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2019

Seattle Sounders

In


Trey Muse (gk), (Indiana Hooiser), Joel Rydstrand (mid), (CU Bluejays), Tucker Bone (mid), (Air Force), Jonathan Campbell (def), (Chicago Fire), Aaron Kovar (att), (Los Angeles FC - end of loan)

Out


Tony Alfaro (def), (Chivas), Osvaldo Alonso (mid), (Minnesotta United), Waylon Francis (def), (Columbus Crew), Calle Brown (gk), (Loudon United), Felix Chenkam (att), (Free), Lamar Neagle (att), (Free), Aaron Kovar (att), (Retired)

Despite their defeat in the play-off semi-finals, 2018 was a largely successful season for the Seattle Sounders. A 2nd place finish in the Western Conference also saw them pose the best defence conceding just 37 goals. Only the New York Red Bulls overall conceded fewer than the Sounders so plenty for Brian Schmetzer to build on heading into the 2019 season. He will be delighted with the form of creative midfielder Nicolas Lodiero who sparkled in 2018 scoring 8 and assisting 16. Schmetzer hasn't tweaked too much but has added new players to enhance the squad. His most notable acquisition is defender Jonathan Campbell who arrives from Chicago Fire following a 2-year stint. He should bring plenty of experience and steel to an already strong defensive back line. The Sounders have also signed highly rated goalkeeper Troy Muse from Indiana Hooiser who is seen as one of the bright prospects. However, Schmetzer has lost club captain Osvaldo Alonso and full back Waylon Francis to MLS rivals and, while he might be disappointed, he will be confident his side can cope without those experienced figures.

Target


Will be competing on all fronts, challenging for top spot in the Western Conference as well as seeking a 2nd MLS Cup, the U.S Open Cup and Supporters' Shield. Progression in the play-offs would represent a good season but Schmetzer will fancy his side can surprise the rest.

Season Review
2018

№4: Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Sounders had yet another tremendous year in MLS. While the Sounders would be eliminated at the semi-final stage of the playoffs, they finished in a fantastic second position in the Western Conference table, a remarkable feat considering their terrible start to the season. Making the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season, Brain Schmeltzer’s men also broke several records in 2018, one of those being the most consecutive league victories. Despite winning just three of their opening sixteen games of the season, the Sounders won nine games on the bounce between July and September. Winning fourteen of their last sixteen matches of the season, the Sounders looked like red hot contenders for the MLS Cup title, but would unfortunately be eliminated in a penalty shoot-out defeat to the Portland Timbers. Brian Schmeltzer’s team would be plagued by injury problems for the majority of the season, the absence of key striker Jordan Morris perhaps the most notable case. Several key signings stepped up when needed however. Kim Kee-Hee would prove to be an excellent addition at the back. While mid-season signing Raul Ruidiaz would find the back of the net ten times in fourteen appearances, making him the Sounders’ top goal scorer. Nicolas Lodeiro was yet another stand out player, scoring eight times and notching up sixteen assists. The Sounders haven’t done much in the transfer market so far, although the young duo of Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan have both been tied down to long contract extensions, which will please many fans.


Player of the Season: Stefan Frei

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