Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2012

Nos Audietis, Episode 50: Burn, Baby, Burn

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The Seattle Sounders beat the Chicago Fire. They did it on an own-goal that was nearly credited as David Estrada's fifth goal of the season and Eddie Johnson's first as a Sounder. There was also some kind of fight at the end of the game, which we really barely talk about.

It was definitely a good win and continued the Sounders' absolute ownership of the team that likes to call itself the 'Kings' of a Cup that haven't owned in quite some time.

Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Galaxy - Three Questions

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If your first thought is "damn, that's quick" you need to remember this months schedule. Eight games in May means only one week without a midday game. The LA Galaxy started 2012 on the wrong foot, but now they are on a path of winning games purely on offense picking up seven points in their last three played.

Major Link Soccer: MLS Week 8 Recap, La Liga Debt

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All of the recent chatter about the indebtedness of Barcelona and Real Madrid needs a deeper look, and the fine folks at The Swiss Ramble take that look. Thos two clubs are just fine, as long as you don't give them negative marks for loans that only they could get. Now, the rest of La Liga is pretty dire with six clubs in bankruptcy protection.

Post-Game Scrum Adds Some Intrigue To Sounders' Busy Week

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UPDATE: In an email sent to Chicago Fire media they have confirmed that Jalil Anibaba recieved a Red Card after the whistle. Also stated in the email was that Frank Klopas was dismissed from the field by the referee (the coaching equal of a Red).

For most of us, there were two main emotions we felt at the end of the Seattle Sounders' 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

I thought I could be a showcase, but here you realize that there is much future. I have had several...

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I thought I could be a showcase, but here you realize that there is much future. I have had several proposals from outside, but the club will not let me go and I am proud that happened. ... For now it is hard to be better elsewhere.

Fredy Montero talks about his career with Colombian newspaper ELESPECTADOR.

Maurizio Galdi, who follows football corruption for sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, said up...

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Maurizio Galdi, who follows football corruption for sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, said up to 12 Serie A sides, representing more than half the division's 20 teams, could be implicated. "About 75 matches since 2009 are now being investigated and at the end of all this we could see around 50 players sent for criminal trial," said Roberto Pelucchi, who also writes for the paper

Serie A players in fear as fan violence and spectre of match-fixing return | Football | The Observer

Something is broken in Italian football.

Sounders Reserves/U-23s Scrimmage Sounders Academy

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Tukwila, Wash.-- A mixed squad of Seattle Sounders FC U18 and U16 players played a scrimmage match against the Sounders Reserves and Sounders U-23 players. Sounders U-23 coach, Darren Sawatzky helped lead the efforts on the Starfire training fields yesterday afternoon.

The match was very spirited and the Academy team played extremely well and were not at all intimidated by the older, more experienced players.

Seattle Sounders Beat Chicago Fire 2-1 - Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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Few Seattle Sounders games have proven the axiom 'you can't score if you don't shoot' more than Saturday night's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire. Whether it was David Estrada's shot that became an own goal or the effective poach by Eddie Johnson, Seattle's goals did not come from pretty attempts. Instead the goals were rewards for a boldness that rarely results in a tally on the score sheet.

Fire Vs. Sounders, Recap: Eddie Johnson Gets Off The Schneid

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Eddie Johnson's critics may not have been silenced, but even they will have to admit that the Seattle Sounders would have been in a bit of trouble without his contributions on Saturday. Johnson, who had not scored a goal in any league since May 9, 2010, ended up with the game-winner and assisted on the other in the Sounders' hard-fought 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire - Gamethread

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As the Seattle Sounders prepare for their 100th MLS game, they face off against the only team that can rival them in expansion success. The Chicago Fire were once the darlings of the league but have struggled in the MLS 3.0 era. Recently they look like a probable Eastern Conference MLS Cup Playoff representative, with only Sporting Kansas City clearly better in the East.

Sounders And Fire Scouting Central America

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There's an interesting little phenomena in MLS - the Costa Rican left back. In today's match against the Chicago Fire the Seattle Sounders will face one and likely field another. There's also Roy Miller over with the New York Red Bulls. All were sought by the Sounders at one point before circumstances and fortune led Leo Gonzalez and the team to reach an agreement.

Seattle Sounders vs Chicago Fire Scouting Report: That's Not What Rolfing Means

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No team is as reliably almost-but-not-quite great as the Chicago Fire. After their MLS Cup winning expansion season in 1998 they made the playoffs in 10 of the next 11 seasons, but never won it again - a stretch that included 2 finals losses and a grueling 5-year run from 2005 to 2009 of losing in the conference finals 4 times.

Representatives of all 18 first-division teams in Mexico decided unanimously to break away from the...

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Representatives of all 18 first-division teams in Mexico decided unanimously to break away from the FMF and persue an independent league styled after the English Premier League.

FMF general secretary Decio de Maria has been named the league's commissioner.

Mexican clubs break away from FMF and form independent league - Goal.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire - Three Questions

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The Chicago Fire are transitioning from a team with significant issues to one with some hope of the playoffs. There move last year to have Frank Klopas as an interim coach and technical director is now permanent. While the rebuild isn't complete this fairly unique in MLS structure means that one man is purely in charge.

"I’m proud coaching the Sounders Academy teams and I love coaching the top kids," McCormick said....

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"I'm proud coaching the Sounders Academy teams and I love coaching the top kids," McCormick said. "We're getting most of the top area talent now, and what we have as far as resources to help an already talented kid make himself great. We have great integration with the U-23 team that we have, the Reserve Team with the Sounders, and my U-15/16 players are regularly playing up for the U-17/18 team.

Who Are The Players To Watch As Sounders Schedule Gets Crowded?

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The next month or so will be very telling for the Seattle Sounders. As Dave point out earlier this week, the Sounders are now entering one of the most crowded fixtures in their young MLS history.

Sure, the Sounders have played a lot of games in a relatively tight frame in the past. Last year, alone, they had three separate instances in which they averaged at least one game every four days for at least 18 days.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Late Edition

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Sammy Ochoa was the most popular player interview after Seattle Sounders practice. The traditional target forward recorded a brace in the Reserve game against Chivas USA. He knows that the expectations from Sigi Schmid on the First Team or Ezra Hendrickson on the Reserves is to score goals. Sigi reminded the gathered media that players can and do work their way up from success in secondary competitions to meaningful minutes in MLS matches.

Sueno: Washington local chases dream, despite injury | MLSsoccer.com

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Sueno: Washington local chases dream, despite injury | MLSsoccer.com

Sueno MLS is an annual test of the undiscovered youth talents to become MLS players. While only one has made that leap, others are still possibilities and there's even a pro in Argentina discovered through the process. This profile is about someone from a soccer hotbed (Neagle, several Academy players) but not in the Sounders system at this time.

Santos Laguna Vs. Monterrey, 2012 CONCACAF Champions League Final: Rayados Trying For 2 In A Row - SBNation.com

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Santos Laguna Vs. Monterrey, 2012 CONCACAF Champions League Final: Rayados Trying For 2 In A Row - SBNation.com

A team that the Seattle Sounders beat advanced to the Club World Cup (see, no spoilers). The Sounders will be in the 2012-13 CCL along with the LA Galaxy, the Dynamo and RSL from America.

Nos Audietis, Episode 49: The Children Are Our Future

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As you surely realized, there was a bye this week. But that doesn't mean we were going to take the week off. Instead, I think we put together quite the show.

Our guest this week is Darren Sawatzky (@dtarzan66). He might not yet be a household name among Seattle Sounders fans, but give it a few more years.

Real Madrid Vs. Bayern Munich: Catch Up On Day's Action - SBNation.com

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Real Madrid Vs. Bayern Munich: Catch Up On Day's Action - SBNation.com

SPOILER ALERT: For the first time in UEFA Champions League history, the final will be hosted be played at the home of the one of the participants as Bayern Munich outlasted Real Madrid in a penalty shootout. It was another spectacular match with all sorts of ups and downs.

Sounders Face Crowded May

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After a bit of a rest the Seattle Sounders will face one of their busiest stretches of play in their young MLS history. For some players the amount of travel is now common, their roles are well defined and they know as long as their are healthy they will start a majority of those games. Others will be able to take this opportunity to show Sigi Schmid and the coaching staff that they are ready and deserve more playing time.

Familiar opponents…to a point: The U.S. faced each group opponent at various stages in the World...

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Familiar opponents...to a point: The U.S. faced each group opponent at various stages in the World Cup last summer, collecting wins against all three. Still, this will mark the first time the team has faced any of its group foes in the Olympics. If past results are anything to go by, the U.

10-Man Chelsea Topples Barcelona In Champions League Semis - SBNation.com

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10-Man Chelsea Topples Barcelona In Champions League Semis - SBNation.com

You've surely heard all about this by now, but SB Nation did a great job following the game. They have videos and gifs of all the key plays and moments. Also of note, this means the Sounders will be playing a Champions League finalist for their friendly this year.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings Week 7

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The most interesting thing in this week's SB Nation MLS Power Rankings (linked this afternoon) may be that there is a unanimous #19. It is not the expansion team, but it is Canadian. Aron Winter's Toronto FC is struggling, but that's only half their story. The other half may be that their leaders and keeper are unhappy with certain decisions from the coach.

Sounders Depth Chart - 3XIs "Give Me A Call"

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Much of the theme last week was about the depth of the Seattle Sounders FC and how Sigi Schmid has crafted a 3-1-1 +4 start with a variety of players. The team is younger than last season and at the same time Sigi seems to be more willing and/or forced to play that youth early in the year.

The month of May with an appetizer this Saturday and the Third Round of the US Open Cup on May 29th Seattle has 9 matches in 32 days.

Sounders Reserves Pick Up First Win Of Season, Beat Chivas USA 4-3

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Two goals from Sammy Ochoa led the Seattle Sounders Reserves to a 4-3 win over Chivas USA on Monday. It was the first win of the Reserve League season for the Sounders, who are now 1-2-1.

The victory certainly didn't come easily, despite the Sounders having the better of play. Seattle was forced to overcome two different deficits before Ochoa put the Sounders ahead to stay with a 70th minute strike off an assist from Andrew Duran.

When Possession Isn't - We Ain't Got No History

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When Possession Isn't - We Ain't Got No History

Remember the discussion we had last week about possession? Well, our friend Graham went ahead and gave some more thorough explanation as to why Opta's methodology is kinda dumb and misleading.

Major Link Soccer: Bye Week Update

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Fortune smiled on Seattle Sounders fans during the bye week as weather topped 70 and a few results went Seattle's way. If you were like a lot of people and decided to enjoy the sunshine here's a recap of Major League Soccer action, with a few other soccer stories thrown in because well, you deserve it.

A year ago was obviously the roughest day of my life, but I'm here, I'm standing, so I'm happy. I...

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A year ago was obviously the roughest day of my life, but I'm here, I'm standing, so I'm happy. I still think I have a lot of work to do, a lot of pushing to do. It's things like this that people really don't see -- what goes on behind. There's a lot of work. There's a lot of work on this leg still to be done because it was a really horrific injury.

Sounders Notebook: Adam Johnasson, Mauro Rosales Play Vs. UW

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All week we've been hearing about how this would be a telling day regarding the health of injured right-sided players Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson. After each played in Saturday's scrimmage against the University of Washington, bot seem to be on track for making their return for the Seattle Sounders.

Mike Fucito Traded To Portland Timbers

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We get it, some of you don't really want to read about Mike Fucito anymore. But this certainly merits attention: the former Seattle Sounders player (and a favorite of this site) has been traded from the Montreal Impact to the ... Portland Timbers.

Yes, you read that correctly. The next time you see Mike Fucito on a MLS field, he will be wearing the uniform of our favorite rivals.

Professionalism, MLS and "Europe"

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Professionalism is an odd topic. It can be as simple as "Does one get paid?" The NCAA has hundreds of pages and dozens of people dedicated to codifying the differences between amateur and pro status. Yesterday, after the Portland Timbers debuted their new dedicated training facility some on Twitter were claiming that the Timbers are still not a fully professional organization because they play on artificial turf.

Just How Good Are The 2012 Seattle Sounders?

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Let's play a little game, since it's a bye week. Imagine for a moment that it's July and the Sounders are healthy and their new players have been integrated into the fold. One way of gauging the strength of a team is to look at its potential for growth and improvement using just the players it currently has on the roster.

Sounders U23s Add Three

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Mark Lee, Anthony Arena and Aodhan Quinn all signed with the Sounders U23 team as announced per a release today. Unlike previously announced signings that came out of the Seattle Sounders Academy these three players are all new to the Rave Gree. Quinn is the first to sign from outside of the state.

Bye Week Injury Update

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If there's something that's become clear it's that the Seattle Sounders FC can use this bye week to get closer to full health. When the week is done the schedule gets three games in quickly, so the recently tested depth will still be important. While a handful of players are out for an extended period of time, some are likely to make at least partial returns from the injury report shortly.

The Disciplinary Committee ruled that "Marquez tackled, fell on and kicked his opponent" in the...

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The Disciplinary Committee ruled that "Marquez tackled, fell on and kicked his opponent" in the 42nd minute of the April 14 match against the Quakes and his "actions were viewed as violent conduct that demonstrated blatant disregard for the safety of his opponent."

MLS suspends and fines NYRB's Marquez, SJ's Chavez | MLSsoccer.

Evaluating MLS Team Strength And The Injury Factor

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Early season injuries within the MLS rosters create unique challenges when handicapping the relative caliber of the individual teams. Injuries do not exist in a vacuum. Home field advantage, strength of opposition, number of games played, interleague competitions and the overall development arc of teams also play significant roles.

Keelin Winters Called To USWNT

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Coach Pia Sundhage has named 27 players for a training camp being held in Bradenton, FL. This camp will take place from April 18th to the 30th. That does impact all of the Seattle Sounders Women who are on the USWNT, as well as a new call up for Keelin Winters. Not only will this serve as an intense training time, with no games attached, but it will also serve as an evaluation time for Coach Pia.

Sounders Have Passed Early Tests Of Depth

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This being a bye week, we're all searching for stuff to talk about. The topic du jour seems to be the Seattle Sounders' depth, or perceived lack there of. It's been debated here in the comments sections, but got a little bit more of my interest because of stuff that has been said over at MLSsoccer.

Chelsea Vs. Barcelona: Blues Home Underdogs, But Worthy Opponents - SBNation.com

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Chelsea Vs. Barcelona: Blues Home Underdogs, But Worthy Opponents - SBNation.com

The story stream from SB Nation's stable of writers covering all things Chelsea v Barcelona. Today's game coverage starts at 11:30 on FX (not FSC, FX). This game is a bit more interesting in Seattle because both opponents played friendlies here in 2009 and Chelsea comes back this year for the friendly that is part of the 4-Pack with the Galaxy, Timbers and Whitecaps.

As you may or may not know, SB Nation has a YouTube channel. They don't talk soccer much, but today...

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As you may or may not know, SB Nation has a YouTube channel. They don't talk soccer much, but today they tackled the new USMNT jerseys. (By the way, at some point, we'll start producing some videos, so look for those, too.)

Sounder Centric Power Rankings - Week Six Steady At Top

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The marquee match of the week saw a team claim first without any doubt as now #1 Sporting Kansas City edged now #2 Real Salt Lake. SB Nation Soccer's MLS power rankings took that into account and nearly everyone has the Sporks in first. Seattle Sounders FC is still in a solid second tier with the San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls.

Possession is 9/10's of the law... but what about the other 10%?

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When the full-time whistle blew last Saturday afternoon, it could certainly be said that the Sounders had pulled out a much-deserved 3 points. While far from the most beautiful performance we have seen from the home side, getting the result without either of our "South American connection" of outside mids must certainly be worth something.

Nos Audietis, Episode 48: Call It The Feel-Good Episode

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This week is definitely a feel-good show. Of course, we talk about the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. That win brings the Sounders to 3-1-1 on the season and gives them 10 points through five matches, the best start in franchise history. On top of that, they managed to do it with several significant absences.

Steve Zakuani Slated To Play Against Chivas USA Reserves

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A fairly significant figure was at today's Seattle Sounders Reserve loss to the LA Galaxy. Landon Donovan was hoping to see Steve Zakuani back on the pitch. Aren't we all? Zakuani responded over twitter with an exciting next step in his journey to return to MLS play.

@landondonovan yeah, just need the match fitness.

After the domestic Women's Professional Soccer league folded, Carrasco started lobbying for Morgan...

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After the domestic Women's Professional Soccer league folded, Carrasco started lobbying for Morgan to come to Seattle and play for the Sounders Women. They could be together, he said, and wear the same jerseys. They could watch each other's games.

It was a lucky collision of circumstances.

Major Link Soccer: Tragedy In Italy, A-League v MLS, Sounders U23, Weekend Recap

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A busy weekend of soccer around the world sees two stories from over in Europe enter our weekend recap, a look at Australia's struggles to have their league reach even the small heights of MLS, some familiar faces suit up for the Sounders U23 and MLS gets a firm #1 team.

In Italy, the passing of Piermario Morosini in middle of a match is a shocking tragedy.

Entertainment Value in The Big Apple

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A team with aspirations will obviously want to combine a good offense with a good defense. Scoring lots of goals and not allowing many is a pretty reliable recipe for success. But for the neutral or a casual soccer fan, the best combination might be a good offense and a bad defense. That will drive up the goal totals, and as much as we want fans to become more educated about the game and learn to appreciate all aspects of play, there's no question that goal scoring is something everyone can enjoy.

Ajax, Liverpool Interested In Fredy Montero?

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Fredy Montero may not have scored yet, but strong match performances for the Seattle Sounders FC leading scorer are reportedly drawing the eyes of clubs like Ajax and Liverpool. Two reports (Henry Jimenez & Miguel Angel Gallo) out of Colombia came out today at basically the same time, with essentially the same data.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Colorado Rapids: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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It wasn't necessarily pretty, but the Seattle Sounders 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday was exactly what this organization needed. Despite using their fifth different starting lineup and bringing in a 19th different starter, the Sounders head into their bye week sitting on 10 points through five matches.

Seattle Sounders 1 Colorado Rapids 0 Off Zach Scott Drought Ending Goal

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Zach Scott doesn't score often, but when he does they are game winners. Or at least today's was a game winner. It's hard to know if his other goals are game winners because they did not happen in MLS play. Nor in US Open Cup play as an MLS team. Nor in CONCACAF Champions League play. But today, earning the Seattle Sounders three points in their 1-nil win over the Colorado Rapids he scored.

Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids | Gamethread

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There will be many steps along the way for Seattle Sounders fans to follow in Steve Zakuani's steps and move on from last year's brutal incident and today is a major one of those. But overly focusing on Brian Mullan will ignore that getting three points against a conference opponent is more important with the new MLS Cup Playoff format.

Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids 4-3-3 | Projected Lineups

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As sidereal points out in the Scouting Report, the Colorado Rapids put their own twist on a 4-3-3. It is lopsided to the right offensively with Brian Mullan occupying the farthest right space. He is more of a defensive winger in this system. On the opposite wing Tony Cascio could start which would help Seattle as there will be a less effective right sided partnership with Sigi Schmid resting Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson for another 14 days.

So while Seattleites will continue to set the standard for MLS attendance and atmosphere, they will...

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So while Seattleites will continue to set the standard for MLS attendance and atmosphere, they will probably have to set aside their hopes of welcoming the U.S. national team

Seattle is a great soccer market. So why won't the U.S. national team play there? A search for answers - Soccer Insider - The Washington Post

Exceptions are made for LA, for Salt Lake, for Foxbourough, for Tampa, for New Jersey, but not for Seattle.

Sounders Women vs Seattle U Game Thread & Live Blog

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Monday's first preseason friendly was an unqualified success both on and off the field. If tonight's game is going to match it it's going to have a little more competition off the field, as it's also the home opener for the Mariners. But people are already filing in an hour before and it looks to me like if tonight doesn't match Monday's crowd, it'll be close.

Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids Scouting Report: Mullan It Over

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Yes, I have to start out the scouting report talking about Brian Mullan, even though he's far from the most likely player to have a significant impact on the game. Sounders fans have been increasingly chided and cautioned over the last few weeks by the media as well as the organization to just leave the poor guy alone - cause garsh shucks bygones is bygones - to the point that if every fan doesn't give him a handshake and a wet kiss on the cheek, we've embarrassed the franchise.

Steve Zakuani Has Forgiven Brian Mullan, But What's Appropriate For Fans?

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Steve Zakuani is an amazing human being. Ever since he first started talking about the injury that has so far left him with a nasty scar, already cost him a year of his career and quite possibly changed him as a footballer forever, he's opted for the high road. In talking to the media before Saturday's game, which should be the first time Brian Mullan will face the Seattle Sounders since he threw that ill-advised tackle, Zakuani urged fans to be forgiving, too.

Major Link Soccer: Estrada's Backstory, Beach Soccer, Friendlies Not Trophies

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This week's addition of Major Link Soccer should help you get caught up on some of the Seattle Sounders stories we haven't covered here yet. Somehow, despite writing at least three stories a day, multiple FanShots and occasional FanPosts there is still other amazing Sounders related content out there.

Sounders Women Face the Redhawks

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Friday night's game against the Seattle University Redhawks should be a more defensive battle. Last season the Redhawks had seven shutouts, thanks in large part to a veteran back line. They finished their season with a 12-6-1 record. They are largely a second half team, which should be interesting against the likes of Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan.

Inside The Footballer's Studio: Brad Evans Twitterviews Roger Levesque

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One of Seattle Sounders fans' favorite features is back as Brad Evans once again took to Twitter to interview teammate Roger Levesque. This interview was a little harder to follow than his previous, but my impressive Storify skills were able to round up a pretty solid "best of." While apparently waiting for some kind of photo shoot, Evans asked the Twitterverse what they wanted to know about Levesque while the two were drinking coffee at a Starbucks.

Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids - Three Questions

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When the Colorado Rapids comes to Seattle for their 1PM Saturday match most of the national attention will be on Brian Mullan and how the fans react to his presence. Some significant soccer storylines are missed if you focus on that; things that are more likely to effect the result. New Coach Oscar Pareja is shifting the team to a more dynamic 4-3-3.

Nos Audietis, Episode 47: Now For Something A Little Different

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This week's show is a little different than any of our past shows (well, they are all little unique snowflakes, but you get our larger point hopefully). Instead of a soccer-centric guest, we invited Warren Etheredge (@thewarrenreport) onto the show. You may remember Warren as the "annoying" guy who interviewed Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer on his show "The High Bar.

Ten Things We Learned From Reserve Loss

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Yesterday's Seattle Sounders Reserve Team loss could teach us a bit about the portion of the team most fans don't get to see. Whether due to injury, being blocked by potential All-Stars or due to youth, several players saw their first extended minutes for their first time in front of the faithful.

MLS All-Stars To Face Chelsea

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Chelsea FC's American tour officially added another stop today with their official announcement as the Major League Soccer All Star Game opponent. The weeks old rumor from The Brotherly Game is confirmed truth. MLS will continue a move started last year by having the MLS host team's coach take All Star duties.

What was the Strategic Value of Playing for a Road Point?

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Saturday the Sounders did exactly what the coaching staff asked them to do. They won a road point. The result and the gameplan were as cold and calculated as a professional foul. Sigi Schmid's roster choices, substitution pattern and tactical approach to the game were consciously designed to earn a point and potentially steal a win.

Seattle Sounders Reserves v Some Team From Oregon | Gamethread

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The Portland Timbers squad brought north is primarily deep roster players, with a handful of names you'll recognize. Brian Rowe will be their keeper as he joins from the MLS keepers pool, left back Brett Evans is also new to Portland as of today. Timbers traveled only 15 players, including Brent Richards.

Brian Mullan Not Talking Prior To Game Against Sounders

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Since Brian Mullan's tackle against Steve Zakuani, emotions have run quite high amongst the fanbases of both teams. Many would love to hear the Colorado Rapids midfielder talk before this game, some just want to move on with soccer. That first set will be disappointed based on a statement from the Rapids.

Sounders Open Away-Ticket Lottery For Cascadia Cup Matches

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The Seattle Sounders are now accepting entries for the lottery that will allocate tickets for the four Cascadia Cup away matches. The lottery is open to all season-ticket holders who are not paid member of a supporters' group, who have been given their own allocation for those four games.

There are 74 tickets available for each of the four games, meaning a total of 296 tickets will be available to non-supporters' group members.

Sounders Reserve Game Opportunity

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Tonight's MLS Reserve League match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC is a chance for fans to see high level soccer at Starfire Sports with just a suggested donation, a chance for Eddie Johnson to show what he can do, a chance for Assistant Coach Ezra Hendrickson to continue developing talents while winning and a chance for the greatest rivalry in American soccer to resume.

Recap: Sounders Women Stretch Legs in 5-0 Win Over SPU

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On the way out of the main stand of Starfire tonight I caught a glimpse of Sounders Women GM Amy Carnell, and she looked delighted. It's easy to understand why. Though we never got official attendance numbers, the stadium was clearly at capacity, with the stands on both sides of the field full and more people spilling onto the surrounding grassy hills or watching from behind fences.

Sounders Women vs SPU Game Thread / Live Blog

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The new era of Sounders Women soccer begins tonight as the suddenly internationally competitive Seattle team takes on local college side Seattle Pacific University in their first preseason match. All of the national teamers except for Megan Rapinoe are on the game roster, so we should see action from Hope Solo, Stephanie Cox, Alex Morgan, and Sydney Leroux.

Sounders Women!

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Sounders Women!

Sounders Injury Updates: Mauro Rosales, Adam Johansson Could Play This Week

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Mauro Rosales and Adam Johansson could both return to action on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid indicated that a final decision will be made on both injured players' availability after they go through training on Tuesday and said that neither will be playing in the reserve game later that night.

Sounder Centric Power Rankings

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A funny little thing happened in the tracking of Seattle Sounders FC's rivals and their performance in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings - none are in first. It's been a little while since as the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and the Sounders contested the top spot for the vast majority of the past two seasons (a large part of that is LA's two Supporters Shields).

Meet Your Sounders Women

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Pull on your Rave Green gear, and head out to Starfire this evening to support the Sounders Women as they take on the Seattle Pacific University team in preseason action at 7:30 PM. It should be a nice but chilly evening, with an almost sold out crowd. The SPU team has several returning players that should make them competitive against the Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: Dana White Accepts, Fire Off, Weekend Recap

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Timm took a little time off and Dave forgot the Friday edition of Major Link Soccer. This week's journey revisits the Dana White v Soccer "battle," the unique scheduling needs of MLS with a focus on the Chicago Fire, a look at something that Toronto FC is doing well on the field and an update from around the Major League Soccer from the weekend.

DC United Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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Going across three timezones, earning a shutout and settling for a point is hardly a worst-case scenario. Like all ties, though, I think both teams can probably look back on it and feel as though they should have claimed all three points. For my money, the Seattle Sounders have a more rightful claim to that idea.

Seattle Sounders 0 - DC United 0 - Wasted Opportunity

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While the Seattle Sounders FC earned a point on the road, their failure to score in their handful of opportunities showed what a waste that one point was. Alvaro Fernandez pushed forward with a perfect interplay from Fredy Montero only to short pass to David Estrada when both were alone on goal. Later Roger Levesque had a decent angle on goal, but attempted to pass rather than force a save.

Seattle Sounders at DC United - Gamethread

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Young coach Ben Olsen knows exactly how good D.C. United were. His goal this season is to start to bring them back to that historic level, a level that was killed off when the Seattle Sounders FC showed that RFK is a great place to win trophies on the road. Over these three years when the teams have gone head to head Seattle collected a 3-1-0 +2 Goal Differential in the other Washington.

Seattle Sounders at DC United - Projected Lineup Card

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Projecting a lineup for Seattle Sounders FC continues to be difficult. With so many players injured, but not out the guesswork is a bit more complex than typical. For D.C. United our friends over at Black and Red United have it a bit easier as there team was successful and fairly steady with the only absence from last week's win being Brandon McDonald.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United Scouting Report: My God It's Full of Stars

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What exactly to make of D.C. United's 4-1 dismantling of FC Dallas on national TV last week? Was it a sign that Ben Olsen's rebuilding project in DC is complete? Is it a sign that FC Dallas has suddenly plummeted from its perch as a Western Conference contender? Or is it just another sign of parity in a 2012 season that's already seen the Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, and Real Salt Lake lose at home to teams that didn't make the playoffs in 2011?

DC101 Rock Is Refusing To Play Seattle Bands Prior To Upcoming Game

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DC101 Rock Is Refusing To Play Seattle Bands Prior To Upcoming Game

Such a great idea really. Great job by DC101.

DC United's Ben Olsen Part Of Second Wave Of Players Becoming Coaches

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Major League Soccer is in middle of a recent wave of quick to head coaching duty post-playing career hires. Of the 13 former players that are now head coaches the following were hired during the Seattle Sounders era, most with little time coaching pro club soccer, even as assistants - Ben Olsen, Robert Warzycha, Jesse Marsch, Jay Heaps and Robin Fraser.

Seattle Sounders at DC United - Three Questions

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It's really a shame that the Washington Derby takes place only once this year. Similar to the Dynamo, D.C. United and Seattle had a fierce year contesting a trophy between upstart state of Washington and classic MLS 1.0 city of Washington. For this site it also meant early debates between here and MLS team blog number on SBN Black and Red United.

Remember how Adrian Hanauer was supposed to be on "The High Bar" Well, he was. Here's the proof....

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Remember how Adrian Hanauer was supposed to be on "The High Bar" Well, he was. Here's the proof. He's a good sport, even if the guy interviewing seems a bit clueless.

Fucito Not Playing, Montreal Not Scoring, Time For Trade?

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The lack of playing time for Mike Fucito with the Montreal Impact is getting noticed not just by Montreal Impact fans, nor just by those that were in the #Church, but by major national media. Ives suggested yesterday over twitter that New York Red Bulls would make great sense for the speedy forward.

Problems with Violence to Soccer Players in Eastern Europe and Russia

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Problems with Violence to Soccer Players in Eastern Europe and Russia

SSFC should make the best out of the bad situation with soccer in Eastern Europe and Russia and scout more there. The problem appears especially acute in Greece, where 2/3 of the players are not paid on time and 1/3 are regularly subjected to violent acts.

Balacing Winning, Entertaining And Hope For Women's Soccer

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Under the lights of Starfire Stadium US Women's National Team Players Hope Solo and Stephanie Cox met the media for their first time as Sounders Women. After their long flights across the Pacific and in the chill of an early April evening they also watched their less famous teammates work out under coach Michelle French.

Sounder Centric Power Rankings - One Rival Falling, Other Rising

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The Seattle Sounders are still relatively stable in the SB Nation MLS power rankings. But they are one of the rare teams for that to be true. As teams like the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps shoot up, others are in free fall. While none were particularly high on the Philadelphia Union to start the season, they are still falling overall.

Patrick Ianni Improves With Playing Time

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Here's a little secret: Sometimes we don't know the story that we want to tell, nor how we want to tell it. In some cases our inspiration may even be our own statements. Say, for example, statements on a podcast where both Jeremiah and myself claim that Patrick Ianni gets better and more comfortable as he gets more playing time.

Steve Zakuani Knows He'll Return, Now It's A Matter Of When

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Steve Zakuani's return is essentially a formality at this point. After playing in his first match of any kind on Sunday and then practicing in full on Tuesday, the 24-year-old midfielder sounded more upbeat than I can remember him being ever since he first returned to training.

In talking to him after Tuesday's training, he seemed like his old self.

MLS VP on Osvaldo Alonso’s tackle, and on retroactive suspensions | ProSoccerTalk

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MLS VP on Osvaldo Alonso's tackle, and on retroactive suspensions | ProSoccerTalk
Back to the committee's job: All five members must agree that a singular action deserves a red card in order to deserve a retroactive suspension. Rodriguez noted a baseline rule here: " ‘Reckless' is red, ‘careless' is yellow.

Converting an Impressive Loss into a Learning Opportunity

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Yes. I was impressed by the Sounders' performance last Saturday against San Jose. Fielding a starting lineup cobbled together out of spare parts and held together by bubble gum and bailing wire, Sigi Schmid and the Sounders put in a noteworthy effort against San Jose's first team Starting Eleven. When Jhon Kennedy Hurtado went down at halftime, the Sounders were without the services of 11 men on their 30 man roster.

Disciplinary Committee suspends three after weekend matches | MLSsoccer.com

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Disciplinary Committee suspends three after weekend matches | MLSsoccer.com

No Sounders, No Earthquakes, but embellishment and violence continue to get reviewed and punished.

But for the rest of us, let’s just get used to it: Some people don’t like soccer. I’m sure we’ll be...

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But for the rest of us, let's just get used to it: Some people don't like soccer. I'm sure we'll be fine. We don't need to blog it into the ground, and our Twitter timelines are better served talking about Mad Men's return ...

Or soccer. Leave Dana White alone.

Leave Dana White alone!

US Women Defeat Marta-less Brazil 3-0

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Last night the US Women played their second and final match of the Kirin Challenge Cup. The initial kickoff time was an inconvenient 4am Pacific, but due to impending bad weather the match was moved up to a more reasonable midnight. Unfortunately, ESPN stuck with the initial time for the broadcast, so Twitter was the only source for live updates.

Nos Audietis, Episode 46: Let's Not All Panic Edition

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For the first time this season, we didn't really have much positive to talk about. The Seattle Sounders, of course, lost to the San Jose Earthquakes in rather frustrating fashion. Aaron decided not to show up as a result (not really, he was in New Mexico or something), so Dave was able to fill in.

Major Link Soccer: New York Cosmos Legend Passes Away, MLS Joins World League Association & Robbie Rodger Having Visa Issues

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A new month and a new day, time to shake off this weekend's showing and look forward to the next fixture. In this edition of Major Link Soccer, we get your week started talking about the fact that USOC qualifying is underway in California. A New York Comos legend passed away over the weekend at the age of 65.

But this difference of opinion isn't what matters for Montero, nor that Montero will likely move on...

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But this difference of opinion isn't what matters for Montero, nor that Montero will likely move on from the Seattle Sounders soon enough. Rather, it's that MLS made him the player that he is today, and until his future is decided -- Fulham, Ajax and Real Betis have all reportedly expressed interest in recent transfer windows -- MLS fans should enjoy watching Montero stateside while they still can.

Zakuani sighting!

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Zakuani sighting!

US Women Draw Japan With Big Contributions From Sounders

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If you were committed enough to be up at 3:30 this morning to watch the US Women play Japan on ESPN, you got to see some impressive play from the Sounders Women. Japan controlled the game throughout with slick passing reminiscent of Barcelona's tiki-taka. The US back line struggled to clear the ball and to move the ball into the midfield under intense forward pressure from the Japanese players, and the Nats were rarely able to possess the ball in the offensive end.

Sounders Vs. Earthquakes: Well, That Wasn't So Pretty

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Combine a heap of possession, a bunch of missed opportunities, toss in a handful of impressive saves and combine with a dash of bad luck and you have the recipe for the Seattle Sounders 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. It wasn't an awful performance from the Sounders, but it definitely wasn't pretty.