Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2011

Seattle Sounders Fall 1-3 At Houston Dynamo

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There are a few things we can take away from this match. And even fewer will be positive towards this season or the next. The Seattle Sounders, despite being on the road, probably should have gotten a draw or better heading into this match against the completely average Houston Dynamo. But that didn't happen.

Seattle Sounders At Houston Dynamo: Gamethread

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The slide of the Houston Dynamo started shortly after they defeated the Seattle Sounders in that two-leg MLS Cup Playoff match back in 2009. This season one of the most frustrating results of the year was the draw at Qwest when Tally Hall stood on his head. Now when these two teams meet it will be a defining moment for the Orange as they try to stay alive in the Playoff hunt, while Seattle has the opportunity for its best July ever.

Transfer News: Amadou Sanyang Signs With Seattle Sounders

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With today's announcement that former Toronto FC player Amadou Sanyang has signed with the Seattle Sounders the team makes its first entry into the transfer market since Mauro Rosales. Sanyang started play with the Toronto FC Academy and in his two years as a professional with the Reds started 15 matches with 5 other appearances.

Houston Dynamo Vs. Seattle Sounders, Matchcard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Editor's note: Sorry, this is so late. Been a long day.

Coming off a game on Tuesday, we're projecting the Seattle Sounders to use a starting lineup that looks pretty similar to the one they've been using for the last few weeks. The only changes we foresee are Alvaro Fernandez being inserted into the left midfielder position that was occupied by Lamar Neagle on Tuesday and for Tyson Wahl to regain his starting spot at left mid.

Consider This Weekend's W-League Final Four A Gauge For WPS Interest

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Admittedly, we don't cover women's soccer around here as much as we probably should. There is, after all, a professional team playing under the name Sounders that was once officially part of the same organization. They play their games at Starfire and are actually hosting the USL's W-League Final Four starting tonight.

U.S. Open Semifinal Tickets Available

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U.S. Open Semifinal Tickets Available

There are still a handful of tickets for the Aug. 30 U.S. Open Cup semifinal against FC Dallas available through the Gorilla FC store. They are $18.50 for members and $21 for nonmembers. If you're interested in going, this may be your best shot.

Jurgen Klinsmann Named US National Team Head Coach

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While the formal press conference will not be until Monday, the United States Soccer Federation announced today that the replacement for Bob Bradley will be Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinnsman's coaching career has been limited to one stint with the German team, as well as very short time with Bayern Munich.

Seattle Sounders At Houston Dynamo - Three Questions With Dynamo Theory

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The Houston Dynamo used to be a team bordering on dynasty. They had a couple titles, many more playoff appearances, several good players and a coach that was once mentioned as a potential future US National Team coach. When the Seattle Sounders play them Saturday only one of those things will be true.

Major Link Soccer - Orange Creamsicle Edition

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Happy Friday everyone! It's shaping up to be a nice day in Seattle and its even better now that the Seattle Sounders are able to get back to some normal MLS action. No friendlies, no all-star game, and no crazy travel horror stories. Just an opportunity to grab three points off a struggling Houston Dynamo team.

CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage Takes Shape

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Facing a 1-0 deficit heading into the home half the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round, advancing to the Group Stage is far from a foregone conclusion for the Seattle Sounders. If they get there, though, they'll at least know a home match awaits them.

The CCL released the schedule for the first two rounds of the Group Stage on Thursday.

Bob Bradley Out As US Men's National Team Coach

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The US Soccer Federation has just announced that Bob Bradley's tenure as coach of the Men's National Team has ended. To say that this comes as a bit of a surprise would be quite an understatement; though there was a great deal of speculation in the days after the USMNT's loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final that the game might cost Bradley his job, such an announcement would be expected to come within a few days (at most) of the game.

Trophies, Not Friendlies Revisited

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Ah, the gnashing of teeth. The putting of words into the mouth. Many people over the past week or two have been putting forward the idea of #TrophiesNotFriendlies. Some have adopted the slogan as it is quick, easy and poignant, but they don't necessarily speak for myself. Considering how much chatter there has been concerning friendlies this year, and the latest statements from MLS Commissioner Don Garber, it is time to clarify.

Sounders Academies Transition to 2011-12 Season

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It was only 11 days ago that the Sounders U16 team finished 5th in the country at the US Soccer Development Academy Finals and only a couple of weeks before that the Sounders U18s were eliminated from the Playoff groups in Frisco, Texas. But the Sounders Academy didn't get much of a break before preparation for the new season began.

MLS All-Star Game Gamethread

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The Major League Soccer All-Stars will take the pitch against Manchester United for the second straight year. This year they do so at Red Bull Arena, which should be full. Kasey Keller will be there, but merely as the third keeper, and though he's the only Seattle Sounder that will be on the bench today, there is plenty of reason to pay attention to this event.

Don Garber Says MLS To Become Top League

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At three different points of the year MLS Commissioner Don Garber makes the big time media rounds and talks about the future of Major League Soccer. Tonight's All-Star Game is one of those times. MLS is getting really good, despite all the times they are the brunt of jokes, at getting exposure. This week they've done the traditional morning shows, as well as hosted a series of events throughout Manhattan.

Nos Audietis, Episode 18: CCL, Lamar Neagle And Houston Dynamo Away

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I think I can safely speak for all Sounders fans in saying that last night's 1-0 loss to San Francisco FC in the first leg of Seattle CONCACAF Champions League qualifier sucked. A lot. We spend a pretty good chunk of today's show talking about it, including whether we think the Manchester United game had anything to do with it, what lessons we might be able to take from it and what failing to advance to the group stage would mean for this team.

Seattle Sounders Fall To San Fransisco of Panama 1-0 - Quotes and Statistics

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The Seattle Sounders went down to San Fransisco FC of Panama and surprisingly got a result that would be somewhat expected based on the statistics of the matter. A one-nil loss on the road in the CONCACAF Champions League is not an unusual result, even when the road team is "better." Home sides in the CCL score about 2.

CONCACAF Champion League: Sounders Drop First Leg To San Francisco 1-0

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Can I cuss here? I mean, I guess I kinda make the rules, so I should probably just answer that myself. So let's think ... OK, I'm holding off. I'm going to hold the cussing for a much more meaningful loss than this one. But I honestly don't think they'll be any more frustrating that this one.

Losing 1-0 to San Francisco FC in the away leg of their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round game is not the end of the world for the Sounders.

Seattle Sounders at San Fransisco FC Panama - Gamethread

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When the Seattle Sounders travel to Panama City, Panama to face San Fransisco FC they will be on their longest travel for a competitive match of their existence. They will face a team that is not well known and that little coverage online. The Monks have two strong offensive players in Johan De Avila and Roberto "The Bomber" Brown, but beyond that are a club consistently in transition.

San Francisco FC Vs. Seattle Sounders, Matchcard: A Big Ole Guessing Game

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Coming up with projected starting lineups for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League qualifier between the Seattle Sounders and Panama's San Francisco FC was no easy task. Dave and I ended up using what has become a pretty standard starting XI with one significant change: Mike Fucito starting alongside Fredy Montero.

Seattle should be considered favorites to get to the group stage. San Francisco may feature a...

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Seattle should be considered favorites to get to the group stage. San Francisco may feature a midfield that includes former Panamanian national team stalwart Manuel Torres in the engine room and current international Eybir Bonaga providing the creativity underneath burly former Colorado Rapids target man Roberto Brown, but their defense is extremely young aside from Colombian Freddy Arizala.

An Exclusive Interview with Internet Phenom @Pain_Machine

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Editor's note: Nope, I really don't know who the man (or woman?) behind @pain_machine is. But apparently Andrew Winner of MLSSoccer.com does. If you're interested in what makes @pain_machine tick, give this a read. - Jeremiah

The best thing to come out of the Date With A Sounder ad campaign?

Sleuthing Seattle Sounders Traveling Roster

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Sigi Schmid had indicated that twenty would travel to Panama and then to Houston. Barring an injury those would be the players who make up the two gameday 18s. While the Seattle Sounders do not release a traveling roster, there are clues. First were a few players posting on twitter and/or facebook - Mike Seamon and Fredy Montero.

Getting To Know CONCACAF Champions League

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Most Seattle Sounders fans should be reasonably familiar with CONCACAF Champions League, but because it's a bit different than anything else in American sports, it can't hurt to do a bit of a refresher course. But even if you are well aware of CCL and how it works, this story should still be interesting as we'll go over some of the teams the Sounders are likely to face and what kind of chance they have at improving on last year's disappointing Group Stage performance.

Osvaldo Alonso Named Inactive MLS All-Star

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Seattle Sounders Defensive Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso earns recognition as an MLS All-Star after the player vote for the final six named he and five non-Sounders. As an inactive All-Star he is under no requirement to be at the game, but Alonso will get a bonus (hitting next year's cap) and the resume bullet-point as well.

Major Link Soccer - The Friendlies Continue Edition

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The soccer continued around the league while the Seattle Sounders had a much deserved weekend off. It was generally an exciting, and high scoring weekend around the league. Thierry Henry picked up his 11th goal of the season and now leads the golden boot race. Alvaro Saborio's dive against the San Jose Earthquakes opened up a game that Real Salt Lake would win 4-0.

In Panama, Want to Meet the Sounders?

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In Panama, Want to Meet the Sounders?

Yes, the SanFranPanFC website will give you the info...

User's Guide To Sounder At Heart

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As you may have realized, there are a lot more readers interacting on our forums lately. That's no mistake. From this point a year ago, this site has seen traffic triple. In that time, we've added a lot features, many of which I imagine go unnoticed.

With these two things in mind -- and this being a slow weekend -- we felt it might be a good time to both go over some of the ground-rules here, as well as explain some of the site's features:

Getting to know the sidebar

There is lots of good stuff in our sidebar.

Back-up Right Back - What Will They Try Next

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In the friendly against Manchester United we saw David Estrada finally replace James Riley. The original plan seems to have been that Riley would get rested by Brad Evans, but the aggravation of Evans' injury meant that he wasn't able to go long enough. With Seattle firmly entrenched in three tournaments it doesn't matter that Riley is one of the fittest players on the team, they will need someone to back him up, and there are only interesting options with no one a lock.

Villyan Bijev Former, University of Washington Commit, Signs With Liverpool

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Villyan Bijev was a forward who put up good numbers with Cal Odyssey of the USSDA and was one of the first two to sign Letter's of Intent with the University of Washington and Coach Jamie Clark. The young American with a Bulgarian passport will now be skipping his college commitments to instead come-up through the Liverpool system.

CONCACAF Champions League Roster For Seattle Sounders

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Today at Seattle Sounders practice Sigi Schmid let it be known that they would travel 20 to Panama and onto the Houston Dynamo away match. Players not traveling are Brad Evans, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and O'Brian White due to health and fitness issues. Also not traveling is of course Steve Zakuani and it would be highly doubtful that Josh Ford travels as we didn't even see him against Manchester United.

Sounders Saturday Off - MLS still active, Open Thread

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Just another reminder - there is no game this weekend. It has been rescheduled. So while the Seattle Sounders team trains and prepares for the many thousand mile trip from SeaTac to Panama to Houston to SeaTac in just a week there are still a few games this weekend.

Jeremiah has previewed each MLS v MLS match over at SBNation.

Hate to keep lingering on the Manchester United match, but this is a pretty great video that...

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Hate to keep lingering on the Manchester United match, but this is a pretty great video that includes audio from Arlo and Sigi. The difference in mood between the first and second halves are predictably stark. Worth noting is Sigi's reaction at the end of the match, which is quite literally a shoulder shrug.

Major Link Soccer - Wounded Pride Edition

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As much as I would like to ignore the big friendly against Manchester United, it was the big thing happening in Sounders land this week, so a little writeup and some links are in order. The Seattle Sounder's first team managed to hang with one of the top five teams in the world for a full 45 minutes.

Manchester United Aftermath: Adrian Hanauer Says 'New Philosophy Starts Now'

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Adrian Hanauer has been around soccer most of his life. Never has he had to endure something quite like the Seattle Sounders 7-0 pasting at the hands of Manchester United. He did not enjoy that part, even admitting to being "humiliated," and does not intend to allow it to happen again.

In talking to him just about 24 hours after the loss -- plenty of time to think it over and long enough to have a pretty astute sense of the public reaction -- he stopped well short of promising to forgo future midseason exhibitions, but he did promise a different attitude if the team does play them.

Stats: Offensive Pass Percentage in MLS

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When the league announced before the season that Opta was being contracted to gather in-depth stats in league play, stat nerds like myself went giddy at the opportunity for more in-depth analysis of the events that make up a soccer match. But for the first half of the season, the only output we could see was the occasional tweet from Opta which amounted more to trivia than to statistics.

CONCACAF Champions League Referee Assignments Preliminary Round All Times U.S. Eastern First...

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CONCACAF Champions League Referee Assignments
Preliminary Round
All Times U.S. Eastern
First Leg
Tuesday, July 26
San Francisco (PAN) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 8 p.m.
Referee: David España (GUA)
Assistant 1: Ronaldo De La Cruz (GUA)
Assistant 2: Cesar Ruano (GUA)
Fourth: Oscar Reyna (GUA)

Referee Assignments for CONCACAF Prelim Round

Seattle Sounders (USA) vs.

In Retrospect, Pulling Starters En Masse Was A Regrettable Mistake

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The day after matches, we usually reserve for rational discussion. But because of the somewhat crazy nature of Wednesday's 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United, I think I may have over-compensated the day of. With so many people absolutely freaking out -- or at least a few people doing so very loudly -- I didn't want to feed into that.

Nos Audietis, Episode 17: Arlo White, "Rise And Shine" And CCL

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Well, last night kind of sucked a lot but luckily we recorded this on Tuesday so you won't have to hear about it. Hooray! Well, you will have to hear about it just a wee bit but it will be Arlo White talking about the game in a larger sense so it's not so bad. The man could get you excited about an oil change or make the news of a warrant being issued for your arrest seem not quite so bad.

Manchester United Crushes Seattle Sounders Reserves 7-Nil Final

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Seattle Sounders FC was not supposed to win a match against Manchester United. It probably wasn't even supposed to be close. But in the first half, it was and for 45 minutes the 67,000 fans saw high quality soccer played by both sides. Yes, the Red Devils played patient, slow football. It is their pre-season.

Seattle Sounders vs. Manchester United, Gamethread: Hoping To Make It Competitive

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We've made no bones about our general distaste of mid-season friendlies. Of course, that doesn't mean we can still find playing Manchester United, no matter the circumstances, pretty cool.

Neither Dave nor I, nor almost any of the other Sounder at Heart writers, will be at the match, but that doesn't mean we won't be watching.

I can confirm that @KaseyKeller18 will be flown out to the MLS All-Star Game by the league. He'll...

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I can confirm that @KaseyKeller18 will be flown out to the MLS All-Star Game by the league. He'll be available as a third goalkeeper.

Mayers via Twitter

There are two awesome bits of news here.

1 - Kasey Keller is on Twitter

2 - New Media and Old Media both jumped on this quickly and helped foment change.

Against Manchester United Which Seattle Sounders Player Do You Want To See?

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One of the most interesting things to me about this Manchester United at Seattle Sounders friendly is the fact that we will get to see players that we don't often see. With the unlimited substitutions the deep roster should get some run. Even one trialist will get some time as Mrisho Ngassa will take the pitch in his first test while here in Seattle.

Preview of Seattle for a Manchester United Blog

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Preview of Seattle for a Manchester United Blog

Their commenters didn't really like how dismissive I was of the game, nor of their team. That I don't worship at the feet of their soccer demi-gods is an insult.

Of course, if I loved a team other than Seattle - would I really be a Sounder at Heart?

If You Must Have In-Season Friendlies, This Is How They Should Be

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We here at Sounder at Heart have never made any bones about our support of the "Trophies, Not Friendlies" movement. In fact, we like to think Dave started it.

But we are also realists. We understand that there are a lot of fans who really enjoy seeing big teams come to town to play our boys in Rave Green.

Credit to Joshua Mayers for digging up this photo that was apparently taken by SoundersFC staff...

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Credit to Joshua Mayers for digging up this photo that was apparently taken by SoundersFC staff during the team's visit to Los Angeles. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Servando Carrasco explained it this way: "That was hilarious. We were pulling up to the hotel in L.A. and of course we get the red light right (before we) turn left to the hotel and there's a huge Sports Authority and there's a billboard of her outside.

Kasey Keller Makes Arrangements To Be At All-Star Game - Finds Out He's Not Wanted

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While there is much debate about whether the MLS All-Star Game should exist, or be scheduled at all, there is one thing that isn't in doubt. Players that are selected, and that want to be there, should be. In Kasey Keller's case this is not true. Today on KJR-AM Seattle with the Gasman he put forward that he and the Seattle Sounders were going to fly him from Panama to Newark in order to make an appearance.

Manchester United At Seattle Sounders: Three Questions With The Busby Babe

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While the result does not matter, it will certainly be a spectacle as one of the best teams in the world host Manchester United. Wait, sorry, as one of the best teams in the world comes to Seattle to play against the Sounders. This game will not be broken down tactically, as the point Wednesday night will not be to win, but first to not get hurt and second to see some unique players showcase their skills.

Alliance Council Update

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The monthly meeting for the Seattle Sounders Alliance Council was prior to the Colorado Rapids match. This regular scheduled meeting was originally intended as a Council only meeting with the club invited to observe, but wound up with some special guests from the Football Association who are visiting with Manchester United.

World Football Challenge - Bigger Joke Than Friendlies?

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With all these big name clubs coming to the United States for the mid-season friendlies you may have noticed that though the Seattle Sounders play Manchester United that match is not part of the World Football Challenge. Which is a little odd. Because the WFC is a real tournament - just look. You see, last night's match between Manchester City and Vancouver Whitecaps FC mattered.

Best Sounders Team Ever? The Numbers Say Yes

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When Steve Zakuani went down with a season-ending injury, things were looking pretty bleak for the Seattle Sounders. When it was learned just a few days later that O'Brian White was out indefinitely with a mysterious blood clot, it was quickly starting to look like a lost season. Over the course of the next few weeks, the season went through some fits and starts, never quite looking hopeless, but giving limited indication that a turnaround was forthcoming.

This Isn't News: No More Sounders Named To All-Star Team

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As you may have noticed, no Seattle Sounders were named to Hans Backe's MLS All-Star team. Well, no one other than Kasey Keller, who won't be playing anyway. Surely, you probably think, there has been some kind of miscarriage of justice. Not to ruin your righteous hate fest, but this actually makes a lot of sense.

Major Link Soccer - Soddy Turf Edition

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It was another great soccer weekend. The Seattle Sounders had a roller-coaster 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids. It was a game where everyone on the offense contributed to the victory with crisp passes and great runs off the ball. The defense had a couple glaring errors, but at least they can look to the offense to bail them out unlike earlier this season.

Sounders Summer Break: Playoff Expectations

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Dave recently discussed where we can expect the Sounders to end up at the end of the regular season. I'd like to take the next step and look at what the playoff match-ups would be and how that would affect Kasey's chances of lifting the Cup in LA.

The table in Dave's post contained three different ways of looking at where a team will end up: points per match (PPM), Graham's formula applied to a whole season's slate of games (x34), and Graham's formula applied to each team's remaining games (xFinish).

San Fransisco FC of Panama Starts New Season With Win

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San Fransisco FC of Panama Starts New Season With Win

Johann de Avila scored the only goal in their win over Sporting 89.

Johann

Seattle Sounders At Break: Standings and Expected Standings

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These are really high times in Seattle Sounders land. The giddiness over the 11 match all competitions unbeaten streak is hard to contain. While the defense has been a little rough, it isn't awful and the offense is just playing amazing right now. Since game four Seattle has been earning two points a game.

Women's World Cup Final: United States v Japan - Open Thread

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Hope Solo of course gets the most attention in these parts of the ladies on the United States Women's World Cup squad. Some of that is due to her growing up in our state and playing for the Huskies, it is also because she's quite good. The other most recognizable name for Sounders fans that have only casually watched the games is Alex Morgan.

Seattle Sounders 4 - Colorado Rapids 3: Highlights, Statistics, Quotes

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When there are seven goals scored the highlight reel is packed with action ending in results. A save or two may sneak in there, but the goal fest is easy to see again and quickly. About the 6th minute you'll get to see how awful the surface was for everyone during an Erik Friberg breakaway. Even the center referee falls on that play.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Colorado Rapids: The Goals Keep Coming

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Tell me if you've heard this one before: The Seattle Sounders fall behind early, come storming back, fall behind again, take a lead and then hold on for dear life. Saturday's 4-3 win over the Colorado Rapids may not have played out exactly like last week's win over the Portland Timbers, but there seems to be an eery trend forming.

Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids - Gamethread

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There's a cliché in sports that to be the best you have to beat the best. While the Colorado Rapids are not the best, they are the MLS Cup holders. Like the Seattle Sounders they will be in the CONCACAF Champions League, unlike the Sounders they will not be in the running for the Supporters Shield.

The Best Of #ClassyMullanHate

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When Dave warned people not to go over-the-top with their hatred of Brian Mullan, I don't think he had any idea what he was starting. Within a few comments, the latest Sounder at Heart-inspired hashtag had taken on a life of its own. Even after news of Mullan's not travelling got out, the deluge never stopped.

Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids - Three Questions with Burgundy Wave

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Sure, the Colorado Rapids hold the MLS Cup and got to meet President Barack Obama at the White House, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking they are a good team. They come to this match merely average, much as they were last year. Yes, they've had some injuries that have reduced their effectiveness, as well as having them count on Tyrone Marshall for 14 starts and Sanna Nyassi for 5 starts.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Colorado Rapids, MatchCard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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The Seattle Sounders will play their third competitive match in seven days on Saturday, meaning there will likely be some tweaks in the starting lineup. We initially expected this would be a game that Fredy Montero would possibly start on the bench, but came around to believe that he's just too hot to sit.

It's Too Bad Brian Mullan Won't Be Playing In Seattle

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After initially indicating that Brian Mullan would travel with the Colorado Rapids for their match against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, coach Gary Smith has apparently changed his mind and chosen to leave his midfielder back home. Mullan supposedly wanted to make that trip, but Smith indicated health was at least part of the decision:

"It's a purely personal feeling from my standpoint," Smith said.

Major Link Soccer - Let the Silly Season Begin Edition

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It's the official start of the silly season in MLS as the transfer window officially opened up today. However, that hasn't stopped teams from announcing all sorts of trades and signings in preparation for the opening of the summer transfer window. There's been no official announcements from the Seattle Sounders, but trialists have been coming through camp and there are plenty of rumors floating around.

Prince Tagoe And Chasing The Third DP

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With the Seattle Sounders being connected to several global talents who are signing deals with other teams around the world, that list of 8 seems likely to be shrinking. Prince Tagoe, and probably others, is still being sought by teams not named the Sounders, and possibly still Adrian Hanauer.

German Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim have rejected a 500,000 euro bid from an unnamed Turkish side for Ghana striker Prince Tagoe.

Nos Audietis, Episode 16: Brian Schmetzer Interview And A Very Special, Very Furry Guest

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Last week was as good as any the Sounders have had in quite some time; a huge come from behind (twice!) win against the Timbers and a dominant win over a fairly strong LA Galaxy side in the US Open Cup quarterfinals have people buzzing, and being massive Pollyannas we're no different.

Today we spend a good deal of time talking about that win over the Timbers and we also spend some time on the impressive USOC win over the Galaxy, the #ClassyMullanHate meme and about the Colorado Rapids.

Half way through 2011 MLS season and this is what we've seen so far. About 50% of the crowd shots...

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Half way through 2011 MLS season and this is what we've seen so far. About 50% of the crowd shots are of you. Most of the goals involving Sounders on the field were against them, and were all amazing.

Love your league. Support local soccer.

Concussions In Soccer Are Serious Business, But Are They Being Treated Right?

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Concussions In Soccer Are Serious Business, But Are They Being Treated Right?

Shameless self-promotion, but I'm curious what everyone thinks.

A.J. DeLaGarza suffered some kind of head injury against the Sounders on July 4th. The diagnosis varies depending on who you talk to, with the Galaxy calling it a contusion.

Sigi Schmid Signs Contract Extension To Stay With Seattle Sounders Until 2015

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Looks like Sigi Schmid will be sticking around for awhile. The only coach in the Seattle Sounders' MLS history -- and one of the most accomplished coaches in U.S. history -- signed a contract extension that will keep him patrolling the XBox Pitch sidelines through 2015. Under Schmid's watch, the Sounders have won two U.

Seattle Sounders 3 - LA Galaxy 1 - Statistics, Quotes, Chart

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Euphoria from last night's performance, let alone victory, has yet to disappear. The monkey for the Seattle Sounders is possibly off their back after the 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. In reading through the quotes from last night Landon Donovan sums up the match best;

It was a good atmosphere, it was a good environment.

Seattle Sounders 3 - LA Galaxy 1 in US Open Cup Quarterfinals

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After tonight's smooth win over the Los Angeles Galaxy an Adrian Hanauer owned team called the Seattle Sounders will be in their 5th straight semifinal. Seattle advances this year after winning its 10th straight in the Open Cup proper, 7 straight at Starfire and did so against a team that sent a near MLS lineup.

US Open Cup: LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders - Gamethread

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After a stunning win by the Richmond Kickers, a strong performance by FC Dallas, and giant middle finger by Hans Backe of New York Red Bulls the Semifinals of the US Open Cup are almost decided. There's just this one game between the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy. While most will see the Galaxy as the nemesis of these boys in Rave Green, in the Open Cup it is Seattle that is better.

Seattle Sounders Vs. LA Galaxy, U.S. Open Cup Matchcard: Projected Lineups

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First off, let me apologize for the scaled down version of today's matchcard. Life got the better of me and I didn't have time to track down all the relevant stats or try to figure out who the Galaxy would bother putting on their roster.

Bruce Arena is claiming that both Landon Donovan and David Beckham could be available for tonight's U.

Seattle Sounders Squad Construction Is A Model For All Of MLS

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Seattle Sounders Squad Construction Is A Model For All Of MLS

Sticking with the theme of cross-posting Aaron's weekly feature at SB Nation Seattle, here's his work this week. This time around, he delves into roster construction, and how the Sounders have created a model for all of MLS.

Nos Audietis, Episode 15: US Open Cup Quarterfinal Special Edition

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Yes, the Sounders played the Timbers this past weekend and they have another huge game coming up on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. Believe me, we'll get around to talking about both (but more about the Timbers because in case you weren't aware the, Sounders won and it was awesome.) But we won't be getting around it on this show; today it's all about the US Open Cup.

US Open Cup: LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders - Three Questions

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The Sounders nemesis comes to Starfire today. They visit the only place where they struggle against Seattle as the Los Angles Galaxy have dominated the Rave Green in league play. But, in the US Open Cup Seattle had a 2-0 victory last year. Sigi Schmid's men look to extend their semifinal appearance streak to 5 straight years across two different leagues.

Practice Report: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado Minor MCL Injury, White Talks And Open Cup

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Today's practice was clearly preparation for the game Wednesday night. As typical player availability was highly limited, with only O'Brian White talking. There are two non-collegian trialists in camp - Jordan Graye and Mrisho Ngass. The team is likely to bring in scattered college players over the next few months.

Seattle Sounders Remove O'Brian White From Disabled List

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O'Brian White could be available as soon as this week after the Seattle Sounders removed him from the Disabled List. The forward has not played since April 22, a game in which he assisted on the Sounders' lone goal. That gave him two goals and two assists in seven games, a promising start for a player who has struggled since joining MLS as a highly touted college player.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado's MRI Reveals MCL Sprain

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Jhon Kennedy Hurtado's MRI Reveals MCL Sprain

Looks like a crisis has been averted and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado did not suffer a serious injury during Sunday's match against the Portland Timbers. An MRI revealed that Hurtado sprained his MCL. Reports out of practice suggest he could be back within a week.

Nate Jaqua With Opportunity To Shine Again At Starfire Against SoCal Team

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Nate Jaqua has been in the 18 on the MLS roster lately, but most of his minutes have come from time in the Reserve League. Last year he came back from injury to win the US Open Cup player of the tournament. It was his performances in the Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Galaxy (sound familiar?

Seattle Sounders Transfer Rumors: Lack Of Immediate Action Nothing To Fret Over

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With the opening of the international transfer window about to open on Friday, there's a distinct possibility the Seattle Sounders will not be announcing a new Designated Player before then. As best as we can tell, the rumored African DP who is supposedly set to be announced this week, is not someone being tied to the Sounders.

Sounders 3:2 T*mbers: pretty much the greatest thing that ever happened

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"Savor this moment, you will remember it the rest of your life"

There has been, and will be, more significant wins, in a global sense, in this team's history. We have seen 2 U.S. Open Cups lifted, and we will see Supporters Shields and MLS Cups lifted in the future. The Sounders winning a competitive match in Mexico in CCL play would very well have more bigger-picture significance than yesterday's 3-2 win in a mid-season League match.

Practice Report: Ngassa In Training, White Continues Advancing, Osvaldo Alonso Chat

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Today in Seattle Sounders camp there were a few notable items. In addition to the numerous trialists, to include Mrisho Ngassa, in training today. Tomorrow we'll find out if more will get a longer look, as some were necessary so the starters could do regeneration and the rest of the team could scrimmage.

Sunday Provided Opportunity for Soccer Evangelism

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Sunday Provided Opportunity for Soccer Evangelism

Noting as well that there was a 2.6 overnight rating for the Women's World Cup, Jim Rome's national show (hosted by local Softy) had it as a key topic, Ian's show is now talking about soccer. It is clear that the needle is moving.

Major Link Soccer - Montero for the Win Edition

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Absolutely great game yesterday. I was watching the game with a couple of friends who don't follow the Sounders, or sports in general, even they got caught up in the drama in the 2nd half. You don't have to be a soccer fan to appreciate the sublime beauty of the Fredy Montero free kick (check out the highlights here).

Cascadia Cup Highlights, Quotes, Statistics

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This was a great win. In my two years covering the team, it was easily the most entertaining and satisfying regular season game I have ever attended. But Dave has already gone over the emotional parts. This feature is meant to be more of a second-day, calmer look.

The highlights tell a wonderful story and show how great of a game Troy Perkins needed to have just to keep it close.

Zero Arrests, Just Two Ejections From Cascadia Cup Match

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Zero Arrests, Just Two Ejections From Cascadia Cup Match

Hopefully, league officials look at the first three Cascadia Cup matches and see what they're looking for. According to this report in the Oregonian, there were no arrests and just two people ejected from the game on Sunday. As a comparison, the article points out that nine people were ejected from the 2009 Civil War football game between Oregon and Oregon State.

Seattle Sounders Down Portland Timbers 3-2 In Cascadia Cup Match

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For all the talk of soccer gods, particularly after the United States women today, more often than not the better team wins. They don't win because of passion. They don't win because of fan support. They win because they are more talented, more technical, better coached. Today the Seattle Sounders were all of that when they went down to the Glass House of the Portland Timbers.

Seattle Sounders At Portland Timbers Cascadia Cup Round 3 - Gamethread

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No trophy is on the line today - merely pride. For one participant in Round 3 of the Cascadia Cup 2011 pride is nearly all they have left as the Portland Timbers season is in shambles. For the Seattle Sounders though this is a game where a statement can be delivered. While the national media will focus on the intense passion in the stands, including a "creative" tifo display that is admittedly going to be small that tends to ignore that Seattle has played in passionate stadiums in the past.

Sounders Academy U-16s get Electricy Yellows for first time ever today as they prepare for game one...

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Sounders Academy U-16s get Electricy Yellows for first time ever today as they prepare for game one of the National Finals.

Follow @SoundersAcademy for updates.

The Sounders are a far superior side to Portland and they'll expect to take three points back to...

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The Sounders are a far superior side to Portland and they'll expect to take three points back to Seattle. But without the killer instinct they've lacked all season long, it's far from a sure thing. This is a big game for the Sounders even without the rivalry being taken into account; Supporters Shield contenders need to beat bottom table teams no matter the venue and with the Galaxy picking up a win on Saturday picking up only a point would make the gap look a far tougher hill to climb.

Cascadia Cup: Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers - Three Questions with Stumptown Footy

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Derby Cliche. Rivalry Cliche. Another derby cliche. Historical rivalry cliche. Changing American soccer cliche. Awakening MLS cliche.

There, now that all the off-field stuff is taken care of let's focus a bit on the players and tactics that will determine victory, which is a large element of why we love this game.

Portland Timbers Vs. Seattle Sounders, MatchCard: Projected Lineups, Statistics

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Assuming Sigi Schmid was being serious, it looks like we'll see Roger Levesque get another chance to build on his Cascadia Cup legend. The Seattle Sounders coach told KJR that Levesque will be in the starting lineup against the Portland Timbers, and we're willing to take him at his word. Aside from that, we don't really expect too many surprises.

Manchester United Releases Travel Roster For U.S. Tour, Tickets Still Available

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Manchester United has released the travel roster for their upcoming U.S. tour which, of course, includes a match against the Seattle Sounders on July 20. Among the players that will be making the trip are Javier Hernandez (Chicharito), Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young, Nani, Ji-Sung Park, Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs.

Practice Report: O'Brian White's Return, Roger Levesque Starting, Set-play Work, James Riley Chat

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Today's practice was at the Starfire Stadium. While this might seem like it has to do with facing the Portland Timbers and their smaller pitch, it actually had to do with the Sounders FC Youth Cup tournament. Sigi Schmid had the team working on small field/small side drills focusing on technical play, while a small group broke off to work on set-play service.

Grass Field Now In Place At CenturyLink Field

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For at least two matches, Seattle Sounders fans will get to see what a grass pitch would look like at CenturyLink Field. This photo of the field was provided by JB Instant Lawn, who apparently finished installing the pitch on Friday. The grass pitch will be used for the July 16 match against the Colorado Rapids as well as the July 20 friendly against Manchester United.

Major Link Soccer - Reserves Rock Edition

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The Seattle Sounders have a big weekend as they head down to Portland to take on the Timbers. This is the make or break game for the Cascadia Cup and the Sounders need the win to secure their place as the dominant team in the Pacific Northwest. It will be a tough game as Jeld-Wen field will be packed with fervent Timbers supports.

Steve Zakuani talked to folks at MLSSoccer.com during practice on Thursday. Much credit to whoever...

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Steve Zakuani talked to folks at MLSSoccer.com during practice on Thursday. Much credit to whoever edited this. Very tasteful. I'm amazed at how well Steve handles continuously talking about the injury. It will, indeed, by an amazing moment when he returns to the field. (H/T to @joshuamayers for finding this)

Nos Audietis, Episode 14: Zach Scott Talks Timbers

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It's derby weekend once again, with the Sounders traveling to Jeld-Wen Field to take on the MLS Timbers in Portland for the first time. Zach Scott was kind enough to chat with Jeremiah about his experience with the rivalry (which, despite Zach's time with the pre-MLS Sounders being well known, is so extensive that it surprised us.

Important Dates For Mike Fucito

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The season is entering the wonderment of multiple competitions, electricity yellows and Mike Fucito goals. He put two up on the Kitsap Pumas in the last round of the US Open Cup, and will likely have another chance to work his Starfire magic against the Los Angelex Galaxy next week. Nestled around the Open Cup are league matches away at Portland, here against the Colorado Rapids and then the Ultimate Date with Mike Fucito - Manchester United.

But regardless of where Seattle end up at the end of the season — if they win a third straight US...

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But regardless of where Seattle end up at the end of the season — if they win a third straight US Open Cup, if they qualify for the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League, even if they finally get past that first round of the MLS Cup playoffs — it's remarkable to consider how quickly the Sounders have become a force in this league.

Practice Report: New Trialists, Portland Week and Alvaro Fernandez

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The biggest angle throughout camp was the upcoming Cascadia Cup match down in Portland this weekend. Zach Scott (on the upcoming edition of Nos Audietis), Alan Hinton, Brian Schmetzer and of course Roger Levesque were popular today, and those that didn't get grabbed today probably will be tomorrow.

U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Pairings, Schedule Announced

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We're getting ahead of ourselves with this, but the semifinal pairings and schedule for the 2011 U.S. Open Cup were announced on Thursday. On the side of the bracket that concerns the Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake outbid the competition and will host either the Los Angeles Galaxy or Seattle, should they win their quarterfinal match with FC Dallas.

MLS Playoff and Supporters Shield Odds at the Halfway Point

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We're now halfway through the 2011 MLS season, more or less, and the playoff picture has started to shake out. As the last few seasons have shown, championships aren't won by the best regular season team. The secret to winning an MLS championship is making the playoffs by hook or by crook and then managing your matchups (and a little luck) in the postseason.

Cascadia Cup: First Trip to JELD-WEN Field - What's Different

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This first trip down to Portland in the MLS era for a Cascadia Cup match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will be on familiar ground, but in some ways an unfamiliar stadium. JELD-WEN Field has some significant redesign to it, with some new stands and new experiences. For those fans that traveled down in the past it will both be similar and different.

Sounders Reserves a win away from clinching division

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The Rave Green reserves have methodically won their first seven matches (of ten total) and have almost mathematically reached the West Division title. They have won four of those seven in the friendly confines at Starfire, but not always emphatically. In fact, the Sounders have only twice (in seven) managed to defeat another reserve team by more than a single goal.

Why It Will Never Work: [Leighton] Baines is known to have a fear of flying, which could prove a...

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Why It Will Never Work: [Leighton] Baines is known to have a fear of flying, which could prove a difficult hill to climb given the MLS travel schedule. It's also possible that a player with such a fear would have trouble with yachting as well.

Aaron on Seattle Sounders transfer rumors.

Trialist Mrisho Ngassa To Arrive Today/Tomorrow

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Back in mid-June Tanzanian National Team player Mrisho Ngassa was announced as likely to come to Seattle to trial with the Sounders. At the time General Manager and Minority Owner Adrian Hanauer said that only the issue of paperwork (passport, visa, etc) was keeping the trial from occurring. Those things are taken care of now, as Ngassa is leaving Tanzania today to begin his two week trial according to the coach of Azam FC his club there.

Cameron Hepple of Kitsap Pumas sold to EUROPA LEAGUE team

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Cameron Hepple of Kitsap Pumas sold to EUROPA LEAGUE team

Seriously big deal, even if it is just an Albanian side. KF Tiriana made the Europa Leauge by winning the Albanian Cup after a 5th place finish in league.

Hepple was one of three Pumas I thought should be playing at a higher level.

Managing Madrid joins SB Nation

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Managing Madrid joins SB Nation

Real Madrid now with a blog on the Nation. That puts Spain with three now as Villareal and Barca have blogs as well.

Seattle Sounders 0 At Los Angeles Galaxy 0 - Highlights, Statistics, Quotes

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Fourth of July matches are often hidden and buried from our psyche. There is just so much other stuff going on in the average American household. What shouldn't be forgotten is that the Seattle Sounders had more chances in the first 30 and last 15 than the Los Angeles Galaxy did. While the Galaxy controlled the 45 minutes within that period.

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals Tickets Will Go On Sale Wednesday At 10 a.m.

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With confirmation that the Seattle Sounders' U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against the Los Angeles Galaxy has been moved to July 13, we now know that tickets will go on sale Wednesday. The box offices at Starfire Sports Complex and CenturyLink Field, as well as the online ticket seller who will charge you as much in handling fees as the actual ticket, will starting selling at 10 a.

Major Link Soccer - Happy Fourth of July Edition

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Good morning everyone and a happy belated 4th of July. The Seattle Sounders played the LA Galaxy to a 0-0 tie this weekend and were a bit unlucky not to get the full three points. Young LA goalkeeper Brian Perk did well in his first MLS game to keep a clean sheet including a good PK save against Fredy Montero.

LA Galaxy Vs. Seattle Sounders: Well, A Tie Is Better Than A Loss, Right?

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A tie on the road against the best team in the league should feel satisfactory. But facing a third-string goalkeeper, drawing a penalty and generally outplaying the Los Angeles Galaxy for much of the match, the Seattle Sounders 0-0 tie does not feel as satisfying as it probably should.

The big reason for that is probably Fredy Montero's failed penalty.

Seattle Sounders At Los Angeles Galaxy - Gamethread

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What's in team form? Is it 4 wins in six games without a loss? Or ten games without a loss? Or is form getting 64 points in last 34 with a +18 goal differential? Either way, that's the Seattle Sounders right now. This team isn't just hot now. It has been hot for quite some time. Despite changes scattered throughout the standard XI and substitution pattern, Sigi Schmid's squad has been as good in 34 matches as FC Dallas (current PPM leader) is pacing in its half season.

The Brotherly Game Shares Their Knowledge of Brian Perk

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The Brotherly Game Shares Their Knowledge of Brian Perk

Brian Perk has never played in a MLS game. Until last week's appearance against the LA Blues, there's a pretty good chance he had never even donned a MLS uniform. The Brotherly Game shares what they know about Perk from his days with the Philadelphia Union.

Seattle Sounders Vs. LA Galaxy: U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Moved To July 13

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The Seattle Sounders' U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Starfire Sports Complex has been moved to Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.. The match had originally been scheduled for July 12, but the Sounders have a match against the Portland Timbers on July 10. The Galaxy have their own match on July 9 against the Chicago Fire, but don't have another MLS match scheduled until July 20.

Aaron's Preview of Tonight's Match at SBN-Seattle

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Aaron's Preview of Tonight's Match at SBN-Seattle

Race for elite status starts tonight

Marcus Hahneman "On His Way To Seattle" Says Red Bulls GM

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As seems to come up every week or so, the Marcus Hahnemann to Seattle Sounders talk will not go away, despite the difficulty in making an acquisition and the contract work. With New York Red Bulls having an open designated player spot, cap room and a glaring need for a starting goalkeeper rampant speculation was that they were going to deep their fingers into the pot of gold that is Red Bull Energy Drink and sign the US National Team player.

Prince Tagoe expected in camp Monday - with Hoffenheim

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Prince Tagoe expected in camp Monday - with Hoffenheim

Translation courtesy of Babelfish which did a better job than google in providing clarity. It also indicates NO team has met the correct price, though things could change over weekend - not Basel, not Seattle.

CONCACAF Champions League Set - Strength of Schedule

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With Toronto FC winning the Voyageurs Cup yesterday after their victory over struggling Vancouver Whitecaps FC the CONCACAF Champions League 2011-2012 competition is finally set. While it has been known for sometime that the Seattle Sounders would face San Fransisco FC of Panama for some time (season ticket holders currently able to buy seats, public on July 6th), the full slate of teams let's us play with some math and figure out which MLS side has the most difficult road out of the Group Stage.

Goal.com learns Soony Saad signs with MLS

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Goal.com learns Soony Saad signs with MLS

The NCAA scoring threat would have been a solid draft pick last SuperDraft, and probably a top 5 this coming year. He left Michigan to pursue a professional deal and now signed with MLS.

He will be assigned via Lottery. The order to be determined.

For Seattle it makes sense to try and win the player, who is likely on a GA deal, but in no way should this effect their other efforts.

Formidfender paddleboard yoga.

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Formidfender paddleboard yoga.

Didn't see anybody post about this on here (saw it on ECS forum first, then saw that @seattlesoccer caught it too), although I could've just missed it. If you haven't seen it yet, there's Roger Levesque just being a regular guy (he wasn't even interviewed in the piece), doing what regular guys do: Yoga on a paddleboard.

Designated Player Strategies – Those that Came Before

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We're just a few short weeks from the transfer window opening up and we're already knee deep in designated player (DP) rumors. It seems like the Seattle Sounders have become the go-to source for rumors and players looking to negotiate a higher salary.

While the rumors swirl around the Sounders other teams are already utilizing their open DP spots to bring in help to their struggling sides.

LA Galaxy Vs. Seattle Sounders, Matchcard: Projected Starting Lineups, Statistics, Broadcast Info

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With the Seattle Sounders on their best form of the season and being as healthy as they've been all year, you would think that projecting the starting lineup would be getting easier. And it is. But there are still a few questions heading into Monday's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The biggest is who starts as the center midfielder next to Osvaldo Alonso?

Seattle Sounders Extend Pat Noonan's Contract To End Of Season

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Looks like Pat Noonan will be sticking around for a bit longer. The Seattle Sounders announced they had extended Noonan's contract through the end of the season.

In all likelihood, he is coming back to the team on a reduced salary, probably something along the lines of $70,000 a year. Assuming that number is accurate, his salary cap hit for the rest of the season is likely about $25,000.

Pat Noonan is sticking around

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Pat Noonan is sticking around

Seattle has re-signed him for the rest of 2011, presumably for not all that much money.

As a bonus, here is a Pat Noonan fun fact: Noonan has 4 goals and 4 assists in MLS play over the past 4 years, a span of 46 games.

Mariners Create A "Supporters Section" For Active Fans

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Mariners Create A "Supporters Section" For Active Fans

Maybe the Mariners have learned something from their neighbors across the street about how to foster a fan culture. With the hydroplane races and Jumbo-tron coordinated noisemaking, a Mariners game is about as antiseptic a fan experience as you can imagine.

July Offers Chance For Runs At Multiple Trophies

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Back when June started, we noted the Gold Cup that drew down some rosters and helped the Seattle Sounders to a 4th place standing by points per match, 2nd by raw points. While July also has some Copa America action, the roster lightening isn't as significant. What is meaningful is that July will have the opportunity for runs in several trophies to be made.

Major Link Soccer - Merchandising Edition

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It's been a good week in Seattle Sounders land. Suddenly the team looks focused and ready to play. Two wins in the league and a valuable Open Cup victory against the Kitsap Pumas have really sparked a fire in the Sounders and their fans. You can relive some of the action with photos of the NE Revolution match from Jane Gershovich.

Around the League Extra Featuring Me, ok not just me..

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Around the League Extra Featuring Me, ok not just me..

Much of this episode is about supporter v club, and we also talk about MLS 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and how good Garber has done growing the game.

Nos Audietis, Episode 13: Chasing The Shield, Talking Transfers, Previewing LA Galaxy

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It has been a crazy week in the world of the Seattle Sounders. Since our last regular show, the Sounders have played three matches, winning them all. The two MLS matches have put them just four points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy in the race for the Supporters' Shield. The win over the Kitsap Pumas has put them in the quarterfinals of the U.