The Seattle Sounders made history in 2022 as the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League, but their failure to make the Playoffs still left a sour taste for some.
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TUKWILA — Albert Rusnak feels clarity is needed when evaluating one of the more disappointing ends to a Sounders FC season. “I don’t look at it as making playoffs. I look at it as going to MLS Cup,” Rusnak said of the club not earning a postseason berth for the first time in the organization’s 14-year history. “You make playoffs and go out in the first round, great. You made playoffs and your season was four days longer. Congratulations. But at the end of the day, you’ve done nothing.
TUKWILA — Albert Rusnak knows his stats aren’t like they were last year. Coach Brian Schmetzer and assistant coach Freddy Juarez know that, too. They know the fans have noticed as well. In 2021 with Real Salt Lake, the former captain scored a career-high 11 goals and tacked...
SEATTLE - Christian Arango scored the equalizer for Los Angeles FC in a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Arango’s game-tying goal came in the 79th minute for Western Conference-leading LAFC (9-3-3). On the run, he pushed a header to the upper left corner of the net past the reach of Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Albert Rusnak finally nets first MLS goal of season, but Sounders allow late equalizer in draw with LAFC
Albert Rusnak has been here before — getting looks at goal but not breaking the plane for long stretches of a season. The Sounders midfielder had two of those “how did he miss that?” attempts in the opening half against Los Angeles FC on Saturday. The first sailed over the net and the second, a left-footed hook shot outside the box, was saved by keeper Maxime Crepeau.
Albert Rusnák demonstrating class in deeper-lying role, instrumental to Sounders' success in midfield
When Albert Rusnák joined the Seattle Sounders as a Designated Player via MLS Free Agency this past offseason, the club, and the rest of the league, knew it was getting an impact player. But how he has blended into the team has manifested itself in different ways. Rusnák was...
It has been a thrilling past few weeks for Seattle Sounders midfielder Albert Rusnák. Rusnák, who joined the club in the offseason as a Designated Player, put in a star-turn performance against Pumas UNAM as the Sounders became for the first MLS side to win the Concacaf Champions League. He then put in strong showings as the Rave Green picked up a pair of crucial wins over Minnesota United and the Houston Dynamo in league play.
At his postgame press conference shortly after his team clinched the first-ever Concacaf Champions League trophy for an MLS club with a 3-0 second-leg triumph over Pumas UNAM at Lumen Field on Wednesday, Seattle Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer made sure to highlight a pivotal sequence in the match that led to Seattle’s back-breaking second goal.
The Seattle Sounders will contest the second leg of their Concacaf Champions League final against Pumas in front of over 67,000 people at Lumen Field.
Ahead of return to RSL, Albert Rusnak reflects on his exit from Utah and the respect he found in Seattle
TUKWILA — Albert Rusnak just wanted respect. Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer was able to show that reverence with a simple phone call. Rusnak’s family vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, last December overlapped a few days with Hanauer’s time in the city. The latter invited Rusnak to his home for “a little recruiting,” hoping to gain an edge in negotiations for the former Real Salt Lake midfielder.
SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake will honor their former captain Albert Rusnák immediately following player warmups. Rusnák, who recently joined the visiting Seattle Sounders, will receive a special Real Salt Lake framed kit while a video of his Real Salt Lake highlights plays on the jumbotron.
How good can the Sounders FC be in 2022? The more appropriate question might be how good their newest free-agent star addition can make them. So, how good is Albert Rusnak?. Real Salt Lake shook the league in December when teams released their roster updates headed into the offseason and Rusnak was listed as an out-of-contract free agent. Coupled with the MLS Players Association negotiating to lower the age of eligibility to 24 in the new collective-bargaining agreement, the 27-year-old Slovakian was clear to sign anywhere in the world.
Head Coach Brian Schmetzer unveils his first starting lineup of the 2022 season for tonight's match against Honduran side Motagua (6:00 p.m. PT; FS2, TUDN, 1090 KJR AM) in the Round of 16 in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Here is the Delta Starting XI:. Lineup Notes:. New Designated Player...
After over a decade with Kyle Beckerman as the undisputed team captain, Albert Rusnak was tasked to fill some big shoes in 2021. It wouldn’t be the first time the Slovakian attacker took on replacing an RSL legend, having been signed to take Javier Morales’ spot in 2017.
New Designated Player signing Albert Rusnák wants to achieve big things with the Seattle Sounders. Rusnák, who joined the Sounders as a free agent from Real Salt Lake, was unveiled to the media at Starfire Sports last week. He joins a side that finished second in the Western Conference on 60 points despite missing several key players for large chunks of the 2021 season.
TUKWILA, Wash. — Throughout his career as an MLS talent evaluator, Craig Waibel has stood out with his ability to find players others may have missed. That’s how he was able to regularly put out competitive teams at Real Salt Lake while being outspent by most of the league and it’s what made him such an attractive candidate to the Seattle Sounders when they were looking for someone to replace Chris Henderson as Garth Lagerwey’s No. 2.