Brian Schmetzer: Stefan Frei on a concussion protocol

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 Back for Seattle Sounders after World Cup Action

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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Harry Shipp happy to be back

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 winger suffers injury setback

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”

Fantasy Football Tips & Tricks

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.