Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2012

Sounders Women Downed by the Rapids

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Sounders Women Downed by the Rapids

The Sounders Women dominated the game, but could not find the back of the net. The Rapids scored on a rocket early in the game, and never really threatened after that. SSW shot often, and controlled the majority of the game, to no avail. Next up, the Colorado Rush tomorrow.

Revolution Vs. Sounders: That's What We Call A Gut Punch

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That's what a gut punch feels like. No, the Seattle Sounders did not "deserve" three points on Saturday. They were outplayed for significant portions of the match and were basically just praying to run the clock out by the end.

But you can definitely say they "should" have gotten three points instead of the one they'll receive after Diego Fagundez scored at the death to tie 2-2 against the New England Revolution.

Sounders at Revolution - Gamethread

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Tonight's 4:30PM Pacific match between the Seattle Sounders and New England Revolution offers Sigi Schmid's side the opportunity to end their poor seven game MLS run. It is also the potential MLS return for fullbacks Leo Gonzalez and Adam Johansson. There is the small complication of Fredy Montero missing the match due to his Red Card in the Timbers match.

USA 2 Canada 1 Nothing Friendly Here

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USA 2 Canada 1 Nothing Friendly Here

The USWNT gutted out a 2-1 win over their Northern Neighbors. Alex Morgan went down with an injury just after the second half started. It appears that it is "just a knee twist" so hopefully she'll be ready in 25 days.

As you're no doubt aware, the Euro 2012 final is tomorrow, pitting Spain against Italy. Kick TV's...

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As you're no doubt aware, the Euro 2012 final is tomorrow, pitting Spain against Italy. Kick TV's Jimmy Conrad gives us a preview along with SB Nation's Matt Ufford. (via sbnation)

New England Revolution Scouting Report: You Tell Me That It's Evolution

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The New England Revolution - one of the original MLS dynasties - were good for so long that it took a while to sink in that they were bad. Though they never won the final prize of an MLS Cup, they won the Supporters Shield in 2005 and made three consecutive finals from 2005 to 2007. They still made the playoffs in 2008-2009 and so the non-playoff finish in 2010 could be seen as an aberration.

Ugliness Aside, Earthquakes-Sounders Game Was Just What USOC Needed

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Ugliness Aside, Earthquakes-Sounders Game Was Just What USOC Needed

There's a ton of one-sided reporting going on about what happened in Tuesday's match at Kezar Stadium (maybe we're guilty of it too). But Quake, Rattle and Goal does a good job of wading through the mess and pointing out that the high emotions are probably indicative of something bigger.

Alliance Council voting is open again!

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Alliance Council voting is open again!

Log in with your account number and password to vote for someone to be on the council.

More information on the process and what it means can be found here.

Sounders Women Face Two in Colorado

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This is a fantabulous female footy weekend. It starts Saturday morning with the USWNT facing Canada in a friendly at Rio Tinto in Sandy, Utah at 11:00am. This is the final game prior to the US team heading to the London Olympics. Rapinoe, Morgan, Solo and Leroux will be facing a team that they beat 4-0 in Vancouver this past winter.

Transfer fees - What would we get?

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EDITOR'S NOTE: It's Friday and we could do with a little more discussion. Don't agree with all these estimations, but that's why it's a good conversation. - Jeremiah

The silly season is here! While taking a break from designing my customized Xavi in Rave Green jersey, I thought the following might be a good discussion topic: What are our players "worth" on the open market, and where are they most likely to go?

Ianni Wins Goal of the Week in landslide

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Ianni Wins Goal of the Week in landslide

Apparently Seattle Sounders fans didn't have too much trouble deciding between Patrick Ianni's side-winding volley and Eddie Johnson's curl inside the far post. Ianni ended up winning the MLS Goal of the Week by a landslide, topping Marco Pappa 44-21 percent.

Sounders at New England Revolution - Three Questions

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In middle of a road trip that sees the Seattle Sounders in three different time zones and maybe two nights in their own beds, they hit the East Coast to play a team out-performing expectations. While only seventh in the East, the New England Revolution are 4-1-2 at home and carry a zero goal differential overall.

Adrian Hanauer: Big Changes Could Be Coming

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The seven-game winless run has not gone unnoticed by Seattle Sounders leadership. I had a chance to catch up with Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer earlier this week and he made it very clear that something is going to have to change. That might be the Sounders simply playing better, but he's clearly not ready to just sit on his hands and hope that happens.

Nos Audietis, Episode 58: One Step Closer to Se4ttle

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And we're back, with another episode of Nos Audietis. A lot has happened since our last show; some of it's been good, some of it's been bad. Luckily the good stuff happened more recently than the bad, so naturally we spend more time talking about that. There are recaps of both the loss to Portland and the huge US Open Cup win over the San Jose Earthquakes, as well as our feelings about which direction this team is headed.

Crunch Power Rankings: Week 16

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In the last edition of the crunchy power rankings I switched from using net shots to net shots on goal to help deal with the big outliers in New York and Toronto. It's interesting to note that since I wrote the article on those outliers on May 21, the Red Bulls' MLS strike rate has been a very average 10.

Lineup Lessons From Open Cup To Carry To MLS Play?

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One of the things that Sigi does a couple times a year is put out a lineup that makes little sense to outside observers. Against the San Jose Earthquakes the biggest surprise was either the forward pairing or a right side that was built of Cordell Cato and Brad Evans. When asked about why the overall lineup was built he said "we decided to go with a lineup that was a little bit bigger, a lineup that we felt could hold up to that play and on the same token, not play guys who physically would put themselves in big jeopardy if they had to play.

"When somebody kicks you, your first reaction is to kick them back at some point. It’s easy to say...

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"When somebody kicks you, your first reaction is to kick them back at some point. It's easy to say you shouldn't do that, but sometimes it's hard when you're in the emotion of the game to not do that. It's something that we as a team need to get better at and not allow teams to take it out of our game.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Bento, And The Optimal Penalty Shootout Order - SBNation.com

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Bento, And The Optimal Penalty Shootout Order - SBNation.com

There's some math involved, things like leverage index and win expectancy, but someone has finally figured out the ideal order for penalty taking.

Bring Back #TheTrialist

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Mauro Rosales is a great player. He deserves his salary. He is easily one of the most talented midfielders in the league. He would start on almost any team in MLS. He is key to the Sounders' success. But the man Seattle brought to a training match in Florida in early 2011 as a trialist, who became #TheTrialist, is playing like just a trialist (that may be a bit harsh, but work with me here).

Sounders Gut Out USOC Quarterfinal 1-0 Win: Stats, Quotes, Video

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The post match focus has mostly been about why the evil Eddie Johnson pile drove Jed Zayner into the turf after Zayner sent a plate of fresh baked cookies and a polite letter to Johnson requesting that he relocate his victory celebrations. But that's unfair to a game that should be heartening to Seattle fans who were sick of watching a team clearly talented enough to win and win frequently not be able to keep control of a match.

In recent weeks, top MLS officials have presented a detailed proposal to local politicians,...

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In recent weeks, top MLS officials have presented a detailed proposal to local politicians, outlining a plan for a 20,000- to 25,000-seat stadium on roughly eight acres near the northern end of the park.
The plan, still in its nascent stages, would create a home for a brand-new league team, as yet unnamed.

Did Eddie Johnson Punch A Dude? Video Hardly Incriminating

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As you may have heard, the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes was marred by a post-game incident. What happened? Well, the Earthquakes announcer certainly seemed to think Eddie Johnson punched Earthquakes reserve Jed Zayner, and that was the story being spun by the local media.

Seattle Sounders Win Open Cup Quarterfinal Over San Jose Earthquakes

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Reports of a match held at Kezar Stadium between the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes are coming in through most mediums. Some witnesses are claiming over social media site Twitter that the Sounders won 1-nil off of a Cordell Cato first half goal.

Officials and partisans affiliated with San Jose used social media site Facebook to claim that fracas in stoppage time should result in a sending off and extended minutes.

Sounders at Earthquakes US Open Cup - Gamethread

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Open Cups are funny little things. Even when it is two MLS sides facing each other, the MLS stats just don't matter. While the San Jose Earthquakes are the class of the league right now and the Seattle Sounders are in a slide, the pace of matches, lineup changes and quirky stadium mean that the bearing of league results to the knockout is unknowable.

Sometimes There Are No Easy Solutions

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This sucks. There's no easy way to put it, but that's a pretty simple way to explain the Seattle Sounders' current seven-game winless streak.

There are no shortage of possible explanations for the suckiness. The midfield has turned to crap. The fullbacks aren't providing the needed support.

"This is probably our most difficult challenge, having to come back and play on just one day’s rest...

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"This is probably our most difficult challenge, having to come back and play on just one day's rest against a team that has two days rest. It is what it is. It's a challenge we have to accept and we have to rise up to it."

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on tonight's game.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes US Open Cup - Three Questions

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The Goonies from the South Bay are taking their 2012 US Open Cup run on the road, by only a few miles. In fact this will be their third straight home match at a non-standard facility for the San Jose Earthquakes. Tonight's 7:30 PM match (radio 97.3FM & audio stream for Seattle, video stream from San Jose) will be at Kezar Stadium.

Earthquakes Say They'll Be Using Best Lineup Possible Vs. Sounders

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Earthquakes Say They'll Be Using Best Lineup Possible Vs. Sounders

The Sounders should expect to see a lot of familiar names when the lineups for tonight's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal are announced as the Earthquakes seem to be taking this very seriously.

Updated 2012 Allocation Rankings | MLSsoccer.com

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Updated 2012 Allocation Rankings | MLSsoccer.com

The league actually released the official Allocation Ranking for returning MLS players whose rights aren't held and US National Team players. Seattle sits in 12th.

Carlos Bocanegra is the most often rumored National Teamer to be coming to MLS.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Dude Abides

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Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. This is also true for teams in MLS. Of the teams in the graph (Cascadia plus preseason favorites for West title), as well as the San Jose Earthquake all have multi-game winless streaks. Seattle's isn't even the worst. Currently charging LA Galaxy holds that title with only 2 points in 7 played.

Well, MLS clearly doesn't want a Seattle Sounder to in Goal of the Week as Patrick Ianni and Eddie...

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Well, MLS clearly doesn't want a Seattle Sounder to in Goal of the Week as Patrick Ianni and Eddie Johnson were both nominated. Rather than split the vote, just make sure to vote early and often.

Timbers Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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That did not go as planned. For the first time in the MLS era, the Seattle Sounders lost to the Portland Timbers. I wouldn't say the Sounders were outplayed, but I don't know that I'd say they were clearly outplayed in many of these seven games that they've failed to win.

Rather, this was a hugely frustrating continuation of an incomplete game being followed by a substandard result.

As Christian Tiffert Seems More Likely, Tests Hanauer's Roster Calculus

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News out of Germany is that Christian Tiffert has a three-year offer from the Seattle Sounders. As it seems he'd be more likely to replace a roster slot occupied by Alvaro Fernandez due to a need to pay a transfer fee of some size and plays in the space where Brad Evans usually lines up this is unlikely to be the only move of the window, if this move happens at all.

"If we continue to have the growth that we've had over the next 16 to 20 years, it's entirely...

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"If we continue to have the growth that we've had over the next 16 to 20 years, it's entirely realistic to stand shoulder to shoulder with the NFL," Durbin states.

Alex Labidou: Thierry Henry admits MLS is a tough sell to America's young premier athletes - Goal.

Timbers 2 - Sounders 1 | Early Defensive Errors Limit Seattle's Hopes

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In the third Cascadia Cup match of the year the home side Portland Timbers took advantage of early defensive errors by the Sounders to take a two-nil lead. The Sounders would get a goal in the second half from a beautiful series of step-overs and then a threaded shot from distance by Eddie Johnson.

Cascadia Cup Rd 3 Sounders at Timbers - Gamethread

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It is a rivalry in that top tier of American sports. Even the non-soccer fans know of it. While the history is only a mere 37 years old with a few pauses scattered in there, today's Cascadia Cup match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders on ESPN at 2 PM will be a resumption of a contest that goes beyond just soccer.

Seattle Sounders To Face Local Soccer Team

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Seattle Sounders To Face Local Soccer Team

England Vs. Italy, Euro 2012: Lineups - SBNation.com

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England Vs. Italy, Euro 2012: Lineups - SBNation.com

For those watching the prelude to the Cascadia Cup Rd 3 match consider this your open thread. Golazo HQ will be showing both games today at their viewing party. Dave and several other of the SaH writing staff will be there. We'll have scarves, Golazo will have hydration, TacoGol will have tacos and there will be beer.

Christian Sivebaek Signs With Danish Second-Tier Team

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Christian Sivebaek has landed, although it's probably not exactly where he hoped. The 24-year-old, who came to the Sounders with so much promise, has signed with Danish second-tier club Vejle Kolding. Although no details were announced, the Sounders are not expected to receive any kind of transfer fee.

Scouting Report: Sounders at Timbers - I'm A Lumberjack And I'm OK

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The Portland Timbers are not a good MLS team right now. Sure, they have the nobility of support (as Seattle fans we've been through that with the Seahawks, Sonics and Mariners), but the team itself is poor. John Spencer and those above him are trying to rebuild on the fly. They recently added Danny Mwanga and Mike Fucito to add to the offense.

The Liverpool Offside - For Liverpool Fans

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The Liverpool Offside - For Liverpool Fans

You may have heard of TheOffside. Well, they and SB Nation got married a while ago and several of the EPL and other Euro blogs launched this year were former sites on TheOffside. This one just happened to keep the same name.

Bonus points to those who can say how this relates to recent SaH activity.

Scouting Report: Christian Tiffert

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With the news that Christian Tiffert was in Seattle for a few days speaking to the Sounders and enjoying the action against Sporting KC and reports that interest from other German clubs is waning, it may be time to start figuring out who this man is. A deal is still a ways off, as there would be negotiations with Kaiserslautern to release Tiffert from his current deal which runs through next Bundesliga season.

Eddie Johnson's career revival with the Sounders shows that EJ7 is not who you think he is - Sporting News

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Eddie Johnson's career revival with the Sounders shows that EJ7 is not who you think he is - Sporting News

A fantastic inside look at how Eddie's time with the Sounders has gone--what motivates him and has kept him in the starting 11. Having had the pleasure of meeting EJ, I can say that Brian Straus's take is same is mine: The EJ7 you think you knew from all the media before is not the same as the one the Sounders have now.

Sounders Forced to Juggle Lineups

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Now, with two vital matches approaching, Sigi Schmid and the Seattle Sounders roster are stuck between the proverbial petrified tree and a hard place (namely the unstable San Andreas Fault). With only a day separating the Cascadia Cup from the Open Cup, Sigi will be forced to weigh the ability and fitness of the side he trots out with the skill of the teams they will face and the importance of the games they will play.

Hanyer Mosquera Suspended Three Games For Punching Jack McBean - SBNation.com

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Hanyer Mosquera Suspended Three Games For Punching Jack McBean - SBNation.com

The Sounders aren't about to start feeling sorry for anyone, but the Timbers will be a little more short-handed on Sunday after center back Hanyer Mosquera was suspended three games for punching Jack McBean last week. He's basically been their top defender all year and the team is allowing half as many goals per game in games he starts than in ones he doesn't.

Despite citizenship, Alonso still long way from USMNT call | MLSsoccer.com

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Despite citizenship, Alonso still long way from USMNT call | MLSsoccer.com

Charles Boehm does a good job of explaining the uphill battle that Osvaldo Alonso has to fight in order to be allowed to even be eligible to make the United States national team.

Sounders Officially Waive Christian Sivebaek, Sign Daniel Steres

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It should hardly be shocking at this point, but the Seattle Sounders announced that Christian Sivebaek has been waived. To replace his spot on the roster, they also signed Daniel Steres, who had been picked up in the recent waiver draft.

Sivebaek's departure does open up an international roster spot though, and presumably clears about $60,000 in salary cap space (the rough pro-rated portion of his unpaid salary).

Champions League Schedule Finalized

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As the Seattle Sounders prepare for a Cascadia Cup and US Open Cup match they found out today that their CONCACAF Champions League run will start with a home game against CFU Club Championship winner Caledonia AIA of Trinidad & Tobago on August 2nd. In the CCL Group Stage they will play their next two one the road.

Seattle's Diamond

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The diamond is a fairly common formation in soccer. For many, particularly those of the EA Sports FIFA generation, it is seen as the epitome of formations. It's ability to focus offense through the singular point of the number ten (or CAM) means that highlight reel passes from these 10s to the two forwards in front are prolific.

Sounders at Portland Timbers Cascadia Cup Rd 3 - Three Questions

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Round three of the 2012 Cascadia Cup contest between sees the Seattle Sounders head down south to face the struggling Portland Timbers. In the mini-league standing no team yet stands out as a leader with the two previous matches ending in draws. The Whitecaps sit in first with two points. For the Timbers this is probably their only chance at a Cup.

Another reminder: This Sunday, Sounder at Heart, Nos Audietis and Golazo are teaming up to do a...

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Another reminder: This Sunday, Sounder at Heart, Nos Audietis and Golazo are teaming up to do a viewing party for Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders match. That game starts at 2 p.m., but we'll open doors at Golazo HQ at 11 a.m. to show the Euro 2012 quarterfinal between England and Italy. Beer will be available, but it is a family friendly event.

War Metaphors And Sports

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The longer readers of Sounder at Heart know there are certain supporters songs I don't like due to their use of certain war metaphors. Even new readers will notice that there is very little imagery around battles and violence in our posts about soccer. This is by choice and captures much of how I feel about sports and why I discovered a passion for the game.

In case you missed it, the Sounders had an absolutely brilliant promotion today where they asked...

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In case you missed it, the Sounders had an absolutely brilliant promotion today where they asked questions over Twitter and filmed responses. Seriously check them out.

Sounders Host Semifinals Of US Open Cup If They Win

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One of the powers of the midseason knockout tourneys is the appeal of the underdog advancing. We can pontificate over what quality of lineup should be used in the matches framing the late knockout rounds as well. Today the US Soccer Federation announced the potential hosts for the Semifinal round of the US Open Cup.

Sounders Women Drop First of the Season to Pali Blues Juggernaut

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Up until last night the Sounders Women schedule had, thanks to some combination of luck and thoughtful planning, not overlapped the Sounders schedule. But it was particularly bad luck that the first match that coincided with a match at CenturyLink was one of the most important of the season. It was extra bad luck that it also coincided with the national team players traveling back from Sweden.

Sounders Transfer Rumor: Kaiserslautern's Christian Tiffert

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[UPDATE 2: The Sounders released this statement: "Christian is a player who we like but is still under contract with Kaiserslautern. He was here today to see our facilities and visit the club, but discussions of a contract are premature and would include his club."

[UPDATE: Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked about these rumors on Thursday and pointedly did not deny them.

Sounders Vs. Sporting KC: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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Hard to know what, exactly, to feel after last night's result. On one hand, the Seattle Sounders looked a ton better than they did a few days ago. This was probably their best performance since beating the Union 1-0 way back on May 5. Of course, that bar is horribly low.

The reality is the the Sounders still haven't won any of their past six and were playing against a lineup they really should have beaten.

Sounders And Sporting KC Draw 1-1

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Patrick Ianni's goal may be overshadowed by complaints about the adjudicating of the match, it should not be. The moment of magic tied Seattle Sounders FC with Sporting KC in a match where both team finished a chance and both teams were inches away from a winning goal. The 1-1 draw was fair.

Seattle busted out a conventional diamond that did some unique things.

A tie wasn't what the Sounders wanted, but at least they'll have this Zlatan Ibrahimovic-esque goal...

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A tie wasn't what the Sounders wanted, but at least they'll have this Zlatan Ibrahimovic-esque goal to think about.

Steve Zakuani Makes Gameday Roster Vs. Sporting Kansas City

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It's lining up to be an interesting night in Seattle. Not only are the Seattle Sounders expecting a season-high crowd of close to 46,000, but they could bear witness to the return of Steve Zakuani. The midfielder is on the gameday 18 for the first time since suffering a horrific broken leg on April 22, 2011.

Seattle Sounders v Sporting KC - Gamethread

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In the past few years the Seattle Sounders have taken Sporting Kansas City through a variety of late winners. Games went from well in the hands of the Midwesterners to become talismanic performances by men who become cult heroes. Fucito, Parke, Rosales and Neagle all overcame odds and finished off a challenging side.

Three Questions With The Daily Wiz

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Sorry, it's a little later than usual, but here are The Daily Wiz's answers to our three questions preceding tonight's game against Sporting Kansas City. (No questions the other way, sorry)

1 - Sporting's typical three forward set is Kamara, Sapong, Convey. Will Seattle see those three in light of international duty and injury?

It's about that time of year where Wexley and the Sounders release their new campaigns. Certainly,...

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It's about that time of year where Wexley and the Sounders release their new campaigns. Certainly, not ones to disappoint they've come up with a series of videos that portray the Sounders as game-show contestants. This was my favorite, with Jeff Parke and Michael Gspurning, but you can see the others at Wexley's YouTube page.

Sounders U23 navigating through first season | College Soccer News

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Sounders U23 navigating through first season | College Soccer News

Travis Clark digs into the first season of the rebranded Sounders U23 and explains how it's not just about results that define success of this team.

Sporting KC Scouting Report: A Spork I See Before Me, the Handle Towards My Hand

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As we know, MLS is a parity league. And this season has been particularly paritous (yes, that's a word, spellcheck), especially at the top. Real Salt Lake is the current top team in the standings (as well as our power rankings), but they only won 5 of their first 9 games and at one point had a 3 game winless streak.

Nos Audietis, Episode 57: Take The Power Back (Featuring Mike Fucito)

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It's a bit of an odd week for both us and the Seattle Sounders. While, ideally, we'd be entirely focused on Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers, there are some other matters that need to be dealt with.

The first topic of conversation is last Saturday's awful loss to the Montreal Impact.

Sivebaek Waived (Maybe)

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Twitter lit up today when it was reported that Christian Sivebaek had been waived by the Sounders. It should be noted that there has been no confirmation on this. Joshua Mayers has reported on Twitter that "the Sounders have no comment, but I didn't see [Sivebaek] at the end of practice" While we wait for confirmation regarding the fate of the big Dane, we can at least analyze the implications of this potential move.

Osvaldo Alonso Gains US Citizenship

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Via a couple of tweets, first by Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times and then confirmed by Matt Gaschk from the front office, we learn that Osvaldo Alonso has gained his United States citizenship. This really doesn't have a Sounders roster impact, since he's had a green card for a number of years now and hasn't taken up an international slot, but given that he's a Cuban refugee I'm sure it's a special achievement for him personally.

Sure, there's a game on Wednesday. A really important game, in fact. But, let's be honest, whether...

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Sure, there's a game on Wednesday. A really important game, in fact. But, let's be honest, whether or not the Sounders are looking to Sunday's game, the rest of the nation is. It's Cascadia Week y'all!

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - The Sky Is Falling

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SB Nation's MLS Power Rankings tend to lag results. There are enough of us in the ranking panel that tend to ignore a bad result, or two, that quick movements are rare. But in a "week" which actually stretches across three weeks of light matches around the league one team did indeed take a fall. Seattle Sounders FC is now at an average ranking of 5.

Samsung Favorite Sports Highlights - Fucito Stoppage Time Winner

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When approached to do our first ever sponsored post at Sounder at Heart, the decision was easy. Samsung and SB Nation wanted us to present and chat about our favorite sports highlight. This is easy. Part of it is because I never saw the home game goal (Zach Scott's goal is the only other CenturyLink MLS goal I did not see live).

Sounders Organization Update

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There's a lot going on among the various Sounders teams. Here's a quick update on what's happening with some of the less-covered squads.

Sounders Women - Despite not having the national team players, on Sunday the Sounders beat the LA Strikers 4-0 The scoreline is not flattery, as they completely dominated every aspect of the match.

Maybe Osvaldo Alonso Is The Answer

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Yes, the streak of dropped points stretches from a time before the suspension of Osvaldo Alonso. It is also true that the Seattle Sounders won their first match of the year without Alonso. Against FC Dallas they deployed Andy Rose and won 2-0. The next two uses of Andy Rose in the nominal roll as a defensive mid didn't go so well.

The Bench is Waiting

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Saturday night the Sounders embarrassed themselves. Forget the referee, the crowd, the Montreal Impact. Intensity and focus matter in professional sports and the Sounders did not take the field in Montreal ready to play. There were moments of precision and brilliance from the Sounders. Eddie Johnson's goal was the result of beautiful interplay.

Sounders Women vs LA Strikers Game Thread

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If the recent Sounders match again Montreal has you down, you could clear your palate with a nice afternoon Sounders Women match. The national team players are still away in Sweden warming up for the World Cup, and just beat the Swedish team 3-1 thanks in part to an Alex Morgan goal. Morgan is now on a long-term goals per game pace that is rivaled in team history only by Mia Hamm.

You're Sigi - How Do You Fix It?

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Seattle is in a very tough patch of MLS play. In their last five league games a 0-3-2 record with a negative six goal differential have watched them fall from a clear first tier team in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings with an average ranking of 2.26 to one that could be out of the top six. Once the dominant team in Sagarin they are now ranked 8th.

Impact Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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This will not be a fun one to break down, but maybe it will be educational. The Seattle Sounders have certainly turned in some less-than-glorious performances over the years, but this may well be the worst. The team looked sluggish from the outset, didn't seem to find the game until they were already trailing and only came alive after going down 3-0.

Sounders Crushed 4-1 By Montreal Impact

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One could blame poor refereeing. Or a lack of effort. Or that the Seattle Sounders played without passion. That would be passing off the blame. It wasn't in Seattle's head, or referee Mark Geiger's. Seattle was out played. Poor passing out from the backline compounded by poor passing in the middle.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact - Gamethread

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The Seattle Sounders restart their MLS campaign with a quick trip to Quebec to face the Montreal Impact. Seattle is a good team when they see an expansion team for the first time 2-0-2. With Osvaldo Alonso out for his suspension there was some question about who would start in the defensive mid, that's been answered with Andy Rose.

Euro 2012, Group A, Final Round: Gamethread

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The final round of group action starts today with Group A wrapping up. Poland plays Czech Republic and Russia plays Greece. All four teams are still alive with Russia only needing a tie to secure their advancement. A tie in that game would also mean the Czechs could advance with a tie.

Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts Russia 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 4 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 3 5 -2 3 Poland 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 Greece 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1

Contrary to popular belief, the first tiebreaker in this tournament is actually head-to-head.

Montreal Impact Scouting Report: Fratricide

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Tomorrow's match against the Impact marks the beginning of the second dense stretch of games the Sounders will have to play this season. If Seattle manages to make the US Open Cup semifinal by beating the San Jose Earthquakes, they won't have a full week between games until after the July 18 friendly with Chelsea - a run of 10 matches in one month.

Given What We Know Now, Would You Still Make The Eddie Johnson Trade?

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As the Seattle Sounders get ready to play the Montreal Impact on Saturday, now seems as good a time as any to look back at the trade that put Eddie Johnson in Rave Green. In talking to Adrian Hanauer earlier this week for a story I did at MLSsoccer.com, he didn't hesitate for a second in telling me that he'd do the trade again given what he knows now.

Sounders Loan Andrew Duran To Atlanta Silverbacks

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In what could be a growing trend among MLS teams, the Seattle Sounders loaned Andrew Duran to the Atlanta Silverbacks, the team announced on Friday. Duran had yet to appear in a MLS game for the Sounders and with their defenders getting closer to full health, there didn't appear to be many minutes to go around.

Josh Ford makes "big step" in long recovery | The Seattle Times

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Josh Ford makes "big step" in long recovery | The Seattle Times

Remember Josh Ford? Well, the somewhat forgotten Seattle Sounders goalkeeper is finally training again and seems to be in good spirits.

Sounders Women Look to Rebound Against LA Strikers

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The LA Strikers will be looking to climb up the W-League standings against the Sounders Women. They are bringing their two Aussie players, Amy Chapman and Caitlin Munoz. With the addition of these two strikers (no pun intended), they have changed the look of their team completely. Chapman is a 25 year old, fast, relentless midfielder.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact | Three Questions

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Saturday's match in Quebec will be the opener of Stade Saputo's MLS era. The Montreal Impact are in many ways similar to the Sounders, not just because of the players, but the number of connections they maintained to their USL & A-League past. They haven't been awful this year. The 3-7-3 record this year isn't in the horrid levels that most expansion teams experience.

Estrada's Absence Shifts Roles

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Normally when getting three questions the answers I submit seem like things our readers already know. But yesterday, one of the questions was about David Estrada, his injury and how his loss would affect the starting lineup. And that gets kind of intriguing, because while Estrada isn't a "starter" he starts a lot and is nearly assured to get minutes in which he doesn't.

Make No Mistake, Sounders Will Miss David Estrada

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No one would blame David Estrada taking a day or two to feel sorry for himself. After two years fo barely seeing the field, the soft-spoken 24-year-old was enjoying a breakout season with the Seattle Sounders. He was tied for team lead with six all-competition goals, had proven versatile enough to start 12 MLS games at three different positions and was the only player on the team to appear in all 17 games this season.

Nos Audietis, Episode 56: Featuring Ross Fletcher, Lamar Neagle

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Just because the Seattle Sounders took the week off didn't mean we did, and we had a little bit of catching up to do anyway. We welcomed voice of Sounders FC Ross Fletcher (@RossFletcher1) to the podcast and we discussed the majesty of the U.S. Open Cup as well as doing a thorough breakdown of the European Championships.

2012 MLS Player Shot +/- Stats So Far

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In seasons past we've generated shot +/- stats for players to illuminate how teams play with certain players on the field. We've been a little remiss in waiting this long into the season to get the 2012 stats out, but with the international break it's a good time.

As a refresher, we count the net shots a team generates with a player on the field (so their team's shots minute shots allowed) and normalize it to 90 minutes.

Bad news for the Sounders. David Estrada out 8-12 weeks with a broken left foot. Surgery...

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Bad news for the Sounders. David Estrada out 8-12 weeks with a broken left foot. Surgery tomorrow.- Joshua Mayers (@joshuamayers) June 13, 2012

via Joshua Mayers

Remember that health looking good post? Yeah, dated already.

Is The HGP System Broken?

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In what is becoming a familiar refrain, the Washington Post took a look at HomeGrown Players (HGPs) and how many of them never saw playing time. Much of the story revolves around the absence of a larger Reserve League (with larger rosters) or the need for a more integrated Reserve system within the NASL or USLPro.

Sounder at Heart and Nos Audietis are co-hosting a viewing party, along with Golazo, for the June...

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Sounder at Heart and Nos Audietis are co-hosting a viewing party, along with Golazo, for the June 24 game between the Sounders and Portland Timbers. SaH contributor SumAnon put this poster together. If you want more details or think you are interested in attending, please RSVP or via Facebook.

Brian Schmetzer was Interviewed for Impact job, "ready to take next coaching step"

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Brian Schmetzer was Interviewed for Impact job, "ready to take next coaching step"

Brian Schmetzer apparently interviewed for the job as head coach of the Montreal Impact (which went to Jesse Marsh), which is news to me. Not surprising given Schmetzer's history as USL coach and current job assisting Schmid, but it would certainly be a significant step up for Brian.

Sounders Injury Report Improving

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Today's Sounders U23 v Sounders FC scrimmage saw both Steve Zakuani and Josh Ford get time on the field. As of today's MLS Injury Report both are moving towards healthy on the four step report. David Estrada's injury in practice does not make the report.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC -- OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); DOUBTFUL: GK Michael Gspurning (R hip strain); DF Patrick Ianni (lower back pain); DF Leo Gonzalez (L quad strain); DF Adam Johansson (R hamstring strain); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); QUESTIONABLE: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture)

A Seattle Sounders FC spokesman has confirmed that Ford is still on the short-term Injured List.

Golazo HQ To Show Tonight's USMNT Match

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Thanks to the absurd quirks of international TV rights for FIFA matches, tonight's USMNT match in Guatemala will only be available on Pay Per View. Read this FAQ from US Soccer if you want the gory details. If you don't want to shell out $30, you'll have to go out to a bar or some other venue. As of this morning it was thought that the only places in Seattle to watch the match would be Fado or George & the Dragon.

Euro 2012 Power Rankings: Lots Of Surprises, Excitable Children And A Reevaluation Of Teams - SBNation.com

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Euro 2012 Power Rankings: Lots Of Surprises, Excitable Children And A Reevaluation Of Teams - SBNation.com

A nice little primer as Euro 2012 heads into the second round of group play. Ryan Rosenblatt says Germany is still the team to beat, while Russia is suddenly quite the contender.

Mauro Rosales is joined by Chris Pontius, CJ Sapong and Freddy Adu in this commercial for XBox Live...

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Mauro Rosales is joined by Chris Pontius, CJ Sapong and Freddy Adu in this commercial for XBox Live in which fans can win four tickets to MLS Cup and an Kinnect prize pack delivered to your house by an actual player.

What Brings YOU to the Sounders Women Games?

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What Brings YOU to the Sounders Women Games?

A simple question. What makes you purchase tickets, fight the traffic, spend your expendable money on Sounders Women games? Is it the excellent product that is out on the field this season? Did the national's bring you, but the core of the team keep you coming back?

Searching For The Free Summer 2012

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This isn't really a rumor thread, because well there are thousands of "rumors" out there. Most of those rumors aren't rumors they are ideas and speculation of fit for a player and an organization with no backing besides the concept that a player fits with a certain team and is available (either free or with the salary structure of the organization adding talent).

Membership Has Its Privileges - Expand Them

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When the whole Seattle Sounders Alliance was created it was clear that not everything was going to happen immediately, but things have happened. There's some governing documents, non-supporters are able to get designated tickets to Cascadia Away matches, we ran the Supporters Summit, there are recognized supporters groups chosen by a fan organization rather than by members of the front office and we're not done.

Tell Me Who To Root For In Euro 2012 - Group D

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In Group C it came down to a battle between hearts and minds. Between boxty and paella. Sure, Ireland isn't going to win this group. But they shouldn't have to suffer alone. And the cider they drink when they're suffering is uniformly excellent. So I'll have me some of that. Sounder at Heart has spoken, and Ireland it is.

Tell Me Who To Root For In Euro 2012 - Group C

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Yesterday I was instructed to root for Germany in Group B. Again, correct answer. Sure, Germany may have won more than their fair sure of international tournaments, but everyone knows you can never have too much Mannschaft (What are you giggling at you reprobates?). More importantly, thanks to the influence of new USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann and our post-World War II international military basing strategy, the German team has become a sort of farm team for the US, as players who've decided they're too talented and strong to play for Germany graduate to playing for America (or something like that).

Sounders Women vs Vancouver Whitecaps game thread

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The sun is shining, the music is turned down, and the fans look really dang happy. The teams have lined up and the game is about to begin. The Whitecaps have yet to outright win a game, and are seeking to get back into last year's form. The Sounders Women are looking to continue their winning ways.

United States v Antigua and Barbuda World Cup Qualifying Gamethread

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It's a day of non-Sounders soccer, but lots of it as high quality on ESPN's family of stations. Up next is a 4PM start on ESPN for the United States v Antigua and Barbuda. The USA are clear favorites as outlined in the SBN/Soccer storystream, the A&B team is made up primarily of players from a single USL Pro side.

Seattle Bars Showing U.S.-Guatemala Match

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Seattle Bars Showing U.S.-Guatemala Match

The United States' World Cup qualifier against Guatemala is being shown by subscription only, meaning you basically need to find a bar that's showing it. U.S. Soccer has put together a list of bars showing the game and two are in Seattle: Fado in Pioneer Square and The George And Dragon in Fremont.

Whitecaps Seek Revenge Tonight

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Amidst all of this Euro 2012, the Supplemental draft, and the Open Cup, the Sounders Women game tonight could easily be overlooked. Please, don't succumb to the temptation to stay in the warm climes of home. Venture out to Starfire and cheer on the Women to their second victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Euro 2012: Open Thread

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Bumped

As we all know, the Seattle Sounders are off until next weekend. In the meantime, there's plenty of soccer to get our fix. Tonight, World Cup qualifying starts in ernest for the United States. But this morning and afternoon, we get what many consider to be the second best tournament in the world: The European Championship.

Tell Me Who To Root For In Euro 2012 - Group B

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Yesterday the wise readers of Sounder at Heart wisely instructed me to root for the Czech Republic in Group A. Wise, because that is the correct answer. Peter Cech is the best goalkeeper in the world and his retro headgear gives him the presence and demeanor of a modern day Bronko Nagurski.

SB Nation's Matt Ufford sits down with Kick TV's Jimmy Conrad to do a quick overview of...

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SB Nation's Matt Ufford sits down with Kick TV's Jimmy Conrad to do a quick overview of Euro 2012.

Six Sounders Available For Fan Selection To MLS All-Star Game

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Voting for Major League Soccer's All Star First XI will open on Friday. Those "First XI" will not necessary be the starters, and they are determined thorugh a combination of online, text and Twitter votes with the top text vote receiver being automatically selected. The rest of the gameday roster is selected by Don Garber (2 picks) and Peter Nowak (5 picks plus replacements).

Sounder at Heart/Nos Audietis Viewing Party On June 24

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Sounder at Heart/Nos Audietis Viewing Party On June 24

Just about every Seattle Sounders fan wants to go to Portland for the June 24 Cascadia Cup game. The vast majority of can't or won't. The next best way to watch the game would be getting together with us over at Golazo.

The event will be very similar to the one we organized for the Santos Laguna away match with a few improvements.

June - Half Month, But Full Schedule

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Remember the packed May where there were 8 games in 32 games (we included the final game of April)? June is a bit worse. In 19 days with six games the Seattle Sounders June schedule (including a road trip that opens July) is tighter with a game every 3.1 days (leaving out July's early RSL match makes it 5 in 15 days).

This average position map is for Cal FC's first half in their loss to the Seattle Sounders. It...

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This average position map is for Cal FC's first half in their loss to the Seattle Sounders. It clearly shows a team that bunkered with very rare counters.

This is the Sounders in the first half.

While Seattle was attacking with all but their CBs, Cal was defending with everyone (note that the forwards were in similar spaces as Seattle's CMs).

Tell Me Who To Root For In Euro 2012

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I really have no particular affinity for or hangups with any of the European Championship teams. This is a little odd for me because in club soccer I'm known to arbitrarily pick a side and then live or die with them as if I was born on their home stadium's hallowed grass. But international? I'm a USMNT fan, of course.

Sounders Add Two Players In Waiver Draft

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You probably didn't know there was an MLS waiver draft today. I certainly didn't. You know who knew? The Sounders front office. And they picked up a couple of players.

Dawyne Smith is a 6'1" Jamaican forward who was drafted by the New England Revolution in this year's Supplemental Draft, but never made it out of camp and has been playing with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in USL Pro.

MLS Live And Xbox Live: A Match That Must Be Made

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In recent discussions, multiple commenters have proposed leveraging the Sounders' ties to the Xbox brand to improve our chances of landing a big-name DP. That could happen, but why should the positive connection simply be limited to the Sounders? Shouldn't the league as a whole make use of the platform?

Sounders Over Cal FC 5-Nil - Photos, Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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There's a tendency with home team highlights to overfeature their own team's success. Even in a five-nil win, some could claim that the Seattle Sounders highlight package ignores some of the great play of Cal FC. But that would assume that Cal FC produced highlights. When a team only completes one pass inside the opposition's 18 and only takes four shots on the game what should be featured?

Sounders 5 - Cal FC 0 In Route By Better Soccer Team

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Better teams win more games on average. This truism shouldn't need to be stated, but when the national narrative starts to discuss how great the spunky upstarts from SoCal are and as if their performance is a referendum on the United States development system, it does need to be stated. It was stated over (Osvaldo Alonso), and over (Fredy Montero), and over (Andy Rose), and over (Montero), and over (Alonso).

Seattle Sounders v Cal FC - 4th Round US Open Cup Gamethread/Liveblog

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At a Starfire Sports Complex that hasn't been on national television in years, FOX Soccer will be showing Cal FC's minnow US Open Cup run as they try to take on the Seattle Sounders FC in the 4th Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. While the coaches of both sides have a long history, one with with a point to prove and another with another trophy to win, tonight will not be about points to prove.

Cal FC Is A Great Story, But There's No Reason To Make It Into Something It's Not - SBNation.com

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Cal FC Is A Great Story, But There's No Reason To Make It Into Something It's Not - SBNation.com

There's no denying that Eric Wynalda has made Cal FC a movie waiting to happen. But let's let Hollywood make it into more than it really is, not us.

Cal FC at Seattle Sounders - US Open Cup 4th Round Preview

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It's fun to talk about narratives and storylines, but most of the time those don't have to do with the actual game being played. In the case of Cal FC at Seattle Sounders no matter how many fans travel to support Eric Wynalda's team (hello TA and SS?) the game will be determined by the performance on the pitch of Starfire at 7 PM Pacific.

Meet Goliath - He's Like David, But Bigger, Badder, Better and More Ass Kicky

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David vs. Goliath* is a great story. The tale is part of Jewish, Christian and Islamic lore, but moves beyond that into common Western legend and is a reference to any contest between the small and the large. In the tale Goliath is only contested by David because every other soldier in Saul's force is scared.

Sounders Draw Marathon In CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage

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If the Seattle Sounders are to advance to the knockout stage of a second straight CONCACAF Champions League, they will have to win a group that includes Honduran power Marathon and an undetermined team from the Caribbean, according to Tuesday's draw. The group's final team will be the winner of the Caribbean championship, who will be one of the Puerto Rico Islanders, Antigua Barracuda FC, W Connection and Caledonia AIA of Trinidad.

Watching A Game At Starfire: A Survival Guide

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One of the biggest complaints about games at Stafire Sports Complex is that they are a pain to get to. As someone who has been to his fair share of events there, I understand your complaints. It's certainly not as accessible as CenturyLink Field, but I also think the problems are a bit overblown.

Watching games at Starfire is really an experience every Sounders fan should enjoy at least a few times.

Sounders Women vs Colorado Rapids Game Thread

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The second home match of the season is the fourth in 8 days for the Sounders Women and the last in a while for the contingent of national team players, who will be traveling to Sweden for a two-week camp involving matches against Sweden and Japan as they warm up for the Olympics this summer.

Facing them will be the onetime Colorado Force, who changed their name this season as they partnered with the Colorado Rapids.

Nos Audietis, Episode 55: Getting To Know Cinderella

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Just because there's a big break in MLS action, doesn't mean the Seattle Sounders are getting much time off. The same goes for us, as we recap last week's win over the Atlanta Silverbacks and preview this week's game against Cal FC in U.S. Open Cup action.

In addition to our guest Nick Webster (@nickwebster), basically the assistant coach for Cal FC (@cal_fc), we also welcome a special co-host, Matt Gaschk (@mattgaschk) of SoundersFC.

Sounders Women Face the Rapids

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The Sounders Women are 3-0 thus far, and the Colorado Rapids are 2-1. The Rapids just played a tough match against the Victoria Higlanders, which ended in a tie. So why should you come to tonight's game? Because the Sounders are playing the Rapids... and we don't much like teams by that name, do we?

Inside FOX Soccer's Unique Coverage Of Cal FC At Sounders

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When it was announced that the 4th Round 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match between the Seattle Sounders and Cal FC would be carried by FOX Soccer the assumption was that Eric Wynalda's presence was a large reason for it. This can be confirmed as true, but there's a bit more to the story. Via an email exchange with FOX Soccer's Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions Joshua Glassel Sounder at Heart asked about the interest of FSC in the Open Cup and specifically the early round game.

Sigi's comments are completely inapporopriate and frankly quite offensive," Gulati told SBI in a...

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Sigi's comments are completely inapporopriate and frankly quite offensive," Gulati told SBI in a phone interview on Monday. "The fact that you lose a few coin flips in a row, that can happen, and that's what's happened here. To imply any kind of conspiracy against Seattle or in favor of D.

Cal FC Keeper Derby Carrillo - Unmet Goals

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Wikipedia calls Derby Carrillo's time with the Seattle Sounders a trial. Derby calls it something a bit more. In Friday's phone conversation with Sounder at Heart he said "It's almost exactly like what Bryan Meredith did." His 'trial' with the Sounders was more than a trip to Arizona. He was with the Kitsap Pumas in 2010, practiced with Seattle and even was the backup in some of the ad hoc reserve games on the backfields of Starfire that year.

The Legacy of Jesse Klug

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In February, Jesse Klug had a decision to make.

Continue playing with the Sounders FC Academy, or play with his school-Overlake, a small, private Redmond college prep institution-for one last time.

The Bucknell-bound forward decided to wear green...but it was Overlake green, not Sounders FC green.

U-23 Game Report: Sounders v Timbers, June 2

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In Tumwater, the Sounders U-23 just beat the Timbers U-23, 1-0.

The Timbers had more of the play, especially in the second half. They failed to take numerous chances, due to a couple nice saves, a couple desperate slide tackles, a few shanks high and wide, and one clearance off the line that had Timbers calling for a handball.

Being very frank, I think U.S. Soccer is trying to make it difficult for us to win an Open Cup....

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Being very frank, I think U.S. Soccer is trying to make it difficult for us to win an Open Cup. It's almost like sometimes I get the feeling like they'd rather not see us win it again, for whatever reasons. Maybe they think it dilutes the value of the Cup or they're getting pressure from others that think Seattle can only win it because they're playing at home.

Sounders Academy Finishes Regular Season in Vancouver

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Last year in their first season as part of USSDA both Sounders Academy teams made the playoffs by winning their groups, with the U16s advancing on to finals week as one of the top 8 teams. As we noted a few weeks ago, this season has been a little rougher for the academy. The U18s needed to win their final match of the regular season against Vancouver and have the De Anza Force lose out to make second place in the group to earn a playoff spot.

Aaron Kovar - Academy & Reserve Performances Point To Strong HGP Chances

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Yesterday's Reserve game was more about Steve Zakuani than anything else. That isn't doubtful, but what else was intriguing were the starts of Aaron Kovar, Michael Gallagher and Jacob Beck. Dominique Dismuke would come off the bench and score in the second half. While it may have been forced by circumstances, this was the heaviest usage of Seattle Sounders Academy players in a home reserve game yet with 299 minutes logged by players from the U18s.

US Open Cup QuarterFinal Sees Sounders-CalFC Winner On Road

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Whichever history making side advances from Tuesday's match at Starfire (on FSC) they will then go on a road trip. Both the Seattle Sounders and Cal FC would face the winner of the Minnesota Stars at San Jose Earthquakes game. That quarterfinal match would be on June 26th. There is an oddity in the announcement as the Earthquakes would not be hosting at Buck Shaw, but instead at Kezar Stadium.

US Open Cup Quarterfinal Draw

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US Open Cup Quarterfinal Draw

If the Sounders beat Cal FC, they're drawn to play away at the winner of the San Jose Earthquakes/Minnesota Stars match, though we know now that that's subject to shenanigans.

Sporting Kansas City wins the theoretically easiest draw. If they can beat Colorado at home, they have a home match against the winner of the USL Pro Dayton Dutch Lions and the PDL Michigan Bucks.

Steve Zakuani Another Step Closer

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Tonight's 2-1 Reserve loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps has two stories for Seattle Sounders fans. One is much larger than the other. It was the story that caused people to change their plans, to adjust their schedules, to come to Starfire a third straight night. Steve Zakuani is back. Or closer to back.

Sounders Reserves vs Whitecaps Game Thread

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The gates of Starfire Sports Arena must be white hot by now from the friction of so many Sounders fans pressing into its intimate confines. In the last two days it saw the senior Sounders defeat Atlanta to advance in the US Open Cup and the Sounders Women play their home opener in front of 4500 fans.

Steve Zakuani Will Make Return Tonight, According To His Agent

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Steve Zakuani's chances of making his return for Friday's Reserve League game has moved to decidedly more than 50-50. The player's agent, Richard Motzkin, announced via Twitter than Zakuani was expected to play against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Everyone hands together for @stevezakuani11 as he makes his return tonight for @soundersfc v @WhitecapsFC in an MLS Reserve match.

Fox Soccer to broadcast Sounders v Cal FC USOC match

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Fox Soccer to broadcast Sounders v Cal FC USOC match

Editor's note: We've asked the Sounders if they plan to have an online stream for this game and were told they are still assessing their options.

Fox Soccer announced they plan to show the US Open Cup match between Sounders v Cal FC live next Tuesday at 7pm PT.

Selling Seattle, MLS To Potential Designated Players

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The Major League Soccer secondary transfer window opens in less than a month (27 June to 27 July). The rumors, speculation and other ideation for potential Designated Players is ramping up. The Montreal Impact seem quite likely to sign Alessandro Del Piero and have already signed Marco Di Vaio. There's speculation that Ronaldhino will re-explore a move to MLS, or that an MLS team should explore bringing him here.