Svensson helps fill Seattle's leadership void

Svensson helps fill Seattle's leadership void

30-Nov-2017 20:09:00 | Yahoo Sports

Matt Pentz SEATTLE -- Brian Schmetzer's most pressing concern this past offseason was about what the head coach described this week as a "leadership vacuum." Mere hours after winning last year's MLS Cup, his Sounders parted ways with a host of veterans like Nelson Valdez, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Tyrone Mears, Herculez Gomez and Zach Scott. Not all of them played starring roles in Seattle's title run, but each had been popular within the locker room. They were strong voices willing to share opinions honed over long careers. Schmetzer speaks often about the importance of a winning culture, and he credited that intangible for the Sounders' turning around last season, for soldiering on

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