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More significant changes coming to Sounders coaching staff

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EPL fitness veteran Damian Roden will replace Dave Tenney and Ezra Hendrickson announces he’s leaving S2 for LA Galaxy.

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The remaking of the Seattle Sounders coaching staff is all but complete. Damian Roden will be announced as the Sounders’ new “director of high performance,” effectively replacing Dave Tenney. At the same time, Ezra Hendrickson announced he’s leaving S2 to join the LA Galaxy’s first-team staff. It was not immediately clear who would replace Hendrickson, but an announcement is also expected on that today.

The only remaining coaching holdovers from Sigi Schmid’s time with the Sounders are locals (Brian Schmetzer and Tommy Dutra) and a former player (Djimi Traore).

Roden comes to the Sounders with a rather impressive resume. His last position was Stoke City’s head of sports science. Roden was one of the casualties when Mark Hughes was fired as head coach earlier this month, but helped Stoke post four of their best seasons in the club’s history. Stoke finished ninth three times and 13th in the other full season he was there, remaining remarkably healthy along the way and dramatically reducing their injury rate at the youth level. Roden had previously held similar positions with Queens Park Rangers (2012-13), the Football Association of Wales (2011-12), and Manchester City (2008-10).