Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2016

Sounders vs. Colorado - Aftermatch Aftermath: Business Professionals

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Success tastes good.

So. We made it. We're in the MLS Cup Finals. Well done, lads. However, with one task still ahead we cannot yet unclench our buttocks.

The Seattle Sounders are in the MLS Cup Finals. I've never written those words before but they look nice. They sound nice. It sounds deserved.

Seriously, Clint Dempsey will not play in MLS Cup

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He was at training again, but team reiterated previous statements.

For at least the second time in a week, Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been seen at training. And once again, head coach Brian Schmetzer has been very adamant that Dempsey will not play again this year.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact, leg two: How to Watch, TV and Streaming Listings

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The winner faces Seattle Sounders. FS1's broadcast starts at 4 PM, with a kick at about 4:23 or so.

Big Storylines:
  1. Montreal holds a 3-2 advantage heading into this second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals. If they win, draw or have certain one-goal losses they will make MLS Cup and travel to Seattle for the December 10th we've all been dreaming of having.

Major Link Soccer: NASL's future still very much in doubt

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Brad Evans will be dressing up like the Grinch for a good cause.

Seattle

Ever caught yourself wondering what Brad Evans would look like dressed up as the Grinch. You'll get to find out on Saturday.

I'll be dressed as the Grinch this Saturday from 3:30-5pm @dooleysdoghouse taking photos with you and your puppets.

Jordan Morris swears he didn’t have flu

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But if calling it a "flu game" is what it takes to get people to recognize his achievements, that's just fine.

Legends are tricky things. The best ones are at least rooted in fact. There are, of course, others that are so loosely moored in reality that they do a disservice. But the reason we call them "legends" and not "history" is at least partly because there's an assumption that they aren't entirely true.

Which Eastern Conference finalist would the Sounders prefer to play?

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Sure, playing Montreal would mean a home game at CenturyLink, but what other factors should be considered?

There's no doubt that for fans Seattle hosting the Montreal Impact in the MLS Cup would be quite ideal. The Sounders have the best attendance in the league, and the atmosphere at CenturyLink Field can be world class.

Alan Kelly named MLS Cup Final referee

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This could be a good thing.

It's only fitting that the referee that oversaw the Seattle Sounders' first game of the season will also oversee their final game of the season. That's right, Alan Kelly has been named the center referee for the MLS Cup Final on Dec. 10.

BREAKING - #MLSCup Match Officials:

REF: Alan Kelly
AR1: Frank Anderson
AR2: Joe Fletcher
4TH: Allen Chapman
5TH: Danny Thornberry pic.

Not Finished Yet

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or that was fun, but it can be more fun

Making MLS Cup is not the prize. It is not the climax of a journey. Merely making the Final is still a failure. The Seattle Sounders are not finished yet. There's another game, a full 90 minutes for them to write an unbelievable script.

Imagine the Princess Bride but Inigo merely avenges his father while the Man in Black never rescues Buttercup.

Here are the details of MLS Cup ticket lottery

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Season-ticket holders will have priority if Sounders host MLS Cup.

The Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that if Toronto FC beats Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference finals and hosts Seattle for the MLS Cup final, the away-ticket allocation will be open to Sounders season-ticket holders through a lottery system.

Traveling Stars win two, prep for next two

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Stars defeated Dallas and St. Louis

In an enthralling display of MASL's scheduling abilities, the Tacoma Stars went on a road trip to face the Dallas Sidekicks and the St. Louis Ambush consecutive nights on November 18th and 19th.

The Stars defeated the Dallas Sidekicks on Friday by a score of 6-5 after an overtime shootout.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 2: Community player ratings form

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This Seattle Sounders squad got themselves the needed result to advance to MLS Cup, so in a sense, nothing else matters. But where's the fun in that?

By fun we mean analyzing and rating each individual's performance on the field. and there's plenty to go on there. No, Seattle wasn't under bombardment for 90 minutes or lucky to squeak by with a win.

Major Link Soccer: NY Cosmos' future in doubt

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Another American teenager debuts in Europe and the Galaxy are already taking steps to replace Bruce Arena.

Seattle

It would be a sweet piece of poetic justice for the Sounders to finally win MLS Cup the year after the Timbers; that irony is not lost on the Nutmeg News.

It's a long wait until MLS Cup on December 10th, so here's a FanPost full of heartful hype to tide us over till then.

Take a minute to enjoy the ride Sounders have taken us on

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But get excited about where it may still go.

We're now about 24 hours removed from the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids that clinched a spot in the MLS Cup final for the first time in franchise history. After sifting through images and tales of wild celebrations, it's tempting to buy into the idea that everything that happens from here on out is sort of icing on the cake.

Greeting Sounders at airport was frenzied, confusing, glorious mess of joy

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The chaos was also part of what made it special.

"To see this now, and what this team means to a city. Back in July a bunch of people jumped ship. These people here, the people here, the men and women and children weren't part of that. They stayed strong and held to their faith and belief in this team.

Greeting Sounders are airport was frenzied, confusing, glorious mess of joy

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The chaos was also part of what made it special.

"To see this now, and what this team means to a city. Back in July a bunch of people jumped ship. These people here, the people here, the men and women and children weren't part of that. They stayed strong and held to their faith and belief in this team.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 2: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"My first answer to that is we're not finished yet. My second answer is that I'm very proud of this franchise. The fans deserve that – they deserve it." -Brian Schmetzer

That was amazing.

The Seattle Sounders have won the Western Conference final and are moving on to MLS Cup for the first time.

Major Link Soccer: Sounders await their MLS Cup Opponent

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No matter who wins the Eastern Conference Title, the Cup will be headed to a first time champion.

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The Sounders rode the tried and true Schmetzer formula to a victory in leg 2 of the Western Conference final, and are now on the verge of their first ever MLS Cup. Sounders faithful were sure to give them a warm welcome as the victors arrived.

Sounders sing “Jingle Bells,” this time with champagne

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This song feels extra special after qualifying for MLS Cup.

There have surely been champagne-fueled renditions of "Sounders win away" before — Seattle has won two U.S. Open Cups on the road — but they've never felt quite as good as this one.

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Ozzie Alonso has ‘slight’ knee sprain

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Sounders midfielder was forced out of the game around the 75th minute.

Emotions were clearly high following the Seattle Sounders' first-ever Western Conference championship, but there was at least one dark cloud hanging over them: the health of Osvaldo Alonso.

Although the Sounders midfielder was feeling well enough to hoist the trophy and was walking without a limp during the celebration, he was forced to leave the match around the 75th minute with what was called a "slight knee sprain.

Greet the Sounders at Boeing Field

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Flight is scheduled to arrive around 8:30 Sunday night.

Just because the Seattle Sounders clinched their first-ever MLS Cup berth on the road doesn't mean fans won't be able to celebrate with them in person. The Sounders will be flying into Seattle's Boeing Field on Sunday night, with the flight scheduled to land around 8:30 p.

This is how the Sounders celebrated making MLS Cup

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And there was much rejoicing

To say that captain Osvaldo Alonso is happy is a bit of an understatement. This moment is his. It's also a chance to remind people that they are not finished yet.

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The team celebrated with the fans.

Sounders must win MLS Cup to qualify for CONCACAF Champions League

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Or, how do we get that sweet, sweet allocation money.

The Seattle Sounders' participation in CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) has been a regular occurrence since the team joined MLS, qualifying for the ‘10-11, ‘11-12, ‘12-13, and ‘15-16 editions. The team has largely used the U.S. Open Cup to gain entry to the regional competition, although their regular-season finish in 2011 and Supporters' Shield-claiming 2014 would have also earned them qualification.

Brian Schmetzer got a little emotional at press conference

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We can't possibly love this guy any more than we do.

There might not be a person on the planet who has given more of his life to the Seattle Sounders than head coach Brian Schmetzer. That's probably not news, though.

But we're reminded just how much he loves this club on a regular basis, and the latest came during Sunday's press conference following the Sounders' first-ever MLS Cup final berth.

Rapids vs. Sounders, recap: WE’RE GOING TO MLS CUP

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Jordan Morris' goal lifts Sounders to win over Rapids.

In a year that looked far more likely to be their worst, the Seattle Sounders are officially enjoying their best. Thanks largely to a Jordan Morris second-half goal, the Sounders beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to advance to their first-ever MLS Cup with a 3-1 aggregate-goal victory.

Washington’s governor congratulates Sounders

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How big of a deal is the Seattle Sounders' first-ever MLS Cup qualification? It only took a few minutes for Washington governor Jay Inslee to Tweet out his congratulations.

.@SoundersFC are Western Conference Champions! Great effort @JmoSmooth13 - now let's bring the MLS Cup home to Washington

— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) November 27, 2016

One of these days, soccer is going to make it.

Sounders take 3-1 aggregate lead on Jordan Morris goal

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After a first half where the Seattle Sounders rarely threatened they needed a spark. That spark came through Jordan Morris. Fed by Alvaro Ferndandez and Nelson Haedo Valdez Morris saw space between he and Zac MacMath.

Jordan worked his magic.

At the 56th minute the Sounders now hold a 3-1 aggregate lead.

It’s called: “This is not the goal you’re looking for.”

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You can go about your business... move along.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villiany. We must be cautious.

But remember, we have Stefan Frei on our side. His force can have a strong influence on the weak shots of the Rapids.

Ivanschitz only change to Sounders starting XI for second leg

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Erik Friberg was a late scratch from the lineup due to a left calf sprain

The Sounders have nearly the exact same starting XI for the second leg of the Western Conference finals that they had for the first leg in Seattle last Tuesday, except for Andreas Ivanschitz, who gets the start over Erik Friberg.

Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rapids, MLS Cup Playoffs: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for leg two

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ESPN is covering the match starting at 1 PM. Kickoff will be closer to 1:15 PM.

The 2-1 lead is good. It isn't enough to make plans for December 10th. Those plans will be made or broken based on leg two, today. The Colorado Rapids are seeking a third trip to MLS Cup. Seattle Sounders FC want to make their first.

It’s called: “Look! Up in the sky! It’s... Román Torres!”

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the man who's going to ensure the good guys win.

Never fear, good citizens, the city is safe!

MLS Watercolorist / @MLSwatercolors Super Román Torres

Clint Dempsey makes cameo appearance at Sounders training

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No indication Dempsey's nearing a return, but Sounders are apparently looking quite healthy otherwise.

Less than 48 hours before the Sounders and Colorado Rapids play leg two of the Western Conference Finals, head coach Brian Schmetzer indicated his team has no serious injury concerns.

The Sounders will be traveling with 21 players — three more than can actually suit up — and all will be available for selection in the Sounders' bid to make their first ever MLS Cup Final.

Major Link Soccer: Fire make big bid for Schweinsteiger

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Will "Keane-like money" lure the German to Chicago? Steven Gerrard has hung up the boots, but his future may still be with Liverpool. We aren't the only CONCACAF team who sacked their coach.

Major League Soccer

Bastian Schweinsteiger could be the next aging aged Euro to grace MLS.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Player ratings

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Seattle came away with a 2-1 victory over Colorado on Tuesday, but it's likely both teams will think they are in good shape heading to Sunday's game in Colorado. Seattle outplayed their opponents, and scored two deserved goals, but it was the Rapids who managed a vital early away goal that put them in a good position to advance with a decent showing at home.

Eight places in Seattle we're sure will be showing the Sounders rather than Seahawks

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Plus 11 more in the rest of Washington

With leg two between the Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids going directly against the Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers it could be hard to find a local bar showing the game. Thankfully Seattle Sounders FC and ECS used their powers for good.

Sounders Soccer is a clean sheet and a goal; that won’t change

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TL;DR version: You play to win the game

Heading to Commerce City, Colorado (1 PM, ESPN) the Seattle Sounders have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. This is their best ever lead just a match away from the MLS Cup. Any result where they win or draw means that they advance. A loss by just one goal if they score at least one means that they advance.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, leg 1: Community player ratings form

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The leg one 2-1 victory was powered by a lineup quite similar to those that beat KC and Dallas. Roman Torres did return to starting, while Nelson Haedo Valdez stayed as a starting forward. The Rapids goal came Kevin Doyle.

We need you to tell us who performed the best in the win, as we all prepare for leg two.

Sounder at Heart’s 2016 Puget Sound Soccer Fan Holiday Gift Guide

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My goodness that's a long title. This is the stuff we think you should get the people you like.

The gallery shows many, but not all of the shirts and hoodies we offer atour store.From Black Friday through Cyber Monday you get 15% off those items. Just use the code "SBN2016" to get that 15% off.

Open Flavor Thursday, and Happy Thanksgiving

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Talk among yourselves, avoid family political arguments.

On this Thanksgiving Sounder at Heart offers you 11 ways to change the subject from politics to soccer family table.

  1. Ask them if Nicolas Lodeiro is the best #10 in Sounders history. Most have forgotten Freddie Ljungberg, so prepare to remind them about his Best XI performance in 2009.

Major Link Soccer - Thankful To Be In The Playoffs

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On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Nicolas Lodeiro, for Brian Schmetzer, and for the fact that we are still alive at this point of the season.

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On this rare occasion, I am thankful for Simon Borg who agrees with us about pretty much every controversial call(and non-call) in our first leg against the Rapids.

Major Link Soccer: Singing in the Rain

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It was Singing in the Rain Seattle style Tuesday night as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids to take the lead in the two legged showdown.

Seattle

The Colorado Rapids struck first, but the Seattle Sounders rallied in the rain to gain a narrow 2-1 advantage in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Nico Lodeiro turns in another “inspiring” performance

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Lodeiro's fourth playoff goal was not even among his most impressive moments.

After awhile, you sort of start to run out of superlatives to describe what Nicolas Lodeiro means to the Seattle Sounders. He is, without question, the most important offensive player on the team. Whether he's passing, dribbling or shooting, he is a constant danger, a one-man wrecking crew of opposition game plans.

Damion Lowe may have played way onto Minnesota’s MLS roster

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E Pluribus Loonum was very high on the performance of the Sounders loanee.

Drafted as a mere 20-year-old defender, Damion Lowe needed to first get healthy and then second get playing time. In 2015 that playing time was with S2. In 2016 he advanced a level, playing with Minnesota United of the NASL.

Marc Burch, Pablo Mastroeni didn’t think it was a penalty

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They are both wrong.

After falling behind in the 13th minute, the Seattle Sounders fought back and tied the game just six minutes later. The Sounders eventually took the lead on the Colorado Rapids after Nicolás Lodeiro was fouled in the penalty box by former Sounder Marc Burch.

From photos and multiple replays, it appeared the referee Chris Penso got it right by awarding the penalty to Seattle.

What was up with the cell-phone light display?

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Best we can tell it was a spontaneous display.

Roughly the time when Erik Friberg left the field to be replaced by Brad Evans, fans throughout the stadium started turning their cell phone flashlights on and pointed them towards the field. The stands, mostly wet with splotches of green ponchos, took on a little sparkle, almost as if covered in holiday lights.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, Western Conference Finals leg one: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We expect to win every game that we go out and play. I think the resolve to go out and score two goals against the best defense in MLS shows good resolve." -Brian Schmetzer

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Colorado Rapids 1

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field Referee: Chris Penso

Assistants: C.

Ricardo Salazar will be head referee for second leg

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For all the scorn heaped upon him, he's actually done pretty well for Sounders.

PRO has announced the referee assignments for the return legs of the 2016 Conference finals. For the grudge match between your Seattle Sounders and the Colorado Rapids, refereeing out of the unpredictable corner, the undisputed muscle champion of MLS, smug pointer at penalty spots, (alleged) Timbers fan, and lover of the spotlight, it's Ricardo Salazar.

Sounders must embrace new roles as leading men

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This is no longer a plucky underdog story.

Shortly after the Seattle Sounders beat Real Salt Lake to clinch their spot in the MLS Cup playoffs, a team official pulled me aside. He was beaming. With a smile stretching from ear-to-ear his message was simple: "We're playing with house money, now.

40-year-old cancelled check is reminder of Bruce Arena’s ties to Puget Sound

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Arena played his only professional season for the Tacoma Tides.

By now, there's no doubt as to the rich soccer history in the Puget Sound. But with today's news that Bruce Arena has been named the United States men's national team coach for a second time, it's a good reminder that our region gave him his only chance to play professional soccer.

Major Link Soccer: Bruce Arena takes over as USMNT coach

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The veteran coach gets his second stint at the helm of the wayward squad. Is MLS outgrowing it's salary cap? Also, a study says promotion/relegation should be part of the future of soccer in the US.

US Soccer

They didn't leave us hanging too long. Bruce Arena was named the head coach of the US mens national team a day after Jurgen Klinsmann was let go.

Today, I have no voice

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Because if I save my voice for later it may not matter.

It started wet, rainy, cold - a rather typical Seattle autumn. We had hope. We had faith. We believed and so we marched for those that could not march. There were victories and victories and victories.

Today, I have no voice.

Colorado thinks they know how to stop Nicolas Lodeiro

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It won't work.

Nicolas Lodeiro helped reinvent the Seattle Sounders attack. It is potent and multi-faceted, often running through the Uruguayan playmaker's feet. He won the Newcomer of the Year because of his success converting to MLS play and the surge in the standings when the Sounders became his and Brian Schmetzer's team.

Jurgen Klinsmann fired by USMNT

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Bruce Arena widely rumored to be taking over.

Coming off a pair of utterly dispiriting losses in World Cup qualifying, Jurgen Klinsmann has been fired by U.S. Soccer. Klinsmann had been serving as the head coach since 2011 when he replaced Bob Bradley, who was also fired.

Rumors are rampant that Bruce Arena will replace him, at least in the short-term.

FOX Sports sends MLS studio show to Seattle for Western Conference Championships

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Studio show to be live at CenturyLink Field

As if you weren't counting down the days, tomorrow November 22nd, your Sounders FC are set to host the Colorado Rapids with kickoff set for 7:00 PM. FOX Sports is sending a studio show team to Seattle to cover the highly-anticipated match. Commentator Rob Stone will host studio coverage along with former MLS defender Alexi Lalas live from CLink.

Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids Three Questions

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Hosting leg one the Sounders will need to beat the best defense in MLS.

Entering the MLS Cup Playoffs the Seattle Sounders were the hottest team in the Western Conference. The second best team in the final six games of the regular season? The Colorado Rapids. Over the season the Rapids finished second in the league (15-6-13 +7, 4-6-7 -6 on the road).

Beverly Yanez re-signs with Seattle Reign

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Yanez will enter her third season as a member of the Reign in 2017.

Beverly Yanez has re-signed with the Seattle Reign for the 2017 NWSL season. Yanez has been a member of the Reign since 2015 after completing a loan spell with the club in 2014. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal we not disclosed.

Nicolas Lodeiro wins MLS Newcomer of Year 2016

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The Sounders midfielder won all three voting blocs.

It's impossible to deny that Nicolas Lodeiro's arrival had a massive impact on the Seattle Sounders' late-season turnaround. The Uruguayan midfielder had four goals and eight assists as the Sounders went 8-2-4 in the 14 matches he played.

So despite playing in less than half of the Sounders' regular-season games, it's not entirely surprising that Lodeiro was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year.

Lazy Sunday no longer live Q&A

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There's a huge game on Tuesday night (7 PM, FS1). We can talk about that, the upcoming Expansion Draft, or whatever else you would like.

Due to the prolonged international break and extra two days off due to the Seahawks game MLS is an odd little break, before it reaches peak frenzy over the Thanksgiving Week.

Major Link Soccer: Jurgen Klinsmann is fine

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United States:

With his future with the U.S. National Team teetering, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke with the New York Times, claiming that not only is he fine with the current state of his employment, but that those looking for a change in management are being "disrespectful".

Why you should be excited about Christine Nairn’s return

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Our friends at Black & Red United tell us how Nairn has evolved her game.

Two weeks ago, the Seattle Reign FC and Washington Spirit made a major trade to kick the NWSL Offseason aka "The FURTening" into high gear. Seattle sent midfielder Havana Solaun and draft picks to Washington and in return Reign FC are getting a familiar face back in midfielder Christine Nairn along with the rights to goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel.

CenturyLink Field converting back to soccer

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No NFL lines will be on the field for Tuesday's Western Conference Finals leg one (7 PM, FS1) against the Colorado Rapids.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Shortly after all the press conferences and locker room interviews their large media contingent started singing the tune that Seattle Sounders fans wanted - the NFL lines are disappearing.

Lazy Sunday live Q&A

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There's a huge game on Tuesday night (7 PM, FS1). We can talk about that, the upcoming Expansion Draft, or whatever else you would like.

Due to the prolonged international break and extra two days off due to the Seahawks game MLS is an odd little break, before it reaches peak frenzy over the Thanksgiving Week.

Rogue Playoffs (Trailer)

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"We'll take the next chance, and the next; until we win -- or the chances are spent."

Watch zoo animals play with Sounders’ gear

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Get ready to see a lot of Rave Green in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday.

The Seattle Sounders announced on Friday that several iconic area landmarks across Seattle plan to light-up Rave Green this coming week.

The Sounders will be honored during the second quarter of the Seattle Seahawks-Philadelphia Eagles game this Sunday.

Colorado Rapids aren't as good as their record indicates

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The 2016 Colorado Rapids under Pablo Mastroeni are either really good or really lucky, or both. It's probably not both though.

Heading into the 2016 MLS season, not a lot of people had the Colorado Rapids on their "teams to watch" list. Much of this can be attributed to their 2015 season that saw the team earn a Western Conference worst 37 points while scoring the fewest goals in the league.

Meet the person who created “Jorstian Mordan”

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You've probably admired some of Beth Mantle's work without realizing it was produced by a high school student.

One of the goals of Supporter Stories is to highlight the contributions of every fan, while also pointing out the great diversity in our fan base. That diversity also comes in the form of age, as high school student Beth Mantle displays perfectly.

Tacoma Stars outshine Ontario Fury at home

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The Stars move to 2-1 on the MASL season.

The Tacoma Stars (2-1) defeated the Ontario Fury (1-2) in a sizzling MASL matchup November 12 at the ShoWare Center.

Despite stout defense on both sides throughout the first quarter, Ontario eventually broke through the Stars line with the only goal of the interval.

Major Link Soccer: Robbie Keane exits the Galaxy

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But will he join buddy Carl Robinson in Vancouver? Andre Blake is Spectacular Shot-Stopper of the Year. Also, St. Louis looks primed to jump ahead of Beckham FC in the battle for MLS expansion.

Major League Soccer

That's right, Robbie Keane's reign of awkward cartwheels is over at LA Galaxy.

Chad Marshall, Seattle’s Humble Prankster

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The Sounders defender leads one way on the field, and another way in the locker room

Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall is no shrinking violet on the pitch—he's loud, he's tough, and he'll fight for every single tackle for 90 minutes straight. Teammate Herculez Gomez said that Marshall has a "nasty" side, but it's only ever seen on the pitch.

Frank Lampard probably isn't coming to Sounders

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Seattle is listed as one of five teams "keen" on signing the ancient Chelsea great. It make no sense.

Seattle Sounders are one of the more well known teams of Major League Soccer. They get attached to a lot of famous names, but most of those don't work out — because most rumors are crap. This is almost certainly one of those rumors.

Sounders hype video hits all the right chords

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Historical videos for the win.

The Seattle Sounders have kinda dialed in their "hype" videos at this point. And even though they've used this particular trick — splicing in audio from historical videos — we have to admit they do help in terms of the spine-tinglininess. Enjoy.

The audio for this one was from a video on the Denny Regrade and a promotional film from 1961.

Rapids injury report: Marco Pappa still questionable

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Jermaine Jones should be good to go after playing 161 minutes for the USMNT this week

Just like the Seattle Sounders, the Colorado Rapids are facing a host of health questions heading into the Western Conference finals.

Aside from Tim Howard who has already been ruled out for the year, Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni gave an update on the availability of his recently injured players on Wednesday, including Shkëlzen Gashi and Marco Pappa.

Seattle’s three routes to goal

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Colorado's defense is great. Coach Brian Schmetzer's plan to beat it is to be even more Sounder-y.

Breaking down the best defense in MLS (only 32 goals against, top 5 by xGA) will be a tough task for the Seattle Sounders. Yes, the Colorado Rapids are without Tim Howard, but he is not the reason that their defense has been great.

Jordan Morris impresses his homegrown predecessors

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It's not just the goals, it's the whole package.

Since mid-summer there's been little question whether Jordan Morris would be the top rookie in the land. All that's remained to be seen is just how far our Jordy boy goes.

With a tight hamstring, there's a question of how much Morris can contribute in coming weeks.

Nos Audietis, Episode 236: Yeah, this feels different

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We finally get around to discussing the win over FC Dallas.

Thanks to a rather long break in the MLS playoff schedule, it feels like quite a long time ago that the Seattle Sounders got past FC Dallas to qualify for the Western Conference finals. But here we are and the Sounders are actually looking like favorites against the Colorado Rapids.

Sounders Academy alums rake in postseason honors

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Handwalla Bwana named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Kyle Bjornethun named WAC Defender of the Year. Paul Christensen named WCC Goalkeeper of Year.

The Pac-12 Conference announced the men's soccer All-Pac-12 Conference honors for the 2016 season. Sounders Academy Handwalla Bwana (University of Washington), was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was also named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team.

Major Link Soccer - Klinsmann Under Fire

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DC United gets a designated player, Wayne Rooney rumors just won't die, and nobody is ready to stop talking about Klinsmann.

Seattle

With Tim Howard officially out for the Rapids, the official Sounders site takes a look at what we can expect to see from Zac MacMath.

MLS

We've talked about the many current Sounders players who have played for their national sides during this break.

Roman Torres steals the show in Panama’s mannequin challenge

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The Sounders center back did his trademark "bunny pose."

The mannequin challenge is getting perilously close to being completely played out, but it can still be pretty amusing to see sports teams doing it. One of the latest entries was turned in by Panama's national team.

Maniquí Challenge de la selección Vamos con todo #mannequinchallenge

A video posted by Blas Pérez (@elraton7) on Nov 14, 2016 at 5:58pm PST

While Blas Perez may have the oddest pose, the one that is most likely to make you chuckle was turned in by Roman Torres, who's doing a bunny pose.

MLS Cup odds: Sounders are second favorites

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Only Toronto FC is pegged as having a better chance at lifting the trophy.

Betting odds are, of course, wrong quite often, but the Seattle Sounders are currently installed as second-favorites to take MLS Cup home in the latest update from online gambling site Bovada. The only team being given better odds is Toronto FC, which comes in at +200.

Major Link Soccer: Time to start a new

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Is it time for the USMNT to bring in a new coach, UW soccer is going to the dance, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

The University of Washington Men's soccer team is going to the dance as a number 11 seed. 48-team field consists of 16 seeded programs. The top 16 squads receive byes, therefore not playing in the first round.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica 2016: Time, live stream, TV schedule and 3 things to know

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The USMNT travel to Costa Rica to play their hardest away match on the Road to Russia. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings. Here is your Sounder at Heart USMNT World Cup Qualifying Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Dos a Cero, no mas. The USMNT were beaten at home by Mexico 2-1 on Friday snapping their run of 2-0 home wins over Mexico in World Cup qualifying.

Sounders “ready to get back at it” after refreshing weekend off

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The team was a little rusty after the break, but the team clearly needed it

With a full two weeks between the Sounders' last match against FC Dallas and the first leg of the conference semifinals, the players and staff were able to take the weekend off to get refreshed (and healed up, in some cases).

Román Torres appears set to notch 100th cap with Panama

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It appears Torres is set to return to the pitch in Panama's game against Mexico.

Even though he has missed the last two Sounders playoff games due to a hamstring injury, a tweet from Panama soccer site SomosLaSele reported that Román Torres is set to make his 100th cap for Panama in their upcoming World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico on Tuesday night.

Reigning Abroad: Weekly Offseason Roundup

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Four Seattle Reign players suited up last week. Here's how they and their teams performed.

While the excruciatingly long NWSL offseason continues, a number of Seattle Reign players are keeping busy playing abroad or with their respective national teams. In what we hope will be a weekly feature, we're kicking off "Reigning Abroad," our recap of all the Seattle Reign players suiting up this fall and winter.

Rapids’ leading scorer doubtful for first leg

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Shkëlzen Gashi suffered an ankle injury after scoring equalizing goal in last round vs. Galaxy.

Already without Tim Howard for the remainder of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Colorado Rapids could also be missing their leading scorer for at least the next match. An ankle injury sustained in a collision with Ashley Cole forced Shkëlzen Gashi out from the Rapids' second leg of the Western Conference semifinals and it appears as if he's still not healed.

How Sounders players fared during the international break, so far

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Of the six Sounders away on international duty, only Joevin Jones and Damion Lowe saw the field and that's just fine.

MLS has taken a two-week break during the MLS Cup Playoffs for 2018 World Cup Qualifying. The Seattle Sounders have six players away with their respective national teams at the moment — Joevin Jones, Trinidad and Tobago, Román Torres, Panama, Nicolás Lodeiro, Uruguay, Nelson Valdez, Paraguay and Damion Lowe and Oniel Fisher, Jamaica.

Major Link Soccer: Alan Kelly wins Ref of the Year

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Russell Wilson joins the Sonics Arena group and Frank Lampard is done in MLS.

Seattle

The Sounders won't have to face Tim Howard when their Western Conference semifinal begins next week after he injured his groin against Mexico on Friday, but the Rapids have a lot of confidence in their backup plan, Zach MacMath.

Improved health suggests new look for Sounders

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Sounder at Heart's resident medical expert thinks some key players could return.

Chances are good that head coach Brian Schmetzer will have broader roster selection when the Seattle Sounders face the Colorado Rapids on Nov. 22 than he did in his series win over FC Dallas.

Andreas Ivanschitz: From watching the replay it looks like an MCL strain which is generally a six-week recovery time.

Chile vs. Uruguay 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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Paraguay at Bolivia starts the Sounders international day at Noon. Trinidad & Tobago is at Honduras at 2 PM. Panama hosts Mexico at 6 PM. The must watch TV is Uruguay at Chile at 3:30 PM on beIN Sports USA.

If you are a fan of soccer, turn on beIN Sports USA and watch three of the Seattle Sounders in action today.

Tim Howard will miss rest of season

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A source told ESPN FC that the goalkeeper's adductor injury might require surgery

UPDATE: Tim Howard will undergo season-ending surgery on his groin, meaning Zac MacMath assumes the Colorado Rapids' starting goalkeeper duties beginning with the Western Conference finals.

According to ESPN FC, a source close to US Soccer said that United States and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out "months, not weeks" with the right adductor injury he suffered in the USA's match against Mexico on Friday.

Following Sounders Academy alums in NCAA Men's Division I Championship

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The UW could face Portland in the second round.

The field for the 58th edition of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship has been set. Out of a possible 203 teams, 48 have been selected to compete to in the single-elimination tournament. Early round matches are held at the higher seed's home field, while the four-team College Cup will be held at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX from December 9th to the 11th.

The Protectinator: 2017 Edition

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It's that time again. . . again. Pick the protected list you'd like to see from the Sounders for the 2017 expansion draft.

After a few years of respite from having our players stolen by grabbyhanded upstarts, it is once again time to say goodbye to a role-player or two, who will depart for the miserable mugginess of Atlanta or the miserable frostiness of Minnesota.

Kendall Fletcher works shift at a Sydney McDonald’s

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Slinging burgers for the kids.

Australia's W-League season may have just started but Reign FC defender Kendall Fletcher is already making the most of it. Fletcher has started and gone the full 90 in both matches so far playing midfield. And to continue to show her versatility and general awesomeness as a good person, Kendall worked at the Seven Hills (a suburb in Sydney) McDonald's as part of Australia's McHappy Day this past Saturday.

Major Link Soccer: Usain Bolt to train with Borussia Dortmund

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The Olympic legend has his eyes set on another ambitious goal: professional soccer.

MLS:

Both the Sounders and Toronto FC are primed to end their MLS Cup drought during these MLS playoffs, if they can overcome their painful playoff histories.

Via an ESPN FC report, Bastian Schweinsteiger is in talks to join the Chicago Fire.

Jurgen Klinsmann “sure” that Clint Dempsey will play again

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The US National Team coach told fans that he and his former captain text on occasion

Talking to fans on a Facebook Live video Jurgen Klinsmann mostly concentrated on the state of the team after the 2-1 loss to Mexico. But he also spoke of Seattle Sounders forward-midfielder Clint Dempsey, because "a lot of you are asking how he's doing.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, leg 2: Player ratings

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Whew. Good thing we had a 3-0 cushion going into the second leg of the series. The Sounders used this advantage well, coming out smart and compact and forcing Dallas to chase the game. With just the right amount of counterattack and an ever-dependable defense, the Seattle team advanced with a 1-2 "win".

Sounders Academy get chance to shine at US Western Soccer Showcase

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Sounders Discovery Program U13 Squad and U14s go unbeaten

Last week, the youngest members of the Sounders soccer system traveled to the National Training Center in Carson, California. There U.S. Soccer's Technical Advisers and Youth National Team coaches were finishing their focused scouting efforts of meaningful games when they headed to the Western Regional Showcase.

Tim Howard might be out for the rest of the year

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A source told ESPN FC that the goalkeeper's adductor injury might require surgery

According to ESPN FC, a source close to US Soccer said that United States and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out "months, not weeks" with the right adductor injury he suffered in the USA's match against Mexico on Friday.

Ivanschitz close to returning to full training

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Schmetzer said that the midfielder "looked sharp" in Friday's session

While there are laments about the huge gap between the Sounders' playoff matches, there could be one big silver lining for the team. If everyone returns from international duty injury-free, the Sounders might have their healthiest squad in weeks.

USA v. Mexico: Late goal seals El Tri win

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This was the first U.S. home loss 15 years in World Cup qualifying play.

The U.S. Men's National Team was in its fortress: Columbus, Ohio. Home of "Dos a Cero." A place of dominance. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and they did in heartbreaking fashion tonight, with the U.

Tacoma Stars at 1-1 after loss to Turlock Express

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A strong 3rd quarter from Turlock leads to Tacoma's first defeat of the season

Last Friday, the Tacoma Stars (1-0) took a quick jaunt down I-5 to faceoff against the Turlock Express (0-1) in their second MASL match of the season.

Turlock started the scoring early in the first quarter as they nabbed two quickfire goals.

Veterans Day 2016: Thank someone who served

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Remember those who served in less glamorous ways than the players on the pitch.

As usual, I'm not working on Veterans Day. I hope that no veteran is working today. It is a day to honor you, to respect you and to remember those deeds we did. Most were less fortunate than I was. So many of you served during open conflict.

Congrats to the new dad Lamar Neagle

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Neagle and his wife welcomed a baby son on Election Day.

Lamar Neagle may no longer be a Seattle Sounders player, but that doesn't mean we are any less happy for him and his wife on the new addition to the family.

November 8, 2016 changed us forever when Hudson Grey Neagle came into this world.

USMNT vs. Mexico 2016: Time, live stream, TV schedule, and 3 things to know

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The Road to Russia enters it's final stage, The Hex. Details on Seven Sounders in action for their national team, plus one working the broadcast. This is your Sounder at Heart USMNT Dos a Cero Chapter Six Gamethread and how to watch

(author's note: Throughout the MLS season we shared a weekend MLS gamethread together in this space.

Fernando Clavijo, Brian Schmetzer have ‘very good history’ together

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FC Dallas' Technical Director talks about his old friend and growing rival.

More than once this season, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer has praised FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo for the work he's done down in Frisco. This turns out to be about more than just professional courtesy.

Three Sounders Academy Players called up for Youth National Team Camp

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The trio joins a long list of young Sounders called into US teams.

Three Sounders Academy players have been called into the final United States U15 Boys National Team camp of 2016, taking place November 5-12 in Bradenton, FL. Of the 36 players chosen for the camp, all have Development Academy ties; in addition to Seattle's three, four are from NYCFC and three from Lonestar Soccer Club.

Major Link Soccer: Veterans Day / #DosACero edition

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The road to 2018 begins. Meanwhile, World Cup 2022 will be alcohol-free. Also, what's going on with Javier Morales?

#DosACero

Mexico returns to Columbus today in the first match of the big ol' hexagon that is CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Here's what you need to know and what to watch for.

Turning point in Jordan Morris’ season came later than you probably think

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Even though he scored his first goal much earlier, Morris pointed to his two-assist performance against Orlando City as his key moment

Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris was named Rookie of the Year for the 2016 MLS season, something that the player himself said "was one of my goals coming into the year.

SB Nation’s video preview of the MLS conference finals

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We gathered representatives from our four blogs to help us understand how each team feels going in.

The MLS conference finals are still nearly two weeks away from starting, but it's never too early to gather some of the brightest and best bloggers from around the network to discuss the upcoming games.

Encouraging injury news for Jordan Morris, Brad Evans

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MRI revealed no serious damage for Morris, while Evans has returned to full training.

With nearly two weeks still to go before the Seattle Sounders open the Western Conference Finals against the Colorado Rapids, the injury news is at least encouraging.

Not only was it revealed that an MRI showed nothing more serious than a strain in Jordan Morris' hamstring, but Brad Evans has also returned to full training for the first time in a couple months.

Uruguay vs. Ecuador 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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Nicolas Lodeiro faces Ecuador while Nelson Haedo Valdez and Paraguay have a near must-win against Peru.

Matchday 10 for the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying features two Seattle Sounders players. Nicolas Lodeiro and Uruguay are in a top of table battle with Ecuador. Nelson Haedo Valdez and Paraguay are playing for their lives facing fellow bottom-half team Peru.

First Annual Jordan Morris Awards

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How many more awards should Jordan Morris win in 2016?

As the season came to a close, I took the time to thoroughly ponder my end of year awards. It's a complex process not to be passed off as a trivial manner. As a result of all of that thinking, the First Annual Jordan Morris Awards were born.

Jordan Morris wins MLS Rookie of Year

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Sounders forward dominated the voting, beating Keegan Rosenberry and Jack Harrison

Topping 40% in all three voting categories (media, players and club), Jordan Morris has become the first Seattle Sounders player to win Rookie of the Year as a Sounder. Morris scored 12 goals, assisted four times and appeared in every regular season match.

Christine Nairn returns to Seattle Reign FC

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Seattle will lose midfielder Havana Solaun in the trade with Washington Spirit.

Laura Harvey does it again.

Seattle Reign FC has acquired the rights to midfielder Christine Nairn and goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel from the Washington Spirit. In exchange, the Spirit will get the rights to midfielder Havana Solaun and the 3rd and 36th overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.

Major Link Soccer - Everyone Loves Pulisic

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As US qualifiers approach, everyone wants to talk about Pulisic and Dos a Cero.

Seattle

NBC's Pro Soccer Talk has made the only correct choice for MLS rookie of the year by selecting Jordan Morris.

The Sounders have done pretty well in the post season so far and have hopefully shed some playoff baggage.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, leg 2: Community player ratings form

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Have you had enough voting this week? Didn't think so. What a huge match for the Seattle Sounders, holding on to defeat FC Dallas and move on to the Western Conference final for the third time in their MLS tenure.

An identical lineup to the first leg with identical subs, but it was a match that played out differently.

Three Sounders at risk of suspension for leg two of Western Conference Finals

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Colorado has five.

The Seattle Sounders host the Colorado Rapids in leg one of the Western Conference Finals on November 22nd. Chris Penso will be the center referee in this match and players from both teams will need to be wary of making reckless challenges.

Penso has a knack for issuing yellow cards early and this could become a problem for both teams with multiple players sitting on a yellow card.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, 2016 Western Conference Finals: News, injury updates, highlights, analysis

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This two-leg aggregate goal (away goal tie-breaker) series will determine which of the Colorado Rapids (15-6-13 +7, 2nd in Shield) and Seattle Sounders (14-14-6 +1, 7th Shield) advance to the MLS Cup on December 10th. Seattle hosts leg on one November 22nd. Commerce, Colorado hosts leg two on the 27th.

PRO names Chris Penso as center referee for first leg of Western Conference Finals against Colorado Rapids

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This will be just the second time the Sounders will have had Chris Penso as the center referee in 2016.

PRO has announced who will be the center ref for the first leg of the Western Conference Finals on November 22nd between the Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids.

The man in charge will be Chris Penso.

Sounders tap Tanzanian club for potential trialists

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Defender Hassan Isihaka and goalkeeper Rostand Youthe could be in Seattle soon.

A long time ago, in MLS Sounders time, the club purchased African Lyon, advertised to tour to Tanzania and worked to improve water in the East African nation. Many of those efforts seemed to fade away in the past six years, until today with rumor that a 21-year-old defender and 31-year-old keeper will be on trial with Seattle Sounders.

Two players from African Lyon will trial with Sounders

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Defender Hassan Isihaka and goalkeeper Rostand Youthe could be in Seattle soon.

A long time ago, in MLS Sounders time, the club purchased African Lyon, advertised to tour to Tanzania and worked to improve water in the East African nation. Many of those efforts seemed to fade away in the past six years, until today with rumor that a 21-year-old defender and 31-year-old keeper will be on trial with Seattle Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: Ten great goals for your midweek

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Cristiano Ronaldo is set for life, a Croatian Hat trick hero, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

Herculez Gomez, the Seattle Sounders FC forward rejoins FOX Sports for the November 11 match. Gomez travels to Columbus to join the studio team for the USA Mexico match.

Have the Seattle Sounders made a deal to sign two players from Africa.

This is why I founded Sounder at Heart

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My Supporter Story is the story of the website, as much as it is about me.

Wearing a 30th anniversary hoodie, an "established in 2007" t-shirt and talking on the beaten down bleachers of Memorial Stadium my Supporter Stories video focuses on history. In many ways I was a passive, outside observer of soccer prior to the founding of Sounder at Heart.

Cristian Roldan talks about his yellow card and the officiating against FC Dallas

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The Sounders midfielder said that he was "testing" the referee, hoping to encourage consistent calls.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan isn't particularly known to be a poor tackler, but one of his tackles against FC Dallas on Sunday raised a few eyebrows. Roldan's 26th minute challenge on Kellyn Acosta earned him a yellow card, but MLSSoccer.

Major Link Soccer: FanDuel and DraftKings to merge

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Italy's head coach spells things out pretty clearly for Giovinco: MLS = no call-up.

Seattle

The Seahawks and Sounders are leading the way when it comes to sustainability in sports, diverting about 97% of CenturyLink Field waste from landfills, up from just 4% ten years ago.

MLS/NWSL

After being snubbed by MLS' list of finalists for MVP, Sebastian Giovinco is being told in no uncertain terms why he has been left out of Italy's latest squad.

Jordan Morris replaced on USMNT roster for World Cup qualifiers vs. Mexico and Costa Rica

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The forward's hamstring injury will keep him in Seattle to recover as Jurgen Klinsmann is forced to make a change.

Jordan Morris will not be joining the US Mens National Team as they take on Mexico and Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying in the coming week. USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has replaced the injured Seattle Sounder on the roster with LA Galaxy's Alan Gordon.

Seattle is hosting a Conference Finals. This is rare. You should go.

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Sounders fans are a bit spoiled because they're always in the playoffs, not all Seattle teams get so lucky.

Making the playoffs eight straight years, and 21 of the past 23 years, is impressive. It is made more so because this trip to face the Colorado Rapids in the Conference Finals on November 22nd (CenturyLink) and 27th (Dick's Sporting Goods Park) is their third MLS Conference Final (7 of last 15 including USL Sounders).

MLS Cup odds: Sounders favored to advance

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ESPN gives Sounders as good of a chance as anyone to claim MLS Cup.

Make of it what you will, but the math is starting to really like the Seattle Sounders' chances. According to ESPN's Soccer Power Index projections, the Sounders are favorites against the Colorado Rapids and have a 27 percent chance to win the MLS Cup.

Jordan Morris flew to Columbus for re-evaluation by U.S. Soccer

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U.S. Soccer came to the same conclusion Sounders did: Morris has a strained hamstring

By now, we all know that Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris will not be participating in the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico and Costa Rica. We also know that Morris was replaced by Alan Gordon.

Hosting MLS Cup still a possibility for Sounders

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If Sounders beat Rapids and Impact beat Toronto FC, MLS Cup would be in Seattle on Dec. 10.

Crazy as it may seem, it's still possible that MLS Cup could be hosted at CenturyLink Field and the scenario isn't even that far-fetched.

Ever since 2012, MLS Cup has been hosted by the team with the best regular-season record.

Manon Melis retires from soccer

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Melis led the team with seven goals in 2016.

Seattle Reign forward Manon Melis has announced her retirement from professional soccer. The Netherlands international recently retired from the international game after helping lead The Netherlands to their first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in the Summer of 2015.

“Just enjoy this moment” - Brian Schmetzer

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Sounders will savor their accomplishment before focusing on the Colorado Rapids.

Perhaps for the first time in Seattle Sounders history "Sounders win away" was sung following a loss. But just because the game's scoreline said FC Dallas won 2-1 didn't mean the mood was dampened in the Sounders locker room as they earned advancement to the Western Conference finals following a 4-2 aggregate-goal victory.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, Western Conference semifinal Leg 2: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"You can prepare yourself mentally as much as you want, when you come into a place and you know you're 3-0 ahead, we knew that there was going to be a challenge, and they threw their best at us and they showed why they've won two trophies this year." -Brad Evans

[See the ‘extended highlights' here]

This game was a defensive test, just as the coaches, players and fans knew it would be.

Tyrone Mears is season’s latest redemption story

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His play on Sunday is a huge reason Sounders are moving forward

The postseason is virtually built for redemptions stories. Whether it be for teams or players, they have a chance to turn a season's worth of struggles on their head and make everyone forget it ever happened.

The Seattle Sounders seem to be taking this to an extreme.

Major Link Soccer: Rapids potentially implode Galaxy

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Colorado's series victory may have proven to be Steven Gerrard's final professional match.

MLS:

Following their successful second leg versus FC Dallas, the Sounders will face the Colorado Rapids for the Western Conference Championship.

Colorado has been in solid form throughout the season, but their watershed moment came from the addition of Tim Howard, at least according to manager Pablo Mastoreni.

Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas, MLS Cup Playoffs: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for leg two

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FOX Sports 1 is covering the match starting at 6 PM. Kickoff will be closer to 6:25 PM. These times could change if other matches go to extra time.

Seattle Sounders FC lead the two-leg aggregate goal series 3-0 after leg one. The match would only go to extra time if the score is 3-0 in FC Dallas' favor.

Sounders starting XI unchanged from first leg, Torres returns to bench

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As was expected, the Sounders have the same starting XI from last week's 3-0 first leg win in Seattle. Roman Torres, who was totally out last week with a hamstring issue, is fit enough to make the bench for the Sounders. He replaces Michael Farfan, who was an unused sub in the first leg.

Your @SoundersFC Starting XI presented by @Delta.

Akindele opens the scoring for Dallas

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The home side has been pushing for goals since the first minute, and they finally broke the deadlock in this second leg in the 25th minute when Tesho Akindele headed in a cross from Atiba Harris. The goal puts Dallas up 1-0 on the night, but still down 3-1 on aggregate.

Jordan Morris substituted after halftime with "thigh injury"

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The Sounders made an unusual substitution at the start of the second half, bringing on fullback Oniel Fisher for forward Jordan Morris. A club official said that Morris had an unspecified "thigh injury" and that Brian Schmetzer would elaborate on it post-match if possible.

Nico Lodeiro evens it up for Seattle

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Just minutes into the second half, Tyrone Mears worked the ball down the pitch for the Sounders and beat his opposing number just outside the box. Mears' subsequent bouncing cross went right across Dallas' goal and to Nico Lodeiro, who kicked it into the back of the net to make it 1-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate.

Dallas tallies another through Urruti in the 56th

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Just minutes after the Sounders evened up tonight's score, FC Dallas managed to get the ball into Stefan Frei's net again. A deep cross wasn't dealt with by the Sounders' defense, going right to an unmarked Mauro Rosales near the far post; the former Sounder headed it back across goal and right to Maximiliano Urruti, who headed the ball (unchallenged) past Frei and into the corner.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, recap: Nico Lodeiro does it again

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Sounders get an away goal and hold on for a 4-2 aggregate goal win.

It was not pretty, but the Seattle Sounders did enough to advance to the Western Conference finals for the third time in franchise history.

Nicolas Lodeiro's third goal in the series was enough for the Sounders to survive a peppy FC Dallas attack.

Jordan Morris injury officially a “hamstring strain”

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The severity of the Sounders forward's injury hasn't been determined yet, along with his national team status

Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris had to be substituted at halftime, which was initially reported as a thigh injury by club staff. But head coach Brian Schmetzer said after the match that it was actually a hamstring strain, "that's all I can say.

Jordan Morris earns a USMNT call to play Mexico

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US-Mexico face off on November 11th, Jordan will be the lone Sounder on the roster this time.

MLS is giving clubs a week off between the conference semis and conference finals with FIFA holding World Cup qualifiers. Jordan Morris will join the list of players representing their national teams as non-US internationals Joevin Jones, Roman Torres, Nelson Valdez, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe and Nicholas Lodeiro received call-ups already.

It’s called: “Time to finish them!”

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Featuring the mighty Sammy Sounder and the silly Tex Hooper in the conclusion of a battle of good versus evil

Hey Dallas, all your goals are belong to us! So sad that you'll have to lose it all at home. How embarrassing for you.

[Insert another topical and witty video game reference here about being better than our opponent and also they are lame and we are totally going to finish them]

MLS Watercolorist / @MLSwatercolors Tex Hooper is no match for Sammy Sounder

It's dangerous to go alone!

A story still to be told

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A few decades in the future, on the brightest timeline, speaking to many small children.

He's old now. Of a generation defined by a single letter, the world keeps passing him by. People don't drive any more. Coffee is delivered after mental request. He remembers when phones had rotary dials, not implants.

Quartet of Sounders called in to World Cup qualifiers

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Nicolas Lodeiro, Joevin Jones, Roman Torres and Nelson Valdez will be joining their respective national teams next week.

MLS smartly decided to honor the pair international dates that fall in the middle of their playoffs. If the Seattle Sounders are able to advance past FC Dallas on Sunday, they'll be particularly thankful.

Sounders know all about the desperation FC Dallas are feeling

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Sounders are only other team to experience a 3-0 deficit in playoffs.

There have been 62 two-legged, aggregate-goal series played in the history of the MLS Playoffs, including the four that are still ongoing. MLS started playing these series in 2003, when it was determined that a best-of-3 series was probably a bit of overkill — and also not particularly well attended.

DeAndre Yedlin had a slick assist in Newcastle’s win

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Yedlin's helper turned out to be the game-winner as Toons solidified their top spot in the Championship.

DeAndre Yedlin seems to be getting along just fine at Newcastle. After joining the Toons a bit late, Yedlin is now starting regularly. But he's not just starting, Yedlin is proving a key component as Newcastle sits atop the Championship, six points clear of their closest competitors.

Sounders injury update: Roman Torres will travel

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But Alvaro Fernandez and Andreas Ivanschitz already ruled out.

The team that the Seattle Sounders put onto the field for Leg 2 of the Western Conference semifinals will likely look a lot like the one that beat FC Dallas 3-0 in the first leg.

Alvaro Fernandez and Andreas Ivanschitz have already been ruled out for the game, while Roman Torres has been deemed a game-time decision and Brad Evans is still something less than 100 percent fit.

Sounders Academy product named USL MVP

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Sean Okoli led the USL in scoring for FC Cincinnati.

Former Seattle Sounders and Academy product Sean Okoli was announced as the 2016 USL MVP today. The Federal Way native is in his first year with FC Cincinnati after spending 2015 with the New England Revolution, following a trade that netted the Sounders goalkeeper Tyler Miller.

Tacoma Stars open season on strong note

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An 8-4 win, a new 80s rock intro video and a coach with an international contract start the 2016-17 season.

The Tacoma Stars of 2016-17 are off to a strong start. They beat the Soles de Sonora in the opener in front of a crowd of 2,871. Soles de Sonora finished second in ‘15-16. This season the Stars are looking at doing more than just challenging for a title, but to increase their connections to Tacoma, the South Sound and a glorious 1980s nostalgia.

New York Cosmos coach was interview candidate

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We have been able to confirm that Giovanni Savarese was an interview candidate for the Sounders.

On Wednesday, Empire of Soccer put out an article about numerous MLS teams considering New York Cosmos head coach and team sporting director Giovanni Savarese as a coaching target. The Seattle Sounders were mentioned in the article as being a team looking at Savarese.

Joevin Jones has been playing with a broken toe

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Remarkably, injury hasn't forced him to miss any time.

Seattle Sounders defender Joevin Jones has been playing on a broken toe for a few months. While it may have stunted his training when it first happened, last Sunday's Western Conference Semifinals against FC Dallas proved it hasn't affected his play.

Sounders at FC Dallas, Western Conference Semifinals leg 2: One Good Question

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This is the the 7th meeting between the two teams in the past year. Seattle has a 3-0 advantage in the aggregate-goal series.

Heading into the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal match against FC Dallas, the Seattle Sounders are in unfamiliar territory — ahead with a large lead.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, Leg 1: Player Ratings

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Hosting Dallas in the second round of the playoffs is nothing new for Seattle. Just last year we left the home leg of the Dallas series up 2-1 and in good position to advance with a solid second leg showing in Dallas, only to lose on penalty kicks. This season is different, though. With Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz both missing from the lineup, the Texas team started out in a very defensive 5-3-2 and failed to get the bunkered result they hoped for.

Major Link Soccer: Javier Morales says goodbye to Real Salt Lake

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The MLS veteran doesn't say what he'll do next. Minnesota United wants Sigi Schmid (what expansion team wouldn't?). Kim Little is hanging out with little kids and dragons.

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Kendall Fletcher, playing in the W-League in Australia this season for Western Sydney Wanderers, is taking on the role of veteran guide for the young Americans on the squad with her, thanks to her experience moving between leagues around the world.

Nos Audietis, Episode 235: The life of Brian (Schmetzer)

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We dedicated this whole episode to the Sounders new old coach.

We weren't sure if we were going to record this week, especially since Aaron has a bit of a superstition about doing stuff like this in the middle of a series. But with Wednesday's news that Brian Schmetzer was having the interim tag removed from his title, we felt we owed to all of you to focus on that especially since the next time we record that bit of news will likely be lost.

Henry Wingo wins it for Washington

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The Sounders Academy alum netted his first goal of the 2016 college season.

Taking on UCLA at home the 11th ranked UW Huskies needed help from Sounders Academy alum Henry Wingo to win the match. Wingo's double-volley in traffic put Washington up a goal, and that was all they would need. The Dawgs improved their record to 13-4-0 on the season.

How Brian Schmetzer won over Garth Lagerwey

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Schmetzer was always first in line for the job, but he did everything right in winning over the GM

Sunday, October 23. Decision Day. The Seattle Sounders had finally clinched a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs by beating Real Salt Lake 2-1, capping off their historic three-month climb up the Western Conference standings.

We’re suckers for Brian Schmetzer in short-shorts

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Photographic proof that he's played for basically ever soccer outfit in the Puget Sound.

Much has been made of Brian Schmetzer's history not just with the Seattle Sounders, but his connections to virtually every soccer team in the Puget Sound area. So seeing this picture of him as a member of the Tacoma Stars isn't surprising.

Brian Schmetzer gave the Sounders an easy choice

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Somehow, it all feels as if it played out perfectly.

This is how it's supposed to be. Hometown kid gets his dream job and is introduced in front of an adoring crowd made up of his club's most diehard fans. The cheers fill the room. The standing ovation brings tears.

Brian Schmetzer is the Seattle Sounders head coach.

Major Link Soccer - Villa Still Available for NYCFC

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Despite committing an ejection-worthy event, the MVP candidate will not be suspended for the team's second leg.

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The general consensus is that removing the Interim modifier from Coach Schmetzer's title was the right move.

Judging from the commentary at Big D Soccer, FC Dallas may be counting on Mauro Rosales to give them a chance in the second leg.

Sounders Annual Business Meeting 2016: Livethread

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There is no official livestream for Wednesday night's End of Year meeting. We will update here via comments.

UPDATE: We livestream most of the event and you can watch it here:

Alliance End of Year Business Meeting

Posted by Sounder at Heart on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Seattle Sounders FC is teasing Wednesday's 2016 Alliance Annual Business Meeting (7 PM, West Field Plaza CenturyLink Field) with a "Special Announcement.

Brian Schmetzer hired as Sounders head coach

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After exceeding expectations as interim head coach, the Sounders finally gave Schmetzer the official title.

Brian Schmetzer is here to stay.

The Seattle Sounders front office announced today they were officially removing the interim tag from Schmetzer's title. That will continue a remarkable level of coaching stability, as he and Sigi Schmid are the only two head coaches this organization has had since 2002.

It’s called: “Call him Coach Brian Schmetzer!”

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no "interim" necessary... not like we ever used it anyways

As if we weren't already hype enough!

MLS Watercolorist / @mlswatercolors Coach Brian Schmetzer is officially Coach Brian Schmetzer

Brian Schmetzer has interim tag removed

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Schmetzer has amassed a 10-2-4 record since taking over in July.

Brian Schmetzer is here to stay.

The Seattle Sounders front office announced today they were officially removing the interim tag from Schmetzer's title. That will continue a remarkable level of coaching stability, as he and Sigi Schmid are the only two head coaches this organization has had since 2002.

The Brian Schmetzer I know

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He knows just what you need to hear.

Over the years of Sounder at Heart I've had the opportunity to meet many coaches and players. They've helped with charity events, answered dumb questions and been a part of my attempts to be a part-time, then a full-time and again a part-time writer. What's this have to do with Brian Schmetzer?

Tacoma Stars-Sounders U23 GM, head coach Darren Sawatzky leads Guam in East Asian Cup

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Sawatzky will coach his first ever international match this weekend.

Tacoma Stars and Seattle Sounders U23 general manager and head coach Darren Sawatzky will lead Guam's national team in the East Asian Cup this coming Sunday, November 6th. The former Seattle Sounders Academy Director took the job in September.

Tim Howard and Andre Blake shouldn't win Goalkeeper of the Year

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With the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year nominees announced, we look into the stats to figure out if these nominations were fair or not.

As the MLS season ends, replaced with the playoffs for the MLS Cup, Award season is upon us once again. Much has been made about who was nominated versus who wasn't, particularly regarding the Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award, which snubbed Sebastian Giovinco in lieu of having three New York based players on the list.

Major Link Soccer: Hydra 2.0

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Has Seattle found a new 3 headed monster in Morris, Lodeiro, and Valdez. Manchester City stun Barcelona, and Goals of the Week.

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It wasn't the attack many foresaw at the beginning of the year, but the three-man unit leading the Seattle Sounders on Sunday looked downright frightening.

Sounders’ injured trio still “day by day”

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Roman Torres, Andreas Ivanschitz, and Flaco Fernandez have not yet returned to full training with the club

The good news on the injury front for the Seattle Sounders is they didn't come out of their big 3-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday with any new ones to report. The bad news is that of the injured starters who didn't play, none have returned to full training as of yet.

Joevin Jones, Nelson Valdez have been Sounders’ playoff stars

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Valdez scored his first two goals in a year this past week, and Jones has had a hand in all four Seattle playoff goals.

For Seattle Sounders FC, praise is in high supply for players like Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris, who both made the shortlists for the Newcomer of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.

Kitsap Pumas leaving PDL, joining NPSL

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Kitsap Soccer Club is leaving the Premier Development League to join the National Premier Soccer League.

Kitsap Soccer Club announced on Tuesday that they are leaving the Premier Development League (PDL) to join the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) ahead of the 2017 season. For their first year in the NPSL, they will revert to their full name, Kitsap Soccer Club (Kitsap SC).

Vote now: Seattle Reign 2016 RoValks Awards

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While they didn't make the playoffs, Seattle Reign FC players left us with a lot of great memories this season: national team call-ups, beautiful goals, international friendlies, NWSL controversies, and so much more.

It was a year with a lot to remember and try to forget, all at the same time.

A History of Outbursts

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Was that 3-goals-in-8-minutes outburst the first of its kind in Seattle? Will it carry over into the second leg and beyond? Coaches want to know!

If set to a soundtrack, the game is more suited to symphony than garage band. Fortunes can change quickly in soccer, but usually following a long, drawn-out build-up.

Cristian Roldan, Damion Lowe graduate from Generation adidas Program

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The Sounders will need to decide if they want to protect either of these players before the 2016 Expansion Draft.

Cristian Roldan and Damion Lowe of your Seattle Sounders have both graduated from the Generation adidas Program at the end of the 2016 MLS regular season. This means that they are will no longer be classified as Generation adidas on the roster and will not be automatically protected in the 2016 Expansion Draft that will be held three days after MLS Cup on December 13, 2016.

MLS Award finalists include three Sounders

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Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Chad Marshall are the only Seattle players short listed.

No Seattle Sounders are nominated for the prestigious awards of MVP, Defender of the Year or Keeper of the Year. Instead, the team itself and Chad Marshall are each short-listed for the "Fair Play Award", with just half a season Nicolas Lodeiro still earned a nod as potential Newcomer of the Year, and Jordan Morris joins Keegan Rosenberry as the Rookie of the Year favorites.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, Western Conference semifinal Leg 1: Community player ratings form

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Well, there are still 90 minute to go, but the Seattle Sounders certainly have breathing room in this two-leg semifinal against FC Dallas. Three goals will do that. Thanks to Nelson Valdez' newfound goalscoring form and some excellent service from Joevin Jones (not to mention continued good performances from Jordan Morris and Nico Lodeiro), Seattle dominated the second half of this first match.

Major Link Soccer: NASL in trouble

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Attendance woes might be the least of the league's concerns as the number of teams competing next year dwindles to 11.

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Big D Soccer breaks down what went wrong for FC Dallas in the first leg, hanging the team's failures on a disastrous formation shift and the absence of Zach Loyd.

While Leslie Jones was hopping aboard the Sounders bandwagon, J.

Clint Dempsey, wife dressed as Super Mario characters for Halloween

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Glad to see the Dempseys appeared to enjoy the holiday.

We haven't really seen or heard much from Clint Dempsey since it was revealed he had an irregular heartbeat a couple months ago, aside from some shots of him watching games at CenturyLink Field.

This hardly qualifies as anything like an update, but it is good to see him and his wife having fun for Halloween.