Both the Seattle Sounders FC and the San Jose Earthquakes sit on six points in the early season,
though the Bay Area side does have a loss on their record. Where Seattle's offense is powered by
"newcomer" David Estrada, the offense for the 'Quakes is clearly one Chris Wondolowski. Sigi
Schmid's side will have to stop that offensive power house.
Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee and overall leadership was kept busy this week
thanks to the Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders match. The more famous Colin Clark anti-gay slur
incident earned him a three game suspension, but there is more fallout from the game now. After
post match review Adam Moffat is suspended for his next match and fined due to "a reckless
challenge which endangered the safety of his opponent" (Osvaldo Alonso).
First on our Major Link Soccer journey is a look at the United States failure at the CONCACAF
Pre-Olympic tournament, including a connection between San Jose and the El Salvador player that
finished off America. Next up are two stories related to the ownership group down in Tacoma running
the Sounders Women and Sounders U23s.
MLS Managers Survey: The verdict on Copa Libertadores | MLSsoccer.com
Seriously? A bunch of Managers that can't beat Mexican teams want to face off against the best
of Brazil, Argentina and the rest of South America. Seems like a brilliant idea.
How 'bout you chaps start beating teams in this continent before you target another?
Through It All Together - Leeds United News and Results
Everything great and devastating about pro/rel can be captured by following Leeds United. Now in
the Championship, they are more than a Championship club. They are also now on SB Nation.
A couple of weeks ago I asked Dave what I should write about next on the tactics front, and he
answered "asymmetry." I didn't get around to it -- this being a common theme in my life -- and the
next time we saw each other Dave pointed out to me that Jonathan Wilson had just written the
article he wanted me to write (well, not THE article, but you should get my point).
Three home games. Three very different opponents. Three wins.
On a superficial level this is an impressive statistic in its own right. Historically MLS squads
do not feature tactical flexibility. But reviewed in the context of the injury report, this result
takes on a different significance.
Ianni's Tough Step Pays Off
From Matt Gaschk, Ianni reports that a major part of his offseason regimen was... seeing a
It has indeed paid off so far, as Ianni has been an integral part of the Sounders' last two
wins. This is the flip-side to Parke's frustration, and the three-way CB battle this year looks
like it will be even more heated than last year.
Babayele Sodade has ACL tear, OUT 6-9 months
Confirming worst fears, an ACL tear with surgery and rehab in front of him. Heal well
The Sounders Women announced today that they have signed Stephanie Cox for this season. If
you're keeping score, that's five current USWNT players. Four other players have
National Team experience with the U20 and U23 teams, and we have one current Mexican National
player in Veronica Perez.
Jeff Parke Trying To 'Keep Frustration And Anger Down' Over His Benching
Many have asked about Jeff Parke's situation. On Wednesday, he talked to the media about it He's
definitely not happy.
The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps will each receive 1,500 tickets to disperse among
their fans for each of their Cascadia Cup games at CenturyLink Field this season, Seattle Sounders
general manager Adrian Hanauer said on Wednesday. This news comes on the heels of the revelation
that Sounders fans would be receiving 800 tickets for each of the two games in Portland and
Certain words aren't used in polite company. In heated moments we all use words we wish we
hadn't. What Colin Clark did went a bit beyond a heated moment. His targeting of foul and
homophobic language at a minor, which as caught on national television goes beyond Kobe Bryant and
Joachim Noah's infractions.
It started last year with a simple hashtag and grew into league-wide support for Real Salt Lake
in their quest to win the CONCACAF Champions League. The Salt Lake side came close, but fell just
short at home in the second leg of the Final. In the current cycle of the CCL there is only one MLS
side left, Toronto FC, and while there's a movement it doesn't seem to be getting the support that
Without Kasey Keller, Sounders prefer leadership by committee | MLSsoccer.com
As you may have heard, I've became the Sounders beat writer for MLSsoccer.com. The good news is
that you'll still be getting plenty of me. The bad news is that I might not be writing quite as
much here. Do drop in and say hi.
Austrian website interviews Michael Gspurning
Not a whole lot new here, but Michael Gspurning really does seem to love Seattle, which is
obviously great. He also points out the the May 2 match against the LA Galaxy is being played on
the same day as both he and David Beckham's birthdays. (h/t @coulterchris)
Whether the pure standings, MLS Power Rankings or those from SB Nation Soccer the West is still
seen as a cut above, even after the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers both laid road eggs. The
fact is that only the Chicago Fire is both east of the Mississippi and earning two points a match
I am sure that like me, most of you wondered how the Sounders Women could possibly afford the
star power that they have signed for this season. I wondered how the new ownership could possibly
throw that much money at the few players with big names, and still afford to field an entire high
The joke in these parts is that Zach Scott is a man marker. He's a bit more than that, and he
doesn't really man mark as he still has a zone, but Zach Scott: Man Marker flows so smoothly.
Instead, he's a shutdown fullback. Like a shutdown corner in the other football he removes a part
of the field from the oppositions strategy.
Let it be known that Ross Fletcher can roll with the punches as good as anyone. The new Seattle
Sounders announcer joined us on the show this week and stuck around for all three segments. It's a
little part getting-to-know-Ross and a much bigger part of just having him join in on the fun.
In addition to learning some basic biographical information about Ross (yeah, we're totally on a
first-name basis with him now), we get to know how he likes working with Kasey Keller and we help
goad him toward a wrestling match with his predecessor Arlo White.
per @tvsportsratings #MLSonNBC with Sounders Dynamo .10 Men 18-49. 106k viewers- Sounder At
Heart (@sounderatheart) March 26, 2012
That's slightly down from week 2, but up from week 1. A Friday night slot isn't great, but for
all the people that say that they want MLS to have a bigger salary cap they don't seem to be
watching the games.
First rumored on February 29th, the Seattle Sounders FC will face Chelsea FC in this year's
midseason friendly on Wednesday 18 July 2012. This will be Chelsea's third trip to Seattle in the
past nine years, and second facing the Sounders. Also in the press release announcing the friendly
is that the club will sell a four-pack of tickets that includes the Portland Timbers, Vancouver
Whitecaps and the August 5th visit by the LA Galaxy, their second.
Reserve match against Whitecaps liveblog at SoundersFC.com
It's the 20th minute, but no score yet. Matt Gaschk is providing the live blog. Follow along
there and here.
Welcome the start of another week! It seems that the Western Conference is picking apart the
Eastern Conference in the first couple weeks of the season, could that be the trend all season? Or
has the circle broken with the week's games having Eastern teams getting some home games?
Monday means it's time for Major Link Soccer!
Last year's Seattle Sounders FC Reserve team posted a 8-1-1 record in their mini-schedule.
Players like Mike Fucito, Lamar Neagle and Tyson Wahl used performances in those matches to get
more time with the first team. Veterans like Zach Scott, Roger Levesque and Patrick Ianni honed
their craft while youngsters Mike Seamon and David Estrada showed that they are capable of more
when they get the opportunity.
The South Sound team that will bridge the gap between the Seattle Sounders Academy system and
the Seattle Sounders FC announced their schedule, home stadiums, season tickets and coaching staff
this week during the build-up to the MLS match against the Dynamo. The Sounders U23 currently will
be using two home stadia - Cheney Stadium and Franklin Pierce High School.
"We are aware of the incident involving Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark during the game in
Seattle Friday night, and his public apology for it," the league said in a statement. "MLS is
conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action."
Dynamo's Clark could face discipline for ball boy slur | MLSsoccer.
It's interesting what a highlight package can do. While the Seattle Sounders clearly beat the
Houston Dynamo, live on Friday night it felt like a game played on Charlie Chaplin film or with a
stutter. The clunkiness is removed and you can see that both sides had some strong play in the
2-nil win. On replay the goal by David Estrada does look initially off target.
David Estrada did it again. No, he wasn't the Man of the Match -- that was undoubtedly someone
on the defensive side of the ball -- but he scored the Sounders' opening goal for the third time
this season. He also picked up his third game-winner, this one a strike form the top of the penalty
area that was on target, but deflected off a Houston Dynamo defender that put the Sounders up
When the Seattle Sounders FC face the Houston Dynamo the only time this MLS season it will be
another road game for the Texas team and another chance for the West to dominate the East. If the
East is truly as bad as it seems so far (influenced by more road games) the five Western Conference
playoff seeds may come down to performance in those 10 out of conference games.
The injuries of the week force more of a guess on who will be starting for the Seattle Sounders
than typical. With Mauro Rosales certainly out and Adam Johansson a game-time decision there could
be two new starters. There is also the question as to which of Leo Gonzalez and Marc Burch will
start. For the Houston Dynamo they are missing Kofie Sarkodie for Olympic Qualifying, but two
players just returned from time with Jamaica causing questions at their left back and center
David Estrada Excels At Putting Himself In Good Spots ... And Finishing Them
Such are the findings of @MLS_Analyst, and they are a sign that what we've seen from David
Estrada is probably less of a fluke than it might otherwise seem. It's a good read.
The AC Milan Offside - For AC Milan Fans
Guess what team this one covers? Another Serie A side gets the SBN treatment. In many ways this
is a new skin on the old The Offside account, but dang it looks pretty and has all the tech behind
SB Nation behind it.
Go say hello.
It's Still Early, But Western Conference Has Dominated The East - SBNation.com
In researching this story, I thought the most remarkable thing I found was the fact that Western
Conference teams have led their Eastern Conference counterparts more than five times as long.
You've probably read a hundred times by now that the MLS Western Conference is 9-2 versus the
East so far this season. It's been less remarked that the two wins are by the Houston Dynamo and
that Houston is a pretty tenuous Eastern Conference team. They're the westernmost team in the
conference, are only a few miles east of the Western Conference's FC Dallas and they were in the
West up until last season, when the MLS head office made the perverse decision to 'balance' the
conferences by giving them an equal number of teams for exactly one season before the addition of
Montreal unbalanced it again in favor of the East.
I'm still trying to catch up to all the goings on as I spent five days on the Oregon Coast
basically without internet cause the WiFi at the hotel sucked. Anyways, we've got a match tonight
and it's Friday so it's all good! And if it's Friday that means it's time for Major Link
And away we go.
Ready for something a little weird? Well, here's new Seattle Sounders announcer Ross Fletcher
interviewing that Arlo White chap.
The Sounders Women have added yet another big name to their roster: United States international
Megan Rapinoe. The move comes just one day after they signed Mexican international Veronica Perez
and now gives the Sounders Women at least five players with extensive international experience.
Rapinoe is the fourth U.
Seattle Sounders FC conducted a buy out of O'Brian White's contract. White started the 2011
season with strong performances, but then suffered from a blood clot in his leg and he missed the
remainder of the season. With recovery for White unknown Seattle chose to buy the contract out. He
will not count on the roster limit or the salary cap.
Sigi Schmid and the Seattle Sounders may need to make further adjustments to their ideal
starting lineup in Friday night's match against the Houston Dynamo. At practice today Schmid
indicated that Adam Johansson has a minor injury and will be a game-time decision.
"We wanted to see how he reacted today so we wanted to keep him off the field.
Seattle Sounders fans will receive 750 tickets for each of the four away matches at the Portland
Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, it was revealed on Thursday. This represents a 50 percent increase
over last year's visitor-allotment.
Cascadia allotment for Sounders fans at YVR and PDX is up to 750 this year.
One of the shames of the unbalanced schedule is that teams that were developing a strong
on-field rivalry are now split apart. Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders FC matches birthed zombie
Jaqua, the Dynamo were the first team to beat Seattle in the MLS Cup Playoffs and only the LA
Galaxy have played Seattle more in the MLS era.
The top MLS teams in 2012 will be the ones that do the best job of balancing defense
and converting their chances on offense.
How's that for a bold prediction and 'Well, Duh." statement? On one level it could be applied to
any league during any season.
There's no way around it, losing Mauro Rosales for any length of time makes the Seattle Sounders
a less dangerous offensive team. Over the long run, there's really no question the Sounders will
score fewer goals if he's not on the field. The Sounders should clearly hope he returns from his
latest injury as soon as possible.
Over the past few years MLS learned that a certain Seattle Sounders forward is a potent
offensive force. Fredy Montero collects just over a point per game on average in all competitions
currently with 43 goals and 34 assists for a PP90 of 1.12. In 2012, he only has two assists in his
three games played.
There have been times where the Nos Audietis crew has been accused of being a bit pessimistic.
OK, it was really just that ONE time ... In any case, this is most definitely not one of those
times. Jeremiah and Aaron basically gush all over David Estrada and Alvaro Fernandez, justifiably
The Seattle Sounders will have to once again have to make do without the services of Mauro
Rosales. Coach Sigi Schmid revealed on Tuesday that his star midfielder has a sprained knee and
will miss at least Friday's game and could be out as long as several weeks. Schmid said the injury
was different than the one that cost Rosales most of the final five games of the regular season and
both playoff games.
Here in the upper left coast the nitpicky who is ranked 12th v who is 13th probably doesn't matter
much. The Seattle Sounders are unlikely to dip that far down. In fact the vote range in the SB
Nation Soccer power rankings for the Sounders is from first to sixth. Real Salt Lake is now the
clear number one according to the broad list of voters across SB Nation, only garnering two votes
Bavarian Football Works - Bayern Munich News and Commentary
Now that SB Nation has 19 MLS blogs and a strong EPL contingent, some La Liga and some Seria A
Boom - Germany. Hey there Bayern Munich, nice to meet you.
When VH1 gets around to doing best week ever for March 12-18 of 2012 David Estrada will be
featured. It won't be just because they want to make CHiPs references and show pics of funny
glasses, but because Estrada had a best week ever. His rare First Kick hattrick earned him the MLS
Player of the Week nod for week two.
Sounders Academy Alum Ryan Herman Transfers To Washington
The Seattle Sounders' connection at the University of Washington got just a little bit stronger
when it was announced that Ryan Herman was transferring there. After not playing during his
freshman year at Santa Clara, the 6-foot-7 Sounders Academy alum has apparently decided to return
Let it be known that despite much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments in Sounders-land
after the epic flameout in Torreon on Wednesday, that for 3/4's of the tie our boys in, um, "cyan"
were battling toe-to-toe with perhaps the best team in CONCACAF at the moment. You may say
Monterrey are better, but that represents another side the Sounders have shown themselves capable
of playing with.
Tukwila, Wash.-- Seattle SoundersFC U18 Academy team (7-7-3) overall and U16 Academy team
(12-3-2) overall played local rivals, Crossfire Premier today in a northwest division showdown in
United States Development Academy (USSDA) play.
The U18 team won by a score of 3-1.
Goal Scorers: Jordan Schweitzer, Ian Lange and Stefan Bansund
The U16 team won by a score of 2-0.
When a high school coach creates a recruiting film, or a player agent crafts their video sales
pitch, for a player it shows everything they can do well. The highlight video from last night's 3:1
Seattle Sounders home win over Toronto FC is exactly that for David Estrada. It shows his
understanding of space.
Here's ECS's tifo from last night. I'm a big fan, as I love the celebration of the
multi-cultural nature of this team. In case you need a little help in deciphering it, there are
flags representing the country of origin of each player on the team with the saying "E Pluribus
Sounders" which I guess loosely translates "From Many, Sounders"
There are games in which a player enters a fanbase's collective consciousness. For David
Estrada, that was probably this year's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal when he scored the
opening goal. What happened on Saturday, though, is something entirely different. David Estrada,
the 24-year-old who was largely seen as a first-round SuperDraft bust as recently as a month ago,
scored a hat trick to lead the Seattle Sounders to a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC in front of a MLS
opener crowd of 38,709.
There's no better way to forget about a horrible loss than picking up a nice victory. The
Seattle Sounders will try to do just that today when they open their 2012 MLS season against
Toronto FC. As we should all know by now, this is not the same TFC side that the Sounders beat 4-0
on aggregate last season.
Matchups between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC are unique and different. Aron Winter's side
does things that are unusual in the modern game. His use of Torsten Frings is outlined extensively
in the scouting report, but there are other oddities. The wingbacks play very high. Danny
Koevermans is plays in the hole, but not as a distributor.
If you have not yet picked up your scarf, today is the best day to do it. Dave and Jeremiah will
be at Temple Billiards today with scarves for everyone who has paid for them, as well as for anyone
interested in buying one. There are about 70 unclaimed scarves, so if you want one it's probably
best to do get it sooner than later.
This weekend we prepare for the last echoes of MLS First Kick 2012 as both the Seattle Sounders
and Toronto FC take the field for the first time in MLS play. But that doesn't mean these teams
will be mysteries. Both have played a two-legged CONCACAF Champions League series, which in the
Sounders' case showcased both the best and worst of a dynamic, attacking team that in the end
didn't have enough defensive presence to stymie a Mexican juggernaut; and in Toronto's case
showcased a rapidly improving team that has combined enough talent, experience, and tactical
comfort to go toe-to-toe with, and defeat, the league champions.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber raised more than a few cackles when he recently made a comment about
"500 is for us the right number" in regards to tickets for Cascadia Cup away-supporters. It came as
a bit of a shock to us because we had been hearing different. Turns out, Garber may have once again
been speaking a bit out of turn -- just like he did when discussing the possibility of the Seattle
Sounders opening up all of CenturyLink Field for Cascadia Cup games.
The Sounders are one of a handful of teams using their connections with clubs and colleges
around the country to develop the next generation of players. And I feel pretty confident in saying
there is no club that has the breadth of connections as the Seattle Sounders.
Recently I've been thinking about the relationship of these independent clubs and colleges through
and ecological metaphor.
A Closer Look At Saturday's Opponent, Toronto FC - SB Nation
As much as it may seem like Toronto FC's upset of the LA Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League
came out of nowhere, the reality is that this is a much improved team since Torsten Frings and
Danny Koevermans joined the fold. In fact, after going 0-2 in their first two games, TFC has gone
8-4-8 across all competitions.
Toronto FC is a bit of an enigma. Every other Don Garber expansion team with more than a year in
MLS has a playoff appearance, Real Salt Lake even won a title. The pressure is mounting for the
team that launched MLS 3.0. With a fans that are still strongly supporting a side with a poor
history the team needed to do some things to awake and become what their supporters feel they
You know how we came out with an episode earlier this week that totally ignored the Seattle
Sounders' upcoming MLS opener? Well, this was why. We went ahead and broke it off into it's own
supplemental episode. Hopefully, this isn't too much Nos Audietis for you to handle.
Not to give you too much of a peek behind the curtain, but we recorded this on Sunday and didn't
realize that our team would get manhandled by Santos Laguna.
The Sounders Women are continuing to add to their roster. It was announced yesterday that they
had signed Ferndale, Washington native Megan Manthey, who started playing soccer at age four. She
dreamed big, and was afforded the opportunity to leave Ferndale to attend the Pendleton School in
No team will win or lose either the Supporters' Shield or the MLS Cup on the opening week of the
season. That is not the joy of First Kick. An opening weekend is all about hope. Every team's fans
can celebrate at the start of opening weekend. It's the only point in a season when the entire
league has the same record.
Santos Laguna showed all the quality expected of them prior to last week's first leg
performance. Wednesday night's performance by the best of Mexico was a reminder to all of Major
League Soccer that there's a bit of improvement left here in the United States. One game is not a
solid barometer, but as good as the Seattle Sounders can be, the performance in their elimination
game is one clearly told by the numbers.
Some losses shake you to the core. The Seattle Sounders falling 6-1 to Santos Laguna in the
deciding match of their CONCACAF Champions league quarterfinal on Wednesday is one of those.
There really is no sugar-coating this one. The Sounders gave up two early goals, managed to
equalize on aggregate late in the first half, but were blown out of the water in the second
Great turnout tonight. Won't put any spoilers here. There were lows. There were highs. We had
-76:00 I (sidereal) will be liveblogging tonight's event as well as the game, assuming
I'm able to see it over the hordes of partying Sounders faithful. What's the general consensus on
liveblog formats? New stuff at the top? Bottom? (Never mind. We'll do it in comments)
This season could wind up with a lot of "biggest games of the year," to get to the next one the
Seattle Sounders FC must advance tonight and match a task that only one other MLS side has ever
done in CONCACAF Champions League/Cup Knockout Round play.
It Begins. Golazo HQ is being assembled for tonight's game and victory party. That's Chelsea
celebrating in the background. #BeatSantos
If last Wednesday was one of the most important games in Seattle Sounders history, today has to
be considered even more so. The Sounders do not have to beat Santos Laguna, necessarily, but they
probably can't afford to attempt to manage the result either.
As far as we see it, coach Sigi Schmid found a winning formula last week and there's no good
reason to change it now.
Cordell Cato has been called into the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team's training, the Seattle
Sounders announced on Wednesday. This confirms earlier reports out of the Caribbean saying the
19-year-old was set to join the team in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Trinidad and Tobago is preparing for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament which starts in Carson,
Santos Laguna is a very good home team. The Seattle Sounders area good road team, maybe very
good. After leg one the Sounders hold a few advantages though - they have a two-one aggregate lead,
they are rested and they are ready to make history. Santos Laguna played over the weekend. They
won, but used a lineup very similar to the one that lost to Seattle.
Cato has been doing very well with his club in their pre-season preparations. He did not play in
their opener but he was in the squad and has done quite well to make a squad of talented players.
He is one who we didn't interfere with in the early stages because he hadn't signed his contract
yet even though he was training with the club, but now he's done the deal and he's been in regular
training and the club has agreed to release him for which we are grateful
T&T U-23s play again in Ft Lauderdale | Trinidad Express Newspaper | Sports
Cordell Cato seems to be joining Babayele Sodade in an Olympics quest.
Seattle represents what's possible for American soccer.
Sounders look to set new standard for MLS clubs in Mexico - SOCCER - Sporting News
Also has great quotes from Brad Evans about the CCL match and how the team has prepared.
Darren Sawatzky first got involved in a coaching role in youth development back in 1991 while he
was a player at the University of Portland. At this point he's layering duties as coach and GM for
the Sounders U23 team onto his roles as Seattle Sounders Academy Technical Director and Washington
Youth Soccer ODP Director.
The wait is finally over for Alex Caskey and Andy Rose. The Seattle Sounders signed the pair of
midfielders on Tuesday, which should essentially finalize their roster.
The wait was especially long for Caskey. A third-round SuperDraft pick in 2011, Caskey ended up
spending the season with the Charleston Battery of the USL-Pro.
If there's one thing that is most surprising tactically from Seattle Sounders FC's first leg win
over Santos Laguna it is that David Estrada played quite high. We know this from sidereal's average
position maps. His average space was similar to the space of a target forward. This does not mean
he was a target forward.
What an absolutely epic week. The Seattle Sounders took care of business by beating Santos Laguna
2-1 and setting up a potentially glorious game on Wednesday. On this week's show, we basically
spend the entire show talking about the game that was and the one that will be.
We interview Sounders defender Patrick Ianni about his experience with the Houston Dynamo, who led
Pachuca 2-0 in 2007 before losing 5-4 on aggregate.
As dream debuts go, David Estrada's was just about perfect. OK, so Wednesday's start against
Santos Laguna wasn't really a "debut" in the generally accepted sense of the word. Estrada has made
a handful of appearances and even made a couple of starts for the Seattle Sounders during his first
two seasons with the team.
I guess that depends on how you view a two leg aggregate series. Are these two separate matches,
counted like a 3-5-7 game series in American sports? If it's that, do you care if a team competes
and doesn't advance? Or do you see this as a 180-minute match played in two separate stadiums, so
essentially it's halftime?
The Sounders U23 team will have a very familiar look to it when they begin play in May. The team
just announced that Jamael Cox, Nick Palodichuk and Sean Okoli will join previously signed Darwin
Jones, DeAndre Yedlin and Troy Peterson as Sounders Academy alumni who will suit up in Rave
The three most recent signings are especially significant for various reasons.
Reminder: Wednesday We're Hosting A #BeatSantosAgain Watch Party
As if we haven't talked about it enough, we wanted to remind you one more time that Wednesday is
our epic #beatsantosagain watch party. If you don't have Facebook or haven't RSVP'd through other
means, please feel free to do so here.
Well with First Kick over the weekend the Major League Soccer season though we'll have to wait
for our season opener as we've still got #BeatSantos Fever, don't forget the viewing party and
scarf party on Wednesday.
It's Monday, therefore it's time for some links!
MLS says it's not the NASL - latimes.
Sometimes a player has a big week because of goals scored, or a game winning assist, or a
shutout. For Babayele Sodade his week was a bit bigger. In a period of just days he'd signed his
contract to be a professional soccer player and was called in as one of 23 players competing to
represent Canada in 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying.
Santos Laguna beats Puebla to move top in Clausura - - SI.com
Peralta and Herculez score. Santos Laguna's form is back, well except for a little Wednesday
night action here in Seattle. And Wednesday coming up in Torreon, which you can watch with us.
If you are looking for an easy definition of a what a breakout player is you won't find it here.
Sounder at Heart staff varied in what they thought, but the commonality may be that a player who
greatly exceeds expectations of the conventional wisdom. Again, all votes were taken prior to the
first match against Santos Laguna, but quite possibly they were a bit prescient as David Estrada
led all predictions with four votes.
The game was an oppotunity for the Seattle Sounders reserve players to go 90, as well as to get
Eddie Johnson a half of play within Sigi Schmid's system. Seattle's two goals came in each half.
The first came when Sammy Ochoa headed an Alex Caskey corner into an Oregon State Beaver defender,
but the shot likely would have gone in any way.
As the Seattle Sounders sit and wait for their next CONCACAF Champions League match, 16 other
teams play their first games of the 2012 Major League Soccer season. The league wants you to be
more interested in the game in general rather than just your local team. To do that they have two
games on national English TV in the United States, one on national Spanish in the USA and one in
both English and French in Canada.
"I thought about it [playing in a men's league] when our league folded," Solo told Goal.com. "I
thought about playing for a lower-division men's club team in St. Louis. And I do believe I would
have been able to take care of myself and handle my own if it was a lower division."
Women should be allowed to play in men's teams and soccer will be the United States' most
popular sport, says Hope Solo - Goal.
Croatian international Ivica Olic may be a player the Seattle Sounders are interested in, but
that doesn't necessarily mean his arrival is imminent. In response to an Internet report that the
Sounders were in "advanced conversations" with the current Bayern Munich forward, Sounders general
manager Adrian Hanauer had this to say in via email: "Ivica is a player who we like very much.
Adrian Hanauer's international roster slot math gets easier today as two of Seattle Sounders
FC's Designated Players receive their U.S. Green Cards per team release. This grants them legal
permanent residency status in the United States and also means that per MLS rules they no longer
count as "internationals.
Andrew Duran underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday, and will be out 4-6
weeks. The Seattle Sounders first-round pick apparently hurt himself in an earlier training
session, but it recently reached a point where it became apparent that something needed to be done.
Duran had previously suffered a knee injury in 2010 that resulted in him being granted a medical
redshirt for that season.
The tiered system is dead, kind of. SBNation.com/soccer's MLS power rankings now require each
writer to rank the teams from 1-19 and then they will be lumped into tiers based on the overall
vote. This is essentially flipping the system of previous years, but the results are quite similar.
Overall the Seattle Sounders are ranked a clear 2nd, in tier one with the LA Galaxy (first) and
Real Salt Lake (third).
Sounders Leading Way For Increased MLS Respect - SB Nation
The Seattle Sounders' win over Santos Laguna does not mean what it used to mean. MLS teams have
now beaten Mexican sides six times in the past two CCL seasons. MLS teams are no longer scared of
Mexican teams and Mexican teams are increasingly realizing that they need to respect their North
Good to see that the season is underway and that we're headed down to Mexico with a 2-1 lead
going into the second leg. It was a great performance against a team that's in mid-season form.
Don't forget the Santos Away Viewing Party, not to mention it will be the unveiling of the 2012
Sounder At Heart Scarf (can't wait to get mine though I'll be waiting for the mail man).
There's a lot of variance here. The collection of quality defenders and the players we think
could be quality continues to expand. Previous end of season winners Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (1 vote)
and Osvaldo Alonso (4 votes) both get support for 2012, but they are joined by Adam Johansson (1
vote) and the leader Jeff Parke (5 votes).
In honor of today being International Women's Day (which makes one wonder why 3 and a half
billion people get one whole day), let's get some updates on the Sounders Women.
Shut Out By Japan - After coasting through their first two group matches in the Algarve
Cup, the US women fell once again to the Japanese women, who have quickly become the US' nemeses
after defeating the Yanks in the World Cup Final.
Mount Royal Soccer - For Montreal Impact Fans
And then there were 19, or as we'll call it "a complete set." For first time all MLS teams will
be represented on the SB Nation platform. Seattle fans may check this one quite a bit with Mike
Fucito, Lamar Neagle, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi, Miguel Montano, Josh Gardner and Preston Burpo all
As big a a win as the Wednesday night match was for the Seattle Sounders, it is important to
remember it is essentially half time. With the away goal it means that Santos Laguna has a tie
breaker in a 1-0 result. Still, the Sounders showed that they can beat a Mexican team on their
soil, and now they can beat them at CenturyLink.
The Seattle Sounders knew they needed to play one of their best games ever to beat Santos Laguna
on Wednesday in the home leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal. While they weren't
quite perfect, the Sounders were certainly close enough to it to pull out a 2-1 victory and head
into the return leg with any number of possible ways to advance.
A home opener has never meant so much. That statement demonstrates the odd nature of scheduling
and success that led to Seattle Sounders FC competing in the CONCACAF Champions League to start
their 2012 multiple-tournament season. One could even say that this match against Santos Laguna is
the result of the 2010 Sounders success, as it was their Open Cup trophy that year that qualified
them for the current tournament.
The tableau interactive cards will make their return with the MLS season, but due to a little
bit of demand here is a return of the 2010 Match Day Quick Reference Card for tonight's game. As
always the lineups are a best guess. For the Seattle Sounders the biggest question is David Estrada
v Eddie Johnson.
Brad Evans knows what's at stake tonight when the Seattle Sounders host Santos Laguna in the
first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal. He knows all of MLS is watching. He
knows people around the world are watching. He knows Sounders fans are aching for a massive
He doesn't seem to mind.
Let's not pretend Santos Laguna is not a good team. They currently sitting in 4th on the current
season and with a 5-2-2 +6 goal differential the Mexican Primera team is probably better than that
record. They are also quite good in their CONCACAF Champions League performances over the past two
competitions with a total record of 11-5-2 +25 GD.
Power Rankings | MLSsoccer.com
SB Nation Soccer is about to release our first power rankings for 2012, but I can tell you right
now. There are a few significant differences. SBNS doesn't see 6 of top 8 being from the West,
though the top 3 are same.
UPDATE: A reminder that Steve's memorial is tomorrow. You can donate to his memorial
Melanoma Research Fund online, and cash donations at the memorial will be matched up to $5,000 by
Last week a Sounder supporter passed on the way to watch the team face Jaguares de Chiapas.
There's a funny thing that's happened around MLS. Players like DeRo, Donovan, Beckam, Henry and
now maybe even Koevermans get the attention as the best offensive players in the game. While
national attention on the Seattle Sounders tends to focus on crowd size, there is also a team here
that put up the best offensive numbers in the league last year.
If the Seattle Sounders are going to pull off the upset in the CONCACAF Champions League
quarterfinals, it's looking like they'll have beat Santos Laguna's best. Among the 20 players who
reportedly are flying from Torreon, Mexico to Seattle today are all 14 players who appeared in Los
Guerreros' most recent Mexican Primera game.
It is finally here. This week the Sounders play what potentially could be the most important
match as an MLS team as they take on Santos Laguna of the Mexican Primera DivisiÃ³n. The first of
the two-legged series will be played on Wednesday March 7th at Century Link field at 7:00 pm. If
you haven't gotten your tickets, by the way, you can get them at the box office.
Predictions and power rankings are both a somewhat foolish endeavour. So much can go wrong.
Sometimes a player quits mere moments before a season, or an injury can happen, or an unknown can
spring to the forefront as a difference maker. And yet, they also carry meaning. They show the
thought process and when a survey of a relatively intelligent group thinks similarly they may
capture some essence of truth or expectation.
DC: "Winning the MLS Cup. That's it. We have to win the MLS Cup. We're happy about everything.
We're glad we're making money, but if we don't win the MLS Cup I don't know what we're doing."
A Beautiful Numbers Game: Drew Carey: The SSAC Interview. That's not quite "MLS Cup or bust" but
it is clear that Drew Carey's expectations of this team are very high.
Players for Seattle Sounders FC know that despite playing in 16 previous CONCACAF Champions
League games in the past two years the broad fanbase may not yet know how massive the Wednesday
night match against Santos Laguna is. They also know that for they and the ownership it is one of
the most important games of the year.
Some CONCACAF Champions League Basics - Seattle Times
Our audience probably doesn't need to be told this, but the Seattle Times has a good piece
explaining why fans should be interested in CONCACAF Champions League. Good to see this hitting the
Santos Laguna May Have Lost Another Starter
Just a few days after losing top forward Carlos Quintero to injury, Santos Laguna has apparently
suffered another setback. Starting centerback Rafael Figueroa reportedly sprained his right
Only a couple more day's until meaningful soccer! Catch the #BeatSantos fever! Where was I?
Oh yeah, good day and welcome to Monday and Major Link Soccer.
Don Garber: Orlando now on MLS' expansion radar - SOCCER - Sporting News
"It's not a matter of if, but when," Garber said when addressing Orlando's chances.
Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson is expected to be available for Wednesday's CONCACAF
Champions League quarterfinal against Santos Laguna and could even start. Johnson participated
fully in training on Sunday, his most extensive action since he left a preseason game early a
couple weeks ago with a strained hamstring.
Many have complained about the low sales numbers for Wednesday night's match between Seattle
Sounders FC and Santos Laguna. The first leg match in the knockout stages is already above 16,000
sold (a great number for most MLS sides), but most Sounders fans want to see more people. Here at
Sounder at Heart we want to help that number grow as well.
Never Manage Alone: MLSSoccer.com's Fantasy League Edges Out ESPN's
SB Nation's fantasy soccer blog, Never Manage Alone, has decided to start covering MLS this
season. They kick off their coverage by comparing MLSSoccer.com's and ESPN.com's leagues, giving
the slight advantage to the league-run site.
The eight-man International Football Association Board said that the technologies of two
companies, Hawk-Eye from Britain and GoalRef, a German-Danish company, would be subject to further
tests until a final decision was taken at a special IFAB meeting in Kiev on July 2.
FIFA approve goal-line technology and hijab - Football - Al Jazeera English
This means that when the Sounders are in the Club World Cup next December there won't be any
Adam Johansson charging up the right flank to serve in threatening crosses will take some
getting used to for the Seattle Sounders FC defense. How they respond - splitting three backs wide
or dropping a center mid into the empty space - is a decision that is situationally dependent. It
is also one that won't be made by the singular vocal leadership of Kasey Keller.
Thanks to Sounder at Heart reader @SonarRiley for snapping pictures of his scarf while in
Panama. This is also a good chance to remind everyone that there are still plenty of scarves
available for sale. They are $20 if you can pick them up, preferably at our March 14 viewing party.
Email jeremiah(at)sbnation(dot)com if you're interested.
Emirates Looking To Sponsor Sounders?
Emirates, the airline that is best known among soccer fans as the sponsors of Arsenal, is
looking to expand its reach in Seattle and is apparently looking into the possibility of sponsoring
the Seattle Sounders. While the Sounders are pretty tightly associated with Microsoft and XBox,
this could drive the price up for a potential sponsorship.
For many, the diamond is the default setting, the way a team should play: One creative genius
sitting behind two forwards, always an eye blink away from picking the last pass and putting a
chance on a platter.
Armchair Analyst: Mining for the perfect midfield diamond | MLSsoccer.
If it seems like we've suddenly transformed into Sounders Women At Heart over the last few
weeks, there's a good reason for it. Last season the Sounders Women were a team in the second
division with only a loose (at best) affiliation to the namesake MLS team and a roster made up
mostly of local college players whose names wouldn't be recognized by anyone but close followers of
the women's game in Seattle.
A couple days after he announced the signing on Twitter, the Seattle Sounders officially
announced the signing of Andrew Weber. The goalkeeper is expected to be Michael Gspurning's top
backup, but will likely be fighting with Bryan Meredith for that spot throughout the season.
"Andrew adds a goalkeeper who has had Champions League experience with Montreal and who has been
in MLS for the last few years," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said in a team release.
Yesterday was MLS roster compliance day and a few cut were made. Most notable is probably Lee
Nguyen, who was a Vancouver Whitecaps player for less than four months, none of which had a game.
Players will be selected in today's waiver draft. For the most part these aren't players who will
make differences on seasons though.
Sigi Schmid Gives His Side Of Supposed Feud With Herculez Gomez
It's been well documented that Herculez Gomez has a bit of a bone to pick with Sigi Schmid. On
Thursday, there was another story in which he reiterated his distaste for his former manager.
Schmid seems to be honestly confused by the whole thing, pointing out that he gave Gomez his first
Black & White & Read All Over - For Juventus Fans
Another SBNation.com/soccer blog launches. Now Juve fans will have a place to gather and
Oh, and pink!
Seattle's two SuperDraft picks signed with the team today. Andrew Duran and Babayele Sodade can
now officially call themselves members of Seattle Sounders FC. Picked in the first round Duran
offers depth across the backline. Sigi Schmid describes his play in the press release.
"Andrew was our first round pick and we feel he is a very solid defender," said
Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid.
On Leap Year Day 2012 the United States won a game against Italy for the first time, on its 11th
try. But it was just a friendly. It is not a win that people will remember for ages. For all the
glory of Landon Donovan's goal in the 2010 World Cup, it has not defined US soccer. There are a few
UPDATE: The Vancouver Whitecaps will not be opening additional seats at BC Place for
Cascadia Cup games, a team official told me. No word yet on how many tickets will be allocated for
away supporters at any of the three stadiums.
It looks like the Seattle Sounders will open all of CenturyLink Field for Cascadia Cup matches
As preseason finales go, Wednesday's went about as well as you could have hoped for the Seattle
Sounders. Their 2-0 win over a Juguares de Chiapas team that had won 2 of their past 3 matches in
the Mexican Primera was a clear indication that this team is about as ready as it could be to face
Santos' Quintero injured, may miss CCL quarters
The Seattle Sounders probably needed to catch some sort of break to beat Santos Laguna in the
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. It appears they've already received one. Carlos Darwin
Quintero, one of the team's starting forwards, suffered a torn thigh muscle and will probably miss
the entire quarterfinal.
The match was supposed to be a tune up for the CONCACAF Champions League match against Santos
Laguna, and if the Tuesday night Community Shield is any indication Seattle Sounders FC are as
ready as they could be. Fredy Montero's brace highlighted an evening that saw a visiting Mexican
team play a fairly strong side.