The road to a second consecutive MLS title began last Tuesday afternoon at field number three at Starfire Sports Complex as the Seattle Sounders FC began their preseason workouts. While Rave Greens first regulars season game not until March 4th at the Houston Dynamo, the Sounders will use the upcoming preseason tournaments in Tucson, Arizona, and Charleston South Carolina to hit the ground running when they take on the Dynamo.
Every professional team regardless of the league they are in, will always be affected by offseason, retirement, trades, and free agency. The task of keeping a core group players is twice as difficult if one wins a League Championship. Gone from the Sounders MLS winning side are Hercule Gomez ( retirement) Andreas Ivanschitz ( did not resign ) Nelson Valdez ( declined to resign) and Tyrone Mears ( traded to Atlanta for allocation money). In return Sounders, General Manager Garth Lagerwey signed forward Wil Bruin from the Houston Dynamo and midfielder Harry Shipp from the Montreal Impact. One surprise addition to the opening workout was Clint Dempsey.