Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2011

US Open Cup Player Of Round - Mike Fucito

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TheCup.US, in coordination with North American Soccer Reporters, awards a Player of the Round, and later a Player of Tournament for the US Open Cup. Though this is not an official award of the league or federation, the selectees are the quite similar to the selectors of the Player/Team of Week for MLS and for the League Awards.

Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles Galaxy - Three Questions with LAGConfidential

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This July 4th weekend will feature 6 matches on national television, but only one each on Fox Soccer and Telefutura/Galavision. ESPN2 will have four matches, with a double header on Independence Day capped with the best match of the week as the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders face off at night in Carson.

Three Part Plan To Improve The US Open Cup

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Three Part Plan To Improve The US Open Cup

1- No More Bidding
2- Game of the Round on National TV
3- Permanent Home for Final (suggests Livestrong Park)

Give it a read, give us your thoughts

Transfer Season For Seattle Sounders Is Ridiculous

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Things are getting busy for those who try to track Seattle Sounders transfer rumors. Most of the names attached are quite pricey, gunning for that final Designated Player slot, or at least a significant cap hit augmented with Allocation Dollars. The majority of players connected are of the attacking variety, which would fit a team need, but there of course is a keeper and even a centerback connected.

Seattle Sounders Loan Michael Tetteh To Orlando City Of USL-Pro

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Michael Tetteh has shown glimpses of being a special player, but has yet to appear in a MLS game for the Seattle Sounders. Now, he's being loaned to Orlando City of third-division USL-Pro until July 10. The Sounders can recall him at any point. The move does not free up a roster spot or any salary-cap space.

US Open Cup Pickem Standings After Round 3

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The third round of US Open Cup play marked the entrance of the MLS clubs into the competition and brought with it the first upset of the tournament (or the second, depending on what you think of the NPSL). The general lack of upsets meant two things. One, players who paid attention to the bracket and picked the favorite out of each geographical group racked up a lot of early points.

US Open Cup: Seattle Sounders 2 : Kitsap Pumas 1 - Statistics, Quotes

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The Seattle Sounders rode Mike Fucito's scoring prowess last night to beat Kitsap 2-1. The highlight package from SoundersFC.com is a little light on run of play, and doesn't show that the Pumas actually played much better than a PDL team should be expected to do. Nik Besagno, Cameron Hepple and Bryan Meredith all looked like they should be on the pitch at the MLS Reserve level.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Kitsap Pumas: Mike Fucito Saves The Day

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The Seattle Sounders first made their mark on the U.S. Open Cup as a USL team by pulling some rather impressive upsets over MLS teams. As a MLS team, they have, of course, made their mark by becoming the first MLS team to ever repeat as champions.

On Tuesday night, they almost made a mark in an entirely different way.

US Open Cup: Seattle Sounders v Kitsap Pumas - Gamethread

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The Kalateen Derby is not just about who cares the most about soccer, but a David (Kitsap Pumas) v Goliath (Seattle Sounders) in the national championship - the US Open Cup. This tournament has everything that fascinates America in the NCAA basketball tournament, but is played on the fields with 11-a-side.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Kitsap Pumas, Matchcard: Projected Lineups

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You'll have to forgive us. This has been a busy week and I didn't get around to updating the Seattle Sounders stats in this. This is really just a best guess as far as starting lineups go and I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up being more accurate on our Kitsap Pumas projections (thanks David Falk of GoalWA.

Sigi Schmid Born in Germany 58 years ago, Schmid moved to California with his family when he was 4...

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Sigi Schmid Born in Germany 58 years ago, Schmid moved to California with his family when he was 4 years old. After leading U.C.L.A. to several N.C.A.A. titles, Schmid took the job as an assistant to Bora Milutinovic for the 1994 World Cup. He had success as coach of the Galaxy and later Columbus, taking the Crew to the 2008 title before jumping to expansion Seattle.

Nos Audietis - Kitsap Pumas Edition Featuring Bryan Meredith

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Aaron left this episode up to me and, truth be told, it's a bit of a mess. I managed to make this without the intro music (there's a big blank spot) and there aren't any fancy bumpers. But there is some good discussion with Dave and an interview with Bryan Meredith, as well as lots and lots of talk about the U.

US Open Cup: Seattle Sounders v Kitsap Pumas - Three Questions

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As the club from Bremerton makes its way over to Starfire to face Seattle Sounders FC this is a battle of brothers, not just Daniel and Zach Scott, but a big city versus the towns where the Kitsap Pumas roam. These are not separate fanbases, and in some ways barely separate clubs. There are overlaps in players, staff (hey Pete Fewing!

Seattle Sounders v New England Revolution - Chalkboards Telling Different Stories

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When Alvaro Fernandez scored the game winning goal in the 40th minute it wasn't just a display of solid passing and movement by Mauro Rosales, Roger Levesque and El Flaco. The build-up started well before Rosales got the ball, and was a prime example of the reset versus the retreat. When Patrick Ianni won the ball and Hurtado recovered it, Arlo indicated that the Sounders should look up the field quickly to take advantage of the down Kevin Alston.

Major Link Soccer - Work Trips Suck Edition

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Man, I hate work trips. They make you miss awesome soccer like the Sounders 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls and a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution. I would have loved to see the scuba celebration live with 46,000 cheering fans. Tyson Wahl needs to talk with Roger Levesque (and definitely not Eric Hassli) on the fine art of goal celebrations.

CONCACAF Champions League Prelim Ticketing Will Have Presale

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Seattle Sounders FC will have a pre-sale to season ticket holders who will have right of first refusal on their seats. This is similar to last year's CONCACAF Champions League run. As always stay tuned to your official season ticket email for notifications as to when these go on sale tomorrow. The tickets will be in three tiers at 30, 22 and 15 dollars.

Need Tickets for Open Cup v Pumas? ECS has them

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Need Tickets for Open Cup v Pumas? ECS has them

They have opened up sales to non-members, so if you need a few seats act quickly. The atmosphere at Starfire is always amazing, and this is a must win game as Seattle goes for the three-peat in the US Open Cup.

Seattle Sounders Transfer Rumor: Lucas Neill

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It may not be every day, but it looks like twice a week that the Seattle Sounders will be connected with a significant transfer rumor. Today, it is Lucas Neill. The Australian National Team Captain and Galatasaray centerback is connected specifically to the Seattle Sounders by Turkish site Fanatik (h/t KevinAirs442 - Australia).

Seattle Sounders Vs. New England Revolution: Highlights, Quotes, Statistics

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Took my parents to the game and sat in the Brougham End. From my vantage point, it seemed like a solid performance from the Seattle Sounders, but not necessarily a great one.

Like most people, when I'm at the game I don't feel like I necessarily got a great sense of how it really went, though.

Seattle Sounders Hold Off New England Revolution Win 2-1

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The Seattle Sounders beat the New England Revolution on Sunday through quality players that at one point were considered merely depth, but are now clearly depth in quality. Tyson Wahl, who just a few short weeks ago expected to not be the player taking free kicks and so did not expect to get a goal, just mere assists.

Seattle Sounders v New England Revolution - Gamethread

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The New England Revolution at this time are a bad team. Similar to the Seattle Sounders some of this is due to injury, as their Designated Player went down with a poor ankle. That issue with Benny Feilhaber influenced Shalrie Joseph to skip the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but unfortunately for the Rev faithful their team only picked up 2 points in the last 5 matches.

Kitsap Sun Offers Their View Of What Could Have Been In Sounders v Pumas

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Kitsap Sun Offers Their View Of What Could Have Been In Sounders v Pumas

It should be noted that the Rochester Rhinos did outbid an MLS side this year, and other non-MLS teams have done so in the past as well.

CONCACAF Gold Cup: USA v Mexico - Gamethread for readers

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There are going to be a ton of places you could go to enjoy your online experience of this match-up between the United States and Mexico, but this is our community and our place to enjoy watching the two best teams in the region face for a trophy and ticket to Brazil. The game is on Univision (KUNS in Seattle), Fox Soccer and KJR-AM radio (950 AM) is carrying the Fox Soccer audio.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: USA v Mexico - Leveling Up

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About 200,000 words have been written (that's just at the SB Nation coverage) on Saturday night's Gold Cup Final between the two rivals. For Mexico this one is about firmly declaring a return to their superiority of not just talent but continuing in their results (8 1st place finishes in 20 tournaments, 13 in top 3 total).

Vancouver Away tickets on sale

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Vancouver Away tickets on sale

This morning. I was able to get 7 seats together in the away support area (Sections 228 & 229). To get seats in that location, select "Yellow" under "Section," and "West Side" under "Additional."

See you there!

Seattle Sounders Vs. New England Revolution, Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Dave and I have gone back and forth over this lineup countless times. With three matches being played in six days, it's no easy task trying to read the mind of Sigi Schmid. Well, this is what we settled on: Mike Fucito and Roger Levesque up top and a never-before-deployed midfield of Alvaro Fernandez, Erik Friberg, Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales.

Seattle Sounders v New England Revolution - Three Questions With Bent Musket

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One of the difficult parts of the whole three games in six days is trying to keep up with our regular features. But, we're on a great network, and in this case The Bent Musket reminded me of the Sunday 1PM game against the New England Revolution. Let's just ignore the future game for a moment and pay some attention to the whole issue concerning their supporters' groups battling with the front office.

CONCACAF Champions League: Seattle Sounders Will Host Panama's San Francisco On Aug. 3

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The Seattle Sounders will start their CONCACAF Champions League season at Panama's San Francisco on July 26 and host the return leg on Aug. 3. Tickets will for the home lege go on sale on July 6.

The winner of the two-legged aggregate goal series will then advance to the group stage of the tournament.

Seattle Sounders 4 - New York Red Bulls 2 - Highlights, Statistics, Quotes

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With last night's victory fresh in our minds it the scoreline of Seattle 4: New York Red Bulls 2 gives one the perception of a dominant performance by the Sounders. While the highlight package makes that seem true, particularly the fun sequences of Roger Levesque's two goals and scuba celebration, the statistics show a slightly different picture.

Major Link Soccer - Lake Trout Edition

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Happy Friday everyone! The Sounders played yesterday against the mighty New York Red Bulls. At this point I would probably give you the scoreline, a comment or two about the game and highlights. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch the boys in green yesterday since I have a rather inconvenient business trip to Baltimore this weekend.

Seattle Sounders Vs. New York Red Bulls: 46,000-Plus Go Home Very Happy

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Roger Levesque scored two goals. Osvaldo Alonso scored his second goal in two matches. Erik Friberg finally put one in the back of the net. Most importantly, the 46,065 fans in attendance with huge grins on their faces after the Seattle Sounders beat the New York Red Bulls 4-2 after blowing a 2-0 lead.

Seattle Sounders v New York Red Bulls - Gamethread

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New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe will have a diminished side due to the Gold Cup, injury and suspension with key losses being Rafael Marquez, Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry. While this looks like a significantly weakened team, it is the defense that has lost the most. Red Bull has still put up goals (6 in their last 3), but the defense has given up 5.

Seattle Sounders Vs. New York Red Bulls, Match Card: Projected Lineups, TV Schedule, Statistics

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The Seattle Sounders are about as close to full health as we've seen all season, although they will be without Jhon Kennedy Hurtado because of last week's red card. Our projected starting lineup features only one surprise, and that's Zach Scott getting the nod over Patrick Ianni at center back.

That's in quite stark comparison to the New York Red Bulls, who will be without five regular starters.

Seattle Sounders vs New York Red Bull Scouting Report: Facing the Reserves

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There can't be any doubt that when the Seattle Sounders announced in late March that they'd be selling a 3-pack of tickets that included Manchester United, the last home game of the season, and the New York Red Bulls, it was the star power on the New York roster that was intended to be the attraction.

Nos Audietis, Episode 12: Mike Fucito Interview Edition

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We've got quite the busy week ahead in Soundersland, with the New York Red Bulls coming to town tonight, the New England Revolution on their tails on Sunday and the the Sounders US Open Cup defense beginning against the Kitsap Pumas on Tuesday night at Starfire.

We'll take a look back at the Sounders gutty shorthanded win over Toronto FC, preview this evening's game against a shorthanded Red Bulls side, talk about the clash between New England Revolution supporters and their own stadium security and look at the impact three games in six days might have on the Sounders performance against the PDL Pumas on Tuesday evening.

Seattle Sounders Transfer Rumor: Prince Tagoe In Town?

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UPDATE: Here's what Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer had to say about the rumor, make of it what you will: "The only thing that I can confirm is that Prince is a player whom we have followed over the past few months. But he is under contract with Hoffenheim, so we will communicate with them directly, if there are any potential contract discussions.

Kitsap Pumas Owner Claims "Nobody Cares" In Seattle About Open Cup

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Seriously. While the majority of the story in the Kitsap Sun was concerned about how this game could move the needle on the other side of the Puget Sound, Waite said:

"Realistically for the good of soccer in the Puget Sound, this game should be played here," Pumas owner Robin Waite said.

US Open Cup Pickem Standings After Round 2

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Round 2 results were delayed a day thanks to a lightning storm in Madison which forced the Chicago Fire PDL team and the Madison 56ers to replay their match this afternoon. The Fire win continues the trend this tournament of a lack of upsets. The only team that can plausibly claim to have beaten a team in the higher division is USASA's New York Pancyprian Freedoms, who beat the NPSL's Brooklyn Italians in round one.

USA Vs. Panama, Gold Cup Semifinal: Gamethread

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There may be some MLS games going on tonight, but let's be honest: You're watching Gold Cup and if you aren't ... what is wrong with you? The United States is taking on Panama first, the team that beat the Yanks in the group stage. The other semifinal features Mexico and Honduras.

Don't have much to say right now other than it's actually kinda refreshing to see Landon Donovan on the bench.

Erik Friberg's First Half Learnings About MLS And Seattle Sounders

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When Erik Friberg arrived to play for the Seattle Sounders there was internet babble about him being a CAM or Classic #10, and while he hasn't been the next Carlos Valderrama, what he has shown is the ability to push the through ball forward into the attacking third fairly effectively from any part of the pitch, as he's played on the left, right and centrally.

SBN Adds Galaxy Blog

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SBN Adds Galaxy Blog

LAGConfidential will cover the whole Galaxy, or at least the team. I'm now craving Kim Basinger movies.

On a serious note it means that the SBN-MLS network now covers 17 of the league's teams.

Seattle Sounders v New York Red Bulls - Three Questions With Once A Metro

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There is a theory around MLS that Euro coaches/general managers struggle in the League due to the odd player acquisition rules and what-not. The New York Red Bulls don't seem to be having problems related to that. They have managed to trade for an amazing talent (Dwayne De Rosario), sign two huge DPs (Thierry Henry, Rafael Marquez) and acquired decent role-players through draft or international discovery.

Kitsap Pumas Advance To Face Seattle Sounders In Third Round Of US Open Cup

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When the Pete Fewing led Kitsap Pumas beat the Real Colorado Foxes 3-1 tonight over in Bremerton a derby may have been born. Jeremiah christens it the "Fauntleroy Derby." As West Sound and Seattle meet to advance from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Third Round next Tuesday over in Starfire. As noted earlier today, this is going to be a short turn around for Seattle, but at least they are at home.

Come One, Come All: Sounders Opening Whole Stadium For Red Bulls Match

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Dave basically reported on this earlier in the week, but on Tuesday Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer confirmed that the Seattle Sounders will be essentially selling as many tickets as people want to buy for Thursday's match against the New York Red Bulls. The match was originally being marketed as part of a package deal that also got you a ticket to the July 20 friendly against Manchester United and the home finale against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer On Connections To Tanzania

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As Trialists continue to trickle into town (two new ones today - Gianfranco Di Julio VEN and Cordell Cato T&T) I had the opportunity to catch up with Adrian Hanauer regarding the club's connections with Tanzania (including a confirmation of work to trial Mrisho Ngassa of Azam FC h/t MLS-Rumors).

Seattle Sounders May Have To Play Kitsap Pumas On One Day's Rest

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If the Kitsap Pumas beat the Real Colorado Foxes in tonight's U.S. Open Cup second in Bremerton, they would play the Seattle Sounders at Starfire on June 28. As you may have noticed, the Sounders play the New England Revolution on June 26. You don't have to be a math wiz to see that the Sounders would have to play that match on just one day's rest.

Seattle Sounders Academy Teams Learn Playoff Groups

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Last week when we checked in on the Sounders Academy both teams had effectively clinched their divisions with a game left to play. And Seattle won both of those final games (by a combined 6-1) to head into the postseason with positive momentum. The Sounders were one of only three clubs to win their division in both age groups, along with DC United and Empire United.

Zakuani joins the blogosphere

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Zakuani joins the blogosphere

Via his twitter.

He wants comments. Give him comments.

Seattle Companies Export Humor, While Portland Buts A Bird On It

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Seattle Companies Export Humor, While Portland Buts A Bird On It

Remember that pretty funny advert with John Spencer in it? He was advertising for a Seattle based company - Alaska Airlines. Guess what?

A Seattle ad-firm came up with it.

Fredy Montero Roams Free

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Often when one talks about tactics and formations it is a notation or nomenclature that implies certain small things happening in general. The Seattle Sounders have shifted from an Arrow (4-1-3-1-1), to various versions of the Diamond (4-<4>-2), and against Toronto we saw a more traditional 4-2-3-1.

Major Link Soccer - Henry Love Taps Edition

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It was most certainly an interesting weekend in soccer for the Pacific Northwest. The Sounders managed to pull out a 1-0 win on the road against Toronto FC despite playing a man down for most of the 2nd half. Fredy Montero ended his most recent dry spell with an absolute wonder-strike off a free kick.

Transfer Rumor: Seattle Sounders Interested In Prince Tagoe, But Not Paying $10M A Year

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Another week, another player rumored to be transferring to the Seattle Sounders. This time, it's Ghana's Prince Tagoe, who was actually quoted in a Ghanian newspaper as saying he's been offered $200,000 a week (that's the equivalent of $10 million a year) to don the Rave Green (H/T to MLS-Rumors for finding this).

The Portland Timbers had a two goal lead and later Jack Jewsbury stepped to the spot with the...

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The Portland Timbers had a two goal lead and later Jack Jewsbury stepped to the spot with the opportunity to nail a penalty and put them back up two. He posted it. Red Bull New York came back to draw the match at 3-3 with a Penalty in the 96th. At various points Portland had a 98% chance of winning.

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

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In the heat of the moment, the Seattle Sounders beating Toronto FC down a man and on the road felt pretty significant. With a night to sleep on it and after watching the highlights, I'm inclined to feel that was to an even greater degree.

Aside from a pretty bad spell from about the 15th-45th minute, the Sounders were clearly the better team.

Seattle Sounders Late Winner Over Toronto FC

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The game opened hearing that we would see a free roaming Fredy Montero who could do what he wanted. It wound up with Seattle playing a 4-2-3-1 with the middle of that 3 band being free to pester Toronto FC from unique angles. For the first 10 or 15 minutes it looked like Seattle was going to be the only challenger in this one with Mike Fucito hitting the far post in minute 2.

Seattle Sounders at Toronto FC - Gamethread

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Aaron Winter has struggled to get Toronto FC to play the style of game that he wants. He has changed what they are tactically to a 4-2-1-3 with Alan Gordon at the Target. Whereas the season started with DeRo being the expected offensive guide the Reds now get their dynamic play from Maicon Santos and Joao Plata.

Soccer Quants Finding New Numbers To Judge Quality

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Soccer Quants Finding New Numbers To Judge Quality

Still much is hidden by the clubs as they don't want to give up advantages, but correlations between Sprints and Points on Table have been discovered. Importance of tackles has been reduced.

In all you can find many nuggets, but not much meat in this large post on the developments of soccer analytics over the past decade.

Sounders FC vs Toronto FC Scouting Report: No Easy Games

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It's tempting to think that today's match versus Toronto FC is one that the Seattle Sounders should win. By most measures, Toronto is one of if not the worst teams in the league. They have the worst goal differential at -10, have allowed the most goals, have the second worst shot differential per 90, and their 5th-worst point total is inflated by the fact that they're tied for the second-most games played this season (along with the Sounders).

New Playing Surface Likely Coming To Qwest Field In 2012

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It looks like there will be a new playing surface on Qwest Field in 2012, although the chances of it being grass are almost nil, according to comments Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer made to Don Ruiz of the News Tribune:

In the meantime, I think it's highly likely that we will speed up the process and regularity with which we would change the synthetic.

Is there a reason going to a soccer match in the Pacific Northwest seems like going to a European...

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Is there a reason going to a soccer match in the Pacific Northwest seems like going to a European soccer match more than anywhere else in the United States? Well, yes. There's a culture here that was really accepting of it. It's a younger audience; young professionals, that pub culture you talk about.

Toronto FC Vs. Seattle Sounders, Match Card: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Projecting the Seattle Sounders starting lineup this week against Toronto FC was a bit challenging this week. It sounds like coach Sigi Schmid has not exactly been blown away by Mike Fucito, which could herald the return of Nate Jaqua to the starting lineup and it's not exactly clear whether or not Alvaro Fernandez is once again fit enough to start.

Nos Audietis, Episode 11: Whitecaps, Home Struggles, Transfers And Toronto FC

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It's been a fairly eventful week for the Sounders; a disappointing draw at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps, the end of the trials of Cillian Sheridan and Myron Samuel, the beginning of the trial of Sammy Ochoa and the beginning of (credible) big-name transfer rumors.

We'd also hoped to have an interview with Ben Rycroft of Canadian Soccer News and It's Called Football, but the technology demons got in the way.

Major Link Soccer - Local Soccer Edition

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The Sounders are traveling north of the border this weekend to take on Toronto FC. I'm not going to lie. I expect a big win on Saturday. Toronto, even at home, is one of the easiest match-ups in the league and an opportunity to claw back some points the Sounders left on the table last weekend when the Vancouver Whitecaps came to town.

"He tells me to be patient and not be mad when I don't play, because sometimes I lose concentration...

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"He tells me to be patient and not be mad when I don't play, because sometimes I lose concentration and it distracts me a little bit," Montano said. "He says be patient, keep training hard and everything will be fine."

Miguel Montano relays what Jhon Kennedy Hurtado says to him

John Boyle in the Kitsap Sun with a feature on the youngest player on the team, his potential, and his struggles to get more first team time.

Mike Fucito Should Remain Starter

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Last year, much of the of the case made for Sigi Schmid starting Mike Fucito in league play revolved around his PP90, which was absurdly high due to sample size. Around here, we of course we knew that would not carry over into multiple goals in every start. But despite the lack of forward scoring, the Seattle Sounders are generating chances with Fucito on the pitch, and it is obvious that Jeff Parke respects his game (Mayers, Seattle Times);

"He causes havoc everywhere because he's got that 'no quit' attitude," said Parke.

Seattle Sounders At Toronto FC - Three Questions With Waking The Red

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No matter how down Seattle Sounders fans are about their results, nothing compares to what the Toronto FC faithful have gone through. They didn't even win their national championship in the first possible year, at least the Sounders got the US Open Cup and didn't lose it to a D2 team. This year only a weather decision prevented them from losing the Voyageurs Cup to Vancouver.

Designated Player Strategies - A Look at DPs Around the League

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On July 15th the summer transfer window for MLS officially opens. Like many of you I've been watching rumors of possible and not-so-possible designated players (DPs) like Djibril Cisse and Diego Forlán. It's also made me think about DPs around the league and which strategies for using DPs have been successful (and which haven't).

EPL Free List Is Shopping List For MLS General Managers

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Wednesday a list of EPL players with terminated contracts, or who filled their full terms without an extension was released. The Guardian has the list arranged by team. There are names that we all expected (Marcus Hahnemann), and some may have already reached tentative agreements with new teams.

There are the occasional US National Team players like Eddie Johnson.

Seattle Sounders Will Host Third Round U.S. Open Cup Match

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For the first time since joining MLS in 2009, the Seattle Sounders will host their third-round U.S. Open Cup match, according to a release by the U.S. Soccer Federation. In fact, there's a good chance that every third-round match will be hosted by the eight MLS teams. The only possible match that could be at a non-MLS facility is if the Rochester Rhinos win their second-round match.

US Open Cup Pickem Standings After Round One

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Sixteen teams have already been eliminated from the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after the first day of play, but our Pickem contestants are still going strong. Our current leader is bmvaughn who promised he'd go for the early points with a pile of lower division picks. But not as many lower division picks as Jeff Kusowski who started at the cheapest teams and kept picking until he ran out of cash.

the Sounders haven't even been a good home team in their time in MLS; they've been slightly above...

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the Sounders haven't even been a good home team in their time in MLS; they've been slightly above average at best. In their first two seasons in MLS, the Sounders averaged 1.8 points per game (PPG) at home, against a league average of 1.73 in 2009 and 1.69 in 2010. That put Seattle 8th in home PPG in 2009 and 7th in 2010, despite finishing with the 4th highest point total in MLS in 2009 and 6th highest in 2010.

Trialists, Cap Room Options And The Eight

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Seattle Sounders fans are going to get hammered with trialists and rumors over the next month. The lead up to this Summer's window is going to be fast, furious and ideally fortunate. Adrian Hanauer has some cap room to play with, a DP slot available, and MLS has slightly higher respect than it did four years ago.

Sounders Academy Teams Clinch Divisions and Playoff Berths

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Last weekend the Sounders U-18 and U-16 Academy teams continued their romp through the Northwest Division of the US Soccer Development Academy. They won three of their four games for the second week in a row and this week it was enough to lock in division championships for both teams.

The U-18s opened the weekend with an away loss to second place Cal Odyssey, which opened the door a little for the California team, but the Sounders went on to win a close game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday and now have 25 points through 11 games.

Jerry Brewer On The Sounders FC Experience Three Years In

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Jerry Brewer On The Sounders FC Experience Three Years In

I'm not going to lie, as a former newspaper man, I cringe every time I see a byline on top of a Seattle Times story about the Sounders that doesn't have Joshua Mayers' name on it. So, I was braced for the worst when I saw Jerry Brewer was writing about the "Sounders Experience.

Alliance Council Ratifies Constitution - Next Step Club

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Something that the Seattle Sounders do has been percolating in the background. It is a thing for which I have been quite involved. Democracy in Sports is part of the core of this organization, but has been a very nebulous term. The Alliance Council is looking to change that. Last Saturday we met with many representatives from ownership, briefly discussed the proposed Constitution, ratified both unanimously and now await the club to vet it legally as well as provide some clear direction as to what exactly we can do.

Seattle Sounders Trialist Samuel Ochoa Leads Reserves To Win

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If you were in the gamethread you know he scored the game winner in the 82nd minute off of an Erik Friberg cross. Sammy Ochoa wasn't afraid to change his game and get a bit more physical as the match went on and he adjusted to the refereeing. His effort on the goal could have been waved off, but it wasn't and Seattle maintained their perfect record.

Seattle Sounders Reserves v LA Galaxy Reserves - Gamethread

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Today's Reserve game (11AM at Starfire) in the Seattle rain will feature the strongest MLS Reserve squad at the half way point of their season. The Sounders are 5-0-0 with a +7 goal differential and face the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserve side that is winless in three played with a -7 goal differential.

Major Link Soccer - No Reverse for Reserves Edition

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Good morning everyone. Another week of MLS action is in the books with a 2-2 draw for the Sounders this Saturday against our rivals to the north. Even diehard supporters of the Vancouver Whitecaps will admit they were a bit lucky to come away with a tie. You won't often see a no-look goal like Eric Hassli's in MLS.

Seattle Sounders Record Better Than You Think

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Dark Clouds Can Hide The Sun

Seriously. Sigi Schmid's Sounders aren't dominating as the fans and team had hoped. They look merely average, which in MLS means competing for only two trophies (MLS Cup, US Open Cup). Sure, it would be nice if they competed for the Supporters Shield as well, but we know why this is true.

Seattle Sounders Draw Vancouver Whitecaps At Two - Highlights, Statistics, Quotes

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Seattle may have just found itself on the outside looking in concerning the Cascadia Cup (which honestly is only the 4th most important trophy this year). That draw last night was particularly painful because the Sounders rallied from behind and put themselves up late after goals by Mauro Rosales and Osvaldo Alonso.

The tifo against the Vancouver Whitecaps was maybe not as audacious as the one against the Portland...

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The tifo against the Vancouver Whitecaps was maybe not as audacious as the one against the Portland Timbers, but it was very impressive in its own right. Love that ECS keeps coming up with awesome displays.

US Open Cup Pick'em Contest

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Due to high demand (1 person asked) we are going to run a 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup contest. The unique nature of this tournament makes an NCAA style bracket is impossible; hosts aren't known throughout the tournament and we still don't know match-ups for the eight MLS teams that will enter the contest in the Third Round.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Well, It Was Exciting Wasn't It?

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To be quite honest, I did not actually watch last night's game. I listened to the radio play-by-play -- unfortunately not with the soothing sounds of Arlo White's voice -- and then watched the highlights. So take my opinion's of the Seattle Sounders 2-2 Cascadia Cup tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps with that caveat.

Cascadia Cup: Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps - Gamethread

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Tom Soehn is still converting the Vancouver Whitecaps to be the team he always wanted it to be, he did pick the talent after all. Reports from up North were that practices went back to fundamentals, simple movements, simple passes. Which practically screams that the ‘Caps will be back at the beginning, even though the season is a third over at this point.

ECS Leadership expects and demands that for this match ALL ECS members participate in the march. No...

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ECS Leadership expects and demands that for this match ALL ECS members participate in the march. No excuses! Close your tabs and join us as we all march towards Royal Brougham Park setting the tone for the evening match.

Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and all Sounders fans (21 and over) are encouraged to stop by, mingle, eat, drink and sing for our boys.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Is this the week Fredy Montero returns to the starting lineup? We certainly hope so. The Seattle Sounders Designated Player has started on the bench the past two matches and has played reasonably well in a reserve role. The Vancouver Whitecaps seem like the perfect team for him to get into some kind of groove with Mike Fucito.

Steve Zakuani talks to the media for the first time since having his leg broken by Brian Mullan. He...

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Steve Zakuani talks to the media for the first time since having his leg broken by Brian Mullan. He talks of forgiveness and the long road back.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report: Cascadia Closer

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Generally when a team fires a coach midseason, they will schedule it before a series of easier opponents. This gives the new coach a chance to start off his tenure with some good results, and from a PR perspective it makes it easier to convince the fans that the change was for the better based on those results.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle Sounders - Three Questions With EightySixForever

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Vancouver sports fans have a lot on their plate right now. Now, we all love soccer, but how distracted from a regular season match would we be if one of our sports teams was in the Finals of another sport? Probably a bit. That isn't the only issue facing Vancouver Whitecaps supporters. The Canadian National Team is competing in the Gold Cup, and despite the 2-nil loss the the United States should still advance from the Group Stage, but they have a match down in Tampa and some of their supporters and Whitecaps supporters crossover.

Seattle Sounders Transfer Rumors: Djibril Cisse To Seattle?

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This one has been sort of floating around in the background for a bit, but this post at the ever reliable and always well sourced MLS Rumors seems to have kicked the speculation up a notch. Here is the original article MLS Rumors references, dated May 28th.

On the face of it, Djibril Cisse is the kind of player I'd love to see the Sounders going after.

Dave Clark on with Dick Fain of KJR-AM Seattle (direct link)

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Dave Clark on with Dick Fain of KJR-AM Seattle (direct link)

The segment with me starts at about 15:30 in, as they podcast the full hour show. Topics are Whitecaps game, lacking offense, and possible transfers to Seattle.

Nos Audietis, Episode 10: Featuring The Folks Behind Win A Date With A Sounder

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Welcome to another episode of Nos Audietis, the Sounder at Heart Podcast, brought to you by CSRN.

Today we've got an interview with some of the folks behind the Win A Date With A Sounders ad campaign; Ian Cohen of Wexley School for Girls (the folks responsible for the Sounders ads and a lot of their PR campaigns) and Stephanie Gray, Marketing Manager of Seattle Sounders FC.

Major Link Soccer - Fat Man Sings Edition

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It's been a busy news week for the Sounders and the rest of MLS. The Seattle Sounders invited strikers Cillian Sheridan and Myron Samuel to train with the Sounders this week. Sounders fans were able to see both play in the reserve league game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps senior team, and their family-friendly fans, will be in town this Saturday for the big rivalry game.

Fantasy US Open Cup Bracket - The Concept

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I'm a sucker for Fantasy Games that have more of a luck than skill aspect. March Madness is one of my favorite times of year, even though I don't watch NCAA Men's BB until Championship week.

The US Open Cup bracket presents a perfect opportunity for a pick'em bracket where both soccer die-hards and casual fans could potentially be on equal footing picking winners for each match given previous history of low-level upsets and the winner not always being the best team in MLS at the time (sorry fellow Sounders fans, that's true for the past two years).

Awesome Adidas commercial featuring MLS teams, as well as Messi and Kaka. Some awesome Sounders...

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Awesome Adidas commercial featuring MLS teams, as well as Messi and Kaka. Some awesome Sounders shots in there!

Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps Price Proves Rivalry

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Last night I was told the the rivalry with the "other" Cascadia team can feel a bit forced at times. This ignores that it was the Supporter Groups who took it from I-5 rivalry to Cascadia Cup, but still despite better on field competition there is no hate for the Vancouver Whitecaps like there is for Portland Timbers FC.

Tough Week For Vancouver Sports Fans

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Do we have Benjamin Massey on suicide watch? His Eighty-Six Forever blog hasn't been updated since before the USMNT played Canada in the Gold Cup.

You could understand him being a little down, along with every other sports fan in Vansterdam. In the finals of the Official Sport of Canadaâ„¢, the Canucks were crushed by the Boston Bruins 8-1 to make it a series and threaten to continue a streak that hasn't seen a Stanley Cup champion from the country that invented the game since 1993.

MLS All-Star Ballot Announced - Opportunity For Fans

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Major League Soccer with its partner AT&T have announced the All-Star ballot for 2011. There are some decent changes to the system, as now select media whittle the list down to 6 players from each team, and then fan voting will determine the First XI (not starting XI). Don Garber will pick two after that point, and then Hans Backe will fill out his gameday 18.

When a team is performing well, people stop looking for things to criticize. Where Montero had...

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When a team is performing well, people stop looking for things to criticize. Where Montero had previously been chastised for a lack of hustle he was instead praised for his patience in the build up. Instead of being criticized for wasting chances with long range efforts that went just wide or high, he was lauded for his self-assurance when they began to find the target.

Trialists Cillian Sheridan And Myron Samuel Show Promise In Another Reserve Win

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Cillian Sheridan, after long plane travel, went 45 minutes and opened the scoring, while Myron Samuel played the second half showing some raw promise but nothing in the boxscore as the Seattle Sounders reserves beat the Vancouver Whitecaps reserves 2-0 on Tuesday. They entered a team that is showing depth in interesting ways.

Seattle Sounders Reserves v Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves - Gamethread

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This baby Cascadia match is destined to be over shadowed by the two trailists (Cillian Sheridan and Myron Samuel - links to brief scouting reports), but is also a key Reserve match between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. Seattle has dominated Reserve play displaying their depth by winning all 4 previous matches with a goal differential of five.

Trialist Myron Samuel To Appear In Reserve Game Tonight

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When SoundersFC.com says that a trialist is not just in camp but going to play in a Reserve Match (7pm, Starfire, Free) it leaves the land of rumor. Matt Gaschk introduces Myron Samuel of St. Vincent and Grenadines not just Cillian Sheridan of the earlier post here. Samuel is 18 and already has a handful of CAPs for the small island's national team.

Cillian Sheridan Offers Height, Physical Experience At Target Forward

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Tall Irishman, Cillian Sheridan (6'5") will appear in tonight's Reserve Game (7PM, Starfire, Free) according to SoundersFC.com. He has several years of professional experience, most in the Scottish Premier League. While his contract was held by Glasgow giants Celtic he also played with several of the mid and lower caliber teams in the SPL.

Ireland's Cillian Sheridan On Trial With Seattle Sounders

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UPDATE: Just received confirmation from the Seattle Sounders that Cillian Sheridan is, indeed, one of the players on trial with the team and he could appear in tonight's Reserve League match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. In case you needed another reason to head out to Starfire, that probably qualifies.

Cascadia Cup - Vancouver Whitecaps The Other Team

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The other team in the Cascadia Cup rivalry is often overlooked. The Vancouver Whitecaps fans are just hard to hate. The Southsiders in their brief MLS history have conflicted with their front-office over seemingly small things, like who gets to travel here this weekend. In the USL/A-League era they, like Seattle, had a small but dedicated group.

Sounders Practice Report: Brad Evans and Midfield Rotations

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Monday's practice saw Saturday's first-teamers in a small group playing keep away in a circle on one field while a group of reservists and a few guest players played on a short field. Fredy Montero, Roger Levesque and Leo Gonzalez were in that group and the keeper's were Josh Ford and Bryan Meredith.

Marcus Hahnemann Still On Seattle Sounders Radar, But No Shortage Of Other Transfer Candidates

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Prior to joining the United States Gold Cup team, Marcus Hahnemann made a stop in the Seattle area. It turns out, he wasn't just making a quick run to his offseason home. While he was here, Hahnemann met with Seattle Sounders officials about the possibility of joining the team, perhaps as soon as this summer.

Sounders Academy Teams Keep Winning

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After a long break for the spring high school soccer season in Washington that allowed the California teams to pick up some ground in the Academy league standings, the Sounders returned to action this weekend and got right back to winning.

Here's a good summary from the official site. It includes tidbits like this:

In the sixth minute, Okoli scored off an assist from Aaron Kovar for the early 1-0 lead.

Major Link Soccer - Nothing Happening Edition

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Happy Monday everyone. The Sounders are back in town this week after a scoreless draw against the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The match had some good possession midfield play from both teams, but it would be hard to call it must watch soccer. Although I still admire Arlo White for trying to sell it as such during the broadcast.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire Draw at Zeroes - Highlights, Statistics and Quotes

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The Seattle Sounders had their opportunities and there was no results. The same goes for the Chicago Fire. There were some solid attempts and goal, and some solid saves. The "highlights" aren't amazing from either the offense or the defense, though Tyson Wahl did have a solid play that deserves recognition.

June MLS Regional Standings: Taste the Rockies

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Despite the post-CCL funk for Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids continuing to tread water, the Mile High Club tops the standings in June, as they have every month this season. But their 1.63 PPG pace is well below their peak at the beginning of the season when both teams were undefeated. California shoots two places up the standings thanks mainly to the Galaxy's torrid streak, though Chivas has improved significantly since the opening month of the season.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire Recap - Nil-Nil Draw Merely Average

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The sum total of special moments is similar to the sum total of quality referees in all of soccer. Small, and not nearly enough for either side. The Chicago Fire were expected to come out emotionally excited for at the beginning of the match, and if that was them excited their poor fans will be disappointed.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire - Gamethread

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Saturday's game sees Frank Klopas coach the Chicago Fire for his inaugural match in charge of game day decisions. He does this while facing one of MLS most experienced coaches in Sigi Schmid and a former National Team teammate in Kasey Keller, while the Seattle Sounders continue to be one of the better road teams in Major League Soccer.

Starting Lineup: Tim Howard; Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, Eric Lichaj; Sacha...

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Starting Lineup: Tim Howard; Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, Eric Lichaj; Sacha Kljestan, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Robbie Rogers; Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo

StoryStream at SB Nation Soccer on USA v Spain

This looks like a conventional 4-4-2 bucket with Edu and Jones in the middle.

MLS4RSL a retrospective

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MLS4RSL a retrospective

86 Forever takes a look at the movement #MLS4RSL a month later due to the occaission of Whitecaps travel to Salt Lake.

He makes a solid point. MLS is better than most fans give it credit. The movement was fun. But even a win at the CWC wouldn't be enough.

Seattle Sounders vs Chicago Fire Scouting Report: Bringing the Thunder Again

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Today's matchup between the Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire marks the first time the Sounders play their second match against an opponent in 2011. The first meeting in early April resulted in a Sounders win that kicked off a stretch of three wins in four games, which went a long way towards rescuing a disappointing start to the season.

CONCACAF Chaos Continues

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After Jack Warner (Pres. CONCACAF) was suspended by FIFA pending full investigation acting Pres. Lisle Austin tried to suspend Chuck Blazer for accusing Warner. Blazer remains as General Secretary as the Pres. does not have the power to choose the Gen Sec.

Now Austin has been suspended, likely for his attempted power grab.

Kitsap Pumas Qualify For U.S. Open Cup, Eliminate Portland Timbers U-23s

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Robbie Christner scored two goals, Seattle Sounders draft pick Bryan Meredith saved a penalty and the Kitsap Pumas survived the final 10 minutes of their match against the Portland Timbers U-23s to win 3-2 and advance to the U.S. Open Cup. The match, which was also played as a regular-season PDL game, was played instead of a traditional Open Cup qualifying tiebreaker.

Chicago Fire Vs. Seattle Sounders, Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Like we did for the match against Real Salt Lake, this week's Seattle Sounders projected lineup is more of a preferred lineup than one necessarily based on any inside information. In fact, it seems like based on the way personnel was deployed during practice this week, Fredy Montero could be on the bench again this week.

Major Link Soccer - Koke(d) Out Edition

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The Sounders play the Chicago Fire after a great win against Real Salt Lake. Meanwhile, the Fire will be dealing with plenty of changes as they released coach Carlos de los Cobos this week and installed Frank Klopas as the interim head coach. He'll be looking to get more out of the Fire while searching for a long-term coach for the team.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire - Three Questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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Imagine one of the key stone players for a club becoming its General Manager. He would be a decent to good player in the League, and acquire talent that many others would not recognize over a decade after his retirement. Then while the Chicago Fire are in a deep funk with only 4 points in last five and win-less since match day two, he fires the head coach and takes over the coaching reigns?

Nos Audietis, Episode 9: Featuring Tweed Thornton, Zach Woosley And Some Big News

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Last week was a pretty big and very up-and-down the Sounders, but it ended on the highest of possible notes. After a disappointing loss at home to FC Dallas, Seattle went into Rio Tinto and ended RSL's two-year-old, 29 game home winning streak in MLS play. The win came as a surprise (and an exceedingly pleasant one) to most of us, but it certainly wasn't without its downside.

Simply Put: Fredy Montero Makes Seattle Sounders A Better Team

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It's really this simple: The Seattle Sounders are a better team with Fredy Montero on the field. I'd like to think that most people don't really need to be convinced of this, but there are and will probably always will be people that watch Montero play and really believe that unless he's scoring a goal, his value is almost nil.

Vote Steve Zakuani As Best Akron Footballer Ever

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Vote Steve Zakuani As Best Akron Footballer Ever

Are we above ballot stuffing? No, of course not. So, go over to SB Nation's Mid-America Conference blog, Hustle Belt, and vote Steve Zakuani as the best Akron soccer player in history!

Steve's first blog about the injury

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Steve's first blog about the injury

Steve, all around great guy that he is, has written a long and heartfelt blog about his road to recovery. I believe he will continue to update us, but this gives us a look behind the scenes at a few things that we would not have otherwise known. The thing that jumped out at me the most is this quote:

"One of the people I always look to for advice concerning football issues is my former teammate and friend, Pete Vagenas.

Marcus Hahnemann "To Talk To Sigi" First

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People love rumors. Often times they aren't true, and in the modern era of the internet people without a source will make claims of offers. But let's just look at Marcus Hahnemann's words to ESPN over twitter.

"I have to talk to Sigi Schmid and the guys in Seattle to see if they actually want me first.

US Open Cup Bracket Revealed - Sounders Await Results

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The USSF has released the pairings for the First and Second Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. But considering the regional nature of the tournament, rather than seeding, the Seattle Sounders will have to wait until after the First Round is complete to discover their opponent and venue to defend the 2010 and 2009 Cups.

FSC HD Comes to Washington

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FSC HD Comes to Washington

Finally when the FSC announcer crows about how awesome it is in HD, it might actually be in HD. For some people in Washington, anyway. It's on channel 618. My Tivo hasn't picked it up yet in Seattle, but I think it just hasn't updated its lineup yet.

June Schedule Ripe For Sounders Success

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Yesterday sidereal looked at the strength of remaining schedule for all of MLS, pointing out that the Seattle Sounders are in a decent position for a late season run. June gets even more interesting for several reasons. The opponents aren't very good, the team is getting healthier and the Gold Cup is hurting the opposition not the Sounders.