Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2015

Questions remain about Sounders' starting XI for Sunday

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Osvaldo Alonso, Marco Pappa, Brad Evans, and Leo Gonzalez are all question marks at this point.

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told reporters today that he couldn't give any real injury updates, but he did clarify that Osvaldo Alonso was battling with a groin injury that kept him out of the matchday squad against the LA Galaxy on Wednesday.

Stand With Us: The Sounders-FC Dallas hype trailer

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It's that time of year when LikkitP is working overtime to pump out goose-bump inducing hype trailers and fresh on the heels of "Our Force Awakens" comes "Stand With Us." This is an homage to one of the early "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" teaser trailers. Enjoy:

The first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal against FC Dallas is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.

This video will give you a better appreciation for Nelson Valdez's goal

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In all the attention being paid to Erik Friberg's winner on Wednesday, it was pretty easy to overlook the Seattle Sounders' other goals. We know that Clint Dempsey's was mainly the product of an obvious mistake. And there were a lot of people who wanted to discount Nelson Haedo Valdez's goal as simply the product of a miscommunication between Steven Gerrard and Donovan Ricketts.

Sounders vs FC Dallas, MLS Cup Playoffs 2015: News, updates, analysis

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The Western Conference Semi-Final features the young, counter-attacking FCD and Seattle's older precision strike tandem of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. FoxSports 1 is carrying the match in the USA, with a start time of 6:30 PM. This is a two-leg aggregate series. Sounders FC owned the regular season

It took 120 minutes, plus 11 rounds of penalty kicks but the Seattle Sounders' Western Conference semifinal opponent is finally set.

Sounders outdraw World Series, GOP debate in key demographic

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It should not come as a surprise that an epic MLS Cup Playoffs match between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders set a record for most watched local broadcast. The surprise is that it did so on a night when the team was at home with nearly 40,000 in the stands, and up against the World Series on Fox and the GOP debate on CNBC.

Levy films Tacoma Stars freestyling at Mt. Rainier

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Tacoma Stars players prepare for the 2015/16 MASL season near Mt. Rainier, because of course they do.

The Tacoma Stars are preparing to launch their 2015/16 Major Arena Soccer League season at ShoWare Center on Friday, November 6th. The team has already held 2 intra-squad scrimmages at the Tacoma Soccer Center, so what more could they do to get ready for the season to begin?

Major Link Soccer: All set for all-Cascadia semifinal

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Portland squeak past Sporting, Montreal roll through Toronto, and NYCFC is wasting no time in courting a big-name coach.

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The Seattle Sounders learned their Western Conference Semifinal schedule and opponent last night, after a pretty crazy contest between Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers ended with the opposing keepers trading kicks from the penalty spot.

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Community player ratings form

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This is certainly a tough game to rate. A nerve-wracking match where the Sounders gave up two goals early and had other scary moments, but looked to be more in control for the majority of the 90-odd minutes. Not to mention players changing position, early exits and limited performances due to injury, etc.

MLS Playoffs: Sounders will face FC Dallas in conference semifinals

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It took 120 minutes, plus 11 rounds of penalty kicks but the Seattle Sounders' Western Conference semifinal opponent is finally set. With the Portland Timbers' win over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday, that means the Sounders are the lowest remaining seed and will face FC Dallas. The first leg is scheduled for a 6:30 p.

MLS Playoffs, How to Watch. TV and Streaming Listings

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After an amazing MLS Wednesday, Thursday's playoff knockout round double header has a lot to live up to. Three Big Storylines, Searching for Erik Friberg, From a Sounders Point of View and TV & Streaming Listings. Here is your MLS Playoff Knockout Round Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Oh Canada.

Nos Audietis, Episode 198: The Brad Evans Interview, Director's Cut

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Hopefully you've seen the shortened version of this video that we played during #yachtcon15. Or maybe you heard the extended version on the podcast. Well, now you get to see the extended interview in video form. We tossed some outtakes in at the end. Hope you enjoy. At the very least, you'll get a longer look at Brad Evans' beautiful mug.

The Spanish-language call of Erik Friberg's goal is pretty much perfect

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We love Ross Fletcher. His call on Erik Friberg's winning goal was fantastic. But I gotta admit that I'm a sucker for the excitement of a Spanish-language golazo. And with Wednesday's game being aired on UniMas, they definitely delivered:

Maybe I'm a sucker but love the Spanish-language call on @friberg28's goal https://t.

This is the best angle of Erik Friberg's goal you're going to see

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What we love about LevyFilms' stuff is not just that it's gorgeous. We love the details you catch when you see the game from a different angle and slowed down. Erik Friberg's goal is no different.

The first thing you'll notice is that Donovan Ricketts slipped because he stepped on Nelson Haedo Valdez's foot.

Obafemi Martins finally rewarded with Nigeria call-up

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During the next international break, Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins will head to Swaziland and Nigeria as he represents his nation in World Cup Qualifying for the first time since March 2013. Nigeria manager Sunday Oliseh selected just turned 31-year-old player to this round of CAF qualifiers.

Sounders vs. LA - Aftermatch Aftermath: Ghosts of our Past

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This is your definitive Seattle Sounders defeating LA Galaxy recap, except it's not that definitive and it comes with more gifs than normal. Load times may vary.

Quick, what's the best way to exorcise demons? Why, short of having Max von Sydow on hand, you just punch those demons in the mouth, which is exactly what the Seattle Sounders did to the LA Galaxy last night.

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats, quotes

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In a match that probably aged many Seattle fans by at least a few weeks, the Sounders emerged victorious from a playoff matchup with LA Galaxy for the first time. Coach Sigi Schmid and the players confirm in their quotes what was evident on the field: This game required tactical decisions on the fly, and some players had to make sacrifices to give their squad the best chance at victory.

Major Link Soccer - Taco Tuesday came on a Wednesday

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Two knockout matches down, two to go in MLS, but the only question anyone cares about is this: Will David Beckham come out of retirement to play with Zlatan?

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Did you know that Friberg doesn't speak Spanish? This was awkwardly pointed out in his post-game interview on Unimas. Luckily, one doesn't need to speak Spanish in order to recognize the importance of tacos.

Gotta admit, it looked like ref waved play on before Ivanschitz's goal

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Only a minute or two after Gyasi Zardes equalized for the LA Galaxy, the Seattle Sounders appeared to storm back into the lead. Andreas Ivanschitz picked up what appeared to be a loose ball, dribbled in and scored with a shot off the far post. Referee Jair Marrufo even pointed to the center circle, indicating it was a good goal.

Friberg puts Sounders ahead in 73rd minute

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After a less-than-eventful stretch since the first bonkers 20 minutes, Erik Friberg finally puts the Sounders ahead of the Galaxy with well-taken striker following a bit of pinball in front of goal.

Stefan Frei may have saved Sounders' season

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Just because the Seattle Sounders have already given up two goals, don't let anyone tell you that Stefan Frei had a rough game. If they go onto to eliminate the Galaxy, his play will be a major reason why with this save standing up as possibly the biggest of the game.

Gyasi Zardes, who already had one goal, get in all alone, but Frei makes a lunging save to his right to palm it away and keep the Sounders' lead intact.

Sounders vs. Galaxy, MLS Playoffs recap: Wild game ends in glorious fashion

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Erik Friberg played the hero, getting a second-half goal to allow Sounders to eliminate Galaxy for first time ever.

An absolutely wild match started with goals coming early and often, included two more goals being waved off and both sides having tons of chances to score more. But in the end, it was an Erik Friberg goal off a broken play that sent the Seattle Sounders to their first-ever playoff elimination of the LA Galaxy, a 3-2 win.

Erik Friberg doesn't speak Spanish

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Erik Friberg scored the winning goal. The game was aired nationally on UniMas. So, it made sense that they might want to talk to him in the postgame. It didn't go so well.

.@friberg28 doesn't speak spanish pic.twitter.com/4SLqKn8mWp

— Haunted Housé (@whoisjoserivera) October 29, 2015

As if he just wanted to prove his awesomeness, he sent out this tweet later in the night:

gracias por hoy!

Finally, the Erik Friberg taco-gif you've been waiting for

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Erik Friberg loves tacos. Or at least that's how the legend goes. So, you can bet that whenever he scores a game-winning goal in a playoff game you can expect something like this:

When @friberg28 scores a goal, you know what that means.

Even Paul Allen congratulated the Sounders

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Paul Allen is a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders. There's a decent chance you don't know that because, well, he's basically invisible. He doesn't really talk about the team. He's not really involved in the club's management, now that the Seahawks and Sounders are separate business entities. It's not even clear if he regularly attends matches.

Sounders Beat Galaxy: Photos

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Our Force Awakens: #NixTheSix

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It's been awhile since LikkitP created one of his patented hype-video/trailers. But he's back just in time for an absolutely massive match on Wednesday. Taking his inspiration from Star Wars VIII: The Force Awakens, he offers us this:

In case you don't get the #NixTheSix reference, it's because the Galaxy or going for their sixth MLS Cup and using #RaceToSeis as their hashtag.

Major Link Soccer: Time to "KNOCKOUT" LA

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The 2015 Audi MLS Cup Western Conference Playoffs start tonight with the Seattle Sounders hosting the LA Galaxy.

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The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy have playoff history, and history has smiled brightly on LA. Tonight's game is an opportunity for Seattle to turn that history around.

Sounders FC Reminds Fans About Updated Ticketing Options for Wednesday's Western Conference Knockout Round Match vs. LA Galaxy

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This press release is from the club. It is vital information in order for you to enter tonight's match between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC. We are printing it in full so that you are able to enter CenturyLink Field with your printed ticket or with it downloaded to your phone. Your ticket will not be on your Matchpass.

Sounders vs Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings

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Sounders dominate in final game of year - clinch Playoffs

There was a vocal minority that weren't happy with the Sounders dominating 3-1 victory on Sunday against Real Salt Lake, and their concerns were with possession and the fashion in which Seattle essentially killed off 70 minutes of soccer, but I have to disagree upon re watching.

Cute little girl picks Sounders to win MLS Cup

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This was a pretty weird year, right? Great start, crappy middle, uneven finish. Seattle Sounders fans aren't quite sure how to feel about the playoffs this year. Truth is, we're looking for any reason to be optimistic.

Well, consider this a positive sign: some little girl picked the Sounders to win MLS Cup.

Hey Sounders fans, leave your Stevie G shirts at home tonight

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He's the enemy tonight, at least hide your traitorous ways.

Look, I get it. Your family is from Liverpool and you were born bleeding red and white. Or you went there one summer and fell in love with Anfield while taking the tour. Or maybe you just like their colors. Whatever. Steven Gerrard is probably important to you.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Three Questions

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If the LA Galaxy didn't exist the past seven years would be owned by Joe Roth's Seattle Sounders FC. Instead the SoCal-based controlling owner of Seattle's team looks outside and sees the team that is clearly the best from 2009 to the present. Three times Bruce Arena's club booted Sigi and the Sounders from the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Surprise, surprise Megan Rapinoe was the star of the White House visit

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We love Megan Rapinoe. Seriously, she's awesome. And it's not just because she's a badass player who embodies everything that people love about the United States women's national team, the Seattle Reign and athletes in general. She's also a really cool person.

So, this will come as little shock, but when the USWNT visited the White House on Tuesday, it was Rapinoe who kinda stole the show.

MLS attendance indicates growth

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Forbes tells us that the improved attendance MLS saw this year oversells the league's growth. Forbes is wrong.

Forbes wants to make you a bit less excited about the improved attendance MLS saw this season. Allow me to explain why you should ignore their conclusions.

The article begins by arguing that this year's attendance might overstate the league's success, making 3 key points in support of this argument.

Clint Dempsey was only MLS player with double-double last two seasons

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Let's face it: This was a weird year for the Seattle Sounders. They started hot, were abysmal over the summer and managed to finish on a 4-0-4 run despite some lackluster performances.

But as the dust settled, there was probably more to like about this season than you might have assumed. Here are some of the numbers:

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Episode 198: All Brad Evans everything

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On this very special edition of Nos Audietis, Jeremiah spends some quality time talking with Brad Evans. That's it. Just a conversation with Brad Evans. Which is awesome.

As part of YachtConXV, Jeremiah was able to record an interview with Seattle Sounders star Brad Evans. The discussion was wide ranging including topics involving Evans' career, the Sounders, the US National Team and more.

LA Galaxy Scouting Report: Playoff victory in sight

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Sounders playoff game, the first of long MLS Cup run this season. The Sounders shouldn't be concerned, but they should be focused. They can take LA and they can definitely take them at home. The Rave Green will go through in this one because...well...continue reading, my friends.

Being the 4th seed has its perks, namely that Seattle get to host this match up.

Major Link Soccer: Recent DraftKings controversy puts MLS in difficult position

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The league's affiliation with the daily fantasy sports website has MLS staying silent during legal proceedings.

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Here is ProSoccerTalk's 100 words or less snapshot of the Sounders 3-1 win over RSL on Sunday.

American Soccer Analysis came out with its MLS Cup Playoff projections, favoring the Sounders in their opening matchup with the Galaxy 57% of the time, but giving them just a 3.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy MLS Cup Playoffs: News, updates, analysis

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UniMas will carry Wednesday's 7 PM match to the country, while JoeTV has the Seattle area broadcast. Seattle Sounders FC went (15-13-6 +8, 4th in West, 6th in Shield) and host the LA Galaxy (14-11-9 +10, 5th in West, 9th in Shield). LA owned the season series with a 1-2-0 +3 record, but is a woeful 2-9-6 -15 on the road.

Jordan Morris scores again for Stanford

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Jordan Morris hasn't always put up the kind of statistics you might expect from a United States national team player whose still in college. But lately, he's been doing a lot more of this kind of stuff.

.@JmoSmooth13 " Six goals in his last seven games for @GoStanford.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy MLS Cup Playoffs: Preview

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How Seattle Sounders got to the playoffs (15-13-6 +8, 4th in West, 6th in Shield)

What's the outlook? When Seattle Sounders FC is on, they're on. The dynamic offense powered by Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins will produce goals. The defensive core of Osvaldo Alonso, Chad Marshall, Brad Evans and Stefan Frei ended the regular season tied with Vancouver for the best goals against average in the league.

Sounders must commit to its attacking midfield

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Improved control of the central third on both sides of the ball fueled the Sounders' 3-1 win over RSL.

One of these games is not like the other, and the difference played a significant role in Seattle's dominant win over Real Salt Lake to close out the season.

The three chalkboard images from mlssoccer.

NWSL Protected Lists Released. As Expected, Klingenberg Exposed

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Seattle's list is a formality as we already know how their draft will turn out, but there are some interesting names elsewhere.

Today NWSL teams released their protected lists, which will determine which players are available to the Orlando Pride in their expansion draft next Monday. As was strongly hinted in pre-trade rumors, the Seattle Reign left Meghan Klingenberg unprotected after trading for her earlier in the day.

Rainy preparations for Seattle as Wednesday playoff looms

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Sounders should have another full squad, if Osvaldo Alonso is cleared

The Seattle Sounders were right back onto the training pitch today, less than 12 hours after their 3-1 home win over Real Salt Lake. Coach Sigi Schmid admitted the advantage that the Sounders have over Wednesday's playoff opponent, the Los Angeles Galaxy, since the Sounders didn't have to travel for either of their matches while the Galaxy only got back to Los Angeles from Kansas City last night and will be flying to Seattle tomorrow.

Which Horror villain best represents each playoff team?

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12 Teams Enter. One Team Leaves. Which Team will be that Team? This will be your definitive guide to the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

Oh my goodness me, the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs are upon us! Glory be! Doesn't that phrase just roll off the tongue? 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. And wouldn't you know it, the Seattle Sounders are going to represent the #4 seed in the West.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players who sent RSL packing with an early onslaught of goals.

Quick! There's not much time. The Sounders have a long way to go to win their way through the dangerous Western Conference, and it all starts Wednesday. Leave no match unrated!

Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins were making things look easy, with help from their supporting cast.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Highlights, stats, quotes

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Seattle Sounders FC took care of business in a big way Sunday. It was always a tough ask for a depleted and eliminated Real Salt Lake team to come to CenturyLink and find a result, but any hope they may have had was wiped out in the first 20 minutes through three daggers from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa.

Episode 197-200: YachtCon XV

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If you missed YachtCon or just want to hear it all again, we present the full audio experience for you here.

Our first ever YachtCon XV was a smashing success, and for all of you who were unable to join us for the live event, we'd like to offer you the chance to listen back to our 197th, 198th, 199th AND 200th episode!

Reign complete Meghan Klingenberg trade

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But she's probably never going to suit for the Reign.

The long-rumored trade of Meghan Klingenberg-to-Seattle Reign was finally made official on Monday. The Reign sent little-used midfielder Amber Brooks and the fifth pick in this year's NWSL Draft to the Houston Dynamo for Klingenberg and a conditional pick next year.

Major Link Soccer: Get Chad Marshall's jersey

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The price is high, but the cause is just right

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The league took notice of Seattle Sounders' convincing 3-1 victory over an admittedly subpar Real Salt Lake, writing many nice things about the Rave Green.

Chad Marshall is auctioning off a game-worn jersey for a good cause. On top of helping a devastated family trying to put themselves together after losing one of their own to cancer, this is also possibly the last opportunity to grab one of the limited Halo 5 Guardians kits (did I mention it's signed by the team?

Clint Dempsey breaks through early for the Sounders

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Clint Dempsey broke the deadlock early from an Obafemi Martins cross, thanks to a quick Sounders counterattack following a Real Salt Lake corner kick.

Marco Pappa curls another one in for the Sounders

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Marco Pappa scores a beautiful curler for the Sounders, assisted by Clint Dempsey only minutes after his opener.

Clint Dempsey scores again after Attinella save

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Clint Dempsey scored again in the 20th minute to give himself a brace after Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella saved but failed to gather Obafemi Martins' shot.

ECS tifo celebrates 10th anniversary, honors members who passed

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Although the Seattle Sounders have only just completed seven years in MLS, Emerald City Supporters are actually a bit older, having gotten their start back in the USL days. In fact, Sunday's game marked the completion of 10 seasons, so it made sense that they'd honor that rather impressive anniversary with another giant tifo.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake, recap: Clint Dempsey brace leads way to playoffs

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Sounders scored three goals in 20 minutes and then cruised to a No. 4 seed in the playoffs.

Coming into the match with a full strength squad, the Sounders were flying early and pressing high up the pitch. A well-defended Real Salt Lake corner kicked off a Sounders counterattack that led to Clint Dempsey scoring in just the 5th minute from an Obafemi Martins cross.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Photos

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Sounders go with their most creative lineup vs. Real Salt Lake

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Needing a win to guarantee a playoff spot, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid is leaving virtually nothing to chance. The starting lineup he selected for Sunday's regular-season finale against Real Salt Lake might not be the absolutely best lineup the Sounders can field -- Nelson Haedo Valdez is on the bench -- but it is quite clearly their most creative one.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake live TV: Streaming, schedule and how to watch

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The second half of Decision Day and 90 minutes of Sounders soccer will help determine if 2015 is a regrettable failure or a near success. JoeTV is broadcasting the 4 PM match in Seattle.

At about 6 PM the Seattle Sounders will know if they have a second season or not. If they beat Real Salt Lake, they will.

Real Salt Lake #DecisionDay analysis and scouting report

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Sounders play for Decision Day today, a playoff spot on the line and a weakened RSL squad to knock out. It's time to show up and take what is ours.

Sounders will make the playoffs today with a win, that simple. They know what has to be done and they can do it. Real Salt Lake is out of the playoff race and has been for a few games but those guys are playing for their jobs.

Real Salt Lake match is Fan Appreciation Day, over 53,000 expected

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Here's what to expect at the game Sunday.

It could be your last chance to watch the Seattle Sounders for several months. Or it could be the precursor to Seattle's first successful MLS Cup run. CenturyLink Field will be packed, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready will be playing guitar, and if you're reading this site and you live in Seattle, chances are decent that you're going to be there.

Brandi Chastain: the goal that changed U.S. women's soccer

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Chastain chats about the evolution of soccer, her life since retiring as a player, and what more is needed to elevate women in sports.

On a scorching hot day in 1999, in front of 90,000 fans, Brandi Chastain walked up to the penalty spot—the weight of a country on her back. Miss, and China has the chance to rip a World Cup victory from the U.

Come join us at #yachtcon15

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If you're watching this, it's probably because you couldn't be here in person. But at least you can follow all the action.

Hashtag DecisionDay Primer

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It is almost #DecisionDay, so I wanted to write a helpful primer for you guys on Seattle Sounders FC's playoff prospects heading into [insert Periscope playback of a Vine showing me typing and saying HASHTAG as I Tweet this article] ###DecisionDay. Here are the options:

1. Seattle Sounders FC, of Seattle, Washington, USA scores more goals than Real Salt Lake of Sandy, Utah, USA, in CenturyLink Field on the Xbox Pitch between the hours of 4:00 p.

Sounders vs Real Salt Lake: News, updates, analysis

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At 4 PM every team in the West, as well as Red Bull and the Fire will kick the ball in anger. At the end of the two hours of madness Seattle Sounders FC and the rest of the league will discover the MLS Cup Playoff standings. Real Salt Lake only participates in this great sorting as a trap. They have nothing to play for, as long as you ignore that members of their organization could be unemployed if things don't go well.

Sounders vs Real Salt Lake: Three questions

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Decision Day is a big deal. Just look at all the MLS hype around it. Seattle Sounders FC need a single focus. If they win, they're in the playoffs and might even take 2nd in the West and 4th in the Shield. The opponent for Sunday's 4 PM (JoeTV) match is a moribund Real Salt Lake team with a coach on the hot seat and missing one of their top players.

Copa America Centenario is back on, could come to Seattle

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Seattle was rumored to be among the front-runners to host matches.

The on-again, off-again Copa America Centenario is back on again, and this time it appears to be permanent. The tournament, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Copa America and feature six CONCACAF teams along with the 10 CONMEBOL nations, will take place from June 3-26, 2016 and could also be coming to Seattle.

Sounders ready to go for Decision Day

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Sounders at nearly full health, ready to clinch their playoff destiny on Sunday.

With the final, crucial match of the MLS regular season on the horizon, Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said after Friday's training that he should have his pick from the entire squad for Sunday's Decision Day matchup against Real Salt Lake.

Major Link Soccer: Carlos Vela, Chicharito Hernandez next El Tri stars headed to Major League Soccer

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Tottenham might crash Upton Park. Earnie Stewart may come to rescue the Union. What exactly is a Swope Park Ranger?

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Long-serving Seattle Sounders defender, current Senior Director of Business Operations, and Stanford alumnus Taylor Graham is being honored by the Pac-12 for his contributions off the field -- specifically his commitment to the community.

Ross Fletcher is leaving the Sounders, and the problem is bigger than that

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Yesterday's announcement that the Seattle Sounders games would no longer be called by Ross Fletcher after this season was a surprise. Fletcher is a relatively new voice in Seattle, but one with which both hardcore and casual fans are familiar. Initially the reports were that this was a cost cutting move.

Ross Fletcher, Sounders parting ways at end of the year

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The Seattle Sounders will be in the market for a new play-by-play announcer once again, as the club announced on Thursday that this will be Ross Fletcher's final season as the lead voice. While Fletcher will call any potential Sounders playoff games on the radio, it's possible that Sunday's regular-season finale will be his final TV appearance as postseason games will likely air on national TV.

Top American left back headed to Reign but may be temporary

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Seattle could be adding the USWNT's every-minute fullback, but if rumors are true it's a temporary stay.

Laura Harvey is already set to put her stamp on the 2016 offseason, reportedly trading rarely-used defensive midfielder Amber Brooks to Houston for US international fullback Meghan Klingenberg.

American Outlaws tifo honors USWNT's third star, takes swipe at Brazil

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While massive tifos have almost become the norm for important United States men's national team matches, they have been far less common on the women's side. Maybe Wednesday's display will help spark a change. Here's what American Outlaws put together for the friendly against Brazil:

It's a subtle dig, but it's there if you look close enough.

Sounders vs Houston Dynamo: Player Ratings

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Unbeaten in 7 - Glass half full or half empty

Last week was a tie that felt like a win due to playing well against a good team and scoring late. This week's 1-1 result against the Houston Dynamo felt like a loss due to playing lousy against a bad team and scoring late. No one in this game stood out exceptionally, with generally mid to low scores across the board.

Sounders will set another MLS attendance record

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More than 53,000 fans are expected to attend Sunday's season finale.

Breaking attendance records has become the norm for the Seattle Sounders. And after failing to set a new mark last year for the first time in their MLS history, the Sounders are poised to set the bar once again as more than 53,000 are expected to be in attendance for Sunday's regular-season finale against Real Salt Lake.

USWNT vs Brazil: Game Thread and How to Watch

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The Reign's Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe join their national team teammates in their toughest challenge of the victory tour, in the team's first visit to Seattle in over a decade.

Tonight the USWNT takes on Brazil at CenturyLink Field, and the match will be notable for a number of reasons. First, it's the first time the US women have played a match here in over 13 years — their last appearance here was in a Gold Cup match in 2002 at Safeco Field.

Sounders learn CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal opponent

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The most successful team in Mexican soccer history and the current CONCACAF Champions League title holders await the Seattle Sounders in the quarterfinals. The Sounders' fate was sealed when they ended up with the No. 8 seed after the LA Galaxy surrendered a late goal against Comunicaciones and Tigres UANL were forced to settle for a scoreless tie with Herediano.

US Women vs. Brazil: Photos

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Lloyd’s late equalizer preserves U.S. home undefeated streak

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The U.S. had plenty of chances, but it took a goal in the 85th minute to save a 101-game undefeated streak on U.S. soil.

It was their first truly competitive Victory Tour match since the World Cup final over three months ago, Seattle Reign stars Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and the rest of the U.

Jess Fishlock says she'll play for the Reign for 3 more years

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Midfielder's loan to Melbourne City as a player and assistant manager also marks the beginning of her coaching career

In an interview on Wednesday with BBC Radio Wales Sport, Jess Fishlock discussed a wide range of topics related to her career and personal life.

The big news from the interview is that she decided to sign on with the Reign for three more seasons, which she says will probably be the final 3 seasons of her playing career.

Everyone's back, according to Sigi Schmid

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If all goes well, we could see Pappa, Valdez, and Fisher on Sunday

Sigi Schmid said after training on Wednesday that the players questionable at the Houston Dynamo last weekend are back in Seattle Sounders training today, including Marco Pappa, Nelson Valdez, and Oniel Fisher. He said that they would wait and see how those players felt before confirming their availability on Sunday, but the trio's full participation today strongly hints that we could see them against Real Salt Lake.

CONCACAF Champions League seeding scenarios

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With one night worth of games to play the Seattle Sounders can do no better than the 7th seed. Their quarterfinal matchup will either be a Liga MX or MLS squad.

The Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group stages wrap up tonight with five matches. Of the teams advancing to the quarter finals, seven of the eight spots have already been determined, one of them being the Seattle Sounders.

Sounders get into the "Back to the Future Day" spirit

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The near annual hoax of "today being Back to the Future Day" is finally actually here. Doc Brown and Marty McFly jumped forward 30 years to Oct. 21, 2015. There are all kinds of tributes to this day all around the internet, and the Seattle Sounders have dutifully entered the fray with this poster:

There's something very familiar about all this.

Don't give up on Sounders' MLS Cup aspirations just yet

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The numbers suggest Sounders should match up well with most of their opponents.

Sunday's match carries a lot of meaning. While there's a chance to make the MLS Cup Playoffs after a loss, it's a convoluted path. Even the path to advancement with a draw takes a few readings to understand. Here is that scenario, which is basically a SAT-level word problem:

They would also clinch a playoff spot with a tie vs.

Major Link Soccer: USWNT Victory Tour hits Seattle

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The U.S. Women's National team victory tour hits Seattle tonight, the USWNT will take on Brazil at CenturyLink field starting at 7pm.

Seattle

The Seattle Sounders captain Brad Evans has been named the 2015 Sounders FC "Humanitarian of the Year". Evans is now up against all the other winners for "Major League Soccer Humanitarian of the Year".

Ride of the Valkyries Shirts now available in youth sizes

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You asked, we answered. Our "Finish Like a Girl" and "Megan Jalapeño" shirts are now available in a range of Youth Sizes.

In August, Ride of the Valkyries released its second t-shirt design for purchase: Megan Jalapeño. The shirt, an homage to Seattle Reign star and World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe, has been selling really well.

Orlando Pride, Tom Sermanni Join the NWSL Party

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The league's 10th team arises from the purple family in central Florida.

Today NWSL made official one of the worst kept secrets in women's soccer: the Orlando Pride will be joining the league next season. What is a bit of a surprise is that the team will be managed by ex-USWNT head coach Tom Sermanni.

Sounders vs. Houston - Aftermatch Aftermath: A Neutral Affair

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Following years of dominance, Seattle Sounders have found themselves in a perpetual state of neutrality, where they were joined this past Sunday by lowly Houston Dynamo. Together the teams combined to deliver a game that existed.

Normally a quiet, sleepy town, Seattle was rocked by the news that the Seattle Sounders merely tied Houston Dynamo on Sunday.

Major Link Soccer: US Soccer dispute with youth clubs continues

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USSF presents vital document and further meeting details

Seattle

A new non-profit called I'm A-OK is partnering with the Seahawks, offering free gameday kits for children with autism that include items like noise-cancelling headphones. This Sunday's game against the Panthers marked the launch of the program.

Grab your tissues: Reign defender Stephanie Cox announces her retirement

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Cox, a long-time USWNT and Reign defender, hangs up her boots and will become coach of the Gig Harbor women's high school team.

Even for those who saw it coming, today's announcement that Seattle Reign defender Stephanie Cox is retiring from professional soccer still hurts. A lot. Cox was quietly one of the best defenders in the NWSL, with a left foot unlike any other in the league.

Sounders struggling with midfield tactics

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Seattle has not yet found a way to mix new midfield attackers with the star DP forwards.

Brad Evans is not a particularly creative midfielder.

...but put him on the backline with space to move and no mark to worry him, and he just may unleash a perfectly-weighted long pass that releases Obafemi Martins, who then proceeds to touch a shot around the keeper and, unfortunately, wide of the goal.

Sounders draw at Dynamo: Player ratings form

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There was a bit too much clenching and not enough clinching in this one.

It's hard to put your finger on just what felt off about this match, but something wasn't working. Call it out-of-sync, lethargic, or a number of other descriptors that Twellman and Healey came up with, but this wan't the performance of a team firing on all cylinders going (hopefully!

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Highlights, stats, quotes

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Earlier in the season, a seven-game unbeaten streak including a couple of road trips would be seen as a very good stretch. But the players, the coaches, the fans wanted more from this one. The win to clinch the playoff spot didn't come, and the Sounders admit they lacked some sharpness and cohesion in Houston.

Seattle Reign well-represented in FIFA Ballon d'Or Awards

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Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe are up for FIFA Women's Player of the Year, while Laura Harvey was nominated for FIFA Women's World Coach of the Year.

Today, FIFA revealed its nominees for two categories in the FIFA Ballon d'Or Awards, recognizing the best global talent in soccer for the year. Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe are both up for FIFA Women's Player of the Year, and Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey was nominated for Coach of the Year.

Major Link Soccer: Beckerman sets new MLS mark for appearances

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Oh, and Sepp Blatter might be out for five years.

Seattle

There's a pipeline of talent headed straight from the Puget Sound to the shores of the Australian Outback. In the latest episode of "Reign goes South," Keeling Winters scored in her first match for Western New York Flash Sydney Wanderers.

Major League Standings: The final approach

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The Sounders still control their destiny, but blew their chance to secure a playoff spot this weekend. They can finish anywhere from 6th to 2nd, but they'll need help if they want to host.

Well that didn't go how I expected or wanted it to go, but it isn't the worst case scenario. The Sounders will need the final weekend in order to qualify for the playoffs, but they will still get in, barring a collapse of historic proportions (and a few other clubs would need to ruin our fun too).

Obafemi Martins gets Sounders back into game, doesn't celebrate

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Are you the kind of person who loves to analyze goal celebrations? Well, you'll have a field day with Obafemi Martins' following his late equalizer. Here's the goal.

If you feel like you missed the celebration it's because there was none. Does it matter? Probably not. But ... discuss anyway.

Sounders vs Houston Dynamo, 2015 recap: Disappointing draw

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Seattle still is not a lock for the MLS Cup Playoffs, though they do end Houston's hopes.

A slow paced match did not open up until Ricardo Clark capitalized on a Tyrone Mears turnover. The former fixture on the national team opened scoring in the 65th minute. From there the Seattle Sounders knew they needed at least goal, if not more to make their 33rd match meaningful.

Chad Marshall starts behind nearly full strength attacking six

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With injuries to Fisher and Gonzalez Dylan Remick gets his first start in ages. He will play behind Andreas Ivanschitz. The rest of the midfield features Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda and Erik Friberg is the right mid. Chad Marshall and Brad Evans will guard Stefan Frei with Tyrone Mears on their right flank.

Sounders vs Houston Dynamo live TV: Streaming, schedule and how to watch

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The 2 PM match is on ESPN. It's only supposed to be 80 degrees with 24% humidity, that's almost like a victory for the fans and players.

If you want to watch both Seattle football teams you'll need picture-in-picture or a second screen. The Sounders take on the Houston Dynamo at 2, which should be about half way into the 2nd quarter of the Seahawks game.

Houston Dynamo Scouting Report: It's the Clincher

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All that matters tonight is three points. Forget 'which players where' meaning anything in this one. Fight to the death and get that playoff spot!

By now you know that tonight is about three points. That is all we care about. Pretty, ugly, nervy, exciting -- who cares how we do it, as long as the Seattle Sounders leave with the playoff spot.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: News, updates, lineups, highlights, analysis

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It's another Seattle match on national television with ESPN carrying the 2 PM game in Houston. At BBVA Compass Stadium the Dynamo are 9-4-3. The Sounders are 4-9-3 away from the Puget Sound in league play. Sigi Schmid will be without Torres, Haedo Valdez and Gonzalez. Owen Coyle will have a full selection minus Rodriguez serving a red card suspension.

Sigi Schmid hopes that the Sounders "wrap up our own destiny" in Houston

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Schmid expects Brad Evans to feature against the Dynamo, but Marco Pappa will likely have to wait until next week.

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said at Friday's training session that he expects the Houston Dynamo to "come out in an aggressive posture" on Sunday, as the home side will be desperate for even more desperate for a win than the Sounders, who could settle for a draw if needed.

USWNT roster features more NWSL names, but no Reign additions

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Coach Jill Ellis calls up seven new players for back-to-back friendlies against Brazil

Next Wednesday, the USWNT 10-game Victory Tour stops in Seattle for a friendly against Brazil. Seattle Reign stars Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe are included in the 31-person roster, which should come as a surprise to nobody.

Jurgen Klinsmann told USMNT players 'I'm not leaving'

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Brad Evans returns from national duty ready to help Sounders in what he likens to a relegation battle.

On his first full day of training since returning from United States national team duty, Seattle Sounders captain Brad Evans lamented the USMNT's results in the last two matches but admitted, "with anything, there's ups and downs.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 33. TV and Streaming Listings

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A Friday Night Doubleheader, the Golden Boot will be battled head to head and every game this weekend has playoff implications. Three Big Storylines, National TV Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 33 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. A Friday night doubleheader on UniMas opens with an almost meaningless expansion battle that sees Orlando hosting New York City FC.

Chad Marshall returns to full training for first time since neck injury

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Sounders center back is expected to travel to Houston, but role is still undecided.

Chad Marshall was a full participant in Friday's Seattle Sounders practice for the first time since a neck injury during training a few weeks ago that, at the time, seemed rather serious. Sigi Schmid noted that even though Marshall went through standard head injury protocol that's usually associated with concussions, the concern was less about a concussion and more about the player's history of neck injuries.

FC Seattle's Honeymoon in Bournemouth (And other short tales)

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Our "FC Seattle in Britain" series wraps with anecdotes about newlyweds, multiple penalties taken at Sunderland, inspring pregame speeches and expressions of gratitude a generation later

Honeymoon in Bournemouth

It was the opportunity of a lifetime, only to be trumped by something still more momentous.

Major Link Soccer: Copa America Centenario back on in the US

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No, really this time. Also, Sporting KC's owners could be eyeing Everton, and Toronto FC just can't keep its fans happy.

Seattle

Here's the latest from the SSFC Alliance Council. Scarves, bylaws, elections, etc. Also, the business meeting is coming up, so get your questions in.

RSL Soapbox's weekly aggregate power rankings are out, and Seattle have held strong at number five.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Three Questions

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ESPN flexed into this contest between Seattle Sounders FC and the Houston Dynamo. Seattle is gets strong ratings and the Dynamo still have a tiny chance at making the Playoffs. Their stadium should be a good host for the 2 PM match.

Houston is transitioning to a post-Kinnear existence. It's been rough, as they sit at 11-13-8 -4 heading into the final two weeks of the season.

Major League Soccer one step closer to video replays

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Two advisory panels consider allowing review of on-field calls, additional subs and other rule changes.

The manager's reaction to a questionable call, whether it is jumping up an down and screaming or just walking back to the bench in disgust, always makes for good TV, and you can expect to see it once or twice a match, the world over.

RSL owner gives own version of why Garth Lagerwey left

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Dell Loy Hansen takes to Facebook to make it clear that his former GM was responsible for trading away Nat Borchers.

With Real Salt Lake officially now officially missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years, there's some understandable Monday-morning quarterbacking going on as to the root cause.

Emotional interview documents Osvaldo Alonso's reunion with father

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We get to see another side of a player who we've not gotten to know as well off the field.

Throughout Osvaldo Alonso's seven years with the Seattle Sounders, he has been known as "El Corazón" because of how much passion he plays with. We've also begun calling him "the Honey Badger" because of his reckless abandon, and seeming indifference toward his opponents.

FC Seattle's trip to UK was brutal, but important lessons learned

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Exposure to physical English players and vocal fans provided FC Seattle players the experience of a lifetime

Upon taking the pitch at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park, the first thing that hit John Hamel was a coin. Probably no more than a 50 pence piece, but it was priceless for Hamel. He picked up the rebound, slipped it into his sock and got back to business.

Major Link Soccer - Playoff-Bound Toronto

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Toronto clinches their first playoff berth, continued analysis of the USMNT, and a assortment of MLS stadium news.

Seattle

SoundersFC.com has a breakdown of the stats behind the Seattle midfield as led by Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda.

It's less than a week from a friendly between the US Women and Brazil.

Not quite fully fit, but Sounders getting there

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Coming off a bye week, it's looking like the Seattle Sounders will have close to a full squad from which to select players for Sunday's match against the Houston Dynamo.

A quick checklist:

- Clint Dempsey was a full participant in Wednesday's training session, even sticking around late for some finishing drills.

MLS Wednesday. How to watch mid week MLS action. TV and streaming listings

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Three MLS games on a Wednesday all with playoff implications? A reset back to club soccer after a putrid four days for the USMNT? This calls for a Gamethread! Three Big Storylines, TV Listing and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your mid-week MLS week 33 gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Games in Hand!

Pearl Jam guitarist will play national anthem for Sounders' regular-season finale

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You may remember that Pearl Jam's Mike McCready did a pretty wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled banner ahead of last year's Seattle Sounders-FC Dallas playoff game. Well, he's ready to reprise that role.

Playing National Anthem @ 10/25 @SoundersFC match for @TreehouseTweets Get tix: http://t.

Major Link Soccer: Misery Loves Company

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The USMNT sent out a completely different lineup Tuesday night, and still the result was the same.

Seattle

It could be argued that the Seattle Sounders biggest game of the season is Sunday against the Houston Dynamo. A victory in Sunday's game would guarantee Seattle a spot in the playoffs.

Brad Evans saved a goal for USA

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It's been a pretty lackluster game at Red Bull Arena, but at least Brad Evans made a good soccer play. Here he is saving a surefire goal to keep the United States and Costa Rica scoreless.

I love America and soccer but not American soccer

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I'm an American soccer fan. Those final three words cannot be separated when talking about me. Sure, I'll watch other games once in a while, but I won't care. As a former soldier, I'm American as can be. I love this damn place. I played as a kid, but really fell in love with the game while in Basic Training during World Cup '94.

Marco Pappa gets a goal and probably an injury

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Marco Pappa likely picked up a hamstring injury because...Seattle?

Marco Pappa had a rather eventful first half of the Copa Delta against El Salvador at StubHub Center. Pappa started the night with a perfectly struck shot for the top of the 18, beating the keeper easily. The goal gave Guatemala a 1-0 advantage that held till the half.

Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin both starting for USMNT vs. Costa Rica

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It would appear that Brad Evans has again worked himself into the good graces of Jurgen Klinsmann. Just a few days after getting a late substitute appearance against Mexico, the Seattle Sounders captain is starting for the United States in their friendly against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

#USMNT Starting XI vs.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica: Lineups, updates, news and how to watch

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The USMNT play a home match against World Cup Quarter Finalist Costa Rica in a quick turnaround after the devastating loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup. Your USMNT TV Listings, Streaming Options and Gamethread

The fallout from the USMNT loss to Mexico on Saturday in front of 93,723 in the Rose Bowl is rolling in.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica live stream 2015: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT play a home match against World Cup Quarter Finalist Costa Rica in a quick turnaround after the devastating loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup. Your USMNT TV Listings, Streaming Options and Gamethread

The fallout from the USMNT loss to Mexico on Saturday in front of 93,723 in the Rose Bowl is rolling in.

Obafemi Martins expected to make return to Nigeria national team

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Martins has not been called up at all since 2013 and has just two caps since the 2010 World Cup.

A "highly-placed source" told Complete Sports Nigeria that Obafemi Martins is on the verge of being called up to the Nigerian national team next month for what would be the Seattle Sounders forward's first international appearance since 2013.

USA vs. Canada, 2016 Olympics qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream for 3rd-place game

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Jordan Morris and the US U23s have a long road ahead of them now. In order to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics they must beat Canada and then beat Colombia. Neither of these are easy. Both the US and Canada are powered by MLS talent with a smattering of Euro players for both.

The Americans will need to get the ball to Morris.

FC Seattle introduced a homegrown star to the UK

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While providing players a unique experience, FC Seattle also showcased Tacoma's Brent Goulet.

When DeAndre Yedlin's name was slotted into the Sunderland team sheet earlier this season, it was largely handled as matter-of-fact news by the Makems. The fact that Yedlin is American was more interesting stateside than Wearside.

Major Link Soccer: Fabian Johnson, USMNT grounded by Jurgen Klinsmann

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Following a tough weekend, the USMNT continue to crash to earth.

Washington State

The Tacoma Bowl will be closed for extensive repairs following a storm this weekend, leading to the relocation of several Soccer and Football games.


Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer is going to begin experimenting with video officials assisting the on-field crew.

Vote now: 2015 Seattle Reign Awards

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Ride of the Valkyries wants your help identifying the best individual Reign FC performances for the year.

While it didn't quite end the way we wanted, the 2015 Seattle Reign FC season was a special one. The team won the NWSL Shield for the second season in a row, and made it to the NWSL Finals once again.

Reigns Abroad: Fishlock and Little to join stocked Melbourne City

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Two of Seattle's best join the exodus of NWSL players flying south for the winter.

This week the Reign announced that the team's two Great British superstars Kim Little and Jess Fishlock will be playing this winter for Melbourne City FC in Australia's W-League. They join a large crowd of other NWSL players — including Reign teammates Keelin Winters and Kendall Fletcher — making the move to the W-League, which has a conveniently complementary schedule for players otherwise facing a six month break from competitive play (and playing income).

Clint Dempsey, Chad Marshall could play this week

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Sounders can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Dynamo.

Clint Dempsey has already rejoined the Seattle Sounders after being dismissed early from international duties and Chad Marshall was able to get through about "two-thirds" of Monday's training session, meaning both players could potentially make their returns as soon as Sunday against the Houston Dynamo.

Major Link Soccer: United States expect to wear black

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In mourning of Dos-a-Cero.

MLS

Toronto FC is looking to imitate the success of their crosstown frenemies the Toronto Blue Jays, who just made the playoffs for the first time in some 20 years. On the verge of making their own debut postseason appearance, Toronto is getting excited by the idea of a playoff atmosphere.

Steve Zakuani's Charity Match: Lineups and Game Thread

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Some Seattle soccer royalty, old and new, is kicking off a little match in Tukwila for Steve Zakuani's Kingdom Hope Charity.

The conditions are perfect for today's Zakuani and Friends match in support of his Kingdom Hope charity at Starfire. It's a slow soccer day with the Sounders off for the weekend and the USMNT having played yesterday, and the weather has cleared to set up a delightful day of soccer in Tukwila.

Clint Dempsey will not stay with the USMNT and will come back to Seattle

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Clint Dempsey will return to training while Brad Evans will go to NJ to play against Costa Rica.

After a devastating end to the CONCACAF Cup, it means that the Sounders will not lose Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, or Jordan Morris (he'll sign by then) in 2017 for the Confederations Cup, in which ever country ends up with the hosting rights to the 2018 World Cup.

Sounders FC 2 attendance struggles

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Most of the MLS2 teams struggled to attract fans in the 2015 USL season, and S2 was part of that problem.

The USL holds dual roles as a developmental league (for the MLS2s) and a competitive soccer league for fans in cities without higher quality. Reported USL attendance from the regular season echoes that.

Clint Dempsey among starting lineup for USA vs. Mexico

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No big surprise, but Clint Dempsey is among the United States' starters for the CONCACAF Cup match against Mexico on Saturday. Dempsey has scored a team high seven goals for the USA this year.

#USMNT Starting XI for #USAvMEX: Guzan; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Jones, Beckerman, Bradley (C), Zardes; Dempsey, Altidore

— U.

Geoff Cameron levels for the United States

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Mexico, it's worth remembering, is not the giant that we sometimes make them out to be. Just look at this equalizing goal from the United States: Virtually everyone attacking the goal is onside and almost all are open. That Geoff Cameron is the one who gets credit for putting away Michael Bradley's free kick is highly predictable.

USA vs. Mexico, CONCACAF Cup 2015 recap: Paul Aguilar wins it late

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In the 118th minute Paul Aguilar sent Mexico to the 2017 Russia Confederations Cup. His brilliant goal late in extra time broke a 2-2 deadlock.

Tied at 1-1 entering the two 15-minute halves of extra time, the match finally became interesting. In those short, tense minutes Oribe Peralta opened the scoring after just eight added minutes.

USA vs. Mexico, CONCACAF Cup 2015: News, updates, analysis

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The Rose Bowl, Fox Sports 1 and Univision are hosting the biggest non-World Cup match between soccer rivals Mexico and the United States. The 6:30 PM match is getting an extensive pregame, with coverage starting at 5 PM.

What is this Concacaf Cup you might ask?

It is a one-game playoff between the winner of the 2013 Gold Cup (USA) and the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup (Mexico).

Steve Zakuani is playing with a bunch of Seattle soccer legends

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The game is being played on Sunday at Starfire.

The last time Steve Zakuani stepped on the field in a competitive setting was on Aug. 24, 2014. The speedy winger picked up an assist in the Portland Timbers' 4-2 loss to the Seattle Sounders.

Unfortunately, injuries kept him off the field for the rest of the season and Zakuani chose to retire, having made just 39 appearances over the previous four seasons while never quite making a full recovery from the broken leg he suffered in 2011.

USA vs. Mexico, CONCACAF Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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One Game. One Iconic Stadium. 93,000 fans. Two Bitter Rivals. Your CONCACAF Cup TV Listings, Streaming Options and Gamethread

What is this Concacaf Cup you might ask?

It is a one-game playoff between the winner of the 2013 Gold Cup (USA) and the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup (Mexico).

USA vs. Honduras, 2016 Olympics qualifying: Times, TV schedule and streaming info

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United States needs to win their semifinal match in order to guarantee a spot in next summer's olympics.

There's a pretty important game featuring the United States senior national team on Saturday that you probably know about. But there's another match earlier in the day also featuring the Red, White and Blue that deserves at least some of your attention: CONCACAF's Olympic Qualifying tournament, featuring the USA U-23s.

USWNT will hold a public training at CenturyLink on Oct. 20

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Ahead of their friendly against Brazil, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, and their U.S. teammates will hold a public training in Seattle. All are welcome to attend at no cost.

In just 12 days, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, and their U.S. teammates will make their way to CenturyLink Field to face Brazil in a World Cup Victory Tour match.

Everything you wanted to know about #YachtCon15 but were afraid to ask

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This weekend is all about #USAvMEX. We're even throwing a viewing party. You should come! But there's an even bigger Sounder at Heart-associated event coming right around the corner: #yachtcon15 (Oct. 24 from 2-6 p.m.), which will be celebrating the podcast's 200th episode. We're about to tell you everything you need to know about the premier yacht-themed, podcast celebration in the Pacific Northwest.

Sounders Academy coach joins United States U17 staff

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Othoniel "Junior" Gonzalez joined Seattle Sounders FC's Academy as the scout and U14 coach back in January. Today the club and US Soccer announced that the former Chivas USA assistant coach and UC Riverside head coach will be the head scout for the United States U17s.

His scouting efforts will focus on opposing team preparation, not discovering new American talent.

Marco Pappa a late addition to Guatemala's friendly roster

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The appearance shouldn't affect his availability against Houston Dynamo.

When Guatemala takes on El Salvador in Los Angeles next Tuesday, they'll be doing so with the aid of Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa.

This appearance will be Pappa's second international call since taking time to go through a substance abuse program over the summer.

Into the Sunset: Midfielder Mariah Bullock Retires

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The Reign's first offseason roster change sees their midfield super-sub leaving the game to pursue a degree.

After three years in the league and two years with the Reign (one as Mariah Nogueira), defensive midfielder Mariah Bullock is calling it a career at age 24. She's leaving the game to pursue a PhD in Psychology at BYU, so it's hard to begrudge her that choice.

Major Link Soccer: Ready for Mexico

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There's this thing at the Rose Bowl tomorrow. Messi could go to jail for tax fraud. Nemeth is rewarded for embarrassing Portland.

Seattle

Clint Dempsey's attitude on the field is pretty apparent almost always (especially when he is ripping up referee's notebooks). It all started back in Nacogdoches, where he and his friends and opponents honed their trash talking skills and were always playing hard for bragging rights.

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy, Player Ratings: Brad Evans is our Man of the Match

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A tie that felt like the win we may have played well enough to deserve

Happy about a 1-1 tie! I am not sure we deserved to win, but based on my ratings we sure didn't deserve to lose against the LA Galaxy on Sunday. I saw a lot of positives this week and we look to be close to really breaking out.

FC Seattle Paved Way for Americans Abroad

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Before Yanks began earning jobs in England, FC Seattle sent an entirely homegrown team to the UK.

International friendlies have been foisted upon the American soccer public for generations, but rare has been the occasion of a U.S. club traveling and playing abroad.

One club bucked that trend and did so when U.

Sounders work to integrate S2 into first team

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Now that Seattle Sounders FC2 (commonly referred to as S2) have finished their inaugural season in the United Soccer League (USL) after losing 2-0 to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC last month, some of the club's players have been spotted training with their parent club this week. Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said on Tuesday that, while he didn't have the details on players' contracts and such, some S2 players would be training with the first team until at least October 17th.

"No credibility" to rumored Sigi Schmid-Jason Kreis coaching swap

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It might make sense in a vague theoretical, but don't count on it happening.

If you were watching the New York Red Bulls-Montreal Impact match on Wednesday night or happened to be on Twitter around the same time, you were probably a little shocked to hear a seemingly crazy rumor involving two teams that had basically nothing to do with the match: That the Seattle Sounders and New York City FC were discussing the possibility of effectively swapping coaches.

Episode 196: Star Blazing with Richard Farley

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This week on the show we discuss the Sounders draw against the Galaxy and spent some quality time with Richard Farley talking NWSL and more.

Nos Audietis is back with another exciting edition of everyone's favorite unofficial Seattle Sounders podcast. On this week's show, Jeremiah and Aaron discuss the somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy and continue to look ahead to the playoffs.

Major Link Soccer - Blatter suspended

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What you need to know for US vs. Mexico and another long piece on Jordan Morris

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It's an oft told story at this point, but Grantland has written a piece on why Jordan Morris has chosen to remain at Stanford. We can never have too many Jordan Morris stories.

Zach Scott is, by far, the longest serving Sounder on the squad, but there are three other players who have been around for all of the MLS years.

This quote pretty well sums up why Jordan Morris is still at Stanford

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The Sounders Academy product is coming off another standout performance in the Red, White and Blue, but he doesn't look much closer to going pro.

Jordan Morris scored in Olympics qualifying, again. The Seattle Sounders Academy product and current Stanford junior got his third goal of the qualifying tournament on Tuesday, this time cleverly putting away a feed in front of goal to help the United States breeze to a 4-0 victory over Panama and complete a perfect group stage.

State of the MLS Run In: 3 Weeks to Go

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San Jose and Portland are neck and neck in the West, Montreal just has to cash in their games in hand in the East, and New Jersey is closing in on another Supporters Shield.

Previous Edition

For all of the complaints about the MLS Playoff system, you can't argue that it doesn't keep the end of the season interesting.

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Community player ratings form

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Score the players in the home draw that was dangerously close to a home loss.

Chad Barrett went from relaxing as a spectator to saving his team's bacon pretty quickly Sunday evening, snatching the late late goal that keeps the Sounders in a more solid playoff position. He certainly did well for himself in those limited minutes he played, but maybe he wouldn't have entered the match at all if his teammates had taken care of business earlier in the match.

Sounders vs. Galaxy: Two tactical halves end with an entertaining 1-1 draw

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Two dramatically different halves cemented a late season draw between the Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy

In a tale of two halves, the Seattle Sounders were able to eke out a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy at Centurylink Field on Sunday. While the first half was anything but pretty for the Sounders, their explosion in the second half gave the Galaxy a serious challenge.

Chad Barrett: "As soon as I heard the crowd, I just went crazy"

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Much has been said about Chad Barrett's late equalizer against the LA Galaxy on Sunday, but what caught many fans' eyes was the forward's "Lambeau Leap"-esque celebration when he jumped into the arms of the crowd. When asked if the routine had been planned, Barrett denied any forethought:

"I never plan anything," Barrett said.

Major Link Soccer: Sounders win and in

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A win in Houston and the Seattle Sounders can guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs.

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The International break will give the Seattle Sounders some extra time to get healthy, which is good news for Chad Marshall. Marshall returned to training on Tuesday and is "Ramping up" for a return to the starting lineup against Houston Dynamo.

Two Sounders start for United States U20s in Germany tournament

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Victor Mansaray and academy player Nicholas Hinds started in an 8-1 defeat by their German hosts.

There is a United States youth team currently playing a tournament in Germany, but you wouldn't know it from the US Soccer website or twitter feeds. Luckily, the internet exists, and a roster for the opening US game against Germany in Stuttgart was made available via the old-fashioned printed page.

Bye week gives Sounders time to replenish squad for playoff run

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Aside from Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey, who are with the USMNT, Sounders will take it easy this week.

Chad Marshall and Nelson Haedo Valdez, the two most notable absences from the Seattle Sounders lineup on Sunday, could potentially be ready for Oct. 18th's away clash at the Houston Dynamo, head coach Sigi Schmid said following Tuesday's training session.

Major Link Soccer: Orlando dreams of Zlatan, DraftKings/FanDuel in trouble

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The Sounders didn't exploit the hole between LA's Juninho and their centerbacks. A bit more work in that space could have turned that draw into a win.

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What happened on D.C. United's "Swipe Right Night?" Geekwire knows.

As the Washington Post reported, the event included the "Tinder District," a pre-game party zone that included a band, drinking games like beer pong and an open bar.

Sounders vs. LA - Aftermatch Aftermath: Galaxy Defended

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Another game, another draw, this time against LA Galaxy. You'd think a draw would be a good result against the first place team, but nah, nah it was kinda lame. Thank you Chad Barrett for making it a not-loss though.

Did you know that the Seattle Sounders played the LA Galaxy on Sunday? I'm sure you did.

Sounders' next match finally has a kickoff time, and will be on ESPN

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Next week's game in Houston is the first "flex" weekend.

For several weeks, Seattle Sounders fans have been waiting patiently as the time for next Sunday's match against the Houston Dynamo has been listed as "TBD." That game finally has an official time: 2 p.m. Pacific and it will be aired on ESPN.

Sounders unlucky with injuries, but have held their own on field

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2015 has been an unlucky season for Seattle when it comes to injury... but not out of keeping with league context. The team has played well under adversity... but perhaps not so well as hoped.

Fans of the Seattle Sounders could be forgiven for feeling a bit superstitious on Sunday when Nelson Valdez was scratched from the starting 11.

Lamar Neagle replaces Nelson Valdez in starting lineup

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As if the Seattle Sounders needed to find new ways to pick up injuries, Nelson Haedo Valdez just left warmups limping and has been replaced by Lamar Neagle in the starting lineup. Valdez picked up a left calf strain, and there's no word yet on how serious it may be.

Replacing Neagle on the Sounders bench is Chad Barrett.

Sounders vs. Galaxy, recap: Chad Barrett salvages a point

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Late goal allows Sounders to stay clear of the panic zone.

Chad Barrett has been having a rough year. The kind of year where he injures himself celebrating a goal. The kind of year where he is often left off the 18. The kind of year where some bro keys his car.

For at least a night, though, he'll be the guy who snatched a point when the Seattle Sounders needed one pretty freaking badly.

Another wonderful look at Chad Barrett's late

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This was not a pretty goal, but it counts just the same. Chad Barrett basically ran into Brad Evans' flicked header, pushing it past Donovan Ricketts and grabbing a point the Seattle Sounders desperately needed.

Sounders vs. Galaxy: Photos

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View this gallery here.

Some "fans" took out their frustrations on Zach Scott's family

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Meanwhile, his teammates were nothing but supportive.

Zach Scott did not have a great game. The Seattle Sounders center back misplayed a couple balls and, most notably, had a very loose pass that led directly to the LA Galaxy's only goal. But he also won all eight of his aerial duels, made five interceptions, was credited with four clearances and was at least partially responsible for Giovanni Dos Santos being held completely in check.

LevyFilms caught Chad Barrett's tying goal

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We haven't had the pleasure of sharing as much LevyFilms' footage as we have in past seasons, but luckily he was at Sunday's match. And wouldn't you know it, he caught Chad Barrett's tying goal. Great stuff.

Late is Better Than Nil from LEVYfilms on Vimeo.

Major Link Soccer: Coke, McDonalds to fight Blatter

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Unlike the typical order of things, where my bladder fights McDonald's and Coke

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Osvaldo Alonso, fresh off a terrific performance in front of his pappi, was named to the MLS All Time Best Hispanic XI as an alternate. Cuauhtémoc Blanco was named a starter, but we're simply assuming that was a typo.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats, quotes

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"I just finished a coke and had a plate of food in front of me. It's been a funny day." - Chad Barrett

Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans called to United States National Team

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The squad that will face Mexico in the Rose Bowl for the brand new CONCACAF Cup features two Sounders, as well as DeAndre Yedlin.

When Mexico faces the United States on October 10th (FoxSports 1, 6:30 PM) two Sounders will be in red, white and blue. Both Clint Dempsey, former USA captain, and Brad Evans are in the 23-man roster announced today.

LA Galaxy Scouting Report- Aged and defenseless

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Sounders face a pretty damn tough matchup with the Galaxy. It'll be full of goals and I see the Sounders taking this one, if we take the midfield and are disciplined.

Steven Gerrard has gotten older, slower, and there are times when it seems like he does not care about what his team needs him to do.

Here's the full context of Sigi Schmid's jab at Caleb Porter

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Schmid's emotional Hall of Fame induction speech talked about the need for humility, among other things.

Sigi Schmid was formally inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with Kasey Keller and Glenn Myernick. Schmid gave a wonderful speech, thanking a who's who of people who laid the groundwork for today's soccer landscape.

MLS releases playoff schedule

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If Sounders qualify for conference finals, home leg would likely be moved to Monday or Tuesday.

The tentative MLS Playoff dates were announced on Friday, and they looked rather ominous for Seattle Sounders fans hoping to avoid having to watch their team play on top of football lines as both legs of the conference semifinals were scheduled days when the Seahawks are playing at home.

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Why you should arrive early and what to expect

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An open stadium. Nationally-televised. LA Galaxy. Hall of Fame. There are a lot of good reasons to make it to the match tomorrow at CenturyLink Field, just remember there are some 60,000 people thinking the same thing. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your trip to SoDo tomorrow.

  • Before the match, Sigi Schmid and Kasey Keller will be honored for their induction into the 2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Three Questions

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Sunday's 6:30 PM match on FoxSports 1 features the two preseason trophy favorites. Both took odd paths to get there, but the two Western Conference powers look as strong as ever, if not stronger.

LA Galaxy are in command of the Supporters' Shield race, but have a significant obstacle to overcome if they are to actually take it - the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

NWSL Championship: Seattle Reign vs. FC Kansas City - Photos

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Chad Marshall not expected to miss more than a game

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Fisher's and Valdez's situations were also elaborated upon.

Chad Marshall is expected to return to training next week and might only miss Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy, Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told the media on Friday.

"It's a neck injury, so there are precautions we need to make.

Shirtless Sounders calendar raising money to fight cancer

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Now all your ogling will at least benefit a good cause.

It should come as no surprise that soccer players look pretty good with their shirts off. Now, the Seattle Sounders are putting those particular assets to good use: To help fight breast cancer.

The Sounders announced on Friday that they are releasing a calendar featuring the likes of Brad Evans, Zach Scott, Lamar Neagle, Chad Barrett, Oniel Fisher and others in various states of undress along with fully clothed breast-cancer survivors.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 31. TV and Streaming Listings

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The Supporters' Shield will come into some focus this weekend and someone will win the Rocky Mountain Cup. Three Big Storylines, From a Sounders Point of View and National TV Listings. Here is your Week 31 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday night sees D.C. United host New York City FC in a game that will likely be very rainy but avoid the worst of Hurricane Joaquin that is heading to the East Coast over the weekend.

Final Thoughts

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Saying goodbye to another almost-perfect season

Well, that wasn't what we wanted. Again the season ends in the final moment, at the feet — or in this case, at the head ‐ of Amy Rodriguez. It's thin gruel right now, but there's some gratification that they lost to a better team. It wasn't a bad bounce or bad luck or a bad call.

Sounders-Galaxy match will be played on NFL lines

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For the third time in seven season markings for the Seattle Seahawks will be on the XBox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

Sharing a stadium has created a certain number of advantages for Seattle Sounders FC. They get this flexible seating arrangement where most matches are merely 40,000 or so people, but sometimes they can get 67,000 to attend.

USA vs Mexico viewing party

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Sounder at Heart is hosting a viewing party at The NINETY for the CONCACAF Cup match between the United States and Mexico.

On October 10th the United States and Mexico will play in their most important non-World Cup match in ages. The CONCACAF Cup game pits the last two Gold Cup winners against each other.

Major Link Soccer: Jordan Morris defeats Canada

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A brace for JMo in Kansas City, a town that's having a heck of a week. The Union finally make a big change.

Seattle

Let's get this out of the way: The Reign fell just short of their prize again. Of course, again, it was FC Kansas City who packed it in and shut down Seattle's attack. For those counting, that brings the trophy count this week for Kansas City to two.

Sounders vs Sporting KC: Player ratings

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Another hard fought point earned from a tough rough trip, the mighty Sounders keep pace in the playoff hunt.

What an ugly game of soccer they play in Kansas City. It seems every time we play those guys it devolves into a slugfest, and this was no different even though their coach chose to rest players for other competitions.

2016 Sounders Training Top leak

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Footy Headlines reports on the new training top and the expected colors of next year's primary and third kits.

In 2016 the Seattle Sounders will be getting new primary kits, new third kits and new training gear. The Olympic Whites, unfortunately, will remain with the team. Footy Headlines has the leak of the new training gear.

Reign falls in Portland, loses 1-0

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The strongest attack in Women's soccer couldn't find a goal in a defensive battle that went right to the wire.

For the second year in a row, the Seattle Reign came up a goal short of an NWSL championship. On neutral turf, FC Kansas City scored too late for the Reign to manage an answer, and repeated as league champions on a 1-0 scoreline.

NWSL Championship Game Thread: Two Hours to a Trophy

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Seattle fell just short in 2014. Now it's time to remedy that failure, on the field of their biggest rival.

We have arrived — through a long, circuitous season interrupted and punctuated by World Cup victory — at the final moments. The business left unfinished at the end of the 2014 season is presented again to the Reign.

Chad Marshall injury update: Sounders center back suffers neck sprain

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No timeline for recovery, but Marshall has been discharged from hospital

When Chad Marshall crashed to the turf during Wednesday's training session and was rushed off in an ambulance, there were fears of the worst. The three-time MLS Defender of the Year has battled concussions throughout his career and it seemed at least possible that this could be a career ender.

Kasey Keller, Sigi Schmid just the latest Washington legends

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Iconic keeper and Sounders FC coach preceded in National Soccer Hall of Fame by eight other Washington giants.

In a perfect world, America's soccer history would have a permanent home, with an engaging strategy of telling the story of our long and often difficult path to reach this point in time.

Kim Little ready to step into the spotlight

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For a player defined by her club performances, tonight's NWSL final is her chance to show the world what she can do.

The field in Houston can only charitably be called a swamp. Rain has been pounding BBVA Stadium for a couple days, and there's an inch or two of water covering most of the field.

Major Link Soccer: KC wins Open Cup

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Also, everything you need to get ready for tonight's Reign showdown

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Seattle Reign face FC Kansas City tonight in Portland for the NWSL Final. The match will be aired at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

This will be a rematch of the 2014 NWSL Final, a match that FCKC won. Seattle will surely be out for revenge.

Meet the Reivengers

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They want revenge. They need revenge. They'll get revenge.

They came so close.

After all the work they did to save the country from certain destruction, the Seattle Reign came up just short. Now this year, their quest is to undo the damage and come out victorious in their Secret Wars.

Oniel Fisher injury leaves a tough choice at left back

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Another hamstring injury may mean a return for Remick or a spot start for Gonzalez.

Oniel Fisher had to stop practicing today after hurting himself during a drill. Sure enough, it appears the defender is the latest Seattle Sounder to suffer a hamstring injury this season.

Oniel Fisher just pulled up lame during a practice drill after scoring a header.

Steve Zakuani joins Tacoma Stars coaching staff

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Renaissance man Zakuani adds professional coach to his expanding skill-set.

Tacoma Stars GM and Head Coach Darren Sawatzky will be joined by another former Seattle Sounders player in Steve Zakuani. Zakuani joins the MASL (Major Arena Soccer League) side as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2015-16 indoor soccer season.