What’s to Come, Sounders?

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What’s to Come, Sounders?

Sarah Bohl, Sports, Staff Writer

The Seattle Sounders had a great season in 2017 despite the fact that they just missed repeating as Major League Soccer champions in the finals.  Expectations are high for the Sounders to continue to perform at a very high level.  Head Coach Brian Schmetzer can be proud of his first full season as head coach in 2017.  He was able to make his mark on the team in 2017 with a new attitude that the players seemed to respond well to. In 2018, he will surely increase that with new players that he was able to draft and recruit for the upcoming season.

The Sounders will look a little different in 2018, as there have been some changes in the roster since the 2017 season ended.  Most notably, left back Joevin Jones has left the team to go play in Germany and that will be a key position the Sounders will need to fill in 2018.  Other departures from the team will be less difficult to fill in and these include back up keeper Tyler Miller, two young up-and-comers Aaron Kovar and Oniel Fisher and long-time Sounder, but as of late injury ridden, Brad Evans.  Don’t despair though; the Sounders have made a couple of off season drafts that look set to fill the holes and also picked up some promising young players in the MLS Draft.  Defender Waylon Francis has joined the team from the Columbus Crew and should fill the hole left behind by Jones’s departure.  Midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem also comes in with extensive experience and should contribute immediately.  The highlights of the draft include homegrown player Handwalla Bwana who played at the University of Washington and Alex Roldan, younger brother of Christian Roldan, who played at Seattle University. Alex also played last summer on the semi-pro team of OSA FC.

The Sounders have spent the last couple of weeks in Arizona preparing for the upcoming season.  The team has played a handful of friendlies and the MLS season will officially start in March.  However, the first game that will count is actually going to be a CONCACAF Champions League game where the Sounders will play a two leg aggregate match in the round of 16.  The Sounders will play the first leg this Friday February 23rd in El Salvador against Sanfa Tecla.  The second leg of that matchup will be on March 2nd in Seattle.

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