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Cristian Brocchi

Cristian Brocchi is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder. He is the head coach of Serie C side Monza, having served as assistant manager at Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, while his previous job was that of head coach of Brescia as well as his former club Milan; as a defensive midfielder, Brocchi was rated for his tackling. He began his career with hometown club Milan, but he struggled to break into the first team as a youngster, he was subsequently loaned to Pro Sesto and Lumezzane, before being sold to Hellas Verona in 1998. His performances for the club earned him a move to Internazionale in 2000, where he struggled due to injury, he returned to Milan in 2001, went on to represent the club for the next seven seasons, aside from a season on loan with Fiorentina, during a successful period for the club, which saw him win the Serie A and two UEFA Champions League titles, among other trophies. He ended his career after five seasons with Lazio, where he won the Coppa Italia twice.

At international level, he made his only appearance for the Italy national team in 2006. Starting his career at his native club A. C. Milan youth system, Brocchi was loaned to Pro Lumezzane in early years. After struggling to find space in the first team, in 1998, Brocchi was sold to Hellas Verona in Serie B. Brocchi helped the club obtain promotion to Serie A. After a year in the top-division, Internazionale coach Marcello Lippi signed Brocchi in 2000 following his impressive performances; however and Inter endured a difficult season, as Lippi was sacked after their opening Serie A match, a defeat to Reggina. Marco Tardelli was hired as Lippi's replacement, he guided the Nerazzurri to a fifth-place finish in Serie A; the following season, new Inter manager Héctor Cúper decided to sell Brocchi. Brocchi described his time at Inter "as the worst experience had", citing the lack of support from the club while injured. In July 2001, Milan re-signed him in exchange for Andrés Guglielminpietro. While at Milan, Brocchi had to compete with the likes of Fernando Redondo, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini, Clarence Seedorf.

Brocchi was loaned to Fiorentina in July 2005, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season. However, at the end of 2005–06, he returned to Milan as a result of the problems Milan faced in finding new recruits due to the 2006 Italian football scandal. Brocchi made a career high 29 Serie A appearances in the 2006–07 season. Although Emerson arrived in the 2007–08, Brocchi continued to appear making 24 appearances, 10 as starter becoming manager Carlo Ancelotti's first choice replacement in midfield. Milan and Lazio reached an agreement for a permanent transfer for Brocchi on 29 August 2008, he signed a three-year deal with Lazio and just cost Lazio a nominal transfer fee. His first season was successful as he won Lazio's fifth Coppa Italia title. Following the 2012–13 season and Lazio announced his retirement due to on-going injury problems. Brocchi made his international debut and only appearance for the Italy national team under Roberto Donadoni, in a 1–1 friendly home draw against Turkey, on 15 November 2006.

On 12 April 2016, Brocchi was appointed the head coach of Milan for his first senior managerial position, after serving as the coach of the Milan youth team, replacing Siniša Mihajlović after his sacking. On 28 June 2016, Brocchi was replaced by Vincenzo Montella. Brocchi served as head coach of Serie B club Brescia during the 2016–17 season, being removed from his managerial duties on 12 March 2017 due to poor results. Outside of football, Brocchi opened a cafe in Milan along with former Milan teammate Christian Abbiati, started his own clothing brand with close friend and footballer Christian Vieri and model Alena Šeredová; as of 11 March 2017 MilanSerie A: 2003–04 Coppa Italia: 2002–03 UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07 Supercoppa Italiana: 2004 FIFA Club World Cup: 2007 UEFA Supercup: 2007LazioCoppa Italia: 2008–09, 2012–13 Supercoppa Italiana: 2009 https://web.archive.org/web/20060509150619/http://www.cristianbrocchi.it/ Brocchi and Vieri's clothing line Profile and stats. at Inter Archive Profile and stats. at ACmilan.com Profile and stats. at Fiorentina official site uefa.com short bios. stats. at Voetbal International

2019 Seattle Sounders FC season

The 2019 Seattle Sounders FC season was the club's forty-fifth season of existence, their eleventh in Major League Soccer, the top flight of American soccer. The 2019 season was Brian Schmetzer's third full MLS season as head coach of the Sounders. Seattle-based Zulily became the official jersey sponsor of the Sounders in the 2019 season. Sounders FC won their second MLS Cup title at the end of the season, playing in front of a franchise-record 69,274 fans at CenturyLink Field. In January 2019, the Sounders announced that their USL-affiliated team, Seattle Sounders FC 2, that had moved to Tacoma, Washington would be re-branded as the Tacoma Defiance. In addition, the club announced that Zulily would replace Xbox as the jersey sponsor after signing a multi-year deal. Long-time midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who had served as captain and been with the club since its inaugural MLS season, was released into free agency and signed with Minnesota United FC in January 2019. Defender Chad Marshall, who had joined in 2014, announced his retirement from professional soccer on May 22, leaving mid-way through the season.

On August 2, defender Román Torres was suspended for ten matches after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance by the league. The Sounders clinched a spot in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League by virtue of having the 4th best record in the regular season and making it to the Western Conference Finals in the Playoffs. Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of August 12, 2019. Win Draw Loss Upcoming fixture Numbers after plus-sign denote appearances as a substitute. – Defiance player Bold indicates Audi Player Index Spotlight Italics indicates MLS Player of the Week Jordan Morris Víctor Rodríguez Garth Lagerwey For transfers in, dates listed are when Sounders FC signed the players to the roster. Transactions where only the rights to the players are acquired are not listed. For transfers out, dates listed are when Sounders FC removed the players from its roster, not when they signed with another club. If a player signed with another club, his new club will be noted, but the date listed here remains the one when he was removed from Sounders FC roster.

Draft picks are not automatically signed to the team roster. Only those who are signed to a contract will be listed as transfers in. Only trades involving draft picks and executed after the start of 2019 MLS SuperDraft will be listed in the notes. A. a Players who are under contract with Tacoma Defiance