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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Yes, the SanFranPanFC website will give you the info...
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
Getting to know the sidebar
There is lots of good stuff in our sidebar.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
CONCACAF Champions League Referee Assignments
All Times U.S. Eastern
Tuesday, July 26
San Francisco (PAN) vs. Seattle Sounders (USA), 8 p.m.
Referee: David EspaÃ±a (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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Johann de Avila scored the only goal in their win over Sporting 89.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's a clichÃ© 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
German Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim have rejected a 500,000 euro bid from an unnamed
Turkish side for Ghana striker Prince Tagoe.
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
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
Love your league. Support local soccer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
"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.
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Real Madrid now with a blog on the Nation. That puts Spain with three now as Villareal and Barca
have blogs as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Race for elite status starts tonight
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.