Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2012

Sounders Take Caledonia Out Of Champions League

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Dealing with recent travel problems, wet & heavy grass and the peculiarities of CONCACAF officiating the Seattle Sounders pushed by Caledonia AIA in a game that in many ways was a repetition of the last meeting. Three goals for the Sounders v one pk goal by the Trinidad side. Scoring was opened by Alex Caskey on assists by Zach Scott and Sammy Ochoa.

So ECS traveled about a dozen to Trinidad for the match against Caledonia. Of course the did some...

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So ECS traveled about a dozen to Trinidad for the match against Caledonia. Of course the did some tifo, because it's what they do.

Photo is courtesy of SoundersFC.com

USSDA Adds U13/14 Age Group

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In what is news to fans, but not necessarily to the teams and clubs active in the United States Soccer Development Academy system, US Soccer announced today that they adding the U13/14 age group to the competition for the 2013-14. United States National Team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in the announcement;

"I am very excited to see this important next step in the process of developing young players in this country.

Sounders at Caledonia AIA in Champions League - Gamethread

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As the Seattle Sounders took their long journey to Trinidad to continue their quest for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League title they will be doing it in a small stadium with high humidity, low 80s and partly cloudy weather. They are in foreign lands, nearly as far away as they can be from Seattle as can be in competitive matches.

Chris Henderson Discusses Changing Circumstances Of Former Academy Players

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On Monday to follow-up on the previous conversation with Kurt Schmid about scouting college and potential HomeGrown Player signings I talked to Chris Henderson. At that point the rumors of Caleb Porter were quite strong which could change how the Sounders approach DeAndre Yedlin 's status. There was also the shift in Darwin Jones' status at the University of Washington, as he was unable to complete a transfer due to the lack of an AA.

Attacking the Flanks: Rosales and Johansson

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Perceptions of the Sounders have evolved significantly over the course of the season. Early in the year many people questioned whether Eddie Johnson could still score goals. Later, when it was clear that EJ found his shooting boots, there were concerns that Fredy Montero could not play alongside him.

Lineup Juggling: At Caledonia

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The Seattle Sounders have a chance to put their foot solidly in the door for advancement in the CONCACAF Champions League with a win over Trinidad and Tobago club Caledonia. In the three-team table format, wins are more important than ever, and a victory would force Marathon to beat Seattle at least once to move on.

Johansson called up for World Cup qualifiers

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Earlier this week we found out that Mario Martinez would be joining the Honduran National Team for their World Cup Qualifiers versus Cuba. Now, the Sounders have released a statement saying that Adam Johansson will also be taking a leave of absence to help the Swedish National Team take on Kazakhstan.

Sounders on Campus: Week 1

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The first week of Division I soccer is in the books and our Sounders Academy alumni, to be frank, collectively kicked ass and took names. Returning players continued to be a big part of championship caliber teams and even some Freshmen wasted no time in establishing themselves on the NCAA map.

#7 Akron - DeAndre Yedlin
(8/24 - 4-0 W v Florida Gulf Coast Assist)

Yedlin kicked off his sophomore season picking up an assist in a home trouncing of Florida Gulf Coast.

Rumor Confirmed: Porter to Coach Portland Next Year - Stumptown Footy

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Rumor Confirmed: Porter to Coach Portland Next Year - Stumptown Footy

Say what you will about how successful it will be, but the Timbers have certainly managed to sign one of the hottest coaching candidates out there in Caleb Porter. From a selfish perspective, we can rest easy knowing that Porter will at least finish out the year of coaching DeAndre Yedlin.

Hope Solo Drops Some Bombs In ESPN E:60 Interview

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By now we're all well aware of the fact that Sounders Women goalkeeper Hope Solo is a bit of a free thinker. She's not fond of biting her tongue, says what she feels and is generally one of the more compelling figures in the world of women's athletics as a result (love or hate her). I've watched and listened to a ton of interviews since she released her memoir, but credit to ESPN E:60's Jeremy Schaap for getting some really good stuff out of her in this one.

No Offers To Buy Fredy Montero To This Point

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Another day, another Fredy Montero interview. It's like he's the hottest player in MLS or something. In this case he did an interview with El Pais of Colombia. The most revealing news to Seattle Sounders fans is that despite all the rumors of clubs interested in Montero, none have made an offer to buy.

Inside The Footballer's Studio: Brad Evans Twitterviews Bryan Meredith

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As you may have heard, there was a rather significant computer outage that affected flights as the Seattle Sounders were trying to get to Trinidad on Tuesday for their match against Caledonia. With the team stranded in some airport, Brad Evans fired up the old Twitterview and asked his followers to quiz Bryan Meredith, who seemed only too happy to play along.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Striking Distance

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Seattle's last two losses in all competitions are to the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. In some ways it is fitting that these are the only two teams ahead of the Sounders in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings. Seattle is as high as it has been since week 11. The votes they receive are primarily for 2 or 3 with two at 4 and one at 5.

Fredy Montero may have lost out on the Player of the Week honors, let's not let him fall short for...

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Fredy Montero may have lost out on the Player of the Week honors, let's not let him fall short for Goal of the Week. Vote here.

Mario Martinez Named To Honduras' World Cup Qualifying Roster

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As expected, Mario Martinez has been named to Honduras' roster for a pair of World Cup qualifiers on Sept. 7 and 11. As a result, the Seattle Sounders midfielder will miss at least the home game against Chivas USA on Sept. 8 and is probably questionable for the Sept. 15 game at the Portland Timbers.

Osvaldo Alonso Named U.S. Open Cup's 'Player Of The Tournament'

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Osvaldo Alonso's lasting memory of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup may not be a great one, but he can at least take solace in being named the "Player of the Tournament" by theCup.US. Alonso was one of three Seattle Sounders players not to convert his attempt in the decisive penalty shootout, but he was undeniably a major reason they were even there to begin with.

Possession Mythology and False Analysis

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This may seem obvious, but there's more than one way to win a soccer game. There are so many strategies (call these game wide) or tactics (specific plays or limited circumstances) that can help a team win. Talent isn't this perfectly understood thing (OK, Messi). But in any specific game there are ways to win.

State of the MLS Run In: 9 Weeks to Go

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Previous Week

We've been pointing out for a couple weeks that it would take some real work for the roster of playoff teams to be shaken up from the 10 teams who've held the projected playoff spots for some time. Part of that work would be an extended run of bad play from the teams closest to the edge: the Vancouver Whitecaps in the West and DC United in the East.

Defensive Lessons From Blowout Win? Jeff Parke Says Yes

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In Seattle's thrashing of Chivas USA the Sounders defense gave the Goats opportunities. On shots from within the 18 (MLS average ~20% conversion rate) Chivas converted only one of their sixteen attempts. Those attempts are somewhat evenly scattered throughout the match timeline. Things could have been different.

Why your smart device can't get WiFi in the home team's stadium - Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

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Why your smart device can't get WiFi in the home team's stadium - Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

This featured article gets into the nitty gritty of WiFi and Cellular connections at sports stadiums around the country. Stadiums are working to keep cell phones online and WiFi available, but they might not be able to keep up with the demand.

Brad Evans narrowly escapes the business end of a "Flying Death BoomBoom." (Animated)

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One has to wonder if Seattle Sounders FC 's Brad Evans had his life flash before his eyes after he scored against Chivas USA over the weekend. After a lung busting run to get on the end of a beautiful through ball, B-Rad placed a shot past goalie Dan Kennedy to open his MLS goal account for this season.

Major Link Soccer: Weekend Review

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L.A. Galaxy star Landon Donovan says he wants a break this off-season. After two years of mid-winter loans to the blue half of Merseyside, Donovan says his chances of again playing for Everton are slim. Donovan has made several comments recently indicating that retirement may come sooner than many people expect.

Nos Audietis, Episode 66: The Dam Breaks

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Nothing quite like watching your team score six goals is there? No, it wasn't an entirely stress free experience for the Seattle Sounders, but that 6-2 win over Chivas USA sure was fun to watch. Fredy Montero scoring his first-career MLS hat trick wasn't bad either.

Aaron and I spend quite a lot of time going through the many highlights involved in that one.

Caleb Porter next head coach of the Portland Timbers? | OregonLive.com

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Caleb Porter next head coach of the Portland Timbers? | OregonLive.com

It seems increasing likely that the Akron coach will be the next coach of the team to the south. Sounders Academy Alumni Deandre Yedlin is currently at Akron.

Fredy - Eddie Tandem Heating Up

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Teams around MLS at the first third of the season were worried about the forward pairing of Thiery Henry and Kenny Cooper. They were as good as can be. It was a big-small style of pairing with Henry playing behind Cooper and doing it as well as couple be done. Then emerged Chris Wondolowski and his duel pairings.

Chivas USA Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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If you were excited about the possibilities of an attack featuring Fred Montero, Mauro Rosales, Eddie Johnson and Christian Tiffert before Saturday's game, you are probably about to explode with excitement now. Sure, Montero scored his first MLS hat trick, but even beyond that the Sounders had what has to be their most efficient offensive performance in their history which resulted in a 6-2 win over Chivas USA

Fueled by those four players, the Sounders turned 12 shots into six goals.

Sounders Romp In LA, Beating Chivas USA 6-2

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Sometimes a meme becomes so funny it can only live as a joke. Anyone using the "Fredy Montero is lazy" is in fact themselves so lazy they are a joke. Sure, Montero wasn't the only reason the Seattle Sounders matched their best ever result in MLS with a 6-2 win over Chivas USA. Still a hatrick is pretty awesome in any circumstances.

Sounders at Chivas USA - Gamethread

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Games are not played on paper. If they were this is one of those that could already be over. The Goats are not a good soccer team. They have a broken offense and a defense that is kept alive by Dan Kennedy. They also aren't as bad as their numbers say. Still, the Sounders are road favorites, strong road favorites.

Chivas USA Scouting Report: Turning Out the Lights

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Last week the Sounders helped keep some playoff hopes alive by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps, and in the coming weeks they have a chance to end those hopes with three consecutive games against the two playoff hopefuls left in the West. Today's is the first of two against Chivas USA, a pretty implausible playoff contender.

Tactical Flexibility Could Be Hallmark Of Sounders Moving Forward

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With the Seattle Sounders suddenly as healthy as they've been all year, the coaches can finally make some choices that are based on something other than necessity. As I alluded to in my story about the left-midfield position, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid suggested that could lend itself to some interested tactical decisions.

Sigi Hints That Fredy, Mauro, Tiffert And EJ Could All Start For First Time

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Sigi Hints That Fredy, Mauro, Tiffert And EJ Could All Start For First Time

It looks as if we'll finally get to see an extended look at what an attack featuring Christian Tiffert, Mauro Rosales, Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson will look like. Sigi seemed to indicate all four would start on Saturday vs.

Kurt Schmid Scouting College Players

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The NCAA mens' soccer season kicks off in earnest tonight with two games on local TV even. Powerhouses UCLA and New Mexico face off on Fox Soccer at 7PM while the University of Washington and Gonzaga will be on the Pac12 Network at 5PM as the first live sporting event shown. There's a proliferation of college soccer on TV now as more of the major conferences get their own networks.

Major Link Soccer: College Edition

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I've got nothing this week. Cascadian win? Zakuani's return? Mario Martinez? I covered all of that last weekend. So this opener is a little lackluster. Sorry. I'll be better next time.

Top Drawer Soccer has some excellent coverage on the college players looking to enter MLS over the next few years.

Sounders Loan Michael Tetteh To Ft. Launderdale Strikers

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For the second time in about a year, the Seattle Sounders have loaned out Michael Tetteh to a Florida-based lower-division team. This time, he's joining the Ft. Launderdale Strikers of the NASL as they head into the final stretch of their season. Last year, he played a handful of games for Orlando City of the USL-Pro.

Left Midfielder Could Come To Define Sounders' Season

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For the first time this season, we can look at the Seattle Sounders roster and make reasonable decisions about their Best XI. Whether or not we all agree on what that Best XI is, the candidates are all healthy and available. There are at least a few positions where there's some good debate to be had, but the one I find most interesting is at left mid where three players are already vying for the starting spot and a couple more could be entering the conversation soon.

More Time With Fredy Montero

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Fredy Montero is all over the place these days. He's on a national television program as the second player profiled for the new program MLS36. He threw out the first pitch at the Mariners game. He's hosted a chat on twitter to help promote Gatorade's Beat The Heat campaign for awareness of proper hydration and training in the heat of summer.

Sounders at Chivas USA - Three Questions

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Saturday's 7:30 PM match between the aspiring Seattle Sounders and struggling Goats features one of the hottest teams in MLS and a team that is bewildering. Despite several name brand players on offense Chivas USA has 9 fewer goals than the next worst in the league. If it wasn't for Dan Kennedy and the strong defense there would be no chance for the other SoCal team to make the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Can A-League Fans Self-Police?

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Can A-League Fans Self-Police?

Seattleites of a certain age will know the name Ed Wyatt; he's now a sports journalist based in Melbourne, and he asked me a few questions about the matchday experience here in Seattle with an eye towards solutions to some unpleasant situations in Australia.

CCL Rivals Marathon and Caledonia Play To Scoreless Draw

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Match two in Seattle's group in this season's CONCACAF Champions League was between the other two teams as Caledonia (who Seattle beat in the opening match of group play) hosted the favored Marathon and held them to a scoreless draw. This is a pretty great result for Seattle. Maybe you can argue that a Marathon loss would be preferable, since they're the more likely challenger for the group, but in the new format in which only one team can emerge, both teams coming out with only one point leaves Seattle on top of the group.

BeIN Sport Nabs Road USMNT World Cup Qualifiers

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The news is pretty simple in that headline. The new international sports network is going to have the road qualifiers, as opposed to the mish-mash of pay-per-view, ESPN3, mun2, etc. They did not get the rights to the USA at Mexico, but the rest of qualifiers will be on BeIN Sport. That's pretty neat.

Fredy Montero celebrates his first pitch how he should, by Felixing

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Fredy Montero celebrates his first pitch how he should, by Felixing

Gershon Koffie Suspended for One Game

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Vancouver Whitecaps Midfielder Gershon Koffie was suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for one game and fined an undisclosed amount in the wake of his actions on Saturday afternoon at Century Link Field. The suspension was handed down for the dangerous play where he kicked Andy Rose in the chest.

Sounders on Campus: College Season Preview

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This weekend marks the arrival of the college soccer season for most of Division I, and once again the Sounders Academy has spread a crop of talented young players across the American landscape. By my count, the Sounders are represented in over 20 institutes of higher learning. Here's a brief preview of what we'll be watching this season.

EJ shows the CenturyLink corner flag who is boss. (animated)

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Let's face it, this goal wasn't something that needed to be animated.

This was a goal that most players should automatically finish. To me it was Brad Evans' run and cross that outshines Eddie Johnson's tap in. Even the flying karate kick into the corner flag was far from a memorable goal celebration.

'Soccer City, USA': A Short Film Starring Sounders

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Remember that video I recently shared of the two goals the Sounder scored against the Whitecaps? Apparently, that was just the tip of the iceberg of offerings from LEVYfilms. The masterpiece of their Seattle Sounders collection is this short film titled "Soccer City, USA: A Glimpse of What is Possible.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Rivals Falling

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In the two weeks since the Sounders Centric Power Rankings graph there hasn't been much movement. You can see a bit of up and down for most of the teams, except in the case of Real Salt Lake. The one time darlings of the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings are now ranked just 6th overall and are in middle of their second multi-week slide of the 2012 season.

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There were no official highlights of the Sounders' reserve game, but a fan did manage to capture video of Steve Zakuani's two goals. (via seawrx)

State of the MLS Run In: 10 Weeks to Go

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It's been a week that would seem to dramatically shake up the playoff race, with the teams at the bottom of the playoff places in each conference struggling and teams just outside the playoff places going on great runs. And the commentary has certainly been on board. I must have read or heard at least 50 times on various media this week that Montreal, FC Dallas, Columbus, and even Chivas USA are poised at the edge of (or even, most breathlessly, odds on favorites for) the playoffs.

"Maybe we have to think about opening up the upper level every game," Sounders goalkeeper Michael...

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"Maybe we have to think about opening up the upper level every game," Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning said. "It's always amazing in front of this crowd. Before the game, if you walk through the tunnel, [and hear] the clap-clap, you get goose bumps. It's amazing."

Gaudy home attendance numbers bring best out of Seattle | MLSsoccer.

Caledonia AIA (Trinidad and Tobago) vs. Marathon (Honduras) - Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. ET While they...

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Caledonia AIA (Trinidad and Tobago) vs. Marathon (Honduras) - Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. ET

While they did well to stay within two of the Seattle Sounders in their opener, Caledonia don't have much of a chance in this group. They are well out of their depth, but Marathon's attack is not going to scare anyone, even Caledonia.

Brad Evans New Role

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Brad Evans play as a right mid started a little while ago. It was due to the strong play of Andy Rose and the benching of Fredy Montero and then just continued, except for those times when he was used at right back or at center mid. He's even popped up at left mid for a bit. There was a theory, one I really wanted to be true because I like fun tactical stuff and I like how Evans plays, that he was now being used as a roving midfielder.

Awesome video of the Sounders' two goals against the Whitecaps. Produced by LEVYfilms.

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Awesome video of the Sounders' two goals against the Whitecaps. Produced by LEVYfilms.

Nos Audietis, Episode 65: Back In The Saddle, Again

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Coming off a rather horrible week, the Seattle Sounders got just what they needed with a win over Cascadia Cup rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps. The winning goal was provided by none other than Fredy Montero, who made a bit of a surprise appearance off the bench. A surprise only because he figured to be starting.

Major Link Soccer: Borders Edition

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In case you all missed it, the Sounders played a reserve match Sunday afternoon, with lots of fun developments. Steve Zakuani found the back of the net for the first time since April 2011, and liked it so much that he did it again for a brace (both goals tied the game from deficits). His action was mixed between left mid and forward, but he looked great as a midfielder.

Steve Zakuani Scores Twice, Mario Martinez Impresses In Reserve League

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Steve Zakuani is not quite ready to reclaim his spot as the Seattle Sounders' starting left midfielder, but on Sunday he showed that he's getting close. Zakuani scored a pair of goals in a Reserve League game, the first he's scored in any match since breaking his leg last May, as the Sounders beat the LA Galaxy 3-2.

Felixing Fredy Montero Now Throwing Out First Pitch For Next Felix Hernandez Start

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Modern life can be pretty amazing. After PTI put up a photo with Felix Hernandez celebrating his perfect game, Felixing became a thing. A thing that was so cool the George & Dragon pub suggested that all Sounders goals scored should be celebrating by Felxing. Fredy Montero then retweeted that idea.

Sounders Reserves vs LA Galaxy: Gamethread

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It's an overcast day here at Starfire Sports Stadium, as we get ready to see Mario Martinez' first game action in Rave Green. Steve Zakuani is also expected to go a full 90. With Jeremiah and Likkit over in another corner of the Sounders press box recording another episode of Nos Audietis, the SAH crew is well represented today.

Sounders Reserve Game To Feature Steve Zakuani, Mario Martinez

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If you've ever considering going to a Seattle Sounders Reserve League game, you may want to do it on Sunday. Not only will they be playing the Vancouver Whitecaps, which is always fun, you'll get a chance to see the likes of Steve Zakuani and Mario Martinez.

Zakuani is coming off a 90-minute performance against the San Jose Earthquakes in last week's Reserve League game and it would seem a fair assumption that he'll be playing the full game, again.

Montero shows his maturity as a super sub | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times

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Montero shows his maturity as a super sub | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times

We've given Steve a hard time about some of the articles he's written, but this is really good. Give it a read.

Sounders Vs. Whitecaps: Photos, Highlights, Stats And Quotes

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What a difference a week can make. Not seven days ago Sounders region-wide were licking their wounds after a pair of costly loses. But Cascadia wins make everything better, and so it is that we find Seattle tied for first place in the hunt for the Cascadia Cup.

Fredy Montero worked his bench magic once again in the 64th minute, and now sits on an incredible 6 career MLS goals in nine reserve appearances.

Sounders Vs. Whitecaps: Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson Lead The Way

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This, we could get used to. The Seattle Sounders generated plenty of chances, finally converted a couple in the second half and moved into sole possession of third place in the Western Conference with their 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

The early part of the game was mostly filled with frustration for the Sounders, as numerous chances went wanting.

Sounders Transfer Rumor: Italy's Chievo Verona Eying Fredy Montero

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This is probably not something to get too worked up about at this point, but reports out of Italy are claiming that Chievo Verona is interested in acquiring Fredy Montero from the Seattle Sounders. I'm relying on Google translate to explain the article, so it's not entirely clear if there's anything close to a reliable source on this, but numerous outlets have run with the story that seems to have originated in L'Arena.

Sounders v Whitecaps - Cascadia Cup Gamethread

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Saturday's 1 PM Cascadia Cup match should feature over 55,000 fans watching the most significant contest in this rivalry's young MLS history. Both the Seattle Sounders FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are poised for MLS Cup Playoff runs and the points from this match could mean the difference in seeding.

Whitecaps MF Barry Robson Suspended For Game Vs. Sounders

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The already short-handed Vancouver Whitecaps will be a little more so after learning that Designated Player Barry Robson was suspended for Saturday's game against the Seattle Sounders. The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the punishment for "aggravated dissent against an assistant referee" on Saturday morning, just hours before the scheduled kickoff time.

Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report: No Excuses Not To Dominate

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As the Seattle Sounders prepare for this weekend's match with the Whitecaps, it feels as if we've transitioned into a new phase of the season. For one thing, the team is coming back from the first full week break since after the Chelsea friendly in mid-July. The relatively long rest has given the team and the fans time to mentally prepare for the stretch run.

Mario Martinez Joins Sounders, But Where Does He Fit?

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In case there were anymore of you out there concerned that Mario Martinez was nothing more than myth, the Honduran hero was actually training with the Seattle Sounders on Friday and will likely make his debut this weekend. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid Martinez could play as early as Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but would definitely play in Sunday's Reserve League match.

Sounders Rookie Andrew Duran Tears ACL

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It appears Andrew Duran just can't catch a break. The Seattle Sounders rookie, who was their top pick in the most recent SuperDraft, could be done for the season after tearing his ACL while on loan to the Atlanta Silverbacks. Duran has rejoined the Sounders, but only so he can get the surgery done here, which will likely happen next week.

Manchester City Gives Stat Heads A Huge Opportunity - SBNation.com

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Manchester City Gives Stat Heads A Huge Opportunity - SBNation.com

If you've been sitting around waiting for the soccer-stat revolution, this might well be the thing that kicks it into high gear. Up until now, stat-interested soccer fans were largely inhibited by the lack of good information. With Manchester City basically offering the full catalogue of Opta-generated statistics to anyone who's interested, we can finally get some crowd-sourced and peer-reviewed data that has been missing up until now.

Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps - Cascadia Cup Three Questions

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The battle for the Cascadia Cup is as tight as ever. The Timbers have the early lead, but the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders FC are better teams and in a points tie for the third spot in the West. Saturday's 1 PM match isn't just for key points in the trivalry contest, but has implications for the Playoff hunt.

Major Link Soccer: Burning Cascadia Edition

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It is too hot. It is too hot. IT IS TOO FRICKIN HOT.
I mean, I was only out playing soccer for like 70 minutes the other day, and I feel like I need to visit a burn ward. It makes me feel bad for quietly chortling to myself as the east coast complained incessantly about how the trays of cookie dough on their car dashboards were overdone when they came back.

Full Version of Fredy's MLS 36 Episode for those, like me, who don't have cable and missed out on...

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Full Version of Fredy's MLS 36 Episode for those, like me, who don't have cable and missed out on the fun. Spoiler alert: Sigi is the best. (Credit: MLS36 Fredy Montero from 441 Productions on Vimeo)

I think I'm a better soccer player (now) than ... when I first started playing with the men's...

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I think I'm a better soccer player (now) than ... when I first started playing with the men's national team. I have a better understanding for the game. Technically, I'm better. And in front of the goal, you can never settle. So that's one of the things where I practice every day out of the week.

New Tiebreaker Rules Hit Seattle

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In preparing for the Cascadia Cup match this weekend and browsing the MLS Standings page there was a stark reminder of last week's announced change to the tiebreaker rules. Around these parts the change went nearly unmentioned due to a focus on the US Open Cup Final. That's gone and their is a new focus on playoff seeding.

Sounders FC produced this video about the Cascadia Cup rivalry with the Vancouver Whitecaps. As is...

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Sounders FC produced this video about the Cascadia Cup rivalry with the Vancouver Whitecaps. As is usually the case these teams are battling for Playoffs spots.

Akron Wins Exhibition Opener Behind Yedlin

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Akron Wins Exhibition Opener Behind Yedlin

Is this a pattern? Will every day find a new college riding the strength of a Sounders Academy Alum? The latest is Deandre Yedlin who scored Akron's lone goal in their win.

Deep Dive: Sounders Tactical Options

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Yesterday Dave talked about the fact that the Sounders new roster leaves them with a very flexible Ideal 11. I want to take a moment and drill down into the roster and examine some of the possible line ups and how they might be used.

A Traditional 11

Dave laid out a solid version of the team's obvious Ideal 11.

Sounders Hire Major Agency To Expand Kit Sponsorship

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Via press release tonight, Seattle Sounders FC announced that they hired CAA to represent their interests in a new, or renewed kit sponsor after the 2013 season when the current XBox sponsorship ends. To quote the release;

Seattle Sounders FC has hired CAA Sports to explore opportunities in the marketplace for their jersey partnership, beginning with the 2014 MLS season, the club announced this afternoon.

USMNT vs Mexico: Gamethread

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We're about an hour from kickoff between the US Mens National Team and their bitter rivals to the south, the reigning Olympic soccer champions in Mexico. The game's airing at 5:00 PT on ESPN2 (Comcast 624, Direct TV 209) and ESPN3, as well as Univision (Direct TV 270).

Over the last few weeks, Landon Donovan and the boys weren't given an opportunity to prevent Mexico from taking the second-greatest prize in world soccer (in part due to their ineptitude in the qualifying rounds).

Hope Solo Appears On Today, Talks About New Book

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You may have heard that Sounders Women goalkeeper Hope Solo (yes, that's her official name now until she joins another pro team), has a memoir out. She also won a gold medal recently. Well, now we're probably going to be seeing quite a bit of her.

The game changed midway through the half when Gunn made some substitutions to light a fire under...

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The game changed midway through the half when Gunn made some substitutions to light a fire under the Cardinal. The group of reserves, led by freshmen midfielder Aaron Kovar and redshirt sophomore Austin Meyer immediately began to change the pace of the game.

"The players that came in midway through the first half really turned the game around," said Gunn.

Sounders To Start Ideal XI Saturday? Will Be Different Ideal XI Later?

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It's a rare feeling for Seattle Sounders FC; a pause in their near constant action of double game weeks is combined with a rather healthy team. And while there is another player still to join the battle for starting minutes once Mario Martinez joins the team and practices, on Saturday the team could feel an "Ideal XI.

Practice Report and Sammy Ochoa Chat

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Today's practice in the beautiful sunshine of Seattle was an opportunity for the Sounders to slow down a bit. It is one of those rare weeks with merely one game. That game is as large a Cascadia game has ever occurred in MLS, but still it is merely one game. The number one story today was the amount of activity out there.

This Week's Power Rankings

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This Week's Power Rankings

The Sounders Centric graph will have to return next week due to computer issues. Seattle is 6th, barely ahead of the Whitecaps and a bit ahead of LA. RSL and Quakes both well ahead of the Sounders. Gavin is still at the bottom.

Nos Audietis, Episode 64: Well, That Certainly Sucked

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It has been a really, really bad week. And that's just Jeremiah's personal travails. The Seattle Sounders didn't have it so hot either.

Coming off the feel-good win of the year, the Sounders had their hearts ripped out by losing to Sporting KC in a penalty-shootout in the U.S. Open Cup final -- a game that included several dubious decisions by referee Ricardo Salazar.

FIFA13 Demo Release Date & Other News

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FIFA13 Demo Release Date & Other News

Our partner's over at Polygon/TheVerge have a story stream about EA's conference which includes some FIFA13 news of course.

Sounders Women Issue Statement On Future Of Team

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At this point the rumors of a new pro women's soccer league are quite strong. Calling them only rumors is a caveat used here because of the odd nature of the launch - no name, only four named cities of eight, claims of five named teams. There is a strong curiosity in the greater Puget Sound about the Sounders Women and their future.

How to say Gspurning? Watch, Learn, Share with others

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How to say Gspurning? Watch, Learn, Share with others

Tiffert Promises More

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Tiffert Promises More

Have you liked what Christian Tiffert has done so far? He can get better and that's what he says he's going to do.

State of the MLS Run In: 11 Weeks To Go

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Previous Week

Despite the ESPN announcers perversely going on about Chivas making a run at the playoffs despite a heavy loss to the Galaxy, the jockeying at this point continues to be more about seeding than about the playoff participants. Chicago is starting to run away with the last slot in the East.

Major Link Soccer: Monday Morning Links

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Mexico, continuing a strong showing by CONCACAF teams, won the Olympic gold medal in soccer with a lively 2-1 victory over Brazil. Oribe Peralto scored just 28 seconds into the match and added a second tally 15 minutes from full time.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 22 players to train for the upcoming friendly against Mexico on Aug.

San Jose Earthquakes Vs. Seattle Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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That was certainly not how the Seattle Sounders imagined this week going. Losing to both Sporting Kansas City and the San Jose Earthquakes would have been bad enough, but doing it in the way they did makes it almost unfathomable.

The more depressing loss was the penalty shootout on Wednesday, but the way the Sounders lost 2-1 on Saturday was just pouring salt on the wound.

Sounders Reserves Back In Action With Zakuani at Captain

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Sounders Reserves Back In Action With Zakuani at Captain

Here's a link to the liveblog of the game from the mothership. Starters: Ford; Seamon, Hurtado, Steres, Gonzales; Cato, Carrasco, Ayala, Tetteh; Zakuani, Dismuke.

Sounders Late Magic Topped By Later Magic

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Seattle Sounders FC managed to pull even with the San Jose Earthquakes in the 92nd minute when Fredy Montero poached a goal on a long throw-in. Unfortunately for the Seattle side that had weathered so much pressure with a reduced lineup the game lasted just over a minute when Steven Lenhart worked his late game set-play magic and gave the 'Quakes the 2-1 winner.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes - Gamethread

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San Jose is an odd team. They actually give up more goals early in the game. They and the Sounders both score more often in the second half, but tonight with Seattle being exhausted from a compact schedule they could push for an early goal well as fresh as they can be and sit back. This kind of cynical tactic is rarely used by Sigi Schmid, but today it makes sense.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes - Three Questions

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Saturday night's 7:30 PM KONG televised game between the Seattle Sounders FC and the San Jose Earthquakes could be Seattle's last chance at the top of the Western Conference. With the one game in hand, two games against the 'Quakes and only seven points difference, this is the chance that any team asks for within their season.

Earthquakes Scouting Report: It's Scheduled So We'll Play It

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Today's match against the San Jose Earthquakes was always going to be an unwelcome fixture. The third match in seven days (and fourth in ten) it tags along like an annoying little brother. The priority was, of course, the US Open Cup Final on Wednesday. And between the regular season matches that book-ended the final, you'd prioritize the home match against the LA Galaxy over the away match to San Jose, and so it looks like we did.

Could All Clubs Interested In Fredy Montero Enter Line "A" Please?

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Look, we know you want Fredy Montero. It's been pretty clear. You Russian clubs, you Turkish clubs, you Dutch clubs, you English clubs and you Spanish clubs all want Montero. I just have a little request. Enter Line "A" all at once. None of this on again, off again stuff. Step up and bid, because Seattle wants Fredy Montero too.

MLS 36 With Fredy Montero Airs Tonight

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A reminder that tonight at 7:30 Pacific NBCSports will be airing their MLS 36 episode with Fredy Montero. Non-game productions like this are some of the many reasons that the MLS move from Fox to NBC was an important move for the league. Here's the teaser for Fredy's episode, which follows him in the 36 hours leading up to the Chelsea friendly (in which, you'll remember, he scored a brace):

Thank You: A US Open Cup Letter to Seattle Sounders FC

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I just want to take a moment and thank everyone in the Sounders organization for the incredible gift you have given Seattle. 17-0-2 over four years in a single elimination tournament has been an incredible journey for your fans. And as painful as the final result was on Wednesday night, it does not diminish or tarnish your amazing accomplishment as a team.

Equalizer Soccer – New Seattle women’s pro team owner talks league ambitions, Sounders Women

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Equalizer Soccer – New Seattle women's pro team owner talks league ambitions, Sounders Women

Not necessarily a shocker, but the Seattle Sounders Women are not involved with a brand new attempt at pro women's soccer in the USA. At least, not yet?

Major Link Soccer: Gold Edition (Because there's nothing else to link about)

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Before I forget, it was great to meet more of the Sounder at Heart community at The Berliner, which was a cracking good time until the very end. This is going to be a short one as I, like many of you, am still in mourning over Wednesday's weird loss. I AM ONLY HUMAN!!! *sobs*

MLS' 90 Plus Week 22 is up, which mercifully includes Seattle's LA romp without a mention of any Open Cups.

Learning From Open Cup Failure

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Seattle Sounders FC failed to generate many chances in the run of play in their loss to Sporting Kansas City. This wasn't because of poor form, or a lack of confidence. It was because of how Sporting defended.

There were three basic elements to what KC did that are most notable. First, was the high pressure from the three forwards (yes, Graham Zusi was a forward on the night).

On losing

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Editor's note: Wanted to promote this to the front as I thought it was a good reflection. - Jeremiah

Losing sucks.

Particularly the way we lost last night -- in one of the most important games of the year, the team fought hard but couldn't quite get the result that we wanted, and it felt like we were playing 12 on 11 for most of the game.

ECS Tifo Display vs Sporting KC (via soundersfcdotcom)

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ECS Tifo Display vs Sporting KC (via soundersfcdotcom)

USA vs Japan in Gold Medal Match:Game Thread

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After last night, we need a good, successful match without all the drama. Enter the USA National team, going for gold against the Japanese. Is it too much to hope that this game ends well in regulation? Is it too much to ask that the US doesn't wait until the last possible second to win? I don't know.

Critical Mass: The importance of crowds for sporting interest

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The Olympics are a funny thing. The whole world gathers together for a few weeks every fourth summer, and to a lesser extent every fourth winter. Top athletes in their respective sports collide, creating epic match-ups, compelling stories, and crazy-good TV ratings. But why exactly are those ratings so good?

Sporting KC Vs. Sounders, U.S. Open Cup Final: Highlights, Stats And Quotes

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Obviously, that was not the way the Seattle Sounders thought this run of U.S. Open Cup success was going to end. They didn't think it, probably, because it's the kind of nightmare ending you never want to imagine. A hard-fought game comes down to a penalty shootout, which is then at least partially decided by a questionable referee decision.

Quest For History Dies At Ricardo Salazar's Whistle

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Sporting Kansas City won the US Open Cup Final on penalties. A team that couldn't manage to score in the run of play took the 99th US Open Cup through a marginal penalty call early in the match and a re-kick awarded during the penalty kick sequence. The first PK, the only goal scored by Kansas City, was off a call that can only be called odd.

Sounders at Sporting Kansas City US Open Cup Final - Gamethread

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In Cup Finals numbers don't matter. It's a one-off game. It doesn't matter that the Seattle Sounders own the US Open Cup tournament. It doesn't matter that Sporting Kansas City hasn't given up a goal since the Third Round. It doesn't matter that Seattle has 26 more wins in all competitions since 2009.

Dave's Prediction

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Since I nailed the result in the US Open Cup Semifinal on two podcasts and here (it helps when you say the same thing each time) people are asking for a prediction. I don't give predictions often. I didn't on Around the League nor on Feuerstein's Fire this week. Nothing more than a simple "I expect victory and several goals.

Know Your Enemy

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We'll be facing a lineup of talented players in the US Open Cup final, known as much by the roles they're committed to as by their names. Let's take a closer look at those roles and how they influence the game.

The Sharpshooter

The Sharpshooter is deadly accurate from any angle, any range.

Sounders at Sporting KC Open Cup Final - Three Questions

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Are you stuck on gameday trying to wrap your head around this thing called "Going for a historical championship?" Just think what's going through the heads of the players. Not the Seattle Sounders players, they are a bit use to this. Even though a third of the team was not in the last US Open Cup final, Sigi Schmid says they are ready.

Sporting KC Scouting Report: Into the Cauldron

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What most people don't understand is that home field advantage isn't always about where you play. Just as often, it's about what you're playing for. And no matter where the games are played, US Open Cup matches are home matches for the Seattle Sounders, because this is their Cup. It's our Cup. Sounders players have been stomped, cut, mocked, and bruised for it.

Nos Audietis, Episode 63: SE4TTLE Draws Nigh

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Big, big week for us in Sounders-land. Not only did the Seattle Sounders start CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday with a win over Caledonia, but they followed that up with a 4-0 trouncing of the LA Galaxy. That was all just a mere preview for Wednesday's chance at history in the U.

State of the MLS Run In: 12 Weeks To Go

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I'm going to start these a little sooner this season, in part because nothing else is going on this week (kidding!) and in part because the playoff race - at least the question of who is and who isn't in the playoffs - is resolving remarkably early this year. If we define a team as being in contention for a playoff spot if it has between a 20 and 80% chance of making it in, then our first State of the Run In last season in late August had 4 teams in contention - DC United, Houston, New York, and Chivas USA.

Adrian Hanauer Says Sounders Expect Mario Martinez Next Week

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On the heels of what could reasonably be called a breakout performance in the Olympics, interest has rightfully grown in presumed future Seattle Sounders midfielder Mario Martinez. I say "presumed" because some reports out of Honduras have surfaced that suggest Martinez has been weighing other options and that his deal with the Sounders is not entirely finalized.

This is how you do a hype video.

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This is how you do a hype video.

Portland Timbers Trade Troy Perkins to Montreal Impact for Donovan Ricketts - Stumptown Footy

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Portland Timbers Trade Troy Perkins to Montreal Impact for Donovan Ricketts - Stumptown Footy

Is this the start of a fire-sale/complete rebuild for the Portland Timbers? With a new coach coming it's going to happen soon, so why not start now and stockpile draft picks and allocation money?

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Statement Noticed

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When Seattle went on that winning streak to start the season there was latency. It was Sporting Kansas City that got the most early love. Then as the San Jose Earthquakes shook things up, Seattle plummeted. Now, the Sounders are in a lossless streak (3-0-3 +6 in MLS) and there's still some latency.

EJ puts the ball in net and makes sweet boom boom (animated)

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Likkit's been sharing his brilliant work with gifs here for a little while. Do you want more on the front page?

EJ pew pew boom boom.

Are the Eddie Johnson haters converted yet? Can they see what this GAM can do for this Seattle Sounders team?

In arguably the biggest match of the season, the Sounders faced off against the LA Galaxy in a match that could've seen the Gals leapfrog the Sounders into third place in the western conference.

Even though Alex Caskey probably had the most impressive goal of the week, he wasn't nominated for...

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Even though Alex Caskey probably had the most impressive goal of the week, he wasn't nominated for Goal of the Week. Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero were, though. We'll let you decide which one deserves your vote.

Sigi Schmid Faces Tough Lineup Choices

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Wednesday's 6PM US Open Cup Final is just another lineup challenge for Sigi Schmid in a year that has seen the Seattle Sounders play on short rest several times already. But this is the first time in 2012 when those choices literally have a Cup on the line. The Sunday night lineup was not weakened in order to rest anyone.

Remember Alex Morgan? Good little player for the Sounders Women? Well, she apparently plays for the...

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Remember Alex Morgan? Good little player for the Sounders Women? Well, she apparently plays for the United States national team too and even scored the game-winner against Canada in the Olympic semifinals. Oh, and the goal came in the 3rd minute of extra time stoppage time. So, there's that.

Pain Machine found another Sporting KC "hype" video.

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Pain Machine found another Sporting KC "hype" video.

This Sounders U.S. Open Cup Run Has Been Among Best In History

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Today starts a rather historic week for the Seattle Sounders. Win or lose, they become just the second team to even play for a fourth straight U.S. Open Cup title and could become the first to win four straight.

Winning four straight domestic titles is something no team in England, France, Germany or Italy has ever done.

United States Women vs Canada Olympics Semifinal- Gamethread

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The US Women face Canada in the Semi Finals of the 2012 London Olympics today at 11:45 AM Pacifc on NBC Sports Network (Comcast 626, 603 on DirectTV). The United States has come under scrutiny for the Canadian's claim that their set piece defense is illegal, which is just a precursor to the excuses issued for yet another Canadian loss to the US.

Sounder at Heart Hosting Two Viewing Parties For U.S. Open Cup Final

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Since we are here to please, Sounder at Heart has decided to host not one, but two viewing parties for next Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final. Considering the game is on the not-exactly-widely-available GolTV, we figured there would be plenty of you looking for a place to watch. With that in mind, we're hosting one party in Seattle and another in Renton.

Sounders Vs. Galaxy: Photos, Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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Enjoy this one for at least a little bit longer. In a season that so many thought was lost as recently as a few weeks ago, the sky suddenly seems to be the limit. The Seattle Sounders played what might well be one of their most complete performances in their MLS history, pasting the defending Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup winners 4-0 in front of 61,000 sun-baked worshippers.

Major Link Soccer: Monday Mourning

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In the only story of real importance in MLS this weekend, Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died early Sunday morning after being rushed to the hospital. Regardless of the details that may emerge about the circumstances of Urso's passing, this is real tragedy. The Crew players and staff share memories of Urso in this piece on the MLS website.

Sounders Crush Galaxy, Send Notice

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MLS teams on the East Coast, and those on the West that didn't pay attention, just received notice. This isn't last years Sounders, or the year before, or the year before. This is a new Seattle. A Seattle of power. A Seattle of opportunity. A Seattle of staunch defense. A Sounders of blue and green and shiny things.

Sounders v LA Galaxy - Gamethread

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The most important thing about tonight's nationally televised game is not the result. Today is one of those days with the odd confluence of real-life as both of tonight's MLS matches will have a moment of silence to respect the passing of Columbus Crew player Kirk Urso. This moment will be surrounded with crowds beyond comparison, a borrowing of some SeaFair style festivities, tifo and as many stars as have been on the pitch at once.

Most scoring chances created in German Bundesliga (past 2 seasons) Christian Tiffert 161 Marco...

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Most scoring chances created in German Bundesliga (past 2 seasons)
Christian Tiffert 161
Marco Reus 142
Juan Arango 136
Franck Ribery 120

L.A. Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders -- Preview -- Five Aside - ESPN

There's more data rich stuff over at Five Aside as ESPN2/3/Watch/360/etc is carrying the game.

LA Galaxy Scouting Report: The Stars Come Out

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Last time the LA Galaxy came to town they were far from full strength. Thanks to a combination of David Beckham's porcelain reticence to play on turf and Bruce Arena's attempt at canny lineup shuffling with another match three days later, the Galaxy's brace of Eurostars stayed home. And they were without Omar Gonzalez, who missed the entire first half of the season with an injury.

Kirk Urso Passes

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In middle of the night Columbus Crew midfielder passed away. The cause of death for the 22 year old are not yet known, but many in the MLS community are simply stunned. During tonight's two league matches there will be a moment of silence to honor Urso.

It isn't common for sports leagues to lose active players this way.

Eddie Johnson Is All Grownsed Up

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Over the last four years, it has sometimes become a little too easy to forget that there was a reason Eddie Johnson was once considered to be the player that would lead United States soccer to the next level. Blessed with speed, athleticism and some impressive soccer skills, he had all the tools to succeed.

Mario Martinez puts in a great goal against Brazil. Brazil advanced winning 3-2.

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Mario Martinez puts in a great goal against Brazil. Brazil advanced winning 3-2.

Mario Martinez Vs. Brazil Gamethread

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Mario Martinez has already scored and Honduras is up 1-0 over Brazil late in the first half. Unfortunately, Honduras just picked up a red card and will be forced to play the final 55 minutes or so down a man. Should be fun. The game is online and on the Directv soccer channel (751).

Christian Tiffert Receives Visa, Will Be Available For Sounders Vs. Galaxy

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Newest Seattle Sounders Designated Player Christian Tiffert received his P-1 Visa and will be available for Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy, the team announced on Friday. Sounders officials had been cautiously optimistic that Tiffert would be available, but had expressed skepticism as recently as earlier this week.

Sporting Kansas City wanted to remind their fans that they are the underdogs for the US Open Cup...

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Sporting Kansas City wanted to remind their fans that they are the underdogs for the US Open Cup Final against the Seattle Sounders. They did an excellent job at it.

Sounders v LA Galaxy - Three Questions

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Sunday night's (6 PM start, ignore your ticket) game between the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy is a contest for 3rd at this point. Either side could go on a run and avoid the Play-in Round. Watching the two teams with the strongest records since the Sounders joined MLS will be about 60,000 - a league match, no gimmicks.

Sounders Vs. Caledonia, 2012 CCL: Photos, Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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It's hard not to be satisfied with a two-goal victory, but the Seattle Sounders surely know that Thursday's 3-1 win over Caledonia could have been more. The goal they surrendered was a rather mindless penalty by Jhon-Kennedy Hurtado and they could have easily scored on at least one or two more occasions.

E Pluribus Sounders (Part 1): Immigrant & NASL Roots

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E Pluribus Sounders (Part 1): Immigrant & NASL Roots

An interesting examination of Western Washington's sports history. I have some minor quibbles with the content (the idea that Seattle didn't "connect" with other teams like the Seahawks (12th man) is somewhat ridiculous to me) but it is undeniably a great refresher course on what came before MLS.

Major Link Soccer: Time of Transfers Edition

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How about that (win/loss) against Caledonia, eh? That game was so (great/terrible). Yes, I wrote this before the game Thursday, but that doesn't make these links any less relevant. I hope.

Week 21 of 90 Plus is up, as is Kick TV's version.

The most stunning news of the week was that of the exchange between Chivas and New England, sending Sharlie Joseph to Southern California.

United States Women vs New Zealand Olympics - Gamethread

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The USWNT enters the single elimination round of the 2012 London Olympics at 6:30AM on NBC Sports Network against the New Zealand Ferns. The United States remained undefeated through group play, to earn their way into the quarterfinals. The Ferns are coming in as the third place finishers of group E.

Sounders Put Three Past Caledonia AIA

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The match that was defined by an energetic first half where the Sounders put three goals in against the CFU Club champion Caledonia AIA and a second half that was patient with fewer clear chances for the Sounders. Caledonia's Joseph did net a penalty kick in the 50th minute to limit the damage to their own chances at advancement in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.

Sounders v Caledonia AIA in Champions League - Gamethread

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This is one of those games that is hard to scout. Not many know anything about Caledonia AIA, those that do work for soccer teams or agencies. The good news is that the Seattle Sounders have plenty of contacts. They also clearly did their prep. For the fan, this game features an opponent that tries to bring the ball up the field on the ground and is willing to play a high pace game.

Scouting Caledonia Is Hard

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This isn't an attempt to make fun of the Seattle Sounders. They seem to be managing quite well according to Michael Gspurning. With the resources behind them and coaches that travel to the region they aren't stuck fishing through websites like CONCACAF.com and finding out that the rosters there aren't the team's actual roster.

Acquiring Tiffert isn't a statement that the Sounders are going for it this year. It's a...

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Acquiring Tiffert isn't a statement that the Sounders are going for it this year. It's a reiteration that they're always going for it.
For sure, they're a different kind of Seattle sports team.

In constant pursuit of excellence, Sounders find a good fit in Christian Tiffert | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times

Brewer dives into what makes the Sounders a little bit different when compared to the other Seattle sports teams.

The U23s, the Huskies, and the Seattle Sounders Talent Pipeline

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MLS teams have very cramped rosters. You can argue whether the MLS obsession with parity is a good thing or a bad thing, but it's the law of the land and teams need to find ways to work around it. With a limited roster size and a salary cap, teams that want to compete don't have the luxury of carrying players that can't help in the short term.

Mario Martinez Officially Joins Seattle Sounders

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Honduran Olympian and Real Espana player Mario Martinez officially joins the Seattle Sounders on loan as announced via team press release. The length of the loan, nor other details were announced. The rumor of the loan first appeared on Friday, but is confirmed now. Seattle needed to trade for Martinez' discovery rights.

GolTV Wins Right To Broadcast U.S. Open Cup Final

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At long last we know for sure that next Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City will be nationally televised. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it will be available to everyone. In a bit of a surprise, GolTV has won the right to broadcast the Open Cup final.

Caledonia have suffered a big blow with the loss of prolific striker Devorn Jorsling and midfielder...

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Caledonia have suffered a big blow with the loss of prolific striker Devorn Jorsling and midfielder Ataulla Guerra. Jorsling has returned to Defence Force FC after last season's loan spell, and Guerra is currently recovering after surgery.

'Cali' leave for Champions League

That's a bit different than the Scouting Report.

Adrian Hanauer Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of MLS Transfer Window

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Adrian Hanauer made one point crystal clear when discussing the series of events that resulted in the Seattle Sounders trading Alvaro Fernandez and signing Christian Tiffert: That wasn't exactly how they wanted it to play out.

If the transfer window had gone according to plan, the Sounders GM said he would have figured out a way to keep Fernandez under the team's control, while also adding their new German playmaker.

Kick TV has been putting out some pretty good stuff with Jimmy Conrad, but this might be one of the...

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Kick TV has been putting out some pretty good stuff with Jimmy Conrad, but this might be one of the best features yet. The former US International attempts to swap jerseys with as many fans as possible before the Chelsea-AC Milan match. (via kick)

Mario Martinez, Honduras Olympics - Gamethread

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When the United States missed out on the men's version of Olympics soccer most thought that would mean that MLS interest in London would be down. It shouldn't be anymore. With the Seattle Sounders signing (still not quite final) Mario Martinez (CAM in Honduras' 4231), the New England Revolution having Jerry Bengtson (Forward), D.

USA Downs North Korea 1-0 Finishing Olympic Group Play Perfect

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In a game that was not beautiful, the US still managed to dominate the play and win. Abby Wambach scored the loan goal of the game. The North Koreans finished the game a woman down after second half sub, Choe Mi Gyong was given her second yellow in a five minute span for a harsh tackle on Lauren Cheney.