Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2009
Maybe you've missed it, but Jeff Cunningham and FC Dallas are on fire right now. How ever you want
to define "recent form" they have it. Tonight, they even had fans in the stands. Yes, the game was
part of a Mexican National Team double-header at the Cotton Bowl, but they had [...]
Right now the Rave Green Nation is in various level of disappointment. The early success and recent
form have combined to create a frustrated fanbase with some even thinking that Sounders won't earn
a single point in the remaining three matches. Visions of Shields and Cups danced in our heads at
one point, [.
Freshly back from the land of the Timbers where they get Sounders games on FSN live (obviously
dependent on conflicts). That's great if Seattle gets access to Clark County for Academy players.
Plus it helps to establish which team is "major" first. Remember these "advanced" pacing standings
are based on season long form for [.
New England represents so many of the problems with MLS 1.0. They are treated like step-brother by
their NFL partners, a minor tenant in a stadium that should be beautiful. This game though will
feature a team that on the pitch has scraped together through adversity and managed to teeter on
the edge [.
I had today off as I prep for a wedding at a Brewery/Distillery on Saturday. Often times when I get
a weekday off I try to get an interview with a Sounder, but today they are flying. I did a little
proselytizing to an EPL fan that doesn't like the "americanization" of the sport. [...]
San Jose's draw against Colorado could be seen as a loss for the Sounders, but honestly, the Rapids
are amazing at home. That San Jose stole a few points from them is huge for Seattle. The expanded
pacing formula (including H/A Strength of Schedule) now show Seattle at 7th with Colorado heading
Fox Soccer Channel carried the PR v Saprissa match, where you saw the more talented side pull a tie
in the final moments. Right now you can watch Houston host Pachuca. Houston lowered their prices
for this match (5$ for the endlines) in order to get a bit of a crowd. It didn't work. The [...]
MLS teams have limited resources. They can't scout the entire world, and there are rules concerning
the number of "international" players that a team can have (8 of 24), so yes most of their effort
should be focused on US players, either through the draft, the USL systems or the Academies, but if
Many will like to look at this match and say the Sounders played better than Chivas and so deserved
to win. I'm a results focused guy though, they tend to actually wind up in the standings and the
trophies. Teams either earn results or they don't. In this case Zach Thorton earned the results. He
With the conclusion of the Crew at Fire and their two-two draw there is another round down. The
playoff race is much less clear than Sounders fans would hope. Crew fans though likely are enjoying
their shot at getting a second Shield in a row. First the hunt for the next domestic trophy, the
That's the question that Steve Davis asks in his latest post at Daily Soccer Fix. It really comes
down to a few main topics where Freddie has been struggling 1- Adjusting to MLS Referees 2- Injury
History 3- Statistical performance 4- His nature as a "tweener" compared to the Sounders roster
Adjusting to MLS Referees I absolutely agree with Davis on Freddie's [.
I talk soccer a lot online. On forums, through facebook, through twitter, via email. Heck, I do it
at work, on my cell, on the streets of LA at a music festival Recently I was talking to Jason D.
over at MatchFitUSA.com about how some soccer fans like to promote themselves as exclusive and
Ah, the stretch run. Many pundits and fans tend to focus on the final few games as if they are more
important than any other. Time skews our perception of the game, but honestly, in the Sounders case
those first five matches matter just as much as the last five. Without those [...]
Here's the release. Note that the balanced schedule is for 2010 only. More thoughts later, but I
think this is huge. MLS to Break During Group Play of 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ MLS clubs to play each
opponent twice in balanced 2010 regular season NEW YORK (September 16, 2009) â€“ Major League
Soccer Commissioner Don Garber [.
Because things are wonky with the site, I had to repost this. Through the twitter (click to follow
me)thing I managed to win a damn amazing prize. A trip for two to West Hollywood for the Sunset
Strip Music Festival. This was courtesy of Virgin America and Chris Cornell. I saw the following
I was tempted to write the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but honestly that's a tired and worn-out
blog title. The Bad in this case was a lost wallet. I left it in the cab after I checked into the
hotel. 24 hours later my phone stopped working as a phone. It [...]
Sure, it feels like we've all been here before, maybe because of that great US Open Cup Win! But it
is not Groundhog Day. This is a league match against an opponent that is ahead of the Sounders on
the current table and are now pacing for 5th and 45 points. A win would also [...]
Cruising the 'net researching this wonderful upcoming match between Seattle and DC United I found a
few intriguing themes concerning the league. EVERYONE is focused on the Playoff Race. Even if they
get the tiebreakers wrong. There's a great widget at DCUnited's blog. I almost loaded it here. Then
I realized that the tie-breaker [.
With the talk of Julian de Guzman signing to Toronto FC with the closed transfer window some may
wonder how. It is quite simple, the window only applies to those transferring to US/Can clubs while
under contract outside of those two nations. So yes, an MLS club could add out-of-contract Henri
Camara as an aging [.
Well, Seattle got a few results in its favor over the weekend. Rough math by me says that the
chances should go up nearly 2% to a whole 54% when Sports Club Stats updates later this weekend.
The Pacing Race though is more intriguing. East C-Bus (53) v DC (44) Chicago (45) v NE (44) West
Houston (49) v Colorado [.
Next year the Sounders will compete for four major trophies Supporters Shield (30 regular season
games), MLS Cup (30 + 4 Playoffs), US Open Cup (up to 6) and the CONCACAF Champions League (up to
14). There will be significant issues with balancing the roster and lineups for this run. The depth
of MLS [.
MLS has a small slate of matches due to most teams wanting the weekend off so they can watch the US
Men beat on El Salvador. There are also an important slate of Qualifiers in Europe. But in MLS,
four of the six teams playing are competing with Seattle for the four Wild Card slots. [...]
DC United proudly display the word "tradition" on their back collars. There isn't another MLS club
that could do so. They have earned it. There was an idea that they carry 12 trophies means that
they deserve the 13th and that expansion franchises will never deserve respect propagated on the
net, somewhat [.
This is actually the hardest sports post I have ever had to write. It is so difficult to focus on
the words that are appropriate. Early tomorrow morning Sounders FC will land at Boeing Field as
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Champions. Throughout the day they will be on radio, they will be on TV.
Tomorrow night [.
Tonight, a Wednesday with many school districts in their first week out here Seattle will travel a
few hundred people to DC to watch the Open Cup Final. Mid-week, cross-country, hundreds. Here are
just two of those.
Hurtado is out due to his Card situation. Now today we find out that Marshall and Graham are out as
well. So the Sounders in their quest for their first Cup in year one MLS have a significant
situation. Three of their four CB are out, the central midfield has passing issues and the [...]