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TUKWILA — It’s a routine most of these guys could do in their sleep, suiting up for training and heading out the door. But now Sounders players are adding one more layer. It’s an elastic band wrapped around their chests and it has become an essential part of the squad’s training.
The unit’s data is fed wirelessly into a computer that helps frame the team’s training sessions.
“We’re looking at some distances covered at different velocities, different accelerations and decelerations. It helps us vary the training from day to day; the one day might be more velocity-based training, the next day might be more of a deceleration-based training,” said Tenney.
“When I first came into the league ,everybody was on the same playing field as far as everybody would have the same training habits, the same recovery sessions, the same practices and now with the advent of these, it almost provides a personalized sort of feedback of information, ” Sounders midfielder Brad Evans said.
The machine looks at heart rate, distance covered and field position but perhaps its greatest benefit is helping players exceed their expectations.
“It’s the load that you take on and if one day you can increase the load without risking injury I think that it benefits everybody and, ultimately, that pushes you in the 80th minute to know that I’ve got the fitness during the week, the heavy load, machines say I’m good, my body feels good, then I can push it a little bit extra. Last year was the most games I’ve started in my career, so if that has any correlation to do with GPS, you know, I’ll take it,” Evans said.
Other teams and leagues are also integrating this technology but as former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller puts it, even the best gadgets won’t replace pure talent.
“You have to have the experience to understand what you’re reading and also look at the circumstance. You can have guys who can run all over the place, but it,s not the right way or you can’t sometimes legislate for understanding the game, being in the right place at the right time, and so technology is a tool to help you, but its never going to replace knowing what you’re talking about,” said Keller.
SEATTLE — Imagination has brought Aaron D’Errico back to soccer. Not on a field, but through a comic book.
“My mother was a beautiful model. My dad, this amazing, muscular soccer star. It was like having Wonder Woman and Superman as your parents,” explained D’Errico.
But their son, Aaron, as titled in one poem, was more like The Crooked Prince.
“If you make a fist, that’s what my legs are doing consistently,” D’Errico said of his cerebral palsy.
And while his dreams of pro soccer were dashed early on, his love for comics never died.
“I’m out to show the whole world, show them, show them what they can do,” D’Errico said.
Mentor to Aaron, Pat O’Day said, “He came in because he’d drawn a picture of me. I was astonished … I always felt that I had some skills at spotting creative people! And, boy, I saw one when Aaron came in the door.”
It was a meeting Aaron calls, “a cosmic coincidence.”
After all, O’Day was also an original co-owner of the expansion Sounders. But not until years into their friendship did O’Day realize he was helping the son of a former player.
Close to 40 years after David D’Errico first played in Seattle, his son now realizes his gift – not with his feet, but with his mind.
It starts with his original creation, Ammon Walker, who, despite cerebral palsy, dreams of becoming a soccer star like his dad. Ammon modifies the virus that causes cerebral palsy, and turns it into a supernatural power.
D’Errico has written the first 22-page issue. But he’s searching for an artist to help him bring Ammon to life and is hosting a worldwide search online.
“Some people have it and some people don’t, and he has it,” said O’Day.
D’Errico said, “I took something that would be considered a definite hindrance and said, You know what? In my imagination, I can overcome this.
One of my favorite quotes is from Spiderman: ‘With great power, comes great responsibility.’ I realize that if people, once they started paying attention to my work, I had the responsibility to do good things with it.
“And that’s why I do it,” concluded D’Errico.
Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins scored two goals on Wednesday sending the Sounders to a 2-0 win at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle (7-5-3) got the only goal it would need in the 19th minute, when Brad Evans took the ball around midfield and slipped a pass forward to Martins, who received it a step behind D.C. right back James Riley, a former Sounder. Martins took the pass just atop United’s penalty area, and when he got just inside it, he fired a low shot that beat goalkeeper Joe Willis to the near post.
Martins added the clincher in stoppage time, scoring from close range.
The Sounders will return to training today, preparing for their MLS match Saturday at Vancouver.
SEATTLE — The international soccer world has descended on Seattle, as the city gets set to host its first World Cup Qualifier match in more than three decades. The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Panama Tuesday night at Centurylink Field.
The U.S. team is hot off a massive victory Friday over Jamaica, where Seattle Sounders’ own Brad Evans hit the game-winning goal in the 90th minute.
The win placed the U.S. in a three-way tie with Mexico and Costa Rica at the top of their group. However, the squad’s next two home matches are key for the team to secure their position in World Cup Qualifying.
This is only the second time that a qualifier has been held in the Emerald City (On Oct. 20, 1976, the U.S. beat Canada 2-0 at the Kingdome), and with three critical three points on the line, the squad is trilled to be playing it here.
“I’m good friends with Eddie Johnson and he always tells me about what its like playing here and playing in front of the fans and just how it’s an atmosphere that’s comparable to what it is in Europe. It’s great to see that the game is building and that there are markets like this, that people have so much passion for the game. I almost felt like I was in another country the other day when the Seattle Sounders game was on. So happy to play here and look forward to the game and feeling what that atmosphere will be like,” said U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey.
Adding to the match excitement will be Sounders’ Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson, who are both expected to play in the Qualifier. This gives local soccer fans an added bonus and puts the Seattle team in the spotlight once again.
Tickets are still available. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
SEATTLE — With possibly two USMNT players out for the World Cup Qualifier against Panama, Sounders’ Eddie Johnson may be asked to take on a challenge.
In the 2-1 victory against Jamaica Friday, USMNT’s central midfielder Jermaine Jones collided with Jamaica defender Daniel Gordon. Jones has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms since the collision, but will be evaluated by a neurologist tomorrow to determine whether or not he will play against Panama.
With Jones potentially out for Tuesday and USMNT Graham Zusi ineligible due to a yellow card, Eddie Johnson may be seeing some new responsibilities. Johnson may be moved outside to make-up for the midfield mayhem.
Johnson said he would be happy and willing to step up to the task in front of his home crowd.
The World Cup Qualifier between USMNT and Panama will be held at 6:30 pm Tuesday at CenturyLink Field.
Sounders’ Brad Evans will join Johnson to play for USMNT in front of their home crowd.
St. Petersburg, FLA—
Georgi Hristov scored the lone goal as the Sounders FC fell to the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 1-0 in the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. open Cup.
It marks the first Open Cup loss in franchise history for Seattle after advancing to the final the previous four years, winning three straight titles from 2009-11.
In the 75th minute, Hristov tapped in a rebound after Marcus Hahnemann made a diving save on a Luke Mulholland shot deep inside the box. It was the third goal of the tournament for Hristov in just two games after scoring a brace in a 2-1 win over VSI Tampa in the second round.
It was just the third time Sounders FC has allowed the first goal in an Open Cup match, and in both games the Rave Green came back to win 2-1 (7/21/09 vs. HOU and 10/5/10 vs. CLB).
Sounders FC nearly equalized late when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 84th minute after a Jordan Gafa hand ball in the box. Obafemi Martins’ ensuing penalty attempt was saved by Tampa Bay keeper Diego Restrepo.
Gafa was issued a red card on the play and the Rowdies played the game’s final minutes with 10 men.
Keane was involved on all four of the Galaxy’s goals — the first being off a good feed from Keane to teammate Sean Franklin. Keane scored goals in the 24th, 34th, and 44th minute, the last two, coming off of penalty kicks.
Sounders play the Tampa Bay Rowdies Wednesday.
RENTON — Seattle Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson has been named to the EA sports FIFA 13 Ultimate Team of the Week for his performance versus FC Dallas on May 18th. The EA Sports FIFA 13 Ultimate Team of the Week is a group of players throughout the world selected each week for their high level of play.
The World Cup veteran, who will join the U.S Men’s National Team for a pair of friendlies and three World Cup qualifiers, scored the opener with a quality half-volley in the 16th minute, before burying the winner that killed off a resilient FC Dallas side in the 62nd. Johnson’s two-goal effort was the ninth multi-goal game of his MLS career, and first since September 8, 2012. He leads the team with four league goals and five goals across all competitions, and is now 24th on the all-time scoring list with 59 career MLS goals.
Johnson joins the FIFA 13 Ultimate Team of the week, including Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Lucho Gonzalez (FC Porto) and Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea/West Bromwich Albion).
EA Sports FIFA 13 Ultimate Team is the popular game mode within EA Sports FIFA that reflects the best recent real-world performance of the world’s best players. More then 3.4 million games of FIFA Ultimate Team are played daily, and over 17 million footballers are transferred through the transfer market on a daily basis, as millions of fans re-shape their squads based on the real-world performances of their favorite players.
Each week, the world’s top performing players are selected to the FIFA 13 Ultimate Team of the Week and receive an “in form” item that increases the players’s attributes. Fans have the opportunity to build a squad with Team of the Week players and then compete with those players on their FIFA Ultimate Team online against millions of other fans around the world on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system.
The full EA Sports FIFA 13 Ultimate Team of the Week can be found at http://www.ea.com/soccer/fifa-ultimate-team/show-off#kOnOmwjtnJA1m:pc
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