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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Lots of different topics: reserve league, USOC, trophies over friendlies, Portland v Seattle.
Interview begins at 18:50.
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
"He's still dealing with the effects of the surgery as much as anything.
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.
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
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
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Four pager in the mag, and online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
This is probably the funniest thing to hit about this weekends rivalry. Just make sure that we
all arrive by boat on Sat.
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.
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).
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
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
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
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
Dave Clark: What is the disparity between home and road performance all
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
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.
TheChannelECS created this promotional video, and it deserves your attention.
Know Your History
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
My favorite line?
... a realm where fans' access to preconceived explanations that suit their emotional
allegiances is drowning reality out of the discourse.
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
Jeremiah talked to Alexi Lalas, Jay Demerit, Davy Arnaud and Patrick Ianni about that line and
how one moment redefined Brian Mullan's career.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
constantly doing great stuff. (OK, this is not doing the image justice. Click on this link to get
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).
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.
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.