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Galaxy Cuts, Excitement in Seattle

Five players are waived by the Galaxy: GK Steve Cronin, D Mike Randolph and Troy Roberts and MFs Brandon McDonald and Ely Allen.

Average age: 23.6.

The Galaxy's final roster is likely to include Klein (33), Lewis (34), Ricketts (31), Kirovski (almost 34), Kovalenko (31) and Sanneh (37).

On a brighter note, take a look at this article penned by Steve Kelley, the Seattle Times' terrific sports columnist. Give it a read, tell us what you think.

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2009; 3:59 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Lets take a look at Mike Randolph.

Posted by: TheJim1 | February 25, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope people really understand and appreciate how many people really love the game up here in the Pacific Northwest. I know some people find us annoying because we are so excited, but take it for what it is, another group of people who love the game and want it to succeed in the U.S.

As for the Galaxy: No surprise. Arena likes old guys -- sorry "experienced" guys. Plus the ones he is cutting aren't great.

Posted by: scott47a | February 25, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

20,000 season tickets sold! Awesome. Of course an SSS would be ideal, but maybe Qwest Field won't be so bad for them if they're pulling in those kinds of numbers.

Posted by: ricky_b | February 25, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I love how Sounders FC has kicked off. I really don't remember too much about what TFC did to kick start their franchise, but Seattle seems to be doing something right. I think the way they've reached out to the public, providing really unprecedented access to the team via their internet video interviews, has been awesome.

I also like how they've pretty much kept the the Sounders history while adopting the city's other franchise, the Seahawks, main colors.

Seattle may have done the best job of all teams in building a connection to their home in such a short amount of time. It's been very impressive, and apparently well rewarded (by 20K season tickets sold).


Posted by: TCompton | February 25, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Ali G's second favorite interviewee, David Beckham (33, soon to be 34).

Sounds like Arena's not very interested in player development... front office prerogative? "Future? we don't need no stinking future!"

Posted by: Modibo | February 25, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly what I needed to hear and that's what all MLS clubs need to aspire to.

We - fellow United supporters - have our work cut out for us. If we are indeed to beat the drums as best in the league we need to keep bringing in new folks and having them stick around - even when the games don't go our way.

We need flowing soccer - and we need to make Fenty regret.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 25, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@scott47a: If you buy 20K season tickets, you have the right to be excited to the point of annoying people.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 25, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a very good sign for the game in our country. At least there is one other outpost (besides) the DC area that demonstrates the love of the game. All indications are that they will be competitive from the start. We'll see

Posted by: sbg1 | February 25, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

That is awesome for Seattle. I have a bunch of friends in Seattle, and am looking forward to going out there to see a match.

Posted by: torrey151 | February 25, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

surprised to see mike randolph released. i understand he may have taken a step back in his development last year- but as a rookie CB w/ that many starts and clearly very little veteran leadership provided, he may blossom somewhere else w/ proper coaching. all those young players waived just means LA is still old, and still slow.

Posted by: willykirk | February 25, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Holy hell... those are IDIOTIC cuts for the Galaxy. Congrats Seattle

Posted by: Shanoni | February 25, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

the only bad decision according to many is the waiving of a promising talent in McDonald.

Randolph had a bad slump in form and obviously Bruce prefers the oldies...

no beef with Roberts, Cronin and Allen gone.

Thanks for the Infos.

Posted by: Ben7LA | February 25, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Seatown's run up is exciting, and makes me wonder what life would be like if I was still living there... My last residence was a sub-ten minute bike ride from Qwest... Apartment before that was so close I could hear the Seahawks crowd and PA system from my balcony. In other words, Heaven for a soccer fan!
That being said, I'd never be the soccer fan that I am today if it wasn't for DC United, and living in this Washington.
The timing couldn't be better for the Sounders with the departure of the Sonics. They've got a pretty awesome announcer in Collabro, a solid TV deal, and obviously some excited folks who want to have some fun. The Rave Green is my only complaint, but as long as someone develops a strain of Rave Green Herb and shares it with me, I'll call it good;-)
Shoot, it looks like they're even considering a 3rd jersey... What's not to like?
Other than the lack of tailgating, and the marching band I can't think of anything. In defense of no real tailgating, the surrounding area has plenty of bars and great places to eat...
Soo yeah, good for those bastards...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 25, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Kirovski was born March 18, 1976, which makes him almost 33, not 34.

Posted by: georgejones5 | February 25, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

TheJim1:

What's the point of looking at Randolph? He's similar to Wallace, but older and with less potential. He'd never play, and would be a wasted roster spot. I'd rather sign Zaher, who lacks Randolph's speed but is much more reliable and positions himself better.

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It's good to see Seattle start so well. Of course, the real key is their attendance in 2010, 2011, etc. They look like they'll be good enough on the field to avoid chasing fans away like Chivas in 2004. If they can keep 15K of those season ticket holders, they'll be virtually certain to be a top 3 team in attendance. Hopefully other MLS teams are trying to learn something from Seattle's example.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 25, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome for Seattle. DCU might get near that for their first season in PG County, only to see that number dwindle in years later once people realize what a pain in the rear it is to get out near Fed Ex Field. I'm still upset about it.

Posted by: mbm1 | February 25, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

20,000 tickets!?! Freddie Ljungberg is a marketing juggernaut!

Posted by: distriteno | February 25, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I want soccer in Atlanta, but I can't see having the same fervor that Seattle has, Portland has, and St Louis may have...

Posted by: Reignking | February 25, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like another forgettable season for the Galaxy, coming right up

Posted by: Eugene7 | February 25, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Kudos on Seattle for 20K season tix sold. Anybody have average figures in MLS for season ticket sales versus average attendance? In other words, how many single game or walk up fans are there? Cause 20K seems like a HUGE number to me.

Posted by: Matte | February 25, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Seattle. I hope you'll be kind enough to show the rest of the league how to do things right!

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 25, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It's a pity that Arena couldn't cut Tim Leiweke. That would be the best move he could have made....

Posted by: JosephDHippolito | February 25, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The Galaxy can afford to let go of Randolph and Roberts because they picked up Omar Gonzalez AJ Delagarza and Yohance Marshall in the draft and got Chavez out of Honduras. Chavez is 24, Delagarza and Gonzalez are under 21 and Marshall is under 23. Add in last year's rookie of the year, Sean Franklin; and they have the makings of a very good defense for years to come. Lewis (left side), Sanneh (center) and Kreis will offer some veteran leadership before they fade away and as the young guys learn to play.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | February 25, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Los Angeles, February 25:

"One of the more unique elements of the new Galaxy "look" are “ wraps” that were made as an additional piece for the new kit. It’s a complement to the shorts and definitely something different, for some very "sexy football."

They are completely optional and will not be worn in games. The wraps are removable and can be detached from the shorts with easy to remove buttons.

PUMA’s wrap takes cues from the trends in metrosexual sports gear today, as well as fashion, such as the popularity of technical running skirts. The wraps were designed with the metrosexual player in mind."

Posted by: OWNTF | February 25, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

20,000 season tickets? You paying attention, Payne? At least, give us a 25,000 seat facility.

On the other hand -- 20,000 is 3,000 more than the Sonics could fit in their arena. I wonder if Sounders FC will get as much press...

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see Seattle start so well. Of course, the real key is their attendance in 2010, 2011, etc. They look like they'll be good enough on the field to avoid chasing fans away like Chivas in 2004. If they can keep 15K of those season ticket holders, they'll be virtually certain to be a top 3 team in attendance. Hopefully other MLS teams are trying to learn something from Seattle's example.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 25, 2009 5:16 PM


Chivas never had 20,000 season tickets sold. Not even close. For MLS to surpass the NHL every expansion team has to nail it like Toronto and Seattle. Then the existing clubs need to find a way to fill their SSS.

Does anyone know the most season tickets that United has ever sold. And do you think we could sell 20,000 tickets for a new 25 to 30 thousand seat stadium?

Posted by: bluesfan1 | February 25, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

20,000 season tickets? You paying attention, Payne? At least, give us a 25,000 seat facility.

On the other hand -- 20,000 is 3,000 more than the Sonics could fit in their arena. I wonder if Sounders FC will get as much press...

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 7:47 PM

Where is Quest located?

Posted by: Hoost | February 25, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I too wonder if 24k seats for the PG stadium is enough for United. Weren't they hoping to do 27k seats at Poplar Point? I feel like United should be taking the long view of soccer's growth potential here and build bigger. If the new stadium is built to last more than ten years, and if the sport continues to grow in popularity, 24k (or even 27k) will be too small too soon.

Posted by: WorldCup | February 25, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Yo Hoost! Qwest field is right on the south edge of Downtown. Bordered by Pioneer Square, the International District (which makes DC even calling their chinatown, "chinatown" a joke.) The Baseball stadium is directly across the street from it on it's south end and the Water front is what? Two blocks to the west? The light rail situation in Seattle has changed a hell of a lot since I left, but there is a train that comes up from the south and probably the north now and drops you off in the parking lot.
Tons of Bars, and all kinds of stuff to do in the neigborhood so the lack of tailgating is helped by plenty of places to party.
Car traffic is a total pain in the butt on baseball and football game days, but it is very urban and very easy to get to from all points in and around Puget Sound...
Aside from the turf, we should be jealous...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 25, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Also Hoost: Found this image looking north. Toronto thinks they've got a dope skyline in their background... http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_IAvcHxOrZFA/SOudjRPGsOI/AAAAAAAAAD0/Pp0YbIsQnlI/s400/seattle-seahawks-quest-field.jpg

Posted by: DadRyan | February 25, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Qwest Field is a SSS, with excellent sight lines and an international-quality pitch width and length. It just has excess capacity waiting for demand for the sport to increase. It will be telling to see how many attend Sounders FC - Chelsea on Jul 18. Sure the Seahawks play pointy ball there, but Sounders FC will play way more matches in Qwest every year. Sure, it has Field Turf, but it is the best artificial surface in the league, FIFA approved, and nobody will step in a divot and suffer an ankle sprain.

We Sounders fans have a sneaking suspicion that the last-place trend for expansion teams is over. Come visit us in the playoffs.

Posted by: RonSP | February 26, 2009 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Sure thing Ron. I hear that people are getting screwed on trying to come to the home opener because of a lack of available seating. $100 online to get a ticket? Why aren't they opening up more seating? There's obviously plenty of it...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 26, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The buzz in Seattle around SFC is amazing. Co-workers who don't understand the difference between MLS and the World Cup are asking about tickets.
Another potential benefit SFC will have is on the UW team, and SPU and SU. They each have good programs, but I bet more talented students will want to play in an MLS city.

The Huskies haven't placed too many players on MLS squads. Ely Allen was the only one in 2008, I believe, so I'm sorry to see LAG cut him. I don't think SFC has a place for him. Maybe a USL side will pick him up.

Posted by: sounder4life | February 26, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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