Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009

Designated Player Value in MLS 2009

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It looks Seattle is likely to add some depth at the Forward position in June. Yes, this is outside of the transfer window, no I can't yet say who the player is. The player would be rotational (meaning not better than Jaqua/Montero/Seba), but considering that June is when the Open Cup proper [...]

That’s one Tired Work Crew

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After another US Open Cup Qualifier win on Tuesday Sounders look to end their league match draw streak at four and pick up three points with a win over Sigi's old club. Sounders fans can take solace in the fact that Columbus has an even rougher schedule as they played at home Wednesday and [...]

Yes, I am Super Dave

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I just called into KJR-AM Seattle about the situation concerning ties. I did use to work there. Gas just had Kevin Forrest on and then moved to a segment discussing ties. Hopefully I served the soccer fans well.

Filling Team Needs

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Sometimes the question you ask leads to an unexpected answer. In my efforts to suss out the status of LWB Jared Karkas and LW Mike Fucito I made an unexpected discovery. Now some readers may have known this already, but the Sounders have a Senior Roster spot available. Why is this an unknown? Because the MLS [.

Open Cup Qualifier hosting the Rapids

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Four Sounders regulars in the starting lineup - Keller, Hurtado, Sturgis (as a mid) and Le Toux. Nyassi, Ianni, Wahl and King also playing. Filling out the lineup are Brown, Forrest and Levesque. You can follow tonight's match at SoundersFC.com who is supplying both audio and a live blog. The winner would be in a [.

One Third of the Season - Who is the most productive Sounder?

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First and Foremost though - Thank You Mike Adams, Thank you Travis Patriquin, thank you all 4962 in these past eight years. I feel that I knew too few and too many of you at the same time. Thank you to all of our fallen soldiers. Sorry for the somber start, but [...]

What’s the point in a tie?

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Well, simply it is one point on the table. My guest ratings are up at Prost Amerika. They may cause a little controversy for a 2-2 draw. My recommendations for Man of the Match would be Riley, Jaqua, Montero and Keller. All four were key to getting the road point. Sounders currently with an [...]

Does Goal Differential Matter?

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So Sounders FC are now +6 GD after 10. 4-2-4 for 16 points. Does it matter? Per a conversation on GoalSeattle I wondered if there is actually a correlation between GD and Points. Well tonight after Match Day Ten was over, I ran those numbers. From 2000 to 2008, a total of 105 team seasons. [...]

I like stats. You like stats?

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So I was playing with a way to compare offensive production - actual goals scored, and assisted. I figure that something that dealt with minutes played would be important. So I borrowed from the systems where points are earned for goals and assists and then did tiny math. This number is NOT predictive, but [.

A few notes - Sounder and otherwise

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Ljungberg is out. So is Evans. My 4-1-4-1 likely won't work now. 4-2-3-1 might be a good plan with Alonso and Vagenas in the 2 CDM role. Zakuani-Montero-Le Toux for the attacking mids. Bora is unqualified to coach? Actually that Asst.Coach should be unemployed for life. Bora is amongst the [...

Idea: Montero to the Right Wing

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MLS teams have learned to stop Montero by marking him hard. By crowding him when he's on ball, and to never give him a shot inside the box. They know that his vision, while good, is sometimes limited when in traffic. At the same time Montero seems to be expecting the game to be [...]

Hey Now, we’re the LOLStars!

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Sometimes a league gets their All-Star selection process right, now matter how hard the fans try to screw it up, in this case MLS has it right. We in Seattle though, are probably getting it wrong. Currently eight Sounders are in line for the fan vote XI. Eight of eleven for a team that is in [...]

Will Platini get his way with the EPL?

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Sure, this is a bit of a detour, from the regularly schedule programming, but we are waiting to see the extent of Brad Evans injury, and I've got a few messages out to the greater North American soccer community concerning the role of the target forward, so I thought I would dive into a subject [...]

Your team wears Green - quit looking at the referees

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That's the message right there. The team expects the game to be called a certain way, and clearly to this point it is not. Throughout the match on questionable fouls a Sounder would go down a little easily and then look up for help from the referee. Most often this was from [...]

No Riley, No Sturgis, No Ljungberg, No Eylander

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Sometimes all the best data you can get is rendered irrelevant. Guessing at the starting 18 and 11 is now purely guessing. Three starters are out, the back up keeper is on the IR and there is still the Montero/Seba situation. The DP has a significant migraine and did not travel. Sigi gets [...]

18 for the Match?

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Well after Jose's latest report , using the injury reports and bit more searching I am 95% certain that this is the traveling 18. Keepers - Keller, Dragovan Defenders - Marshall, Hurtado, Ianni, Wahl, Graham, Scott Midfielders - Zakuani, Alonso, Evans, Ljungberg, Le Toux, King, Nyassi Forwards - Montero, Jaqua, Levesque What is certain is that there will be at [.

Match Day 9 - Where’ve you gone Fred Montero?

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FC Dallas Founded: 1996 as Dallas Burn Home Stadium: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX Record Since 2000: 102-111-45 All Time Scorer in MLS: Jason Kreis (91) All Time Cups/Shields: 1 US Open Cup 2008 Record: 8-10-12, 36 pts, 5th in Western Conference 2008 Leading Scorer: Kenny Cooper (18) 2008 Keeper: Dario Sala (1.

Life Without Riley

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If James Riley is a hothead I don't know. What I do know is that he was Red Carded, and earned two yellows and fines in the last two weeks for his violent conduct on the pitch. What I also know is that due to the tactics that Coach Schmid employs concerning Riley [...]

First step is admission

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As is famously said in 12 step programs We admitted we were powerless ... MLS has done just that, they admitted that Weyland had a bad day. "He is an experienced referee who didn't have his best day," MLS executive vice president Todd Durbin said of Weyland in a statement. "As we saw in the recent UEFA Champions [.

Incoming! Dave’s Weekly plan

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Ok, with this thing called life, as well as the blogging at night after work, I'll let you in on the plan for the week. Step one I'm going to rewatch the match. Everyone that reads this blog expects it, but I'll let you know exactly which issues I'm looking at in my little magnifying [...]

MD 8 - What’s at Stake

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First off I love you Mom I love you to Cathy After yesterday's matches Seattle has the last game of the week. Due to that circumstance we can know where Seattle will be in the standings pending the result today. So this is simply a small post to show how congested the table is outside of Chivas, [..

Finding the Free - Take 2

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Well, with the news out of England concerning which clubs are going up, and which are going down, along with the finalization of the lower leagues player movement starts. This is a time when clubs announce who will be cut loose, who will be resigned, and who will go on the transfer list. In MLS [...

Barcelona in Seattle v Sounders

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Not the local band. But the Champions League Finalist. That Barcelona. The one with Henry, Messi and Eto'o. The one with Puyol, Marquez, Xavi and Iniesta Barcelona v Sounders on August 5th. Will the Henry to MLS rumors start up again on the trip? Almost certainly. Their SSS holds 97k, ours only [.

MD 8 - Galaxy Starter, Sounders Trialist Ely Allen

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I contacted Ely Allen because he was a local star in college, had played for the Galaxy, was a trialist for Sounders FC and recently has joined the Seattle Wolves. Little did I know until today that Allen and I went to the same high school (over a decade apart). Ely is a [...]

Match Day 8 - Galaxy @ Sounders on Mother’s Day

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Los Angeles Galaxy Founded: 1995 Home Stadium: The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA Record Since 2000: 105-102-63 All Time Scorer in MLS: Cobi Jones (70) All Time Cups/Shields: 2 MLS Cups, 2 Supporters' Shield, 2 US Open Cups, 1 CONCACAF Champions Cup 2008 Record: 8-13-9, 33 pts, 7th in Western Conference 2008 Leading Scorer: Landon Donovan (20) 2008 Keeper: Steve Cronin (2.

MD 7 - Player Rating justification and that Montero kid

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Wow, it feels like forever since the site went down. I never got out the Match Day Seven out, as the server issues sprung up while I was at work Friday. While the site was down Laurie at the the Seattle Offside helped me out a bit, and for that a bit thank [...]