Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2015

Messi and Kobe put the reindeers' game to shame

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Unfortunately, it's the Sounders and their fans who suffer in this FIFA 16 ad.

This ad for FIFA 16 is a bit of a good news/bad news situation for Seattle Sounders fans. On one hand, wow, it's really cool how heavily featured the Sounders and CenturyLink Field are. The north end looks great!

Episode 205: End of season chat with Sigi Schmid

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This week's episode is a shorter one featuring Jeremiah talking with Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid.

In this offseason edition of Nos Audietis, Jeremiah sits down with Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid to discuss a variety of topics including the just completed season, his vision going forward for the team, Brad Evans and Cristian Roldan's rolls, and much more.

Arlo White talks about calling a historic goal for his boyhood club

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Arlo White has made a name for himself by walking that very thin line between excitement and over the top. That has probably never been a harder line that it was on Saturday. Leicester City is, after all, the club he grew up rooting for and Saturday marked the first time he had ever called a match at King Power Stadium.

Major Link Soccer: Betting it's illegal

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Washington residents are spending big bucks on daily fantasy sites, even though they're against state law.

MLS

For the first time since 2009, the yearly MLS Best XI does not include a Seattle Sounder. This year's roster features three Columbus Crew stars, along with two FC Dallas players and one unidentified fan.

Jordan Morris scored the kind of goal dreams are made of

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Stanford junior scores a brace to put Stanford into Elite 8.

If this is, indeed, Jordan Morris' final college season, he's doing everything possible to make sure he goes out on a good note. Coming off winning Pac-12 Player of the Year, the Stanford junior scored a pair of goals to lead the Cardinal to a 3-1 win over Ohio State on Sunday.

MLS Cup Conference Finals, How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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The MLS Cup Conference Final return legs should bring attacking play right from kickoff as both home teams try to overcome two goal deficits. Three Big Storylines, How to watch on TV and online and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Cup Conference Final Return Leg Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The Portland Timbers travel to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas with a 3-1 lead on FC Dallas.

Listen to Arlo White call a record-breaking goal for his boyhood club

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Arlo White, as you probably know by now, grew up a Leicester City fan. Actually, as he tells it, his very first team was Manchester United before he found himself rooting for his local club.

Although White has been calling Premier League matches for NBC since 2012, and this is Leicester City's second consecutive season in England's top flight, Saturday marked the first time he'd been in the booth at King Power Stadium.

Major Link Soccer: Rain Delay in Doha

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Come rain or shine, Qatar's construction remains sketchy.

The World:

In the freshest of links, this morning Jamie Vardy broke Manchester United great Ruud van Nistlerooy's record of scoring in consecutive Premier League games — against Manchester United.

In a rare change of form, Qatar is actually looking into their construction practices, following a recent rainfall.

Let It Snow and Let's Play Six (a-Side)

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When the University of Puget Sound hosted the NAIA women's finals and heavy snow blanketed Puget Sound, the choice was either to shake hands and go home or change the game.

One the morning of Nov. 27, 1985, planes departed from the Midwest, Southern California and the East Coast carrying teams to Tacoma, Wash.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group B voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group B.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

Snowbound in Seattle

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A 1-2 punch of record snowstorms forced local small colleges to improvise hosting national tournament games in 1985.

Generally speaking, most longtime, web-footed residents of Puget Sound know the difference between autumn and winter: right, the rain is colder.

Other climate truths are that snow in the lowlands is uncommon.

Fredy Montero named Europa League Player of the Week

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Playing time has been a bit hard to come by for Fredy Montero this season, and the bulk of it has come during Sporting CP's Europa League campaign. One such opportunity came on Thursday and the former Seattle Sounders Designated Player made of the most of it, scoring a goal and picking up two assists to lead Sporting CP to a 4-2 win on the road against Lokomotiv Moscow.

Major Link Soccer: Black Friday Special Edition

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This Major Link Soccer post is available for 35% off for the first 50 viewers. Makes a great holiday gift. David Beckham is cruising Black Friday sales for a soccer stadium deal.

Seattle

Sean Ugo Okoli was one of Seattle Sounders FC's first home grown signings, but it wasn't long before he was off to greener (less green?

Open Flavor Friday: Leftovers, shopping and fantasies

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This is your weekly open thread to talk all things not-soccer-related with the Sounder at Heart community. This series will continue until competitive matches dominate weekend content again.

As North American club soccer wraps up and the month of festivities and food got its start yesterday it is time to bring back Open Flavor Friday.

Cristian Roldan belongs in the middle

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A strong rookie season in 2015 was partially hidden by poor role selection.

Chance creation in soccer is driven by both skill in distribution and player role (e.g. a central defender should be expected to generate a scoring chance in relatively few circumstances on the field), so the list of Sounders leaders in that category should come as little surprise.

Fredy Montero scores first goal in about a month

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It has been an uneven start to the season for Fredy Montero, as he's found playing time harder to come by and most of his minutes have come in Europa League action. Well, Montero started on Thursday in Sporting CP's group stage match against Lokomotiv Moscow and scored his third goal of the tournament.

Major Link Soccer: Thanksgiving Edition

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As you eat your turkey, take a look at what MLS players and clubs are currently thankful for.

Seattle

The MLS Goal of the Year voting is down to the final four, and since all of the Sounders' goals were in one quarter of the bracket, Oba is the only Sounder remaining. I'm sure that our resident goal machine would be thankful for your vote.

Sounders considered building own stadium, MLS commissioner confirms

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You may remember about this time last year, there was some speculation that Adrian Hanauer was giving up his role as general manager in part to focus his energies on getting the Seattle Sounders their own stadium. We used that an excuse to do a rather exhaustive series looking at places the Sounders might actually consider moving.

Seattle Reign sign Swedish midfielder Antonia Göransson

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A speedy and versatile midfielder, Göransson could become the new Seattle Reign left back.

The Seattle Reign are giving us a lot to be thankful for this week. Not only has the core starters on the team re-signed, but we'll see two new internationals in 2016: Danish forward Manon Melis and now Swedish midfielder Antonia Göransson.

Major Link Soccer: Messi is back

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Lionel Messi started where he left off, Messi started his first game after a two month injury layoff and didn't miss a beat scoring twice in a 6-1 Barcelona rout of Roma.

UEFA Champions League

Catch the UEFA Champions League scores and highlights from Tuesday's games.

How do you improve on a 4-0 El Clasico win?

Sounders to kick off 2016 preseason in Tucson's Desert Diamond Cup

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The club announced friendlies against Portland and Vancouver in February

Seattle Sounders head to Tucson, Arizona to kick off their 2016 preseason with two "Desert Friendlies" as part of FC Tucson's annual Desert Diamond Cup event, the club announced on Tuesday.

Seattle's matches are against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Feb.

Newcastle, Sunderland want Obafemi Martins on off-season loan

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Unlike past seasons the rumors don't revolve around him leaving permanently, but instead just having some fun over in England.

In his three seasons with the Seattle Sounders, Obafemi Martins has scored 40 goals with 23 assists in MLS play. He also finished second in MVP voting in 2014. People noticed.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group A voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group A.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

USMNT 'likely' playing Copa America opener in Seattle

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Having Copa America Centenario matches in Seattle was always somewhat expected, as CenturyLink Field was long considered one of the front-runners to be one of the tournament's 10 host cities. Which teams would play here, though, has always been far less clear.

Now, it appears the United States will be one of them.

Major Link Soccer: PSG to replace sponsor with Je Suis Paris

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Seattle

Regulars to the March to the Match may be familiar with Bar Sajor, which experienced a small fire that needed to be put out Monday morning.

MLS and other American leagues

We're starting to learn a little bit more about the planned development around D.C. United's future Buzzard Point stadium.

Seattle Reign sign Netherlands' all-time leading scorer

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Manon Melis has 55 international goals, and scored 25 goals in her last 42 club matches.

A day after re-signing seven players, the Seattle Reign announced a new signing: 29-year-old Dutch forward Manon Melis. Melis will be joining the Reign at the start of the 2016 season, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Brad Evans wants to stay at center back, knows he probably won't

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Brad Evans has made no secret about his desire to finally find a permanent position. He's said this basically every year at one point or another. First it was that he wanted to establish himself as a two-way center mid, then he expressed some desire to settle in as an outside mid before finally seeing a future with the United States national team as a right back.

Watch the goal that put Seattle U into the NCAA's Sweet 16

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A 40th-minute goal was all Seattle U needed to beat UCLA. They now face Syracuse in the Sweet 16.

This 40th minute goal from Seattle University senior Hamza Haddadi was all the Redhawks needed to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Men's Soccer tournament. Haddadi, a local product from Shorewood High School, had just returned from an injury that kept him out for eight matches.

Reign Retain Core: Seven Re-signed, Including Little and Fishlock

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Seattle keeps hold of the majority of the starting lineup that won two NWSL Shields.

The Reign have announced the re-signing of seven players for the 2016 season, successfully maintaining the core of the team that won consecutive NWSL Shields in 2014 and 2015 and advanced to consecutive finals.

Major Link Soccer: Athens Derby cancelled

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After a player was hit with a flare from the stands, one of the world's most fierce rivalries was called off

Seattle

Seattle Sounders FC Owner Joe Roth isn't always the most enlightening of speakers, but had some interesting things to say when talking to Philly.com about turf, stadiums, and his fellow owners.

The Whole Sixteen-Goal Story (Part 4)

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Finding silver lining in Huskies' '68 debacle at USF took 8 years as four-part series wraps up. Parts 1, 2 and 3 are linked here.

Seeking a Silver Lining

Losses teach more lessons than victories, but it was difficult to know where to begin digesting what happened that day in Balboa Park.

MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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The MLS Cup Playoffs return after the international break with the first leg of the Conference Finals. Three Big Storylines, How to watch on TV and online and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Cup Conference Finals First Leg Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The last time Columbus Crew SC played the New York Red Bulls in the playoffs, it was MLS Cup 2008.

The Whole Sixteen-Goal Story (Part 3)

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After playing late the previous night, traveling and losing their only keeper, the Huskies face a San Francisco team loaded for bear.

Behemoth by the Bay

Awaiting Washington in the City by the Bay was a team with a history of pummeling the opposition. San Francisco had earned bids in six of the first nine years of the NCAA tournament, and became the first West Coast program to win the championship two years earlier, in 1966.

Tacoma Stars take first loss, despite awesome mascots

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Tacoma takes its first loss of the season in front of 2,218 fans

The Tacoma Stars returned home to ShoWare Center on Friday night on the heels of a successful road trip to California, in which they won all 3 of their away games. Tacoma's opponent for its second home game of the season was Soles de Sonora, an expansion team from Hermosillo, Mexico.

Major Link Soccer: Galaxy to be torn apart?

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Conference Semis are tomorrow. There are links to read about that if you want to torture yourself and/or still follow the league.

MLS:

There appears to be a Galactic shift in Southern California, with Mika Varynen not coming back in 2016. LAGConfidential says their fans should welcome the coming roster explosion.

Five things we learned from watching every Sounders goal

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A year ago, the Seattle Sounders scored a whopping 65 goals in 34 regular-season games for a robust 1.91 goals per game. That numbered ballooned to 89 goals in 44 matches if you include the playoffs, U.S. Open Cup and the friendly against Tottenham.

We know the Sounders weren't nearly as prolific this year, scoring 44 regular-season goals and 59 in 43 total matches.

Seattle Soccer Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday gift-giving season is just around the corner. This is not just an excuse to plug ourselves, though we will. There are some pretty neat things that the Seattle Sounders, Seattle Reign, Tacoma Stars, etc., have out there. You love soccer. People you know love soccer. Get them soccer stuff.

Sounder at Heart - This Is Our Sound

The hoodie starts at $40.

2015 Sounder at Heart Offensive Player of the Year

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Which player most contributed to the attack in 2015?

Previous winners are not just forwards as the award is eligible to any player that scores goals or collects assists. This year's cutoff will be for any player with seven or more goals or assists. Previous winners were Fredy Montero (09, 10, 12), Mauro Rosales (11), Eddie Johnson (13) and Obafemi Martins (14).

The Whole Sixteen-Goal Story (Part 2)

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Going late into the night, and invoking use of the golden goal and overtime, on Nov. 18, 1968, Washington and Seattle U play for the right to fly south the next morning (second of a series). Part 1 can be found here.

A Battle Between Friends

Twice that 1968 season the Huskies had beaten SU by two goals.

Major Link Soccer: End the (Expansion) Draft!

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Atlanta United et al. may have to look elsewhere to fill their rosters. Why Obafemi Martins didn't score for Nigeria. A referee red cards a TV commentator.

Seattle

Obafemi Martins is amazing. Especially when he is scoring and doing flips. So why didn't he score for Nigeria during his recent callup?

Sigi Schmid explains Lamar Neagle's late-season absence

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Sounders head coach says he simply felt there were better options than Neagle, but leaves door open for local product's return.

This was supposed to be the year Lamar Neagle finally came into his own. Over the previous two seasons, the Federal Way product had scored 17 goals and picked up 13 assists.

Stefan Frei named Defender of Year by Sounders

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Frei had 10 shutouts this season, 4th in Major League Soccer

Goalkeeper Stefan Frei had been named their Defender of the Year for the 2015 MLS season, the Sounders announced on Wednesday. Aside from a few blips, including the season-ending penalty shootout in Dallas, Frei has been stellar for the Sounders and was well-deserving of the award.

Here's what some of the regions top politicians said about Copa America Centenario

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The Copa America Centenario is a big deal. No, it's not as big as the World Cup and it won't draw the worldwide TV ratings of Euro 2016, but it's probably the biggest tournament to be played in North America since the 1994 World Cup. The tournament will feature not just the 10 CONMEBOL nations -- who include players like Leo Messi, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez -- but also the United States, Mexico and four other CONCACAF nations.

The Whole Sixteen-Goal Story

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When the NCAA first extended postseason invitation to Northwest schools in 1968, it resulted in a hastily arranged playoff between Washington and Seattle University. (First in a series)

Soccer's history is glutted with millions of matches where one, two or three goals are. So when perusing a local club's all-time results, it reads much like binary code, with a few crooked numbers thrown in.

One of world's top tournaments officially coming to Seattle

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It's official: CenturyLink Field joins nine other venues for the first-ever Copa America Centenario

Seattle has long been rumored to be one of the hosts for the first Copa America tournament held outside of South America, and recent hints seemed to confirm it. But any lingering doubts in the back of your mind that the Pacific Northwest might be snubbed can be put to rest.

Major Link Soccer - #SigiIn (the trunk of a car)

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Seattle

The reportedly record-setting offer to Jordan Morris is just a small part of the Seattle Sounder's stated goal of getting younger in 2016.

It's probably too much to hope for another DeAndre Yedlin in our immediate future, but maybe we can help the upcoming youngsters by helping them follow Yedlin's diet.

Sigi Schmid foresees "most eventful offseason in MLS history"

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Sounders head coach gives few specifics for the Sounders, but Schmid hinted at some changes to the roster.

To hear Sigi Schmid tell it at Wednesday's end-of-year media event, this will "probably be the most eventful offseason in MLS history." Schmid knows of what he speaks, having been a coach in the league since 1999 and being a close observer of it ever since its inception.

Jordan Morris offered "richest Homegrown Player contract ever"

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Sounders President Lagerwey says 'it's up to Jordan' in regards to when Morris will sign.

In today's end-of-season conference call, Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey covered many issues. One of particular interest to fans of the club and the United States Men's National Team is the status of genre-breaking star Jordan Morris.

Episode 204: Reviewing the Annual Business Meeting

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This week on the show we review the annual business meeting and stare in to the abyss of the offseason.

The offseason has begun for the Seattle Sounders and we're back to discuss the latest news coming out of the Annual Business Meetings. There's a new (sort of) majority owner, no change at the head coach position, along with several other tidbits that are worth of discussion.

Major Link Soccer: Point Earned

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The USMNT earned a point on the road drawing with Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain Tuesday night.

U.S. Soccer

Looking for a win the United States settled for a draw Tuesday night in Trinidad and Tabago.The USMNT looked outplayed and uninterested for most of the first half, the U.

Jordan Morris is Pac-12 Player of Year, other Academy alums recognized

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Despite missing five of Stanford's games while playing with the United States National Team Mercer Island native and Seattle Sounders Academy product earned the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He lead Stanford with eight goals (5th in confernce) and two assists earned him the second highest points per game at 1.

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, World Cup 2018 qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT travels to the most famous away venue in US Soccer's modern history. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your USMNT World Cup Qualifies Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) are good. Riveting analysis there, but it needs to be said that this is not going to be an easy game.

2015 Sounder at Heart Defensive Player of the Year Voting

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Preventing goals is the primary responsibility of more than just the backline. The SaH Defensive Player of the Year award considers all players who have goal prevention as their primary purpose on the pitch.

While MLS awards a Defender of the Year, here at Sounder at Heart tradition extends the similar award to all players that prevent the opponent from scoring.

Major Link Soccer: DeAndre Yedlin settling in at Sunderland

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DeAndre Yedlin is finally settling in at Sunderland, having learned some hard lessons along the way. This Sports Illustrated profile details how his ability to look forward has aided growth with USMNT.

The obvious joke here is: Should OYO Sports' "training cart bundle" include the entire team?

Young Sounders to watch in the NCAA championship

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There may be no more Sounders in the MLS playoffs, but we can still watch The Future as they vie for an NCAA title.

The bracket is set for the men's NCAA Soccer Championship, with plenty of young Sounders academy talent to keep an eye on in the 48-team field over the next month.

Jordan Morris with Stanford is of course the rising star to watch, but there are nine other academy products on five teams with a chance to win it all.

Tacoma Stars sweep road trip to move to 4-0

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Tacoma is the first team in the MASL to reach 4 wins this season.

This past weekend's road trip was the first real test of the season for the Tacoma Stars to see how well the team could cope without its strong home crowd and team of mascots supporting them, in addition to the fixture congestion associated with playing 3 games in 3 days.

USMNT's opponent 'overjoyed' to see Clint Dempsey left off roster

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When the United States kicked off their journey toward the 2018 World Cup in Friday's qualifier against St. Vincent & Grenadines, they did so without Clint Dempsey. It marked the first time since the 2006 World Cup cycle that a fully fit Dempsey missed a qualifier that mattered (yes, that includes matches against the likes of Cuba or Antigua and Barbuda).

Major Link Soccer: Fallout from France

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Friday's attacks were felt in the sports world

Seattle

There's a man trying to make Seattle a five-sport city by building a new arena just south of CenturyLink Field. That location isn't agreeable to the Port of Seattle, who are teaming up with the Port of Tacoma to try and sink the building however they can.

Ross Fletcher is buying a ton of beer for Sounders fans

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Head to Market Arms on Thursday to thank Ross for four fantastic years.

Like me, you might be having a hard time accepting that Ross Fletcher won't be the voice of the Sounders next year. Not only did Ross bring all sorts of fun, alliteration, and excitement to his role as the Sounders play-by-play announcer; he also made an effort to get to know and interact with the larger Sounders community.

2015 Sounders Community Player Rankings

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Our review of the 2015 season begins with the annual community player rankings.

As is our annual tradition, it is time to let our community rank the Sounders players by how much you think they contributed to the team's success in the 2015 season. We include the number of minutes played in all competition as a rough guideline to how involved the player was, but ultimately the standard by which you rank the players is up to you.

CenturyLink Field lights up in solidarity with Paris

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Over here on the other side of the world, it can very much seem like there's not much we can do in order to help the victims of Friday's attacks in Paris. One thing we can do is offer our support, which is exactly what CenturyLink Field did.

KOMO Photo: @CenturyLink_Fld Lit up in French colors tonight to honor the victims in #ParisAttacks pic.

Seattle Sounders Alliance sets out new rules for GM retention votes

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Garth Lagerwey will get a full four seasons before being subject to an automatic vote.

A less flashy but important piece of news from the annual business meeting was that the Seattle Sounders Alliance Council has updated the rules that define the process of voting on the club's general manager.

Major Link Soccer: Oba's World (Qualifying) Cup

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Fighting off a tough end to the season, Oba hopes bringing goals to the Super Eagles will be a proper coping mechanism.

World:

In a 20-1 landslide, Russia has been banned from all World Athletic events following a state-sponsored doping scandal.

The locations of the Copa America Centenario have reportedly been finalized, including a New Jersey-based final.

Joe Roth apologizes for comments at Alliance meeting

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Fans called for apology after Roth's flippant comments about Guatemala and Nicaragua

Seattle Sounders FC released an apologetic statement on behalf of owner Joe Roth after his comments during last night's Alliance meeting describing Guatemala and Nicaragua as "cocaine distributors."

Roth had mistakenly identified Marco Pappa as being from Nicaragua rather than Guatemala, and when corrected he noted offhand that both countries were cocaine distributors.

Latino supporters' group disillusioned by Joe Roth's comments

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On the night that Joe Roth effectively handed over his controlling interest of the Seattle Sounders to Adrian Hanauer, the Hollywood producer went out with quite a bang. In between defending Sigi Schmid's coaching performance and bemoaning the existence of the away-goals rule and ties, Roth also made a highly insensitive remark about how Guatemala and Nicaragua are both "cocaine distributors.

USMNT v St. Vincent & the Grenadines World Cup Qualifying. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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In the earliest date ever, the USMNT opens World Cup Qualifying in Saint Louis. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and a surprisingly robust From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your USMNT Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Russia 2018, it begins today for the United States Men's National Team.

Major Link Soccer: Coach Landon

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Donovan is thinking about that manager life. Klinsmann is a big Morris fan. World Cup Qualifying begins!

Seattle

The most important Sounders-related event yesterday (if you couldn't tell from looking at the site) was the annual business meeting, and news and analysis from the event can be found right here.

Your 2015 Reign Defender of the Year

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Lauren Barnes was the leader of a Reign backline that had the second-best goals against average in the NWSL. For that, and many other reasons, she's your Reign Defender of the Year.

After the NWSL season ended in heartbreaking fashion, we asked you to help us celebrate the fantastic Seattle Reign FC season that came before the NWSL Final by honoring some of the best Reign players this year.

Sounders designated players are all too similar, and FC Dallas took advantage of that

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In so far as the Seattle Sounders are concerned, there was quite a lot to be proud of from their 2-1 loss in the second leg of the Western Confernce sem-finals against FC Dallas. While it took extra time and penalties to fully decide the 2-legged tie, the Sounders went toe-to-toe with a young FC Dallas team and held their own despite coming off a week where they played 3 games in 7 days.

Sounders place Starfire expansion on hold

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No clear timeline on plans to add a new building partially funded by the Sounders Community Trust.

During Thursday night's annual End of Year Alliance Meeting, it was revealed that the club is delaying the expansion plans at Starfire Sports Complex. Originally part of the announcement of Sounders FC 2 and the primary goal of the Sounders Community Trust (SCT), the planned out-building is being evaluated while the club determines if Starfire Sports is the long-term training ground, secondary stadium and host of soccer operations for the team.

Sounders FC Alliance business meeting: Updates, news and highlights

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Sounders owners will be addressing all sorts of questions and give updates on the state of the team.

Season ticket holders have another event to add to their calendar: Seattle Sounders FC will be holding their seventh annual Alliance Business Meeting on Nov. 12. Like last year it will be held at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle, and like every year it is expected to be hosted by Sounders FC owners Joe Roth, Adrian Hanauer, and Drew Carey (possibly via Skype.

2016 Sounders Business Meeting Livethread

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Business will be discussed at the Paramount Theater. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT, with the meeting slated to begin at 7:00 p.m PT.

Sounders Alliance Council Livethread

After another year close to the mountaintop, the owners and operators of Seattle Sounders FC will take the stage of the Paramount Theater to prop up/defend their record (depending on your point of view).

Adrian Hanauer is now Sounders' majority owner

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Well this came out of left field: At the end of his opening statement at the Seattle Sounders Alliance Meeting, Joe Roth announced that Adrian Hanauer is the club's new majority owner. Details are sparse and it's unknown how much, if any, of the club's ownership Roth has retained, but Hanauer appears to be the undisputed top dog at the organization now.

New turf coming to CenturyLink Field in 2016

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It wasn't exactly unexpected, but the Seattle Sounders had put to rest any fears that they won't have new turf in time for the 2016 season. Sounders Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley made the announcement at Thursday's Alliance Meeting.

Bart Wiley says Sounders are getting new turf next year.

Sigi Schmid returns in 2016

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President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey announced at the End of Year Meeting that the only coach the Seattle Sounders have known will remain the coach.

The decision to retain Sigi Schmid as the coach of the Seattle Sounders in 2016 was confirmed on Thursday night when Garth Lagerwey made the announcement during the Q&A session of the annual Alliance Meeting.

Copa America Centenario organizers 'want to be in Seattle'

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Don't go out and start making plans yet, but CenturyLink Field is very much in the running to be one of the hosts for next summer's Copa America Centenario. Seattle Sounders Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley said nothing was finalized, but gave strong indications that something could soon be during Thursday's Alliance Meeting.

Sounders 2015 offseason calendar

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With the SuperDraft and coming Champions League action, there's no time to mourn.

As with every year, the North-er North American soccer offseason has come too soon. But you don't watch MLS for the commercial breaks and cheerleader timeouts. No, you love this league because it's always going!

We give Sounders a 'C-' for 2015

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This was a hard year to grade as it showed greatness, depression, hope and failure.

Only twice have the Seattle Sounders failed to earn a major trophy in their seven years in MLS. While they did win the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2011, the year fluctuated between greatness and sorrow.

Sounders 'actively shopping' Osvaldo Alonso, according to Grant Wahl

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Osvaldo Alonso is 30 years old, coming off a season in which he missed 15 matches (including all three playoff games) and made $800,000. While he remains one of the Seattle Sounders' most important players, it would appear there are significant efforts being made to move in a new direction.

Here's what Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl said in his latest column: "I'm hearing Seattle is actively shopping Alonso for a trade around MLS.

Major Link Soccer: Sigi Hashtags for All

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Let's all just enjoy a nice civil discussion about the future of the Seattle Sounders.

Seattle

Things are starting to pick up in our annual fight polite conversation over the future of one Siegfried Schmid. To kick off today's conversation, I start with the completely predictable news.

Two Stars players named to MASL Team of the Week

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Dan Atoniuk and Danny Waltman are also nominated for Player of the Week

Dan Antoniuk's hat trick and Danny Waltman's 16 saves in last week's 5-1 win over the Sacramento Surge were good enough to earn MASL Team of the Week honors.

Antoniuk scored the first goal of the game on Friday night and added two more goals in the third quarter to put the game away.

Sounders vs. Dallas - Aftermatch Aftermath: The End that Was

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What ended up being the final match of the season saw the Seattle Sounders lose to FC Dallas and exit the playoffs. I'm sad. You're sad. I'm upset. You're upset. But I bring you gifs in hopes to turn that frown upside down. What do ya say about that?

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me seven times, shame on the Seattle Sounders.

2015 Sounder at Heart Young Player of Year voting

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Which Sounders player under the age of 23 had the best season in 2015?

Editor's note: This is the first of the Seattle Sounders-specific end-of-year awards from Sounder at Heart. Ride of the Valkyries already did their polling on the best Seattle Reign players and those results will be announced soon.

Episode 203: Nothing good ever happens in Texas

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This week on the show we break down the season ending loss against FC Dallas and discuss what changes could be coming for the Sounders.

The Sounders fell on penalties against FC Dallas in the Conference semifinals, and we're back to talk about the match. Ginge shares a few thoughts since he was in attendance, while Aaron and Jeremiah discuss the result and offer some general feelings about the season overall.

Major Link Soccer: Rookie of the Year

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Winning in a land slide Cyle Larin went from being drafted number one in the MLS super-draft by Orlando City to MLS Rookie of the Year.

Seattle

Washington State University received an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship Monday. The Cougars (14-5-0, 7-4-0 Pac-12) will host Northwestern (13-5-2, 7-3-1 Big Ten) in the first round, Saturday at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman.

This year was so close to being special ... until it wasn't

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We're now almost 48 hours removed from what I'm comfortable calling the most excruciating end to a Seattle Sounders season to date. It's not just that they were eliminated on penalty kicks for the first time, it's how the game even ended up there that is so rough.

I say this in all honesty: It still hurts to watch the highlights.

Reigns Abroad: Welcome to the W-League

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Offseason loans and international duty saw Reign players disperse across the globe in November, with most of the action taking place in the Land Down Under.

We're spending the offseason drowning our sorrows in sour beer and fennec fox gifs, but many of our beloved Reign players are as busy as ever.

LevyFilms captures the beauty of Tacoma Stars' season opener

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Tacoma beat Sacramento 5-1 on Friday night in front of 3,710 fans and 4 mascots. Here's some highlights as well as some quotes.

Levy Films has been doing solid work for the Tacoma Stars ahead of the start of the MASL season. On Friday night, the Stars beat Sacramento 5-1 behind Dan Antoniuk's hat trick and Danny Waltman's 16 saves.

Nelson Haedo Valdez and Marco Pappa also called into international duty

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They join Obafemi Martins, Oalex Anderson and Myron Samuel as Sounders representing their nations during World Cup Qualifying.

Seattle Sounders FC will not get any benefit from the international break during the MLS Cup Playoffs, but several players are heading around the world to help their home nations qualify for World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Lamentations of a frustrated Sounders fan

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Are the Sounders sometimes *ahem* lazy? Maybe.

Where I'm living for the next year, a small apartment in Costa Rica, isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things. Steam emanates from my showerhead within at least a few minutes of turning it on, and I've only once seen a cockroach scribble out its path across my cracked white linoleum floors.

Major Link Soccer: NYCFC picks Vieira

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From one Manchester City farm team to another

Seattle

Big surprise, Sigi Schmid would like to stay at the job he's had for the last seven years.

The Sounders can't win MLS Cup, but they can still win Goal of the Year. The second round just started and there's still plenty of Rave Green goals to choose from.

Allow yourself to remember the moment when all was good in the world

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The emotion lasted less than two minutes. But, man, those moments felt really good. The Seattle Sounders had scored in the 90th minute on a wonderful Marco Pappa corner kick and a pounding Chad Marshall header. The all-important road goal tied the score 1-1 and gave the Sounders a 3-2 lead on aggregate.

Game State: Illustrating how Sounders went into bunker-mode at the half

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The Seattle Sounders played 45 strong minutes in Dallas, but ultimately failed to finish off FC Dallas through desperation defense.

The "situation" of Sunday's loss didn't change until Tesho Akindele's 84th minute goal, but the "state" of the game undeniably shifted at half:

We've looked at this game progression chart on a few prior occasions (here, and here, for examples) - team stats are broken down into 10-minute sliding windows collected at 5 minute increments (e.

Sounders insider predicts 'very different roster' in 2016

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Taylor Graham gave some strong hints that some significant change could be in the offing.

The last time the Seattle Sounders went out of the playoffs this early was 2013. Granted that was in far more spectacular fashion -- losing a pair of games and being thoroughly outclassed by their biggest rivals -- but it precluded the most dramatic rebuilding in the club's history.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, Leg Two: Highlights, Stats, quotes

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I'm a relatively young, healthy person, and this match has me thinking maybe I should get my heart checked out.

Personal match viewing recap: Cautious confidence, followed by doubt, followed by a sinking feeling, followed by dismay, followed by (brief) joy and elation, followed by dismay again, and then a sort of numbness set in during extra time where I think all my neurotransmitter receptors were maxed out.

Sounder at Heart's off-season plan is great fun

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With the season over many will think, "well I don't need to check Sounder at Heart until March." They'd be wrong.

I hate writing this post every year. It means soccer is done. It means that Seattle Sounders FC fell short of their goals. It means no more gathering in Pioneer Square, marching to matches, boom-boom clapping, no more flamethrowers, no end of game processionals.

Major Link Soccer: ____________________

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You probably aren't on SaH today anyway, but just in case...

It's gonna be short tonight. I think most of us have our heads somewhere else right now. And no, the lackluster title isn't an accident.

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Captain America isn't done yet: After netting two goals in the MLS playoffs, Clint Dempsey (the second-leading scorer in United States history) believes he'll be playing for his country again soon.

Nelson Haedo Valdez enters lineup, rest unchanged

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To simplify things Seattle Sounders could just win today, even a draw would be nice. Sigi Schmid started ten of the eleven that won the home leg 2-1. Nelson Haedo Valdez is the only new entry as he replaces Marco Pappa (nominally on the wing).

Zach Scott remains the captain and leads the backline with Tyrone Mears, Chad Marshall and Oniel Fisher.

Fredy Montero a fan just like you and me

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So nice to see Fredy Montero sweating this thing out right along side us.

@goleador17 Are you sticking around for the match? (P.S.: Go Sounders!)

— Manuel Reis (@ManuelReis) November 9, 2015

FC Dallas vs. Sounders, full-time: It's a cruel, cruel world

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Sounders get the goal they were looking for, but fall in penalties.

All year, the Seattle Sounders have taken us on a roller-coaster. Their final game of the season was no different. For 80-odd minutes their defense held, only to see FC Dallas grab an apparent winner on a Tesho Akindele header from Je-Vaughn Watson cross.

Classy as ever, Ross Fletcher tweets his goodbye message

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We've known for a few weeks that Ross Fletcher's tenure as Seattle Sounders play-by-play voice would come to an end whenever the season did. That turned out to be Sunday night, following the Sounders' heart-breaking penalty-shootout loss to FC Dallas.

As you'd probably expect, Fletcher bid farewell with a classy message.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, MLS playoffs 2015: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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Turn on Fox Sports 1 at 4:30 and watch Seattle take advantage of a 2-1 lead going into the final leg of this aggregate goal series.

Poised to return to the Western Conference Finals for a third time in four years, the Seattle Sounders will need to take advantage of their goal advantage from the first leg of this aggregate score two-leg series.

MLS Playoffs Conference Semi-Finals, How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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With the opening round of the MLS Conference Semi-Finals all being cagey affairs with most teams worried about losing, expect the return legs to be wide open matches where each team knows exactly what they need to advance. Three Big Storylines, National TV Listings and From a Sounder Point of View.

Sounders playing part of the early bird

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It was a Late Show in the 1st leg, but Sounders are scoring more early goals than ever before.

If it seems of late that Sounders FC are getting off on the front foot, it's no illusion.

Not only is Seattle in a unique position (for them) of owning a lead going into the second leg of an MLS postseason series, the Rave have scored more goals in the first 10 minutes than any season in Sounders history, dating to 1974.

MLS Western Conference Semis Leg 2- FC Dallas scouting report

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How or will Dallas change for leg two, what to expect as the Sounders look to advance to the Western Conference Finals with a win or tie in Dallas.

I hope you've had a fun week because it is time to get serious. This season comes down to tomorrow. The Rave Green took it to Dallas and walked out with a 2-1 lead going to Texas.

Sounders vs FC Dallas, Western Conference semifinals leg two: Three Questions

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Sitting with a 2-1 lead Seattle heads to Frisco, TX with the hopes of third trip the Conference Finals in four years. FoxSports 1 has the action at 4:30 PM Sunday November 8th.

With a clicking offense and a patchwork defense Seattle Sounders FC enter leg two against FC Dallas with a simple route to qualify for the next round of the MLS Cup Playoffs - win and advance, draw and advance, score a goal and lose by only a goal and advance.

Major Link Soccer: Blatter Under Pressure

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Between home teams hoping to vanquish I-5 rivals and FIFA figureheads, the heat of the moment can still be felt in November rain.

World:

Sepp Blatter has canceled all of his appointments for the next ten days, due to the strains of his corruption now affecting his physical health.

There are people in this world who love soccer but hate watching it.

The Tacoma Stars are back!

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Tacoma beat Sacramento 5-1 in front of the Stars largest crowd in decades.

The Tacoma Stars announced their full return to professional status in style on Friday night at Kent's ShoWare Center.

For the first time since the MISL club folded in 1992, the Stars played in front of a home crowd of over 3,700 fans.

Something amazing is happening at Tacoma Stars games

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Get on their level.

I'm going to be totally honest here. I did not plan on paying a ton of attention to the Tacoma Stars' opener. Don't get me wrong, they seem like a team with their hearts in the right place, they appear to have a bunch of really talented players and indoor soccer seems pretty fun.

ECS bringing strong contingent on road for FC Dallas match

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Should be more than 130 fans supporting the Sounders.

While the Seattle Sounders' home attendance is what tends to grab most of the headlines, the way their fans travel is nearly as notable. So it should come as little surprise that a strong contingent will be making the trip for Sunday's Western Conference semifinal at FC Dallas.

Schmid coy on injury updates as Sounders travel to Dallas

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Evans, Gonzalez, and Alonso were all seen doing light jogging at today's training

In what was likely a combination of haste and carefully crafted deception, Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told the media at today's training that the trio of Leo Gonzalez, Osvaldo Alonso, and Brad Evans were "making progress" when asked if the players were making the trip to Dallas.

Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans left off USMNT's World Cup qualifier roster

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Klinsmann mostly spares teams still in MLS Cup contention, Jordan Morris called up.

World Cup Qualifying begins for the USMNT this month in St. Louis, and Jurgen Klinsmann has called up a 23-man roster without Brad Evans or Clint Dempsey.

Klinsmann's squad for the Nov. 13 match against St.

Major Link Soccer: Bob Bradley's next stop is France

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The American coach is working his way up in Europe. Drogba may play in in Italy this offseason. MLS in Miami is looking more doomed than ever.

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Top Drawer Soccer always keeps a close eye on college soccer prospects, and here they have a report on whose stock is up and whose is down leading up to the 2016 MLS Draft.

Episode 202: Conference Semifinals Edition

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This week we review the first leg win over FC Dallas and look ahead to the deciding second leg on Sunday.

Nos Audietis is back to prepare you for Sunday's second leg Conference semifinal match against FC Dallas. We look back at the Sounders 2-1 win in the first leg, discuss lineup possibilities, injuries and other important details, and dream a little about another possible trip to the Conference final.

Seattle Reign squad remains intact after NWSL Expansion Draft

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Meghan Klingenberg goes to the Portland Thorns in a deal with the Reign, Houston, and Orlando, ensuring no Reign players could get selected.

On Monday, Meghan Klingenberg's tenure as a Seattle Reign player ended when she was picked first in the NWSL Expansion Draft by the Orlando Pride. The World Cup champion's time with the Reign lasted approximately 170 hours.

Andreas Ivanschitz on scoring first home goal: 'That's goosebumps'

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Andreas Ivanschitz very well may have saved the Seattle Sounders season. His spectacular goal against FC Dallas turned around the momentum of not just the game, but the entire series. It's also the second big goal he's scored for the Sounders, but the first he's scored at home.

Ivanschitz sat down with SoundersFC.

Jordan Morris still considering return to Stanford for senior season

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Stanford junior will likely sign with Sounders eventually, Goal.com reports.

Jordan Morris is in the midst of another standout season with Stanford. The junior has eight goals and two assists in 13 appearances and the Cardinal have surged to a No. 4 ranking in both the RPI and coaches polls.

Sounders vs FC Dallas: Player Ratings

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Seattle leads Dallas 2-1 at half

Sunday's 2-1 comeback win at home vs Dallas showed a ton of heart from the home field Seattle Sounders team. Again the coaching staff made the right moves throughout to give this team a chance to get a quality result, and the players stepped up immensely showing incredible intensity especially in the second half to recover a lead.

Sounders unleash spectacular hype video ahead decisive playoff match

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We love our hype trailers around these parts. We happen to think we do some pretty awesome ones ourselves. But a big ol' tip o' the cap to the Seattle Sounders for hitting all the right buttons with this beauty. Enjoy.

If you're curious, the audio is provided by Ward Collier and it's from a film produced by the Seattle Engineering Department back in 1976.

Spread #goodplayoffkarma by adopting a puppy

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We know this is a little late, but Brad Evans, Stefan Frei and the Seattle Sounders are helping the Seattle Humane Society get some puppies adopted today at CenturyLink Field. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so you still have time to get there. At the very least, you can see Evans and Frei play with some super cute pups.

MLS-owned USL teams not allowed in future US Open Cups

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Seattle Sounders 2 and other MLS-owned USL squads will no longer be able to compete in the US Open Cup due to USSF policy changes.

According to changes to USSF policy, USL teams owned by MLS organizations will not be allowed to compete in the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The unannounced policy change appeared in a document posted on USSF's bylaws page this past September.

Major Link Soccer - Cubo Torres is either in or out at Houston

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Making the best out of injuries, rapid-fire Cubo rumors, and San Antonio vies for MLS expansion.

Seattle

Injuries have had an influence throughout Seattle's season, and the post-season has been no exception. One positive outcome of those injuries has been an unexpectedly successful midfield combination of Erik Friberg and Andy Rose.

Brad Evans, Leo Gonzalez at least possibilities for Leg 2 of FC Dallas series

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Both potential starters were at least able to do some jogging around training field.

No real updates have been given on player injuries and availability, but a number of Seattle Sounders players were at least seen on the training ground today. Captain Brad Evans and Leo Gonzalez jogged lightly for a bit before doing some light training work off to the side while the rest of the squad drilled and practiced match scenarios.

Don't assume Jason Kreis and Sounders are a perfect fit

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Some of the things that doomed Kreis in New York would likely be similar obstacles in Seattle.

Almost ever since the Seattle Sounders made Garth Lagerwey their general manager and president of soccer, there have been rumblings that his reunion with Jason Kreis was inevitable. It started as a quiet rumbling, just people connecting dots because of their personal and professional history together, but picked up a bit of steam a few weeks ago when New York Red Bulls announcer Shep Messing claimed to have sources telling him Kreis and Sigi Schmid would effectively swap positions.

Paid Patriotism scandal touches Sounders, probably shouldn't

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Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have damning statements about the Department of Defense paying for Military Appreciation Night and other military themed events at NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college sports, NASCAR and MLS games.

At best the Paid Patriotism scandal is a program of million dollar waste combined with sports organizations lying to their fanbases.

Nos Audietis, Episode 199: The Seattle Reign panel

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We realize this is all a bit out of order, but there seemed to be a fair amount of interest in the Seattle Reign panel from Yachtcon15. This is it. Danielle Foxhoven and Reign owner Bill Predmore were both wonderful and gracious guests. Foxhoven was sneakily one of the highlights of the entire event, and she has some good insight to the state of the NWSL and shares some interesting experiences from overseas.

Major Link Soccer: Gerrard heading back to Liverpool, and Monaco bid for Mourinho

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Steven Gerrard is in talks with Juergen Klopp and Liverpool for a possible return as a player or coach. Chelsea have rejected a $50 million dollar bid for Jose Mourinho.

Seattle

I was in the stands Sunday night holding my breath when Clint Dempsey approached the ball in the 86th minute.

Stefan Frei belonged on the short list for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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Instead, he's not even one of the three top vote-getters.

Stefan Frei has been impressive this season, making save after save in key moments to keep the Sounders in games on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, he apparently didn't do enough to impress voters and isn't a finalist for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Sounders mostly snubbed on MLS postseason awards

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Brad Evans among three finalists for Humanitarian of the Year and Sounders are up for "Fair Play."

The votes are in for the annual Major League Soccer awards without many surprises among the finalists in the marquee categories. Perhaps doomed by their significant mid-season slump, Sounders FC players and coaches didn't make the top three for most of the performance honors.

Cute child prognosticator was flown in for FC Dallas match

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Pretty cool thing for the Sounders to do.

You may remember that last week we told you about a child prognosticator named Bryn who guaranteed the Seattle Sounders would win MLS Cup. The Sounders definitely noticed, as well. In fact, the Sounders reached out to Paul Forrester -- the father of said child prognosticator and the artist behind @BadMLSComics -- and offered the fly his family out for Sunday's game against FC Dallas.

Sounders vs. Dallas - Aftermatch Aftermath: Ready Phase Two

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The Seattle Sounders defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in their first-leg matchup of the two-match aggregate series which concludes next Sunday down in Texas.

Is this the year the Seattle Sounders finally answer the call and win the MLS Cup? Following their 2-1 first-leg victory over FC Dallas, the Sounders are in position to make this continued hope a definite possibility.

Sounders width exploits weakness in Dallas defense

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Whether it was Marco Pappa, Andreas Ivanschitz, or Clint Dempsey, the Sounders wide creative playmakers were in control of Sunday's match

Earning a solid 2-1 win against FC Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference semi-finals, Sigi Schmid's side was set up specifically to contain the Dallas counterattack.

Major Link Soccer: NYCFC and Kreis part ways as club targets go unmet

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In the alternate universe where the Sounders managed to miss the playoffs or lost to the Galaxy in the first round, we probably hire him.

Seattle

This Nutmeg News article has some funny mock rage over ECS' flags and view obstruction.

Big D Soccer broke down Sunday's game, and like FC Dallas' chances going into the second leg in Frisco.

Watch fans ask Sounders owner about Ross Fletcher

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By now, you've hopefully heard the rumors: Yes, Nos Audietis made it all the way to episode 200. Sure, it meant cramming four episodes into YachtCon but we got here, gosh darn it. And, if we say so ourselves, it feels pretty good to have episode 200 be so much fun.

Adrian Hanauer, Roger Levesque and Steve Zakuani formed our Seattle Sounders panel.

Breaking down Andreas Ivanschitz's game-changing goal

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Thomas Rongen is a former MLS, NASL and youth national team coach. He also happens to be a highly engaging and fun personality. So, it's a bit of a treat that MLSsoccer.com has convinced him to do breakdowns of important plays in the MLS Cup playoffs.

The play he chose to highlight in the Sounders' match was Andreas Ivanschitz's goal, the key to which was identifying the dangerous space and knowing exactly where he wanted to go before he had the ball on his foot.

Sounders riding a club record 10-game MLS unbeaten run

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The dire days seems so far away, now.

There's still at least 90 minutes left to be played in the Seattle Sounders' Western Conference semifinal with FC Dallas. But winning the first leg is an obvious step in the right direction -- and half the teams that do this by one goal go on to advance.

Analyzing chances of winning a two-leg aggregate series

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History tells us that going to Dallas either tied or losing would have heavily stacked odds against Sounders.

In 2003, Major League Soccer introduced 2-game aggregate series into the MLS Cup playoff structure. For that first season, "golden" goals in 2nd leg extra time could end the game. In 2014, the league adopted the current practice of using away-team goals as an end-of-180-minutes tiebreaker.

Ross Fletcher was a guest host on New Day Northwest

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Might this be the start of more local visibility?

Ross Fletcher has likely called his final game for the Seattle Sounders on TV (he'll be doing their radio until their playoff run ends, hopefully at MLS Cup). But we might not have seen the last of him.

We have no idea if this is the start of more local gigs, but Fletcher was on King5's New Day Northwest as a guest host.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas Leg One: Community player ratings form

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Yes, the Sounders gave up the dreaded away goal, and looked overwhelmed at times by the speed and youth of FC Dallas. But the older and wiser players in green found a way to hit the back of the net twice and secure the home win needed to have the advantage going into Frisco, TX next week.

This was far from a first-choice lineup, but when you can start Andreas Ivanschitz, Marco Pappa, Obafemi Martins, and Clint Dempsey, you know you at least have the firepower to get on the board.

Alexi Lalas got really, really excited about Andreas Ivanschitz's goal

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People have strong opinions about Alexi Lalas as a commentator. And, it should be said, he is not shy about having his own strong opinions. But one thing he rarely seems to do is get super excited about anything that happens on the field. For whatever reason, that changed on Sunday. Because Lalas got really, really excited adding color to Andreas Ivanschitz's equalizing goal:

To be fair to Lalas, this is a great goal.

Here's what Sounders need to do to advance past FC Dallas

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Two-leg aggregate goal series with away goals as a tie-breaker can be difficult to understand.

Traveling to Frisco, Texas to face FC Dallas in the second leg of the series, the Seattle Sounders have a really simple advancement scenario - win and they move on, draw and they move on. There are certain losses where they advance and certain losses where they do not, and even a loss that forces extra-time and maybe even penalty kicks.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas Leg One: Highlights, stats, quotes

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Seattle Sounders FC are unbeaten in 11 matches across all competitions. In this one, without the availability of the full squad and without playing a pretty or perfect game, the team did what was necessary to get their noses in front at home in this two-leg series.

When FC Dallas executed the perfect counter to open the scoring with an away goal, flashbacks of the Sounders being blown out in the first legs of playoffs came unpleasantly to mind.

Major Link Soccer: Seattle-Dallas controversies, Eddie Johnson retires

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Simon Borg found two potential PK calls in his weekly Instant Replay recap

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We'll start off in Seattle, where MLSsoccer.com analyst Simon Borg found TWO potential penalty calls which could have changed the outlook of the second leg. The first, a Tyrone Mears handball in the box which could have put FC Dallas up 2-0 with a pair of away goals.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, MLS playoffs 2015: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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If you aren't with us at the game, join us in the gamethread. Turn on FoxSports 1 at 6:30 to get ready for the 6:45ish kick.

If Seattle Sounders FC continue to dominate FC Dallas as they have in MLS play the first leg will go quite well. Tonight's wet and loud match will pick up after a 2015 series that was all Sounders (1-0-1 +3), and an MLS record that is also all Seattle (9-3-5 +11).

Evans, Neagle out; Pappa in starting XI

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It looks like Brad Evans' injury at the end of Wednesday's match with the LA Galaxy was on the serious side, as he's totally out of the matchday squad for Leg 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Lamar Neagle, apparently out of favor, has also been left out of the squad. Oniel Fisher makes the starting XI over injured Leo Gonzalez, and Jimmy Ockford makes the Seattle bench over Dylan Remick.

Seattle finally breaks through after stellar Ivanschitz run

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It took 67 minutes, but the Sounders finally evened up the match after Andreas Ivanschitz made an incredible run from midfield to finally nestle the ball in the bottom far corner.

Clint Dempsey puts the Sounders ahead with a beautiful free kick

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Clint Dempsey finally put the Sounders in front of FC Dallas with a beautiful free kick goal into the top corner after Cristian Roldan earned the foul after a poor Sounders corner.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, Western Conference Semifinal First Leg Recap: Deuce the hero as Seattle wins it late

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After a cagey start, FC Dallas snagged the early goal after a controversial no-call on the side of the pitch, as Castillo latched onto an excellent long ball from Mauro Diaz in the 18th minute. The Sounders started to dominate possession and create a number of chances throughout the half, but errant shots and miscued passes fizzled the majority of them.

This super slow-mo video of Clint Dempsey's free kick will haunt your dreams

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Free kicks don't come much prettier or more timely than Clint Dempsey's winner. And while this video captures the near perfection of the shot, the super-slowed down audio will absolutely give you nightmares. Watch ... if you dare.

Sounders Beat FC Dallas: Photos

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View this gallery here.

MLS Playoffs Conference Semi-Finals, How to Watch. TV and Streaming Listings

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Three MLS Cup playoff matches to get you warmed up for the main event to close the night. Three Big Storylines, National TV Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Cup Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. D.C. United will be without Bobby Boswell, who was suspended on Friday by the disciplinary committee for endangering the safety of an opponent in Wednesday's playoff match.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Player Ratings

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WE BEAT THE GALAXY.

Finally, we got that monkey off our back and move on in the playoffs without the damn Galaxy hanging over our head. Wednesday's 3-2 win wasn't always pretty, but I definitely thought the Sounders played better than their opponents. Even though the LA Galaxy had more shots in the first half, many weren't close to the target or particularly dangerous.

Sounders' time has to be now

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Aging roster needs to take advantage of the opportunity they've given themselves.

Ever since the infamous "refund game" the LA Galaxy have had a special place in Seattle Sounders lore. Since then, the Galaxy have gone on to eliminate the Sounders three times from the postseason. They had done so in dominating, frustrating and excruciating fashion.

Marco Pappa went all-in on his Halloween costume

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Let it be said that Marco Pappa appears to have been perfectly willing to get into the Halloween spirit. This clown costume has a little bit of everything: oversized shoes, rainbow socks, big tie ... and an impossibly cute kid as a sidekick.

Happy Halloween ✌ ️

A photo posted by Marco Pappa (@marcopappa10) on Oct 31, 2015 at 1:59pm PDT