There are a few ways to look at this. First with just the raw data from all competitions in which the Sounders face any of the 11 possible MLS Cup Playoff teams (both Conferences have a bubble team). Seattle Sounders FC have faced those teams 19 times this season. In those games they are 6-5-8 (WLD) with a +7 goal differential.
Sounders frustrated with the result, but take some solace in posting their first shutout in more than a month.
It's hard to get excited when the Ideal XI takes the field against a mediocre team and only gets a draw. Seattle Sounders FC did the right things, except for the little scoring goals thing. That's a problem though. Scoring goals is important in soccer. Recent form has the Sounders with 12 goals in the last 5 played.
Sometimes on your way to winning a Cup a team goes through these odd paths. In Seattle's case they left points on the table in their road games against Vancouver and Portland. Those points dropped hurt the Sounders for both the Cascadia Cup and their chances at an MLS Cup. Now with a mere five games left in the regular season and two in the Cascadia Cup Seattle Sounders FC can use winning the rivalry to power a surge towards the Cup.
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Over the past couple days, including early this morning, we released some major changes to improve the load time on mobile.
He's the best player under 24, a highlight reel maker and a likely finalist for the Rookie of the Year. Darren Mattocks is a pure athlete with one of those physiques that fit into any sport. In this case he happens to play soccer really well.
Mattocks most often is used as a lone forward up top.
Friday afternoon's injury report lists the Seattle Sounders with only regular player with a 50% chance of playing or less. Both Christian Tiffert and Mauro Rosales are at Probable (75% chance of playing) and Patrick Ianni is Questionable (50%). This means it is quite likely that Sigi Schmid will be able to field an Ideal XI, a rarity this year it seems.
This penultimate Cascadia Cup match for the Seattle Sounders sees one of their rare remaining road games. They see the Vancouver Whitecaps while heading in opposite directions. In Seattle's last five matches they have 8 points. For the Whitecaps their last 10 matches see them at 8 points. Where the Sounders are pushing for a Cascadia Cup and possible second seed in the West, Vancouver is hoping to just make the MLS Playoffs and fend off surging Dallas.
Previewing the final match against the northern Cascadia rivals.
This penultimate Cascadia Cup match for the Seattle Sounders sees one of their rare remaining road games. They see the Vancouver Whitecaps while heading in opposite directions. In Seattle's last five matches they have 8 points.
As long as MLS sticks to the current schedule format - which involves each team playing each other team in its conference three times in the regular season - no Cascadia Cup competition will be as difficult as this one, at least in its scheduling. The Seattle Sounders have two of three on the road against both Portland and Vancouver.
Cascadia match number five for Seattle is rapidly approaching, as they travel through (past really) the Peace Arch one more time to face Vancouver at BC Place. Vancouver has been on a slide since midseason, but they still have presumptive Rookie of the Year Darren Mattocks, perhaps the one guy as good at heading as Eddie Johnson.
As you know, FIFA Soccer 13 has now been released and Fredy Montero is on the cover. Here's some footage of the release party, which includes a pretty girl in a Seattle Sounders shirt.
Sounders Women star Alex Morgan's latest stop on her publicity tour was on Conan, where she taught him a thing or two about yet-to-be-released videogame 'Just Dance 4.' Hilarity ensues.
We tend to focus on the offensive stats here, but as we move into conference play, it's the Sounders defenders who are making their mark, and not just DeAndre Yedlin. Another fullback is making offensive contributions as a Freshman and a Sophomore is holding the line for a top 5 team.
#3 UC Santa Barbara - Brandon Brockway
3-0-1 since last update
UCSB hasn't lost all season and that perfect record has pushed them into a top 5 ranking.
These things are not surprises. Joe Roth has said for some time that he does not feel that the Sounders have a sell-out streak as long as tarps remain on the upper deck. He reiterated that to Ruiz and Mayers. It also is not news that the Seattle Sounders are looking to expand the revenue from their jersey sponsorship - they hired an agency to do just that.
With the very short off-season MLS clubs start asking for season ticket renewals during the regular season. Shortly after that they also start asking for MLS Playoff ticket purchases. It is the nature of the long season. It also means that teams have to get a bit creative, to understand their fan communities and never take a break.
As was promised when the Sounders joined MLS, season-ticket holders will be able to vote on whether or not GM Adrian Hanauer should be retained for another four years.
Vancouver continues to keep the roster of playoff teams in the West somewhat in doubt by generously refraining from winning any of their past 6 games and keeping FC Dallas somewhat in the hunt. The standings make it look very tight, with FCD only two points back with the same number of games played and 4 remaining, but our model shows their shot as pretty tenuous.
Sounders forward Fredy Montero is one of four MLS players to be place on the cover of the latest version of the FIFA 13 video game.
It is an era of customization in our electronics, be they gaming, phones, tablets, etc. This year EA's FIFA franchise allowed MLS fans to elect three of the four people on the downloadable cover.
Fredy Montero had yet to see himself on the cover of EA Sports FIFA13, at least by the time he was asked about it at practice. But the Seattle Sounders forward won't be waiting long. Shortly after practice he will be buying the game, actually more than one because he's on the cover.
"I'm going to get like 10 copies to give to my friends and family and keep some," Montero said.
That loss to the San Jose Earthquakes ended the virtual deadlock that Sporting Kansas City and the Seattle Sounders held for so many weeks. In fact teams from the East are rapidly pushing up with the Chicago Fire nipping at Seattle's heels and a total of six Eastern teams ahead of the fourth from the West.
Released in preseason from Vancouver, Lee Nguyen has played well for the New England Revolution as a midfield creator. However, his 2012 has come to a close as the Revs announced Monday that he had season-ending shoulder surgery.
After sitting out the last month with a thigh injury, Michael Bradley has resumed full training with his new club AS Roma.
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It is an era of customization in our electronics, be they gaming, phones, tablets, etc. This year EA's FIFA franchise allowed MLS fans to elect three of the four people on the downloadable cover. The other member was the player that won the Best 24 Under 24 - Darren Mattocks.
It is appropriate that Fredy Montero is on the cover of this game, his favorite game, a game he uses to help scout the opposition.
Democracy in sports, y'all! Thanks to the Alliance Council, Sounders season ticket holders now have the opportunity to vote on the design for the scarf that will be distributed to STH's in 2013. This was originally conceived as a chance for the fans to design scarves and use a contest to decide the winner, but scheduling constraints led to a compromise in which the team's designers would come up with 4 alternatives and let the fans vote on the winner.
There are a few teams in MLS that aren't just physical because that's how MLS is, but because that's how they succeed. They are more physical than most in the league. A quick view from 3,000 feet has these teams as Houston, Portland, San Jose and Kansas City. Not all of them are set-play teams, but all of them feature deadball success to some degree, use physical defense to throw other teams off pattern and in Portland's case ramp it up when playing Seattle.
This is a merely a warning. If it had not been a warning this message would look different. The site would look different. Your whole internet experience would look different (maybe not that). Back when we revealed the newest logo there were hints at a new thing happening at SB Nation. That new thing is happening soon.
Not at all what we had in mind. This was supposed to be the week where we were talking about our renewed quest for the Supporters' Shield. Instead, we're suddenly doing a lot of soul searching about whether or not this team is capable of making a run at a MLS Cup.
Aaron and I both voice some frustrations over the 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, with Aaron taking particular umbrage with the style of play used by the undisputed best team in MLS.
In year with many away games, the final match of the cheaper set of Cascadia Cup away trips is upon us this week. On Saturday the Sounders take on the Vancouver Whitecaps with the opportunity to seize control of the Cascadia Cup, damage the 'Caps chances at the Playoffs and ensure that the Sounders are in the short season.
A day after his first league appearances in nearly four months, David Estrada looked very much like his old self in leading the Seattle Sounders Reserves to a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in their season finale. Estrada scored the Sounders' opening goal and assisted on their second while playing 62 minutes.
One of the pins ECS made and gave out at the match yesterday. Sadly, it was a day when I was in the pressbox. This is a pin we like.
The 2 PM game between the two sides' Reserve teams takes place at Starfire, but if you find yourself unable to get down there SoundersFC.com will be offering an audio stream of the game. For the Sounders this is their final match of the Reserve League. Unable to win themselves money look for a team with a mix of MLS players, Reservists and some Academy kids.
We don't do ratings here because we find them a bit arbitrary, a bit too focused on very limited data sets and often rushed. We also don't do Man/Men of the Match here for some of the same reasons. These are two staples of soccer blogs. Maybe we're missing out, maybe we're not.
Yesterday, when I filled in for Matt Gaschk at SoundersFC.
Dropping points to the Earthquakes is not the only problem on the night. The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake both won their matches and so the Seattle Sounders fall from 2nd to 4th in the West (though Seattle has a game in hand on both, as well as direct matchups with each). The Sounders didn't have "it" for the first 45 minutes.
Needing a win to make a push for the Supporters' Shield and to hold ground in the playoff push, the Seattle Sounders instead came out of the gates with a rather flat first half. Although the scoreline indicated the game was close after the frist 45 minutes, it was clear that the Sounders had not started the game with the kind of energy they needed.
The Earthquakes' offense gets most of the attention paid to the team, and justifiably so given that they're nearing record breaking goal scoring totals. But you don't win a Supporters Shield without a good defense too, and that defense was on display tonight at CenturyLink field. The Earthquakes flooded the midfield to choke off Seattle's buildup and Victor Bernardez was a titan in central defense who shut down Fredy Montero all game.
For the Seattle Sounders to attempt a run at the Supporters' Shield three points are essential tonight. To get those points they will be without leading scorer Eddie Johnson and instead leaning on Sammy Ochoa. The San Jose Earthquakes are not significantly weakened, in fact they may be getting better as Opara works his way into the regular starting lineup.
Tonight's 7:30 PM start between the Seattle Sounders FC and the San Jose Earthquakes could cause some traffic issues for all parties involved. The Seattle Mariners start play just about 90 minutes earlier. So players, coaches, and fans should all leave their homes earlier because tonight is a must-not-miss match.
Jordan Morris Just Joined Sounders Academy After Being Best Player In State
My latest at SoundersFC.com is about Jordan Morris (scorer of goals) and his transition from high school to the Academy system.
A note that didn't make it over there. Morris and his father were regular customers of mine when I worked at the South Mercer Island Starbucks and I now feel very old.
It took me a long time to take the 2012 San Jose Earthquakes seriously, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Despite playing with essentially the same roster that finished 14th out of 18 teams in 2011, they grabbed on to first place in the first weeks of 2012 and haven't slowed down since.
One of the reasons I was dubious about the Quakes' staying power was the fact that none of their important players had been injured for any significant length of time, and that remains true.
There's simply no avoiding it, the Seattle Sounders' biggest game of the regular-season is Saturday. If they have any hope of winning the Supporters' Shield, beating the San Jose Earthquakes is an absolute must. A win would leave the Sounders six points out with five games left to play and a game in hand.
The Sounders are officially through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League after squeezing past Marathon. They are the first team to officially secure a spot, allowing the team to rest starters in preparation for the MLS Cup playoffs in a few months. One of the heroes (again) was Sammy Ochoa, who first put the team on the board in the 11th minute.
Fernandez finally settled in Chicago after "surprise" trade | MLSsoccer.com
After a bit of a slow start, Alvaro Fernandez is again finding his form with the Chicago Fire. He also says he was caught off guard by the trade that made room for Christian Tiffert.
Fredy Montero had to have noticed.
On May 14, 2011, before the first MLS-era Sounders-T*mbers match, the ECS unleashed an epic tifo that probably created more buzz than the dreary 90' of soccer that followed.
All the photos of the display, taken after the full deployment, show Roger Levesque as the grinning centerpiece.
It's the fun sort of "what if" question that you and your buddy talk about over beer at the pub. Marcus Hahnemann is an American great. He's not Keller, nor Freidel, nor Howard (this is not a slight). He's in the next tier and probably the leader in that tier. He clearly wanted to be Kasey's replacement here in Seattle, or at the very least be a keeper for the Sounders to end his career.
Soccer's Big Takeover
Some stunning statistics here. 10% of Americans are avid soccer fans first and foremost (NFL: 25%, NBA: 14.4%, MLB: 19.9%). The researcher projects global soccer to grow 3-4 times bigger than it is now, and MLS's fanbase to triple, all within a generation. Most importantly?
With the Sounders playing so many games every year there are players that get a chance that would not on other teams, or just as subs. This year that man is Sammy Ochoa. He has six starts and one sub appearance in non-league matches in 2012. In those games he's banged in six goals and earned an assist.
Holy relief, Batman. For all the frustrations and yelling that I'm sure we all did at the TV on Wednesday, the Seattle Sounders' 3-2 win over Marathon had to be one of the most satisfying wins I've experienced in quite some time.
I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but it's games like this that really get the mind working.
Wednesday night's match is simply one of those where a team can clinch with a win and not worry about the final match of the Group Stage. Winning will have its own challenges - horrible surface, high heat and humidity, CONCACAF referees, nearly unknown personnel opposing. All the things that you can love and hate about the CCL are right there.
The Seattle Sounders are faring quite well in 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League play having yet to give up a non-penalty goal in their first three games, all wins. With the Wednesday night win over CD Marathon in Honduras Sigi Schmid's side advance to the knockout rounds for the second straight year.
SoundersFC.com takes one final look at what to expect tonight. Watch closely and you can basically figure out the travel roster. (via soundersfcdotcom)
Crook is a multi-generational Sounder and Academy veteran - Seattle Sounders Football Club
This first installment in a series on the Academy focuses on a player who is now in his 5th year of the 5 year old USSDA system.
Tonight's 7 PM CONCACAF Champions League match will consist of familiar challenges for Sigi Schmid. What has been true since 2010 is still true when it comes to the CCL - long travel (that's 3 day drive!), less practice time, crab grass, odd referee decisions and, of course, injuries. The Tuesday MLS Injury Report is fairly long;
OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); DEF Andrew Duran (L ACL surgery); QUESTIONABLE: GK Andrew Weber (R adductor strain); FW David Estrada (L foot fracture); PROBABLE: MF Mauro Rosales (R quad strain); MF Christian Tiffert (R ankle sprain)
It does not note that Marcus Hahnemann is also staying back.
AEG, Owners Of Los Angeles Lakers, Kings And Galaxy, To Be Sold - SBNation.com
This could have large implications for MLS. While it shouldn't change the sale of the Dynamo to the Rockets owner, getting an owner that treats the marquee team in the league with less than 100% interest would be devastating for the near future.
I must say that it was refreshing to find an opponent that wasnâ€™t totally overwhelmed by the USWNT. I was entirely impressed by the fight, skill and organization of this young team. Several players, including the keeper are under 20. I honestly donâ€™t know how our under 20 team would do against our senior team.
Thanks to the international break, we skipped a week of SotRI and now we're down to a mere half dozen weeks remaining in the regular season. And some teams are down to only 4 games remaining. Coincidentally, those are two of the teams trying to make a run at the playoffs and their games not-in-hand are confusing a lot of observers into giving them better chances than they have.
It's getting to be about that time where we start to look at the Seattle Sounders' decision to sign Christian Tiffert and trade away Alvaro Fernandez. The Sounders and Chicago Fire have each played eight games since the trade and appear to be locked in a pretty tight race to see who finishes higher up the regular-season table.
As the Seattle Sounders travel down to Honduras for their last long road trip of the year, they have one focus - win and turn the final game of the group stage into meaningless affair. They'll be doing it on familiar grounds against a fairly familiar opponent, Marathon of Honduras. In league play they sit at 8 points in 9 played, while in the CONCACAF Champions League they are drew nil-nil at Caledonia.
Alex Morgan - A Day In The Life: Game Day. Video crew follows Alex Morgan around prior to a Sounders Women gameday. (via SportsInjuryPrevent1)
If you are tiring of the San Jose Earthquakes being at the top of the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings you aren't alone. You are also quite likely to be tired for a long time. The 'Quakes, like the Sounders, haven't lost back-to-back games this year. On top of that they have one of the best offenses in MLS history, pacing for 70 or so goals.
It wasn't the most satisfying trip to Stumptown, but the Seattle Sounders at least got the point they needed to keep from having to watch ECS hand over the Cascadia Cup after carting it all the way down the I-5. The game wasn't pretty, and the ratings on the first over-air broadcast of a MLS game since 2008 weren't great, but in both cases they were enough to keep the ball rolling in a positive direction.
Fredy Montero's absolute wonder goal is nominated for Goal of the Week. It's got some tough competition. Make sure the right one wins. (via mls)
One thing that Adrian Hanauer made clear when he spoke to the media today at practice was that the move to sign Marcus Hahnemann was not out of sentimentality. The GM said, "We wouldn't have done it for sentiment. We think he's still got good goalkeeping in him. It's always an added bonus when there's a little bit of sentiment there, as well, but we're in the business of winning championships.
Someone once said that there are more important things than sports for the city government to be focused on accomplishing. Mike Gastineau's response was to prove that sports fans can celebrate sports and support their community. What is now the KJR Kares-A-Thon does just that. It raises money for local charities (this year's partners are the Northwest Literacy Foundation, Central Area Youth Association and the Lorenzo Romar Foundation) while also helping sports fans have unique experiences.
Around these parts, playing in CONCACAF Champions League has started to seem almost like a birthright. The Seattle Sounders have played in the continental tournament every year in which they've had a chance to make it, basically by virtue of their winning three straight U.S. Open Cups.
Of course, that run was put to a halt this year, which means the Sounders will have to qualify another way if they are to make it into the 2013-14 tournament.
Clint Dempsey made his debut for Tottenham in their 3-1 victory over Reading. Deuce fittingly chose to wear the No. 2 shirt for the Spurs--even though the No. 9 is available.
Although his performance for the USMNT was less than stellar, Jozy Altidore continued his good form for AZ Alkmaar by scoring a hat trick as they hammered Roda JC 4-0.
Another Reserve crowd that will beat many MLS games for attendance this year when the Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders Reserves. While the Portland Timbers are starting a DP and Mike Fucito up front, the Sounders will start Sammy Ochoa and Morris. In fact Seattle's starters includes three Four Academy players.
The USWNT continue their Fan Tribute tour today against Australia. The US have a 19-0-2 record against the Australians, whom they have not faced since June 15, 2008. This game is taking place in the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, the home of the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. It's also being broadcast live on NBC.
That clearly wasn't the result the Seattle Sounders were looking for, but a 1-1 tie on the road against a very desperate Portland Timbers team is not awful. As it turned out, the tie probably ended the Sounders' realistic hopes of winning the Supporters' Shield, as they are now eight points behind the San Jose Earthquakes with six games to play.
In the most important match of the Portland Timbers 2012 season they could only manage a come-from-behind road draw against the Seattle Sounders. Rodney Wallace did manage to draw the Timbers level. The first half was an even contest with each side threatening at various moments, but it was the second half when things opened up.
Today is a huge day for MLS. It is the first MLS game on broadcast television (NBC) in four years, and while the 12:30 Pacific start goes directly against college football the match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will have an atmosphere familiar to college football fans. These rivals belong on any list of top rivals in the league and Portland's poor performance is nearly meaningless.
After a period of time that came close to retirement the former Seattle Sounders keeper is a Sounder once more. The club managed to negotiate through the MLS Allocation process by trading a conditional pick to Toronto FC. Hahnemann will resume training to game shape next week while the team travels to Honduras.
In Portland, the quiet before the Cascadia Cup storm | MLSsoccer.com
Remember when Gavin Wilkinson said that the Cascadia Cup was the 2nd most important trophy for the Timbers? Here's a member of the TA who says Gavin is wrong.
Cascadia Cup is the most important trophy. Not just this year, but because "We haven't had the time to mythologize MLS Cup.
I won't belabor the off-field implications of this game against the Portland Timbers. You'll get enough of that from this site, other blogs, social media, NBC, and other national outlets. Heck, if you're within a day's drive of Portland you'll feel it in the air, like a storm yet to break over the horizon.
Former Sounders legend Marcus Hahnemann reached an agreement with MLS and will find a new team through the Allocation process per MLSsoccer.com. The King County native (Kentridge and Newport High Schools) played for the A-League Sounders, Colorado Rapids, Fulham, Rochdale, Reading, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton.
Stories of athlete egos dominate the global sports news. Coverage of Christiano Ronaldo's 'sadness' litters the landscape. For every description of great feats of skill and prowess, there are a dozen stories of how modern coaches need a degree in sports psychology to manage a locker room full of grown men.
It's do or die time now, in more ways than one. Seattle needs to collect essentially every available point to stay in the Supporter's Shield race, which of course also includes top seeding for the playoffs. Coincidentally, "every" point includes three available down in Portland this weekend. And, as we saw in 1985, hurting Seattle's playoff opportunities is the sort of thing that Timbers legends are made of.
Perhaps more than any other player on the Seattle Sounders' roster, goalkeeper Michael Gspurning seems to enjoy the game almost from a fans' perspective. While some players might be annoyed by riding in a cramped plane and playing on a glorified dog track, he seems to relish the opportunity to visit new locales.
Hype videos for Cup Finals are all the rage. There was the Sporting KC one that built confidence in their opponent's chances, there was the war metaphor and now there's the latest from MLS (and likely the Portland Timbers) hyping the Cascadia Cup match on Saturday. Overall it's a strong video if you hate Seattle Sounders FC, there's lots of neat Timbers goals and poor actions by Sounders players.
The emerging lesson from the 2012 college soccer season is that if you want to do some winning, you should probably have some Sounders on your team. Unless you're playing Notre Dame. They're like kryptonite to the Rave Green.
#9 Akron - DeAndre Yedlin
2-1-1 since last update (Assist)
Yedlin contiues to play every minute for Akron at right back, where he picked up his second assist of the season in a 1-1 draw away at 2nd ranked Creighton.
When the Seattle Sounders travel down I-5 to face off against Cascadia Cup rival Portland Timbers they will be doing so with a simple goal - three points. While a draw prevents the Timbers from earning the Cascadia Cup, it is three points that advances the Sounders quest for the top spot in the West and the future earning of the Cup that fuels the team.
This week's Cascadia Cup match is on NBC this weekend. Not NBC Sports, but real broadcast everyone in the country gets. Tell your friends to watch the most important match of the regular season.
Cascadia Cup week means national attention. This trivalry is big enough that NBC will be airing their first ever MLS broadcast game Saturday at 12:30 when the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers face off for the 78th time in their various forms over the decades. The history, the vibrancy, the passion and the quality of play will attract national attention again.
The Seattle Sounders were one of eight teams to enter Thursday's weighted lottery that will decide which teams gets the MLS rights to Marcus Tracy, a former Wake Forest star. The Sounders, who are tied for the third best record over the past 34 games, have just a 2.1 percent chance of winning, according to a league source.
When Eddie Johnson met with the media yesterday most of the focus was about the Cascadia Cup rivalry and his partnership with Fredy Montero. Even in those statements he talked about how he is an older, more mature player. He talked about how he's learned more about the game of soccer.
His dramatically improved heading ability he credits to former US national teammate Brian McBride.
The season tickets for next season's Seattle Sounders Women are going on sale for the current STH's this week. Watch your email for the details. The remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on September 22nd. This brought up questions for me and my fellow fans. What of the new pro team? What if the new team somehow works a deal to become the Sounders Women pro team, while the current incarnation of the SSW become the academy type team?
Most teams did not play over the past week due to the international break which MLS mostly respected. In the past a team that didn't play stayed stable, while those that won would move past them. The past is gone. Sporting Kansas City took a tiny step up while the Seattle Sounders took a tiny step down in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings.
It seems like only yesterday that we were tracking the postseason progress of the 2011-12 Academy teams, but this weekend the third ever Seattle Sounders Academy season kicked off as the U18s and U16s traveled south to play the Chivas USA and LA Galaxy academies. The results hinted that there might be a lot of goals on tap for the teams this year as there were 20 goals scored in the 4 games, with the U16s playing to two 2-2 draws and the U18s picking up a 3-3 draw and a 2-4 loss.
Today a snapshot of Major League Soccer's jersey sales posted at MLS Insider's blog. The top 10 is dominated by the famous from their time in Europe or their time with US and Canadian national teams. Those famous only for their time in MLS start at #4 with Fredy Montero. Chris Wondolowski and Mauro Rosales are the only others in the top 10 that are famous solely for their MLS time.
Today's practice was generally a light affair that concentrated on ball movement across wide spaces and finishing into one of three mini-goals. Christian Tiffert went through a very light session as he still carries the minor injury from the win over Chivas USA. David Estrada was back in full practice while Osvaldo Alonso and Mauro Rosales were protected.
On a date seared into the minds of Americans and many across the globe, our nation has a chance to come together today and root for our flag. The United States Men's National Team are facing Jamaica today (5 P.M. PDT, ESPN2) in Columbus, Ohio, and will fittingly be wearing their red and white striped "flag" jerseys.
It's another exciting week in the world of Nos Audietis as the Seattle Sounders are coming off a nice win over Chivas USA and get ready for another Cascadia Cup showdown with the Portland Timbers. Joining us were Sounders midfielder Alex Caskey and former coach Alan Hinton.
The big talking point of the week was once again Eddie Johnson, who set a new Sounders record by scoring his 13th goal of the season.
While the rest of SB Nation works towards moving to SB Nation United something a bit different is also happening with Sounder at Heart. You saw Part One with the logo and Part Three with SB Nation United is pretty dang huge. When people wondered if SaH would maintain it's individual flavor through the process that should be answered today.
This Cascadia Cup data sheet was put together by our good friend Likkit. Since MLS' has the
scores from last year wrong and includes only a partial history for the Timbers and Sounders maybe
you'd like to Know Your History. To see it full screen click here.
During the last meeting with Chivas USA the Seattle Sounders had trouble defending them within
the 18. That problem did not occur Saturday, in fact the defense held the Goats to just six shots
and or passes in the penalty area. That defensive improvement held Chivas to just one goal. What
may have gone unnoticed is that in the previous match with six goals for the Sounders they had 11
Key Passes plus Assists.
24 Under 24: #24 Andy Rose, Seattle Sounders | MLSsoccer.com
The other names near Andy Rose are Omar Salgado, Fabian Castillo, Luis Silva and Teal Bunbury.
Rose was a supplemental draft pick out of UCLA.
By now, almost everyone is aware that the USMNT lost to Jamaica on Friday 2-1. The loss means
that Tuesday's rematch against the Reggae Boyz is almost a must-win game. The Yanks will need to
perform much better in the return leg to get the result they need.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the United States' teams this weekend.
In a game that was really in their control throughout, the Sounders needed to come from behind
to beat that other Chivas USA, after two set pieces had the home team down 2-1. But as the first
team did on Saturday, so the reserves mimicked on Sunday, as Seattle picked up their second
straight come-from-behind reserve win with a 4-2 victory.
In what promised to be the Eidur Gudjohnsen showcase, another player with European pedigree
entered the Seattle Sounders' roster picture. Romania international George Ogararu, 32, played
right fullback in the second half of Sunday's 4-2 Reserve League win over Chivas USA and apparently
could sign with the Sounders if all goes well.
All hail Eddie Johnson. The Seattle Sounders forward has now scored 13 league goals, setting a
new team record with seven matches left to play.
The two he scored on Saturday were vintage Johnson, leading the Sounders to a 2-1 win over
Chivas USA. The first was a matter of him out leaping three Chivas USA defenders and was very
reminiscent of a goal he scored against the New England Revolution earlier this year.
Eidur Gudjohnsen made quite the first impression, scoring a goal for the Sounders reserves on
Sunday. To further add to his case, it was a nice little back-heeled job that suggests he still has
some impressive skills. Adrian Hanauer told reporters Gudjohnsen is heading back to Iceland and
they are in the process of seeing if a deal can be worked out.
The Seattle Sounders are set to play their second reserve match in two weeks as they welcome
Chivas USA into the Starfire Sports Complex. Eidur Gudjohnsen is in the lineup, making the start at
forward for the Sounders. It remains to be seen if this will be the first of many.
The clouds have returned to the region for the first time in months, creating an overcast
situation along the river and tracks.
Majority owner Joe Roth interrupts coach Sigi Schmid's postgame press conference | Sounders FC Blog
| The Seattle Times
Roth basically said that he was willing to pay the fine if MLS levied it on Sigi. Sigi still was
The one thing missing from the Seattle Sounders' arsenal this year has been the ability to score
a come-from-behind victory. Thanks to a pair of goals from Eddie Johnson, that's no longer an
Johnson scored a brace, with the game-winner coming on a 89th minute header from a Fredy Montero
assist, as the Sounders beat Chivas USA 2-1 on Saturday.
If you feel like you've seen enough of Chivas USA imagine being the players and coaches that
watch that match tape to get ready for them. In many ways those past performances are not
indications of much. Few teams in MLS have added so much talent during the season. It's certain
that none have done that while not really getting better.
Just two weeks ago the scouting report on Chivas was that they were a miserly team that didn't
score much but didn't allow many goals either. So naturally their following game versus the Seattle
Sounders featured 8 goals, including Fredy Montero's first hat trick and some pretty unimpressive
defending from Seattle that meant a 10 goal game wouldn't have been unthinkable.
The US returns to World Cup Qualification to take on their toughest Group A rivals Jamaica. It's
the first of a doubleheader against the Reggae Boyz with the return leg in 4 days in Columbus. A
win in Kingston would be the most important result in group play as it'd put the US in comfortable
position to win the group.
Is this facing Chivas USA thing getting a bit tiresome? Throw in an Open Cup match and suddenly
the two sides are about to meet their fourth time. The Goats have transitioned quite a bit from
that Open Cup meeting (Three Questions, Recap). They've added significant names to the roster but
still got blown out by Seattle just a couple weeks ago (Three Questions, Recap).
Short memory could serve Sounders well against Chivas | MLSsoccer.com
Jeremiah's latest at MLSSoccer.com talks about the need for short memories and focus.
Eight games left to go for the Sounders this season, and chances are that Seattle is out of the
supporter's shield, nine points behind the San Jose Earthquakes. But even without a win down in Big
D, Seattle's tie in near Dallas held some positive developments, as this article from some guy
named Jeremiah Oshan outlines.
The entire network is undergoing changes. Most of these are happening in two parts. The first
will be a set of unified logos. This will help SB Nation become a more unified set of blogs,
portals, regional sites and straight up news.
It does not mean that the old logo was bad. Honestly sum anon did a damn fine job.
First off, the leader is Chris Wondolowski and unless San Jose starts to fade or the stretch run
has someone go made (maybe like another couple 6 goal months?) he should be the MVP. There is no
doubt he is the Most Valuable Player in the league right now. Where it gets interesting for
Sounders fans is that they have four players that received at least one vote on the 20 ballots.
One of our loyal readers has three tickets he's unable to use for Saturday's match as he's out
of town. He'd like one of you to get them. All you have to do is share your favorite away travel
story. Why away travel to win tickets to a home game? Because in this reader's case all games he
attends are away games.
Last year the 311 Seattle shirt was inspired by the Sonics. This year it is the Sounders. Why am
I not there. Also, I owe you a depth chart.
The sunny day at Starfire Sports complex was most notable because of the presence of Eidur
Gudjohnsen. He's tall and a bit broad, but not unusually so when amongst MLS players. Standing next
to Eddie Johnson early in the session he looked similar though maybe not quite as fit. This may be
more of a testament to EJ's incredible build than a knock on Eidur.
Bayern Munich, Stoke Products Highlight U-18 Training Camp Roster - Stars and Stripes FC
Jalen Markey is one of 10 MLS players (Academy or 1st team) called into the US U18 camp out in
the Netherlands. Markey just recently committed to Syracuse after this year. This means he will
miss the first competitions for the USSDA but be back in time to play against the Timbers, which
will be much easier than the games he's about to play.
Finally! We started publishing the odds over a month ago and since then the same roster of 10
playoff teams have been favored to make the playoffs, and by a pretty good margin. In the first
edition I pointed out that the best chance at a shakeup was Columbus displacing Chicago.
With Iceland international and longtime European club standout Eidur Gudjohnsen set to join the
Seattle Sounders in training this week, we figured it would be good to ask someone who was a little
more familiar with his skill set than us. Ryan Rosenblatt, the editor of the new United States
soccer blog Stars and Stripes FC, is very familiar with Gudjohnsen and had this to say about the
Eidur Gudjohnsen became a constant wanderer of late, but not because he couldn't find a
Stars and Stripes FC - USMNT and USWNT News, Opinion, and Commentary
You've long asked for it and now it's here: a blog dedicated to all things United States soccer.
This new blog, which will mostly be run by Ryan Rosenblatt and Kevin McCauley, will look at teams
up and down the youth structure on both the men's and women's sides.
Microsoft and Nokia are launching Window8/Lumia 920 today. Of course the screenshot of the
frontpage includes the Sounders - because SOUNDERS.
You can follow the live updates on sister site The Verge.
It's an odd thing for a Seattle sports fan. Despite odd votes that indicate East Coast proximity
bias, or worse, among mainstream media in the United States and Canada, when it comes to players
and agents around the game the Seattle Sounders are a have. No they are not the New York Red Bulls
or the LA Galaxy (or Toronto FC if they were good), but they are a have.
NASL Moves To Split Season For 2013
The USSF Division 2 league will move to two double round robin tournaments with about a one
month break in mid-Summer. The release seems to indicate that the only Playoffs will be between the
champion of the two half seasons.
It would appear that the Seattle Sounders might not be done making moves, after all. Former
Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen told an Icelandic publication that he is joining the
Seattle Sounders for a trial.
"I'm just going to see situations, I train there for a few days and see how I described on
this," he's quoted as telling 433.
United Airlines' Magazine Profiles Sounders-Timbers Rivalry
In stark contrast to the rather comical take on the rivalry that the esteemed Wall Street
Journal took last year, this is actually an excellently executed piece about the Sounders-Timbers
rivalry. It's largely told through the eyes of Roger Levesque and it really is worth a read.
In what many Northwesterners probably felt was a lock Fredy Montero did not finish his August
run with perfection. His six goals, 1 assist and 3-1-0 record in league matches wasn't enough to
earn the Player of the Month award. Instead, Patrice Bernier 3/3/4-0-0 edged past Montero. A single
voter changing their mind for first or maybe even for second would have been enough.
D Jalen Markey, Seattle Sounders (No. 36, 2013)
Players to Watch in the USSFDA in 2012-13 | Club Soccer News | Youth Soccer News
This is not a top 20 list, but instead a list of 20 intriguing players. Markey makes the list
because he will lead the line in the Sounders attempt to make the USSDA Final.
The most notable aspect of the forthcoming SB Nation MLS Power Rankings is the ability to judge
if people are paying attention to the league as a whole, late to make adjustments or just not
believing that recent form matters. There are two teams that should show positive movement on this
front (Crew, Dallas) and there are two teams that deserve negative movement off of recent form
(Revolution and United).
The big news this week was the return of Steve Zakuani to the Seattle Sounders' starting lineup.
Zakuani was in the starting lineup exactly 500 days after he had his leg snapped by a reckless
Brian Mullan tackle and didn't look much worse for wear. Aaron and I come away believing he's much
closer to being full strength than we suspected he'd be after he picked up an assist in Sunday's
tie against FC Dallas.
The depth of the Sounder's 2012 roster allows Sigi Schmid tactical flexibility. Last night in
Frisco, Texas, we got a taste of just how much flexibility. Normally the Sounders play a modified
4-4-2 formation that is affectionately known as Sigi's Arrow. Last night the team lined up in a
modified 4-3-3 and by the end of the game was actually playing a formation closer to a 4-5-1 as
fatigue set in.
The biggest story of the weekend for the Sounders was clearly the return of Steve Zakuani to the
starting lineup exactly five hundred days after his injury. This was a huge step for Zakuani and we
all hope that his progress will continue.
Jurgen Klinsmann has announced the USMNT roster for the World Cup Qualifiers against
Playing a few days after a trip to Trinidad in 100-degree heat without being entirely at full
strength is not exactly a recipe for success. No, this was not a standout performance from the
Seattle Sounders, but it was the result they needed. A 1-1 tie against FC Dallas keeps the Sounders
in good position to get a Top 3 seed in the Western Conference and sets them up nicely for the
Steve Zakuani's return and assist should be the glory of the game. That moment put smiles on so
many faces. After many long months of hope Zakuani returned to the pitch and performed admirably.
September 2nd isn't a day that will be remembered as a the Sounders first ever US Open Cup win, but
as the day that Steve Zakuani didn't just play, but played well and was clearly a starter.
Beating the current version of FC Dallas isn't easy. They have enough quality in all phases of
play that on a normal day they are tough when healthy. In near 100 degree heat they gain another
advantage. Still, there are opportunities. Dallas is fairly weak defending open play crosses which
should bode well for a Sounders team that has a rested and ready Adam Johansson and Mauro
Jurgen Klinsmann Names USA Roster For World Cup Qualifiers Vs. Jamaica - SBNation.com
Five MLS players named to United States' roster for World Cup qualifiers. No Sounders among
The Sounders put a big dent in Chivas USA's playoff chances last week and have a chance to
finish them off with a knockout punch next week. Sandwiched between is the first of a one-two punch
against the other team vying for the playoff spot the Vancouver Whitecaps seem so desperate to
FC Dallas won three matches in the first four months of their season - from March to the middle
It's early in the stretch run of a season that MLS puts forth as a marathon. In a season where
Seattle fell short of two trophies already (Open Cup, 11/12 CCL) they still are capable of two more
major trophies as well as the Cascadia Cup. Travel concerns essentially end in September, unless
the Sounders are on the road for the MLS Cup Final, which is travel that any fan, supporter,
player, coach or front office personnel would love to be forced upon them.
Back when I didn't think there was a blog that was what I wanted in the SounderSphere, and due
to the encouragement of Jason Churchill, I decided to start my own little place. The goal then was
simple. Write a blog that I wanted to read. Those goals kept expanding. I found that I was granted
access and could use that in unique ways, ways that continue to this day, where one could combine
original interviews with stats, chalkboards, metaphors and more.
Pia Sundhage Steps Down As United States Women's Coach - SBNation.com
Because of course US women's soccer needs more change in a year when the future of the pro game
is again in doubt.
The statistics say that Dallas is a bad team. On paper they are not really "in" the competition
for a MLS Cup Playoffs spot. This is one of the cases where those systems can not accurately
reflect how good FC Dallas is. They've recently gotten David Ferreira and George John back. In
their last ten games they have 17 points to Seattle's 18.
Tickets are still available.
At Sounder at Heart we like to say that we are supporters of supporters (some of us are actual
supporters as well). So we offer this message to you, from the fine folks at the Emerald City
Supporters who are opening up their remaining tickets for their trip to see the Seattle Sounders at
some local team in Oregon.