Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009

Who’s that whispering in the streets?

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On Saturday I was on KJR-AM Seattle with Dick Fain talking the Rapids and Timbers matches and a bit about Montero as well. Direct Link for Media Player and for those that Podcast. One thing I would like to do is crowd source my coaching. It has been a LOOOOOnnnnngg time since I was in Comm [...]

Le Toux’s Postgame ritual

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Having stayed at Qwest in order to watch the USA v Brasil I noticed one of those things that clearly declares that the team one supports is proper and just. Sebastien Le Toux spent at least 30 minutes signing autographs and posing for pictures, often times even climbing into the stands so that more fans could [.

Green – Blue – Green

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On a bright Sunday afternoon, while our National team rediscovered how powerful Brasil is, Seattle Sounders FC put forward their wills, their force and declared that this is a summer of soccer indeed. In front of the record setting crowd (thanks you last three people) Seattle showed that the new Dragon Army was in [.

Rapids at Sounders a preview

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Colorado have games in hand versus the Sounders, including more matches at home than any other team. This game has more value in the standings than any other this month. It reminds the league that home is where the Sounders feast, and forces the Rapids to pause in their attempt to pass Seattle. One [.

Half Way Report

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Fifteen of thirty matches played. 22 of 45 points won. A new standard for expansion in the league, and yet no where near the goals that the organization has put forward. What have we learned from the first half of the Sounders season? 1 Like in hockey a great keeper can carry a club. [...]

KJR-AM still leading the soccer battle

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While KJR-AM and 710 ESPN continue to fight for supremacy in Seattle sports talk there is one battle about which my readers will pay the most attention. Who talks more soccer, with more respect for the game both locally and nationally? The most soccer talk I have heard on "the official station for Sounders FC talk" according [.

A Brief Intermission

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In celebration of the USA's performance against Spain, one Rivers Coumo penned the following. Celebrate the game Sunday will be the biggest game in US National Team history. Video follows

Half way to the season – Your Choice for MVP?

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As I update the statistics I track I will ask you to tell me who the MVP is through the first 15 matches of this 30 game season. Of note, this is the best expansion team at the half way point in MLS 2.0 (post contraction) and while the team has bean a mid-table [...]

Vickery’s tactical look at Brasil

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What struck me about this piece, a must read for any Sounders fan, is that currently Sounders are only using half of Dunga's tactics, but the descriptions of their play while grander in skill, seem similar in style. The thinking is as follows the physical development of the game has made it much harder for [.

Missed Opportunity

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Three matches in eight days starts to wear on fans, on media, but mostly on players. The effect on this team was not fully apparent, as there was plenty of energy in a lineup that saw a few changes, but those changes were not what determined this outcome. Most often followers of a [...]

Battling for points in the Swamp

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It seems odd to say, but on Match Day Fifteen I see a must win on the road. It isn't necessarily to stop the bleeding, 4 points in 2 at home is a great average. If Sounders do that over the season at home they would be 75% to the playoffs. This is a [...]

US Open Cup @ Portland should be televised!

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FSN Sponsors the Alliance right? FSN NW carries Timbers games right? Sounders have set MLS records for TV ratings. Timbers are joining MLS. This is a Derby in a stadium that won't hold all of the fans. Yet, the Open Cup is basically never televised. This is a match that should be on local cable stations.

Depth will be tested

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Those that have looked at the schedule this week see that there are only 5 league matches this weekend and both DC and Seattle get short rest. While this would seem to be testing only United and Sounders depth the issue is much more complicated. For the first time Rave Green fans get the picture [..

Last night we saw an expansion team

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If that match had happened in the first month, we would have been thrilled. If that match had happened in month two we would have been satisfied. But when it happens in the fourth match we get disappointed. And rightly so. Because last night Sounders FC played like an expansion team. There were moments [.

Three Princes, Princes here before you

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The story of this game could be one of matchups, of lineup construction, or of the coaching philosophies, but for me the story is the three players vying for the MLS Rookie of the Year. While Stefan Frei deserves much praise, offense almost always sells, and in this case there is quite a bit [...]

Judging MLS talent – the Montero Edition

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It seems like all the buzz these days in comments at the Seattle Times, or at GoalSeattle, or even in the seat right next to me is how much Fredy Montero sucks. Words like lazy are thrown out. Poor passer. Bad Touch. Lucky first week. While certainly all of these may apply [...]

Fredy and Freddie earn the win

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Last night we saw the Freddyain (Two Freddies) at both their best and their worst. Some of the mistakes in play between the two and by Montero himself were the very lowlights of the match. One could come away from last night thinking that there were problems between the two that will never [...]

Heritage Cup Match Day One

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Sounders can take a huge step towards their first silverware of the 2009 inaugural season the Heritage Cup. The Cup is a Supporters Cup initiated by Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will be determined by a best of last two matches between all clubs with an NASL heritage name. Points here are needed [.

Corporations Kick It for Charity at Qwest Field

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Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Expedia play soccer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities SEATTLE – Anywhere the game is played in the Puget Sound area you're sure to spot the Rave Green jersey of the Seattle Sounders FC. On Microsoft's Redmond campus, it's a similar story where employees purchase their green kits directly from the Microsoft Company [.

Do Sounders FC really have a Set Play problem?

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The simple answer is - Probably Not Sure, they have a missed PK, and only 1 goal from the corner, and another from the rebound. I asked someone with a lot more experience following MLS stats than I about the numbers, and guess what? Corner Kicks aren't gold in this league. They aren't even silver. [.

What to do without a Target Forward?

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Ok, so Nate Jaqua will not be in Rave Green this weekend. The question is "What will Sigi do?" No one knows this answer. The move to the 4-2-3-1 could be abandoned with Montero and Le Toux paired at the top and the mids in the bowed DM/Winger formation of the early season. [...]

Cards, Health to cause more shuffling

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With the Red Card for Jaqua, the Yellow accumalations for Hurtado, the three players on IR (Eylander, Graham, Smith) and lingering injuries to Scott, Alonso, and Vagenas the Sounders may not even have a full 18 healthy and fit. Seriously. They've only signed one player due to the space opened by the IR - Dragovan.

A look at the 4-2-3-1 for Liverpool

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Sure, i could look at every team in the Premiership that ran the 4-2-3-1, but that requires a ton of effort for a Saturday morning with only two shots of Antigua as espresso. Maybe this project increases if the team switches from the old diamond to this 4-5-1 variant. But, in order to take a [...]

Going back to Cali

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This will be a game where both teams strive for a full three points for the first time in weeks. Chivas hasn't won since May 9th (only three matches for two points) and Seattle doesn't have a win in league play since April 25th (five matches for five points). Both teams will be down a [...]

Fucito - Crimson and Rave Green?

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Mike Fucito had a big week. He graduated from Harvard University. Next week he gets a big opportunity. To win that MLS contract with Sounders FC. Multiple sources have told me that early next week he will be joining the team. Sounders FC also protected Jared Karkas, so both player's rights are [.

Sometimes Life

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This is not a soccer post. Very much more important than that. Read on if you'd like. Longtime readers may have noticed that my formerly frequents posting (over 7 a week in Feb/Mar) turned into a trickle for a while and then got back up to probably an average of just under five currently. I [...]

Site update - Stats and Schedule

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So as I was going about updating my statistical tables, and the Sounders FC league schedule, I learned something. While the second set of 10 matches is mainly at home, there is a small problem. While opponents up to this point have earned 1.26 points per match, the 2nd 10 (that includes the Crew) are [.