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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
See you there!
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.
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.
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
The winner of the two-legged aggregate goal series will then advance to the group stage of the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
That's in quite stark comparison to the New York Red Bulls, who will be without five regular
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
LAGConfidential will cover the whole Galaxy, or at least the team. I'm now craving Kim Basinger
On a serious note it means that the SBN-MLS network now covers 17 of the league's teams.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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
Via his twitter.
He wants comments. Give him comments.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 ForlÃ¡n. It's also made me think about DPs around the league and which strategies for using
DPs have been successful (and which haven't).
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
There are the occasional US National Team players like Eddie Johnson.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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 Timbers, but it was very impressive in its own right. Love that ECS keeps coming up with
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.
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.
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 â€˜Caps will be
back at the beginning, even though the season is a third over at this point.
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 talks of forgiveness and the long road back.
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 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.
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
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.
Welcome to another episode of Nos Audietis, the Sounder at Heart Podcast, brought to you by
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.
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
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
shots in there!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
"One of the people I always look to for advice concerning football issues is my former
teammate and friend, Pete Vagenas.
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
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
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.
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.