Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2011

The Sounders and the lack of wing play

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First of all, let's make an honest assessment about the month of May for the Sounders. Eight points through 5 matches isn't bad, in fact it is pretty decent. 1.6 PPM would put them 5 overall on the League PPM table right now. By way of comparison to the last two season, 1.6 PPM though 30 matches is 48 points.

Portland Timbers Vs. Seattle Sounders, Reserves: GameThread

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Coming off a huge win and today being Memorial Day, you can be excused if you didn't realize the Seattle Sounders were playing the Portland Timbers. Of course, it's only the reserves, but if you've got nothing better to do, you can listen to the game here.

Looks like a few familiar names are in the game for the Sounders, including Fredy Montero.

Major Link Soccer - Memorial Day Edition

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Before we get into the weekend's soccer links, I would also like to say a special thanks to the men and women serving our country in the military and the peace corps. The last decade has been some of the most trying times for our men and women in uniform and their families, we especially note those who have sacrificed their very lives for the well-being of the nation.

Earning his keep: Nate Jaqua edition

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Against RSL, Jaqua had a great night, notching two assists. The first goal was pretty much all Jaqua, while he set up the second goal in a big way. He clearly demonstrated yesterday why he is in the starting eleven while healthy. Though he deserves criticism for underperforming so far, Sigi has faith in him and so do I.

Lower League Former Sounders Update

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Starting in the Pacific Northwest of the PDL where the Kitsap Pumas and Portland Timbers U-23 wind up their US Open Cup Qualifying perfectly tied. Tuesday there will be a coin flip to determine which team gets to compete for the Open Cup and a potential regional Third Round match with the Seattle Sounders.

Sounders break the RSL "Fortress": sometimes results just happen...

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On the whole, there are two words I would use to describe the Seattle Sounder's play over the month of May: sloppy and uninspired. Yesterday, by and large, was no different; but the result was probably one of the better in this team's still short MLS history.

Lineup/Tactics:

It seems that Sigi Schmid has settled on the diamond midfield as his default shape, which probably follows the lack of wingers available on this team.

Real Salt Lake Vs. Seattle Sounders: Quotes, Highlights, Statistics

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There were a lot of things working against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Before the match even started, there was Real Salt Lake's roughly 350-minute shutout streak and their 29-match home unbeaten run. Shortly after starting, the Sounders lost Alvaro Fernandez to a muscle strain. The weather, once again, turned bad.

Seattle Sounders End Real Salt Lake Undefeated Streak 2-1

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For a team that hasn't had many breaks go their way the Seattle Sounders got a few tonight, but at first it didn't seem like that. Prior to the match starting Alvaro Fernandez had a tweaked hamstring, but insisted that he could play effectively. He could not and Sigi Schmid had to use a sub prior to the 20th minute, and then the weather got worse.

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake - Gamethread

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Real Salt Lake is a dominating home side, not losing in their last 29 MLS games there. They've ridden the ability to win at Rio Tinto Stadium to solid runs in MLS play and a great performance in the CONCACAF Champions League. This season they have snagged 17 points in only 7 played lead by a strong defense that has only given up 2 goals on the season.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake Scouting Report: Blank Slate

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Generally when I write a scouting report I go back and watch the last game or two from the team we're up against to get a look at their tendencies. I'll take a look at the projected roster to get an idea of some potential matchups. I might pull up the last match the Sounders played against them.

Gamethread for Champions League Final

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The game is on Fox, as in Q13/113. That means live, broadcast HD soccer in middle of the day. Last year's UEFA Champions League Final drew a "massive" rating of 1.0 (basically equal to MLS Cup Final on cable). This year with teams much more well known in the United States the ratings should be better, but for all the talk about how popular soccer is in America, it would help if people actually watched it when it is offered at the highest club level.

UW Huskies Soccer Schedule Released

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On a busy soccer Saturday (Champions League Final, Mexico v Ecuador at Qwest, Sounders v Real Salt Lake) the University of Washington released its soccer schedule for the coming fall. It is a schedule that should help their RPI come tournament selection time with Dawgs playing 2010's #4 (Cal), #6 (SMU), #8 (UCLA), #21 (Tulsa) and #34 (Florida Gulf Coast) all ranked higher than they were.

Real Salt Lake Vs. Seattle Sounders, Matchcard: Preferred Lineups, Statistics

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To be quite honest, we don't know who's going to start for the Seattle Sounders when they try to end Real Salt Lake's 29-match home unbeaten streak. An already confusing set of circumstances is made worse by the fact that this is the third match in eight days. Rather than give you a projected starting lineup, we're going with more of a preferred starting lineup.

Major Link Soccer - High Altitude Edition

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The Sounders are back in action this Saturday against Real Salt Lake. They'll be battling fatigue for the full 90 at one of the hardest stadiums in MLS to get a win. Also, some are calling this a must-win match for RSL as they attempt to arrest a spat of poor form in league play. It would be nice to come back from the disappointing loss on Wednesday to Dallas FC with a road win, but it will be a tough challenge for a fatigued team.

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake - Three Questions

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Some of the luster is off of Real Salt Lake. They lost the CONCACAF Champions League 2nd Leg at home, they lost their MVP candidate and have drawn their last two matches. None of these mean that they are even just an average team. They are still quite good, but the Seattle Sounders have a few things going for them in that RSL has been hit by the Gold Cup already.

Good News: Looks Like Seattle Sounders Will Have Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez Available

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The weather hasn't been the only thing gloomy around Seattle these days. With Wednesday's loss to FC Dallas, it appears that many of use who make up the Seattle Sounders fan base have turned on one another. Finally, though, there appears to be some good news: Brad Evans and Alvaro Fernandez should be available for Saturday's against Real Salt Lake.

Coca-Cola claims to be the first food-and-beverage company to have signed the World Economic...

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Coca-Cola claims to be the first food-and-beverage company to have signed the World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, whose "mission is to develop multi-industry principles and practices that will result in a competitive, level playing field, based on integrity, fairness and ethical conduct.

MLS Weather: Seattle Sounders Really Are All Wet

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As a Seattle Sounders fan, you could be forgiven for thinking that the team hasn't played a dry game all year. I can't remember the last time I came home from a match and didn't have to wring out my clothes. Add in the monsoon game in Philadelphia and it seems like the Sounders are bringing rain wherever they go.

Soccer Evangelism In Season Three

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Back in 2009 my seatmates and I decided that the four of us would have five seats. We did this to take girlfriends/wives, but also with the knowledge that we could expose some friends to the game who had not appreciated it live and local. While none grew into season ticket holders, several now watch the matches on TV come to a few games a year and generally enjoy the sport.

Puerto Rico Islander NOT in Sounders CCL Group

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Puerto Rico Islander NOT in Sounders CCL Group

But do advance to the CFU Championship Final. One of Defence Force or Alpha United will be the CFU's 3rd team and be a potential opponent.

Canadian Championship still undecided after lightning and heavy rain canceled this week's 2nd leg.

Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas - Highlights, Statistics and Quotes

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Sigi Schmid tried something new with his team selection last night. Two smaller forwards were used in a pairing, the one who uses speed to create opportunities had the better game than the one who uses technique. In fact Mike Fucito had as many shots on goal than any other player but Osvaldo Alonso had even shots.

Seattle Sounders Vs. FC Dallas: Worst Loss Of The Year? Sure Feels That Way

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Honestly not sure what to say about this one. I guess you need to give Sigi Schmid some credit for trying a pretty drastic lineup change. Mike Fucito got the start alongside Fredy Montero at forward, Zach Scott was given a rare opportunity at right back and the midfield featured both Mauro Rosales and Erik Friberg.

Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas - Gamethread

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FC Dallas enters Qwest Field and the Emerald City trying to continue its hot streak of 11 points in their last five games. Seattle Sounders FC continue to "figure it out on the field" from all the role, formation and personnel changes. The Toros of North Texas are 5-3-3 for 18 points and second in the Western Conference, while the Rave Green are 4-3-5 with 17 points in a jumble tied at third with their Saturday opponent (Real Salt Lake) and Cascadia rival Portland Timbers FC.

Seattle Sounders Vs. FC Dallas, Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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As we've been saying, the starting lineup for Wednesday's match between the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas is a bit of a crap shoot. There are injury concerns, there's the fact that both teams are in the middle of playing three matches in about a week and there's the ever-changing lineup decisions of Sigi Schmid.

Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas Scouting Report: Joined in Misery

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On the same weekend in late April, both the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas lost critical members of their offense to bonebreaking tackles. The Steve Zakuani loss got more attention outside of Dallas due to the cynicism of the tackle and the graphic injury, but Dallas lost the MLS MVP in David Ferreira.

Dave Clark on KJRAM Seattle with Dick Fain

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Dave Clark on KJRAM Seattle with Dick Fain

Quick little chat with Fain about tonight's game, his upcoming introduction to supporters culture and... Mexico-Ecuador?

Nos Audietis, The Sounder At Heart Podcast: Episode 8 - Featuring Drew Epperley Of Big D Soccer

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It's a busy week in Sounders land with FC Dallas coming to town before the boys in rave green head off to Rio Tinto to face Real Salt Lake. Today's guest is Drew Epperley of WV Hooligan, SB Nation Soccer and (most applicable to today's episode) Big D Soccer, SB Nation's FC Dallas blog. Drew will talk about how FC Dallas has managed to keep rolling right along in the wake of losing reigning MLS MVP David Ferreria for at least the majority of the season and give some insight into what Dallas might be looking for out of this game.

Expect Sounders To Use Yet Another Lineup Vs. FC Dallas

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There's been a bit of a lively debate around these parts recently regarding Sigi Schmid's lineup choices. Mainly, people seem to want to see more of the Seattle Sounders' young guys and less of, well, Roger Levesque, I guess. Overall, there seems to be a sense that Schmid has been overly rigid, and relied too heavily upon the the same old cast of characters.

Tracking Former Trialists In Lower USSF Divisions

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While #TheTrialist earned the fame, and the contract, the Seattle Sounders have had several other players into camp at various points over the past few years who are now scattered in the lower divisions of the USSF. These players are in the NASL (Division 2), USLPro (Div 3) and the PDL (Div 4). With Seattle lacking some depth these days and the ability to get a loan for one of these players being fairly simple, it may be time to start tracking their performance in these other leagues.

ESPN FC Manager MLS Segment Two Begins Tomorrow

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ESPN's Major League Soccer fantasy league is broken into segments, and the first of those is over. Your rosters in our league are BLANK. Go adjust them, but not until you read the rest of this post. Because there are some things that segment one should have taught you, and some traps that segment two has for you.

MLS teams lose 32 Players To Gold Cup Call-Ups

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MLS teams lose 32 Players To Gold Cup Call-Ups

32 MLS players, representing 14 teams, have been named to Gold Cup rosters for the tournament that runs June 5-25. There are a handful of other players that could miss a game or two while they play in summer friendlies, potentially including Alvaro Fernandez.

Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas - Three Questions with Big D Soccer

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FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders have a few things in common. Both are in the preliminary round of the CCL, both lost dynamic players to on pitch injuries and both get a few thousand fans to show up when they play in the suburbs. Tip your waiters, I'll be here all week. Big D Soccer gives us some insight into the upcoming Wednesday night match.

Sigi Schmid's Ever Changing Tactics

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Last Saturday, the match featured four seperate formational/tactical systems. As noted there was the lopsided 4-diamond-2, the traditional 4-diamond-2 and the concave 4-3-3. In the final moments we also saw a fairly typical pull the forward for a CB move to upgrade the defense. Seattle Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schmid is in fact trying new things, doing it in games that matter, and he's earning points while trying to learn the best way forward for the team until the Summer Transfer Window opens.

Major Link Soccer - We'll Take the 3 Points Edition

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It was certainly a close one this weekend, but as Sigi Schmid said, the Sounders will take the 3 points after a tough 1-0 win in stoppage time against Sporting Kansas City. Jeff Parke was the hero of the game with his stoppage time header and has been acknowledged by Soccer-by-Ives as their MLS player of the week.

Gold Cup Rosters To Help Seattle Sounders

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With today's announcement of the United States Gold Cup roster the region's most important edition (the winner goes to the Confederations Cup), it becomes apparent that the Seattle Sounders are poised to be an MLS side that can take advantage of weakened rosters throughout the league for nearly a month.

Seattle Sounders Reportedly Make Offer To Poland's Jerzy Dudek

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Take this with the ample helping of salt, but according to a report out of Poland, the Seattle Sounders have made an offer to 38-year-old goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. The translated version of the story is less than authoritative, as it suggests Dudek might not even be aware of the opportunity, but it would make some sense if true.

Cascadia Derby gets more viewers than SuperClub Special

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Cascadia Derby gets more viewers than SuperClub Special

Not by much, and certainly within the margin of error. But Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers earned more total viewers in the nation than Los Angeles Galaxy v New York Red Bulls.

Both matches have shown huge increases over last year's matches for same week.

Julian Gray New Face In Camp

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Julian Gray New Face In Camp

Gray is a left wing most recently in League One with Walsall FC where he scored 10 goals and assisted 5 in 3,762 minutes played in 45 matches. His most recent appearance in the Premier League was a 6 minute stint with Fulham in 2009.

The 31 year old is a free this summer.

Seattle Sounders v Sporting KC - Highlights, Statistics and Quotes

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Head Coach Sigi Schmid continues to tinker with his formations and tactics. Saturday night saw a lop-sided diamond 4-4-2 with Servando Carrasco on the right side at the start, it shifted back to a more typical diamond when Nate Jaqua took the pitch, and then a diamond with the CAM so high that it could also be seen as a withdrawn 4-3-3 as Mike Fucito came in as forward and Fredy Montero kind of shifted back, but not too far back.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Sporting Kansas City: Jeff Parke Wins It With Stoppage Time Header

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The promised rapture came and went on Saturday with no appreciable of impending doom. Of course, there are probably some Sporting Kansas City fans who see it a little differently after Jeff Parke scored a stoppage-time goal to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win. It was the second straight time that SKC had lost at Qwest on a late score.

Seattle Sounders v Sporting KC - Gamethread

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On a Saturday Night when the Rapture did not happen, the Seattle Sounders will look to push Sporting Kansas City even further down the MLS standings. Seattle sits at 14 points in 11 games played for 5th in the West, 7th overall while the Sporks have 4 pts. in 7 games and are 9th in the East and 18th due primarily to their long road trip to start the season.

Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City Scouting Report: Road Worriers

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Coming into the 2011 season, Sporting Kansas City was a popular pick among the touts as a team that could make a run and enter the playoff ranks. Last season they barely missed the playoffs and some of the underlying stats were promising. They had one of the best shot differentials in the league and showed the ability to unload on teams - scoring 4 goals 4 different times.

Dave Clark on It's Called Football from Canadian Soccer News

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Dave Clark on It's Called Football from Canadian Soccer News

Lots of different topics: reserve league, USOC, trophies over friendlies, Portland v Seattle. Interview begins at 18:50.

Q: What kind of advice do you have for him as he goes through his recovery? Burpo: He will make it...

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Q: What kind of advice do you have for him as he goes through his recovery?

Burpo: He will make it back. They've got a first-class staff and a first-class facility in Seattle and I hear he's got a lot of good people around him. Just try to stay as positive as you can and take your time because it will be a lot slower than he wants it to be, but at the end, he will be back.

Seattle Sounders May Get O'Brian White Back Sooner Than We Thought

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Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid gave an O'Brian White update today and actually had relatively good news. Initially, we were told that White would be out until they could get him off blood-thinners and that they needed to figure out what caused his blood clot before doing anything else. While it's still not clear if that has been entirely resolved, Schmid seemed to indicate White's return was more a matter of him regaining his strength, according to today's report from Joshua Mayers:

"He's still dealing with the effects of the surgery as much as anything.

Major Link Soccer - Seeking Success Against Sporting Edition

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Hello Sports fans. Err....I mean Sounders fans. It's a beautiful weekend in the Sound and Sporting Kansas City, the sacrificial lambs of MLS, are coming to visit Quest/Century Link Field. They'll be playing a Sounders team coming off a bit of rest and hopefully fired up to get a big win after a disappointing tie against arch-rivals Portland Timbers.

Seattle Sounders v Sporting KC: Three Questions With The Daily Wiz

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They were the Kansas City Wiz and played in Arrowhead Stadium. They then rebranded to the Kansas City Wizards, and played in a converted baseball park. This season they have rebranded again. Now they are Sporting Kansas City and will soon be moving into their own soccer stadium. LIVESTRONG Park will have a roof over all seating, a steep grade and now the club will manage a rugby team.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Sporting Kansas City, Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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In case you haven't noticed, projecting the starting lineups for the Seattle Sounders this year has been ... well ... tough. Rarely has the same group of 11 been rolled out in consecutive matches, and it seems unlikely that we're going to get that this week. Against Sporting Kansas City, we're projecting Erik Friberg to start on the right with Servando Carrasco in the middle, but who knows?

It is expected that the Seattle Sounders get past San Francisco in the preliminary stage and they...

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It is expected that the Seattle Sounders get past San Francisco in the preliminary stage and they probably step forward as second favorites. The group isn't too strong, but what could determine Seattle's fate though is how they perform in the next few months in MLS. If, like last season, they need a late season push to make the MLS Playoffs, the Champions League becomes an afterthought for them.

Getting To Know The Gamethread

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Site readership continues to grow, and we continue to evolve, so maybe some readers haven't caught on to what the gamethread looks like these days, particularly during a longish home stretch. Here is an introduction to what we do for every Seattle Sounders game at the senior level (meaning not Reserves or Academy, but yes for MLS, USOC, CCL).

Nos Audietis, The Sounder At Heart Podcast: Episode 7 - Talking Tifo With Rob Scott Of ECS

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As you might be aware, we had a game last weekend. We spending a good bit of time talking Sounders-Timbers, and we'll also talk tifo with Rob Scott, tifo director of Emerald City Supporters. Rob talks about the process that goes into creating something like we saw last Saturday and he also addresses some of the rumors floating around about the display's creation.

Seattle Sounders-Philadelphia Union Match Officially Moved To Oct. 8

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After a couple days of speculation -- and a confirmation on the Philadelphia Union's side on Wednesday -- the Seattle Sounders officially announced that their July 23 game has been moved to Oct. 8. The move was made to accomodate the Union's desire to host a friendly against Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field as part of the World Football Challenge.

"He's a guy that's right there knocking on the door. He's right on the verge and in this next...

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"He's a guy that's right there knocking on the door. He's right on the verge and in this next period of time he's going to get his minutes on the field." - Sigi Schmid on Mike Fucito

Joshua Mayers talks to Fucito and Schmid about playing time

Relying on Controversy is a Foolish Way to Grow the Sport

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Sometimes there are good messages that have to be delivered by the wrong people. In this case I feel the need to counter some of the ridiculous jubilation about the teapot tempest triggered by the comments John Spencer made yesterday regarding Sigi Schmid. Unfortunately, since I'm a Seattle fan it will be too easy to dismiss any opinion I have as hopelessly biased.

Seattle Sounders Face San Fransisco Of Panama in CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round

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The Seattle Sounders learned their opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round today and they will have a huge road trip down to Panama to face San Fransisco. The trip will be a whopping 3670 miles added onto Seattle's already generally high travel distance. The Panamanian club were champions of the 2011 Clasura, but only due to success in the Playoffs.

Iran, South Africa, UAE and Morocco bidding for Club World Cup

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Iran, South Africa, UAE and Morocco bidding for Club World Cup

Japan and United Arab Emirates have hosted the CWC in its current format. That the USA (say South Florida, LA, Phoenix or Texas?) isn't hosting this tournament at some point is silly.

Seattle Sounders Should Not Hurt Selves To Help Philadelphia Union

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This summer Major League Soccer is organizing another big round of extraordinary friendlies throughout the USA. One of those fell apart, and now the Philadelphia Union want to take part. Good on them. They aren't competing in outside tournaments, and they should do their money grab if that's what they and their fans want.

Saturday's 1-1 tie in Seattle, the first MLS game between the old North American Soccer League...

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Saturday's 1-1 tie in Seattle, the first MLS game between the old North American Soccer League rivals, drew a 3.0 rating in Seattle/Tacoma and a 2.2 rating in Portland. In the ESPN2 broadcast, no other market registered higher than a .7 rating and the national average was a .2 rating.

The Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First and Goal Inc. (FGI) announced today they will install...

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The Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First and Goal Inc. (FGI) announced today they will install the largest solar energy array to date in the state of Washington on the roof of Qwest Field Event Center.

The project will consist of 3,750 individual solar panels manufactured in the United States by California based Solyndra.

Power Rankings, Points Per Match And Other Metrics Judging Current Form

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There are many ways to judge "form." In essence that's what the dozens (hundreds?) of Power Rankings attempt to do. They try to remove pure standings and give you the author's impression of which team is better. SB Nation Soccer does ours differently trying to recognize that minute differences are meaningless.

Major Link Soccer - All Dried Out Edition

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I hope everyone is dried out from the storms drenching Qwest field this weekend. The 1-1 tie against the Portland Timbers was a bit of a let-down for sure, but it was a decent result considering the huge hit injuries have had on the Seattle Sounders. One thing that certainly wasn't a let down was the massive tifo put together by the ECS for the match.

Grant Wahl's Multi-Day Deep Dive into Seattle v Portland for SI

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Grant Wahl's Multi-Day Deep Dive into Seattle v Portland for SI

Four pager in the mag, and online.

Dangers in CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Draw

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On Wednesday the Seattle Sounders FC will get a decent idea of who they are to face in the next version of the CONCANCAF Champions League. The draw on Wednesday the 18th will how Seattle fans what will be their most exotic ensured away trip of the year. Three of four Caribbean teams would in some ways be ideal.

Nick Palodichuck and Home Grown Players

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Box-to-box midfielders who are the targets of top colleges and the US National Team are rare. The Seattle Sounders had one of those players in their U-18 Academy up until a couple months ago. He put up two goals in 12 appearances (10 starts) on a team that is dominating its league. Then college spring soccer started, and Nick Palodichuck enrolled early at Duke University.

Thoughts On Depth Of Seattle Sounders

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Remember back in the pre-season when we were praising Adrian Hanauer, Sigi Schmid and Chris Henderson for the depth that they had assembled on the roster? When we talked about a team that had nearly 20 players who could start at the MLS level? Those seem like long lost days now, but this is not because the depth vanished, well except for that Blaise Nkufo guy.

Seattle Sounders Draw 1-1 With Portland Timbers - Highlights, Statistics and Quotes

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Sometimes life isn't flaming rainbows, towel ninjas and shaving bunnies. Instead it is preparing for your most heated rival and finding out that the desired formation and lineup will have to change - again. The Seattle Sounders did not play poorly against the Portland Timbers. Both teams' goals were in fact indicative of their very style of play.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Portland Timbers, Reserves: Gamethread

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I'm a bit late to the proceedings, but I'm here now. We're 0-0 in the 24th minute. The Sounders have Michael Tetteh playing left mid, Pat Noonan at the target forward spot, Taylor Graham and Jeff Parke at center back, and the rest of the normal characters.

I'll probably only update for big moments and probably some random observations.

ECS's Tifo Against Portland Timbers Raises The Bar

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I won't pretend to be an expert on the various MLS supporters have displayed over the years, but I have to imagine that Saturday's nine-parter from ECS has to be among the most impressive. Best? I'll let people that pay a lot more attention to that than me make that call. That Mario Bros.-inspired one that the Chicago Fire's Section 8 did last year was pretty cool (although I still don't get the relevance).

Seattle Sounders Vs. Portland Timbers: Sometimes A Tie Really Feels Like A Loss

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There's really no sugar-coating this one: Saturday's tie feels like a loss. The Seattle Sounders probably had the better of play, gave us something to get excited about, but ultimately were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on a rainy evening in front of a record crowd at Qwest Field on Saturday.

#ThoughtsFromMyYacht Shows, Yes, Seattle Sounders Fans Can Laugh At Ourselves

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As you may have heard by now, the Wall Street Journal took a ... how do we put this? ... interesting story about our little soccer rivalry we have brewing here in the Pacific Northwest. I really want to believe that it's a genius piece of satire. But something tells me I'm giving the author too much credit.

Seattle Sounders Fans Feature Heavily In 'Walk Among Us'

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In stark contrast to the hopefully now infamous Wall Street Journal article (that I won't bother linking again), a video was released last night by locally based energy drink company Golazo. It's less than 5 minutes long, so it's not exactly what you'd call a documentary, but it is a cool look at football fandom.

Seattle Sounders Chant Sheets (For Real)

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With all due respect to one an unnamed site that covers the team to our south, we felt it would be good to make sure every Seattle Sounders fan had access to a real chant sheet that will allow people outside of the Brougham End to participate in some of the ECS chants. Here is a link to sounders chant sheets that have the actual words to our actual chants.

Cascadia Cup: Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers - Gamethread

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While much of the region, much of MLS, much of the USA, North America, the WORLD will be focused on what happens in the stands. This is a game on the pitch, and the results matter. It is the first of the contests in the Cascadia Cup 2011, and both teams may look at this match as being one that determines their MLS Cup Playoff seeding.

Dave on Live at Five with Dick Fain

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Dave on Live at Five with Dick Fain

I start 8:40 into the show and talk for about 10 minutes to the non-soccer fans about the Cascadia Cup rivalry on radio. Using Ducks-Huskies as a start, but about what this game could mean.

Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers Scouting Report: Cascadia Arrives

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Many electrons and much ink (which is a form of electron used mostly in the 20th century) has been dedicated to the off-the-field aspects of this weekend's match between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. It is, after all, the MLS inauguration of a rivalry which has apparently had the rest of US soccer fandom squirming with anticipation for the last year.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Portland Timbers, Cascadia Cup Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Everything we are hearing is that Brad Evans should be back this week, which leads us to believe we'll see a very Seattle Sounders similar starting lineup (4<4>2) as the one that played against DC United and Toronto FC. We're projecting that Tyson Wahl will start at left back against the Portland Timbers, but it could just as easily be Leo Gonzalez.

The Great Hipster Showdown

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The Great Hipster Showdown

This is probably the funniest thing to hit about this weekends rivalry. Just make sure that we all arrive by boat on Sat.

The ECS wants, and expects, no issues on this match day in particular. Any individual caught...

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The ECS wants, and expects, no issues on this match day in particular. Any individual caught instigating altercations with Portland fans or supporters will be banned from the group – permanently – with all membership privileges revoked. We are taking such a hard stance on this because of what is on the line.

Nos Audietis: The Sounder At Heart Podcast, Seattle Sounders Vs. Portland Timbers Edition

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It's almost here, the game Sounders and Timbers fans have been waiting for since the league's announcement that Portland would be getting a team. It's Sounders vs. Timbers everyone! Tomorrow! Kind of hard to believe, no?

We'll talk a whole lot about the Timbers, including a nice long chat with Michael Orr of the Mao Football Show, a twice-weekly Portland Timbers podcast that airs line on Cascadia FM.

Major Link Soccer - Rivalry Edition

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The big weekend is here as the Portland Timbers are traveling up I-5 to take on our own Seattle Sounders in a much anticipated rivalry match. The supporters groups are ready to cheer and shout for a full 90. The Timbers Army has 10 buses of supporters coming up for the match (and have helpfully put together a travel guide to Seattle).

710 ESPN's New Sounders FC Podcast

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Inspired by the comments/discussion that follwed from sidereal's "710ESPN is dead to me" post, on Saturday I decided to contact someone at mynorthwest.com and ask why Sounders FC Weekly, hosted by Matt Johnson is not available as a podcast. To my surprise, I received a response to my mail today informing me that they had created a podcast feed for the show.

"I think it's unnecessary but smart," said Dave Clark, who writes the blog Sounder at Heart and...

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"I think it's unnecessary but smart," said Dave Clark, who writes the blog Sounder at Heart and sits on a team-affiliated advisory council. "The eyes of the nation's sporting community are going to be on these games."

Traveling Supporter Group Rules Debut Saturday

From the Oregonian, and yes it is oddly meta that that they link here and now this is the first post here.

Stats: 2011 MLS Player +/- Rankings

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Soccer stats tend to fall into two categories. There are the stats that are easy for the casual fan-slash-statistician to observe and tally, but which are almost hopelessly uninformative. That would include goals, assists, minutes played, and so on. Then there are the stats that provide significantly more insight but due to the continuous nature of the game take dedicated resources to measure.

Cascadia Cup: Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers - Three Questions

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Stumptown Footy guides us through the process of learning a bit more about the Portland Timbers ahead of Saturday night's Cascadia Cup Match Day One against the Seattle Sounders. In light of the rivalry we forgot how to count to three, and we may even add more questions as the week continues.

Dave Clark: What is the disparity between home and road performance all about?

MLS Releases Castrol Index - Thierry Henry Best

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Major League Soccer has released its version of the Castrol Index (powered by Opta). While this index is being kept separate from the overall index that tracks the big leagues of Europe, it does at least provide a singular ranking based on game data. If one were to do a quarter pole MVP New York Red Bull's Thierry Henry would be on the short list so him being number one is not a surprise.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Portland Timbers: ESPN Tells Cascadia Cup's Story Through Eyes Of Roger Levesque

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The eyes of the U.S. soccer world will be shining on Seattle this week. You probably already know that, though. ESPN2 cameras will soon descend upon us. Our supporters will probably start seeing their names in big-name publications. Stories that many considered similar to family lore will become national storylines.

Aaron Kovar, a midfielder on the Seattle Sounders FC U-18 Academy team, was named the Gatorade...

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Aaron Kovar, a midfielder on the Seattle Sounders FC U-18 Academy team, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington earlier this week.

Given to the best high school player in each state, Kovar starred for Garfield High School in Seattle, scoring 11 goals and chipping in 16 assists to lead his school to a state tournament berth.

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TheChannelECS created this promotional video, and it deserves your attention.

Know Your History

Servando Carrasco Providing Sigi Schmid Options In Sounders Midfield

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While Seattle Sounders FC rookie Servando Carrasco is only the 7th most used midfielder on the team, that should not last long. Certainly not after performances like last week when he was recognized on the team of the week with midfielders David Beckham and Juninho. While those offensive threats may get more recognition from the greater populace the defensive midfielder like Carrasco can stop build-up play and prevent the #10s in the league from advancing the ball at their feet.

Cascadia Cup: Adrian Hanauer Talks Away-Ticket Allocation

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During training last night, Seattle Sounders GM and part owner Adrian Hanauer held a bit of an impromptu press-conference. Questions focused mostly on Saturday's Cascadia Cup match with the Portland Timbers, and specifically the current and future states of away-support ticket allocation. Admittedly, I got there a bit late, but the ever-on-top-of-it Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times provided a transcript of the interview.

MLS Cup 2011 On Sunday Night 20 November In Home Depot Center

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The neutral host of MLS Cup will occur at least one more year, unless the Los Angeles Galaxy or Chivas USA winds up in the MLS Cup Final. Carson, CA's Home Depot Center will host the Final with the Galaxy being the presenting team (their colors will be used in Cup and Supporter Summit signage). The game will have a 6 PM Pacific start time and be shown on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and TSN getting broad national multi-lingual coverage.

Reserve Game v Chivas USA Thoughts and Analysis

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Lineup

Jaqua Fucito Montano Neagle Estrada Tetteh Seamon Scott Wahl Graham Boss

The Arrow is back

Taylor Graham is the Captain today. Fucito taking corners.

In action in the first 10 minutes Seattle has generally had run of playwith Fucito putting a header off the crossbar.

The Timbers have normally worn their green shirt and white shorts uniforms for away games. But...

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The Timbers have normally worn their green shirt and white shorts uniforms for away games. But considering the significance of the game against the Sounders, the Timbers have decided to debut the red jerseys.

Rose City Reds to make debut - by Geoffrey C. Arnold of the Oregonian

There is a pic at the link.

MLS Long Term Injured List Rules Need Adjustment

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Major League Soccer has more extensive rules than most soccer leagues in the world, but they aren't as complicated as say Major League Baseball. The "Reserve" League for example is not run from a seperate roster, but is a collection of guys that didn't play much in the last or next game. But there is a significant issue where MLS could help its teams that have suffered significant long term injuries.

Major Link Soccer - The Rain Continues Edition

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The rain continues for the Seattle Sounders and Major League soccer as injuries continue to mount. Both Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales were scratched before the Columbus Crew game due to injuries. An undermanned and a very tired Sounders team managed to squeak by Columbus 1-1 to secure a valuable point from their two game Eastern Road trip.

Cascadia Cup: ECS Sells Out Away-Ticket Allotment In 28 Minutes

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With two months until the match, ECS needed just 28 minutes to sell out their allotment of 430 tickets for the Seattle Sounders' away match against the Portland Timbers on July 10. The tickets were sold as part of a package that also included bus travel to the Jeld-Wen Field and were made available to ECS members only.

Columbus Crew Vs. Seattle Sounders: Highlights, Quotes, Statistics

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Looking back on the game a day later, I think I'm even more happy with a tie than I was immediately after. The early goal really made it seem like the Seattle Sounders had a much better chance of winning this game than they really did, as they really never controlled the match for any lengthy period.

MLS Points Per Match Table

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Major League Soccer can do some odd things with the schedules. Sometimes a team or two get adjusted due to a CONCACAF Champions League Final. Other times you will see a team or two start with extra road games. Seven teams have already played nine games (this was week 8), and one has already played 10.

Seattle Sounders Salaries Released: Fredy Montero Gets Big Raise; Kasey Keller Takes $50K Cut

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Fredy Montero will make almost $500,000 more in 2011 than he did in 2010, Kasey Keller will make about $50,000 less and Mauro Rosales is making the league minimum, at least according to salary data released on Saturday by the MLS Players Union. Among the other players to receive sizable raises over what they reportedly made last year were Osvaldo Alonso (more than doubled his salary to $140,000) and Nate Jaqua (received a roughly $50,000 bump and now makes $211,000).

Columbus Crew Vs. Seattle Sounders, Recap: Happy With A Point, All Things Considered

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A tie at the end of a stretch of three games in eight days, on the road against a team riding a six-match unbeaten streak and doing it without several starters available isn't the worst result in the world, but it was hardly confidence inspiring either. Give the Seattle Sounders credit for pulling out a point, though, as they definitely looked like a tired bunch by the time the final whistle blew in their 1-1 tie against the Columbus Crew.

Seattle Sounders at Columbus Crew - Gamethread

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Seattle Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid returns to the land where he last won the MLS Cup and the Supporters Shield, a land that he likes. The Sounders have done quite well against the Columbus Crew, not yet losing and even winning one of their two Lamar Hunt US Open Cups against the Yellows. While Robert Warzycha's team has significantly changed personnel, and wasn't expected to be a challenger this season, they have followed a Sigi profile building from the back winning through defense and one or two impressive offensive players.

Soccer Night in America Open Thread

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It's evening, most of us are in America, and there's some soccer happening. You know what that means. Soccer night in America! Tonight the Portland Timbers host the Philadelphia Union. Will Portland's inability to defend overcome Philadelphia's inability to attack? No team has yet won away after flying from coast to coast this season, which doesn't bode well for the Union.

Mauro Rosales Out Against Columbus Crew; Expect Changes From Seattle Sounders

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Today on Sigi Schmid's Conference Call with local reporters he revealed that Mauro Rosales will not be in the 18 versus the Columbus Crew. He also expects to make several changes to the starting lineup. To paraphrase every band was mentioned as getting 1 or 2 changes - the backline, the midfield and even a change at forward.

Columbus Crew Vs. Seattle Sounders, Match Card: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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We honestly have no clue what Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew is going to look like for the Seattle Sounders. Fredy Montero may very well come off the bench. Nate Jaqua may not be able to start. Mauro Rosales is definitely out. So, we turned it over to you faithful readers and this is what you came up with.

Sounders FC vs Columbus Crew Scouting Report: Don't Expect Fireworks

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The Columbus Crew front office and head coach Robert Warzycha came into the 2011 season insisting that this would not be a rebuilding year, despite an offseason that to all outward appearances presaged a rebuilding year. The Crew jettisoned 11 players over the winter, and they weren't just roster filler.

Part 2 Of My Report: The Message Brian Mullan's Suspension Sends

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Part 2 Of My Report: The Message Brian Mullan's Suspension Sends

Hopefully you had a chance to look at Part 1 of my report that looked at the physical nature of soccer and how players go about walking that line between "physical" and "reckless." In Part 2, I look at the 10-game suspension Brian Mullan received and the message it sends to players, but also the soccer-watching world.

Major Link Soccer - Bring Me Your Injured Edition

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It's Friday again and the Sounders are set-up for another tough road game on Saturday. On Wednesday the team flew to the east coast only to lose 2-1 to D.C. United. The injuries woes continued as Rosales re-injured his hamstring in the 2nd half and Fredy Montero was clearly struggling with pain in his injured wrist throughout the game.

What Lineup And Formation Would You Prefer At Columbus Crew?

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The Seattle Sounders and Sigi Schmid have a bit of an injury, fitness and form 'crisis' on their hands right now and have just about 48 hours before their game against the Columbus Crew. The old Arrow has been gone for a few games now and a more traditional 4-diamond-2 has been employed. Against a bad team it looked good, against an average team it had issues, and against a good team .

Hyperpartisanship infecting the sports fan's mind

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Hyperpartisanship infecting the sports fan's mind

This post covers ground comparing modern partisan sports fans to political adherents who can not, and will not, accept that the opposition could at all be credited with doing anything right and proper.

My favorite line?
... a realm where fans' access to preconceived explanations that suit their emotional allegiances is drowning reality out of the discourse.

DC United Vs. Seattle Sounders: Quotes, Highlights, Statistics

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First-ever loss at DC United. Some head-scratching substitutions. The end of a six-match unbeaten streak. There are obviously reasons for people to fret over the Seattle Sounders' 2-1 loss on Wednesday. But frankly, I'm just not seeing it, especially after going over the quotes, highlights and statistics.

Fine line between physical and dirty

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Fine line between physical and dirty

Jeremiah talked to Alexi Lalas, Jay Demerit, Davy Arnaud and Patrick Ianni about that line and how one moment redefined Brian Mullan's career.

Seattle Sounders Lose to DC United 2-1 - Quick Recap

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This wasn't a case of bad luck (Los Angeles Galaxy), or poor finishing (Houston Dynamo). This was not a case of the hot striker riding his wave (New York Red Bulls). Nor was it a case of an opposing keeper winning keeper of the week (Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC). This was a case of tactics and substitution patterns that baffles a fan base, leaving Seattle with a lower chance of victory than prior to their implementation.

Q: What was Mike Fucito like growing up? DAVIES: He was feisty. He was one of my best friends...

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Q: What was Mike Fucito like growing up?
DAVIES: He was feisty. He was one of my best friends growing up. We played club soccer together and I recruited him to my high school, which was pretty cool. Unfortunately, he went to Harvard - his family wouldn't let him pass up that opportunity, so we didn't get a chance to play in college.

Seattle Sounders at DC United - Gamethread

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On Wednesday's game two of the three teams that take the Open Cup seriously face off in League play. The weeknight game sees Kasey Keller in what is one of his favorite stadiums to win in, the reuniting of high school partners Mike Fuicto and Charlie Davies and Seattle's best road win ever. Will Sigi Schmid and the Seattle Sounders go with the diamond 4-4-2 or return to the Arrow?

Sounders lose their US Open Cup lucky charms

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Sounders lose their US Open Cup lucky charms

Last night the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Portland Timbers late in extra time to knock the Timbers out of US Open Cup qualification. So if the Sounders are going to win the Cup again, they'll have to do it for the first time without beating the Timbers on the way.

New York Cosmos Finally Return to Adult Soccer

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New York Cosmos Finally Return to Adult Soccer

With former MLS player Giovanni Savarese to coach the U-23 PDL side offers an intriguing entry path for the New York Cosmos Academy players to enter the pro ranks by signing with the PDL team. Though there is no stadium solution yet, the team is clearly headed on a path to MLS, or at worst the NASL 2.

DC United Vs. Seattle Sounders, Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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This is the first of what should be plenty of weekly "doubles" for the Seattle Sounders, although it's just one of a handful that includes two MLS dates. Considering how poorly we at Sounder at Heart have fared in predicting lineups, I doubt this particular handicap is going to make it any easier.

Nos Audietis: The Sounder At Heart Podcast, East Coast Road Trip Edition (Featuring Travis Clark Of MLSSoccer.com)

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There's a whole lot to talk about on this edition of Nos Audietis and seeing as how we love to talk, this is a pretty hefty little podcast. Luckily every last second of it is pure gold.

Today we welcome Travis Clark of MLSSoccer.com and numerous other outlets to talk about DC United. We also discuss the Sounders dominant win over Toronto FC-including a discussion of the tactical changes made by Sigi Schmid and to what extent they might be incorporated going forward-and take a look at the Columbus Crew, this weekend's opponent.

Seattle Sounders at DC United - Three Questions

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Once upon a time there was a great and mighty team in Major League Soccer. This team won trophies, captured significant mainsteam media attention and launched the career of a US National Team coach. Since the Seattle Sounders defeated DC United in the 2009 US Open Cup Final the Black and Red have been more than struggling, as they have a -31 Goal Differential of the two partial and one full season since.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United Scouting Report: More of the Same, Please

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Last season DC United were awful. Their -26 Goal Differential was the worst since 2005, when expansion teams Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA stunk up the place, and the worst for a non-expansion side since the 2003 Dallas Burn finished with a -29 differential. The problems were mostly on the offensive side.

Adrian Hanauer: Seattle Sounders Still Planning To Add Talent

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The season, it's safe to say, did not start the way anyone around the Seattle Sounders expected. They announced the departure of one of their Designated Players just hours before First Kick, promptly lost their first two games of the season and needed until their fifth match to get their first win.

Fox Sports Upgrading Coverage Of Sports, MLS

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For soccer fans the announcement today that Fox will be using a multi-platform approach to present their coverage of the PAC-12 football and basketball mirrors their recent use of FX and the main network to cover UEFA Champions League. The use of the FX to present the UCL semis this year has resulted in a huge increase in viewership, despite the midday presentation that European soccer offers for the American audience.

MLS Working With Local Officials and Teams on Enhanced Security

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MLS Working With Local Officials and Teams on Enhanced Security

The intelligence community is rightly concerned about retaliatory attacks in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death. It's something that the DC United front office is looking at ahead of their Wednesday evening game against the Seattle Sounders.

May MLS Regional Standings: Cascadia Rising (slowly)

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What a long, strange trip it's been since last time we checked in on how Cascadia was stacking up against other MLS regions, though it's only been a month. Back then, O'Brian White and Steve Zakuani were providing hope to a Seattle Sounders team that was struggling to find the back of the net, and the porous Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers meant that only the extremely disappointing Texas teams were keeping Cascadia off of the bottom.

Major Link Soccer - Sometimes its Nice to Dominate Edition

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It was a great weekend for Seattle sports. The sun made a welcome appearance and plenty of people were out in the parks playing pick-up games. The Seattle Sounders absolutely dominated Toronto FC in front of a packed house and the crowd was as loud as I've ever heard them at a regular season game.

Pretty amazing photo of the Steve Zakuani tribute at Saturday's game from LikkitP, who is...

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Pretty amazing photo of the Steve Zakuani tribute at Saturday's game from LikkitP, who is constantly doing great stuff. (OK, this is not doing the image justice. Click on this link to get full-sized photo.)

Competing Regularly In CCL Requires Changes At League and National Level

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Jonah Freedman lays out four solid points as to how to get MLS players and teams more prepared to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League on a regular basis. While it is true that the USA through MLS is a solid #2 in the region, some of this comes from being good but not great.The top teams of Honduras and Costa Rica have historically better than those in MLS (except this year).

Seattle Sounders Vs. Toronto FC: Highlights, Statistics, Quotes

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Watching this game from the Brougham End, as opposed to my usual perch in the press box, I came away feeling like this was easily the most dominant the Seattle Sounders had looked in recent memory. You could say the game against the Houston Dynamo during thewas better played; you could argue that 3-0 win over the New England Revolution last year was an "easier" win; you might even suggest the MLS-era opening 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls was equally emotional.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Toronto FC: Brad Evans Leads Way During Emotional Victory

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It was a night that could have very well gone quite differently. Emotions were high. Two players had just been lost to potentially season-ending ailments. A 12th minute tribute to one of them ran the very real risk of causing players to lose their focus. But rather than being distracted, the Seattle Sounders turned it into more of an inspiration, as they turned in what was probably their most dominant performance of the year in a 3-0 win over Toronto FC behind two Brad Evans goals and an assist on Saturday.