Hey, we made it back. Hope you missed us. That was pretty excruciating, wasn't it? Not knowing
if you had the right opinions about the Chelsea friendly or the All-Star Game? Good thing we're
back to tell you how you should feel about all the Transfer Window Madness and Saturday's win over
the Colorado Rapids.
MLS Transfer Window: Sounders' Success Determined By Playoff Success
OK, that's not what the whole story is about, but I did talk about the Sounders in my review of
the MLS Transfer Window. I consider them in the "wait and see" category.
Numbers can be fun things. So can eating a bit of crow. More fun than that, though, is watching
a player that was once seen as the next great thing reach a bit of that potential after so many
struggles.Fans of the Seattle Sounders and maybe even of the United States National Team may be
watching just that.
While the June schedule was tough, and the results even worse and the July schedule was tough
with decent results August is a month in which one trophy can be won and two others can be set-up
for success. Any shot at the Supporters' Shield will demand a month with many points. There's the
opportunity to lift the Open Cup with one good game and the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League
starts with the longest competitive trip the Seattle Sounders have taken in their MLS history.
Honduras sent Spain to a second defeat and knocked them out of the Olympics at London 2012. New
England Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson scored the only goal. Potential new Sounder Mario
Martinez started for the Hondurans.
Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has retired from from professional soccer.
In their first season in existence, the Sounders U23s won the toughest division in the PDL, won
their first ever playoff match, and defeated 2009 PDL Champion Ventura County Fusion in the
conference finals. That took them to the national semifinals yesterday in London, Ontario, where
they faced Forest City London, who are on a bit of a cinderella run with the fewest regular season
points of any playoff team.
Though I don't believe there's been any official announcement, both Sigi Schmid and Adrian
Hanauer have been quoted discussing the Mario Martinez loan deal as if it's a done deal. So we'll
treat it that way for now. And currently the young winger is playing for Honduras against Spain in
Olympic soccer, alongside other MLSers Roger Espinoza, Jerry Bengtson, and Andy Najar.
It is GOOD to be back. Both from a two-week break and back to winning ways. One player
especially glad to be back is Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, in his first game action since early
May. And he didn't disappoint. After an inexplicably undefended through ball, Gspurning returned to
his old, box-dominating ways with 3 saves and loads of punchouts.
Megan Rapinoe had yet another great game in the 2012 Olympics. She had one assist and one goal
in the match against Colombia today. In a match that was chippy and uneven, Rapinoe was able to
focus and carry the match. It seemed as if the Colombian's game plan was to disrupt and slow the
game any chance they got.
Pat yourselves on the backs Sounder at Heart readers. Our favorite meme has finally hit
The teams scored a goal each in a bracing first few minutes of the match. The first came off
another Eddie Johnson header - a skill Seattle's been trying to acquire for years without much luck
until now. And the answer came shortly after when a Brian Mullan cross on the ground was allowed to
roll all the way through the box to be knocked into the goal by Drew Moor at the far post.
You'll probably enjoy this video a lot more if you speak German, but either way it appears that
resident Sounders gourmand Brad Evans has some company.
After all the action off the pitch Friday it may be tempting to overlook a Saturday match at the
Colorado Rapids. This Western Conference "six-pointer" could effectively limit the Rapids from
Playoff contention while raising the Sounders above Vancouver after their loss. Nabbing the win
will require a different order of goals than the Sounders typically score.
Tomorrow's match against the Colorado Rapids has certainly snuck up on us. It's the first
competitive match in almost two weeks for the Sounders - a long dry stretch for a team used to
multiple matches a week. And the last few days leading up to the close of the transfer window have
been dominated by speculation about player movement, climaxing in the team's flurry of moves today
that sent Alvaro Fernandez to Chicago and brought Christian Tiffert and Mario Martinez to
The United States women's soccer team continues their push for a third straight Olympic Gold
Medal with Saturday's match against Colombia. Kickoff is at 9 a.m. Pacific and the game is on NBC
The U.S. is coming off an impressive win over France in their first group stage game, scoring a
4-2 win after falling behind 2-0.
Say what you will about the way the Seattle Sounders remade their team on the final day of the
of the MLS transfer window, but don't accuse them of being boring.
In the manner of a few hours, they shipped Alvaro Fernandez to the Chicago Fire, announced the
signing of Christian Tiffert and all but announced the signing of 22-year-old Mario Martinez, who's
currently with the Honduras Olympic team.
With today's Summer transfer window closing the Seattle Sounders made two moves to dramatically
shift their "Ideal XI." With Alvaro Fernandez heading to the Chicago Fire for allocation money and
the newly official signing of Christian Tiffert as the team's sixth Designated Player the full
impact won't be felt for a few weeks.
It appears the Seattle Sounders' wild day of activity isn't quite done. The latest signing is
apparently Mario Martinez, a 22-year-old midfielder who plays professionally for Real Espana and is
currently with the Honduras Olympic team.
Pardon if already reported, but hearing Sounders have completed loan for Honduran Olympic MF
Mario Martinez from Real Espana #mls
- Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 27, 2012
There's not a whole lot of information out there about Martinez, but we know he's been a regular
starter for the Honduras U23 team and is a midfielder.
Christian Tiffert was officially unveiled as the Seattle Sounders' newest Designated Player on
Friday. News of the signing first leaked out earlier that morning when German outlets were
reporting the deal and became all but official after the Sounders announced they had traded Alvaro
Fernandez to the Chicago Fire about 45 minutes earlier.
The other shoe in the Christian Tiffert signing has dropped and it's Alvaro Fernandez's
departure. The Seattle Sounders midfielder, who first announced that he was leaving the team via
Twitter, has been traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money, the team announced
on Wednesday. The move presumably clears the way for Christian Tiffert to be announced as the
team's newest Designated Player.
Usually All-Star games suck, but we got a gem this year, as the MLS squad broke a 6 year losing
streak thanks to the foot of our own GAM, Eddie Johnson. Depending on who you ask, the result was
either A) MLS' coming out party, B) Proof that Chelsea is useless without Drogba, or C) A mostly
pointless exhibition game originally designed to stroke egos.
UPDATE: A Sounders spokesperson just released this statement, "We are in
advanced negotiations with Christian Tiffert. We will announce a signing when it becomes
Christian Tiffert has signed with the Seattle Sounders, according to just about every news
outlet in Germany, including the Kaiserslautern website and his agent.
Tiffert may be on his way to Seattle
Reports out of Germany this morning are that Christian Tiffert may be on his way to Seattle.
More details to follow as we know more.
Here's another link with the same basic story.
Michael Gspurning was deemed "ready" by Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid following Thursday's
training. The assumption being that Gspurning is due to make his first start since May 2, allowing
for the obvious caveats that anything can happen between now and then.
This is undeniably great news.
Saturday's match at Colorado will be the final meeting between the Sounders and the Rapids. KONG
6/16 will broadcast the match with typical Spanish language and radio coverage as well. The two
sides are nearly completely opposite in form. Where the Colorado Rapids have lost five straight
(OK, they beat Swansea), the Seattle Sounders are in a stretch of four unbeaten, though with only
Because We Just Can't Quit Joan Verdu...
Now it looks like Joan Verdu's negotiations with Espanyol have blown up and he's now being
actively shopped for a transfer. That he'd end up in Seattle still seems like a very long shot, but
the possibility still exists, apparently.
In an entertaining back-and-forth match that featured strong defensive performances, quality
interplay and a few pretty goals (two not so pretty too) it was Comeback Player of the Year
candidate Eddie Johnson that scored the winner to put MLS up 3-2 on Chelsea FC. The All Star Game
MVP was his stiffest competition for CPoY Chris Pontius who scored the tying goal in the 73rd
The French raced out to a 2-0 lead within the first fifteen minutes, and it looked as if the
Olympic jitters may have set the US back a bit. Once the team settled down, they looked more like
the USWNT that we have come to expect. Abby Wambach opened the USA scoring with a header from a
Megan Rapinoe corner kick service in the 18th minute.
Even more so than friendlies this is a celebration of soccer. The match will even be the debut
of adidas new Smart Soccer technology. For the Seattle Sounders players it will be their second
shot at Chelsea. After managing a 4-2 result on their own they will look to improve while
surrounded by most of the best of MLS.
It would appear that reports of Alvaro Fernandez's imminent departure may have been a bit
premature. While the rumor wire was all abuzz over Fernandez joining Colombian side Deportivo Cali
last week, El Pais is now reporting that the deal has fallen through.
It's not entirely clear why this happened, but it does seem to indicate that Fernandez will at
least be finishing out the MLS season with the Sounders.
"To encourage a Seattle fan to watch a game without the Sounders we have to provide more
context. The more you feel, the more you care, the more you care, the more you want."
Howard Handler, Chief Marketing Officer for MLS, talks about how the league is trying to
reposition itself in a more national perspective.
Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement there are a minimum of 32 players total named as All
Stars every year. This throwback to the old West v East days gets a few more dollars in pockets of
players both short and long term and expands the overall list of all stars to roughly 5% of MLS
which is a decent number.
And espanyolismo began to fear the possible escape of one of the great pillars of the Espanyol,
especially after the appearance on the scene of the Seattle Sounders. The American club of Major
League tabled an offer to sign succulent VerdÃº
VerdÃº and Capdevila, in hours
Via Google Translate we learn that Sounders target Joan Verdu has reached a contract extension
agreement with Espanyol.
With four Seattle Sounders Women on the United States National Team there will be greater
interest in this year's Olympics Women's soccer tournament than in year's past. The USA starts off
with France a team that is clearly on the rise. Similar to the US, the French squad is strengthened
by several players playing on one team, in this case Lyon.
In the latest edition of the SB Nation MLS power Rankings the Seattle Sounders fell, fairly
significantly so for a team that didn't play a league match. To go from an average vote rank of
5.35 to 7 without a game isn't a recognition of the Sounders, but an indication instead that the
teams in the third tier (Whitecaps, Dynamo, United, Sounders and Galaxy) are quite similar at this
point of the season.
Cox and Perez Named to All Conference Team
Seattle Sounders Women's scoring leader Veronica Perez and defensive leader Stephanie Cox were
selected to the All Conference Team today.
The W-League All-League Team will be announced later today.
Sounders Women, U-23 back next season
Over the weekend, Pali Blues of Fullerton, Calif., eliminated Sounders Women from the W-League
playoffs, 1-0; while Sounders U-23 kept its PDL season alive with a 2-1 win over FC Tucson.
Sounders U-23 will play a national semifinal Saturday at FC London (Ontario)
However, owner Lane Smith already has confirmed that both clubs will return in 2013.
USWNT Anxious to Start Olympics
The Americans start group play against France at historic Hampden Park, the only Scottish venue
for the Summer Games. One can barely move around in London without noticing something that has to
do with the Olympics, but the buzz in Glasgow just isn't the same. Some 37,000 fans are expected
for the U.
This started out with different intent. I was going to push myself into a kind of humorous
hyperbolic demand for huge name Designated Players signed in this Summer Transfer Window. The
set-up was going to be an either/or situation revolving around shiny DPs or shiny trophies.
Here's the thing.
Not all of the Sounder at Heart nicknames stick, and this one hasn't, but Cordell Cato still
offers some of Katniss. He's speed is so notable (the fire) that many overlook his other skill
sets. Cato's passing is best demonstrated by his low, quick crosses at about 20 yards out. His
dribble is good enough that he isn't going to give it up often and he reads the game well enough
that he generally doesn't push himself past his skill set.
Alvaro Fernandez addresses rumors of his departure: "If something comes along that's great for
everybody, then we'll look at it." | Sounders FC Blog | The Seattle Times
While Sounder at Heart was chatting with Cordell Cato and Fredy Montero the rest of the gathered
media talked to Alvaro Fernandez about the trade rumors.
The real power rankings should be released anon, but for now it's time to get our crunch on
again, ranking teams by what the stats say they're doing, not by stupid standards like how much
they're actually winning. But seriously, this is actually a good time of the season to compare the
two. Now that we're just over halfway, you'll find more elements of human bias creeping into most
It was a packed weekend in Major League Soccer with implications on the playoff race and hints
at players being traded or transferred out of MLS. Monday's journey starts over in Spain where
possible Seattle Sounders transfer target Joan Verdu is getting public support from his club's
forward to stay, as Verdu is an important element to the Espanyol squad.
The Sounder Women fought hard, but a mistake on a set piece was their downfall. The better team
is moving on to the semifinals in Ottawa. Pali remains undefeated in their season. The only other
team in the league that remains undefeated is DC United. They have also downed their opponent today
to move on to Ottawa.
After defeating FC Tucson in last night's semifinal the Sounders taken on 2009 PDL champions
Ventura County Fusion tonight. There's theoretically a livestream at
http://www.kadytv.com/sports/ventura-county-fusion though it doesn't seem to be running yet.
If the Sounders win tonight they'll face the other conference champions in a national final 4 in
a location yet to be determined.
With a break in action for the Sounders (they had a real weekend off, well most of them) and
recent updates to www.SoundersFC.com and their stats pages here's an update on the Points Per 90
(or Offensive Productivity) for the team in 2012. At Sounder at Heart we include the knockout
stages of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions league in this year rather than last as the Sounders
This is for all the marbles today. If the Sounders Women can beat the Pali Blues, they will earn
their place in the semi finals. After being beaten by the Pali Blues in their previous two matches
against them, the odds are in the favor of the Sounders. If they can get Veronica Perez and Lyndsey
Patterson involved early, it can be done.
Sporting News Conversation: Don Garber, Part II - SOCCER - Sporting News
A lot more about supporters culture as well as how efforts towards NY2 aren't necessarily
pulling them away from a D.C. stadium.
The Sounders U23s have advanced along with the Timbers U23s out of the Northwest Division of the
PDL and tonight play in the Western Conference Semifinals against FC Tucson. With video! And Nate
The Timbers lost in the early match, so if Seattle advances they'd face the Ventura County
Fusion in the conference final.
Over the past month 11 MLS players switched teams through trades (we'll ignore the waived
players for now because almost zero of those would make a difference this year). The players dealt
fill nearly every role on a squad, and a few would be probable starters is the Seattle Sounders had
Don Garber, MLS commissioner, discusses state of league in SN Conversation - SOCCER - Sporting News
Th first part of a long conversation with th commissioner about where th league was and where it
hopes to go.
Oddly, he forgets that Seattle was in the CONCACAF Champions League.
In what must be labeled one of the more enjoyable friendlies Seattle has been exposed to, nearly
54,000 people saw the Sounders play decently in a 4-2 loss to English club Chelsea. SaH has covered
most of it, but some of the views from the other side are interesting as well. We Ain't got no
History has their thoughts on their first preseason game.
Pain Machine gets all Roger Levesque in this animated video. One case of NSFW language, but
isn't that what headphones are for?
MLS On Pace For Best Season On ESPN; Strong First Year On NBCSN - SportsBusiness Daily |
SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global
The battle for eyeballs may be taking some time, but this report notes that both of the national
English language deals are doing well in 2012.
At practice yesterday, you know when the weather was decent enough to do that sort of thing,
Sigi Schmid again talked about the possibility of loaning Steve Zakuani, but noted that the
situation is a bit complex. Not only are there MLS Reserves games coming up (August 6th at Starfire
v the LA Galaxy is next), but this isn't just about some lower division club wanting to get a name
MLS player and a few extra hundred tickets sold.
Sounders Women Face Pali for Western Conference Championship
This Sunday, the Sounders Women will take on the Pali Blues for the third time this season. The
first meeting found the Pali Blues handing the Sounders their first loss. The second game the
Sounders held Pali to only one goal, but have yet to score against them.
Chelsea 4 - Seattle - 2 Friendly Gallery
As I was leaving the game last night, I passed by a woman on the street who gave me an
interested look. I smiled back. She asked me, "Who won?" I was, to be honest, a bit
Who won? I honestly did not know.
It took me a few seconds to realize she was talking about the scoreline--as if a friendly like
this could be boiled down to a mere goals for and goals against.
Last night's game against Chelsea FC was sold as a celebration of soccer. And it sure felt like
it. With the pressure off, the Sounders' offense showed the same spark against Chelsea that they
have when they have been at their best this season. Fredy Montero scored two very well-taken goals,
showing a striker's determination to get on the score sheet.
A first half that showed spark and offensive flow as Chelsea beat the Seattle Sounders 4-2. All
six goals were finished in that half, while the second half was full of waves of subs for both
sides. Both Fredy Montero and Romelu Lukaku slotted two home, while Marko Marin earned a goal and
assist. Chelsea's other goal was from signee Eden Hazard.
Tonight's game is about pomp, circumstance, crowds, evangelism and practice. It is not, nor is
any friendly about who wins (ok, USA-Mexico is). This Wednesday night's 6:30 PM
nationally-televised game between Chelsea FC and the Seattle Sounders FC will be a display of joy
and passion. It will be a celebration of soccer history in Seattle that starts with a Roger Davies
Golden Scarf ceremony and ends with Roger Levesque saying goodbye from the pitch.
Now, therefore, I, Dow Constantine, Executive of King County, do hereby proclaim July 18, 2012
to be Roger Levesque Day...
King County proclaims today to be Roger Levesque Day
It's great to see Roger getting recognition by the wider community.
Prior to the Seattle Sounders v Chelsea FC friendly NASL Sounder Roger Davies will be awarded
the Golden Scarf. The scarf is now awarded on a much more limited basis than previous years, but
there is little doubt that Davies deserves the recognition of his importance to Seattle's soccer
history. This guest post is to provide those that missed his greatness with a reminder of just how
much he meant to the Sounders.
A slideshow of Roger Levesque being Roger, because today is about #48Seconds & The King
Back in the dark ages of US Soccer after the fall of the NASL there were several players who
would help pull American soccer out of a multi-decade funk. For all the style and glamour of the
original NASL, it didn't directly contribute to national team success. A handful of players that
were responsible for that are in town this week to see how different things can be in two
We all see a little bit of ourselves in Roger Levesque, or at least see something we'd like to
see in ourselves. He's gregarious, approachable, quick-witted, down-to-earth, generous with his
time, humble ... the list goes on. If there's a positive quality to describe someone, you can
probably attach it to him.
Wednesday night will be a bittersweet send off for Roger Levesque. The Sounder's own version of
a SeaFair Pirate is retiring after the Chelsea match. Roger epitomizes the heart of this team and
he will be missed. But as we reflect on his departure, it is also true that his retirement is an
adjustment to the Sounders roster.
Central Winger: Who is the most effective passer in MLS? | MLSsoccer.com
Sounders only have one player on the list given at the site. Coming in at number seven is a
certain Honey Badger. One wonders if Osvaldo Alonso cares.
Sorry for this coming out a little later than we would have liked, but, let's be honest, there
wasn't anything really pressing this week. The Seattle Sounders qualified for another U.S. Open Cup
final and continued their non-suckiness in league play. While not quite perfect, the sense of panic
Seattle Sounders Vs. Chelsea: Team News & Preview - We Ain't Got No History
A preview from the other side. Kind words said about one Roger Levesque. Also projected lineups
for both sides.
Ever since the Seattle Sounders started talking about being open to adding a Designated Player
during this transfer window, speculation ran rampant about who might be moved in order to make
room. If a report out of Colombia is to be believed, it appears that player is Alvaro Fernandez.
The reports, which remain unconfirmed by official sources, suggest Fernandez would go to Colombia's
Deportivo Cali on a one-year loan.
As the Sounders get ready for a self-selected break to fit in their friendly versus Chelsea
their original opponent for the weekend is struggling. Not struggling like they look merely
average, instead Real Salt Lake is just plain bad lately. Lately in this case goes back about six
weeks. They are basically as bad as Seattle was during their slide, but the Sounders never lost to
a lower division team.
Chelsea hung at the VMAC today with the Seahawks.
Pali Conquer Sounders Women 1-0 But it's Not Over Yet.
Sunday afternoon, the Sounders Women faced the Pali Blues on the Blues home field and lost. It
was a tough battle of mostly defense for the Sounders who remained under pressure for most of the
game. Megan Kufeld would be my Woman of the Match.
Chelsea FC arrived in Seattle over the weekend. Some of the world's greatest players will face
the Seattle Sounders on a overlaid grass field at CenturyLink. For both teams this is as much about
brand extension as anything else. The London club could prepare anywhere, but they chose here
through some combination of factors that includes, but isn't limited to, monetary payout,
relationship with league, relationship with sponsors, liking Seattle from their last visit, wanting
somewhere a bit cool, etc.
Every once in a while, the performance of one player can define an entire game, and mark an
entire season. Yesterday afternoon, in Harrison, Adam Johansson showed everyone what Seattle has
been missing for two months, with a pair of assists and a crucial goal-line clearance. They were
his first appearances on the score sheet for the Rave Green.
Players on the Move: Recapping Friday's Transactions
Unless you have been unplugged all weekend AND missed the Sounders' match against the New York
Red Bulls, you know that Sebastian Le Toux was traded for Dane Richards and allocation money. In Le
Toux, New York got a flexible attacker that has scored 29 goals in the last three years.
"I would love it if Eddie stays in Seattle for a long time," Hanauer told Goal.com. "He's a good
guy and he makes us a better team. We'll take a look at everything at the end of the season. It's a
league and team collaboration."
Adrian Hanauer seems to indicate a proactive raise could be in the cards for Eddie Johnson.
Roger Levesque sat down with Paul Silvi of King5 to talk about his retirement. He gives a little
of the back story behind his "48 seconds" celebration.
The Sounders Women face the Pali Blues today. This is the final game of the regular season for
the Sounders. The Pali Blues are undefeated thus far, and hope to remain so. This is a preview of
next weekend's playoff game. If the Sounders can beat Pali next weekend, then it's off to Ottawa
for the four team final.
The difference in the Seattle Sounders play with Adam Johansson at right back is significant.
While it is most clear in his two assists, his defense in the closing moments is also notable. The
energy from Seattle was clear and the ability of Johansson to overlap a more defensive than usual
right mid (Brad Evans) helped create many opportunities for the Swede to feed the ball into the
Osvaldo Alonso and Eddie Johnson were both named MLS All-Star Game reserves by head coach Ben
Olsen on Sunday. The Seattle Sounders will now be eligible to play against Chelsea on July 25 in
It is the first All-Star game selection for both players, who are each enjoying solid seasons
for the Seattle Sounders.
Sounders FC in their early MLS history end home streaks. First up was Columbus and then
destroying the RioT of RSL. Next up is New York Red Bulls who are yet to lose in 2012 (5-0-2 +9)
and ended with a three match regular season streak last year. There's also the little issue of 3
time zone travel that Seattle sports fans know so well.
Remember that nine game match of struggle? There weren't any back-to-back losses in it, and
there were a smattering of US Open Cup wins, but it wasn't good. It was pointed out that each of
the last four Supporters' Shield winners went through similar stretches as the Seattle Sounders,
though the Galaxy never lasted as long.
Cross country trips are never good for MLS teams. At one point last season coastal teams were
completely winless playing on the opposite coast through some amazing amount of games and I started
referring to it as the Coast To Coast Curse. That eventually ended, but those 3,000 mile trips
remain brutal for teams.
It's currently halftime in the first round playoff match between the Sounders U23s and the
Washington Crossfire. The important update is that Seattle has a 2-0 lead and a man advantage going
into the second half. But an interesting twist is that Nate Jaqua seems to be playing for the U23s,
at least if the official Twitter feed can be believed.
Gaudette could start for New York against Sounders | MLSsoccer.com
Remember Bill Gaudette? He was the goalkeeper when the Sounders played the LA Galaxy earlier
this year. Well, it looks like he could be in line to start Sunday after being traded to the Red
Bulls. Starter Ryan Meara is questionable and previous backup Jeremy Vuolo does not have a much
Waylaying some fears, it appears that Chelsea has brought what amounts to a first team on their
summer friendly tour, which kicks off on Wednesday against the Seattle Sounders. Chelsea will
arrive in Seattle on Saturday, but has not yet formalized an intinerary.
Among the players that will be making the trip are nine players that started in either the UEFA
Champions League title game or semifinal.
It's the final trip to the East Coast for the Seattle Sounders. When asked about the benefit of
that Sigi Schmid reminded all that they would also be taking a trip to Trinidad and Honduras for
the Champions League. The team will still get a couple extra training days a month after Sunday's
match against the New York Red Bulls.
Sounders Women started their road trip with a tough victory over the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. It
was not an easy victory. The heat was an energy sapper, and the Blue Heat were aggressive and ready
for a win. Lyndsey Patterson scored the lone goal of the game early in the first half, and the
Sounders hung on tightly to that lead.
Vancouver Whitecaps Trade Sebastien Le Toux to Red Bulls for Dane Richards - Eighty Six Forever
Here's the good ol' reaction from 86 Forever, who seems to think the trade makes sense. From a
Sounders perspective, it's nice that Le Toux is no longer playing for a rival, but it's a tad
stinky that this was done just in time for our game against the Red Bulls on Sunday.
Roger Levesque was many things during his nine-year career as a member of the Seattle Sounders.
Boring was not one of them. He was as generous with his time as any player and was always good for
a quote when you needed one. It's hard to imagine he'll ever be surpassed in terms of
We probably all saw a little of ourselves in him and would like to believe that we would have
behaved the same way if we were to ever become professional athletes.
Roger Levesque will officially sail off into the sunset following the Seattle Sounders' friendly
against Chelsea on Wednesday. The official announcement comes on the heals of Seattle Times
columnist Steve Kelley breaking the news a night earlier.
"I would like to thank the Sounders organization for giving me the opportunity to play
professionally for the past nine years," Levesque said in the team release.
Another game at Starfire, another rousing victory. Yes, as bad as the last few weeks have been,
the Sounders seem to have found their health and form, and sit a game away from being the first
team ever to four-peat the Open Cup. The Sounders will now face Sporting Kansas City in August, but
leave it to the ECS to try to turn it into a pseudo home game by aggressively promoting travel
opportunities for the game.
Michael Gspurning may not play against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but the fact that he's
travelling has to be seen as good news for the Seattle Sounders. The Austrian goalkeeper has missed
the Sounders' last 15 games -- including four in the U.S. Open Cup -- and says he's finally ready
to get back onto the pitch.
The Northwest Division in the PDL has recently become a murderer's row. In 2010 the Portland
Timbers U23s won all 16 of their regular season games with a +47 goal differential and went on to
win the championship in a league with nearly 70 teams. In 2011, the Kitsap Pumas under head coach
Pete Fewing and featuring Sounders keeper Bryan Meredith won the division and went on to give up
only a single goal in 4 playoff matches to win their own championship.
U.S. Open Cup, 2012: Sounders On The Precipice Of Something Very Special - SBNation.com
If the Sounders can win their fourth straight U.S. Open Cup, they can join a super-elite group
of international clubs that have won their domestic cup four straight times.
Balanced and settled in Seattle? Seems so for Eddie Johnson | ProSoccerTalk
It should be said that one of the national pundits who never seemed to join the Eddie Johnson
hate fest was Steve Davis, who happily points out that the Seattle Sounders forward is enjoying
himself quite the renaissance.
Four straight U.S. Open Cup finals. Think about that for a second. Just once in the previous 98
editions of the tournament has a team managed to do what the Seattle Sounders have managed to do in
their first four years of MLS existence. In about a month, the Sounders will have a chance to be
mentioned in a class all their own.
Starfire may not be magic, but special moments happen there. Wednesday night's game rarely
seemed in doubt, and it was finished off by Sammy Ochoa with goal number 4, a fourth time ejecting
Chivas USA from the Open Cup, a fourth time advancing to the Final and an opportunity for a
Knockout tournaments can kind of suck. One poor performance and the club you support is gone.
There's a certain pressure on them that can overwhelm. They are like playoffs, but longer and with
a smaller payoff at the end. The Seattle Sounders don't struggle in knockouts. They are 16-0-1 in
the Open Cup, 1-1-0 in Champions League Knockouts and even 1-4-1 in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
USOC Semifinal Will Flip the Narrative for Chivas USA - The Goat Parade
A little pre-US Open Cup reading from our friends over at The Goat Parade.
Thanks to the fine people at Allstate, a World Football Challenge sponsor, we have two pairs of
tickets that we'll give to a lucky reader here. Allstate is supplying these tickets to us so we can
let you know that former United States National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola will be at the Allstate
Fan Zone prior to the Seattle Sounders match versus Champions League winner Chelsea FC.
Letters from Shanghai
Yes, they do actually play soccer in China. Yes, it is almost as exciting as it is here. Aging
euro-stars that aren't performing up to expectations? Check. Fierce rivalries complete with epic
trolling? Check. All-Star team at the bottom of the table? Check. Interestingly enough, they may
actually have a hooligan problem.
Sounders Women Face Blue Heat at 7:00
The Sounders Women begin their last and longest road trip tonight against the Santa Clarita Blue
Heat tonight at 7:00. The Sounders will be without Lyndsey Elston, Annie Sittauer and Brooke
Gilbert tonight, but will have the services of Kelli Smith for the duration.
Ah memories. Here's the recap of the last time the Seattle Sounders hosted Chivas USA in a U.S.
Open Cup semifinal. The Sounders, of course, won that game 3-1 on their way to a second-straight
USOC: Sounders hope Starfire key to fourth straight final | MLSsoccer.com
Here's Jeremiah's look ahead at tonight's Open Cup Semi against Chivas USA, with a focus on
Starfire. There are no tickets left available from the club.
If you aren't there you can watch the stream at the team's website.
In the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings the Seattle Sounders are on the bounce. Getting off that
winless streak certainly helped, but so did some relatively poor performances (Fire, Whitecaps)
around them. Let's take a moment to remember that happens to other teams too.
One of the intriguing things about tracking the rankings via the graph is the extraordinary
stability by Real Salt Lake.
Central Winger: How much is a consistent lineup worth? | MLSsoccer.com
Let's consider this a companion piece to Sidereal's look at lineup shuffling. Similar premise.
Similar results. Admittedly different metric.
"Gspurning participated fully in training on Tuesday, marking the first time he's done so since
leaving at halftime of the Seattle Sounders' game on May 2 with a hip injury."
Packed into the summer of soccer (isn't every year now?) is the US Open Cup and the Sounders
quest for #SE4TTLE. This attempt at history sees a familiar adversary, a team that Seattle has
faced and eliminated from the tournament three times. Chivas USA lacks trophies (though not as
lacking as say Red Bull) and with a regular season that sees them basically eliminated from
contention Wednesday night's game at Starfire will be their most important of 2012.
On a recent episode of Nos Audietis I mentioned that earlier in the season I had compared MLS
teams' number of different starters to their points per game and found a pretty strong correlation,
and that the Sounders were off the charts in defying that correlation. And that recently they've
simply regressed to what you'd expect based on that amount of roster churn.
It wasn't necessarily the easiest to read Tifo that ECS has ever done, but once it became clear,
it was a pretty creative one. The display honors Zach Scott's 10 years with the Sounders and
features the Hawaiian-born defender riding waves on a Brek Shea surfboard.
After the announcement that the US Open Cup Final rights were awarded to Sporting Kansas City
over Seattle fans of the Sounders took to twitter to vent frustration. The lack of transparency,
the claims that the bids were tied and USSF's general disinterest in Seattle and the Pacific
Northwest fuelded the vitriol.
Ross Fletcher may be denying us the soothing sounds of his voice as he's off in London playing
hooky (calling the Summer Olympics), but Seattle Sounders will apparently be in for quite a little
treat while he's away. Gus Johnson, who has made a name for himself mostly calling basketball, will
be doing the Sounders' play-by-play for Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls.
News from around the world:
The newest Clint Dempsey rumors having him trading the Craven Cottage for Anfield as Liverpool
are reportedly interested.
It appears that new Vancouver Whitecaps designated player Barry Robson may not be the best
public relations ambassador. Once rumored to becoming a Vancouver Rapid (uh, really, that's what an
English paper said) Carlos Bocanegra returning to MLS could still happen.
Oh. My. God. As bad as it has been around these parts over the past couple weeks, Saturday felt
like a rather massive relief. Not only did the Seattle Sounders win their first league game in
almost two months. Not only did they look sharp doing it. But we also got to see Steve Zakuani play
against the same team that put him out about 14 months ago.
If Steve Zakuani's story were to be made into a movie, it's hard to imagine Hollywood producers
could make much of an improvement over reality. The opponent, the situation, the drama all set up
just about perfectly. And of course, he handled it with a maximum amount of class. I decided to
gather some of the more notable aspects of social-media surrounding the event here:
Nothing to say. This picture is worth a million words. (Via Sounders FC Instagram/FB)
Saturday night's game will be remembered for sometime as Steve Zakuani's first game back. What
may be overlooked in our memories is that the Seattle Sounders won. They did so by passing the ball
better then they have for some time. While both goals came (directly and indirectly) out of dead
ball situations, it was the flow of the team that was special.
Too many narratives from which to choose this evening, none of these are forced. Quite simple
the play on the field was strong for the majority of the match. The Seattle Sounders managed to
carry their strong play to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. Goals from Eddie Johnson and Alvaro
Fernandez were overshadowed by the appearance of Steve Zakuani.
A team that plays a mile high at home tends to struggle more than usual when on the road. The
Colorado Rapids are no different. Their poor away record is compounded by not yet winning when they
give up the first goal (0-5-4). They've given up 9 goals in the first 30 minutes of play while the
Sounders have scored five during that stretch.
Sounders Women Win Their Final Home Game
The Sounders Women wrapped up their home season with a win over the second year Victoria
Highlanders, with a score of 5-0. The Sounders were lead by a brace each for Lyndsey Patterson and
Veronica Perez, and a final goal by Megan Manthey. Next up for the Sounders is a three game road
trip to LA to finish the season.
With the rumors of Espanyol's Joan Verdu being pursued by the Seattle Sounders one question that
must be answered is "who is he?" Spain's La Liga isn't the easiest league to follow, particularly
for teams not called "Barcelona" or "Real Madrid." But, here at SB Nation there are some people
that follow La Liga for www.
As the pursuit of Christian Tiffert continues on, the Seattle Sounders have another, potentially
bigger, transfer on their minds: Espanyol's Joan Verdu. With several Spanish outlets already
reporting they are "very interested," Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer confirmed that the 29-year-old is
a player they have been tracking for some time.
I think quite a lot in this league, what holds back their salary cap. It is the only reason why
Seattle can not compete with the biggest, but the financial muscle there's creating a very good
team. But the salary cap is a little higher each year
Adam Johansson gives a somewhat revealing interview to Swedish outlet Fotboll Skanalen (via
Tomorrow's match between the Sounders and Colorado Rapids is ripe with the kind of drama that
catches national attention and it's no surprise that NBC dispatched Arlo White and crew to
broadcast this one.
Sigi has been coy about the availability of Steve Zakuani, who had a tantalizing appearance on
the bench versus Sporting Kansas City but has not appeared on a gameday roster since.
Another almost certain sellout awaits the Sounders Women as they take on the Victoria
Highlanders. The Sounders will be by far the best attended women's teams in the country, and are
likely to be in the top 5 best attended non-MLS teams. If you don't have the good fortune of being
down at Starfire in Tukwila you can watch on the USL's stream of the match.
For the second time this season, Leo Gonzalez has found himself fined by the MLS Disciplinary
Committee after "embellishing contact" while getting tangled up with Real Salt Lake's Alvaro
The play involved Gonzalez coming up behind Saborio, who was accepting a pass from the
backfield, and initiating enough contact for both players to go to the ground.
If the Seattle Sounders are to become the first team to win four straight U.S. Open Cups, there
is a decent chance they'll need to do it on the road.
That doesn't sit well with GM Adrian Hanauer, who expressed a fair amount of frustration over
the fact that the Sounders apparently lost a coin-flip to Sporting Kansas City because their blind
bids were determined to be identical by the U.
The biggest news in in global soccer is not a transfer or trade. It is that the IFAB and FIFA
have approved Goal Line Technology. This should mean that when the ball crosses the line it's
actually a goal. This strikingly new concept to soccer took a while to take place, but it should be
starting in most leagues where they actually make money over their next season.
When the Colorado Rapids come to CenturyLink Field for Saturday night's NBC SportsNet match they
will be trying to break their own funk. They have two wins and six losses on the road. Their big
home/away split is fairly typical for a Denver based sports team, and the Seattle Sounders will get
to take advantage of that.
Now that we've more or less reached the halfway point in the 2012 season, it's time to start
looking at the playoff odds generated by our season simulation. As a reminder, I simulate the
remainder of the MLS season 10,000 times based on a team's home and away goal scoring results,
weighted for recent games.
The sun should be shining, and the crowd should be a sellout for the Seattle Sounders Women on
this Friday evening. This will be the final home match of the 2012 season. Game time is 7:00pm at
the Starfire complex. The FO says there should be an Olympian or two available for autographs, but
they will not suit up for the game.
[Sounders Women - Good luck in London. from Highart Reel on Vimeo.]
The Sounders Women had four of the best players in the world suit up in rave green jerseys this
Spring. They are heading off to London soon and we wanted to wish them well as they take sight on
their 4th gold medal.
It clearly wasn't the result the Seattle Sounders were hoping for, but a tie at Rio Tinto
Stadium without one of your best players is hardly something to scoff at. The Sounders winless
streak now sits at an almost unbelievable nine games and points of any kind have to be seen as
That's especially true when you're facing one of the top offensive teams the league while
missing arguably your best player.
Real Salt Lake is a good team. At home they are even better, and yet a road point, a mere point,
won't address many fans worries. Seattle was expected to lose (by prognasticators) and yet earned
their first shutout in MLS play in some time. The winless streak continues and will confirm however
one feels for about the team at this time.
Summer doesn't start in Seattle until July 5th. That little bit of conventional wisdom is being
challenged with one of the nicest Fourth of July's we've had since SeaTac opened. For the Seattle
Sounders their second half of the season, the part with more trophies available (1 first half, 3
second half) starts today with their 7 PM match against Real Salt Lake.
Steve Kelley is a soccer friendly mainstream writer. He's at US Open Cup games. He travels to
CCL matches. He is often at regular season games. He occasionally goes to practice, has broken a
story or two and his feature on Carrasco/Morgan was well done. He can also be dramatically wrong,
as he was in his column about the Sounders needing someone to "light a fire under whiny
As most of their teammates were packing and getting ready to leave for Wednesday's road game
against Real Salt Lake, a group of eight continued to kick the ball around at the training
Osvaldo Alonso was the most obvious, as normally he'd be getting ready to take the trip. He was
joined by assistant coach Kurt Schmid; recently signed defender Daniel Steres; seldom-used players
likes Michael Seamon, Michael Tetteh; veteran Roger Levesque; and forward Sammy Ochoa.
Seattle Sounders fans are understandably tired of the team's 8 game winless streak, especially
after snatching a draw from the jaws of victory against the New England Revolution. But any hopes
that the run will stop at 8 will have to deal with the very daunting fact that the next match is at
Real Salt Lake.
Veronica Perez Named Player of the Week
Veronica Perez was rewarded for her hat trick against the Colorado Rush. This game was crucial
for their playoff position over the Rush. Veronica was able to shoulder the load and carried the
team to victory.
Who gets their slump busted? That question will be answered on Tactical Retreat Day as we
celebrate our Independence from (our otherwise favorite) Brits Alan Hinton, Arlo White and Ross
Fletcher by watching the Sounders take on Real Salt Lake. For the fine people of Seattle they will
fit watching another attempt at victory into their 4th of July plans by watching KING 5 at 7
Resolution on Future Kit Designs for 2014 â€“ Dave Clark
Resolution on Championship Banners â€“ Paul Cox
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At the latest Alliance Council meeting we approved three new items.
Just because we needed to relive it a little more, it would appear the boys over at
MLSsoccer.com agree with Sigi Schmid (and everyone else here) that neither goal from Saturday's
game should have stood up. Greg Lalas reviews both and comes out with the clear belief that the
referees blew both calls.
Seattle Sounders keepers are busy in the news today. Josh Ford, who once won the third keeper
job over Bryan Meredith was activated from the short term injured list today. While he was only on
the list from May 4th, his injury troubles go back to last year. With the news that Andrew Weber is
out for 2-4 weeks Meredith will return to the starting lineup.
The monthly look aheads for June and May (but just the late part) showed that the Seattle
Sounders were unlikely to continue that powerful run with which they started the season. The
crowded schedule, quality of opponents and the amount of travel were some of the indicators that
they would drop points.
The Sounder's league record over the past 8 games has left their fan base frustrated and
reeling. No one associated with the franchise is happy right now. A string of four losses and four
draws in league play doesn't inspire confidence nor does it meet the lofty expectations everyone
holds for the franchise.
Unfortunately, the best part of last week was already covered by an earlier podcast. That left us
with the somewhat less than fun task of talking about Saturday's tie with the New England
Since Aaron and I were in no mood to do that on our own, we decided to ask Dave Clark and Sidereal
-- our cohorts on Sounder at Heart -- onto the show for a midseason roundtable.
The PDL and W-League seasons enter the home stretch in July and the Sounders are racing for
playoff position in both. In the Academy, one of the teams already made the playoffs and completed
their group games last week. Read on for details.
soundermom has the details in the game recaps, but the summary is that the Sounders Women
bid adieu for the season to their national team contingent with a big home win over Santa Clara,
then split two games on a road trip to Colorado.
Sunday's game was a much more fun to listen. Yes, the games are on radio now. The Colorado
weather cooled off a bit for this game. With a strong breeze and cloud cover, the Sounders were
able to play without melting like they did on Saturday. With Keelin Winters jetting off to start
the next stage of her soccer career in Germany, the midfield took on more of a box shape for this
As I'm sure you are all aware, Spain defeated Italy in the finals of the 2012 Euro on Sunday. As
they have often done under Vicente del Bosque, Spain fielded a team without a true striker. As they
typically do, Zonal Marking has produced a great piece on the tactical battle between these top
Spain Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Final: Lineups - SBNation.com
With ESPN showing the Euro 2012 Final between Italy and Spain we know many of you will be
watching. Here's a place to chat with your favorite community of soccer fans.
Spain plays defense through possession and is using their 4-6-0 again.
A draw that feels like a loss isn't common in Seattle Sounders history. Especially not after
last year's last minute heroics. This isn't last year. In 2012 the Sounders are -3 during the final
15 minutes of play. Not only did they give up that last goal to tie, when Seattle gives up the
first goal in an MLS game they are now 0-5-4.