2009 Seattle Sounders FC season

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Seattle Sounders FC
2009 season
General Manager Adrian Hanauer
Head Coach Sigi Schmid
Major League Soccer Western Conference: 3rd
Overall: 4th
MLS Cup Quarterfinals
US Open Cup Winners
Top goalscorer Fredy Montero (12)
Highest home attendance 66,848 (vs FC Barcelona, August 5, 2009)[1]
MLS: 33,108 (vs FC Dallas, October 24, 2009)
Average home league attendance 30,943[2]
Home colors
Away colors

The 2009 season was Seattle Sounders FC's debut in Major League Soccer. The inaugural game was on March 19, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington against the New York Red Bulls. Sounders FC beat the Red Bulls 3–0 in front of a sell-out crowd.

On August 5, 2009, Sounders FC set a stadium and Washington record for most people watching a soccer game against FC Barcelona with an attendance of 66,848.

Background[edit]

In a press conference on November 13, 2007, it was announced that the city of Seattle was awarded an MLS expansion team.[3] In 2008, Sounders FC developed the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila and the USL team played most of the 2008 season at the updated facility. At the time, the USL team's management thought that practicing and playing at Starfire could provide more continuity and a smoother transition for those hoping to play for the new MLS franchise.[4]

In early December 2008, Seattle Sounders FC reportedly offered a coaching contract to Sigi Schmid, who led the Los Angeles Galaxy to a MLS Cup in 2002 and the Columbus Crew to a MLS Cup in 2008. However, before Schmid could respond to the contract offer, the ownership of the Columbus Crew filed a tampering complaint with the MLS that put the offer on hold. The Crew's ownership contested that Schmid had communicated with Sounders FC during the 2008 season despite being denied permission and that he shared confidential information with Sounders FC after leaving the Crew.[5] The MLS ruled that no tampering occurred, but ordered Sounders FC to financially compensate the Crew before signing Schmid.[6] Sounders FC officially introduced Schmid as their first coach on December 16.[7] It was later announced that former USL Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer would be retained as the top assistant coach and Tom Dutra as the goalkeeper coach.[8][9] Retired Major League Soccer veteran defender Ezra Hendrickson joined the Sounders as an assistant coach in January, 2009.[10] Former MLS player and Everett, Washington, native Chris Henderson was named technical director on January 24, 2008.[11] Joining Henderson in the front office is longtime Seattle Seahawks VP Gary Wright as the senior vice president of business operations.[12] Drew Carey was named the chairman of the Membership Association.[13]

Signings and drafts[edit]

A soccer player in yellow shirt and yellow shorts squating for a photo.
Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg was signed as Sounders FC's first Designated Player.

Seattle Sounders FC was given first negotiation rights to any player that was not drafted in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and joined the USL Sounders for the 2008 season. The team was also allowed to promote as many players from the 2008 USL Sounders squad as they'd chose, as long as the player's rights were not controlled by another team.[14] Seattle Sounders FC officially announced the 2007 USL First Division MVP and former USL Sounder Sébastien Le Toux as its first signing on May 7, 2008.[15] On August 14, 2008, the Sounders announced in a press conference their second signing for the 2009 season, former United States men's national team goalkeeper Kasey Keller, a Washington native.[16] On September 5, 2008, Seattle Sounders FC announced the third signee for the franchise to be Sanna Nyassi from Gambia. Nyassi, a 19-year-old midfielder, was a member of the Gambia U-20 national team at the 2007 FIFA Championship. Sanna’s twin brother, Sainey Nyassi, was signed by the Revolution and is a regular starter in MLS this season.[17] On October 28, 2008, it was officially announced that the Sounders had signed Swedish midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg using the Designated Player Rule. He signed a two-year contract reported to be worth $2.5 million per season.[18]

Team building continued with the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft and the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. In the expansion draft, held on November 26, 2008, Seattle Sounders FC selected the following players from other MLS teams: Nate Jaqua (Houston), Brad Evans (Columbus), Stephen King (Chicago), Jeff Parke (RBNY), James Riley (San Jose), Khano Smith (New England), Jarrod Smith (Toronto FC), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Peter Vagenas (LA Galaxy) and Tyson Wahl (Kansas City).[19] As the 2009 expansion team Sounders FC was given the first pick in each round of the SuperDraft. With the number one pick of the first round of the draft, Seattle Sounders FC selected University of Akron forward Steve Zakuani. As the first picks of the second round (16th overall), third round (31st overall), and fourth round (46th overall), Seattle selected Wake Forest University defender Evan Brown, Azusa Pacific University defender Jared Karkas, and Harvard University midfielder/forward Michael Fucito respectively.[20]

The team continued to be adjusted during training camp. After being selected in the expansion draft defender Jeff Parke, instead of reporting for training camp, left for Belgium where he intended to try out for two teams there.[21] During the second week of training camp Sounders FC traded a conditional draft pick to Houston in order to acquire defender Patrick Ianni who had previously worked with Seattle's coach Schmid when he coached the under-20 US national team.[22] Later, in February 2009, after training camp had started, Seattle traded allocation money to Toronto FC in exchange for Tyrone Marshall in order to increase their depth on defense.[23] That same week, the Sounders traded away midfielder Khano Smith (whom they had selected in the expansion draft) to Red Bull New York for allocation money.[24] As training camp concluded, defender Jeff Parke returned from Europe to train with Sounders FC.[25] After training with the club for less than a week, Parke was unable to reach a contract agreement and left Seattle to train with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL.[26]

Review[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Seattle's preseason was broken up into four stages. The team started in southern California, then moved back to the Northwest, then to Argentina, and then finished back in Seattle.[27] On February 9, 2009 in their first ever exhibition game, Sounders FC beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3–1 on a practice field beside The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Fredy Montero, Roger Levesque and Sanna Nyassi all scored goals in the win.[28] The next day, Sounders FC had their second training match in Ventura, California against Chinese club Shandong Luneng. They won 2–0 with both goals provided by midfielder Sanna Nyassi.[29] The following day, February 11, Sounders FC defeated the Ventura County Fusion of the USL Premier Development League 6–1 in their third preseason match in three days. Steve Zakuani and Nate Jaqua both scored two goals while Fredy Montero and Roger Levesque added one each.[30] On February 14, Sounders FC experienced their first loss of the preseason falling 3–2 to the San Jose Earthquakes while playing on the campus of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Fredy Montero scored both of the Sounders FC goals in the loss.[31]

Following their activities in southern California, Sounders FC's returned to the Pacific Northwest to continue their training. On the evening of February 20, 2009, Sounders FC defeated the University of Portland Pilots 4–1. Nate Jaqua and Kasey Keller received a pregame ovation because they both had played collegiate soccer with the Pilots. Jaqua, along with trialist Jeff Clark, Fredy Montero, and Brad Evans scored goals for Seattle.[32] Two days later, the club played their first preseason match at Qwest Field as they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 4–0. Forwards Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero scored two goals apiece.[33]

Next the club traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina where they continued training and played 4 more preseason matches. Seattle played the first of these matches against Estudiantes de La Plata on February 27, who they lost to 1–3.[34] On February 28, Sounders FC had their first tie of the preseason, 1–1 against CED, a team made up of local free agent players.[34][35] The club defeated Argentine second division opponents Tristán Suárez 5–0. Michael Fucito, Fredy Montero, Brad Evans and Zach Scott and Sebastian Le Toux all scored in the victory.[36] One day later, due to heavy rain, an exhibition match against Gimnasia La Plata was canceled.[37] In the club's final preseason match in Argentina, they faced reserve players of River Plate on March 5. They were held scoreless by River Plate with a final score of 1–0.[38]

After completing training exercises in Argentina, the club returned to Seattle for the remainder of the preseason. On March 9, Designated Player Freddie Ljungberg joined practice for the first time. Ljungberg had missed most of the preseason due to hip surgery he had undergone in December.[39] On March 12, Sounders FC played their final preseason match against the Colorado Rapids of the MLS at Qwest Field. Seattle lost 1–0 on a penalty kick by Colorado's Conor Casey.[40] Seattle finished preseason exhibition play with a record of 7 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.

March[edit]

Red Bull New York kick-off to start the 2009 MLS season against Seattle

Prior to the first game of the season, all 22,000 season ticket packages offered by the team were sold, giving the team the most season ticket holders in Major League Soccer.[41] On March 19, Seattle Sounders FC began their first regular season with a 3–0 win over the New York Red Bulls. Fredy Montero scored the first regular season goal in team history, finishing a movement from Sebastien Le Toux and Osvaldo Alonso in the 12th minute. Montero assisted Brad Evans' goal, and also scored the team's third goal. Kasey Keller, a veteran American goalkeeper who had played his entire career abroad, made his MLS debut at 39 years of age, and made two saves to register the team's first regular season shutout.[42]

On March 24 Seattle signed Kevin Forrest as a Senior Developmental player after he was released by Colorado.[43] On March 28 Sounders FC continued the success of their fast start with a second consecutive home shutout, defeating Real Salt Lake 2–0. Designated player Freddie Ljungberg made his first regular season appearance as a substitute in the 61st minute of play. Nate Jaqua scored in the 17th minute, and Fredy Montero scored his league leading third goal of the season in the 77th minute.[44][45]

March saw Montero winning Player of the Week honors for week 1 and Keller for week 2.[46][47] Montero won Goal of the Week for the first two games and was named the Player of the Month.[48]

April[edit]

After their first two victories at home, Sounders FC played their first away game in history against Toronto FC. The Sounders expected a challenging away environment but were victorious were able to win in another 2–0 shutout. Montero missed the match due to illness. Soon after, reports out of Seattle linked Montero to a sexual assault case with an unidentified woman. In a statement made by Sounders publicist, Montero asserted that the allegations stemmed from a disagreement in which he sought to end the relationship.[49] and a police inquiry resulted in no charges being filed.

After winning their first three games, Seattle Sounders FC suffered their first competitive loss at home against the Kansas City Wizards. Kasey Keller was sent off in the 29th minute for a handball outside the 18-yard box, as the Sounders fell 1–0 to the Wizards. The following week they lost at Chivas USA. Chris Eylander was scored on twice while covering the goal during Keller's suspension. The Sounders again failed to score.

The Sounders returned to their winning ways in a 2–0 home win versus the San Jose Earthquakes.

April 28 was the beginning of the team's Open Cup campaign. Schmid asserted that the competition was important and won the first of two qualifying rounds 4 – 1 against Real Salt Lake.[50] The Sounders have played home games at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The facility is older and smaller than Qwest Field but the Sounders say the atmosphere is better for smaller cup matches.[51]

May[edit]

The following 5 weeks the Sounders managed to gain 5 points in the standings as they tied each game. First, a 1–1 tie at the Chicago Fire in which striker Fredy Montero was sent off in the 48th minute for an elbow to the face of Gonzalo Segares while both players went up for a ball in the air.[52] Then another 1–1 tie the next week at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy in which yet another red card was issued, to James Riley this time, in the 57th minute for a "phantom blow" to Mike Magee as the two got into a scrum.[53] Two more away ties followed, first against FC Dallas 1–1 and then another at Colorado, 2–2. Ljungberg missed three games during this period due to migraine headaches.[54] May 31, 2009 Sounders FC then returned home for their 5th consecutive tie in league play, this time 1–1 against the Columbus Crew in which Tyrone Marshal was ejected in the 92nd minute when he threw what the referee believed was a punch at Steven Lenhart in retaliation for an elbow. The Sounders accumulated another three yellow cards throughout the match.[55] Jaqua's goal received Goal of the Week honors.

On May 26, the Sounders qualified for the U.S. open Cup by defeating the Colorado Rapids 1–0 at Starfire.

June[edit]

Seattle started June with a 1–0 loss at Chivas. Their penalty woes continued as Jhon Kennedy Hurtado accumulated his fifth yellow card and Nate Jaqua received two yellow cards resulting in them both being suspended for the next game. After the first 12 games of the season, Sounders FC were in 5th place overall and were tied for the league lead with 5 red card ejections and 6 disciplinary suspensions.

On June 13, in a rematch with San Jose, Sounders FC began a stretch where 4 of their next 5 games would be played in front of their home crowd at Qwest Field. The match was the first to be counted for the supporter sponsored Heritage Cup. Ljungberg and Montero both scored as the Sounders prevailed with a 2–1 victory.

On June 10 Lamar Neagle was signed as a Senior Developmental player on the official roster.[56]

On June 17, the Sounders blew a 3–1 lead to tie against DC United by a score of 3–3. The match was the sixth draw in eight regular season matches.[57] They drew again with a goal a piece at New York the following week.

In week 23, the Sounders defeated the Rapids who had been undefeated in the previous eight games. Jaqua set up the first goal by Montero. Jaqua then scored twice off of assists from Montero to end the game 3–0.[58] Jaqua's performance earned Goal of the Week and Player of the Week.

July[edit]

On July 1, Sounders FC traveled to Portland and eliminated the Timbers of the USL in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. The game was played in front of an emotionally charged sold out crowd.[59] Roger Levesque — a player Portland fans have had a particular dislike for – scored Seattle's first goal within the opening minute.[60] The following week, in a quarterfinal match, Sounders FC defeated visiting Kansas City on a penalty kick in the 89th minute by Sebastien Le Toux.[61]

It was announced in early July that the Sounders had signed left-footed Costa Rican defender Leonardo González to help at the left back position. The position had been a weak spot in Seattle's defense and filled by three separate players throughout the season.[62]

On July 11, the Sounders hosted the Houston Dynamo at Qwest Field. Brian Schmetzer filled in for Schmid who was at his son's wedding. Ianni scored his first goal of the season on bicycle kick that would earn him the MLS goal of the Week.[63] On the following Tuesday, the Sounders defeated the Dynamo at Strfire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. Houston led when Jaqua scored in the 89th minute. King scored a goal five minutes into extra time, thus sending the Sounders FC to the Open Cup finals against D.C. United.[64]

On July 18, 2009 the Seattle Sounders lost 0–2 in a friendly with Chelsea. All sections of the stadium were open and sold out with a crowd of 65,289 in attendance.[65] The game was the first with the team for Chelsea's new manager, Carlo Ancelotti, and their new forward Daniel Sturridge.[66]

Seattle finished July at home with a scoreless draw against Chicago. The Fire went a man down in the 54th minute but Ljungberg was ejected minutes later after protesting a yellow card for what the referee saw as diving in the penalty area.[67]

Keller and Ljungberg were named to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game by votes from fans. Ljungberg lead the MLS in total votes. Hurtado and Montero were later selected for the game held on July 29. Ljungberg missed the final shot in the loss which was decided by penalty kicks. He was later hospitalized due to another migraine.

August[edit]

Several players in red uniforms and green uniforms in front of goal with a goalkeeper in black leaping with his hand hitting a soccer ball
Kasey Keller making a save against Toronto FC

On August 2, the Sounders were shut out 4–0 by last-place San Jose. Riley received a red card in the 39th minute while the Earthquakes scored three times in the second half.[68] Although Seattle had won the previous two matches, San Jose won the Heritage Cup by goal differential since the first game was not included in the supporter created competition.[69]

In the second international friendly of the season the Sounders lost against FC Barcelona 0–4 on August 5. The attendance set the state's record for a soccer match at 66,848. Thierry Henry compared the crowd to those in Europe and called the fans "amazing". Schmid expressed his hope that the fans were not disappointed by the loss and said "I hope they realize they got to watch a great team".[70]

On August 8, Sounders FC received their third straight shutout in regular season play in a 1–0 loss at Salt Lake. Schmidt called it "a silly loss".[71]

At Los Angeles on August 15, Seattle won for the first time on the road since April 4. Along with the Marshall, the match saw the Galaxy's Beckham and Lewis ejected in a two-goal shutout. Zakuani won Goal of the Week for his goal made after a run into the box and cross from Evans.[72]

Seattle lost at New England 1–0. Ljungberg did not travel with the team due to what would be diagnosed as hypoglycemia.[73]

September[edit]

When DC United won the US Soccer bidding process to host the tournament's final match,[74] Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer expressed skepticism that DC's bid to host the final had been better than the Seattle bid. He further noted that if Seattle had hosted the match, it likely would have sold out.[75] This prompted a pointed reply from DC United president Kevin Payne in which he argued that DC United had won the bidding process fairly and that he was offended by Hanauer's comments.[76] On the heels of this public disagreement, DC United launched a marketing campaign to sell more tickets to the match which included a web site heralding the club's history of titles as an original MLS franchise, WeWinTrophies.com; an open letter placed in local newspapers declaring that D.C. fans set the standard for support in the league and that Sounders FC and its fans did not think D.C. deserved to host; videos on the team's official blog from local celebrities urging fans to attend and ticket and concession specials for the game.[77] On September 2, 2009 the US Open Cup final was played in Washington DC's RFK Stadium. Sounders FC prevailed 2–1 becoming the second MLS expansion team in league history (Chicago being the first) to win the Cup in their inaugural MLS season.[78]

October[edit]

Significance[edit]

Sounders FC recorded the highest average attendance during the 2009 season (regular and overall).[79]
  • League attendance record[80]
  • Fan culture and demographics[81]
  • Economic impact[82]
  • Leiweke recognized for successful expansion launch in a recession[83]
  • State Senate resolution[84]

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason[edit]

MLS regular season[edit]

MLS playoffs[edit]

US Open Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Standings[edit]

Western Conference
Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5
2 Houston Dynamo 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10
3 Seattle Sounders FC 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9
4 Chivas USA 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
5 Real Salt Lake 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8
6 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
7 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +4
8 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)



Overall
Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew (E1) 49 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10
2 Los Angeles Galaxy2 (W1) 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5
3 Houston Dynamo3 (W2) 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10
4 Seattle Sounders FC2 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9
5 Chicago Fire3 (E2) 45 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5
6 Chivas USA3 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
7 New England Revolution3 42 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4
8 Real Salt Lake2 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8
9 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
10 D.C. United 40 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1
11 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +4
12 Toronto FC1 39 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9
13 Kansas City Wizards 33 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9
14 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
15 New York Red Bulls 21 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2010 U.S. Open Cup, 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League2
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2010 U.S. Open Cup
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team. If they qualify for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified will be given a berth. Similarly, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Soccer Championship. If they qualify for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified will qualify.
  • ^Note 3 - SuperLiga 2010 berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for Champions League (Houston, Chicago, Chivas USA, and New England).

Summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 47 12 7 11 38 29 +9 7 2 6 21 10 +11 5 5 5 17 19 −2

Last updated: October 24, 2009
Source: MLSNet.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

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
Ground H H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H H H A A A H A H A H A A A H
Result W W W L L W T T T T T L W T T W W T L L W L T T W T L W W W
Conference 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 4 2 3 4 3 3 3 5 4 4 3
Overall 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 4 4 3 2 3 4 6 4 5 6 5 5 5 6 5 5 4

Last updated: October 25, 2009.
Source: MLS Results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Squad[edit]

Statistics are from all MLS matches. Ages are as of March 19, 2009 (the date of their season opener).

Source: MLSNet.com Sounders FC Stats. Last updated: October 4, 2009.

Nat No Player Age Pos Starts Apps G A Booked Red card Acquired
 USA 3 EvansBrad Evans 19850420 (1985-04-20)April 20, 1985 (aged 23) MF 23 25 2 2 4 0 Expansion Draft
 USA 4 IanniPatrick Ianni 19850615 (1985-06-15)June 15, 1985 (aged 23) DF 10 17 1 2 3 0 Trade
 USA 5 WahlTyson Wahl 19840223 (1984-02-23)February 23, 1984 (aged 25) DF 9 11 0 0 1 0 Expansion Draft
 CUB 6 AlonsoOsvaldo Alonso 19851111 (1985-11-11)November 11, 1985 (aged 23) MF 24 25 1 3 4 0 Signed
 USA 7 RileyJames Riley 19821027 (1982-10-27)October 27, 1982 (aged 26) DF 26 26 0 4 3 2 Expansion Draft
 USA 8 VagenasPeter Vagenas 19780206 (1978-02-06)February 06, 1978 (aged 31) MF 8 13 0 2 3 0 Expansion Draft
 FRA 9 Le TouxSébastien Le Toux 19840120 (1984-01-20)January 20, 1984 (aged 25) FW 15 26 1 3 0 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 SWE 10 LjungbergFreddie Ljungberg 19770416 (1977-04-16)April 16, 1977 (aged 31) MF 19 20 2 5 6 1 Signed Designated Player
 COD 11 ZakuaniSteve Zakuani 19880209 (1988-02-09)February 09, 1988 (aged 21) FW 22 27 4 4 1 0 SuperDraft
 USA 12 SturgisNathan Sturgis 19870706 (1987-07-06)July 06, 1987 (aged 21) DF 5 9 0 0 0 0 Expansion Draft
 JAM 14 MarshallTyrone Marshall 19741112 (1974-11-12)November 12, 1974 (aged 34) DF 23 24 1 1 6 2 Trade
 USA 15 KingStephen King 19860306 (1986-03-06)March 06, 1986 (aged 23) MF 3 10 0 0 0 0 Expansion Draft
 USA 16 BrownEvan Brown 19870501 (1987-05-01)May 01, 1987 (aged 21) DF 0 0 0 0 0 0 SuperDraft
 COL 17 MonteroFredy Montero 19870726 (1987-07-26)July 26, 1987 (aged 21) FW 25 25 12 6 5 1 Signed On Loan
 USA 18 KellerKasey Keller 19691129 (1969-11-29)November 29, 1969 (aged 39) GK 27 27 0 0 0 1 Signed
 CRC 19 GonzálezLeonardo González 19801121 (1980-11-21)November 21, 1980 (aged 28) DF 9 9 0 0 1 0 Signed
 USA 20 ScottZach Scott 19800702 (1980-07-02)July 02, 1980 (aged 28) DF 6 9 0 0 2 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 USA 21 JaquaNate Jaqua 19811028 (1981-10-28)October 28, 1981 (aged 27) FW 25 26 7 7 6 1 Expansion Draft
 GAM 23 NyassiSanna Nyassi 19890131 (1989-01-31)January 31, 1989 (aged 20) MF 2 14 0 0 2 0 Signed
 USA 24 LevesqueRoger Levesque 19810122 (1981-01-22)January 22, 1981 (aged 28) FW 2 12 1 0 1 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 USA 26 GrahamTaylor Graham 19800603 (1980-06-03)June 03, 1980 (aged 28) DF 0 0 0 0 0 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 COL 34 HurtadoJhon Kennedy Hurtado 19840516 (1984-05-16)May 16, 1984 (aged 24) DF 24 25 1 1 8 0 Signed
33 40 56 8

Goalkeepers

Nat No Player Age Starts Apps GA GAA CS Acquired
 USA 1 EylanderChris Eylander 19840314 (1984-03-14) March 14, 1984 (age 30) 1 1 2 2 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 USA 18 KellerKasey Keller 19691129 (1969-11-29) November 29, 1969 (age 44) 27 27 23 0.87 10 Signed
 USA 22 DragavonBen Dragavon 19831231 (1983-12-31) December 31, 1983 (age 30) 0 1 1 1.53 0 MLS goalkeeper pool[85]
 PUR 28 BossTerry Boss 19840314 (1981-09-01) September 1, 1981 (age 32) 0 0 0 0 0 Signed
26 0.93 10

Transfers[edit]

In

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 United States FW Kevin Forrest (from Colorado Rapids, Free[43])
27 United States MF Lamar Neagle (Free[56])
No. Position Player
28 Puerto Rico GK Terry Boss (Free)
19 Costa Rica DF Leonardo González (from Liberia Mia, Free[62])

Out

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States DF Jeff Parke (to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Free[26])
No. Position Player
19 United States FW Kevin Forrest (Released on waivers)
13 New Zealand FW Jarrod Smith (Released on waivers)

Recognition[edit]

MLS All-Stars
  • Kasey Keller – GK – First XI
  • Freddie Ljungberg – MF – First XI
  • Jhon Kennedy Hurtado – DF – Coach's selection
  • Fredy Montero – FW – Coach's selection

US Open Cup

  • Sebastian Le Toux – Player of the Round (Semifinals)[86]
  • Fredy Montero – Player of the Round (Final)[87]
  • Kasey Keller – Player of the Tournament[88]

MLS Player of the Week

MLS Player of the Month

MLS Goal of the Week

  • Fredy Montero – Week 1 – 12'
  • Fredy Montero – Week 2 – 77'
  • Nate Jaqua – Week 11 – 58'
  • Nate Jaqua – Week 15 – 48'
  • Patrick Ianni – Week 17 – 46'
  • Steve Zakuani – Week 22 – 22'
  • Nate Jaqua – Week 23 – 70'

MLS Save of the Week

  • Kasey Keller – Week 10 – 34'
  • Kasey Keller – Week 21 – 47'
  • Tyrone Marshall – Week 29 – 70'

Golden scarf recipients

Before each home game, Sounders FC honors a member of the community or special guest with a Golden Scarf.

Date Opponent Recipient Notes
March 19, 2009 New York Red Bulls Don Garber[89] MLS Commissioner
March 28, 2009 Real Salt Lake Jimmy Gabriel[90] NASL Sounders legend
April 11, 2009 Kansas City Wizards Robbie Bach[91] Microsoft executive
April 24, 2009 San Jose Earthquakes Jimmy McAlister[92] NASL Sounders legend
May 10, 2009 Los Angeles Galaxy Meredith Teague 2009 NCAA Div II soccer National Player of the Year
May 31, 2009 Columbus Crew Jim Mora[93] Seahawks head coach
June 13, 2009 San Jose Earthquakes Fred Mendoza[94] Seattle Public Stadium Authority (Qwest Field) chairman
June 17, 2009 DC United Sue Bird & Swin Cash[95] WNBA Seattle Storm team
June 28, 2009 Colorado Rapids Lorenzo Romar[96] UW Men's Basketball coach
July 11, 2009 Houston Dynamo Doug Andreassen Washington Youth Soccer President
July 18, 2009 Chelsea Dale Chihuly[97] Glass artist, creator of the sculpture presented to friendly opponents
July 25, 2009 Chicago Fire Mike Ryan[98] First U.S. women's national soccer team coach
August 5, 2009 FC Barcelona Bill Russell[99] NBA Hall of Famer and Seattle resident
August 20, 2009 New England Revolution John Nordstrom[100] NASL Sounders co-founder
August 29, 2009 Toronto FC Michelle Akers[101] Former US Women's National Team striker
September 19, 2009 Chivas USA Alan Hinton[102] Former coach of NASL Sounders

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