With today's list of players available in the Re-Entry Draft it is important to note the
differences between the two stages. In Stage One a player would be pickup up at their current
option value, or a "Bona Fide Offer." Now, not all players on today's list will be available in
Monday's draft (Seattle holds pick 14).
SoundersFC put together this video to thank Arlo for his 2 years. There is no better
After a couple of weeks off, we're back at it! We want to thank you for your patience and as we
navigate the holiday season we will most likely be on a bi-weekly schedule until closer to
This week we talk about the loss of players James Riley and Tyson Wahl. As you probably know, Riley
was selected by Montreal Impact in the expansion draft and immediately traded to Chivas USA and
Wahl was traded to the Impact for allocation dollars.
Any dreams that Seattle Sounders fans had that the Arlo White to MLS on NBC thing was going to
fall apart is gone. The loss for the Seattle Sounders and its fans will be the gain of MLS and the
United States national team. White's comments on twitter today clearly show an appreciation for the
team, the players and the fans.
As the Seattle Sounders retool for a run at multiple Cups in 2012 they declined options on
Forwards Nate Jaqua and Pat Noonan, as well as Centerback Taylor Graham. They also declined the
option on the retiring Terry Boss. Each player is between 30 and 31 years old and occupied senior
The losses of James Riley and Tyson Wahl have Seattle Sounders FC adding allocation money only
at this point. It is also rather apparent that their biggest low-budget success of 2011, Mauro
Rosales, will be extended at a significantly higher figure, which should be announced very soon.
There will also be a new keeper, likely with a budget number that is fairly large considering that
the current leading candidate is Michael Gspurning, another situation we expect to be resolved
The last few weeks have been pretty brutal for Seattle Sounders fans. Finally, it appears as if
some good news is on the way. Multiple sources have confirmed that Mauro Rosales' extension has
essentially been finalized and that it could be announced very soon. The contract is expected to
pay Rosales somewhere in the neighborhood of Alvaro Fernandez and Fredy Montero, but it is unclear
whether or not he will count as a Designated Player.
Major League Soccer announced the home openers for 2012 today. The most significant change is
that there is NO Thursday First Kick, there is also a new twist with a Monday night game. For the
Seattle Sounders specifically they will open at home. Nine of the nineteen teams will open at home
that weekend and at this time at least one of the other CONCACAF Champions League teams will also
open at home.
From the earliest moments of the young MLS Seattle Sounders FC franchise the team has spoken of
"democracy in sports." The word DEMOCRACY has a power to it. It mobilizes men and women to do
things that are previously unheard of. In politics it rears its head often, sometimes to surprising
Michael Tetteh Part of MLS/Adidas Netherlands Tour
One of the other benefits of being part of Generation Adidas is that players often get to go to
foreign lands. Last year it was Spain, and this year the Netherlands. Seattle Sounders FC player
Michael Tetteh is part of the 18-man squad according to Steven Goff at the Washington Post.
Brad Evans Is A Fashionable Man, Digs Masks
This here is ample meme fodder.
Happy Cyber-Monday everyone! I've been scanning the internet using some of the new apps that
check for deals and its been making things a lot easier. Although it feels like cheating when you
don't even have to work on your search-fu to find bargains. Cyber-Monday is another day for
celebrating the glories of American consumerism by blowing off work.
NBC is in the process of rebranding versus. Part of how they are doing that is by featuring MLS,
in this case the LA Galaxy. This is an amazing advert for the league.
During the off-season we'll be putting out a weekly open thread to discuss all things this
community wants to discuss. While the launch point will be flavor (I like flavor) don't consider
that a mandatory topic. Considering the Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday madness it seems like
a great day to relaunch Open Flavor Fridays.
Convey Option Offically Declined - Available In Re-Entry Draft
Teams have until December 1st to decide on options, but the San Jose Earthquakes already told
Convey he's not coming back. Phase One of the Re-Entry Draft would be at his option number (between
0-10% of his 336k 2011 contract). Phase Two is at any number the acquiring team can negotiate.
Arlo White has taken a job with NBC Sports to become their national soccer announcer, according
to a report from KING5, the Seattle Sounders broadcast partner. This would be a considerable loss
for Sounders fans, who have grown to almost universally love the British broadcaster.
KING 5 Sports@KING5Sports has learned that #Sounders broadcaster Arlo White is moving on.
MLS Waiver List Full Of Unrealized Potential
A lot of players in the minimum salary space, except for Philly's JDG, who never really showed
enough to get regular time. All players listed are now free agents both within and outside of
Except for Nizar Khalfan. The Union picked him in the waiver draft.
As the Montreal Impact look to build for their 2012 season they made two Seattle Sounders
related moves during the expansion draft to help their team. First they selected James Riley only
to later ship him to Chivas USA for two players - Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen. After the
expansion draft the Impact announced that they also traded for Tyson Wahl.
When the Montreal Impact select 10 players at Noon Pacific a couple may never set foot in Quebec
as they will be used in swaps to get protected talents, allocation or draft picks. Considering the
Seattle Sounders needs - veteran leadership, fullback, target forward - there are a few players
that make a bit of sense.
MLSSoccer Mock Expansion Sees Two Different Sounders Leaving
Two of their three picked O'Brian White. The other picked Patrick Ianni. Over twitter Matt Doyle
(who does their tactics stories) said he'd go Servando Carrasco.
It would seem Greg Lalas and Jason Saghini are gamblers
Today in his Q&A with SoundersFC.com Adrian Hanauer talked about away allocation for Cascadia
Cup matches. He notes the success of the first year, but is hesitant to think that more seats are
needed due to the new hyper-unbalanced schedule.
We have had early discussions about it. We haven't made any decisions.
When last we checked on the Sounders Academy alumni in their first year of college soccer, we
learned that three would be continuing their seasons into the NCAA Tournament along with a couple
moving into the postseason in lower divisions. But a week later, only one remains.
NCAA Division I
After a bit of a slide (by their standards) in the second half of the season, the defending
national champion Akron Zips - featuring Sounder DeAndre Yedlin at fullback - missed
out on a bye in the NCAA Tournament and instead had to face Northwestern in the first round.
There won't be grass, but CenturyLink Field will have a new turf for the 2012 Seattle Sounders
season. The latest generation of FieldTurf will be laid down in February, shortly after the end of
the Seahawks season and just in time for the Sounders to get used to it prior to their game against
Santos Laguna on March 7.
With the announcement of the twelve players protected from selection in the Montreal Impact's
expansion draft there are a few players that could be labeled as "key" to the strong 2011 who were
left available for selection. The protected list is heavy on players up the spine was well as wide
midfielders but leaves three fullbacks available as neither of the left backs (Tyson Wahl or Leo
Gonzalez) nor iron man James Riley are protected.
Already two trades have become known. Ryan Smith goes to Chivas USA for 1st and 3rd Round
Supplemental draft picks. That's picks 43 and 81 overall. so we're talking no-risk, flyer types in
a draft that constantly adds more picks. Also, it came out today that the Portland Timbers loan of
Ryan Pore also included an international slot and a promise from the Montreal Impact that they
wouldn't take a player who ended the year on Portland's active roster.
In what comes as little surprise Grant Wahl reports that NBC Sports is pursuing Arlo White as
their primary play-by-play man for their first season covering MLS and the United States national
team. NBC isn't stupid and, like Sounders fans, feels that Arlo is one of the best voices in soccer
Sounders Advance To Group Stage Of 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League
It seems the answer is finally known. Seattle skips the preliminary round and goes directly to
the group stage. Two less games should help with fixture congestion a bit while also making it
easier to actually make the knockouts again.
Tukwila, Wash.-- Seattle SoundersFC U18 Academy team (4-0-1) and U16 Academy team (3-1-1) played
Santa Cruz Breakers today in a northwest division showdown in United States Development Academy
The U18 team won by a score of 5-0.
Goal Scorers: Miles Nilsen-Rodriguez, Michael Gallagher, Jordan Schweitzer (2), Dominique
The U16 team won by a score of 4-2.
Sunday night's capper on a fairly amazing 2011 Major League Soccer season will see one of the
Los Angeles Galaxy or Houston Dynamo set a little bit of history. Each coach can claim the most MLS
Cups, Landon Donovan and Brian Ching are making their 4th appearance in the Cup Final and there's
that possibility that the Galaxy become the team with most regulation wins in a single MLS
That the 2012 Major League Soccer season will be unbalanced comes as little surprise. The
surprise is that MLS' Board of Governors decided to go with the least balance they could thereby
creating enormous strength of schedule differences both for the overall standings and within the
Conference. When MLS Executive Vice-President Nelson Rodriguez says "We have established a fair and
compelling format for the 2012 season," one must wonder what the definition of fair is that he's
Watch MLS Supporters Summit Live
There will be a running commentary here as well. It will be interesting to see the differences
from 2009 (which I helped run) to 2011. It isn't expected that Garber will announce the schedule,
playoff and other changes, but he may.
Tukwila, Wash.-- Seattle Sounders FC U18 Academy team (3-0-1) and U16 Academy team (2-1-1)
played De Anza Force today in a northwest division showdown in United States Development Academy
The U18 team won by a score of 2-1.
Goal Scorers: Jim Oganga, Dominique Dismuke
The U16 team won by a score of 3-2.
Roger Levesque is leading a Sounders based Movember Team
That link is to Mike Fucito's page on the team. He's currently at 25$, why not help him raise
money for men's health? Or just click on it so you can see Levesque, B-Rad, sParkles and the man on
who we founded a church all with mustaches.
When the NCAA Men's D1 bracket was announced there was a somewhat surprising team left out of
the tournament. Despite a 12-4-2 record, winning 7 of their last 8 and being 18th in the Coaches
Poll the University of Washington Huskies season did not continue. First year head coach Jamie
Clark did see six Huskies make all-PAC12 honors.
Portland Mayor honors the bet he lost and he and his office wore Sounder scarves for a day.
Ask 10 Seattle Sounders fans who they would like to see protected in the upcoming MLS Expansion
Draft and you're probably going to get 10 slightly different answers. Just about everyone can agree
that Mauro Rosales, Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso should be protected, but beyond those three
there seems to be at least some level of decent.
The season ended weeks ago for most of us Sounders fans. It feels even longer since the league
scheduled the MLS Cup after the international break. However, the real end of the season is nigh as
the Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo this weekend. I'm expecting an entertaining, if
decidedly one-sided match-up this weekend.
It isn't that Seattle Sounders FC's defense was poor, in fact is was quite good. The team gave
up only 50 goals in all 48 competitive games for a 1.04 Goals Against Average. But there were two
chronic issues - a weakness on the counter and probably merely average against set-pieces.
Underlying the stopping of the opposition is a desire and recognition at the club to be better
playing the ball out of the back.
Taking Stock Of The Seattle Sounders Roster Ahead Of The MLS Expansion Draft
I wrote a lot of words about the expansion draft.
The bright blue leaked kit is in fact the official third kit for the Seattle Sounders. Today the
team announced that the "super cyan" and "electricity yellow" kit will be the primary kit used in
CONCACAF Champions League, US Open Cup and Friendlies. It will be worn in a cyan-cyan-cyan system
from top to bottom.
In SB Nation's Mock Montreal Impact Expansion Draft I was asked to predict what the Seattle
Sounders would do. My thoughts change on a daily basis, but of the main questions I had them
protecting both Brad Evans and Erik Friberg. Which leaves two of the three young goal scorers
available. The mock GM picked Mike Fucito.
Montero 4th, Rosales 5th in SBN MVP Voting - Brad Davis Wins
Voting came down to defining "value" not the "best" player.
As you know, Sounder at Heart does not have any official supporters' group affiliation. We do,
however, consider ourselves friends of most of them. If you'd like to know any of them better, we
highly recommend that you attend one of their two end-of-year parties. As it turns out, Kasey
Keller is scheduled to be at both of them.
Hey, remember that? Yeah, I was a little slack in updating our pickem game results after the
final. It's possible that I only just recovered from celebrating Osvaldo Alonso's cherry-on-top
goal. But there's no time like the offseason. . wait, what's that? The season still isn't over yet?
Sigi Schmid With Far Reaching Interview With Select Reporters
* season review
* nature of lockerroom
* individual coaching review (note Joachim Thomassen is likely the LB referenced. 23 years old. 90%
available minutes played. 2 goals, 2 assists in Norway)
* goalkeeping philosophy
* replacing the keeper (including a near trade for keeper from MLS)
* building expansion protected list
* young players that need to step up
* gunning for Supporters Shield and MLS Cup if not more
Kasey Keller gets another nod of recognition. This time through the power of the fans who
selected his flurry against the San Jose Earthquakes as the Major League Soccer Save of the Year.
Pulling in 42% of the vote the Seattle Sounders keeper beat out Troy Perkins' two nominations and
outfield player Teemu Tainio's incredible move.
Not too many people had heard of Mauro Rosales when it was announced the Seattle Sounders had
signed the former River Plate, Ajax and Newell's Old Boys midfielder. After posting five goals and
13 assists in his first MLS season, though, that's clearly no longer the case as he was named Major
League Soccer's Newcomer of the Year.
November Alliance Council Minutes
A resolutiion from the Council to the Club regarding increased away allocation for Cascadia
matches. A resolution from Council to Club about limiting PA/band noise during the game. A
resolution from Council to Club advocating a fan designed scarf.
Also info regarding the End of Year Business Meeting (Dec 13th, WaMu Theater at 7PM) and other
2012's first competitive match will be on 7 March at 7 PM Pacific as the Seattle Sounders face
Santos Laguna at home. Their next match in the CONCACAF Champions League will be a week later down
in Torreon, Mexico at 5 PM Pacific on the 14th. The 7th will in fact be MLS night in the CCL as the
early match will be the Los Angeles Galaxy at Toronto FC.
While the Seattle Sounders didn't take the MLS Cup or Supporters Shield in his final season the
American Legend has raked in individual awards. After last week being named the starter on the Best
XI, today Kasey Keller is not just recognized, but running away with the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
Slovenia is another round of teams better than the United States that Jurgen Klinsmann will test
his system and talent evaluation against on a Tuesday morning at 9 AM Pacific on ESPN2. Similar to
the USA the Slovenes faded since the World Cup. They weren't as high in the rankings, nor have they
fallen as far.
The conference tournaments are done and most teams have finished their seasons, but a select few
now move on to the NCAA Tournament to take a shot at a national title. The bracket was announced
this afternoon and it comes as no surprise that multiple Sounders Academy players will be on the
field when the tournament kicks off this week.
UPDATE (16 Nov): Formal press release sent out today. It lists capacity as
2200. Tickets go on sale on Thursday the 17th.
In an email sent to various email lists the Seattle Sounders announced that the little triangle
of metal bleachers rising above the North End Faithful (known as the Hawks Nest for Seahawks Games)
will be open for all 2012 regular season matches at CenturyLink Field.
ECS launched their 2012 memberships today. You can purchase through their store. Heavy on black
the scarf does have a strong green element to it.
When discussing the best coach in the history of Major League Soccer the conversation certainly
includes Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid. Today, Arena earned his 3rd Coach of Year award with Schmid
being a solid second. All three voting categories had Arena as first, Schmid as second and Peter
Vermes as third for the 2011 award.
In a season of excitement, disappointment and passion it is difficult to figure out which moment
is most memorable. For 2009 there was a scene in the early hours when hundreds of fans met the team
to celebrate their first trophy. In 2010 another US Open Cup win was highlighted by Sanna Nyassi's
Mrisho Ngassa Scores In World Cup Qualifying
The former trialist with the Sounders helped Tanzania to a 2-1 away win against Chad on the
11th. The second leg is the 15th. The winner advances to the second round a group stage with Ivory
Coast, Morocco and Gambia.
Ngassa played as a right winger in the Manchester United friendly and is expected back for 2012
Tukwila, Wash.-- Seattle Sounders FC U18 Academy team (2-0-1) and U16 Academy team (1-1-1)
played Victoria Highlanders today in exhibition play, in preparation for USSDA Northwest Division
play next weekend.
The U18 team won by a score of 3-2.
Goal Scorers: Dominique Dismuke (2), Jordan Schweitzer
The U16 team won by a score of 6-0.
If there is one thing learned in 2011 it is that the Seattle Sounders staff knows how to find
and utilize midfielders. From a defensive midfielder who grew into more, to MVP quality play from a
minimum salary player who bought into the phrase "trust us" the team is stacked with talent in
This probably won't be the last time we all hear from Kasey Keller, but this is his final
interview while, ostensibly, a member of the Seattle Sounders.
When I saw the MLS Best XI the other day, what first struck me wasn't that Kasey Keller made the
list, or Osvaldo Alonso didn't, or that there were 4 Galaxy players. Actually, my first reaction
was "wow, I would NEVER field that XI in an actual match!"
This has nothing to do with talent, of course, but more to do with structure and roles.
A Southsider Shows How MLS Can Balance Schedule With 19 Teams
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has repeatedly said that a balanced schedule is basically a
mathematical impossibility as the league continues to grow. But Vancouver Southsider Brett Graham
actually illustrates exactly how balance can be maintained with 19 teams.
Kasey Keller Makes Final Four For Save of Year
Thank you internet.
Oh, Troy Perkins is in there too. What evs
If there had to be a United States soccer friendly on Veteran's Day there is no better nation to
face than France. Considering the origin of the day (Armistice Day) and the history of France and
USA share in battle it is suiting. For the USMNT this is another tune-up in the Jurgen Klinsmann
era. It is another chance to develop into a team that passes out of the back using build-up play
and finishes their chances.
Fina Round Voting For Goal Of Year
More evidence to fuel the "Cascadia soccer rules the internet" theory. All four goals by
Cascadia players. Both games between Seattle and Vancouver feature a finalist - Fredy Montero there
and Eric Hassli here. Darlington Nagbe's juggling long range shot makes the cut.
A Veteran's Day Thank You, especially our friends serving in the armed services
and ECS' Armed Services Group. It's a quiet weekend in MLS as everyone is on break for
international games. The Los Angeles Galaxy will take on the Houston Dynamo next Sunday at the Home
Depot Center. Tickets are up over 640% over regular prices as Galaxy fans have a rare opportunity
to see their side clinch the Cup at home.
Well folks, season's done. I'm guessing you probably knew that, unless you blacked out sometime
early last week and are just now waking up. If that's the case, sorry :(
Today's show deals mainly with our feelings on the season as a whole, the reality of being pleased
with the year the team had and disappointed with the way it ended, where things go from here and
some early thoughts about what the team may look like next season.
Don Garber spoke to reporters today to announce the league's best XI and talk a bit about the
2012 season. The only Seattle Sounder named to the Best XI was goal-keeper Kasey Keller. Keller, in
his final professional season, anchored one of the league's top defenses. He led all league
goalkeepers with 18 wins and made a career-high 110 saves.
Seattle Sounders Academy alumni Nick Palodichuk and Sean Okoli each performed well in their
freshmen years of college both gaining individual recognition by their conference. Palodichuk, with
Duke, is surrounded by talent (Andrew Wenger will be #1 pick in MLS Draft if signed). The Blue
Devil's are 22nd by RPI holding a 10-6-2 record, and advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference
Swedish midfielder Erik Friberg's option will be picked up by the Seattle Sounders. Earlier
reports out of Sweden indicated that Friberg and the team extended the contract, more accurately
there is an option that the team holds. Today, during a post-season interview with Adrian Hanauer
he said the following about the option;
We like Erik.
Lee Nguyen To Join MLS Via Weighted Lottery
Notably the Seattle Sounders (you've heard of them?) tried to sign him as a free at one point.
Seattle wouldn't have a strong chance, but another creative player capable of scoring is not a bad
As many successes as Year 3 had for the Seattle Sounders, just about no one involved in the team
was satisfied. More to the point, they know that a similar result next season would be considered a
downright disappointment. While we shouldn't expect massive off-season changes, it would be naive
to think that this team will come back looking exactly the same.
US Open Cup To Expand To 64 Teams - 16 MLS
Over the past few days news has started to emerge about changes to US Open Cup format. At
TheCup.US there are indications that all US pro teams would participate. At the Examiner there is
talk that there would be a draw for hosting rights.
Finding a man to replace Kasey Keller is probably Adrian Hanauer's largest issue for the 2011-12
off-season with the Seattle Sounders. Rumored signing Michael Gspurning and the club are still
negotiating according to a two part article in German with Sport10 of Austria. Whether this is due
to adroit roster management by Hanauer prior to the expansion draft or over terms is unclear.
When Adrian Hanauer first commented on the new Seattle Sounders kits, he said they would be
divisive. Assuming this leak is real (and there's no reason to think it isn't), we can safely say
"mission accomplished." The best news is the dreaded bra straps appear to be gone. The blue is
actually not so bad.
By losing the round 6 match to CF Monterrey Rayados the Seattle Sounders put themselves into
circumstances where they could only face a Group Stage winner. Today's draw has Seattle hosting
Santos Laguna in the two leg aggregate series (away goal rule) of the CONCACAF Champions League
Gaven, Rogers, Burns & Ekpo Out Of Contract With Crew
Now, this doesn't mean they are free agents within MLS. The rights issues are fairly complex. If
the Crew don't want one back, but MLS reaches a contract agreement the players would be available
in the Re-Entry Draft. Their rights would also be availabe via trade.
On the defensive side of the game, the Seattle Sounders had three near iron-men. Three players
whose presence on the pitch made difference. Three men who highlight why this is a "defensive"
player rather than defender of the year vote.
Furthest up the pitch is Osvaldo Alonso, the Honey Badger.
MLS announced the finalists for individual awards today. Three Seattle Sounders graced the
lists. Coach Sigi Schmid will battle the only coach with a better regular season record (Bruce
Arena) and a worst to first performance by Peter Vermes in Kansas City. There is no surprise to see
Kasey Keller on the keeper short list with Kevin Hartman and Faryd Mondragon (maybe
Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani is known for being a bright personality who joyfully
shares his ability with fans, while using his fame to help others through many charity paths. Today
Zakuani was not bright, there weren't many smiles. At final availability day he revealed some of
the harsh realities of his recovery from the double leg break, most notably his suffering
Dave: Bumped to front page for general awesomeness. Though I've disagreed
with the author on this subject our conclusions are the same.
On several recent occasions in SounderAtHeart comment threads I have found myself buried in
discussions over the relative passing abilities of Brad Evans and Erik Friberg.
Mike Magee, David Beckham and Robbie Keane were the difference makers for the Los Angeles Galaxy
as their quick counters and excellent set-piece work was able to pick apart the piece-meal defense
of Real Salt Lake. RSL fought hard to disrupt the Galaxy, but didn't have enough in the tank late
to push through.
This being the third MLS offseason in the Seattle Sounders' history, you'd like to think we are
starting to get the hang of this thing. We've been through enough expansion, re-entry and super
drafts to the know that there really is no such thing as an offseason.
The first big date is on Tuesday (Nov 8th)when the Sounders learn their CONCACAF Champions
League quarterfinal opponent.
It really did feel like the Seattle Sounders' year. Alas, it was not to be. Instead of rooting
on our boys as they try to qualify for their first ever MLS Cup, the Sounders will be watching
along with us as Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo face off in the East and the LA Galaxy and Real
Salt Lake do battle out West.
Though the 2011 season for the senior team has come to a close, we're here to remind you that if
you're a Sounder at heart, the season never truly ends. Our first graduated class of Academy
players is making their mark as Freshmen across the college soccer landscape.
It's been a couple of weeks since the last update and the college season is winding down to the
last few matches before conference tournaments and then the NCAA tournament culminating in the
College Cup hosted in Hoover, Alabama.
The 2011 Seattle Sounders season is officially in the books. I should feel sad. I certainly did
on Wednesday when the Sounders came just a Tony Beltran head away from an epic comeback (more
highlights and photos for those that want to relive the battle). Yet, just a day later, I'm feeling
pretty darn good about things.
Last year we started a little awards series. Rather than an "MVP" we separated that into
"Offensive" and "Defensive" Player of Year. Unlike the official awards of MLS these are to
recognize play in all competitive matches. Both by vote (2010 - 69%) and proclamation (2009) Fredy
Montero won the award.
Awesome ECS tifo from Wednesday's playoff match. Last of the season. Way to go out. (Photo
courtesy of @Brazbit)
The L.A. Galaxy are Champions of MLS. I have no qualms or hesitation in saying that; they won
the trophy I most coveted this season, and regardless of what happens in this poorly-constructed
post-season cup tournament currently under way I find it self-apparent as to why the "true
champion" is the Supporters Shield winner in this short-lived balanced-schedule era.
Despite a great total team performance that went a long way towards wiping away the shame of the
awful letdown in Utah, the Sounders came up just short in their comeback attempt and their MLS
season is officially over. So now who are you supporting for the MLS Cup?
Previous to this series Real Salt Lake was a popular second team in these parts, as they
generally play a Sounders-like positive, attractive short passing style that makes for a much
better game than most of the other teams in the league.
During Wednesday's post-game press-conference, a reporter asked Seattle Sounders coach Sigi
Schmid about the taste that game left in his mouth. While far from dismissive of the question,
Schmid corrected the reporter a little.
"I don't know if it's in our mouths," he said. "It's definitely a very empty, hallow feeling in
our stomachs at this stage.
When a perfect game was needed, the Seattle Sounders merely put forth a great game. Saturday's
first leg carried over only one element, the physicality. For the most part it was matched, but in
the end Real Salt Lake advanced from the two leg aggregate series. Two goals were not enough, two
goals were enough for a win and honor.
Times are not bright. It is cloudy, cold and rain is expected. The Seattle Sounders are down
three goals and one of their MVP candidates is out for the game. Real Salt Lake doesn't get blown
out with a healthy roster. It is a very Seattle day.
It isn't a very Sounders day though. Three straight US Open Cups, 63 regular season points,
three straight MLS Cup Playoffs appearances, success in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Remember that time RSL lost a game getting outscored 4-1 in the second half?
Yeah, that happened. Repeat please?
Our various writers here had a little discussion about what lineup changes we'd want to see. The
thought was to make a lineup card for you that would show a Sounder at Heart preferred lineup and a
Real Salt Lake likely lineup due to the injuries to Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers. With Jason
Kreis not sharing the status of those two besides the decision being held until tonight their side
of the card would be incomplete.
This is, officially, my favorite thing on the Internet now. Thanks to Sounder at Heart readers
Shane Waletzko (aka @healingprimrose).
"They score a lot of late goals, they never say die, especially with this Sounders team, they're
a strong team and until that final whistle blows they will be in the game for sure" - Frank Yallop
If there is anyone who knows that it's not really over until it's over it would be coach Frank
Yallop of the San Jose Earthquakes, who talks with us about his experience when his 2003 team were
down 4-0 on aggregate going into the final second half of the 2 game playoff series and went on to
win the series by a goal.
Remember this season? You know the 63 points. The US Open Cup. Winning in Mexico. Winning in
Portland. Winning in Salt Lake. Winning in Vancouver. Winning in Costa Rica. Winning in Kansas
City. Crushing the Columbus Crew. That's this season. Today Sigi Schmid said that's the type of
team he wants the Seattle Sounders to be again.
The Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Sounders teamed up have some animals play with soccer balls.
Who doesn't like big cats, wolves, bears and a miniture donkey with the game we love?
Read their blog entry on the subject.
Oh, and go to the zoo as an adult some time. I went with my dad over the summer and it was a
cool way to remember youth, but learn some stuff.
Maybe the most shocking development from the Seattle Sounders' 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on
Saturday was the play of Osvaldo Alonso. Throughout his three-year MLS career, he has been the most
reliable Sounders player. Fredy Montero is prone to hot and cold streaks; Kasey Keller has allowed
a soft goal or two; the defense has looked shaky at various times.
You've surely heard this mentioned by now, but the Seattle Sounders need to look no further than
the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes for proof that coming back from a huge playoff deficit is not
impossible. Here's the recap of that game, which included a familiar face on the Galaxy sideline
and several familiar faces on both rosters.
After the Saturday three-nil loss the game is merely at halftime. Leg two involves odds stacked
against Seattle, but there are a few reasons for hope. While the Seattle Sounders will have to
change things up tactically, changes are being forced on Real Salt Lake Coach Jason Kreis by
injuries to the best center defensive pairing in MLS.
Winning Wednesday night seems such a distant chance. In MLS current, yet short, playoff format
only 8 times has a team scored three goals or more in an MLS Playoff game. Only twice have teams
come from behind two goals down in a two leg aggregate goals series. The last time that happened
UPDATE III: Alvaro Fernandez will not be called up to the Uruguay national team, after
all. On Monday, Fernandez confirmed speculation that the injury he suffered in last week's Western
Conference semifinal would make it impossible for him to play in his country's World Cup qualifier
against Chile on Nov.
It's almost that time again, folks. Another team is going to enter the hallowed land of MLS and
in doing so they're going to take some of our stuff. And don't kid yourselves. Unless the Seattle
Sounders and the incoming Montreal Impact work out some sort of deal, we're going to lose a player.
Seattle's a tremendously successful and deep franchise and the list of players that have played
significant minutes in big games this season is much more than 11 deep, which is all we get to
Sidereal has looked into Shots Plus/Minus in the past, and now we will have it updated on a
semi-frequent basis. Due to the limits of available data these are for MLS games
only. Data is collected from MLSsoccer.com. These are only additional statistics to
measure a player's value.