Seattle Sounders are planning to crack the defensive system used by their Major League Soccer (MLS) opponents San Jose when both sides meet in the Group B MLS is Back Tournament. Both sides are set to clash on July 10 live on ESPN as the league try to get footballing activities back on track following the suspension due to Covid-19.
The last time Quakes played Sounders; it was at the Avaya Stadium. Seattle Sounders needed a win to remain in the second spot in the regular season of the Western Conference which they eventually won. Quakes have a system where everyone joins in to defend or attack. Their relentless attacks forced goalkeeper Stefan Frei to make 10 saves. It seemed both sides will share the spoils before Jordan Morris took advantage of a back pass to beat the goalkeeper for the lone goal.
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After almost 2 months without any action, Seattle Sounders finally returned back to the training ground, as a result of different government authority is giving approval for individual training sessions that can be held with supervision. The first set of training sessions happened at the Starfire Sports centre in Tukwila. Manager Brian Schmetzer has claimed that it has been a very good session and the players are very happy to be out there. The United States has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 75,000 deaths across the country, but there has been a pressing need to reopen the economy in order to avoid going into another recession.
Midfielder Harry Shipp confirmed that a lot of precautions have been taken to ensure that the players are able to train with a lot of safety. Some of the different procedures undertaken by the club include staggered arrivals, temperature checks, sanitation stations, and more. The end of facilities are also restricted in terms of access.Shipp said that it is very important to get back with the right kind of precautions and midfielder Cristian Roldan came up with a similar set of statements. Monday was the first time Seattle Sounders were training for the first time since March 11. The club have played two games before the season had to be called off.
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DeAndre Yedlin says that he will certainly be returning back to Seattle Sounders, where it all began for him as a professional footballer.Yedlin was the first homegrown player for Seattle and he was recently in conversation with club icon Steve Zakuani. At 26 years old,Yedlin is at the peak of his career and he is currently playing for Newcastle United after making the switch in 2016. Even though he has spent most of his playing career with Seattle, he has already represented Newcastle in more than 100 games. An established Premier League player now,Yedlin is in the process of capitalising on Newcastle’s newfound wealth following a takeover by Saudi royals.
Even then, the right back is confident of coming back to the MLS and finishing his career with Seattle. After playing for the likes of Northwest Nationals and Crossfire Premier his youth days,Yedlin made the switch to Seattle in 2010 and he was soon limited to the first-team in 2013. Even though he spent only two seasons with the club before moving onto the likes of Tottenham and Sunderland,Yedlin has not forgotten his roots. The player has a contract with Newcastle only until the summer of 2021 and the latest takeover means that he faces an uncertain future at Tyneside.
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Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum has said that Jurgen Klopp has made him an all-round player during his time at Liverpool. The Dutchman made the switch to the Reds from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 and he has since made 177 appearances, contributing 18 goals and 16 assists.
Unlike at the Magpies, Wijnaldum has played in a more central role with the Merseyside giants but he has nonetheless made valuable impact. Speaking in an interview, Wijnaldum said that he has become a more complete player under the guidance of Klopp, he told: “I have become more of an all-round player. I am a more complete player now than I was when I arrived. He is a good coach, a coach who improves his players and he is a great person to work with. He is an important person to me in general.”
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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has slammed the performance of striker Michy Batshuayi following Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night. The Belgium international has been sparingly used from the starting line-up in all competitions this season but he had an excellent chance to prove himself against United with Tammy Abraham out injured.
However, that was clearly not the case and the marksman had a game to forget with a number of missed chances to find the net. As a result, Batshuayi was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the final quarter of the game and surprisingly the Frenchman managed to perform much better than him despite playing no competitive football over the past few months.
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Spanish attacker Victor Rodriguez has acknowledged that it was difficult to move on from Seattle Sounders but he had to take the decision due to his own personal concerns. The 30-year-old had a stop-start career with the Sounders with a number of nagging injuries but he managed to bag the MVP award during the 3-1 triumph over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Sporting Gijon man appreciated his two-year stint with the Sounders and admitted that he won’t forget the goal which contributed towards the MLS Cup final success, he told: “It was something incredible. I remember it with a great deal of affection. That day will be marked on my mind forever and the goal I scored it’s probably until this day the most important of my career.”
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