Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009

The Designated Player – MLS needs more

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Not just because stars sell (see the 80s/90s for NBA, 90s for MLB), not just to improve overall quality, but the fact is that there are Europeans that want to player soccer in America, to live here. To enjoy the USA, but not quite enough to take massive paycuts, only small ones. I'm not crazy. [...]

ICF: Western Conference MidSeason Review

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Well, Monday I had the opportunity to guest for a bit on the Its Called Football Western Conference MidSeason Review. You can read the guest list at Ben Rycroft's blog or just watch at the embed below. According to one of his showmate's at 24th Minute the West currently projects to have 5 in the [..

Flags Around the Nest

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Maybe you've noticed the flags that line the Nest on the North End of Qwest above the NES. Maybe you've wondered "Why those flags?" You might already know, if your memory is better than my own. They are the 32 nations in the last World Cup in order of finish, with the one change being our [...]

Careless whispers

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Many moons ago, prior to most of you reading this, site I suggested that MLS should rapidly expand into a true national footprint with the current round. The suggestion was to leap to 21 teams by 2012. Rollins over at 24th Minute is getting whispers that Montreal might be announced tomorrow. In other whispers being overheard, [.

How do you grill on uneven flame?

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The story will likely be focused on the Center Referee and Freddie Ljungberg's double yellow. The first was for Simulation, what we all know as diving and the second is not listed in the match report. While it was likely Dissent, the 2nd Yellow was so quick one could question. What I [...]

What to watch when hosting a Fire

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Today, the game features the best road team visiting the 2nd best home team. Chicago is dealing with some extensive losses (McBride, Pause, Soumare, Segares) while Seattle only deals with the loss of Brad Evans. While Fire fans have confidence from their home draw against Seattle early in the season, let us remember that good [.

Please the fans, or the players?

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Duane threw up a great post yesterday, that is getting a bit lost in the noise of Beckham and the upcoming weekend. It also, got a bit turned on its ear when the news came out that Fulham hasn't actually talked to anyone yet. But it still deserves comment, because until MLS isn't a feeder [...]

Give me Fuel, Give me Fire, Give me that which I desire

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First a plug for the ECS pregame fest at Fuel/McCoys, and even more fun is that they are hosting an MLS All Star game viewing party at the Atlantic Crossing next week. Go to at least one of these events. If not both. Give me Fire. I have been looking forward to this [...]

Steps to winning a Cup

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1 Make the Final 2 Win the Final Sounders just completed that first step. Their next step is to win at Houston. They will do so without Jhon Kennedy Hurtado due to his double Yellow. The good news? That's one international unavailable. Does that mean that the Swede will take [...]

Are the Dynamo throwing the SemiFinal?

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Ok, the lineups have been updated, and Pat Onstad isn't starting. Seriously. The only keeper in MLS on par with Keller, and he's sitting. How do I know this is current? Because the OTHER Canadian (Haniaunlt) is starting fresh off the Gold Cup. Video link active at 7:10PM PDT according to the Sounders.

The Exchange

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After the final whistle many players exchange kits. This tradition gives the two players a memento of their efforts for a given match, and helps to display to all that after the 90 we are after all just people. Several Sounders had that opportunity Saturday with Chelsea. Here is one. Hearing about Mike swapping with [.

Competitive Play Resumes

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Sounders return to Open Cup and League play this week, they have the opportunity to finally appear in the Open Cup Final, while on Saturday they face the best road team in the league. Where does Seattle stand heading into their last 12? Currently Seattle is pacing for a 5th place finish. This may seem counterintuitive, [.

Hanauer on the US Open Cup Final Bid

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Let's just start with the money quote. Obvious, but still money. "We want to win" After finding out that Sounders FC didn't win the bid for the Open Cup Final if DC beats Rochester I contacted General Manager and minority owner Adrian Hanauer concerning the bidding process. The brief email exchange follows.

Jarrod Smith Released

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You have likely heard by now that Smith was released. While the team reported that this opens up a roster slot, said slot is on the Disabled List as Smith was never removed. If we consider the Leo Gonzalez signing as officialt (secondary window opened yesterday) the team has 25 players under roster.

Making the All Star Game better

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Many MLS fans decry the All Star Game. They aren't used to it. Unlike the Playoffs, this is something without a parallel in world football. This is purely an Americanization. Frankly I like it. The voting is proper. No matter how much fans stuff the ballot the First XI are basically the top [...]

Jaqua the All Star

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Steve Kelley wrote a column on the Forward pairing of Jaqua and Montero, it is well worth the read, but one commenter called to question the suggestion that Jaqua is an All Star. If MLS goes with 6 All Star Forwards (7 last year), is Nate Jaqua one of them? We find out for certain [...]

Sometimes the referees screw the other guys

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Three points against the league leaders. Destiny in the hands of the Rave Green. A match where the depth of each side was tested, and it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has followed this league for more than a few months that the two clubs at the top of the table [...]

Futbol. Football. Soccer. SSFC

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The color is Rave Green, the direction is North and West. Some quick thoughts directly after the match. Sounders did what they needed to against Houston today in winning the three points, but more importantly played that brand of soccer we love, it certainly involved risk and hit the SSFC with a Goal Against at [.

Day Glo in the Daytime – Houston at Seattle

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The Rave Green and Safety Orange face off in an early Saturday match this week. More than 32,000 fans will be present when the #3 hosts the #1 team as Seattle fans and the team have had to travel a whopping 30 miles this week (Tukwila for the Open Cup) the Houston Dynamo put [...]

You are listening live from Tukwila Washington

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Ok, you probably aren't yet, but you should be. Listen NOW Unless you are one of the 5,000 or so that are there. Seattle with Keller, Wahl, Hurtado, Ianni, Riley, Zakuani, Sturgis, King, Nyassi, Montero, Jaqua (that's only 1 non-rotational). Kansas city with three non-rotationals, no Lopez, no Arnaud, no Conrad.

Expansion Teams 2nd Half History

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First, Small SAMPLE SIZE Second here's just the Exapansion teams from the great improve/decline post over at Climbing the Ladder 1998 Chicago -0.438 PPM 1998 Miami +0.668 PPM 2005 Chivas +0.375 PPM 2005 Salt Lake -0.375 PPM 2007 Toronto -0.733 PPM 2008 San Jose +0.600 2009 Seattle ?

Canada’s best player to return home?

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Canada's likely best active player of the sport, Julian de Guzman is being tempted home to Toronto and the FC there. He is on a free and being offered the DP slot and in effect an 8M$ deal. Last in La Liga, JdG would immediately change the face of TFC to the de [...]

Zakuani on Portland and KC in Open Cup

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Afer the Wednesday win over Portland Sounders had a light recovery day with stretching and some jogging while the US Men prepared for their Gold Cup match. After practice Steve and I talked for two minutes about the Open Cup past and future matches. Dave Clark: How do you think that crowd in Portland was [.

Houston wins but loses

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Next week is big for the Sounders. They have a chance to return Seb/Levesque/etal to the Semis of the US Open Cup for a third straight year. All it will take is beating the Wizards with Keller on the pitch for a Full 90. Also looming though is the Saturday match v THE dominant [...]

Sounders Sign Fucito

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It took several months, and finishing up at Harvard but Mike Fucito is finally a professional soccer player. In this week alone Sounders FC has now added two left side players in the Harvard product and Costa Rican Leo Gonzalez. Fucito did travel with the team to Argentina where he scored, and has [.

Chelsea Going Green

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This is NOT a game related story. It is not about the match on July 18th where Qwest will be Rave and Blue. It isn't about money, and it isn't about the latest rumors from the EPL. It is about a team that has commitments to going green, a model which Sounders FC could [...]

Johannesburg to Seattle reunites high school mates

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With Charlie Davies in town for the Gold Cup launch on Saturday he had the opportunity to reunite for a few moments with one of his long time mates from Massachusetts. After 35 hours in airplanes and airports with stops in Paris, Los Angeles and finally Seattle for Davies he got to spend a [...]

Kasey Keller – future coach?

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With the Gold Cup starting in Seattle on Saturday, the US team is using Starfire to train what is mainly younger players, and mainly players with MLS connections. So today, as I showed up for Sounders practice, I had the pleasant surprise of seeing the men that will represent my nation on Independence Day [.

Sounders add depth at Left Back

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Just in my email box as I return home from practice Sounders FC Signs Costa Rica International Gonzalez RENTON, WASH. – The Seattle Sounders FC have signed Costa Rican defender Leonardo Gonzalez, it was announced today. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms were not disclosed. Gonzalez's signing will be finalized upon receipt of his [.

Tonight on FSN

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The most important match of the season for the Portland Timbers, and one of three open paths to the CCL for the Sounders. Gamesmanship concerning uniforms Roster gamesmanship from the Sounders NextSeasonSports caught up with me for some video thoughts on the match. I expect we will see at least seven if not more regular rotational players for the [.