Seattle Sounders attacker Oalex Anderson could be out for an extended period after he suffered a setback in his quest to return from an ACL injury sustained last season. The speedy forward had been training with his fellow teammates since May and appeared close to making a first-team comeback before suffering another setback. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer is however optimistic that the winger will return to full fitness ahead of the 2018 preseason.
Speaking to reporters, Brian Schmetzer confirmed that Anderson is still sidelined after he twisted his knee awkwardly during a non-contact drill on Monday, he said: “He twisted his knee. It was his repaired knee, so obviously there’s some concern there. That’s why we had him come off the field. He was just by himself and landed funny. I feel bad for the kid because he’s super talented.” Continue reading “Seattle Sounders winger suffers injury setback”
The start of the season is a stressful time for all avid fantasy football players. Choosing the core of your team can either help you get a head-start, or force you to play catch-up for the rest of the season. Despite all the work you put in at the start of the season, you will continue to have to change around your team in order to maximise the amount of points that you will gain throughout the season. One bad move and your dreams of winning the league could be over. But don’t worry, here are our tips and tricks for winning at fantasy football.
Attack over Defence
A popular strategy amongst fantasy football managers is to pick more attacking-based players over defending ones. The theory behind this is that attacking players are likely to score more points than defensive players. Apart from the odd goal or assist they get, the only times where defenders gain points is when their team has kept a clean sheet. Continue reading “Fantasy Football Tips & Tricks”
Sounders FC report that six of its players have been requested to be in action during the international break as countries vie for a place in Russia at the 2018 World Cup.
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann named Jordan Morris in the Men’s National Team squad for a chance to qualify from the CONCACAF group. Defenders Roman Torres and Joevin Jones received invitation to feature for Panama and Trinidad and Tobago respectively.
Also, Nicolas Lodeiro would be in action for Uruguay as he was named in the squad for his country for the qualifiers against Argentina and Paraguay. The last two are forwards Oalex Anderson, and Myron Samuel who were invited to feature for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The United States are almost sure of a spot in Russia, but the coach has insisted that he would not take anything lightly. “We’re not through yet, and this is what you clearly tell the players so that even for one second, we [don’t] kind of underestimate the situation,” he said. Trinidad and Tobago lead the United States by a point ahead of the final show down in the CONCACAF semi finals. The US is set to make the final six-team hexagonal round, except if they lose on Tuesday to Trinidad and Tobago, and Guatemala defeat St. Vincent. The Grenadines would still need to beat a 12-score deficit.
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Around one month ago it was announced that the MLS side Seattle Sounders had signed the Nigerian defender Onyekachi Apam but it wasn’t until recently which has been unveiled that Obafemi Martins had a big influence in this transfer as he suggested his countryman on making a move to the Seattle Sounders.
“Obafemi Martin said: ‘’You have to come because this is a good team. If you are going to come to MLS, this is one of the best teams. We have good players as well, so it’s going to make it easier for you to play.”
After having only passed a few days of having completed a number of training sessions with his new club, Apam has already received positive feedback from the coach, Sigi Schmid as the German born tactician said: “There were good things at the beginning of practice with goals in tight. He’s got good defensive tendencies, which is one of the things we wanted. He’s got good quickness, which is another thing we were looking for.”
The defensive structure of the Seattle Sounders was one of the main concerns of the American team after having to cope with a recent injury of Zach Scott while another injury forced Djimi Traore to be out of action for a few months.
There has been nothing but positive feedback arriving from the staff members of Seattle Sounders with the sporting director Chris Henderson also taking a moment to talk about and praise what Onyekachi can bring to the American team.
“Onyekachi brings vast experience from French Ligue 1 and the Nigerian National Team,” said Sounders FC Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “He is a versatile defender who can play central or wide and has the ability to start our attack from the back as well.”
But even with all of these positive comments which have been arriving in relation to the Nigerian defender, this signing is a risky one as the player in the past has struggled trying to maintain himself fit and missed over 1 year of action due to injury after having signed with the French side Rennes in 2010 but managed to make his first appearances with Rennes in January f 2012.
Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter says that the players are finding it hard to find their feet once again after a bad 4-2 defeat against Seattle Sounders. The club came into the match on a good run of form after having been unbeaten in the last three, but they were unable to stop Sigi Schmid’s team from going on a rampant spree. They managed to go 3-0 in the match with less than 20 minutes. Even though Portland managed to pull back to goals and finish the match in a respectable fashion, it has been seen as a very poor result for the club.
It is also result that hits hard on their aspirations to finish in the top six that would guarantee them a place in the play-offs. The three dropped points has allowed the likes of Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids to close the gap on Portland. Even though Portland have a decent four-point advantage over Colorado Rapids, they are just one point above Vancouver Whitecaps who also have a game in hand. Hence, there is a danger of dropping out of the play-off places with only a handful of matches remaining in the season. Reflecting on this possibility, Porter said that he is working hard to ensure that the next match against Vancouver Whitecaps ends in a positive way.
“We obviously took the loss hard against Seattle. Every game is the same, but there’s certain games you take harder than others. That being a rivalry game, there’s a lot of reasons we took it hard. So I think it took a couple of more days to get over it, but the message to the group today was, we have to get over it. We’ve got to stay positive. We have to keep fighting and grinding like we have all season. We have to stick together,” said Porter.
The Seattle Sounders ended their exhibition this season on a decent note without the Carolina Cup, but without any loses either. Sounders coach Schmid seemed pleased with the team’s performance as they drew the game 2-2 on Saturday against D.C United at the Blackbaud Stadium. D.C united took home the Carolina Challenge Cup, with leveled score with the Seattle Sounders at 1-0-2 but triumphed due to goal differential. The Sounders finished exhibition play at 6-0-3.
Post the match coach Schmid commented that they don’t like losing games that’s an obvious, and he wasn’t at all please that the Sounders took 2 goals at the game. He assured that they won’t be repeating this mistake during their match next week. On the 8th minute of the match, Fabian Espindola scored a penalty kick on behalf of D.C United as Chad Marshall got whistled for hitting a hand ball. Next the Sounders equalized as striker Kenny Cooper scored his first goal in the twenty fourth minute. Cooper commented that Dylan Remick, who has been performing impressively in the pre season, put in the ball amazingly it is just by good luck that he kicked it in the net.
In the fifty third minute, United jumped back into the game with Espindola’s fabulous cross was perfectly played by Kitchen. The Sounders did not give up as yet, as they tied the score once more as Marco Pappa got a goal on Evan’s pass during the sixty third minute.
Schmid while praising the midfielders commented that Evans and Alonso performed quite well. He added that Marco Pappa too added to their effort by giving time to Dylan to go ahead.
Earlier coach Schmid had said that this playing lineup will be quite similar to the team who will be playing the Major League Soccer this weekend.