Synchronicity is a great and wonderful thing. Like when one needs to find an interviewee for
three questions, and you know of a blog that is going to launch on the network, and then you find
out that they are launching the very week that the Sounders face the Earthquakes.
So go welcome Quake, Rattle and Goal to SBNation.
Around the League podcast Week 3
I believe Dave is featured this week as the Sounders correspondent. Really, if you're the type
that listens to podcasts and aren't subscribing to this, I'm not sure what you are listening
The Role of Shots in Goal Scoring
One of the factors that distinguishes soccer from nearly every sport is the relative rarity of
scoring events. This has significant implications in many different contexts, including tactical
decisions, player evaluation, tournament organization, and so on. And in particular it has
implications for statistical analysis of the game.
Leo Goes Green
Leo Gonzales gets Green Card, opens up additional international slot.
With Opta now getting advanced statistics for MLS, things are hopeful, but relatively inactive
at this time. Sure, we get an occasional tweet from they or MLS_Analyst with stats. Many of these
though are trivia, not analysis, and certainly not predictive.
Certainly this may be due to the nature of twitter.
United States vs Paraguay Game Thread
Here's a link to the SBN StoryStream. Hahnemann's in for Timmy in goal (not for injury reasons).
Agudelo and Altidore are paired up top, leaving no forwards on the bench. Game is on Fox Soccer
In addition to opening the upper bowl for the Manchester United match, the Seattle Sounders just
announced that they will also be opening up those sections for the New York Red Bulls (June 23) and
San Jose Earthquakes (Oct. 15) matches. The Hawks Nest will be opened for the United match, but not
for the Quakes and Red Bulls matches.
The Seattle Sounders are defending US Open Cup champions twice over, and in both of their
winning campaigns the road to the Cup went through the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately, this season
the Sounders may not have a chance to meet up with their lucky charms.
For as far back as I wanted to research (at least 5 years) the Timbers have qualified
automatically for the Cup as a USL-1 - or more recently a USSF D-2 - club.
Maybe we should have seen this coming, but we now have a bona fide position battle going on in
the Seattle Sounders midfield. Through three games, we've seen three combinations, six different
starters and eight players see time at the four standard midfield positions.
Only Osvaldo Alonso has started all three matches at the same position (ostensibly the center
defensive midfielder), but it's also safe to say Steve Zakuani is the clear first-choice on the
The long-rumored friendly against Manchester United has been made official. The Seattle Sounders
will play the Red Devils at Qwest Field on July 20, a team release announced:
"Our fans deserve the best and we have provided a blockbuster match," Sounders majority owner
Joe Roth said.
It's hard to know if this really qualifies as news at this point, but Blaise Nkufo has
officially announced his retirement. This comes on the heels of reports out of Holland, where Nkufo
became a legendy at FC Twente, saying similar things.
"During our relationship we have found Blaise to be both a gentleman and a great sportsman,"
Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer said in a team release.
By so many measures I've had a decent ESPN Fantasy Season to start 2011. I'm in the 88th
percentile. That's good, sure. But I've also missed a few major items.
- Frank Yallop can't judge Defensive talent. Also read "I like Ike Opara better than his coach
does." I have starter Opara in two weeks.
It's Monday morning in Sounders land and once again fans of the team are filled with mixed
emotions. The Seattle Sounders put up an impressive display against the Houston Dynamo on Friday,
but were unlucky to come away with a 1-1 draw. The Sounders put up plenty of quality chances on
goal and were unlucky in a couple of calls.
Welcome to the second (publicly available, but more on that later) edition of Nos Audietis, the
Sounder At Heart podcast starring the inimitable Jeremiah Oshan and myself. Today we talk about the
Seattle Sounders 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo, the midfield logjam, Nate Jaqua vs. O'Brian
White and more.
Strength of Confeds Based on Distribution in FIFA Rankings
SoccerMetrics looks at the strength of Confederations in a graphical form. The post also looks
at how an "Americas" Confederation would standout (most balanced in world).
Notable - CONCACAF still better than Asia. Still with less slots for World
USA lineup and tactics:
Bob Bradley chose a 4-5-1/4-3-3 shape with a trio of central midfielders and attacking outside
mids/wingers to support a lone center forward. The back 4 consisted of Jonathan Spector on the
right, Oguchi Onyewu and Jay DeMerit in the middle, and Carlos Bocanegra on the left.
Reserves Pound Gonzaga 7-Nil
I feel a little bad for the college kids. That Reserve team had a lot of talent on it.
Notables - Alvaro was only player with Goal and Assist. Graham injured his hand.
Only 1 player on roster didn't appear in either game, so team is nearly healthy.
There were some changes in the lineup, which isn't in and of itself surprising, but as a whole
the changes may have caught some off guard. Most notably, health concerns kept James Riley out of
the lineup, and Zach Scott came in at right back. Jhon Kennedey Hurtado was given the night off and
Patrick Ianni filled in next to Jeff Parke, returning to the CB pairing from the second half of
Gorilla FC is hosting an event to raise money for the American Red Cross Japan relief effort
this Saturday TODAY, March 26th. You are all invited to have fun and help support
the American Red Cross! The event will be held at Garage Billiards where you can register a team to
take part the bowling tournament.
We started this feature with the idea that it would be a chance to have a less emotional
reaction to the game. A way to just be presented with the facts and make a more measured
What I didn't count on was actually being more emotional about a game the next day than I was at
We get the opportunity to see Portland Timbers at Toronto FC on FSN so, here's an opportunity to
talk about that game, and other games through the rest of the League.
Here's the SBN Soccer preview of the game and here is the gamethread from StumptownFooty
You're unlikely to see a MLS team dominate as much as the Seattle Sounders did on Friday and
come away with less to show for it. The Sounders fired off a team-record 26 shots, eight of them on
target. Fredy Montero, O'Brian White and Steve Zakuani accounted for 18 of those shots, by
themselves three times as many shots as the entire Houston Dynamo team managed.
Haven't seen any replays yet, so this is all from my perspective around the 50-yard line. Using
my patented three plusses to three minuses system, since I'm kind of sick of the silly 5 to 9 by
- Sounders season to date: 1 Goal / 17 Shots on Goal (5.9%)
- Opponents to date: 3 Goals / 6 Shots on Goal (50%)
- Rest of the league: 25 Goals / 83 Shots on Goal (30%)
- O'Brian White ++ : Everyone who complains about him after this week because he hasn't
scored (and there will be many people, especially in the national media) is an idiot.
The two sides have faced 6 times in League and Playoffs with a 2-2-2 record. Seattle has a win
in US Open Cup play as well. While it is fun to hate on the opposition this is one of those teams
with so many Sounders connections that the hate is muted, though desire for victory is not. Cam
Weaver played at Skagit Valley CC, Seattle U and with the USL Sounders.
This has been a bit of a wild week for anyone who holds away support near and dear to their
heart. It started with news that the Vancouver Whitecaps had turned over their away-ticket
allotment to a travel agency. Then rumors surfaced that those tickets were being considerably
marked up, and that many people who wanted those tickets would also be forced to purchase full
The early indications are that the Seattle Sounders are at least getting close to full health.
Steve Zakuani is talking about this being the start of his season, Nate Jaqua is apparently going
to make his gameday roster debut and Brad Evans looks to have made it through a week of practice
Part Dark Cloud, part powered by Naranja Zach Woosley writes about the Houston Dynamo over at
Dynamo Theory. The Houston side troubled Seattle in '09, and are only challenged by the Los Angeles
Galaxy for team most often in opposition of Seattle. The Traffic Cones take on the Safety Vests
tonight, so what should we know?
Happy Friday everyone. The Seattle Sounders are back in action today at the stadium formerly
know as Qwest field as they attempt to stop an early slide to the 2011 season. The Houston Dynamo
are not the same side that defeated the Sounders in the 2009 playoffs. The Dynamo are in a
rebuilding year having brought in new players to replace those lost to contracts overseas.
It was a bit of wild day in Soundersland today, with a host of stories of various levels of
importance breaking. Most of that stuff is clearly off-the-field. Rather than throw together a
bunch of short posts, I figured it would be better to lump them all into a single post of Seattle
The Seattle Sounders' challenging stretch to open the season continues tomorrow at Qwest Field.
The bad news is that by the end of the game Seattle will have played three games while nearly every
other team in the league will have played one. The good news is that this week's opponent is the
first that isn't a likely MLS Cup contender.
Dave Clark on It's Called Football
Interview starts at 22:10.
Additionally http://www.canadiansoccernews.com is a great website for anything concerning
Canadian soccer. In the past they've discussed things ranging from Canada starting its own Div 2 to
how the Canadian Football Association has doomed their national team to mediocrity, but no
According to Steven Goff (Washington Post) Robbie Rogers wants to leave the Columbus Crew and
has submitted a list of preferred teams. Figuring out that list of teams while impossible to be
fully accurate there are some assumptions that could be made.
- Los Angeles Galaxy - He's California guy in his youth, and they are a pretty good team.
Nate Jaqua, Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans all fully participated in training with the Seattle
Sounders on Tuesday, improving chances that the trio could be ready to return to action on Friday.
As is usually the case, players nearing a return to the lineup train hard early in the week to see
how they react.
Editor's note: Just a reminder that if we are always on the lookout
for quality fanposts. Great look at possible targets.
Why has the MLS not penetrated the Japanese market? This is one of the biggest questions that I
have had about the league, mostly because we have all seen how Japanese baseball players have
affected the MLB.
SBNation Power Rankings - Sounders Falling from 9 to 0 Tier One Votes
Two voters you read gave our opinions on why Seattle falls.
Aaron - While I don't think there's enough new information this early in the
season to alter my opinion of most teams in the league, an exception has to be made for Seattle and
Vancouver; the Sounders were already at the periphery of Supporters' Shield contenders before the
season and the loss of a key player like Blaise Nkufo and zero points from their first two games
makes that look a tall order.
As Jonathan Wilson points out:
"Football used to be an easy game. The big lads played at centre-half and centre-forward, the
hard lads played at full-back, the bright lads played at inside forward, the hard lads who were a
bit bright and the bright lads who were a bit hard played at wing-half, and the little, quick lads
played on the wing.
Blaise Nkufo is gone. And again, like in 2010, the spine is broken. All four players out due to
health are in the spine, and specifically the attacking side of it. Yet, Seattle is one of the
leaders in shots on goal. Coach Sigi Schmid has used different shapes, and very different starting
lineups as he has tried to compensate for the minor injury to Steve Zakuani.
The weekend featured a familiar story for Sounders fans as the team lost 1-0 in New York to the
Red Bulls. The offense generated good chances, but failed to put any away. The Red Bulls took
advantage of the counter and eventually put in a winning goal. The Sounders return Friday to play
the Houston Dynamo in the friendly confines of Quest.
We're going to try something new at Sounder at Heart. In the past, we've posted the full
post-game quote sheets and stats in the game recap. We understand that can be a bit bothersome and
while some of you appreciate the info, others just find it a nuisance to skip through. Instead,
we've decided to have a day-after match post where we put full highlights, the quote sheets and the
With the recent release of the MLS Reserve League schedule it was time to put in your hands a
schedule that shows all competitions in which the Sounders Senior, Reserve and Academy teams are
participating this year. This sheet points out the 56 non-Academy games on the schedule with one
more to be added for certain (Big Time Friendly).
There's a lot that I could say as I go over my notes (mental and physical) from the first two
matches of the Sounders 2011 season. There are numerous angles I could take, focusing on personnel
and formations, suggesting that certain players may not be fitting in in certain places, looking at
substitution patterns, looking at matchups and styles.
It was another game where a supposedly deep starting lineup was forced into two adjustments.
O'Brian White continues to fill in for Blaise Nkufo both spatially, and in his hold up play, but
missed a few opportunities to score. The larger adjustment was made when Coach Sigi Schmid was
forced by lingering injury pulling Steve Zakuani from the lineup.
The weather expects to be clear and dry in Harrison, New Jersey with temps in the upper 40s as
East Coast DP (aka Red Bulls) open their season at home, and hopefully to a near sell-out crowd.
Seattle still needs to figure out their wave of injuries and defection of Nkufo. This likely means
they play a more technical than speed game with the fast players available being even more limited
Arlo's call available in 60 countries
The 58 listed there, but also the USA and Canada as today the MLS Direct Kick package is
That's 60 countries to watch the Sounders v Red Bulls legally. We grow.
Let's take a look at the team that reinvented itself as much as any over the last eight months.
Hans Backe didn't bring in the two famous DPs, but he did add a ton of lesser names to the New York
Red Bulls roster. This year they start with a roster ready to compete on opening day, something
that hasn't been true in the past, and so Red Bull New York is starting to look like a functional
After some paperwork delays, Argentine international midfielder Mauro Rosales has been
officially signed by the club. He trained with the team for the last few weeks of the preseason and
seems to bring a lot of talent for a non-DP contract. He's a fast, skilled midfielder who can play
either on the wing or in the middle.
We're fully expecting the Sounders to go with the same starting lineup that they did against the
LA Galaxy. Steve Zakuani was the big question mark in that one, and he seems to be OK enough to
play. If he can't go, maybe the recently signed Mauro Rosales gets his first start of his MLS
career. We can safely assume O'Brian White will get another start, as there is not clear
alternative at this point.
The resurrected MLS Reserve League begins play this weekend as the Columbus and DC United
reserve teams face off. It's a ten game schedule and the Sounders will be playing their five home
games at Starfire. Also notable is the fact that the league is divided into regional divisions to
control travel costs.
The Seattle Sounders move on to part two of a very challenging opening to the 2011 season
tomorrow versus the New York Red Bulls. If you order the schedule chronologically, the Sounders
played or are playing in games one, four, and eleven, with a cross-country trip between each game.
And the first two of the three are versus consensus MLS Cup contenders.
I hope everyone is having as an exciting sports week as I am. Both the MLS season and the
Seattle Sounders kicked off on Tuesday in a wet, rainy battle between two favorites in the West.
The Sounders would go on to lose 1-0 to the Galaxy in an evenly matched affair. The results of the
match were somewhat overshadowed by the surprising news that Blaise Nkufo and the Sounders would be
The loss of Blaise Nkufo has a minor benefit. It allows us to dream of greater things, to
partake in the fantasy of "rosterbation." Considering the current window closing on 15 April, and
that most leagues are in season dreaming of a Free is pointless. Difference makers aren't Free at
this time. Difference makers are under contract, but hopefully a short one so the fee would be
No one can fault the Seattle Sounders for being shy when it comes to signing Designated Players.
In just their third year of MLS existence, they have already signed four DPs, more than any other
That two of them have ended in rather spectacular fashion, most recently Blaise Nkufo's
departure being announced just hours before First Kick, you could be excused for thinking the
Sounders may be getting a little gun shy.
Why Blaise Nkufo Left
not only is this a good article, but I also want to give a bump to SportsPressNW, a good site
founded by Art Thiel and Steve Rudman of the old Seattle P.I. (R.I.P).
Seeing this photo by Erika Schultz of the Seattle Times seriously made my day. Saw at least
three Sounder at Heart scarves during march to the match. Too bad the Sounders had to go ahead and
Eighty Six Forever Wants Blaise Nkufo in Blue & White
He doesn't think they will do it, but that they should.
Rather than toiling in some kind of purgatory, potentially training separately from the team
while trying to find a more suitable place to play, Blaise Nkufo is simply gone. In start contrast
to the Freddie Ljungber situation of a year ago, this one was over before most of us even knew it
This was supposed to be a celebration. A national audience was supposed to be greeted to a game
between two of MLS's highest-profile teams, featuring six Designated Players. The Seattle Sounders
were surely planning to send their fans home happy, just as they had in each of the two previous
First Kicks they had hosted.
Blaise Nkufo and the Seattle Sounders have severed ties, effective immediately. A team release
has confirmed the rumors that have been swirling around for several hours.
"This move improves our flexibility with regard to the salary cap," Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer
said in the release.
Unlike the situation with Freddie Ljungberg last year, this will not be a situation where the
player is left in a virtual purgatory.
Opening day of the 2011 MLS season is finally upon us. ESPN will be showing the Los Angeles
Galaxy come visit the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field. The journey for MLS Cup, US Open Cup,
Supporters Shield and CCL glory starts today, at 6:30 PM on ESPN.
While the biggest news of the day is a report that Blaise Nkufo and the team are parting ways,
there is also this little thing about the team needing a win to start their season.
UPDATE: Apparently, the Sounders are confirming that Blaise Nkufo will not be in the
starting lineup, but are denying that it was tied to an incident in training. We'll give you
updates whenever we get them.
We're still trying to track down some more information, but Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times
is reporting that Blaise Nkufo will not be the starting lineup tonight for what is being called
NOTE: In case you're new to the site, and judging from our
traffic numbers during the off-season there are quite a few of you who are, one of the things we
really enjoyed doing last year was something we called Match Day Quick Reference Cards. What you
see above is the one for tonight's MLS First Kick match between the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy,
which is mainly used to give our starting lineup projections.
This is the first in what we hope will become a regular series of Sounder At Heart podcasts. We
hope you enjoy it and because it's the first we've made available for public consumption we would
love to hear any feedback, criticism or suggestions you might have for us in the future.
The topics for discussion today include the Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans injuries, a discussion
of the relative merits of Evans and Erik Friberg, The Sounders First Kick 2011 opponent the LA
Galaxy and which teams we think might have the potential to surprise us over the course of the
What are you wearing -- one of the most possibly provocative questions that can be asked on the
internet. But we're not interested in the state of your undergarments, thanks. No, we want to know
what you're sporting on the day that Seattle demands "Scarves Up!" What Sounders gear are you
rocking for First Kick?
It begins tonight. A third season in Rave Green, a third season on the premier national tv
partner, a third season searching for a greater trophy. Tonight, Hollywood and Madison Avenue and
Bristol all come to Seattle. Tonight, under floodlights 36,000 stand proudly.
It begins with Arlo White, and Adrian Healey calling the action.
Our new baby Alexa swaddled in the best scarf ever. 3 days old at the time of this picture. Also
notice the Sounders themed cap our friend specially knitted for her.
Imagine my surprise this morning when a press release popped into my inbox announcing the
signings of two Seattle Sounders. Josh Ford and Miguel Montano are now both under contract for the
coming year after signing contracts with Seattle on Monday, making official what we've thought for
the last week or so.
The Galaxy's biological clock is ticking. Last season the Los Angeles Galaxy were already
considered old - a collection of mostly veterans at the skill positions who relied more on
experience and tactical discipline than speed or fitness to win games. It's a good formula, and the
Galaxy showed it by dominating at times and finishing the season with the Supporters' Shield before
bowing out in the semifinals.
In part 1 I outlined how Osvaldo Alsonso fits in as the 5th defensive player, despite nominally
being a midfielder, and how he and the 4 defenders essentially form a "W" shape to the back 5.
Soccer is of course a holistic game, and parsing players into either "attackers" or "defenders" can
The various SB Nation soccer editors have been dutifully running our preseason MLS power
rankings about every other week for the last six weeks or so. In that time, we've seen some minor
changes, but nothing particularly significant. We've seen FC Dallas fall out of the first tier and
the Houston Dynamo fall out of the second tier.
We're only one day away from first kick and the excitement is building. The Sounders face a
tough start to the season facing both the LA Galaxy and the New York Redbulls in the same week. The
prognosis is good on our three injured players. Brad Evans and Steve Zakuani both trained on
Saturday and could be ready for either game this week.
With opening day for the league so close, with a game that matters, I'm excited to be on a
network where we are so close to having the full league covered in ways that no one else does, nor
can. But we do not have a Los Angeles Galaxy blog, yet. What we do have is a founder of the whole
dang network who goes to Galaxy games.
There are only two days until games that matter so join the greatest group in ESPN Fantasy MLS
(you should also be able to find that by searching for Sounder at Heart Readers) land and compete
against the readers of this very community. Jeremiah is a seasoned fantasy vet, while I've given up
on the past-time for nearly a decade so we both had different tactics in assembling our salary cap
rosters for this game.
Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans both trained with the team today, and Seattle Sounders coach Sigi
Schmid seemed to indicate that both could potentially be ready to play on Tuesday. Of the two,
Evans seems to be more likely to be fully fit.
"Obviously they did some work today so now the thing is how they feel tomorrow," Schmid said
after practice on Saturday.
Sendai, as many of you likely know, was devastated by the massive earthquake that struck just
off the shore of Japan on Thursday evening/Friday morning. I'm not entirely sure how to describe
the feeling these videos elicit from me; sometimes we are confronted with emotions that aren't
especially cut and dried.
On opening day of the season at least one MLS Cup contender doesn't yet know who will be their
starting keeper. Sigi Schmid and Bruce Arena though have a great advantage in that not only do they
know who their keeper is going to be, they also have two of the better ones in the league.
While Donovan Ricketts has frustrated fans at Qwest Field with fake injuries, time wasting and
his reluctance to take goal kicks.
Once again talking beer, wine, food and maybe other beverages. Others will talk coffee - I can't
as it is my full time job.
Let's get a few things out of the way. If you are not of legal
consumption age in your place of residence do not drink alcohol. Do not drink in excess, unless you
are around people you know in a private place.
This week was one of mixed emotions for Sounders fans. The team took to the field against the
Colorado Rapids on Wednesday in the last preseason game and won 3-1. The offense put up the numbers
many Sounders fans, and Sigi Schimd, were looking for. Unfortunately, both Steve Zakuani and Brad
Evans were taken out of the game for injuries.
As I have previously written, 3-defender systems have an odd place in contemporary football,
often considered obsolete, they nonetheless have the tendency to pop up again and see success with
certain teams.. The key to understanding 3-at the back systems is that they are actually 5-defender
systems, as in all but the rarest of cases the system utilizes wingbacks, who are evolved from
fullbacks and are best described as wide midfielders with responsibility to cover the defensive
wings - as compared to most wide midfielders who are usually primarily attacking players.
MLS Players Vote Qwest Most Difficult Place to Play
But you knew that, right?
One day after injuries forced the Seattle Sounder to remove two of their presumed starters from
their final preseason game, it looks like the team's depth will be tested early. On the positive
side, coach Sigi Schmid said Brad Evans was feeling much better and might even be able to play on
Tuesday against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
If you followed the Sounders v Portland Timbers Cascadia Summit game at SoundersFC.com at half
time you heard Chris Henderson talk about how a team that wants to compete for the Supporters
Shield needs every point it can get. Saturday, after practice Henderson and I talked about
competing for multiple trophies and how he helps build a roster to do so.
Not going to do pure play-by-play here but just give my thoughts as things develop. The
Vancouver Whitecpas are repected around North American soccer for their ability to develop talent.
The Sounders have started much more recently, but brought in some of the best that Seattle has to
Sean Okoli, Cox, Peterson, Herman all on the pitch for Seattle.
The final match of the Cascadia Summit gives fans an opportunity to see the depth of the
Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders teams as the starters for both teams went earlier in the
weekend. Seattle's Second XI features more speed on offense and less on defense.
For Vancouver the lineup will be several of their USSF D2 players will be on the pitch in Jay
Nolly, Wes Knight and Nizar Khalfan.
(Who isn't signed that's still here?) "Well players that are unsigned right now are the two
college goalkeepers that are in camp. Rosales, who has been here with us. Miguel Montano doesn't
have a contract right now."
Adrian Hanauer shed some light on Miguel Montano's situation.
In this game, there are things that are bigger than games. There are various communities -
supporters groups, your neighbors in your season ticket section, the other media, the readers here,
and sometimes there are those few players that you get to know.
Many of the Seattle Sounders players are known in communities.
Bent Musket joins SBN covering New England Revolution
SBN's MLS growth continues as the Bent Musket will cover the other team with NFL/MLS ties. Go
Good Monday morning to everyone. The big news this weekend for the Sounders was the Cascadia
Summit. The highlights of the event where claimed by the supporters whom came out from all three
cities to support their teams with passion and class. The front offices of both teams should be
encouraged for when the games for the Cascadia Cup begin.
The league announced today that Seattle Sounders' Fredy Montero was named MLS W.O.R.K.S.
Humanitarian of the Month in March for his work in the offseason raising money to help the flood
victims in his native Colombia. Not honored, but equally deserving, are all of you who donated.
He's the second consecutive Sounder to win the award after James Riley won it in October for his
efforts against breast cancer.
Seattle Makes MLSSoccer.com with best TIFO displays during their coverage of supporters
This was a combined effort of the Supporters Groups, the Alliance Council and about 30,000 fans.
Good on you all.
Arlo White pulled the big upset in the 2nd round of the Brock and Salk's Media Bracket. Our
favorite announcer defeated co-host Mike Salk to move to the elite 8 in the bracket challenge. He
now faces Rick Rizzs of the Mariners Radio Network.
The Bock and Salk show is one of the more prominent on 710 ESPN radio.
It was first reported earlier today, but I've independently confirmed that the Seattle Sounders
have apparently exhausted their once-robust season-ticket waiting list. As a Sounders official put
it to me in an email, "We were able to help everyone on the list and by time we open the season we
will be right where we were last year.
As I mentioned in my "Formations" post many weeks ago, the 3-5-2 is a complex species with many
breeds, and every time it is deemed "extinct" it has the habit of popping back up again. What is
notable is that 3-defender systems are usually used to provide a spare man at the back for teams
that want to bottle up their opponents and defensively stifle the game.
Today we learned that the Seattle Sounders have chosen not to purchase Miguel Montano's contract
from Argentinian side Quilmes. Although it has been pointed out that he is still essentially on
trial with the Sounders and could still make the roster, I thought it would be worthwhile to get
some some more clarification.
As I was getting ready to meet with members of the Alliance Council last night these came by the
There's a tradition in American sports to fret and argue over which team a player's legacy is
most correctly attached to. Even in the era of free agency, in which players migrate from coast to
coast with some regularity, a player will engineer a symbolic trade back to a favored team for one
day to finish a career there or agonize in the decision over which cap or jersey to wear into a
Hall of Fame.
This picture, I'm almost certain, depicts the coolest person in South Dakota. I have not done a
thorough investigation of that, but I dare anyone to prove me wrong. (Quick note, that's reader
JWAY, in case you were wondering.)
Do you want to be the coolest person wherever you live? Well, this just may be your chance.
First Kick is just a few days away. That game will feature the defending Supporters' Shield
winners, the LA Galaxy, and will be showed live on ESPN. It should be an exciting game, packed with
pomp, circumstance and actual meaning.
In the meantime, we'll have to settle for one more preseason game as the Seattle Sounders take
on the Colorado Rapids in what is being billed as the second annual Community Shield.
Not quite sure how to feel about this one. There were some obviously positive signs, namely
Fredy Montero absolutely dominating the middle stretch of the game. Our newest Designated Player
got the scoring started by assisting on a Jhon Kennedy Hurtado goal and the scored two of his own.
It was exactly the kind of game we were hoping to see after a relatively lackluster preseason.
Anyone getting weird messages about viruses?
If you are please click on the headline and follow the instructions on the connected post. We've
only received one report of this happening here, so hoping our site was mostly spared. But SB
Nation techies are aware of the issue and are trying to get to the bottom of it.
Peak performance is more readily understood in other sports. In baseball it has nudged younger
recently, but still it is probably a 3 year window from 26-29. In basketball peak is probably a
year younger at 25-28. For soccer there have only been rough estimates, more a guideline than a