MLS Soccer

No new turf for CenturyLink Field for Sounders

Seattle Sounders FC will apparently play one more season on the existing FieldTurf at CenturyLink Field.

The only available replacement period has arrived — between the Seattle Seahawks’ final home game and the start of the new Sounders season in March — but no plans are in place for a new field, sources confirmed.

However, the Sounders are believed to be negotiating a lease extension with First & Goal, the organization that runs the stadium. And that new lease is expected to include language formalizing how often the field will be replaced.

The previous surface was replaced after three Sounders seasons. The current one apparently will be kept through a fourth season.

Neither the Seahawks nor the Sounders are commenting on the issue now, each waiting for a final agreement — which is expected after the Super Bowl.

The teams have admitted to different turf preferences, with the MLS team liking new fields with stand-up blades, while the NFL team prefers a broken-in field with tramped-down blades.

ZAVALETA TRADED

Sounders FC announced it has traded former first-round draft pick Eriq Zavaleta to Toronto FC for a second-round pick in the 2016 SuperDraft.

Zavaleta, 22, was selected 10th overall in the 2013 draft and made five appearances that season before being loaned to Chivas USA last year. As a professional, he has shifted between forward and central defense.

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