Major League Soccer Countdown, No. 2: Seattle Sounders

Today, we preview the Supporters' Shield holding Seattle Sounders.

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Sounders officials react to CBA announcement

Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, coach Sigi Schmid and general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey reacted Wednesday night to the news that Major League Soccer and its players union have agreed in principle to a new collective bargaining agreement. Below are their comments in full from a team release. SOUNDERS FC OWNER ADRIAN HANAUER...

Podcast: Major League Soccer CBA roundtable

I hopped on a special, CBA-edition podcast on Backheel.com, a roundtable hosted by Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald. Joining me were Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel, Simon Fudge of SoccerTalk 560 Vancouver and Duane Rollins of Goal.com Canada, providing a variety of perspectives as the league's labor talks edge toward the wire. You can listen to the...

Sounders opener appears in jeopardy

The Washington Post reported that labor negotiations between MLS and the players were not making significant progress despite a rapidly approaching deadline, and that, according to a source, “(it’s) almost as if owners want a work stoppage.”

Report: MLS has “rejected all of players’ proposed compromises”

Language had seemingly softened these past few days following what had previously been a testy Major League Soccer round of labor negotiations. Portland defender Nat Borchers said Sunday that he was "hopeful" about chances for a deal.  Sure, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen called free agency a "go-nowhere conversation," but the fact that...