Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009
The other night Sounders fans were treated to a series of stellar performances. Again the stands
were raucous, the crowd was an active participant. Match Day Two though saw a few things tactically
that were new from Sounders FC. First we saw Steve Zakuani start on the left wing, not wide left,
because he [.
This is the first of some occasional entries by my seatmates in Section 214. This one is by Doug, a
fellow Starbucks partner, decade plus friend and all around good guy. Welcome to his first
installment. His own username will come soon. All mistakes in editing are my own, but the [...]
So I have some family obligations and my match analysis, goal recap and single play breakdown are
going to wait until just a bit later in the day, maybe evening. There is life beyond soccer for
this sounder. Quickly my thoughts are simple regarding this one. Sounders FC are the sole holders
of first [.
While most MLS blogs that touch on the topic of how the World Cup Qualifiers will effect league
play, considering that a dozen players will be missing matches, I will not. We know the problems,
and the reasons for this. Quite simply it is because our nation likes soccer on the weekends and
Real Salt Lake Founded: 2004 Home Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT Record Since 2000:
25-60-33 All Time Scorer in MLS: Jeff Cunningham (18) All Time Cups/Shields: 0 2008 Record:
10-10-10, 40 pts, 3rd in Western Conference 2008 Leading Scorer: Yura Movsisyan (7) 2008 Keeper:
Nick Rimando (1.30 GAA, 8 Clean Sheets) Key Player: Kyle Beckerman, holding midfielder that can
enter the box [.
There is a slight imbalance to the schedule, with each team facing two others within its Conference
an extra time during the regular season. For Seattle these two opponents are the San Jose
Earthquakes and CD Chivas USA. Much of the talk around MLS media and blog circles is about how the
Sebastien Le Toux responded to an email where I asked him about his experience on Match Day One.
Dave Clark: I was wondering what you thought about the atmosphere at Qwest last night? Seba:
"the atmosphere was amazing, i was not expecting that. To see everybody with a scarf and
singing together it give to me my [.
So this might seem odd, but this is for the truly hard core soccer fans, and those that are just
now giving the sport some love. How can one post satisfy both? Well, quite simply by again going
where most blogs don't or won't, while providing some context that many non-soccer fans say [...]
I'm tracking some slightly different things than you can find in the box score, or play by play.
Some of these will look unorthodox, and will take time to explain, and so the comments may need
time. There will shortly be a menu bar where you can find all of this data, and [...]
Tradition and history are hard for a young team and a young league. In Seattle there is a team that
is trying to connect to a 30 plus year journey, but there are also attempts to create new history
as well. The Emerald City Supporters did there part. Sometimes in connection with [...]
In today's Reserve Match against Concordia future starter Freddie Ljungberg played 35 minutes.
Joining him as likely regular starters Steve Zakuani and Jeff Parke. Yes, THAT Jeff Parke. Gaschk's
Blog has full details. Earlier today I caught up via email with Steve Zakuani about last night. I
was wondering what you thought about the atmosphere at [.
If you were wondering what KC would be like on radio, wonder no longer. Small stumbling and
hesitancy, but for a first time, I am again more than pleased. From Green and Gold to Rave Green
To borrow from the impressive five section TIFO from the Emerald City Supporters, last night the
latest chapter in the Seattle Sounders legend started. It started with a March on the Match, the
pre-game celebration, an enormous crowd that Harkes considered on par with Europe, but most
importantly a THREE - NIL victory over [.
Wear the Rave Green. Wear the Blue. Wear your pin, and speak with pride. Today, our fair city, our
great region reenters the top flight of US soccer. Today, an energy drink company will wind up
tired and frustrated. Today, there is a new beginning. One of my group is bringing a radio [...]
With tomorrow's game we will get to start a few new traditions, and others we will continue from
our city's past. A band and a supporters's group will lead a march on the stadium, this is new and
old at the same time. They leave Occidental Park at 4:30 and continue the four [...]
On this St. Patrick's Day, you better have worn the Rave Green. That scarf made it easy, and the
weather made it necessary. First, you may have seen Jose's projected lineups, I have a slight
addition/adjustment to what he's done. That would be that Zakuani if a starter will be on the left.
Whichever of [.
I'm not linking this because I was featured, it was going to be a part of my weekly listening and
reading regardless, but I had the great opportunity to fill in with a brief (15 minutes or so)
preview of Sounders FC. Duane is one of the top Canadian bloggers and is part of [...]
One of the constant criticisms of Seattle Sounders is that they do not play in a Soccer Specific
Stadium. Which begs the question, what is a SSS? For me, it is simply a stadium designed with
soccer in mind (hosting about 50% of all sporting events as soccer), with a low crown, with a full
New York Red Bulls Founded: 1995 as New York/New Jersey MetorStars Home Stadium: Giants Stadium
(Red Bull Arena to Open in 2010) Record Since 2000: 106-111-62 All Time Scorer in MLS: Giovanni
Savarese (41) All Time Cups/Shields: 0 2008 Record: 10-11-9, 39 pts, 5th in East, Western
Conference Playoff Champions 2008 Leading Scorer: Juan Pablo Angel (14) 2008 Keeper: Jeff Conway
If you don't have a scarf yet (which would be foolish) Scarf Seattle is about to return. Head to
Ballard and Madison Park on Friday to see the scarfing in action. This will give you the
opportunity to Wear Your Scarf to Work on Friday. Wear your colors with pride. I [...]
Now that you have your season ticket scarf, or you grabbed one from www.scarfseattle.com, or you
were one of the 10s of thousands that bought or were gifted one, or if you have an ECS scarf or
USL-Sounders scarf there is one simple thing to do. Wear IT! Specifically this Friday, and again on
You may recall that back when the panic started concerning Freddie Ljungberg's hip labrum surgery I
decided to do a tiny bit of research concerning the Doctor and his history with the procedure. Well
today we get to find out that the richest baseball team in the world, and their absolute richest
player will also be [.
So you may have noticed that both the schedule page and roster pages up top have gotten some
serious and needed updates today. That's just part of what is going to be happening over the next
two weeks though. In light of some personal issues I have to cut back on posting a bit, and [...]
Sometimes dreams come true, but it often takes grit and fight and maybe just a little bit of luck.
In one of my first conversations with Mike he told me "I always wanted to be a professional
soccer player." That dream last November took a plunge when he had a significant hamstring
So the first of the many releases of salary data for MLS players just came out, and it contains
some intriguing data. While MLS hasn't announced what the salary cap is, we have learned that the
minimum salary went up 3%, and that Developmental Salaries are up to a better 20,100 than last
Just today I was asked a series of questions related to the "sleeping giant" awakening
here in the great Puget Sound, about how Sounders FC has managed to sell so many seats in this
economy, and whether the NASL had anything to do with it. Here is the section from me, taken
entirely out of context [.
Sometimes there are odd little intersections between my previous life as an Arabic Linguist in the
US Army, and my current lives of coffee and/or soccer. It always brings a small smile to my face.
Well this week, we get to see THE David Beckham travel with AC Milan to Doha, Qatar and face my