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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
Serie A players in fear as fan violence and spectre of match-fixing return | Football | The
Something is broken in Italian football.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 -
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Such a great idea really. Great job by DC101.
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.
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.
He's a good sport, even if the guy interviewing seems a bit clueless.
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
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.
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.
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.
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'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
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: " â€˜Reckless' is red, â€˜careless' is yellow.
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
No Sounders, No Earthquakes, but embellishment and violence continue to get reviewed and
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.
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
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.
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.
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.