There is no game bigger than this. Our at least there shouldn't be, but there was that Seattle
Sounders win down in Monterrey. There will be bigger games later in the season of course, and in
the CONCACAF Champions League, but tonight knockout tournament history can be made. On a Tuesday
night in Tukwila, WA FC Dallas will attempt to crush Seattle's US Open Cup hopes and streaks.
Hope Solo On Dancing With Stars
Will the Richland native, UW Husky, WPS and USWNT star have enough power?
Consider the B-rated cast (at best) maybe.
As the regular season winds down I'm going to be posting a weekly summary of the some of the
data and predictions we're generating, which should give you some context going into each week of
Playoff & Trophy Probabilities
This is each team's up to date odds of making the playoffs, winning the Supporter's Shield, and
winning the MLS Cup based on simulating the remainder of the season 10000 times.
So uh, this Seattle Sounders team is pretty good, no?
We spend a whole bunch of time talking about the awesomeness that was the Sounders 6-2 thrashing
of the Columbus Crew as well as a bigger look at how good this team is right now. We also go off
into hypothetical land to wonder if this would have been possible had Blaise Nkufo stuck around and
talk briefly about the newest Sounder, Sammy Ochoa.
In our continued efforts to give you a better product here's another match with the new
www.tableausoftware.com powered match day quick reference cards. Not every change that was
suggested has been implemented yet. There was a major change though. All changes were done by Dave
Clark, after getting a quick lesson from the Sounders fan that started us on this path.
Follow The European Transfer Window Madness
If you're interested in following the all the European transfer window madness, SB Nation should
have you pretty well covered with this link. It will be updating throughout the day. If you're
interested in discussing all that, please feel free to consider this your open thread.
Are you familiar enough with FC Dallas yet? If not, here's some more info about who they are and
how they will play as they enter Fortress Starfire and attempt to make history. These two sides
have met in the US Open Cup before with the USL Seattle Sounders being the team that came up short,
but that match was at then Qwest Field.
Best In The West Have Dominated Meek East
Admittedly, this might seem a little obvious, but I wanted to actually quantify how much better
the top teams in the West are when compared to their counterparts in the East. I also talk quite a
bit about the Sounders' win.
Man what a run. The Seattle Sounders demolished the best team in the east 6-2. The Seattle
offense looked as deadly as the Columbus Crew's back-line looked shaky. Before the game a friend of
mine and I held forth in full professorial mode with some friends who don't follow the league as
much. We blathered on about the merits of the Crew's defense and how this was going to be a close
grind-it-out kind of game.
Steve Zakuani with a musical message for Sounders nation.
Sometimes statistics lie. Saturday's Seattle Sounders-Columbus Crew match is a perfect example.
If you just ignored that little score detail, you'd see that the Crew actually dominated the
Sounders, outshooting them 19-13, holding 53 percent of possession and even outpassing the Sounders
79-76. This is one of those matches where watching the highlights gives you a much better
George John To Join FC Dallas In Seattle After Blackburn Deal Collapses
Looks like FC Dallas will have George John when they play the Sounders on Tuesday in the U.S.
Open Cup. John is on his way to Seattle to join his teammates after his transfer to Blackburn fell
through, presumably when the two sides failed to come to an agreement on personal terms.
Sometimes this game of soccer can be pretty fun to watch. On a day in which Lamar Neagle became
the second Seattle Sounders player to ever score a hat trick, Mike Fucito finally got off the
scoring schneid and Mauro Rosales bolstered his darkhorse MVP candidacy with a goal and an assist,
the Sounders won in an absolute rout of the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew.
The Columbus Crew have yet to beat the Seattle Sounders in these brief years in MLS. That does
not matter though. That is statistics as trivia. It has little relevance to the match on hand. The
match on hand features a depleted side from central Ohio and a fully strength, generally rested
side from Western Washington.
Looks like O'Brian White's already uncertain future just got a little bit less clear. The
Seattle Sounders forward has undergone a second surgery on his leg, again to repair an arterial
blockage. He will remain at Virginia Mason hospital to recover before returning home.
White was removed from the disabled list on July 12, but has only appeared in one Reserve League
match since then.
Editor's note: Putting this on FP as a public service -
Once again, the scourge of family obligations have interfered with my (okay, okay...our)
Sounders. Since I lack the testicular fortitude to murder them all in order to clear the way for
uninterrupted Sounders fandom, somebody is going to have to fill in for me.
Editor's note: I moved the card below the jump. It was taking
a little longer to load than I wanted. - Jeremiah
For a second, please ignore the names on the matchcard and give a serious look at our newest
toy. As you can probably see, it's much more interactive than the old one.
It might not be the big-name player everyone was hoping to get, but the Seattle Sounders have
added at least one new player before the Sept. 15 MLS roster deadline. The Sounders traded a
third-round pick in the 2012 draft to move into the Chicago Fire's No. 4 spot in the Allocation
Order and picked Sammy Ochoa, who was here on trial earlier this year and played for Sigi Schmid on
Seattle Sounders backup goalkeeper Terry Boss will miss Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal
against FC Dallas after being called up to the Puerto Rico national team for a pair of World Cup
qualifiers. This would be Boss' sixth cap with El Huracan Azul. Boss, an Oregon native, became
eligible to play for Puerto Rico after spending two seasons with the Puerto Rico Islanders
The Columbus Crew as a franchise has been historically kind to the Seattle Sounders in their
short MLS history. They've never beaten the Sounders, either at home or away, and their losses have
been some of Seattle's most memorable wins. Last season, a 4-0 win over the Crew in Columbus was
the most emphatic of the season.
The Seattle Sounders would host the U.S. Open Cup final for a second straight year if they beat
FC Dallas on Tuesday. The game would be held at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 4 and will be played
against the winner of the Chicago Fire-Richmond Kickers semifinal.
Either finals matchup would be intriguing, even if the Sounders would be considered prohibitive
Mauro Rosales was on ExtraTime Radio today (Aug-25 starting at the 40 minute mark). This is
my transcript of the interview, which isn't word-for-word.
What brought you to MLS?
I have a relationship with DarÃo Sala. He was a player for Dallas here in the MLS.
The last team that Sigi Schmid won the MLS Cup comes to town again on Saturday. The Columbus
Crew finally look a lot different than they did in that era, and there could be as few as four
players on the pitch that he coached before leaving for the Seattle Sounders. Current coach Robert
Warzycha has managed to both rebuild and win (1st in East, 4th overall by PPM).
Wow. What a week. My heart's still racing from the Seattle Sounder's 1-0 win against Monterrey
in Mexico. It's a huge win for the league. Just lat week FC Dallas was the first U.S. team to win a
competitive match of soccer on Mexican soil. Now the Sounders have upped the ante by winning
against a first-cut team of the reigning CONCACAF champions.
Lost in the announcement of the new SB Nation iPhone App, and the excitement that Adrian and
Mauro are talking extension was this post by jake. In it he talks a bit about one of the traits of
the Sounders identity - wide midfielders who are kind of like forwards.
If we ought to have learned one thing from watching the Sounders for 2.
With today's announcement of call-ups to the United States National Team, particularly with 11
from MLS, one could quickly think that this could effect the hunt for the MLS Cup Playoffs. It
won't. MLS is taking a pretty light weekend over with the international date, and only two games
will be played that could be effected.
Lion of Vienna Suite Covering Bolton Wanderers Now On SBN
Another English Premier League teams gets a dedicated site on the network. Go say hello, maybe
you're a fan.
Mauro Rosales and the Seattle Sounders are, indeed, discussing a contract negotiation. This
should come as a surprise to no one, as Rosales has arguably been the Sounders' MVP and is probably
the most underpaid player in the entire league.
"It goes without saying that he's earned being taken care of in the future," Sounders GM Adrian
I'm hoping that this can be a regular series where we can have some discussions about how the
game is played, especially the tactical/strategic side of things. In the future I'll be taking a
look at the tactics of upcoming opponents, tactical implications of Sounders transfer and roster
moves, and any related topics you guys want to hear about.
Frontpaged because I (Dave) found this an intriguing conversation.
In fact, I'd argue that the Sounders' newfound ability to win ugly is
a hugely positive development.
Jeremiah wrote this in his post covering the highlights of last night's improbable CCL victory
Editor's note: I added this to the FP because I thought there
were enough big names that it could be pretty fun. - Jeremiah
Thought I would share this email I received from the Sounders about a fundraising event for
America SCORES happening Thursday in Ballard. Prize drawings and appearances by Steve
Zakuani, Brad Evans, Sigi Schmid, Adrian Hanauer and the USOC trophy.
I don't think a lot of people were expecting us to walk out of Estadio TecnolÃ³gico with three
points. That number probably got a lot smaller once the lineups for the match were announced. But
here we are; the Sounders knocked off Monterrey's A-Team with something significantly less than
their own A-Team and are now top of Group D in CONCACAF Champions League play.
With the first positive impression of MLS on NBC from their promotion of it during Sunday Night
Football there can be speculation about how much they are going to run with it. Sure, MLS doesn't
have strong ratings (~300k viewers on ESPN2, ~70k on Fox Soccer) to merit strong promotion. But
there's a reason that NBC Sports will promote Major League Soccer in ways that the sport has never
been promoted before 2012.
Well, that was pretty awesome, wasn't it? When you go to Mexico and beat a team as good as
Monterrey, who happens to be using a lot of their starters, there's really no point in worrying too
much about how it actually happened. The Seattle Sounders are 2-0-0 in CONCACAF Champions League
group stage play and are suddenly looking pretty good.
Seattle Sounders, Monterrey, And The Biggest Win In MLS History
Good stuff from Ryan at dot-com on why Seattle's win last night was the biggest win in MLS
Imagine, if you will, a meticulously tended field of grass carved into the foothills of the
Sierra Madre Oriental mountains in the northeast of Mexico. It is home to the champions in
the sport of soccer for all the lands from the far tundra of Nunavut to the sweltering jungles of
Guyana - a team of millionaires and superstars who each bear a household name in a land where their
sport is king.
That headline seems a little meek doesn't it? Maybe because FC Dallas ruined the sheen a little
bit after they beat UNAM Puams, but the thrill isn't quite as big as expected. Or maybe the
feelings from the Seattle Sounders 1-nil victory over CF Monterrey Rayados aren't as huge as they
should be because what we saw was a bit of a coaching clinic.
We know that some of the regular Seattle Sounders did not make the trip to Monterrey, Mexico for
tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match. Mauro Rosales, Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller and Jhon
Kennedy Hurtado all, apparently, headed back to Seattle to prepare for Saturday's game against the
The Seattle Sounders are in a packed schedule with three games, in three tournaments, in two
countries, in three stadiums in just eight short days. With another game of poor weather (Forecast
for 96 degrees and thunderstorms), Sigi Schmid seems likely to put forward a cynical lineup gunning
for a 1-0 or 1-1 match.
There is a clear favorite in CONCACAF Champions League Group D. And while it is true that the
Mexican side in every group is favored, the Seattle Sounders face last season's CCL Champions - CF
Monterrey Rayados. Last season saw the Sounders hold a 2-nil lead with a mainly reserve lineup, but
then Humberto Suazo entered the game and in 6 short minutes Seattle went from history makers to
just another footnote.
As the regular season winds down I'm going to be posting a weekly summary of the some of the
data and predictions we're generating, which should give you some context going into each week of
Playoff & Trophy Probabilities
This is each team's up to date odds of making the playoffs, winning the Supporter's Shield, and
winning the MLS Cup based on simulating the remainder of the season 10000 times.
Take a look at this photo (h/t @coulterchris) that recently appeared on SoundersFC.com. You'll
find 18 Seattle Sounders. You'll also notice some conspicuous absences. Among the players not in
this photo taken prior to Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League group stage match against Monterrey
are Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller, Mauro Rosales and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
With the new SBN MLS Power Rankings out you can clearly see that Seattle is on a bit of a run
lately. Now a unanimous top tier team the Seattle Sounders are thought of by voters as being a
favorite to win a trophy this year. There's only that little issue of the Los Angeles Galaxy, FC
Dallas and Saturday's opponent the Columbus Crew sitting in the way.
The chart from last year's CCL match down at Monterrey always makes me tear up a bit. So close,
yet so far.
The Sounders had a great win 1-0 on the road against FC Dallas this weekend. It puts the team
back in the hunt for the Supporter's Shield although the Los Angeles Galaxy would need to drop a
match or two. The man of the match was defender Zack Scott who did an admirable job in containing
MLS on NBC got its first promotion during Sunday Night Football
There's been a lot of virtual ink spilled, here and elsewhere, over the Seattle Sounders'
inability to pick up a third Designated Player at the close of the summer transfer window. We know
all about how the Sounders felt they were very close to getting their man -- generally believed to
be Hoffenheim's Prince Tagoe -- but that they came up just short.
Recently I've been spending some time analyzing designated players around the league. The
results of DPs on the field have been a mixed bag despite the immense amount of attention they
receive when they enter the league. Some are consistently in the pack of the best players in MLS.
Others barely see the field.
When Mauro Rosales scored the goal that would be the winner against FC Dallas Saturday night, he
was certainly to the right of Fredy Montero and the rest of the offense. But watch the highlight
again, and you may notice that he's in a central space. But that wasn't his only time centrally.
Yesterday saw a different Rosales.
Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said it best, "Not big, he came up huge. He made a huge save
at the end of the day for us." As happens sometimes, the highlights don't really do Keller's
performance justice. It wasn't just his save on FC Dallas' Marvin Chavez or the two saves he made
at the death.
After a week of drama revolving around the Seattle Sounders' options in attack, it was the
defense that decided a chippy match against FC Dallas in difficult, scorching conditions in Frisco,
Texas. The game had little flow thanks to physical play by both teams and the quick whistle of
referee David Gantar, resulting in 41 total fouls called.
Sigi Schmid and his Seattle Sounders have not won in Texas yet. Not against the Houston Dynamo,
nor against Saturday night's opponent FC Dallas. It isn't that the sample size is huge, but as the
season progresses it becomes more clear that the Toros and Sounders are likely to face off in the
MLS Cup Playoffs, and if confidence matters getting a win during the regular season will help
On days like today, it's easy to fall in love with the weather in the Pacific Northwest. Not a
cloud in the sky, a slight breeze and temperatures hovering around the mid-70s making being outside
an absolute joy. In fact, what are you doing reading this story? Heck, why am I writing it? (Note
to self: As soon as I'm done with this, go enjoy the weather for a couple of hours before the
Seattle Sounders-FC Dallas game starts.
A sneak peek at SB Nation's soon-to-be released mobile app. It will initially be released only
on iPhone, but will be available in other formats eventually.
There might not be a segment of the Seattle Sounders fanbase more excited about Mike Fucito's
recent coming out party. Almost as long as Sounder at Heart has been following a MLS, we have been
signing his praises. And while it may seem counter-intuitive to question the gospel of
#churchoffucito, I do feel compelled to take a tiny step back and ask: What's the cost of making
Mike Fucito a full-time starter?
The 'other' Cascadia Cup rivalry
Since we're Sounders fans, we know the world basically revolves around us. While we were
obviously aware that there were three teams in the Cascadia Cup, some of us may not realize that
those other two teams actually play against each other as well. 86 Forever breaks down why that
part of the rivalry is just as good as the parts with the Sounders.
It will probably come as little surprise that after banging the drum for Mike Fucito to see more
playing time that we are projecting him to start on Saturday against FC Dallas. Unlike the umpteen
preveious times we projected him to be in the starting lineup for the Seattle Sounders, we actually
think that he'll be there this time.
This has been a very bi-polar week for the Sounders; a disappointing draw to Chivas USA that all
but eliminated Seattle's Supporters Shield hopes gave way to the disappointment and mini-meltdown
of many Sounders fans brought on by the close of the transfer window. Things swung way back to the
other side on Tuesday however, with Mike Fucito's coming out party driving the Sounders to a 4-1
win over C.
The US based teams in the league went 4-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) this week. The
Sounders did their part with a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over CSD Comunicaciones of Guatemala.
Church was in session for the second half as Mike Fucito showed why he deserves more playing time.
Meaningful, south of the border, FC Dallas secured the honor of winning the first competitive game
for a U.
As the 2011 MLS Season rounds the turn to the final stretch of the regular season, we've been
talking about playoffs quite a bit here. We've looked at playoff position and playoff chances based
on the current MLS table, based on a simulation, based on a target number of points, based on
points per game standings, and so on.
In their short MLS lives the Seattle Sounders have not succeeded in Texas (no wins yet), and the
latest chance at changing that bit of history is Saturday's match against FC Dallas. The Toros set
their own history Tuesday evening when they became the first MLS team to beat a Mexican team in
competition on Mexican soil.
Blackburn make bid for George John
Way to go local product and former Husky George John. This can only help the MLS (and our
chances this season too).
Yesterday's win as a fancy chart! Yes, it was improbable, but not as improbable as you think it
was. Mike Fucito was on the field after all...
The other two teams in Group D of the CONCACAF Champions League are kicking off now. If we're
gunning for second place in the group (as we probably should be), we'll want a Monterrey win here
to reduce the competition. On the other hand, a stumble by the Mexican team would open a crack in
the door to a group win and possibly an easier route through the bracket.
This weekend the international transfer window closed and promptly thereafter the league came
out with new rules for younger designated players (DPs). The closing of the window means it's
unlikely there will be any new DPs entering the league and we can take a look at how teams around
the league are using their DP slots.
Editor's note: Promoted for general awesomeness. For reference
purposes, give this a listen. - Jeremiah
The following sermon is inspired by Prince (the artist, not the footballer). Call it: Let's Go
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called Sounders soccer
It means knockout games and that's a scary thing
But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see goals, day or night
So when you call up that blogger in Seattle
You know the one - Mr Sounder at Heart
Instead of asking him how much game time is left
Ask him how many more subs, baby
'Cuz in this match
Things are much harder than in the #ChurchofFucito
In this match
You've got Noonan
So if the opponent tries to bring you down
Mike Fucito Wins Over At Least One Skeptic
Aaron Campeau has long been one of Mike Fucito's more vocal skeptics. It's not that he thought
he was bad, rather that he was unconvinced that he was the answer up top. Tuesday's performance
went a long way to change that perception, something he talks about at length at
Eddie Johnson Backs Out Of Deal To Join MLS
Remember that whole bit about Eddie Johnson signing with MLS and how the article was eventually
removed from MLSSoccer.com? Well, we now know why: He has apparently backed out of the deal because
he wants more money. Only one team was previously interested in him at the original offer -- who
here thinks it was the Sounders?
With the victory of CSD Comunicaciones of Guatemala in the CONCACAF Champions League by the
Seattle Sounders one phrase seems to have rocketed to the top of the charts. #ChurchOfFucito (now
in the left sidebar here for your viewing pleasure) started as a way for someone to mock my near
constant call for Mike Fucito to start.
Yes, that feels quite nice.
There's only so much a preacher can do to build his flock. Good sermons are nice and all, but at
some point people want to see you heal the sick, turn water into the wine and bring peace on earth.
Mike Fucito's two-goal, one-assist performance against Comunicaciones in the Seattle Sounders' 4-1
win in Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League game probably falls a little short of those lofty
standards, but there's no doubt that a few more people will likely be joining #churchoffucito.
The Seattle Sounders goal of becoming a global recognized team requires them to start making a
deep run in the CONCACAF Champions League. They continue their 2011-12 CCL journey hosting CSD
Comunicaciones of Guatemala in what is both their most winnable game, and the one they most need to
win. The schedule is in their favor, but don't have a strong history in the tournament with a 3-6-1
If the Seattle Sounders have any hopes of advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League knockout
stage, beating Comunicaciones at home is an absolute must. If the Sounders are serious about doing
that, it stands to reason they will put out pretty close to a first-choice lineup.
There will be at least one player missing, though, as Osvaldo Alonso will have to sit out with
US Forward Eddie Johnson joining MLS via allocation
Chivas still has top spot in the order, but passed on Feilhaber and Adu. Seattle is 6th and
would likely have to trade up to get him. But he is a forward...
Back in 1997 the A-League Seattle Sounders were champions of the USA. OK, they weren't. They
were champions of the A-League in 1995, which earned them entry into the CONCACAF Champions Cup of
1996. That though was played in 1997, as was the 1997 version. If that makes sense for you you
probably were given a brown bag of cash by bin Hamman.
MLS Ready To Announce More Changes To Designated Player Rule
Dave will probably have something more Sounders-specific in here, but this is my story on the
rule change and my perception of what it will look like. Basically, I expect younger DPs to count
less against the salary cap than older players.
The Seattle Sounders officially announced that Miguel Montano has been loaned to the Montreal
Impact for the remainder of the 2011 season. The 20-year-old was in Seattle on a loan from
Argentinian side Quilmes.
Montano has shown glimpses of quality at various points during his Sounders career, but has also
been prone to mental errors that have helped keep him off the field.
It's one of those mornings where you hold on to your morning cup of coffee and try to transition
your mind to the work ahead. Not the easiest task after the latest weekend in Seattle Sounder-land.
Two big let-downs this weekend. The first was a disappointing 0-0 tie against Chivas USA at the
The summer transfer window has closed and the Seattle Sounders did not make any moves. That's
the main story, the one there's really no getting around. There is, of course, a little more to
story than that.
The Sounders, as you may have heard, were pretty close to acquiring a player GM Adrian Hanauer
described as their "No.
I hate to admit it, but I was at a conference on Saturday and was left to follow the Seattle
Sounders-Chivas USA match via Twitter. I've now watched the highlights (and promise to watch the
full game) and can safely say that the frustration I felt while not watching the game would have
probably been even worse if I had watched.
Today's scoreless draw against Chivas had many defining moments, but the one freshest in
everyone's mind is the missed penalty call by Kevin Stott in the waning minutes. I say 'missed' not
'potential' or 'disputed' because the challenge that sent Neagle over was a foul anywhere on the
pitch in any league in any competition in the world.
O'Brian White Has a Complication
Sigi let the press core know that there was a complication with OBW's recovery. All we know so
far is that it's related to the previous blood clot. Not great news to say the least.
Welcome everyone! Dave and Jeremiah are out of town this weekend so I've taken over game thread
duties today. First off, Chivas USA at home is a winnable game. It's a game that most pundits
expect the Sounders to win. However, make no mistake, this won't be an easy game.
Coach Robin Fraser has done an admirable job in turning the Goats around in his first season as
head coach starting with a new defensive mindset and organization that gives Chivas USA a puncher's
chance in almost any match.
In amongst all the transfer chatter and trades around the league is a solid weekend of MLS
action where the Seattle Sounders will need to get a home win over Chivas USAif Sigi's club is to
remain in the hunt for the Supporters Shield. This midday match looks to have ideal footballing
weather with the Rave Green remaining in their own beds for a full week of preparation.
It should probably be named a transfer window closing thread, but this will have to work.
There's been a request for an open thread to throw all the stories, rumors, speculation, love, hate
and everything else into this weekend, so this is what you get. The Seattle Sounders have a very
short amount of time to make a deal before the transfer window closes, and with a calm settling
over team headquarters, it's been very quiet -- at least when it comes to rumors.
I'm not sure I entirely believe in the concept of a "trap game," but if one ever fit the bill,
this is it. The Seattle Sounders are coming off a very tough stretch that saw them playing
emotionally and physically draining games once or twice a week for about a month. They face a
similar stretch coming up.
The Seattle Sounders are at home this weekend after a week's worth of well needed rest. They
play an improving Chivas USA team at the CLink on Saturday. Hopefully, they can build on last
weekend's win at Sporting KC. Also, for those of you who are interested, Pat Noonan talks about the
foul and the flop from Omar Bravo.
U.S. Soccer Almanac
If you feel compelled fill out this survey and, hey, vote for Sounder at Heart as your favorite
soccer website. Wouldn't that be a hoot?
We normally avoid politics, race and religion on this site, but the "It Gets Better" project I'd
like to think is something that all of us can agree on. That Roger Levesque and Mike Fucito decided
to appear in this video speaks highly of their character and I, for one, am proud to be associated
with an organization that supports this kind of message.
Editor's note: Was thinking about this very topic and rather
than posting something very similar, why not just put this out front and center for all to discuss.
Something in the comments thread of this post got me thinking. If Hanauer doesn't make a
deadline deal to bring in bigger talent, is he a failure?
In an effort to help promote the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage games, the
Seattle Sounders have given us three pairs of tickets to give away to our readers. Rather than do
it via something relatively boring like trivia, they asked that we make it a little more
interactive. So here's what we're going to do:
In the comments, give us your favorite CCL moment, preferably Sounders related.
Hanauer "working frantically" "not going to be desperate or stupid"
Ruiz has statements from GM Adrian Hanauer on Freddy Adu coming back to MLS as well as the quest
for talent here.
Funny how much difference a week makes. When last we spoke, we were talking about the season
coming to a crossroad and were pretty down in the dumps. After a win over San Francisco FC to move
into the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, the Sounders managed to pull out an improbable win
over Sporting Kansas City in which they scored two goals after the 90th minute.
Yes, NBC Sports relationship with soccer isn't historically strong. Their connection with the
NHL and the Tour de France wasn't strong either, and then they took those on and have more than
succeeded. NBC and Versus have managed to create a strong hockey presence, and that's the hope of
every Major League Soccer fan with the new agreement that starts in 2012.
NBC Replaces Fox Soccer As MLS's Main TV Partner
It's obviously too early to say just how huge this is for MLS, but it's clearly a step in the
right direction. Fox Soccer never treated MLS like a property they really wanted, and NBC seems
ready to really put some energy into making this work. It also can't be bad that NBC Sports Network
-- which is currently called Versus -- is more widely available than FSC, and usually does not
require a special subscription.
Everyone knows this is an issue. Don Garber talks about it. Coaches talk about it. Owners talk
about it. General Mangers talk about it. Players talk about it. Fans talk about it.
The steps to improving things seem to be very slow. One change has been that the old USSF
reviewer of referees is now working for MLS, and so the full-time pros are reviewing
You asked, you shall receive. If you feel like joining the action by following along through
Twitter, please feel free to do so here. Among the topics that are probably worth some discussion
is the surprise inclusion of one Danny Berrera on the bench. Apparently, he's a UC Santa Barbara
product who is considering a move to the pro game and would have to go through the waiver
Reserve game is 2 pm at Swangard for those asking. But they will only let in about 100 people
and it's not staffed.
Marc Weber from the Province in BC
If that counts as "Open to the public" I actually own a yacht
Steve Zakuani talks about Kingdom Hope, his recovery and -- holy Nostradamus -- correctly
predicts the score of Saturday's game.
Today's Reserve Game has so many different storylines. There's O'Brian White's probable return
to the lineup. There's the attempt by Seattle to remain perfect in this lower level competition, as
they are currently 7-0-0 with a +8 Goal Differential. Is the game open to the public or not? Which
seems like it should have a simple answer, but there were conflicting reports yesterday, and the
Vancouver Whitecaps statement on the subject provides little clarity.
It might seem like madness to start projecting playoff matchups when there's still nearly a
third of the regular season yet to play, but the results this past weekend clarified the picture in
two different ways.
First, the Sounders are almost certain to make the playoffs. This may seem like some
uncomfortable pre-hatch chicken counting, but barring a cataclysmic series of injuries (knock on
wood) Seattle will be in it.
Steve Davis Calls Out Peter Vermes For Ill-Timed Rant
I think many of us are probably in general agreement with the idea that Saturday's game against
Sporting Kansas City was poorly officiated, even if the game's biggest call ending up going the
Sounders' way. In that sense, I think we probably agree with Peter Vermes' being angry.
Great weekend for the Seattle Sounders. They fought through fatigue, heat, humidity and a goal
deficit to end Sporting Kansas City's 14 game unbeaten streak in MLS. The 2-1 victory marks the
second time the Sounders have come from behind in overtime to defeat the Sporks. To be fair, the
Sporks outplayed the Sounders for the majority of the match even after designated player Omar Bravo
was sent of for a reckless challenge.
There's a reason only eight MLS teams have ever won two trophies in the same year and none have
won as many as three: It's difficult. Now that the CONCACAF Champions League group stage schedule
has been released, the Seattle Sounders have another reminder of just how difficult that pursuit
There's a tiny pause in play for the Seattle Sounders. There is the Reserve game on Tuesday, but
for the Senior squad, or First Team as the Sounders FC website tracks it they actually have a
midweek of just practicing and refining who will start in which competitions for the rest of the
Was that the most satisfying win of the season? It was maybe not unexpected as the win over Real
Salt Lake, but that one developed over a longer period of time. It was probably not as gutterly
pleasing as the road win over the Portland Timbers, but this seemed considerably more far-fetched.
Unlike literally every.
Sporting Kansas City entered the day on a high note and strong favorites. They'd never lost in
MLS at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. They had not lost in MLS play in their past 14 matches. As
happened to the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake, those streaks ended when Mauro Rosales and Lamar
Neagle continued the theme of grabbing points late with clutch goals.
This is not a trap game. This is a match where the Seattle Sounders are purely an underdog, not
just due to MLS parity, but because Sporting Kansas City is a decent team that is great at home.
Pile on a run of travel, fixture congestion and a few minor injuries and this game becomes one of
those where Seattle may just be happy with a point.
Previously it had been announced that the first home game would be August 16th (at a
confirmed 7PM) against Communicaciones of Guatemala. The first away match was
previously announced as at Monterrey on August 23rd but at 5 PM. That match is the chance at
history, as American sides still have yet to win a competitive match in Mexico.
Hey, remember these? A rough patch of buying one house and selling another sort of cut into my
scouting report time, so you had to watch this last month or so of games unscouted. Unless you were
getting reports from that Arlo guy, I guess. And for a while there the Sounders were winning every
game I wasn't scouting, which was a welcome but slightly concerning trend until that egg in Houston
I hope everyone is having an excellent Friday despite the gloomy weather. I was under the
impression this was August, but I must be mistaken. Oh well, at least the Sounders lifted the gloom
a little bit with their 2-1 on aggregate over-time victory against San Fransisco. Sure, it wasn't
the prettiest of games, but a win is a win.
Considering there was 120 minutes of soccer played on Wednesday and many of the Seattle Sounders
starters played most of them, there's really no telling for sure what kind of personnel Sigi really
has available to him for Saturday's game against Sporting Kansas City. Making matters worse is the
forecast which suggest temperatures should be in the low 90s or high 80s with intense humidity
following the possibility of thunderstorms earlier in the day.
All good things must come to an end, or in this case, they need to start. Sporting Kansas City's
run of form (14 unbeaten) started after the most recent loss to the Seattle Sounders when Jeff
Parke won the game in the 93rd minute. On the other side the SporKCs were the team that the
Sounders beat to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs in both 2009 and 2010.
With the smashing success of Sounder at Heart's MLS Fantasy League, we've been asked by a few
people if we were planning to host a EPL fantasy league, as well. Sadly, we will not. Dave and I
are hardly experts and it would seem a little dishonest to host a league with an inherent promise
of providing updates and sharing tips.
KJR-AM Podcast of Live at Five
In which I wake up at 5:15 to be on at 5:20 and talk about the Seattle Sounders, including an
attempt at explaining the CONCACAF Champions League.
Last night was a pretty cool experience, above and beyond the result. Thanks to Dave (and Arlo,
in a roundabout way) it was my first foray into GA. That is certainly a unique experience that I'd
recommend to anyone (except maybe those bringing young children). On the one hand, it's a lot of
work jumping around and singing for 90 minutes (or 120 minutes, if your team decides to let some
Panamanian minnows into the game for some reason) and you lose some perspective on the match - both
visually and emotionally - but you're putting yourself in the middle of the cauldron of fan energy
that defines the fan experience in Seattle (and elsewhere in Cascadia).
Watching a game from within the GA, and particularly this game, sometimes you can miss how
dominant the Seattle Sounders were when they beat San Francisco FC of Panama in the CONCACAF
Champions League on Wednesday night. Though the two-leg tie required extra time, and the score was
only 2-nil, Seattle clearly dominated.
USMNT Roster For Mexico Friendly Announced
Seven from MLS
Six from Germany
Four from Mexico
Let's get this out of the way first: The Seattle Sounders are moving on to the CONCACAF
Champions League group stage after beating San Francisco FC 2-0 in overtime. It was not a pretty
game, possibly the worst-officiated game I have ever seen in my life, but the Sounders survived.
That's the big takeaway.
If there was ever to a match to take a guest to, this would be it. Due to the Away Goal
tie-breaker, the better team being down a man, and a couple of San Francisco FC's players not
making the trip due to visa issues this should be a run and gun soccer festival. Seattle must win
be two goals, while to avoid overtime SFFC wants a single goal (overtime can only happen with a
1-nil Seattle Sounders regulation lead).
Tonight's CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round game is about as big as they get in early
August. Failure to win tonight's game -- likely by at least two goals -- would represent a rather
massive failure on the part of the Seattle Sounders, a team that takes this tournament as seriously
as anyone in MLS.
It's been a pretty crappy week for the Sounders, with a disappointing 1-0 loss to San Francisco
in Panama City followed up by a really disappointing 3-1 loss to the Dynamo in Houston. No
one's panicking just yet, but people are definitely concerned. Today we'll talk about those
concerns and come to the conclusion that no one should head for any bridges yet, but pinpoint the
exact moment when that might be the best course of action.
It's been pretty quiet on the Seattle Sounders transfer rumor front, but it looks to be heating
up, and not necessarily in the way many of us would like to see. According to this article out of
the Netherlands, Ajax is interested in buying Fredy Montero, possibly targeting him for a January
transfer (h/t @zacrigg).
We haven't posted on them often, but if you've been paying attention to the SB Nation Soccer MLS
Power Rankings, you'll be well aware of the rather slow nature of change there. Mainly, that's a
product of our system, which asks voters to place teams in tiers rather than individual spots. It
further slowed by the fact that they are a compilation of anywhere from 17 to 22 voters (we
currently sit at 19).
Bryan Meredith PDL Western Conference All-Star
Other Kitsap Pumas named are Dan Scott and Nik Besagno (who really needs another shot at MLS,
he's still young).
PDL all league awards will be named later this week.
When Amadou Sanyang was announced as a Seattle Sounder signee the first question was "Why is he
a free?" Toronto FC had let him go as he recovered from a significant concussion. An issue that is
also in light for the Sounders as Terry Boss is still recovering (3 to 6 days) from his during the
Manchester United friendly.
There are two deadlines coming up for the roster. The first is the more well-known summer
transfer window that shuts on August 14th. The second is the playoff roster eligibility deadline,
or more simply the MLS trade deadline. That ends on September 15th. Both will, and should lead to
roster changes for the Seattle Sounders according the General Manager and Minority Owner Adrian
Hanauer in our chat today.
Even prior to Seattle Sounders practice being opened up to media the emphasis was on defense.
There was a full team meeting that emphasized that it isn't an issue for just the backline, but for
everyone. Coach Sigi Schmid noted this as the first element from his post-practice conference;
We wanted them to look at the goals that we've taken.
Well, there goes the unbeaten streak. The Seattle Sounders lost to the Houston Dynamo 3-1 in
game characterized by high heat, humidity and thuggish play. The referee, Niko Bratsis, is a new
referee this year with only 7 games under his belt as the head referee. The inexperienced showed as
he quickly lost control of the match and the subsequent physical play clearly benefited the
In August the Seattle Sounders are firmly entrenched in three tournaments, and none will be
easy. The schedule isn't just rough. It is downright brutal. Within League play the opportunity for
points will be rare. While in the CONCACAF Champions League there will either be one more match
(against San Fransisco FC of Panama on Wednesday night, tickets still available) or after that
knockout match the Group Stage will start and Seattle will have to face Monterrey again.