Seattle Sounders have decided to part ways with midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem. The Norwegian joined the Sounders from Malmo during the winter transfer window and contributed two goals and an assist in 17 appearances for the club. Sounders confirmed the decision through a statement which read: “We would like to thank Magnus for his contributions to our club this season and wish him the best as he embarks on the next step in his career.”
With Eikrem out of the squad, Sounders have the opportunity to add up an international player into their squad before the MLS’s second transfer window concludes on August 8. Eikrem arrived at Sounders on a free transfer in January and was regarded as a potential player, who can challenge for regular gametime in the centre of the park.
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Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer has revealed that goalkeeper Stefan Frei is presently on a concussion evaluation protocol after receiving an elbow to his head during the dying seconds of Saturday’s match against Chicago Fire. Both teams were pushing for the winner after being at 1-1 but the game ended in a sore note for Frei after Alan Gordon’s elbow caught him on the left temple.
Shortly after, Frei was lying motionless as the medics came to attend him and this pretty much summed up the game as referee Armando Villarreal blew the final whistle. Speaking during a training session on Tuesday, Schmetzer is presently out of contention after experiencing concussion-like symptoms and this could potentially see him the first Cascadia Cup match of the season versus Portland Timbers on Saturday.
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Defender Roman Torres was able to represent Panama World Cup 2018 but there is also robbed him of the opportunity to help Seattle Sounders recovered from a poor start to the campaign. Now with the World Cup duty over for the defender, he has just returned to Seattle Sounders’ MLS campaign. The Paraguay international has more than 100 caps for the national team but he was forced to exit the World Cup with an ankle injury. Panama was also eliminated from the World Cup at the group stages and it was very much expected considering that the group contained heavyweights like England and Belgium.
However, the experience of having played at one of the biggest stages in world football is likely to benefit Torres going forward. The defender claimed that it was quite an incredible experience to have been part of the competition. Panama are a tiny nation who have not had a major success when it comes to World Cup representation. In fact, the group stage appearance at the 2018 World Cup is the first time Panama have reached of the competition finals and Torres is that it was a surreal experience to hear the Panama national anthem play in front of a packed stadium.
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Seattle Sounders midfielder Harry Shipp is happy to be back on the pitch after spending some time away from the field due to injury. He suffered from an ankle injury that caused him to miss several matches for Seattle Sounders.
Since his return, he has managed to score two goals in three matches and said that he is happy to be back among his teammates.
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Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer is coming under intense pressure after watching his team suffer a home defeat against Real Salt Lake, who have been one of the poorest teams away from home this season. Schmetzer watched his team lose 1-0 in the recent home match and this resulted in the club once again falling away from their push for a top two positions in the Western Conference.
Seattle Sounders encountered a similar poor start last season and had to come away with a brilliant comeback in the second half of the campaign in order to salvage the 2017 season. Seattle Sounders ended up reaching the final of the MLS Cup where they lost against Toronto. Continue reading “Brian Schmetzer Challenges Team After RSL Defeat”
Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer was impressed with the initial look of Alex Roldan during the club’s 3-0 loss at FC Dallas. The hosts opened the scoring in within 20 minutes of the game, and the Sounders were thereafter on the back front with Clint Dempsey receiving his marching orders seven minutes later.
The Sounders faced Dallas after a gruelling encounter against Chivas in the CONCACAF Champions League, and this did not do them favours, having suffered multiple injury concerns. Despite a disappointing result, Alex Roldan had a good MLS debut coming off the bench, where he providing some effort and energy in central midfield alongside elder sibling Cristian.
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