Sounders begin preparing for title defense

The Seattle Sounders began preparing for their MLS Champion title defense Tuesday morning on a snow-covered field at Starfire Sports. Don’t feel too sorry for the Rave Green as they will head to Long Beach on Saturday for a 10-day training camp. Weather aside the mood was upbeat, optimistic and downright ambitious for a team looking to defend it’s MLS Title and win a Concacaf Champions League Title. A feat that has never been achieved by an MLS Team. After training at Starfire this week the Sounders will h

NUCLEUS INTACT

The major reason for the ambitious goals is that the Sounders are returning the core of their team. The only absentees from the Sounders starting XI who took to the pitch against Toronto FC in last year’s title game are Defenders Kim Kee-Hee and Brad Smith. Returning starters are defenders Kelvin Leerdam, Xavier Arreaga, midfielders Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones, Nicolas Lodeiro and forwards Jordan Morris and Raul Ruidiaz.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

 February 20 in Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 action against Honduran side CD Olimpia. Seattle begins its 12th MLS season with a home match on Sunday, March 1 at 12:00 p.m. PT against Chicago Fire FC at CenturyLink Field.

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