Tonight, the Seattle Sounders try to wash a bad taste. This is not the taste of poor play, but
of poor circumstances. Two of their own will be out for months, and so now Seattle faces Toronto FC
not just looking for 3 points, but looking for answers as to what the future holds.
Aron Winter has been trying to get a 4-2-1-3/4-2-3-1 to work, but is struggling to find the
Mauro Rosales Not Available For Tonight's Match
Although he says he's fit, Mauro Rosales tweeted that he won't be in the 18 tonight as a
precaution. He has been fighting a hamstring injury all week and with two starters already lost
this week for the foreseeable future, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has apparently decided to err on
the side of caution.
@MLS_Analyst looks at a possible solution to the Sounders formational worries with the answer
being a 4-2-1-3. Though Brad Evans is the 1, he isn't a CAM.
An intriguing concept, but I think it is more likely that we will see a slower, more patient
team that uses build-up rather than speed.
Prices Falling on TFC Tickets as Gametime Approaches
Down 18% this week and you can get midfield box for under 40$ at my last check. This is just a
gameday reminder of our new program. Don't expect this every match, but it is new.
You can get the 200 level corner for 19$ each right now.
We also have a reader giving his seats away.
"Must win game" is a phrase that hits many learned sports fans like fingernails on chalkboard.
Not only is it overused, it's just patently inaccurate. There are few games that are legitimately
'must-in'. . . playoff games, cup finals, and so on. Any other loss can be overcome. In practice,
it really just means 'this is a game you will deeply regret not winning'.
As you can see, we have not exactly been hitting it out of the ballpark with our projected
starting lineups. A lot of that is out of our control as injuries and players returning from injury
have made it pretty tough. Still, we soldier on and keep giving it our best shot. This week, the
Seattle Sounders host Toronto FC with two big absences: Steve Zakuani and O'Brian White.
It hasn't exactly been the best week in Seattle Sounders land, and the atmosphere around this
team has hardly been one of a team riding a 5-match unbeaten streak. For starters, the stench of
the 1 point in three played start perhaps hasn't completely worn off; it is fair to say that the
Sounders left 3 points on the pitch - a draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy and a win against the
Houston Dynamo seemed the minimum that should've been accomplished given how those games played out
- and last week's otherwise positive result of 3 points on the road against the Colorado Rapids,
the defending Cup winners, was utterly overwhelmed by the negativity of not only the loss of Steve
Zakuani, but the feeling of many that the team lacked attacking initiative despite being up a man
nearly the entire match.
The hard knocks and misfortune continues for the Seattle Sounders. Steve Zakuani is still in a
hospital in Colorado recovering from a broken leg and may not make it back to Seattle for the
planned tribute for him on Saturday (although I'm sure he'll catch some of the love on the T.V. or
Hey guys it's another podcast! That makes two in one week! Luckily, this one is slightly less
depressing than the last.
Today we'll be talking about the Sounders "win" over the Colorado Rapids, how the team will
compensate for the losses of Steve Zakuani and O'Brian White and the Sounders upcoming contest
against Toronto FC.
As you undoubtedly know, acquiring Seattle Sounders tickets can be a bit of a hassle if you are
not a season-ticket holder. Most games are sold out at least weeks in advance and you are forced to
go through the secondary market in order to acquire tickets. While Sounder at Heart's partnership
with TiqIQ won't change any of that, it will make it a lot easier to find the best priced tickets
in various sections by aggregating various ticket retailers' prices and connecting you with
In what was primarily a closed practice with availability late in the last of drills the topics
concerned Brian Mullan's 10-match suspension, O'Brian White's blood clot surgery and the likely
start of Nate Jaqua with other lineup changes. Those lineup changes will continue to be the theme
heading into the game against Toronto FC for while the Seattle Sounders have the injuries and
centerback shuffle, the Reds had a game just Wednesday night with 7 regulars (though Tony Tchani is
out for the match Saturday).
Brian Mullan has received a 10-game suspension and a $5,000 fine for his tackle that broke Steve
Zakuani's leg in Friday's Colorado Rapids-Seattle Sounders match. Zakuani is likely out for the
season. The suspension is the longest in MLS history. Ricardo Clark was also suspended 10 games and
fined $10,000 for an incident in 2007.
Seattle Sounders forward and leading scorer O'Brian White underwent surgery to remove a blood
clot in his leg on Thursday. He will miss Saturday's game against Toronto FC and the team release
said he would be "out indefinitely."
White was enjoying a solid season and had come on strong in recent weeks.
In order to first preview Saturday's match, it should first be noted that Toronto FC won their
first match int the Voyageur's Cup (the Canadian Championship) over minnow FC Edmonton. They should
be a bit tired, and may be bouncing from Toronto to Edmonton to Toronto to Seattle in five days,
regardless they will have the extra 90 minutes on a few player's legs.
These are not official, instead CONCACAF determines berths based on what leagues they feel will
make them most money. Top 9 are from Mexico. #11 are the Dynamo, RSL at 16. Sounders at 22.
The pleasures of aggregate scoring and away goals mean that in tonight's most important match in
MLS history, Real Salt Lake is slightly ahead in this match already. But they are going against
Monterrey, and the Rayados are pretty good as Sounders fans know quite well. Some would say that
the Mexican side should come away winners.
Last week local soccer stats blogger Zach Slaton wrote an article on some work he did that
showed that single-game shot differential in the EPL is actually negatively correlated with match
outcomes. Given the work we've done here related to evaluating teams based on shot differential,
this is obviously of some interest.
This week's SBNation.com/soccer MLS Power Rankings are out, and a majority of writers have left
the Seattle Sounders in Tier Two, as they were last week. Considering the record and the perceived
strengths of the team this is not a large surprise. The Colorado Rapids dropping from Tier One has
nothing to do with Brian Mullan, and everything to do with the team not winning.
When Brian Mullan first made his statements about having done such a tackle many times before it
was a "non-apology apology" that seemed disingenuous. Seattle Sounders fans were quick to criticize
not just Mullan, but Sigi Schmid for his statements supporting his former player. Today though we
learn that Mullan is distraught over the tackle of Steve Zakuani and its resulting
Steve Zakuani has been inundated with well wishes and rather than answer every message, he's
decided to issue this letter through his foundation, Kingdom Hope:
Dear Friends of Kingdom Hope and the Sounders FC Community:
As you all know, during our match this past Friday against the Colorado Rapids, I was
unfortunately on the receiving end of a mistimed tackle and had my right tibia and fibula broken as
The Seattle Sounders will hand out No. 11 placards prior to Saturday's game against Toronto FC
and are asking fans to hold them up at the 11:00 mark as a tribute to Steve Zakuani, who had his
leg broken by a Brian Mullan tackle during Friday's game. The idea for the tribute seems to have
risen organically as Sounders fans started pushing the plan on Twitter, which eventually got the
ear of part owner Drew Carey.
Steve Zakuani's injury is quite possibly one of the single biggest events in Seattle Sounders
history. Instead of trying to address a story of such magnitude as part of a regular podcast, we
thought a special edition dedicated entirely to the Zakuani situation was in order. Jeremiah and I
are joined by Dave Clark and Kevin McCauley.
There was simply no denying that Seattle Sounders practice was a little different from normal on
Monday. The most obvious difference was the absence of Steve Zakuani, always one of the more vocal
players on the training pitch. But James Riley, the man who reporters always seem to go to when
they are trying assess the mood of the team, admitted that practice was different in more subtle
It's a pretty sad day all around. The weather here in the Sound is rainy and gloomy which
matches my mood on this Monday morning. I'm sure I'm not the only soccer fan of the same mindset as
it was a brutal weekend for fans of the beautiful game. The league has lost two of its most
dynamic, creative players to severe injuries.
Friday evenings double fracture to Steve Zakuani's leg left the Sounders community with a huge
loss. His presence is defined as much on the field as off, and as in most major injuries the first
priority must be on the injured man, not the team. The 1-0 win felt much more like a loss, but as
the loss of Nkufo, this is now a fact.
Overwhelmed by msgs of support/encouragement. Can't change the past, but I'm gonna control my
future by remaining positive! One love!
Steve Zakuani via his Twitter
Continue to give encouragement if you tweet with #11 or #ForZakuani he is @SteveZakuani11
Jason Kreis reacts to horrific injury
Kreis had not yet seen the replay (but had heard a lot about it) when he made this
"I would like to see the players take some accountability within themselves," he said. "I
know it's done over in England where the players union will have sanctions and look very, very
harshly among themselves, because they've got to treat each other with the proper amount of respect
and the proper amount of professionalism.
The Seattle Sounders did come away from a 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids, though it still
feels like a loss due to the Brian Mullan tackle on Steve Zakuani. We're not going to show the full
package of highlights because I don't want to see that play again. And in effort to look at just
the game there will be no quotes, just the dry hard facts as relates to the match.
The other day news came out that Takahito Soma will be leaving club Energie Cottbus this summer
to come to Major League Soccer. The Japanese left back is quoted as saying
"I have had an offer from an MLS club and want to move in the summer," Soma was quoted as saying
Thursday in the online edition of Lausitzer Rundschau.
What started as a grassroots idea for a Steve Zakuani tribute has apparently reached the ears of
ownership. Drew Carey, one of the team's minority owners, recently made this comment on
#11 cards for next #Sounders game in honor of Zakuani and his broken leg have been
Dear Brian Mullan,
I'm here to give you some advice even though you don't know me. I'm just a regular Seattle
Sounders fan who happened to be watching the game yesterday. Right now you're probably a bit
skeptical of any advice. Especially considering the firestorm of negative reactions your reckless
challenge has provoked among the Sounders faithful.
Anyone following the game against Colorado knows by now that Steve Zakuani suffered a terrible
injury tonight. It was pretty clear at the time that his leg was broken and that's been confirmed
by the Sounders training staff. He'll undergo surgery tonight.
Priority 1 is helping Steve as a person.
Steve Zakuani is going to miss next week's game after suffering an absolutely horrific break of
his fibula and tibia following a stupid and reckless tackle by Brian Mullan. Zakuani is going to
miss the match after that. In all likelihood, he's going to miss a bunch more after that too. Right
now, it seems callous to even talk about the result, a not-entirely-insignificant 1-0 win over the
Tonight Seattle gets to test itself versus the reigning MLS Cup holders. A test which they have
generally been successful in the past (6 points in 4 played with no losses), but tonight they face
a team that does not often lose at home, so Sigi's goal of 4 points during this road trip will be
Happy Friday everyone. It's a good one for Sounders fans as the team is playing this evening
against the Colorado Rapids. The Sounders will be fighting the altitude as much as the reigning MLS
champions. Unfortunately, the Sounders midfielders will also be battling Pablo Mastroeni whom will
be available for the Rapids.
Maybe it's nothing more than wishful thinking, but the Sounder at Heart crew thinks this could
be the week Alvaro Fernandez reclaims his starting spot, taking the right midfielder spot in our
projected lineup when the Seattle Sounders visit the Colorado Rapids tonight. There doesn't seem to
be any reason for Sigi to rush Fredy Montero back, and with the game being played at altitude,
bringing him on as a late sub would make a lot of sense.
Just in time for your Friday afternoon, which hopefully involves little more than
surreptitiously playing Jumpers for Goalposts, making your viewing plans for this evening's game
and staring wistfully out the window, it's a podcast! Today Jeremiah and I talk about last
weekend's Union game, this evening's Rapids game, Dave stops by to answer some reader questions and
Jeremiah has an interview with Sounders rookie Servando Carrasco.
It can't be questioned that the Colorado Rapids are the defending MLS Cup champions. It says so
right there on their jerseys and Wikipedia agrees. But the merits of the team that won it are a
subject of some debate.
There are those who point to the forward pairing of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings and argue
convincingly that it's the best pair in the league.
As the Seattle Sounders travel later today to Commerce City, CO to take on the Colorado Rapids
this has been set-up as a battle between the annually good and the suddenly Cup Champions. The
Rapids did not just sit on their hands during the off-season, but traded a few players away,
acquired several Seattle players through various mechanisms and even added a fringe EPL player in
With all of #MLS4RSL tonight why not throw up a thread for those watching on TV (Foxsoccer) or
online (www.concacaf.com). A neutral look at the match can be read at SBN-soccer or of course you
can read a Real Salt Lake view of things at RSL Soapbox.
While no MLS team has ever won in Mexico the Seattle Sounders and RSL have something in
This is a mile high club that you hope to not be a part of, but one where often you just hope to
survive. Elevation (because they are still on ground) is something for which all Denver based teams
take advantage. And like the other football, the Colorado Rapids preach their Mile High with pride.
There is a reason why the Rapids and Real Salt Lake are listed in the top 6 hardest stadiums to get
a win by players, and for Colorado it has nothing to do with the crowd.
While the offense gets the glory, it is the defense that carries the load. One bad play on
defense is a goal. One great play is standard operating procedure. So defenses in MLS don't get
much attention, except when there is a three-way battle for starts, fullbacks that both have
experience as wide midfielders and a young Generation Addidas talent still learning the role.
The Goat Parada - A Chivas USA blog
As the rest of the world waits for the Benny Feilhaber announement we have one of our own.
Chivas USA now has a blog on SBN. 2 left.
Dave Clark set-up a group for ESPN FC Manager for Sounder-at-Heart readers and it was tempting
enough for me to try my hand at fantasy sports for the first time. A number of teams that I have
players on had double games for the week which made for an excellent opportunity to recoup some
points I lost at the start of the season.
There are plenty of reasons to not like the Allocation system. It is inherently an
anti-capitalistic way of talent dispersal and forced parity. What is often ignored, are some of the
advantages of the system. Take today's Benny Feilhaber saga where one of 18 teams has a shot at
getting the dynamic attacking midfielder.
Local, legacy craft brewery Redhook has partnered with the Seattle Sounders as the official
craft brewery. This according to a press release at www.BrewClick.com. The extent of the
relationship will still be discovered, but with Redhook celebrating their 30th anniversary it is a
strong sign for the team and the brewery to have a partnership.
The Seattle Sounders' U-18 and U-16 Academy players have occasionally been showing up here and
there in scrimmages in the last couple of months, but other than that Academy news has pretty much
gone dark. When the teams last took the field in an official capacity - in late February - both had
a commanding lead in their respective Northwest Divisions, but to some degree that was a quirk of
Good morning fellow readers at Sounder-at-Heart. Last week was action packed with 11 MLS games
with many of them played under less than ideal conditions. This included the Seattle Sounders game
against the Philadelphia Union. The Sounders managed to fight back from a 1-0 deficit to claim an
important point on the road in a sloppy, rain-drenched affair.
I was away for the weekend so instead of my usual breakdown I am just offering up this quick
post of some of the things I have been thinking about since the match on Saturday afternoon.
The anti-Brad Evans sentiment has become excruciatingly tiresome to me...
If I've said it before and I'll say it again, Evans' role as a mostly deep-lying CM who can help
out Osvaldo Alonso and pick his spots going forward would be valued by every team in the League,
and attacking mids will take up wide roles in Sigi Schmid's system.
With Sigi Schmid's quotes to the media post-game yesterday about the planned possibility of a
shift to the 3-5-2 late in game with specific intent; speculation is mounting around the internet,
be it from writers (Prost Soccer) or commenters (New Tribune) at various other sites. It is
interesting speculation, but there are a few reasons it couldn't work long term.
For the first time this year, I had a chance to watch this game purely as a fan. So, I wasn't
really watching it with my analyst hat on, but I did feel like this was the kind of game I expected
the Seattle Sounders to play. Facing a Philadelphia Union team we largely expected to come out very
defensive, Sigi basically kept it simple early and threw the kitchen sink out there after about the
70th minute, something his quotes clearly back up.
It was an ugly game. A game in torrential downpour and wind, where neither team played at their
best. The Philadelphia Union took advantage of a free kick, and Carlos Ruiz put it on goal. Kasey
Keller was moving the other way and still got his fingers on the ball, but not enough. Ruiz will
still be hated by the Seattle faithful.
Seattle is undefeated in their past 3, and they look to continue their solid run on the road.
While Seattle has generally been the better team (except on scoreboard), they face their
anti-thesis a team that just looks to bunker and counter even at home. The Philadelphia Union have
had merely 35% possession in their games to this point.
As the Seattle Sounders have been enjoying Philadelphia and about to be in wonderful Chester,
Scott Kessler of www.BrotherlyGame.com and I talked about what you must know about the Union.
Dave Clark: Nowak is getting the results right now, but is the defense and a
lucky shot technique sustainable?
Chicago had a rough swing through Cascadia. Making a road trip of it probably seemed like a good
idea at the time.
MLSsoccer.com BETA (now with Opta)
Project Ramos represents the continuing evolution of MLSsoccer.com with improvements in many
1) Improved homepage navigation, with direct links to our most popular content sections at the
bottom of every page and new content sections so that you can see all articles in a particular
series on one page.
With the news that Benny Feilhaber is coming to MLS, likely with Chivas USA, this seems an
appropriate time to remind everyone that there are a dozen or more national team selectees in
leagues of lower quality than MLS, or playing irregularly. It is time to bring 'em back home.
The names are well-known.
There are a surprising number of threads that connect the Seattle Sounders to the Philadelphia
Union. Superficially, there's Sebastien Le Toux on the field, as he tries to build on the
tremendous offensive season he had last year immediately after being left off of Seattle's
protected list. And will we ever hear the end of that?
We know that Fredy Montero traveled with the team, but it's still unclear if he's going to be
deemed fit enough to even play, let alone start. We're operating under the assumption that the
best-case scenario involves him sitting on the bench when the Seattle Sounders visit the
Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Carrasco Suspended and Fined
"Servando Carrasco has been suspended for one game and fined $500 for a reckless challenge on
Chicago Fire forward Patrick Nyarko in a game last Saturday."
Personally I think it is a fair decision. That was a pretty nasty tackle by the rookie
midfielder and I thought he was lucky not to have been shown a red card.
Thank goodness it's Friday. The Seattle Sounders are on the east coast this weekend to play a
much improved Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Last year the Union had one of the most inconsistent
defenses in the league. Things have changed this year as Piotr Nowak reworked the defense. The
Union now look like a classic Nowak team with tough stifling defense and inconsistent offense.
It's that time again, time for a podcast! A Sounders podcast! About Seattle Sounders FC! And
this one has Steve Zakuani!
I'll be honest, the audio quality on this one is spotty. Jeremiah and I recorded in the same
room and while I think it made things slightly more entertaining it also created some challlenges
that we were not necessarily anticipating.
We don't plan to host gamethreads for every Portland Timbers match, but when they face their
"ally" in the Chicago Fire for the opening of The Glass House I figure why now?
ESPN2 has the action on the TV, but let's be honest. Who wins isn't what's most important.
I want to see authentic non-sponsored small money football* with a passionate group of
supporters that includes everyone**, and doesn't raise themselves above everyone else***.
Not sure how long I can keep this up, but I am going to attempt to do one of these "closer look"
pieces as often as possible. Like last week, I wanted to focus on some of the offensive players,
only this time I only looked at the guys we're still wondering about in terms of who should be
This is a story about Alvaro Fernandez, and Branko Boskovic in a curious way, but it could be a
tale of crock-pots, lawnmowers, desktop computers, Flip video, or beer - pretty much anything. It
is a tale of sunk costs and guaranteed money.
It is Jim McIlvaine, and Milton Bradley and Ken Griffey Jr 2.
Fredy Montero did, indeed, take part in Tuesday's Seattle Sounders intrasquad softball game, but
he was wearing a rather large cast. As such, it's not surprising to hear Sigi Schmid say Montero's
participation in Saturday's match against the Philadelphia Union is not yet assured.
"Obviously he has got to feel comfortable with the cast on.
Thanks to Joshua Mayers' reporting, we know the possibility of installing grass at Qwest Field
is formally being explored. To get a little more information about the situation, I talked to
Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer.
First, a little background. The current FieldTurf was installed before the 2009 soccer
In previous editions, we looked at the correlation between first half and second half rate stats
for MLS players last season and then added strike rate to the list of stats.
Next I want to take a look at team rates. I went through the work of generating and comparing
the first and second half rates, as I did with players, but it was quickly obvious that the number
of data points was just too small to draw any meaningful conclusions.
Sounders Have Commissioned Study on Viability of Permanent Grass Pitch
Very interesting article by Joshua Mayers at the Times. Looks like the Sounders will be playing
on either grass or a new field turf surface before too long. A grass pitch would be fantastic if
they can find a way to drain it adequately.
Seeing the Seattle Mariners' struggles recently, the Seattle Sounders decided to change it up
today, dropping this whole soccer thing and picking up bats and gloves. It turns out, many of those
lovable faces we see on the pitch can actually play a little softball, including members of the
Remember those times when we were insisting that the Seattle Sounders were unlucky to have such
a poor record? Remember when we thought they had depth, and talent. Winning seems to ended a lot of
Not that it should have, but more intriguingly; the numbers of Sounders players on the MLS Team
of Week might.
Winning is fun isn't it? But with healthy being less of a concern, a few reserve games and
scrimmages under the belt and five games into the season we have some insight into usage patterns
by Sigi Schmid. Now with several Sounders returning to health, others in a solid form, and one
plummeting down the depth chart things are different than they were during the last depth
Editor's note: Wow, he transcribed the whole thing! Definitely worth
Arlo White was on the April 11, 2011 episode of ExtraTime Radio (MP3). You can hear him 37
minutes in the podcast. I wasn't planning on transcribing the whole 15 minutes, but I'm horrible at
paraphrasing. So here's a non-exact transcript.
The SB Nation soccer editors put out our weekly MLS power rankings and you can read all about
that over at .com. The Los Angeles Galaxy have moved back into the top tier, the New York Red Bulls
have fallen back into Tier 2 and there was some movement within the tiers. But, I'm not really
interested in rehashing that column.
With about a dozen Seattle Sounders Academy players earning scholarships to Division I college
programs around the country, we've known for some time that there's a fair amount of talent in the
youth ranks. Now, we have yet another sign. DeAndre Yedlin, who will be attending reigning national
champion Akron in the fall, has been called into next week's United States U-18 training camp in
It was a relief this weekend to finally see the Seattle Sounders close out a good game with
three points. The Fire played well throughout the match, but quality won through for the first time
this season. O'Brian White scored a brilliant header and incidentally continued the reverse-curse
of Toronto FC players regaining their form once leaving the snake-bitten club.
The lineup was unchanged from last weekend, but for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado returning and sending
Patrick Ianni to the bench. 4-3-3 was hinted at, but the formation was also the same as last week,
with Mauro Rosales in the 2nd striker/playmaker role. Early returns indicate that #10 is the player
that Freddie Ljungberg was supposed to be: a pedigreed play-maker useful as both a withdrawn
forward or right wing/mid.
This young season saw a celebration of the league's founding, but the topics are typical.
- There is parity, well except for Real Salt Lake. Sure, other teams have points, but they aren't
manhandling their opponent's like Kreis' team is. With 3.00 PPM and +2GD per GAME, they are the
class of the league.
Small confession: I did not watch Saturday's 2-1 Seattle Sounders victory over the Chicago Fire.
I was setting up my wife's surprise birthday party and used the game as plausible cover. So, my
impressions are are based on what I heard on the radio and saw in highlights.
First off, it should be said that listening to a Sounders game on the radio is really a very
Just some quick notes from my perspective at the half line. Gorgeous day for a game there.
- We can put to bed the O'Brian White question for a while - At this point even the
doubters have to admit that he's a target forward that's worth starting. He has a different game
than Jaqua but he wins as many balls as anyone we've played in that position over the years.
The best expansion team in the history of the league on the pitch, and the best off the pitch.
The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders will always be linked through that. Well, that and the fact
that Portland fans came up in support of Chicago in 2009.
Weather for this Saturday day game seems good for the time of year, and it should be a great
time for Seattle to put up goals and declare the early season string of unluck done and gone.
Chicago's team has changed quite a bit in the years when the Seattle Sounders are an MLS team.
The Fire lost players like Brian McBride and Freddie Ljungberg, and are now a quite young team with
an experienced coach in Carlos de los Cabos. Tweed over at Hot Time In Old Town exchange questions
previewing this week's game.
The Chicago Fire have flown pretty far under the radar thus far this season. One reason is that
they don't have a clearly compelling storyline to draw national interest. Hovering in a division
with the glitzy high priced New York Red Bulls, the quickly dismantled Columbus Crew, the slowly
dismantling Toronto FC, the road warrior Sporting Kansas City, the Charlie Davies-led DC United,
and a handful of other interesting hooks for MLS fans and national media to hang their narratives
on, Chicago is just trying to quietly improve.
A graph that looks at the relationship between a Univeristy producting talent, and the MLS Coach
finding and using it.
Go to OnFooty and read the key for more info.
Great work Sarah.
Good morning everyone. The Sounders are back home this weekend for a game against the Chicago
Fire. The Fire are in a quasi-rebuilding mode this year with plenty of new players on the pitch.
They've had a good run so far with the help of some red cards against their opponents. It's a
winnable game for the Seattle Sounders.
The first thing our astute readers will probably notice is that we don't have the Chicago Fire
in a 3-5-2 formation. For all the hype around that formation, and I'll admit that I spent a fair
amount of time talking to people this week about it, they haven't really played with three backs
all that much this season.
The Seattle Sounders released a mobile app that initially seems redundant with the MLS app.
Except for a few notable differences. It works. It has live gameday audio for league and non-league
matches for the Senior team. It has fans interacting. It works. The app is being polished prior to
development on other platforms, but it is expected to be out during this season on at least one
other smart phone OS (either Android or Windows Mobile).
Training was closed to reporters Thursday, so we're left to guess about Fredy Montero's
availability for Saturday's game against the Chicago Fire. From coach Sigi Schmid's comments,
though, I wouldn't expect to see the Seattle Sounders Designated Player suit up.
"The chance of him playing on Saturday is unlikely at this stage because there is still some
swelling in there," Schmid said.
Welcome to another episode of Nos Audietis. Today Jeremiah has an interview with Seattle
Sounders midfielder Brad Evans and we take a look back at last weekend's San Jose Earthquakes game
and a look ahead to this weekend's match against the Chicago Fire. Shockingly we also talk about
Alvaro Fernandez, specifically whether or not a literally dead Erik Friberg would be more likely to
Perhaps no Seattle Sounders player is more polarizing than Brad Evans. Sure, there are those
that differ in their opinions on lots of players, but with Evans it's almost always "love him" or
"hate him." Maybe it's because he's neither a purely offensive or defensive player. Maybe it's
because his coach obviously likes him a lot.
Though the Sounders are off until the weekend, there's a lot going on in the US soccer world
- Four MLS teams are vying tonight for US Open Cup spots. The Philadelphia Union and DC United
square off to earn the right to face New England in the next round of qualification. Both teams
brought their starters, showing a rapid rise in respect for the Cup (though Colorado didn't get the
Last week I took a look at correlations between first half and second half rates of various
statistics for MLS players to help explore the question of whether the rates were primarily driven
by player skill or other factors. The upshot was that shot rate is pretty well correlated, but both
accuracy (shots on goal / shots) and conversion (goals / shots on goal) were all over the place,
indicating that factors other than player skill (which we'll call 'randomness') dominate those
Another Week of Dave Clark on Around the League
Jeremiah and I are taking shifts as their Seattle guys, so we can't help but recommend it.
Oddly, I'm more down on Seattle than the hosts.
Since CONCACAF redesigned the Champions Cup into the Champions League MLS sides have struggled.
Except for one, and with even a poor performance tonight they could still advance to the CCL final.
They face former Sounders opponent Saprissa, down in Costa Rica, but start with a two goal
advantage and no away goals against.
Chris Henderson confirmed what just about everyone who follows the Seattle Sounders has been
thinking ever since Blaise Nkufo suddenly left the team: They are in the market for a forward. The
Sounders technical director talked to reporters at training today (quotes come via Don Ruiz at the
Tacoma News Tribune).
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Fredy Montero has not yet been cleared to play in Saturday's game against the Chicago Fire, but
Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said the team will no more after their Designated Player visits
the surgeon on Wednesday. Montero hurt his wrist during training prior to the New York Red Bulls
match and had surgery to repair the injury last week.
The Cascadia region is getting a lot of deserved attention for the passion of its fans and the
strength of its natural (as opposed to league-manufactured) rivalries. But how are the teams
stacking up against other regions in MLS? Let's find out.
Most of the regions are pretty natural. The goal is to keep them around 3 teams (going to 2 or 4
With ESPN's Fantasy League having the odd rules of "roster set by Tuesday" there were several
last-minute injuries that hurt people in MLS Fantasy Soccer this week. Locally the best example was
Fredy Montero. Nationally the example was Charlie Davies going from likely starter (and goal
scorer) to on the bench over the weekend.
The Sounders played on the road this week against the San Jose Earthquakes. It was a tight game
between the two sides this weekend and a 2-2 draw on the road is a positive result for the Seattle
Sounders. The team has played some tough teams to start the year, but will need to get some wins
soon if they want to stay competitive in the brutal Western Conference.
Sigi Schmid went with a familiar defense of Leo Gonzalez on the left, Patrick Ianni and Jeff
Parke in the middle, and James Riley on the right. Gonzo was very active and looked like the left
back revelation he once was back when he was added to the squad in August of '09, and something we
saw with decreasing frequency last year.
Sounders win! Sounders win! Sure, it was in the Reserve League, but there are standings kept so
it counts. Most notable of course will be the Michael Tetteh goal late, at least to those browsing
the story, but more important to the future for real League play is who plays, and where.
Would anyone accept a season with a Heritage Cup and Reserve League title?
Unfortunately there is not as much insight to be gleaned from the highlights as you'd expect in a
nearly 12-minute clip. The editors seemed much more intent on creating a package that showcased the
announcers and their understandably homer-ish announcing than giving us an idea of how the match
A diminished Seattle side saw Sigi Schmid start Mauro Rosales in place of the injured Fredy
Montero. By most measures the results from the switch were good. Rosales created early pressure
both offensively and defensively. He sprung quickly through the defensive line of San Jose to
threaten and eventually lead to the first goal.
This is the first battle for a kind of Supporters Cup of the year, with the least known, and
significant of trophies for which Seattle is competing this year being on the line. The Seattle
Sounders currently hold the trophy based. More important than this trophy though would be the
contest between two of the teams challenging for recognition as title and Western Conference
contenders in the Sounders and the San Jose Earthquakes.
Is The Heritage Cup Becoming Irrelevant? Or Was It Ever Relevant?
Quake, Rattle and Goal takes a look at the Heritage Cup, which is designed to celebrate teams
that draw their lineage from the NASL. The Earthquakes won it in Year 1, the Sounders won it in
Year 2 and in Year 3 we need to ask if it matters at all?
Whether Seattle was one of the teams that Toronto was talking to or not, we do know now what the
price for Dwayne De Rosario was. The amazing talent, probably the only one who could challenge
Landon Donovan for best in MLS over a significant period of time, was dealt for Toni Tchani,
Danleigh Borman and next year's first round pick.
Dwayne De Rosario Traded To New York Red Bulls
I know you're asking yourself, "How is this possible?" As your resident MLS rules expert, I can
only say, "I don't know." Maybe the Red Bulls are making DeRo a DP and paying down his cap hit with
allocation money, but that's just speculation.
With the injury to Fredy Montero and news that he would not be traveling, that forced us into
some creative thinking for our projected starting lineup for Saturday's game against the San Jose
Earthquakes. We decided to go with O'Brian White and Nate Jaqua up top, with Erik Friberg reprising
his role as a right mid.
As we prepare for game four in a season that is supposed to be the Seattle Sounders' coming out
party as legitimate MLS Cup contenders, the team has yet to get the results to justify that hope.
We've discussed and argued the disparity between the Rave Green's impressive play on the field and
the lack of results it's produced ad nauseum, but the time will eventually approach when the
results matter more than the play.
The Seattle Sounders are on the road this weekend in San Jose to face the Earthquakes. The
Sounders need to secure three points to get their season back on track especially against a rival
in the West for that vital third playoff spot. Dave Clark has three questions up for the game and
come back to SAH later today for a match preview and line-up card.