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Sounders FC Announce Friendly and 4-Match Ticket Package

Team to open full stadium for LA Galaxy and Cascadia matches

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Sounders FC announced today they will host Chelsea FC on Wednesday, July 18 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The match is part of the Sounders FC full 18-match season ticket package. The presenting partner for the Sounders FC international friendly match is AT&T.

Fans can guarantee seats for Chelsea by purchasing a 4-Match ticket package for $110 prior to the public on-sale of individual tickets on June 4.

Chelsea, the only English Premier League club still competing in the Champions League this season, were runners up in the League last season having been champions and FA Cup winners in 2010. The London club has many international players, from Europe, Africa and South America.

“We’re delighted to be returning to Seattle to kick off our summer tour in the U.S. The right pre-season preparation is vital to us and there’s no better place to start. Seattle’s facilities are second to none and the Sounders are quality opponents who enjoy great support,” said Chelsea FC chief executive Ron Gourlay. “We were there in 2004 and 2009 and both turned out to be winning seasons for us, so we’re really looking forward to taking the team back.”

The 4-Match ticket package includes Sounders FC home matches versus Chelsea on July 18, Los Angeles Galaxy on August 5, Vancouver Whitecaps on August 18 and Portland Timbers on October 7. In anticipation of the high demand for tickets, seating at CenturyLink Field will be expanded to include the upper bowl for all four matches.

“We welcome a return visit from one of the premier teams and leaders in the football world with Chelsea FC,” said Sounders FC owner Joe Roth. “I’m looking forward to an unprecedented match day experience not only for Chelsea FC but also for LA, Vancouver and Portland.”

The 4-Match ticket package and full season ticket packages are available by phone at 1-877-MLS-GOAL or online at www.SoundersFC.com. Single match tickets exclusively for the Chelsea match will go on-sale Monday, June 4.

Single match tickets are now available for sale at the Downtown Pro Shop located at 410 Pike Street. There are no fees or surcharges associated with the ticket purchase. Fans who purchase tickets at the Downtown Pro Shop will receive a 10% discount on all regular-priced merchandise. The Downtown Pro Shop is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.soundersfc.com

Match Day: Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Match Date, Time, Location : Saturday, March 17 | 7PM (PST) | Royal Brougham Park in the County of Kings

Television : KONG 6/16 (Commentary: Ross Fletcher & Kasey Keller)

Radio : KIRO 97.3FM (Fletcher & Keller) | La Gran D 99.3FM (Spanish radio, Rene Aleman, Victor Hernandez and Noe Menendez)

Streams : FirstRow | USAgoals (don’t know if this one will work) | KIRO 97.3 FM (radio)

Replays : Saturday, March 17, 9PM (PST) on ROOT Sports NW
Sunday, March 18, 1AM & 6:30PM (PST) on ROOT Sports NW
Tuesday, March 20, 8:30PM (PST) on ROOT Sports NW
Thursday, March 22, 12PM (PST) on ROOT Sports NW

Head to head : Seattle leads, 4-1-1, including 2-0-1 at home.

Injury report :
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
OUT: GK Josh Ford, DF Andrew Duran, DF Michael Tetteh, FW O’Brian White, MF Steve Zakuani; DOUBTFUL: FW Eddie Johnson

TORONTO FCOUT: FW Nicholas Lindsay, DF Dicoy Williams, DF Jeremy Hall; QUESTIONABLE: DF Adrian Cann

Referee : Ricardo Salazar (history)

Notes & Miscellany : Due to the unbalanced schedule, this will be the only meeting between these two clubs during the regular season campaign.

- Babayele Sodade (Canada) and Cordell Cato (Trinidad and Tobago) are away on international duty.

Photo edited from: Mike Fiechtner

GO SOUNDERS!

The Guardian (yeah that Guardian) previews the upcoming MLS season with the opinions of fan reps and bloggers from each of the Western Conference teams. The PDX supporter had this to say and can’t take it back! #ebfg
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The Guardian (yeah that Guardian) previews the upcoming MLS season with the opinions of fan reps and bloggers from each of the Western Conference teams. The PDX supporter had this to say and can’t take it back! #ebfg

Read the rest, here.

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Congrats to Andrew Duran & Babayele Sodade

Sounders FC Signs Two SuperDraft Picks

RENTON, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC signed 2012 MLS SuperDraft picks defender Andrew Duran and forward Babayele Sodade, the club announced today. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Duran, a 22-year-old defender from Creighton University, was selected by Seattle with its first pick (15th overall) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and NSCAA All-American Second Team in 2011. He made 59 appearances with 48 starts in his five seasons at Creighton. Duran made a career-high 24 starts as a senior and earned College Soccer News All-American First Team honors. He helped lead Creighton to one of the best defensive performances in 2011 with a 0.2 goals against average and 19 shutouts, one shy of the NCAA record.

“Andrew was our first round pick and we feel he is a very solid defender,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. “He either wins his duels or doesn’t lose his duels, which is important. His passing has been good for us out of the back and he’s also very versatile, two-footed and has played at left and right back as well as in the middle.”

Sodade, 21, was selected by Seattle in the second round (34th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and NSCAA All-Midwest Region Second Team as a senior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He finished his college career tied-fourth in school history with 29 goals. The six-foot-three forward was born in Maryland but grew up in Nigeria and Ontario, Canada.

“Sodade represents something a little different from our other forwards,” said Schmid. “He’s a big, physical presence up there. We think there’s a lot of raw talent there and we like his attitude—he works very hard, he’s got good speed and good feet for a big guy. Sodade is a player who will provide us with some alternatives up front.”

Sounders FC kicks off the competitive soccer season against Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) – Signed DEF Andrew Duran
Position: Defender
Jersey Number: 30
Height: 6-1
Weight: 160
Birthdate: 9/26/1989 
Place of Birth: Hinsdale, Illinois
Hometown (Citizenship): Mokena, Illinois (USA)
College: Creighton (2007-2011)
High School: Lincoln-Way East HS

Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) – Signed FW Babayele Sodade
Position: Forward
Jersey Number: 19
Height: 6-3
Weight: 183
Birthdate: 7/26/1990
Place of Birth: Olney, Maryland
Hometown (Citizenship): Windsor, Ontario (Canada and United States)
College: University of Alabama-Birmingham
Pronunciation: Bah-bye-elle-EE Sho-Dahd-DAY

(Source: soundersfc.com)

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