On a drippy, grey Sunday soccer fans get a triple header of games to enjoy. Match action starts
with season #10 and wild card winners New York Red Bulls hosting the Supporters Shield winning Los
Angeles Galaxy out in the suburbs of Metropolis. At Noon Pacific on ESPN2 this
game has the marquee names of David Beckham and Thierry Henry, but a few of the DPs may be limited
due to injury.
It really doesn't get much worse than that folks. And, yet, as Seattle Sounders coach Sigi
Schmid said in postgame comments, they were lucky they didn't lost 6-0. The Sounders were outplayed
every bit as bad as their 3-0 scoreline suggests, and probably even worse than that.
Just going through the stats, there are signs of Real Salt Lake domination everywhere.
mad?Yes. Sad?Yes. angry?Yes. The thing is we need to believe we can do it , @soundersfc can
score 3 or more goals at home !
Fredy Montero on Twitter
He isn't taking the loss well. He isn't giving up. Neither should you. btw - Roger Levesque was
on an MLS squad that was down 2 goals going into the 2nd leg and then scored 5 to advance.
Quite possibly the worst performance that the Seattle Sounders ever occurred in the chilly, high
air of Utah as Real Salt Lake netted three goals. Only Kasey Keller prevented that scoreline from
being even greater. To list all of the mistakes that were made will take some time, but sadly it
I believe that sports should be a meritocracy, that is the only way they can have any meaning,
otherwise they are subject to the same random lottery that the rest of life is.
The only way you can separate the good from the average from the bad is through repetition,
through a lengthy process that separates the wheat from the chaff.
Two leg aggregate series in the MLS Playoffs favor the team with fewer games played. This has
become known around MLS media circles as the "Curse of the CCL." But Real Salt Lake shouldn't take
any solace in the fact that they've played fewer games. Their First XI has played in 313 more
minutes than the likely lineup put forward by the Seattle Sounders.
Two Sounders-RSL Previews For The Price Of One!
What a steal!
With the red cards, penalties and an own goal in the last two matches there isn't much that can
be taken from the previous two meetings between these sides. Even the issue with the 2010 contests
has been addressed, as the Seattle Sounders substitution patterns have dramatically improved in
2011 over previous season.
If you're like us and not going to Salt Lake for Saturday's MLS Cup wildcard game, there are
plenty of places in and around Seattle that will be showing the game. Feel free to share where
you're planning to watch the game, here, but in the meantime I figured it's probably a good idea to
list the Sounders' official viewing parties.
The Seattle Sounders have been Major League Soccer's best team in the final 15 minutes. They
have outscored their opponents 15-4 over that time, with no other team score more often nor
allowing so few goals. The 11-goal difference is four better than any other team. But we already
knew that, thanks to the reporting of Matt Gaschk.
It doesn't get any bigger than this. The Seattle Sounders are playing on the road this Saturday
at one of the toughest stadiums against one of the best, most well-coached teams in the league.
Forget the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls. This is the marquee match-up of the
play-offs. One very good team will be eliminated at the culmination of this home-and-home series
and I'm just hoping it's the other guys!
Mauro Rosales Won't Travel With Sounders To Real Salt Lake
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise at this point, but Mauro Rosales will not be travelling
with the Sounders to Real Salt Lake for Saturday's game. According to a Tweet from Joshua Mayers,
the Sounders are hoping that by staying behind and receiving treatment, he'll be closer to fitness
for Wednesday's return leg.
The biggest lineup news is that Mauro Rosales will not travel for the match at Real Salt Lake.
That basically assures that the Seattle Sounders will have Lamar Neagle on the left and Alvaro
Fernandez on the right. That move will of course shift the substitution plan a bit. Something that
is already adjusted because of the higher elevation in Sandy, Utah.
Seattle v Salt Lake Infographic
Breaking down the two teams' histories, 2011 season in just about every comparable way.
Mauro Rosales 'Very Unlikely' To Play On Saturday
Mauro Rosales was healthy enough to run at practice on Thursday and was even able to do some
stuff with the ball, but coach Sigi Schmid made it pretty clear that a best-case scenario would
involve his midfielder making a substitution appearance on the return leg.
Three Academy Alumni In Top 16 Freshmen
As Adrian made clear at the Date with SaH the team had little influence on these players. He
expects things to get better as the organization gets more time with players.
Nick Palodichuk, Deandre Yedlin, Sean Okoli seem to be the early successes, but the long term
Hanauer sees an regular player every couple years at best.
In Major League Soccer's odd playoff format this is the only two leg series (tie, whatever). In
order to grant the higher seed an actual advantage it hosts the second leg and a potential for
overtime on its own soil. Overtime is reached if the scoreline over the two matches in the series
are tied with no regard away goals.
So the playoffs are impending, and it hasn't escaped notice that the way it worked out this year
is just plain wrong. Playoffs, however, are here to stay and especially because schedules are
likely to become unbalanced. So how do we set up playoffs so that playing better is always
In my opinion, the biggest problem with the playoff system as it stands is what this year's
playoffs highlight: the possibility that superior teams will face off prematurely, thereby
eliminating better teams while inferior teams skate by against equally inferior opposition.
The original plan was to have these two matches on the same day, but snowfall in Denver pushed
the Colorado Rapids v Columbus Crew game back to tomorrow. We'll bump the thread for that one.
Tonight's match should be more entertaining as preseason favorites New York Red Bulls travel down
to Frisco, Texas to face off against the fading FC Dallas.
The news broke yesterday that Mauro Rosales has once again had a slight MCL injury caused by a
hard tackle in the Sounders 3-1 win over Chivas USA. In this week's episode we talk about his
injury and what implications that has for playoff games, especially the opening two-leg round with
Real Salt Lake.
After Sammy Ochoa's Pemco goal against Chivas USA last week it seems like the Seattle Sounders
have a bit of a battle for that second forward role. Just a week ago the case was made that their
roles are different enough that the start v sub decision should be more about tactical options than
one player being "better.
Video I made in response to hearing things like "soccer is boring".
I know some parts are sped up too fast, but what do you guys think?
We've read a lot of stuff about Kasey Keller in the last couple weeks, but this nearly 30-minute
1-on-1 with Arlo White via SoundersFC.com is pretty awesome.
When trailing in the 75th minute, Seattle has managed a 3-5-3 record, so they are more likely to
get a point out of a match they are fighting back from behind as they are to come out of it with a
loss and no points at all.
That's a line from Matt Gaschk's story at SoudnersFC.
There are good road teams, and then there are great road teams. In a league so well known for
its parity a common practice for teams is to tie on the road and win at home. When the Seattle
Sounders travel to Sandy, Utah to take on Real Salt Lake they will defy convention and go for the
win. In a two leg series it isn't necessary to win the away leg.
The much awaited results of Mauro Rosales' MRI were reported on Tuesday and they aren't so
great. Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid called Rosales' availability for Saturday's MLS Cup
playoff game at Real Salt Lake "iffy" and didn't exactly sound optimistic that Rosales would even
be ready for the return leg next Wednesday.
With surging national attendance numbers (strongly supported here in Seattle) the indication
would be that at least one aspect of Major League Soccer's business model is strong. Positive signs
go deeper as the rivalries in Cascadia and elsewhere help build relevance of the local teams in
their markets local TV ratings are up as well.
There are few things more fun than going on a roadtrip to watch your team play. As you may
remember, I documented my experience going with ECS to Vancouver. Well, if you're looking for
something to do this weekend, ECS wants to make sure you are more than welcome to join them.
From the look of it, there is no organized bus trip, but they are organizing carpools and
helping people finding lodging.
Sometime this afternoon, the Seattle Sounders should find out whether or not Mauro Rosales will
be available for some or part of their Western Conference semifinal against Real Salt Lake. Their
right midfielder was, of course, hurt early in Saturday's match against Chivas USA. It was his
first start since spraining his MCL on Sept.
ESPN's top 10 goals
Montero and Wahl both appear for the Sounders. Hassli comes in at #1 against.
Put it in the books folks. The regular season is over and the Seattle Sounders logged an
impressive 63 points over 34 games. In most seasons that would have put the Sounders in the top
spot. Instead the Sounders will be the number two team in the league and will face the number three
team in Real Salt Lake in a home-and-home series.
Sigi Schmid put out what looks to be his First XI in a game that didn't matter for the Seattle
Sounders. As preparation for the MLS Cup Playoffs the match against Chivas USA was solid
preparation, except for the possible injury to Mauro Rosales. On goal one Mike Fucito played the
target role drawing three defenders before bouncing the ball out to James Riley who popped it up
and over to Fredy Montero in a one-on-one.
The Seattle Sounders had two main goals when they paid Chivas USA a visit on Saturday with
nothing to play for standings-wise: work Mauro Rosales back into the lineup and get out healthy.
Somewhere else in the list of priorities was finally beating Chivas USA at Home Depot Center and
heading into the playoffs on a roll.
Facing a team that fell well short of their goals for the season the Seattle Sounders have the
opportunity to have essentially an intense scrimmage to prepare themselves for the coming MLS Cup
Playoffs. It isn't that Chivas USA has been bad per se, just not mediocre enough to sneak in the
Amid all the hoopla surrounding the Seattle Sounders' best-in-the-league offense, there has been
another somewhat underreported story: their defense has been pretty darn good, too. Just four teams
have allowed fewer than the Sounders' 36 goals and they are on pace to have a slightly better
defense than the one they had a year ago.
Breaking Down Every Scenario For Every Team
If it seems like a lot is still unsettled on the final weekend of the regular season, well,
that's because there is. I make an attempt to break down every possible scenario in the MLS playoff
Tukwila, Wash.-- Seattle Sounders FC Academy teams played their home opener against Nomads FC
tonight, the first of a 2-game home stand this weekend.
The U18 team won by a score of 5-3.
Goal Scorers: Ian Lange(2), Ike Crook, Dominique Dismuke, Jimmy Oganga
The U16 team won by a score of 3-0.
In what is a fairly stunning move Fox has won the rights to the English language broadcasts in
the USA of all FIFA events from 2015-2022. This will include the signature events of the 2018 World
Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as well as the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada and
the 2019 Women's World Cup which has yet to be awarded to a host nation.
It's the lull before the storm in Seattle Sounders land. The Seattle Sounders lost on Tuesday
2-1 to Monterrey, but despite the loss, the Sounders still advance to the quarterfinals of the
CONCACAF Champions League. Chivas USA will be in town this weekend for the last regular season
match-up. The results hardly matter for either team and the Sounders will be looking forward to the
The full field is set for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, and while we don't know
who awaits the Seattle Sounders, we know it won't be easy. The Sounders will face one of the three
group winners, one of two Mexican teams or the Los Angeles Galaxy. Last year, the draw was released
The Seattle Sounders travel down to the Home Depot Center to face Chivas USA. Each team could
really just consider this a 'super reserves' game. For the Sounders it will be preparation for the
MLS Cup Playoffs and the ultimate goal of the 2011 team, the MLS Cup. For Robin Fraser with Chivas
it will be another chance to make decisions about next year's talents.
Submit Questions/Topics For End Of Year Alliance/Team Busines Meeting
In order to have less repitition and more complete answers we are taking submissions for the end
of year business meeting. The meeting is being co-planned by Council and the Front Office so
hopefully it will be what you want.
We recorded on Monday so this week's episode of Nos Audietis is pretty much about all the
festivities surrounding Kasey Keller's final regular-season home game. And what a game it was. Not
only did Sounder at Heart host a pretty awesome little get together, but the Seattle Sounders
treated the fans to a pretty impressive comeback victory that allowed Keller's day to be a real
The Seattle Sounders just needed a point to become just the second MLS team in the four-year
history of CONCACAF Champions League to win a group. Once Fredy Montero equalized in the 42nd
minute, they seemed well on their way.
But two all-too-familiar problems cropped up once again: Allowing attackers to get behind the
defense and poor passing in the defensive third.
Forwards are meant to score. Sometimes it is that simple. Sure there's so much other stuff that
they can do, but in the end they are the scorers. In order for top forwards to accomplish this goal
they need space to receive the ball and then space enough to shoot it effectively. In these parts
we've called that part of the game tactical awareness.
CF Monterrey Rayados managed to pick off misplaced passes by the Seattle Sounders and nicked two
goals. If that feels like a pattern for the Seattle side it is, having plagued them in their MLS
match as well. The result has the Mexican side finish top of their group while the Sounders advance
from the second position.
Playing for pride isn't a common thing for the Seattle Sounders, at least not because they have
been so damn good that the result bears little meaning. Lose and nothing really changes. With a
draw the Sounders win the group. With a win they may just knock out the reigning champs. This game
has a chance to get a little negative, because Monterrey's scenario is really simple, if they get a
point they advance.
Bit of a break since our last update, but Sounders Academy players continue to make their mark
as Freshmen across the collegiate soccer landscape. We're now at about the 2/3rds point of the
season for most programs, so we're seeing teams starting to make their final push for conference
and national tournaments.
SBN Power Rankings See Seattle #2
Here's two lines on the team "There's only one thing that matters for the Seattle Sounders
now - Playoff wins. Get enough of them (how 'bout three?) and they will have had a season for the
I wrote the top two. Big Time wrote about half.
The Seattle Sounders need a point to win the group. Monterrey basically needs a point to
advance. Both sides will put effort forward, but while the American side has been strong if you
read the preview over at MLSSoccer.com you know that Monterrey hasn't been great lately. In this
edition of three questions we'll dive a little deeper into the reasons behind their struggles with
FMFStateOfMind editor Eben.
Another CCL Game, Another Shot At History
This look ahead at the CCL match was written for MLSsoccercom. Expect an unconventional lineup
that will go out for the win.
Sounders Academy GK Christensen Helps US U-17s Draw Mexico
Seattle Sounders U-16 Keeper Paul Christensen is in Spain with the US U-17 National Team for the
AGS Cup, and this weekend was their first match. Christensen played the whole match in goal and
made 2 saves as the US drew Mexico 1-1.
This may seem blasphemous on its surface. I mean, who doesn't love Kasey Keller? Who doesn't
think he isn't the greatest American keeper, and maybe best U.S. player of all time? He is a
legend, an American Legend. He is one of the greatest keepers in his MLS play (playing time
caveat). Tens of thousands showed up to see him off, enough to make it the 4th largest soccer crowd
in the world.
The Sounders had a pretty amazing come from behind victory this weekend against the lowly San
Jose Earthquakes. More important than the 2-1 scoreline was the the righteousness of the send-off
of team captain and USMNT legend Kasey Keller. The C-link was rocking with over 64,000 fans and you
could hear them every time Keller made a save.
Sounder at Heart has five pairs of tickets to give away to Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League
match against Monterrey. The Seattle Sounders have already secured advancement to the
quarterfinals, but will win the group if they can get a point. If they win, the Sounders could
potentially knock Monterrey out of the tournament.
Mauro Rosales Hopes To Be Fully Fit By Playoffs
Mauro Rosales said he was in a little bit of pain after Saturday's game in which he provided an
assist on the equalizer, but says he hopes to be fully fit by the playoffs. He also said he's
hoping to play 90 minutes next week against Chivas USA, although I apparently left that out of this
One of the mostly overlooked storylines of last night's comeback victory over the San Jose
Earthquakes was that the Seattle Sounders won the 2011 Heritage Cup - their second consecutive win
in the three-year history of that trophy. That would be the third piece of hardware for the
Sounders this season after the 2011 Cascadia Cup and the 2011 US Open Cup.
Kasey Keller's night was nearly perfect. He is ending his club career in a fashion where anyone
would be happy for him to still be playing. From saves of snap headers, to a sequence that is
reminsent of that epic match against Brazil he was as good as he's even been in MLS. Opportune
finishing by Sammy Ochoa tied the game and started the climax of an amazing night of soccer and
tifo to the North of you
tifo to the South of you
Now you can see them both.
Note: Dave's asked me to fill in on the recap since everyone
else is at the match. Here goes nothing...
Well then. For eighty minutes, the Sounders were flat in front of a record crowd at CenturyLink
Field, allowing the visiting San Jose Earthquakes to grab a 1-0 first half lead and never really
looking like recovering.
Saturday night's game will be one of those where in a decade there will be twice as many people
in the stadium as CenturyLink Field actually fits. Celebrating an American Legend in wearing a
Seattle Sounders kit will do that. Much less significant is the contest for the Golden Boot
featuring Fredy Montero and Chris Wondolowski, the MVP runs of any of three Sounders (Montero,
Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales) and the least significant trophy Seattle can capture in a year the
Now that a result isn't necessary tonight, the lineup is a lot more in question. What we know is
that Kasey Keller will start on a day celebrating he and the fans. We also know that Jeff Parke is
out and Mauro Rosales will be in the 18. Considering that the Seattle Sounders really like winning
in front of home crowds the thought here is that Sigi Schmid will be starting a close to Ideal XI,
but that Rosales only gets a second half run.
The Seattle Sounders will be paying homage to Kasey Keller on Saturday, and it appears plans are
already in the works to find his longterm replacement. A report out of Austria (h/t @CoulterChris)
suggests the Sounders are in talks with Michael Gspurning, a 30-year-old goalkeeper currently
playing in Greece who has three caps with the Austria national team.
Crowd Of 62,000-Plus May Be Just The Beginning
Talked to Adrian Hanauer for a story I did at MLSSoccer.com and he admits that even he is amazed
at how quickly the Sounders' popularity has grown. He says he can see a day in the not-so-distant
future when the team is regularly drawing crowds like Saturday's to CenturyLink Field.
The Seattle Sounders are busy assembling 63,000 or so close friends of Kasey Keller for a little
sending off party, but there are games of significant consequence elsewhere in the league tonight.
The match between the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo (on ROOT sports) has huge implications
for the bottom of the playoff race, as these are the two teams on the edge of the top 10.
Why Kasey Keller is important to me
This is ostensibly a preview of the Earthquakes game but I wrote 1,500 words about Kasey Keller
Mauro Rosales could make his long-awaited return to the field on Saturday when the Seattle
Sounders take on the San Jose Earthquakes. Coach Sigi Schmid announced on Friday that Rosales would
at least be in the gameday 18. But it wasn't all good news as he also noted that defender Jeff
Parke has not yet been cleared after suffering a concussion last week.
It will be a bitter-sweet moment at Quest field this Saturday. Over 60,000 people will be packed
into Quest field to watch a legend take the field for the last time at home against the struggling
San Jose Earthquakes. A shutout by Kasey Keller will secure the Sounders the number 2 spot in the
There are probably better ways to write this tale. Maybe just that one picture is enough. Or
maybe this line from Goalkeeping Coach Tom Dutra says it better.
There's nobody like Kasey.
One of the greatest blessings I've had as a Seattle Sounders fan, and that's really the only way
I can write about Kasey Keller, is that one of my heroes in sport plays in front of me almost every
While much concerning this game will be about spectacle (Kasey Keller, Fan Appreciation) there
is also the little game of soccer. The San Jose Earthquakes enter Saturday's game already
eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs. A dire stretch from June 17th to the present saw them win
only two matches - one against the Fire and the other against the Revolution.
Like many in the Seattle Sounders media I'm working on a post about Kasey Keller's time here.
One of those I talked to was someone who just got his first 90 minutes at keeper this week for the
team. While talking to Josh Ford we also chatted about his year and having to wait for his
Here's a little non-Sounders content that piqued my curiosity. Thanks to two consecutive wins by
the Vancouver Whitecaps, for the first time in a very long time they're no longer at the bottom of
the MLS table. Instead they've leapfrogged the New England Revolution, who are suffering what is
probably the worst season in their occasionally proud history.
Fredy Montero joins Nate Jaqua (10), Kasey Keller (09) and Pat Noonan (07, with Revolution) as
current Seattle Sounders who earned the Player of the Tournament award from TheCup.US and North
American Soccer Reporters. Montero helped the Sounders to their historical third straight US Open
Cups by hitting game winners in the quarters, the semis and the Final.
Kind of a weird week in Seattle Sounders-land. The loss to the Philadelphia Union was definitely
disappointing, but it's hard to get too worked up about it. The Sounders, just like us, are still
kinda basking in the glow of another piece of silverware.
We spend more time talking about how the rest of the season is shaping up and looking ahead to
Saturday's "Date with Sounder at Heart", which also happens to be Kasey Keller's final
regular-season home game.
How did Ochoa look Monday night
Really good around the penalty area. Quite active, maybe with a few poor first touches, but
overall strong with one particular shot that stunned me.
Oh, and the story is up at MLSsoccer.com
"Date With Sounder at Heart": Now With Free Tickets
Just in case you weren't convinced before, we can now share that in addition to some specials
guests, Saturday's "Date With Sounder at Heart" in the basement of Temple Billiards will also
include some free tickets to give away for next Tuesday's CCL finale against Monterrey.
At today's practice the number one topic was Kasey Keller. Nearly every interview of every
player mentioned him it's almost as if there's a game of bigger importance than a typical regular
season match this Saturday. The club is going to give the fans a massive amount of schwag,
including a pretty kick ass captain's armband which the assembled media got to see today.
Never Manage Alone - SB Nation's Fantasy Soccer Blog
Their current focus is on EPL Fantasy, but have some coverage of MLS and World Cup Fantasy in
the past. Go say hey.
If you're the sort of person who likes to discuss the history and future of the US National
Team, you know you're never far from a discussion about the quality of the US player pool.
Specifically, people want to understand - and argue about - why the leading economy in the world
(at least for now) with the fourth largest population doesn't have a more successful international
Since not many were able to go to the Seattle Sounders Reserves win over the San Jose
Earthquakes I thought to expand a bit on the live blog and collate some comments made there and
other thoughts I had on the lesser seen players. Now, since Sigi Schmid uses a lot of player
rotation there were two subsets of players - the seen and unseen.
As the regular season winds down I'm going to be posting a weekly summary of the some of the
data and predictions we're generating, which should give you some context going into each week of
We're in the calm before the storm as the mostly-observed FIFA international break meant that
there were only 3 games played since our last update.
The Jurgen Klinsmann Era is still fresh and new. He's earned his first win, but the soccer fans
in the United States want to see more than a win against a CONCACAF middle team and a draw against
the best from our region. Tuesday night's game against Ecuador provides a fairly strong test (21st
I'm certain that Jurgen Klinsmann is a smart soccer coach. He's trying to build something that
will probably take about 8 years or so to come to fruition with the United States National Team. It
involves many layers, not just the current senior team, but a couple Olympics teams, many U20/U17
teams, MLS, the lower divisions, college, Academies, and youth teams.
Alonso, Montero Both Finalists For US Open Cup Player Of Tournament
Joining them are David Bulow and Ronnie Pascale of the Richmond Kickers. Bryan Meredith didn't
make the cut, but DID receive votes.
So when I was dicking around with a project I'm working on involving writing sonnets, I started
writing one to memorialize the importance of Starfire Sports Complex, with the knowledge that due
to possible changes in the US Open Cup we may not be able to get as many home matches in next
The MLS Reserve League is petering to a close. Tonight's match against the San Jose Earthquakes
doesn't mean anything in any standings (Seattle has already won the MLS Western Reserve Division),
but it does give Sigi Schmid an opportunity to see a few of his players on the deep bench. The
Seattle Sounders have 6 available outfield players who have played in 4 or fewer MLS matches.
That the Seattle Sounders will set another MLS attendance record is not really news. In fact,
they already have the single-season MLS attendance record. In the game against DC United, the
Sounders broke their old record, which they set in 2010 when they broke the record they set in
2009. Sense a pattern?
The Seattle Sounders lost 2-0 this weekend to the Philadelphia Union while missing their three
most creative offensive players. The Sounders played a game the average MLS team would be proud of.
However, without Fredy Montero, Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez, the Sounders needed to out work
the Union to secure the victory.
Sigi Schmid's side lacked its best three technical and creative force in the game Saturday night.
Forced to use the natural central midfielders (Brad Evans and Erik Friberg) at the same time and
deploying Pat Noonan as a withdrawn man the Seattle Sounders did not threaten the Philadelphia
Union goal as they typically do.
There's been a lot of talk about how much weaker the Eastern Conference is than the Western
Conference. Saturday night's game was a bitter reminder that all it takes is one or two breaks to
go a team's way and they can win. That's kind of what soccer is at it's core. In this case an
attempted shielding of the ball was disrupted with an quick foot inserted and became an assist as
Freddy Adu scored.
Winning the Supporters' Shield has been a longshot for quite some time now, but there seemed to
be sliver of hope after the Los Angeles Galaxy lost on Tuesday. Well, we can officially stop
worrying about it after the Seattle Sounders' 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. The
Sounders can now finish with no more than 63 points, one fewer than the Galaxy's current total.
The Philadelphia Union's good-to-bad defensive fluctuations have forced them to become an
Eastern Conference contender after an early season when they seemed to dominated the weaker side of
the bracket. With Faryd Mondragon maybe making a return the Seattle Sounders will get to discover
if it was his lack of experience or one of the most baffling trades in MLS this season that is the
fault for their weaknesses defensively.
Sigi Schmid is going to have to find offense from different spots with Fredy Montero out due to
his last Yellow. Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez both have injury issues that could see them
with spot time, but it would be surprising if either start. Unlike the last injury wave (Herediano
here) there are more healthy options in the midfield.
An odd thing happened with the Philadelphia Union at the beginning of the season, people forgot
how new the team was. People stopped talking about them as an expansion team, and instead just as a
team with some inconsistency, youth and capable of challenging for first in the East with no
Editor's note: We will probably have a slightly more
exhaustive look at these numbers, but in the meantime this is a good overview. - Jeremiah
There was a lively discussion when malcontentjake asked Do Forwards Need to Score? At the end of
the article, he concluded that:
Montero is still proving able to draw the attention of defenders and sort of soak up
defensive pressure to create space for his teammates.
The Player of the Round (and still to be announced Player of Tournament) is voted on by mostly
the same group that votes for MLS' Player of Week/Month awards. Today TheCup.US announced that
Seattle Sounders defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was the Player of the Round for the US Open
Alonso was challenged for the award by teammates Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy
Dave on with Dick Fain of KJR talking Open Cup
Starts about 15 minutes in or so. Open Cup, Supporters Shield and likely Playoff scenario are
Sigi Schmid may do as much to earn his paycheck in the next couple of weeks of relatively
unimportant games as he did during the Seattle Sounders' hectic run of critical league games, cup
finals, and CCL group stage matches. The task during that difficult (and almost perfect) autumn run
was to keep up the winning while rotating through a deep roster to keep everyone as healthy and fit
Success! The Seattle Sounders defeated the Chicago Fire 2-0 to win the U.S. Open Cup for a third
straight year. I admit I had my moments of doubt. Their defense almost seemed prescient in their
ability to intercept passes and shots. Luckily, Fredy Montero scored the go-ahead goal just when I
was mentally preparing for a grueling overtime.
Editor's note: Moving this to the front page because this is
pretty significant news and there's no reason for me to repeat it. - Jeremiah
Real Salt Lake went down a man to a very questionable (in my opinion, bad) "intentional handball
in the box" call by official Chris Penso.
There are few things as glorious in the podcasting world than celebrating victory, and that's
just what we do in this week's episode of Nos Audietis. Three-straight U.S. Open Cups baby, there
ain't nothing to apologize for.
This is also our first episode with our new engineer, loyal Sounder at Heart reader
Sounders coaches pleased with David Estrada's progress
Here's something I wrote for MLSSoccer.com. Dave and I are going to be filling in on the
Sounders beat while Andrew Winner is in Iceland or some other fancy vacation spot.
In soccer, offense comes down to creating opportunities, taking chances and converting those
into goals. There are times when a great keeper, the post or some defenders can get in the way of
those goals, but it does not minimize the offense. There has been the question of a third DP, a
"consistent" scorer, but against the Chicago Fire the Seattle Sounders showed that goal danger
doesn't need a big name.
When the Seattle Storm were bounced from their playoff run Dick Fain was able to come to the US
Open Cup Final. We went to Fuel, did the March and celebrated joyfully with 35,000 of our closest
friends. This is his less than 4 minute video of the day, it includes Fain being lucky enough to
have captured the Alonso goal at the end.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Just had to move this to the front. Great camera work and spectacular
The word "treble" does not get mentioned very often in U.S. soccer circles. It's a term that
gets thrown around a bit in European soccer, especially with Porto (2010-11) and Inter Milan
(2009-10) accomplishing the feat in recent seasons, but it's something no MLS team has ever
accomplished and is therefore relegated to the fringes.
As the regular season winds down I'm going to be posting a weekly summary of the some of the
data and predictions we're generating, which should give you some context going into each week of
This one comes a day late thanks to the focus on the US Open Cup final yesterday, but the upside
of that is that the game between the New York Red Bulls and the Los Angeles Galaxy last night will
factor into the results.
US Open Cup Bidding Process & MLS Qualification Changing For 2012
Greater transparency and participation will be better for the whole tournament. From the linked
The source said U.S. Soccer is "tired of getting beat up" over the current system.
Great work by Brian Straus on the future of the tournament.
One of the fun things about the Seattle Sounders and this winning the US Open Cup for three
straight years is that it is almost certain that a Sounder will also be the 4th straight Player of
the Tournament. The award is handed out by TheCup.US through voting by the North American Soccer
Reports (a kind of guild or association of some the soccer writers in the US and Canada).
There's a little problem with our format here of providing a quick recap and then a post that is
just the data, an attempt to remove the emotion and review the game based on that alone. When a
team makes history the emotion is a major part of it. The rush from the glory of victory is still
'MLS Fans Should Be Thanking Seattle' - That's The Ginge Speaking, Not Me
You wanna know why winning a third straight U.S. Open Cup matters? Because it's that much harder
to ignore. Zach Woosley over at Dynamo Theory has never been confused for a Sounders fan, but today
he wrote what is probably on a lot of people's minds: There are no excuses for sandbagging other
Three straight U.S. Open Cups. Just let that sink in. The Seattle Sounders, a three-year-old MLS
franchise, have now won more Open Cup titles than all but seven clubs in the tournament's
98-year-history after dispatching the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Tuesday in front of a record crowd of
The Sounders are now just one of four teams to ever win three straight, but the first since
Greek Americans AA, who managed the feat from 1967-69.
It is easy to get the sense that Tuesday night's US Open Cup Final is an important match for the
Seattle Sounders. If you follow their various social media platforms you've been flooded with
tweets, Facebook posts, contests, videos and more. On the radio they started purchasing advertising
Previewing this match it is clear that the Chicago Fire are a different team than they were
during the last meeting. Both teams certainly have injury concerns to key players, but the facet of
the game that will be most effected is different. One can consider that there are four portions of
any game, in ways these are what determined the old three band nomenclature of formations.
As you walk into CenturyLink Field tonight take a moment to look around. No, there won't be
50,000 people there like many of us had hoped, but there should be at least 35,000. Another U.S.
Open Cup attendance record is guaranteed to fall and the Seattle Sounders will have once again
raised the bar.
More hype videos! This one basically recaps the Sounder' road to their third US Open Cup
The most intriguing thing is that both teams number 10s are gameday decisions. Neither Seattle
Sounders winger Mauro Rosales nor center attacking mid Sebastian Grazzini of the Chicago Fire
played in their last match due to injuries. Both though are on a path that could have them making a
return to the starting XI for the Cup Final.
I know you are all a bundle of nerves anyway, so how about a little extra adrenaline just to
make sure that you don't get a single ounce of sleep tonight. The U.S. Open Cup Final is going to
be unbelievably awesome.
Former USL Sounder Presto Burpo Accepts Coaching Job With Montreal Impact
Preston Burpo, who spent nine seasons with the USL Seattle Sounders, will be the goalkeeper's
coach for the Montreal Impact during their inaugural MLS season. After leaving the Sounders in
2006, he played for four different MLS teams before ending his career with the New England
Revolution when a collision with Dane Richards snapped his leg.
It's a big week for the Seattle Sounders. We have our shot at one bringing back the US Open Cup
trophy on Tuesday in front of the largest soccer crowd the tournament has ever seen. This isn't a
fly-by-night operation dressing up a friendly to draw fans. It's a history soaked tournament that's
been running continuously in the U.
You remember the Chicago Fire, right? Lots of ties. No offense to speak of. Mired in another
lost season. Well, put all of that out of your mind, because the team standing in the Seattle
Sounders' way of a third-straight U.S. Open Cup title is a lot different from that one.
Unless you follow the blow-by-blow of the Major League Soccer season, you could be excused for
not realizing just how good the Fire have been playing over the course of the last couple
As the Montral Impact transition from not very good NASL side to expansion MLS team they have
invited 25 players to trial and attempt to be on their inaugural roster. Miguel Montano, who the
Seattle Sounders had loaned to the Impact, will be staying with them for their trial camp. There
are a few other players familar to those that follow the Sounders.
The two MLS sides with the strongest historical connections to the US Open Cup meet Tuesday
night. Both Chicago and Seattle played non-ideal XIs in their weekend matches to prepare for their
opportunity to lift the Cup. For the Chicago Fire this is their chance to reawaken the team, to
renew their history and claw back into the discussion as a solid team with a bright future.
Simon Kuper, Sigi Schmid and Arlo White
Yeah, that's a kick ass night at Town Hall. Tickets are only 5$ for the 11 October evening
With an expected attendance right about even with MLS league play of 35,000 for the US Open Cup
Final against the Chicago Fire on Tuesday night, it is apparent that Seattle and the team have a
connection to this tournament that most teams in MLS do not have. It isn't just about the ticket
sales, but in the types of lineups that Sigi Schmid has field in the MLS era.
Soccer is a game of goals. Not necessarily pretty goals, not amazing feats of beating strong
defense, just goals. Saturday night as the Seattle Sounders beat the New England Revolution 2:1 the
goals made were all off of defensive errors. Diego Fagundez was unmarked on a corner leaving him
with just Kasey Keller to beat.
Ha ha ha. There's no better way to put a skip in your step than to throw a bunch of second- and
third-stringers into an away match and get a win anyway. We mostly got tonight's reserve heavy
Sounders starting 11 right, but were off on some of the details. Roger Levesque was in the game,
but as a right back.
In MLS the Seattle Sounders have yet to have a game in league play that didn't matter. Only the
tail end of last year's CCL is at all similar. During that run the Sounders were able to get
valuable playing time for Mike Fucito, Tyson Wahl, Alvaro Fernandez, and Zach Scott - players who
weren't keys to the 2010 season, but have become so for MLS 2011.
Today's game against the New England Revolution probably the least important game for the
Seattle Sounders in any competition this season. How's THAT for a scintillating preview?
Even the last match of the CCL group stage against Monterrey has something on the line, with the
possibility of winning the group (and thus presumably earning an easier first matchup in the
bracket) and perhaps even eliminating the defending champions from the competition entirely.
NASL Commissioner David Downs In New York Times On D2 Soccer In USA
Touches on business issues, pro/rel and his failed bid for a future World Cup in the United