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The 2015 Seattle Sounders FC season was the club's forty-first year of existence, and their seventh consecutive season in Major League Soccer, the top flight of United States soccer. Including previous Seattle Sounders franchises, this was the 35th season of a soccer team playing in the Seattle metro area.

Seattle Sounders FC
2015 season
General ManagerGarth Lagerwey
Head CoachSigi Schmid
StadiumCenturyLink Field
MLSConference: 4th
Overall: 6th
MLS Cup PlayoffsConference Semifinals
U.S. Open CupFourth round
CONCACAF Champions
League (2015–16)
Quarterfinals
Cascadia CupWinners (4-2-0)
Heritage CupRunners-up (0-1-1)
Desert Diamond Cup4th (1-2-0)
Top goalscorerLeague: Clint Dempsey (7)
All: Clint Dempsey (7)
Highest home attendance64,358
(Aug. 30 vs. Portland)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 39,175
(Mar. 14 vs. San Jose)
All: 37,106
(Aug. 19 vs. Olimpia)
Average home league attendanceRegular season: 44,245
Playoffs: 39,568
All: 39,877
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BackgroundEdit

The Sounders came into the 2015 season following a successful 2014, winning the U.S. Open Cup for the fourth time as well as winning the Supporters' Shield for the first time in franchise history. By winning the Double, the Sounders became the sixth Major League Soccer team to win two major trophies in one season. This was the first time a club managed to win two trophies since the 2011 Los Angeles Galaxy. It was also the first time since the 2003 Chicago Fire for a team to do the Open Cup/League double.

Seattle also qualified for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs for the sixth consecutive time. Seattle came into the playoffs with the ability to become the first MLS club to win the Treble. Seattle ended up losing in the Conference Finals 2-2 on aggregate, losing by away goals.

By virtue of winning the Supporters' Shield, the Sounders qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League after a two-year drought from the competition.

RosterEdit

Major League Soccer teams are limited to eight players without U.S. citizenship, a permanent resident (green card holder), or the holder of other special status (e.g., refugee or asylum status). These international roster slots can be traded. Sounders FC began the 2015 MLS season with eight international slots; it was announced they traded with DC United for a ninth slot during the Summer Transfer Window. Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of April 4, 2015.[1]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Troy Perkins   United States
2 Midfielder Clint Dempsey (DP)   United States
3 Midfielder Brad Evans (c)   United States
4 Defender Tyrone Mears   England
5 Midfielder Andy Rose   England
6 Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso   Cuba
7 Midfielder Cristian Roldan (GA)   United States
8 Midfielder Gonzalo Pineda   Mexico
9 Forward Obafemi Martins (DP)   Nigeria
10 Midfielder Marco Pappa   Guatemala
11 Midfielder Aaron Kovar (HGP)   United States
12 Defender Leonardo González   Costa Rica
13 Defender Andrés Correa   Colombia
14 Defender Chad Marshall   United States
15 Defender Dylan Remick   United States
16 Forward Nelson Valdez (DP)   Paraguay
17 Forward Darwin Jones (HGP)   United States
18 Midfielder Thomás Jaguaribe   Brazil
19 Forward Chad Barrett   United States
20 Defender Zach Scott   United States
21 Defender Jimmy Ockford   United States
22 Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon   United States
23 Midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz   Austria
24 Goalkeeper Stefan Frei    Switzerland
27 Midfielder Lamar Neagle   United States
28 Midfielder Erik Friberg   Sweden
29 Defender Román Torres   Panama
31 Defender Damion Lowe (GA)   Jamaica
42 Midfielder Micheal Azira   Uganda
80 Forward Victor Mansaray (HGP)   United States
91 Defender Oniel Fisher   Jamaica
99 Forward Andy Craven (DL)   United States

CompetitionsEdit

PreseasonEdit

Desert Diamond CupEdit

Major League SoccerEdit

League tablesEdit

Western ConferenceEdit
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 16 13 5 45 36 +9 53 Conference Semifinals
3 Portland Timbers 34 15 11 8 41 39 +2 53 Knockout round
4 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 13 6 44 36 +8 51
5 LA Galaxy 34 14 11 9 56 46 +10 51
6 Sporting Kansas City 34 14 11 9 48 45 +3 51
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
OverallEdit
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
4 Columbus Crew 34 15 11 8 58 53 +5 53
5 Portland Timbers (C) 34 15 11 8 41 39 +2 53 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
6 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 13 6 44 36 +8 51
7 Montreal Impact 34 15 13 6 48 44 +4 51
8 D.C. United 34 15 13 6 43 45 −2 51
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
(C) Champion.
Notes:
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Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
33 14 6 13 41 35  +6 48 10 2 4 23 13  +10 4 4 9 18 22  −4

Last updated: October 20, 2015.
Source: MLS

Results by matchdayEdit

Matchday12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHHAHAAHAAAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAAAHAH
ResultWLDWLWWWLWDWWLWLLLWLLLLLWLWWDWDDDW
Updated to match(es) played on October 20, 2015. Source: MLS
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

MLS Cup PlayoffsEdit

Knockout roundEdit

Conference semifinalsEdit

FC Dallas win 4–2 on penalties after 3-3 aggregate and advance to Western Conference Finals.

U.S. Open CupEdit

CONCACAF Champions LeagueEdit

Group stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Seattle Sounders FC 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3 7 Knockout stage
2   Olimpia 4 2 0 2 3 3 0 6
3   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 1 1 2 2 5 −3 4
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

FriendliesEdit

TransfersEdit

For transfers in, dates listed are when Sounders FC officially signed the players to the roster. Transactions where only the rights to the players are acquired are not listed. For transfers out, dates listed are when Sounders FC officially removed the players from its roster, not when they signed with another club. If a player later signed with another club, his new club will be noted, but the date listed here remains the one when he was officially removed from Sounders FC roster.

InEdit

No. Pos. Player Transferred From Fee/Notes Date Source
80 FW   Victor Mansaray   Seattle Sounders FC Academy Signed HGP deal November 5, 2014 [3]
21 DF   Jimmy Ockford   New York Cosmos Return from loan at the end of 2014 NASL season November 16, 2014
22 DF   Eriq Zavaleta   Chivas USA Return from loan at the end of 2014 MLS season December 8, 2014
4 DF   Tyrone Mears Free agent Discovery Signing December 29, 2014 [4]
17 FW   Darwin Jones   Washington Huskies Signed HGP deal January 9, 2015 [5]
1 GK   Troy Perkins Free agent Out of contract at Montreal Impact and was not selected during the 2014 Re-Entry Draft January 13, 2015 [6]
7 MF   Cristian Roldan   Washington Huskies Generation adidas; 16th pick of the MLS SuperDraft January 15, 2015 [7][8]
99 FW   Andy Craven   North Carolina Tar Heels Signed MLS college senior contract; 48th pick of the MLS SuperDraft January 20, 2015 [7][9]
13 DF   Andrés Correa Free agent Discovery Signing February 10, 2015 [10]
91 DF   Oniel Fisher   New Mexico Lobos 40th pick of the MLS SuperDraft March 17, 2015 [11]
22 GK   Charlie Lyon   Marquette Golden Eagles 75th pick of the MLS SuperDraft March 17, 2015 [11]
18 MF   Thomás Jaguaribe Discovery Signing June 1, 2015 [12]
28 MF   Erik Friberg   Esbjerg fB July 29, 2015 [13]
23 MF   Andreas Ivanschitz Discovery Signing Free August 4, 2015 [14]
16 FW   Nelson Haedo Valdez Free Agent Free, Signed as DP August 7, 2015 [15]
29 DF   Román Torres Discovery Signing Targeted Allocation Money August 12, 2015 [16]

Seattle's first signing ahead of the 2015 season was the signing of 17-year-old Victor Mansaray to a Homegrown Player contract. In December, 2014, English defender Tyrone Mears was added to the roster as a Discovery Signing; Mears had been a free agent since July when he was released by Bolton Wanderers following the 2013-14 English Championship season. Seattle added All-Pac-12 forward Darwin Jones from the Washington Huskies as a Homegrown Player on January 9, 2015.

Draft PicksEdit

Draft picks are not automatically signed to the team roster. Only those who are signed to a contract will be listed as transfers in. Only trades involving draft picks and executed after the start of 2015 MLS SuperDraft will be listed in the notes.

Date Player Number Position Previous Club Notes Ref
January 15, 2015   Cristian Roldan (GA) 7 MF   Washington Huskies MLS SuperDraft 1st Round Pick (#16); pick acquired from Real Salt Lake in exchange for pick #27 and allocation money [7][17]
January 15, 2015   Tyler Miller GK   Northwestern Wildcats MLS SuperDraft 2nd Round Pick (#33); pick acquired from New England Revolution in exchange for future considerations (the rights to Sean Okoli and allocation money) [7][17]
January 15, 2015   Oniel Fisher MF/DF   New Mexico Lobos MLS SuperDraft 2nd Round Pick (#40) [7]
January 20, 2015   Andy Craven FW   North Carolina Tar Heels MLS SuperDraft 3rd Round Pick (#48) [7]
January 20, 2015   Charlie Lyon GK   Marquette Golden Eagles MLS SuperDraft 4th Round Pick (#75) [7]
January 20, 2015   Andy Bevin FW   West Virginia Mountaineers MLS SuperDraft 4th Round Pick (#80) [7]

OutEdit

No. Pos. Player Transferred To Fee/Notes Date Source
26 DF   Onyekachi Apam Retired Waived December 4, 2014 [18]
4 DF   Jalil Anibaba   Orlando City SC Out of contract; selected in Expansion Draft December 4, 2014 [18][19]
7 FW   Tristan Bowen   New England Revolution Waived; selected in Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 December 4, 2014 [18][20]
29 GK   Josh Ford   Orlando City SC Waived; selected in Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 December 4, 2014 [18][20]
1 GK   Marcus Hahnemann Retired Waived December 4, 2014 [18][21]
13 FW   Sean Okoli   New England Revolution Waived; rights along with allocation money traded for the 33rd pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft December 4, 2014 [17][18]
18 DF   Djimi Traoré Retired Waived December 4, 2014 [18]
23 FW   Cam Weaver Retired Waived December 4, 2014 [18]
22 FW   Eriq Zavaleta   Toronto FC Waived; rights traded for a 2nd round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft December 4, 2014 [18][22]
17 DF   DeAndre Yedlin   Tottenham Hotspur $4,000,000 December 23, 2014 [23][24]
FW   Andy Craven   Sounders 2 March 10, 2015 [25]
DF   Aaron Long   Sounders 2 March 14, 2015 [26]
77 FW   Kévin Parsemain Waived March 20, 2015 [27]
33 FW   Kenny Cooper Waived April 2, 2015 [28]

On August 13, 2014, it was confirmed that DeAndre Yedlin would be transferred to Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League for a reported transfer fee of $4 million. Yedlin departed for the English club in January 2015.

RecognitionEdit

KitsEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Third
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Info
Home Rave Green Blue Rave Green March 8 vs. New England Revolution
Home Alt. Rave Green Rave Green Blue March 28 at FC Dallas
Home Alt. 2 Rave Green Rave Green Rave Green June 24 at Philadelphia Union
Away White White Black May 9 at Columbus Crew
Third Black Light green Light green May 3 at New York City FC

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Sounders FC Signs Defender Tyrone Mears". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Sounders FC Signs Darwin Jones to Homegrown Contract". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
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