2011 Seattle Sounders FC season

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Seattle Sounders FC
2011 season
General Manager United States Adrian Hanauer
Head Coach Germany Sigi Schmid
MLS 2nd
MLS Cup Western Conference Semifinals
US Open Cup Winners
CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals
Cascadia Cup Winners
Top goalscorer Colombia Fredy Montero (12)
Highest home attendance 64,140
Lowest home attendance 35,940
Average home league attendance 38,496
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 2011 Seattle Sounders FC season is the club's third season in Major League Soccer, the United States' top-tier of professional soccer. It is the Sounders FC organization's third year of existence; including all previous clubs, it is the 31st season of a soccer team bearing the Sounders name.

Background[edit]

See also: 2009 season and 2010 season

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[edit]

November[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

March[edit]

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[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason[edit]

Cascadia Summit[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC Community Shield[edit]

MLS regular season[edit]

Table[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

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

Friendlies[edit]

Squads[edit]

First Team squad[edit]

As of 27 August 2011.
No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
18 Kasey Keller (C) United States GK (1969-11-29) 29 November 1969 (age 45) England Fulham
28 Terry Boss Puerto Rico GK (1981-09-01) 1 September 1981 (age 33) United States New York
29 Josh Ford United States GK (1987-11-06) 6 November 1987 (age 27) United States UConn
35 Bryan Meredith United States GK (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 25) United States Kitsap Pumas
Defenders
4 Patrick Ianni United States CB (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 (age 29) United States Houston
5 Tyson Wahl United States LFB (1984-02-23) 23 February 1984 (age 30) United States Kansas City
7 James Riley United States RFB (1982-10-27) 27 October 1982 (age 32) United States San Jose
12 Leonardo González Costa Rica LFB (1980-11-21) 21 November 1980 (age 34) Costa Rica Municipal Liberia
20 Zach Scott United States CB / RFB (1980-07-02) 2 July 1980 (age 34) United States Seattle (USL)
26 Taylor Graham United States CB (1980-06-03) 3 June 1980 (age 34) United States Seattle (USL)
31 Jeff Parke United States CB (1982-04-13) 13 April 1982 (age 32) Canada Vancouver
34 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Colombia CB (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 30) Colombia Deportivo Cali
Midfielders
3 Brad Evans United States CM / RM (1985-05-20) 20 May 1985 (age 29) United States Columbus
6 Osvaldo Alonso Cuba DM (1985-11-11) 11 November 1985 (age 29) United States Charleston
8 Erik Friberg Sweden CM / RM (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 28) Sweden Häcken
10 Mauro Rosales Argentina AM / RM (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 33) Argentina River Plate
11 Steve Zakuani Democratic Republic of the Congo LM (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 (age 26) United States Akron
14 Michael Tetteh Ghana LM (1989-01-16) 16 January 1989 (age 25) United States UC Santa Barbara
15 Álvaro Fernández Uruguay LM (1985-10-11) 11 October 1985 (age 29) Uruguay Nacional
16 David Estrada United States RM (1988-02-04) 4 February 1988 (age 26) United States UCLA
22 Mike Seamon United States CM (1988-08-30) 30 August 1988 (age 26) United States Villanova
23 Servando Carrasco United States CM / RM (1988-08-13) 13 August 1988 (age 26) United States California Golden Bears
27 Lamar Neagle United States LM (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 27) Finland IFK Mariehamn
30 Amadou Sanyang The Gambia CM / RM (1991-08-01) 1 August 1991 (age 23) Canada Toronto
32 Miguel Montaño (on loan to Montreal) Colombia AM / LM (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 23) Argentina Quilmes
Forwards
2 Michael Fucito United States ST (1986-04-29) 29 April 1986 (age 28) United States Harvard
13 O'Brian White Jamaica CF / ST (1985-12-14) 14 December 1985 (age 29) Canada Vancouver
17 Fredy Montero Colombia ST (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 27) Colombia Deportivo Cali
19 Sammy Ochoa United States ST (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 28) Mexico Estudiantes Tecos
21 Nate Jaqua United States ST (1981-10-28) 28 October 1981 (age 33) United States Houston
24 Roger Levesque United States ST (1981-01-22) 22 January 1981 (age 33) United States Seattle (USL)
25 Pat Noonan United States ST (1980-08-02) 2 August 1980 (age 34) United States Colorado

Major League Soccer squad[edit]

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 United States FW Michael Fucito
3 United States MF Brad Evans
4 United States DF Patrick Ianni
5 United States DF Tyson Wahl
6 Cuba MF Osvaldo Alonso
7 United States DF James Riley
8 Sweden MF Erik Friberg
10 Argentina MF Mauro Rosales
11 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Steve Zakuani
12 Costa Rica DF Leonardo González
13 Jamaica FW O'Brian White
14 Ghana MF Michael Tetteh
15 Uruguay MF Álvaro Fernández
16 United States MF David Estrada
17 Colombia FW Fredy Montero
18 United States GK Kasey Keller (captain)
No. Position Player
19 United States FW Sammy Ochoa
20 United States DF Zach Scott (vice-captain)
21 United States FW Nate Jaqua
22 United States FW Mike Seamon
23 United States MF Servando Carrasco
24 United States FW Roger Levesque
25 United States FW Pat Noonan
26 United States DF Taylor Graham
27 United States MF Lamar Neagle
28 Puerto Rico GK Terry Boss
29 United States GK Josh Ford
30 The Gambia MF Amadou Sanyang
31 United States DF Jeff Parke
32 Colombia MF Miguel Montaño (on loan to Montreal)
34 Colombia DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
35 United States GK Bryan Meredith

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

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

Out[edit]

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

Loan out[edit]

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

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
General Manager United States Adrian Hanauer
Head Coach Germany Sigi Schmid
Assistant Coach United States Brian Schmetzer
Assistant Coach Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ezra Hendrickson
Goalkeeper Coach United States Tom Dutra
Fitness Coach United States David Tenney
Chief Scout United States Kurt Schmid
Technical Director United States Chris Henderson

Last updated: 18 November 2010
Source: Seattle Sounders FC

Management[edit]

Majority Owner United States Joe Roth
Owners United States Paul G. Allen
United States Drew Carey
United States Adrian Hanauer
Chief Executive Officer United States Jo Lynn Allen
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer United States Karen Harrison
President United States Peter McLoughlin
Senior Vice President of Business Operations United States 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[edit]

Source: Soundersfc.com

Kits[edit]

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[edit]

MLS Player of the Week

Week Player Opponent Link
10 United States Jeff Parke Sporting Kansas City Player of the Week
17 Colombia Fredy Montero Portland Timbers Player of the Week
18 Argentina Mauro Rosales Colorado Rapids Player of the Week
24 United States Lamar Neagle Columbus Crew Player of the Week
30/31 United States Kasey Keller San Jose Earthquakes Player of the Week

MLS Goal of the Week

Week Player Opponent Link
4 Jamaica O'Brian White Chicago Fire Goal Week 4
11 United States Lamar Neagle Real Salt Lake Goal Week 11
14 Colombia Fredy Montero Toronto FC Goal Week 14
15 United States Tyson Wahl New England Revolution Goal Week 15
24 United States Lamar Neagle Columbus Crew Goal Week 24
27 Uruguay Álvaro Fernández D.C. United Goal Week 27
28 Colombia Fredy Montero Vancouver Whitecaps Goal Week 28

MLS Save of the Week

Week Player Opponent Link
3 United States 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 Colombia Fredy Montero March Humanitarian of the Month

Miscellany[edit]

Stadium[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  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