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.
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.
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
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 Jimmy Conrad gives us a preview along with SB Nation's Matt Ufford. (via sbnation)
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
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
Alliance Council voting is open again!
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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.
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. -
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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 Johnson were both nominated. Rather than split the vote, just make sure to vote early and
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
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
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 -
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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 -
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
questions over Twitter and filmed responses. Seriously check them out.
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.
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
[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.
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.
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
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 to think about.
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.
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.
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,
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, 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
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.
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.
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
The first topic of conversation is last Saturday's awful loss to the Montreal Impact.
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.
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 or not the Sounders are looking to Sunday's game, the rest of the nation is. It's Cascadia
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Remember Josh Ford? Well, the somewhat forgotten Seattle Sounders goalkeeper is finally training
again and seems to be in good spirits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
tomorrow.- Joshua Mayers (@joshuamayers) June 13, 2012
via Joshua Mayers
Remember that health looking good post? Yeah, dated already.
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 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
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.
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
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 -
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 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?
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?
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).
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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
SB Nation's Matt Ufford sits down with Kick TV's Jimmy Conrad to do a quick overview of Euro
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Watching games at Starfire is really an experience every Sounders fan should enjoy at least a
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
Facing them will be the onetime Colorado Force, who changed their name this season as they
partnered with the Colorado Rapids.
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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'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
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.
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.