11-21) 21 November 1980 Municipal Liberia
20 Zach Scott CB / RFB (1980-07-02) 2 July 1980 Seattle (USL)
26 Taylor Graham CB (1980-06-03) 3 June 1980 Seattle (USL)
31 Jeff Parke CB (1982-04-13) 13 April 1982 Vancouver
34 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado CB (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 Deportivo Cali
Midfielders
3 Brad Evans CM / RM (1985-05-20) 20 May 1985 Columbus
6 Osvaldo Alonso DM (1985-11-11) 11 November 1985 Charleston
8 Erik Friberg CM / RM (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 Häcken
10 Mauro Rosales AM / RM (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 River Plate
11 Steve Zakuani LM (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 Akron
14 Michael Tetteh LM (1989-01-16) 16 January 1989 UC Santa Barbara
15 Álvaro Fernández LM (1985-10-11) 11 October 1985 Nacional
16 David Estrada RM (1988-02-04) 4 February 1988 UCLA
22 Mike Seamon CM (1988-08-30) 30 August 1988 Villanova
23 Servando Carrasco CM / RM (1988-08-13) 13 August 1988 California Golden Bears
27 Lamar Neagle LM (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 IFK Mariehamn
30 Amadou Sanyang CM / RM (1991-08-01) 1 August 1991 Toronto
32 Miguel Montaño (on loan to Montreal) AM / LM (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 Quilmes
Forwards
2 Michael Fucito ST (1986-04-29) 29 April 1986 Harvard
13 O'Brian White CF / ST (1985-12-14) 14 December 1985 Vancouver
17 Fredy Montero ST (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 Deportivo Cali
19 Sammy Ochoa ST (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 Estudiantes Tecos
21 Nate Jaqua ST (1981-10-28) 28 October 1981 Houston
24 Roger Levesque ST (1981-01-22) 22 January 1981 Seattle (USL)
25 Pat Noonan ST (1980-08-02) 2 August 1980 Colorado

Major League Soccer squad

As of 12 September 2011.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 FW Michael Fucito
3 MF Brad Evans
4 DF Patrick Ianni
5 DF Tyson Wahl
6 MF Osvaldo Alonso
7 DF James Riley
8 MF Erik Friberg
10 MF Mauro Rosales
11 MF Steve Zakuani
12 DF Leonardo González
13 FW O'Brian White
14 MF Michael Tetteh
15 MF Álvaro Fernández
16 MF David Estrada
17 FW Fredy Montero
18 GK Kasey Keller (captain)
No. Position Player
19 FW Sammy Ochoa
20 DF Zach Scott (vice-captain)
21 FW Nate Jaqua
22 FW Mike Seamon
23 MF Servando Carrasco
24 FW Roger Levesque
25 FW Pat Noonan
26 DF Taylor Graham
27 MF Lamar Neagle
28 GK Terry Boss
29 GK Josh Ford
30 MF Amadou Sanyang
31 DF Jeff Parke
32 MF Miguel Montaño (on loan to Montreal)
34 DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
35 GK Bryan Meredith

Transfers

In

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
22 November 2010 Julien Baudet DF Colorado Rapids Acquired for Peter Vagenas [1]
Danny Earls DF Colorado Rapids [1]
24 November 2010 O'Brian White FW Vancouver Whitecaps FC Acquired for allocation money [3]
15 December 2010 Chris Seitz GK Philadelphia Union Re-Entry Draft, subsequently traded [5]
16 December 2010 Erik Friberg MF Häcken Undisclosed [9]
2 March 2011 Lamar Neagle FW IFK Mariehamn Free [10]
18 March 2011 Mauro Rosales MF River Plate Undisclosed [11]
30 July 2011 Amadou Sanyang MF Toronto FC Free [12]
26 August 2011 Sammy Ochoa FW Estudiantes Tecos Acquired thru allocation process [13]
12 September 2011 Bryan Meredith GK Kitsap Pumas Free [14]

Out

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
22 November 2010 Peter Vagenas MF Colorado Rapids Traded for Julien Baudet and Danny Earls [1]
24 November 2010 Sanna Nyassi MF Vancouver Whitecaps FC Expansion Draft [2]
Nathan Sturgis MF Vancouver Whitecaps FC Expansion Draft [2]
15 December 2010 Tyrone Marshall DF Colorado Rapids Re-Entry Draft [5]
15 December 2010 Chris Seitz GK FC Dallas Traded for a 2012 4th round SuperDraft pick [6]
1 March 2011 Danny Earls DF Colorado Rapids Waived, free transfer [15][16]
15 March 2011 Blaise Nkufo FW None Released, then retired [17][18]

Loan out

Date from Date to Name Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
29 June 2011 10 July 2011 Michael Tetteh MF Orlando City S.C. 10-day loan deal [19]
15 August 2011 End of season Miguel Montaño FW Montreal Impact End of season loan deal [20]

Club

Coaching staff

Position Staff
General Manager Adrian Hanauer
Head Coach Sigi Schmid
Assistant Coach Brian Schmetzer
Assistant Coach Ezra Hendrickson
Goalkeeper Coach Tom Dutra
Fitness Coach David Tenney
Chief Scout Kurt Schmid
Technical Director Chris Henderson

Last updated: 18 November 2010
Source: Seattle Sounders FC

Management

Majority Owner Joe Roth
Owners Paul G. Allen
Drew Carey
Adrian Hanauer
Chief Executive Officer Jo Lynn Allen
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Karen Harrison
President Peter McLoughlin
Senior Vice President of Business Operations Gary Wright
Ground (capacity and dimensions) CenturyLink Field (35,700 / 104.2x67.7 meters)

Last updated: 18 November 2010
Source: Seattle Sounders FC

Official sponsors

Source: Soundersfc.com

Kits

Home
Home Alternate
Home Alt. 2
Away
Away Alternate
Third
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Info
Home Rave Green Blue Rave Green
Home Alt. Rave Green Rave Green Blue MLS, March 19 against New York
Home Alt. 2 Rave Green Rave Green Rave Green MLS, April 16 against Philadelphia
Away Shale Shale Shale
Away Alt. Shale Shale Rave Green CCL, Group stage, September 27 against Comunicaciones
Third Yellow Yellow Yellow

Recognition

MLS Player of the Week
Week Player Opponent Link
10 Jeff Parke Sporting Kansas City Player of the Week
17 Fredy Montero Portland Timbers Player of the Week
18 Mauro Rosales Colorado Rapids Player of the Week
24 Lamar Neagle Columbus Crew Player of the Week
30/31 Kasey Keller San Jose Earthquakes Player of the Week
MLS Goal of the Week
Week Player Opponent Link
4 O'Brian White Chicago Fire Goal Week 4
11 Lamar Neagle Real Salt Lake Goal Week 11
14 Fredy Montero Toronto FC Goal Week 14
15 Tyson Wahl New England Revolution Goal Week 15
24 Lamar Neagle Columbus Crew Goal Week 24
27 Álvaro Fernández D.C. United Goal Week 27
28 Fredy Montero Vancouver Whitecaps Goal Week 28
MLS Save of the Week
Week Player Opponent Link
3 Kasey Keller San Jose Earthquakes Save of the Week
4 Chicago Fire Save of the Week
12 Chicago Fire Save of the Week
23 F.C. Dallas Save of the Week
30 Philadelphia Union Save of the Week
31 San Jose Earthquakes Save of the Week

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month

Month Player Link
March Fredy Montero March Humanitarian of the Month

Miscellany

Stadium

On 23 June 2011, after the completion of CenturyLink's acquisition of Qwest, Qwest Field was renamed CenturyLink Field. CenturyLink picked up the five-year extension in the naming rights contract at that time, extending the contract to June 2019.[21]

Allocation ranking

Seattle is in the No. 18 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. Seattle started 2011 ranked No. 11 on the allocation list but on 26 August traded allocation positions with Chicago Fire to acquire Sammy Ochoa.[22][23]

International roster spots

Seattle has 7 international roster spots. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots, which can be traded. Seattle dealt one slot to Portland Timbers on 14 January 2011 for use in the 2011 season.[24] There is no limit on the number of international slots on each club's roster. The remaining roster slots must belong to domestic players. For clubs based in the United States, a domestic player is either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (green card holder) or the holder of other special status (e.g., refugee or asylum status).[23]

Future draft pick trades

Future picks acquired: 2012 SuperDraft Round 4 pick acquired from FC Dallas.
Future picks traded: 2012 SuperDraft Round 3 pick traded to Chicago Fire.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d "Colorado acquire Vagenas in trade with Seattle". MLSsoccer.com. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c MLSsoccer.com (24 November 2010). "2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick". Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Caps pass O'Brian White on to Sounders"'". MLSsoccer.com. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Mayers, Joshua (9 December 2010). "Q: Who is Erik Friberg? It sure sounds like he's a Sounder". Seattle Times.com. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Wolff, Angel selected in Re-Entry Stage 2 draft". MLSsoccer.com. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Sounders draft keeper Seitz, trade him to Dallas". Seattle PI. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sounders FC Alliance Business Meeting". Soundersfc.com. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Gaschk, Matt (20 December 2010). "Qwest Hosts First Kick". Soundersfc.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sounders sign Swedish MF Erik Friberg". Yahoo Sports. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Sounders FC Signs Forward Lamar Neagle, Midfielder Servando – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News
  11. ^ "Sounders FC Signs Argentine Midfielder Mauro Rosales". Sounders FC Public Relations. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Sounders FC sign Sanyang". Sounders FC Public Relations. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sounders FC sign Ochoa". Sounders FC Public Relations. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Sounders sign goalkeeper Meredith". Sounders FC Public Relations. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  15. ^ Sounders FC News & Notes – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News
  16. ^ http://www.coloradorapids.com/news/2011/03/rapids-sign-janniere-re-sign-earls#
  17. ^ Sounders cut ties with Swiss forward Nkufo | Major League Soccer
  18. ^ http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles/2011/03-March/Nkufo-Retires.aspx
  19. ^ "Rookie Michael Tetteh Loaned to Orlando City". Sounders FC Public Relations (Soundersfc.com). 29 June 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Midfielder Miguel Montano Loaned to Montreal Impact". Sounders FC Public Relations (Soundersfc.com). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  21. ^ Caple, Christian (23 June 2011). "CenturyLink and Seahawks extend naming rights deal through 2018–19 season". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  22. ^ http://www.soundersfc.com/News/Articles/2011/08-August/Sounders-sign-Ochoa.aspx
  23. ^ a b 2011 MLS Roster Rules | Major League Soccer
  24. ^ Wilkinson: Three-way trade was a win-win | Major League Soccer
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