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 tifo, because it's what they do.
Photo is courtesy of SoundersFC.com
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
"I am very excited to see this important next step in the process of developing young players in
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
#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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Goal of the Week. Vote here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Fredy Montero celebrates his first pitch how he should, by Felixing
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
"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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 the fun. Spoiler alert: Sigi is the best. (Credit: MLS36 Fredy Montero from 441 Productions on
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 usually the case these teams are battling for Playoffs spots.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
Our partner's over at Polygon/TheVerge have a story stream about EA's conference which includes
some FIFA13 news of course.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 â€“ 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?
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
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
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).
Editor's note: Wanted to promote this to the front as I
thought it was a good reflection. - Jeremiah
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)
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is deadly accurate from any angle, any range.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
Pain Machine found another Sporting KC "hype" video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
Final against the Seattle Sounders. They did an excellent job at it.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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)
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.
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.