Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009

Sigi's Game

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This was originally posted on April 9, 2009. Since then a lot has changed in Sounders land, and we have gotten about 2 Million page views. It was one of my faves from my pre-SBN days. Lately, I have referred to it quite a bit, but I thought I would just bump it back up as a reprise of days past.

Asst Coach Ezra Hendrickson on Tactics in MLS

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As I continue to look at the tactics and strategy of Major League soccer and specifically the techniques of Coach Sigi and Sounders FC. As I perused the Sounders roster, media guides and what-not I discovered that possibly the person outside of the Schmid family that knows the most, is someone who has just [.

Glenn Davis “Seattle is wonderful for the league”

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Viewers at home immediately noticed the change during pre-game. Kevin Calabro, Seattle ico, was away. As I explained to Jason Churchill, when Sounders FC lost their NBA Hall of Famer, they didn't go for someone local and easy, but with a little more soccer knowledge. Sounders FC went for Glenn Davis, a [.

MD 6 - The day the Earthquakes stood still

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For me the story is of course Steve Zakuani on the left side and how that changed the speed of the offense, as well as the set pieces. While yes, Zakuani scored off of a set piece, I don't think that play is the story, but instead the return to a rapid transition game [...]

Steve Zakuani “No First Team, No Second Team, Just Sounders

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When he starts Sounders FC wins, ok maybe that's a little bit of my own personal hyperbole, but he did start last Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. The number one pick out of Akron also scored, and was credited with the secondary assist on the Brad Evans goal. Steve now has 2 goals and [...

Seriously, Qwest needs better beer options

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After four home matches, I can truly see that my efforts to get on the Alliance Council need to be redoubled. Because Sounders FC is allowing MLS and the league's business relationships to dictate the beer choices, and yet they could be so much better. Just because Budweiser is the "official beer" of MLS does [.

News from the North - Coachless in Toronto

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Somewhat shocking news out of Toronto as the 7th place Reds have a coach resign/quit/fired/asked away. Toronto is entering the stretch that will make or break their season playing two extra matches in both May and June (Voyageurs Cup/Canadian Championship). If you have the time watch Its Called Football to figure out the fallout.

Did you wear your Scarf today?

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So I wore my scarf today, and my Emerald Pitch tee, and in reading the Seattle Times blog, I notice that they adapted it a little bit. What are you doing to grow the sport in this fair city? Have you noticed people's attitudes toward soccer changing? And Larry Stone as a photographer? National Baseball [.

Match Day 6 - Earthquake Warning

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San Jose Earthquakes Founded: 1995 as San Jose Clash Home Stadium: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Record Since 2000: 83-69-56 All Time Scorer in MLS: Ronald Cerritos (61) All Time Cups/Shields: 1 MLS Cups, 1 Supporters' Shield 2008 Record: 8-13-9, 33 pts, 6th in Western Conference 2008 Leading Scorer: Darren Huckerby (6) 2008 Keeper: Joe Cannon (1.

ICF Pregame Show

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I was featured on the Its Called Football pregame show for the Toronto FC v Chivas USA Wednesday night match. TFC currently leads 1-nil. Chivas has 2 yellows and oddly only 9 fouls [...]

Heavy Burden of High Expectations

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The sky isn't falling. The honeymoon is not over. Quite simply there are a few issues that have been displayed in the last two matches for Sounders FC, but the situation is certainly not dire. The defense is not a problem. The offense isn't broken. Let's look at some facts concerning the Rave Green [.

MD 5 - Player Ratings link, quick thoughts

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Prost Amerika asked me to do the player ratings again, and so I did. Some may find them a bit harsh, but these are my thoughts, and so here I am to defend them as necessary. I will have my match analysis up late tonight or early tomorrow after I rewatch the game, but if [...]

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night

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It took me a while to figure out where to spend the Saturday Night of an away match, but I finally chose a fine eatery that is close to home and soccer friendly. Sure it only has one TV but Toby has said that it will be on Sounders over Mariners. We'll see. I'm [...]

Regular Major Media Coverage of Sounders FC

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A few soccer fans have asked me if I think that Sounders FC and MLS are getting enough coverage in the Seattle market. They point out the 30,000 or so crowd, the good TV ratings for games so far and the general excitement they notice on the streets. But, maybe the problem isn't the media. [...]

Match Day 4 - There are not moral victories

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The loss of the team has left a few bloggers and commenters speaking of moral victories, of the small successes, and of how well the team played despite playing a man down for 61 minutes. But the goal of the game is not to play well, it isn't time of possession and it isn't [...]

About team Depth

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So the Sounders Reserves played against that club from that city to the south today. For me though the conversation from this is really about the depth that Adrian Hanauer has assembled thus far. Sure there are a few rookies on the pitch (ok, four all at wide positions - Karkas, Brown, Zakuani and Nyassi), [.

Match Day 5 - At Chivas USA

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CD Chivas USA Founded: 2004 Home Stadium: The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA Record Since 2000: 41-49-34 All Time Scorer in MLS: Ante Razov (30) All Time Cups/Shields: 0 2008 Record: 12-11-7, 43 pts, 2nd in Western Conference 2008 Leading Scorer: Sacha Kljestan, Alecko Eskandarian, Ante Razov (5) 2008 Keeper: Brad Guzan (1.

Match Day 3 - Opposing view

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While heavy on Fredy Montero analysis as it was filmed prior to full knowledge of the legal issue came out, Its Called Football takes a look at the upcoming match. This is a 24 minute look at today's match by Ben Rycroft and Duane Rollins and guest host Rafael Carbajal a former CSL coach [...]

Match Day 3 @ Toronto

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Toronto FC Founded: 2006 Home Stadium: BMO Field Record Since 2000: 16-31-17 All Time Scorer in MLS: Danny Dichio (11) All Time Cups/Shields: 0 2008 Record: 9-13-8, 35 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference 2008 Leading Scorer: Danny Dichio (5) 2008 Keeper: Greg Sutton (1.46 GAA, 6 Clean Sheets) Key Player: Dwayne de Rosario, if MLS had a Hall of Fame, this Center Mid would [.