Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2016

Nos Audietis, Episode 214: Uncovering the story behind "The Trust"

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Richard Farley returns to the show for the debut of his Sounders Community Trust report. Jeremiah, Aaron, Richard, and even Likkit discuss the story while sitting in the "VIP lounge" at Ridgecrest Public House in beautiful Shoreline, Washington.

We're trying something a bit different this week.

Major Link Soccer: US fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

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The ship was righted in Columbus as the full USMNT get a big win, but down in Texas the U-23's crash and burn..

U.S. Soccer

One ship was righted in Columbus, but the other went down in flames in Frisco. For US Soccer it was a confusing night to say the least. The full National Team put on a dominating performance against Guatemala while the U-23's lost their cool and their summer trip to Rio.

USA vs. Guatemala, World Cup qualifying: News, updates, highlights, lineups

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The USMNT faces a must win World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala in Columbus with bonus info on Mexico v Canada from Azteca stadium. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your USMNT Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. While this is not a mathematically must win game, it is a must win game.

Clint Dempsey gives USMNT much-needed lead over Guatemala

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This is a bit more like the Clint Dempsey we've come to know and love. With the United States applying plenty of pressure, but so far not much to show for it, Dempsey is the one to get the breakthrough goal and grab a much-needed lead over Guatemala.

This was a vintage Dempsey goal, as he runs onto a free ball in the box after Gyasi Zardes kept it alive with a nice challenge.

Geoff Cameron's header makes it 2-0 for the US of A

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The United States needed to show some offensive firepower during today's second leg versus Guatemala and they have answered the call so far. After Bobby Wood was able to draw a foul just outside of the box, Michael Bradley placed a wonderful ball that Geoff Cameron was able to bury with a header.

USA vs. Colombia, Olympics qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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Jordan Morris leads the US U-23 team in the return leg against Colombia from Frisco, Texas. The US leads 1-1 on a single away goal with 90 minutes between a summer tournament and once in a lifetime Olympic experience in Rio de Janeiro and a second consecutive failure to qualify for the Olympics

What's this again?

Graham Zusi makes it 3-0 early into the 2nd half

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Well, that didn't take long. The USMNT were able to get a very important 3rd goal in the 46th minute of the match. Thanks to a nice pass into the box by former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi buried the shot.

Jozy Altidore makes it 4-0, Clint Dempsey with the assist

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Boy, the USMNT really needed this game. It was vital that the team bounced back after that horrendous performance in the first leg versus Guatemala. The final goal came in the closing minutes of the game as Clint Dempsey was able to run the ball into the box and find Jozy Altidore for the exclamation point.

USA vs. Guatemala, World Cup qualifying, recap: 4-nil win powered by gritty Clint Dempsey

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The United States isn't completely out of danger, but they again control their own destiny and hope for the Hex.

With their backs against the wall the United States Men's National Team played a very American game. It was gritty, rough, and fortunate. Starting in a 4-3-3 with their top talents in more typical positions, Jurgen Klinsmann's men put up a potent 4-nil drubbing.

USA vs. Colombia, Olympics qualifying recap: U23s fail hard

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In the 180 minutes of the Americans put a total of one shot on goal. They will not be in Rio after they lost 3-2 on aggregate.

Now without the high-heat, and instead playing on an early spring evening in Texas, the United States U23s looked no better than they did in Colombia. Despite the talents scattered on pro sides around North America and Europe, this U23 team could not do what previous teams stocked full of college kids could do.

USMNT lineup actually features players in natural positions

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It would appear that Jurgen Klinsmann has come to his senses and rolled out a lineup featuring players in positions they are actually well-suited to play in the United States' virtual must-win World Cup qualifier against Guatemala. Not a single player is being obviously played out of position, as DeAndre Yedlin has been returned to his more natural right back and Geoff Cameron is anchoring the defense at center back.

Sigi Schmid hints at scouting trip during weekend off

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The Sounders' head coach admits to attending a live match over the weekend, but declines to name a specific match

Since they had the weekend off, Seattle Sounders players who weren't on international duty were given a bit of a mini-vacation and returned to training Tuesday for the first time since Friday.

Brad Evans returns to training, talks about injury and USMNT

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The captain could make a return on Saturday against Montreal Impact

Seattle Sounders FC captain Brad Evans was back in full training for the first time Tuesday, looking to be in good spirits and ready to get back on the pitch for the club. "Last week was a good week, today was another good day.

USA vs. Guatemala, World Cup qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT faces a must win World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala in Columbus with bonus info on Mexico v Canada from Azteca stadium. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your USMNT Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. While this is not a mathematically must win game, it is a must win game.

Sounders Academy player scores olimpico

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In these dark days of early season struggles, we are constantly looking for the light. And while it's entirely unfair to put too much of our hopes and dreams into any player currently in the Sounders Academy, there's a relatively new name you probably want to keep an eye on: Cameron Martin.

The 15-year-old has scored eight goals in 20 USSDA appearances with the U15/16 team, and that doesn't include the olimpico he scored in the U17 Generation adidas Cup last weekend.

Tyrone Mears' green card means two open international spots

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Now that Tyrone Mears is a permanent resident of the USA (holds a green card) the Seattle Sounders have two international spots open. The club also has roster space for two signings of any kind, as well as space for another Designated Player.

Today's announcement means that the following players are considered internationals - Oalex Anderson, Oniel Fisher, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Joevin Jones, Román Torres and Nelson Haedo Valdez.

Kitsap Pumas granted bye into second round of US Open Cup

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Chattanooga FC also advances as Rio Grande Valley SC is no longer eligible.

At the behest of the Houston Dynamo US Soccer made a rule clarification in regards to which pro teams are eligible to enter the US Open Cup in 2016. The adjustments means that Rio Grande Valley is no longer eligible.

Major Link Soccer: USMNT fans used to sweating through adversity

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Are you there, God? It's me, Jürgen.

Seattle

The Sounders have added a new piece of technology to their fan interaction, releasing "Sounders FC DeskSite", a desktop app that lets fans watch team videos both online and off. DeskSite, the application's developer, touts their product as a "DVR for the Internet", and have developed similar interfaces for over 20 other NFL, NHL, and MLS teams.

Major Link Soccer: Messi breaks an (opponent's) (fan's) arm

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Now see, if I'd not included those parenthesis, you'd all be mad about "misleading headlines" and "lack of integrity" and "fishing for page views."

Seattle

A familiar name may be returning to Seattle this summer with an unfamiliar look; Duncan McCormick, Sounders Academy vet and member of the Sounders extended family has signed with AZ United FC.

Reign start strong with preseason win over Portland

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Goals from Havana Solaun and Jess Fishlock power the Reign to a 2-0 victory in the team's first preseason match.

It took them awhile to find their footing, but two goals in two minutes gave the Seattle Reign a 2-0 win over Portland Thorns FC.

Both teams started what is expected to be their preferred Starting XI on Day 1.

Preseason Reign v Thorns: Stream and Game Thread

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2016 game action begins with a match against an overhauled Portland Thorns team in their adorable town down South.

Today the Seattle Reign open their 2016 preseason with a match against new-but-fierce regional rivals Portland Thorns. Seattle is participating in a preseason mini-tournament hosted at Providence Park, which also includes the Houston Dash and Oregon State University.

Major League Standings: Vancouver won with another PK

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Sounders didn't play during the international break, which is great, but a few teams did so here's what happened in those.

Sounders took the weekend off with the USMNT in action so, for once, we didn't get burned by the international window though three matches did occur in MLS, all on Saturday.

Joevin Jones scored an olimpico in Trinidad's World Cup qualifier

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Friday didn't go so well for the Seattle Sounders' pair of United States internationals, but it went considerably better for Joevin Jones and Trinidad & Tobago. The Soca Warriors beat St. Vincent and Grenadines 3-2 to move to the top of Group C in CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying tournament and are now in prime position to move on to the Hex.

Osvaldo Alonso reaches 250 matches played

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Alonso becomes Seattle's first to reach the milestone at top flight and is still going strong

Beyond the spectacle of it all–the crowd, the goals, the unlikely outcome–many of us came away from then-Qwest Field that brisk March night seven years ago believing we had found our next Mr. Sounder.

Major League Soccer: Startup Accelerator

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LAFC are hoping to get their MLS team on the right foot, and that means building an academy and USL team prior to their debut.

Seattle

The Sounders brutal start further amplifies one of their larger pain points: the reality that even in bye weeks, they won't be fully rested.

The Seattle Sounders Women rounded out their technical staff, in an effort to reaffirm the growth of the women's game and their goal of continuing to be a launching pad for players to the highest levels of the game.

USA vs. Guatemala, World Cup qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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The USMNT resumes World Cup qualification in Guatemala with bonus info on Canada v Mexico in a sold out BC Place Stadium. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your USMNT Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The USMNT is on a 21 game unbeaten run against Guatemala with a 15-0-6 record including a 7-0-5 record in World Cup Qualifiers.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs. Sacramento Republic 2016: Game time and live stream for USL match one

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It's on SoundersFC.com at 7:30 PM. Watch with us.

Sacramento Republic come to Tukwila's Starfire Stadium to face host Seattle Sounders FC 2. Seattle's USL side is quite different from the one that barely made the Playoffs in 2015, with just three players and one coach returning. According to coaches this new version of S2 will be more integrated with both the first team and the Academy.

Sounders 2 vs. Sacramento Republic Recap: Sounders fall 1-0 at home

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In a match featuring plenty of attacking talent with MLS experience on both sides, the lone goal was a Tommy Stewart penalty kick that left Seattle Sounders 2 with a 1-0 loss in their home opener.

Sacramento started the match on the front foot, overwhelming S2 in the midfield and either sending crosses towards Adam Jahn's head, or asking Tommy Thompson to beat the left side of the Sounders defense with skill.

United States vs. Colombia Olympic Qualifying, recap: America bunkers, survives 1-1 draw

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Luis Gil opened the scoring with a vital road goal. His 5th minute strike came as Mario Rodriguez used a cutback pass into the space that Jordan Morris opened. Twice in the first half the US managed to get the Colombian keeper out of the net, but they could not score a goal. Morris sparked one of those chances with Gil missing the shot.

USA vs. Colombia, Olympics 2016 qualifying: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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Jordan Morris leads the US U-23 team against Colombia in the first leg of the home and away series for the last spot in this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Men's Soccer Tournament

What is this game for?

The US U-23 Men's National Team will play a home and away series against Colombia for the final spot in the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Seattle Reign waive Sweden international due to a medical issue

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Meanwhile, a familiar name shows up on the updated preseason roster.

Seattle Reign FC announced today that, due to an undisclosed medical issue, the team has waived Swedish defender Antonia Göransson. With Göransson's departure, the Reign now has two international spots available.

Göransson signed with the Reign in November, coming from Vittsjö GIK of the Swedish Damallsvenskan.

Major Link Soccer: Want Zlatan? How about $83 million?

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Yeah, he's not coming to MLS. Big changes may be coming to the Champions League. The Miami Beckhams finally own land.

Seattle

Who are the top 50 male youth players from Washington of all time? That's a tough one, but you can vote for your top 10, and the results will be updated regularly as votes come in.

Sounders 2 vs Sacramento Republic: Three Questions

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After a first season producing three MLS talents (Craven, Miller, Anderson), a Playoff appearance and off-field drama surrounding the SCT Sounders FC 2 starts 2016 on Friday night. Their opponent is the most MLS ready team in North America. Sacramento Republic visit Starfire sports at 7:30 PM, with SoundersFC.

Hérculez Gomez ready to 'prove a lot of people wrong,' put Toronto behind him

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Toronto left him bitter. With that chip on his shoulder, Gomez is grateful for a "lifeline" from the Sounders.

Seattle fans have mostly known Hérculez Gomez as the guy who played briefly for the A-League Sounders and went on to bigger and better things, including a role on the US National Team and scoring the lone goal in the Seattle leg of Santos Laguna's victory over the Sounders in the 2013 CCL semifinal.

Infallible Mark Geiger stands by both penalty calls

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Mark Geiger had a nightmare game on Saturday. Of that, there's little debate. Even if you understand why he may have called the first penalty and can even grudgingly accept that the second wasn't an awful call, there are plenty of other calls that are simply too mind-boggling to accept without pulling your hair out in frustration.

'Toronto FC is on the hook' for Herculez Gomez's contract

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There's a rather significant list of things the Seattle Sounders liked about Herculez Gomez. The 33-year-old is a proven scorer, has played in a World Cup, is a positive locker-room presence and even has ties to Seattle. Based on those criteria alone, there would be reason to like this signing.

But the cherry on top?

Analysis: Zero-Sum Creativity

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In a tactic where either Clint Dempsey or Andreas Ivanschitz creates a chance, the opposing defense is too often the winner.

In my last missive, breaking down the Seattle Sounders' loss to Sporting Kansas City into 16 10-minute intervals, I noted that the burden of chance creation has fallen primarily on Clint Dempsey and Andreas Ivanschitz.

Major Link Soccer: Welcome to the LAFC Wings

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Dempsey prepares for national team duty, more Brazilian attacking in Orlando, LA sees more trademarks.

Seattle

Clint Dempsey will be with the USMNT in their match against Guatemala tomorrow hoping for a good performance to prepare himself and the team for Copa America.

The Seattle Sounders have released episode 1 of "Cascadia Uncovered":

MLS

Empire of Soccer uncovered two new trademark applications from MLS for the names "LAFC Wings" and "The Wings".

Sounders sign World Cup veteran Herculez Gomez

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Herculez Gomez is officially a Seattle Sounders player, again. The 33-year-old forward had been on trial since last week and the signing was announced on Thursday. This will be Gomez's second stint with the Sounders, having played here on loan from the Sigi Schmid-coached LA Galaxy in 2003. Gomez brings more than a decade of professional experience and three World Cup appearances to the Sounders.

Nos Audietis, Episode 213: Vancouver recap, Geiger, and #HercWatch

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Jeremiah and Aaron recap the match against Vancouver Whitecaps, talk about supposed "referee" Mark Geiger, and answer listener questions.

Jeremiah and Aaron recap the match against Vancouver Whitecaps. They also discuss the "official who watches a game or match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to" Mark Geiger.

Here is Sounders 2's unofficially official roster for 2016

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With their first game just days away, Sounders FC 2 needed to submit their eligible players to USL. That list includes three players signed directly to the USL roster though not yet announced by the club and eight Academy players that will be playing up in the near future. The Academy kids will be able to maintain their NCAA eligibility while playing for the USL team.

Jordan Morris, Nelson Valdez starting to figure out their roles in Sounders' 4-3-3

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The Sounders' new tactical configuration has been fraught with inconsistency this season. This was a team that dominated the LA Galaxy in preseason followed by two solid performances against Club America, after which they've decided to do a faceplant, losing their first three MLS matches. Most of those issues come down the reshuffled offensive configuration.

Major Link Soccer: USMNT Prepares for World Cup Qualifying

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The USMNT starts World Cup qualifying Friday against Guatemala, but an even more important game will be played also on Friday between the U.S. U-23 team and Colombia's U-23 team for a spot in Rio this summer.

U.S. Soccer

Given the previous generation's failings (and even some of its own) the US Under-23 Men's National Team knows just how much pressure awaits them in the coming weeks.

Two familiar voices will be S2's main announcer team

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A pair of familiar voices with strong Seattle ties will be manning the broadcast booth for Sounders 2 this year, Sounder at Heart has confirmed. Aaron Heinzen will be the new play-by-play voice and Wade Webber will be his color announcer. The club is expected to formally announce them on Friday ahead of the S2 season opener at Starfire against Sacramento Republic.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Player Ratings

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Even though Seattle looked the better team, a poor referee and lack of finishing keep the Sounders in the cellar.

Man, I struggle to put into words how upsetting it was to watch the Sounders lose 1-2 on my birthday to the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps. If you had turned around for a beer in the 11th and 75th minutes and just watched the game you would think the Sounders won by 4.

I tried to invest in a pro soccer team, and I still don't know what I got

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The Sounders 2 fan ownership situation and subsequent refunds explained.

It was 16 months ago that the Seattle Sounders ushered in what seemed to be a bold new era of American pro soccer when they announced that fans would own 20 percent of their new USL team. Fan ownership was to be represented by the Sounders Community Trust, but details of what that would actually entail were always a bit thin.

Chad Marshall gives his view on the Vancouver penalty incident

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"I haven't watched any replays of the game, it's just frustrating and I'm trying to put it behind me and move on."

For three-time MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall, it's frustrating to come out of a game in which one little incident, one little choice, marred your otherwise excellent performance.

We'll know within "the next day or two" if the Sounders are signing Herculez Gomez

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The Sounders website announced yesterday that Gomez would be training with the Sounders again this week

While he wasn't present at today's Starfire training session, Herculez Gomez could be a Seattle Sounder by the end of the week. The club announced yesterday on their website that Gomez would be training with the Sounders again this week, after he spent the majority of last week at Starfire.

ESPN survey of MLS players reveals salary frustrations

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Salary discrepancy remains a fundamental issue in locker rooms, and Jordan Morris gets called out by 'anonymous'.

ESPN FC has published their MLS players survey for 2016, with 123 diverse player responses to a range of topics on the league's structure and scheduling to opinions on the quality and the future of MLS.

Ranking the best kits in Sounders MLS history

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The Sounders have worn 13 different looks in their eight seasons.

Soccer is unique among American sports in the number of jerseys it pumps out. Something as simple as changing the width of a pant stripe is grounds for boycott in Major League Baseball or the National Football League, but in footy at least one new shirt is expected every season.

Sounders 2 2016 USL preview

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S2's second season starts this week. The club is younger, more unknown, and looks to be increasing development of younger players who might earn their way to the first team as soon as this season.

Year founded: 2014, the Sounders themselves were in the USL and A-League from 1994 to 2008

Affiliation: Sounders FC 2 is owned and operated by Sounders FC, with a fan trust holding 20% of ownership.

Major Link Soccer: Everybody's got an opinion on 0-3

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If you're tired of hearing about the Sounders' slow start this season, then you're in for a long two weeks.

Seattle

A bunch of media outlets have their own opinions on the Sounders' first 0-3 start. Don Ruiz thinks that this Sounders team deserves more time, but if the goals haven't come by the end of April then changes are warranted.

Mark Geiger got both penalties 'wrong' according to 'Instant Replay'

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Mark Geiger got the calls wrong on both penalties he awarded to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, according to MLSsoccer.com's Brian Dunseth on "Instant Replay." This is obviously just one person's opinion -- and it will surely come as little solace to Seattle Sounders fans -- but it might at least tell you that you weren't taking crazy pills when you were watching the game this weekend.

Herculez Gomez will continue Sounders trial

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Herculez Gomez spent most of last week getting reacquainted with Seattle and training with the Sounders. Among his activities were paying a visit to the Starbucks Roastery and took in the March to the Match, while also scoring a pair of goals for S2 in a scrimmage against Gonzaga. Apparently, it was all enough for him to come back for a second stint.

Joevin Jones, Myron Samuel and Román Torres join list of Sounders called to National Team duty

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Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Oalex Anderson, Tyler Miller and Victor Mansaray are also gone during the bye week.

Seattle Sounders FC planned for this year's World Cup Qualifiers and most other demands by various national teams. That's a good thing, because a total of eight players will be away from Starfire representing their nations.

Sounders vs. Vancouver - Aftermatch Aftermath: A PRO Job

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Have you ever wanted to wield unlimited power without any responsibility but don't want to wear those spandex suits they make you wear in comics? Well, consider becoming a referee with PRO, an organization who only cares about appearances.

How does that old adage go?What do you do if you can't play?

Major Link Soccer: Istanbul derby postponed for terror threats

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Seattle

One fan took their refereeing complaints to the league, where it will hopefully reach someone who has power over Mark Geiger's employment status.

MLS

The Tim Howard-Colorado Rapids thing finally became official over the weekend, prompting President Obama to "issue a message" welcoming him back to America.

Oalex Anderson gets a World Cup Qualifier call-up

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Oalex Anderson earns another WCQ call-up for St. Vincent and the Grenadines' as they play Trinidad and Tobago.

Clint Dempsey is no longer the only Sounder called up to this set of CONCACAF WCQs with Oalex Anderson earning another call-up for St. Vincent and the Grenadines' as they face off against Trinidad and Tobago in a two-match set on the 25th and 29th of March.

Major League Standings Week 3: It is not really that bleak

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A recap of the week across MLS, not a great week because we lost again.

I'm going to try and keep the anti-Geiger comments to a minimum and just talk about other games but if I come off bitter it's because screw Geiger.

Friday 3/18-

NYCFC 0 - Orlando City 1: Manchester City lost twice this weekend once in the Manchester Derby (Sunday) and once in the MLS Last-Two Expansion Derby, which is the more important one in all honesty.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Community player ratings form

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This one was painful for Sounders fans, and it's been a woeful start to the season. Still, there's no question that nearly every bit of injury or referee luck has gone against Seattle so far. Despite an overall solid defense, the home team gave up two penalties. Despite having two high-level matches before the MLS season started, the offense hasn't clicked yet.

Clint Dempsey called into USMNT camp for World Cup Qualifying against Guatemala

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He will miss practices, but not Sounders games.

Seattle Sounders will be without Clint Dempsey during their bye week. The forward is going to be with Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States National Team as they prepare and play two matches against Guatemala. Seattle is among the 14 teams respecting this international break.

Sounders lose to Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We are not happy, I am not happy, the players aren't happy, the organization is not happy. It's a result-oriented business, I know that as well as anybody. At the end of the day we've got to start getting results." -Sigi Schmid

Nineteen shots, eight corner kicks and several dangerous free kicks only resulted in one goal for the Sounders, not enough to overcome the effects of referee Mark Geiger's whistle.

Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitepcaps 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match two

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It's on Q13 at 7 PM. Watch with us.

Arguing over who has the worst start to the season would be both long, and fruitless. Neither the Vancouver Whitecaps nor Seattle Sounders are doing well. Both have justifications, if not excuses, but the chance that one of them goes 0-3 is real. That they could do so against a fierce rival would make that pain hurt even more.

Stefan Frei returns to Sounders starting lineup vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

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Stefan Frei is back in the Seattle Sounders' starting lineup after missing last week's game with an arm injury. Frei had been training with the first team most of the week. Joining him are Nelson Haedo Valdez and Jordan Morris, both of whom left the Real Salt Lake match with injuries.

Morris appeared to have sustained some kind of head injury but was quickly cleared of a concussion.

Replay confirms Whitecaps got very lucky on penalty

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The Seattle Sounders have found themselves in an early hole despite a strong start. After doing little else other than absorbing pressure for the first nine minutes of the match, the Vancouver Whitecaps were effectively gifted a penalty when Joevin Jones and Christian Bolanos got their feet tangled.

Andreas Ivanschitz scores on gorgeous free kick

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It has been a frustrating evening for the Seattle Sounders, who have dominated play but still found themselves trailing early in the second half. But the tide may have turned.

After Clint Dempsey drew a yellow on Pedro Morales by bursting into the box, he deferred to Andreas Ivanschitz on the free kick from about 20 yards out.

Mark Geiger gifts Whitecaps a second goal

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Although this one was not as blatantly bad as the first penalty Mark Geiger awarded the Vancouver Whitecaps, it was perhaps more damaging and possibly less forgivable.

Here's the video:

While Chad Marshall clearly takes out Blas Perez, what makes this so awful is that Perez doesn't even attempt to play the ball.

Sounders vs. Whitecaps, recap: Two questionable penalties sink Sounders

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Mark Geiger points to the spot twice and was badly fooled both times.

Blaming the referee for a loss is a pretty weak excuse. Barring gross incompetence, a good team can often overcome a handful of questionable calls. And while the Seattle Sounders have plenty of areas where they can say "we should have done better" in their 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, Mark Geiger's performance deserves a long look from PRO's review board.

Sounders lose to Whitecaps: Postgame Observations

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It's a tough loss, and so much of it rests on the choices Mark Geiger made Saturday night. Rather than focus on that, these observations focus on what Sigi Schmid and his players control. Seattle Sounders fell, again. But they found a new path to loss, and still have yet to find a run of play goal from a forward.

Raining over Cascadia

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We are born of sea and sky
We are carved from peaks and pine

A Salish Sea engulfs our hearts
Souls contained by rims of fire

There are calming rains overhead
While massive beasts rage below

Navigating waters deep green
Finding shores wholesome and proud

Surrounded by hop-vined vales
Green conifers climbing hills

Land from Whistler to Klamath
Waters flow from Columbia

Snow covered in Summer
Ranges of mountains stand ready

A united culture stretches
Across borders that divide

First Nations found our homeland
New nations joining daily

Seattle centers Cascadia
Reigning and holding our Cup

From Brougham to King
Echoes thunderous voices

Dry side to peninsula
Arrive generations strong

This is our Sound
You will hear us in your sleep
You will hear us from the deep

Jordan Morris called to US Olympic Qualifying roster

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He will not miss any Seattle Sounders matches as they are not one of the six teams playing through the international break.

In a roster laden with MLS Homegrown Players Jordan Morris' inclusion should come as no surprise. The Seattle Sounders forward is also the United States U23 player with the most senior national team appearances at nine.

Major Link Soccer: Targeted Allocation leads to pay days

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Through TAM, New England were able to lock up Lee Nguyen at a much more tempting price than afforded previously.

MLS:

The New England Revolution were able to craft a contract extension for Lee Nguyen by acquiring enough TAM resources.

Matching up MLS clubs to Game of Thrones houses hits all the tragic notes you would want it to- minus the Red Card Wedding.

Are Sounders scouting Toulouse's Wissam Ben Yedder?

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Going after the 25-year-old forward would be a particularly bold move.

Garth Lagerwey has made no secret that the Seattle Sounders are currently in the transfer market. The team's top two scouts -- Chris Henderson and Kurt Schmid -- have recently been in Chile and France, respectively. Although figuring out who they are looking at is a bit of a guessing game, at least one French outlet is reporting that Schmid was scouting Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder.

Clint Dempsey gives one of his most informative interviews to date

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The normally reserved forward talks tactics and his more reserved mentoring style.

Clint Dempsey's had a few matches against the Vancouver Whitecaps under his belt since joining the Seattle Sounders in 2013, so he knows a little something about what it's like to play such a fierce rival in a packed CenturyLink Field.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 3. TV and Streaming Listings

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NYCFC's lineup fun, the California Clásico and Victor Mansaray plays for the US U20 team on a free stream. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listing and From a Sounders Point of View are here in your MLS Week 3 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. W-M. W-M? W-M! New York City FC employed the little used W-M formation in their last home game against Toronto FC.

Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report: Where to attack a formerly formidable defense

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Seattle is hungry and that should help. Vancouver has gone from best to worst for goals against, and that's a good sign for a makeshift Seattle attack that is learning about each other and missing Nelson Valdez.

Seattle is desperate. Well, pretty desperate. A 0-2-0 -2 start, scoring one goal and giving up three.

Major Link Soccer: Alejandro Bedoya interested in move to MLS

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Third time could be the charm for the USMNT favorite. Why is Cyle Larin so good? Sepp Blatter appeals to a higher authority.

Major League Soccer

Power Ranking Average continue over at RSL Soap Box, and the consensus is the the Seattle Sounders are a basement dweller at 17th. The rankings ranged from 3rd to 19th.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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Rivals along the Salish Sea, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps again take part in the Cascadia Cup. This first match in the 2016 trivalry. The match is also Q13's debut for the year. They and Univision-Seattle have the 7 PM broadcast in the Seattle market. TSN1 is carrying it in Canada. Neither side has a win in 2016.

Fans will have S2 ownership money returned, retain stake in club

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Sounders Community Trust also lays out much-delayed road-map toward being fully functional.

When the Seattle Sounders launched their USL affiliate in October 2014, it was supposed to be something more than a reserve squad. A major component of that "something" was a 20 percent fan ownership stake through a supporters trust.

Sigi Schmid says Sounders "inches away" from wins, stresses need for confidence

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Brad Evans and Erik Friberg out for Saturday, but everyone else is healthy.

Seattle Sounders FC hasn't had an ideal start to the season. Two tight losses have put the team at 0-2 for just the second time since joining MLS. But head coach Sigi Schmid isn't worried, as he's seen far more positives than negatives in those losses.

Seattle Reign will host Arsenal Ladies in International Friendly

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The former club of Laura Harvey and Kim Little will face the Reign on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Seattle Reign FC announced today that the team will host Arsenal Ladies FC for an International Friendly at Memorial Stadium on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT. This is the third international friendly the Reign have hosted in the past four years.

Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey model new USA kits

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The leaks have proven correct

natAfter months of sieve-like leaks, the United States National Team has finally given fans an official look at their new kits:

The new home kit started making the rounds on the internet just recently, after the federation's crest and black kit were made internet famous months ago.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Questions

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Twenty-sixteen's quest to retain the Cascadia Cup starts with a match between two 0-2 -2 sides that most projected to be likely MLS Cup Playoff teams. Each team has been hit with a red card in their losses, injuries and dumb, stupid luck. The Vancouver Whitecaps are not this bad. The Seattle Sounders are not this bad.

Sunny fined for somersault that earned Real Salt Lake the win

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Kianz Froese is suspended for Vancouver's match against Sounders this weekend.

Major Link Soccer: Highly compensated Drogba agrees to play soccer

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Drogba returns (for the moment), FIFA requests the return of their bribe money, and Toronto FC loses viewers to sliding chunks of rock.

Seattle

The Sounders Alliance Council held their first meeting of the season back on March 1. They now have a summary of that meeting up on their site.

The Sounders Twitter feed posted this lovely photo of a group of people yachting together in China.

Sounders vs Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings

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After a very promising first half, Sounders fall late to resurgent RSL

I saw much to like and many things to fix during the Sounders 1-2 loss to Real Salt Lake last Saturday. This year's squad already feels somewhat unlucky, with injuries piling up at multiple positions. We made a very strong start and at times were dangerous, but we're still prone to alarming mental errors and growing pains from young players.

Nos Audietis, Episode 212: RSL recap and Richard Farley returns

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Reluctantly Jeremiah and Aaron discuss what happened at RSL and look towards the Cascadia clash versus Vancouver Whitecaps. Guest star Richard Farley discusses his upcoming S2/SCT audio report.

Jeremiah and Aaron recap the Seattle Sounders match against Real Salt Lake with guest Richard Farley.

Man-marking the Sounders attacking midfield paid massive dividends for Real Salt Lake

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Multiple man marks from RSL lead to a stagnated Sounders attack that couldn't accomplish anything from deep areas

The Seattle Sounders' 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday was disappointing. Mired by injury already with the loss of Stefan Frei and Brad Evans, a tilt in Rio Tinto was always going to be a defensive challenge for the Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: Barcelona pitch invasion goes surprisingly well

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Three young boys decided they needed a break from school so they visited FC Barcelona; what happened next is the stuff of dreams.

World Soccer

Who knew that skipping school could be so much fun: For three boys in Barcelona breaking all the rules was rewarded with a hangout with legends.

Finish Like a Girl shirts now available in gray

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Roughly a year ago, Ride of the Valkyries released its first shirt, which encouraged soccer players to "Finish Like A Girl." The shirt is derived from a photo by Mike Russell and used with his permission.

A number of you liked the shirt design, but wanted an option other than white. Well, we finally did something about it.

This is why I'm going to the Zakuani & Friends Charity Match

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and you be there should too

Seattle Sounders broadcaster and former number one overall pick Steve Zakuani is hosting a charity game for the second straight year. The event at Starfire promises to be a lot of fun, light-hearted soccer. Adidas is helping host, and that explains some of the names you're about to see, but not all of them.

Seattle Reign 2016 Training Camp Opens

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After an excruciatingly long offseason, Seattle Reign FC hosted its first day of preseason training camp on Monday. At total of 27 players are expected to participate.

This season's camp is a mix of veteran Reign players, new international signings, and young talent being given the opportunity to make one of the final Reign FC roster spots.

Victor Mansaray called up to USA U20 squad for 2016 Dallas Cup

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The young Sounder will face youth competition from top leagues at the tournament in late March.

Victor Mansaray has once again earned a callup to the United States U20 team, this time as one of five forwards headed to the Dallas Cup, the massive youth invitational tournament that features teams from across the world.

Controversial finish to Sounders-RSL match gets closer look

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Much of the conversation surrounding the deciding goal in the Seattle Sounders' 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake was focused on Jameson Olave's challenge of goalkeeper Tyler Miller. Did Olave unfairly use his arm to gain leverage and head the cross into the goal?

Instant Replay's Brian Dunseth didn't think so, pointing out that Olave tracked the ball the whole time and was unaware of Miller's position.

Sounders injury updates: Erik Friberg out with MCL strain, no timetable for return

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Sounders' injury list is already getting too long

Seattle Sounders midfielder Erik Friberg had to come off after only 17 minutes against Real Salt Lake for what Sigi Schmid said today was an MCL strain: "we don't really know how severe, how long it might take" for Friberg to return to training.

Herculez Gomez training with Sounders

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Herculez Gomez is currently out of a job after being waived by Toronto FC a couple weeks ago. The Seattle Sounders have virtually no veteran depth at forward. Might it be a match made in ... a world of mutual benefit?

It would appear to be at least a possibility.

Hearing Herculez Gomez will be training with Seattle Sounders.

Sounders vs. RSL - Aftermatch Aftermath: Rainbows, Sunshine, and Loss

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In the darkest hour of the darkest night, the faintest light can offer the brightest hope.

Welcome back to week two of Aftermatch Aftermath, a follow-up to week one's universally loved and not-at-all-controversial edition. Reviews were glowing, praising the article for its bold stances, powerful language, and unbiased approach to what was a big moment in the lives of all.

Major Link Soccer: Chilling scenes in Dortmund after fan death

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Seattle

A San Jose Earthquakes fan polled r/MLS users on who the most hated supporters in all of MLS were. You. Will. Never. Guess. Who. Came. Out. On. Top.

Megan Rapinoe is basically the awesomest person ever. Here's another reminder.

Learn more about Seattle Reign FC draft pick, Carson Pickett, a one-armed soccer player who proves an inspiration to teen.

Major League Standings Week Two: Who else has no points right now?

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Really hard to say it's only two games but....we aren't the only point-less team and in fact there's four. All playoff teams.

Two games in, two sucker punches to the gut. Injuries galore, but hey they are not hamstring injuries so...Good news though, Seattle is one of four teams sitting at 0-2-0 (W-L-T), the other three?

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Community player ratings

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Rather than wash away the feeling of the opening home loss, Saturday's defeat further disappointed fans hoping for a turnaround in the early season. Just when it looked like points on the road were there for the taking, the Sounders seemed to run out of ideas and lose momentum. Still, while it's easy to point to a few individual mistakes from this match, there were some solid overall performances, especially in the first half.

Creating a new identity for S2

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Very few people go to Sounders 2 matches. A cursory look at attendance numbers for a few local clubs is a bit of a bummer:

Seattle area pro soccer team avg. attendance:
1. Sounders: 44,247
2. Reign: 4,060
3. Tacoma Stars: 2,462
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Real Salt Lake vs. Sounders: Highlights, stats and quotes

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The afternoon started off quite well for the Seattle Sounders. Through the first 30 or so minutes, they were the better team and were mostly dictating the tempo of the game. Osvaldo Alonso scored a goal off a nice buildup, the Sounders had another goal waved off and Tyler Miller had even made a good save in his debut.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Postgame observations

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The season is lurching to a very slow start. Last week, a red card and injuries made escaping with a draw feel like a favorable result, only to have a late goal and a goalkeeper gaffe ruin the evening. This week it's eerily more of the same, although even with eleven men the Seattle Sounders couldn't hold onto the point in Rio Tinto Stadium.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake 2016, recap: Another loss, more injuries

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The 2-1 loss is bad for the future, not for tactical reasons, but because three more starters went down injured.

Tyler Miller's first MLS start will be remembered for his misplay on Jamison Olave. Olave's header earned Real Salt Lake the 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC. That 86th minute goal gave Seattle little chance to earn the road draw in a game that will be remembered for the injuries more than the result.

Stefan Frei out, while Tyrone Mears, Erik Friberg return to Sounders lineup

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Despite flying to Salt Lake City, Stefan Frei will not start against Real Salt Lake in Saturday's match. Tyler Miller will start in his place.

With the revelation of lineups an hour before the game there is one surprise, and it's large. Tyler Miller is getting his second competitive start in the Seattle Sounders organization.

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match two

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It's on JOEtv at 1 PM. Watch with us.

Starting the season on a slow note, the Seattle Sounders look to recover in Sandy, Utah. They do so without their captain. Real Salt Lake is also without one of their starters, and will be looking to the familiar, but aging, Wingert for help there. Without Evans, Zach Scott will get the start.

Major Link Soccer: 20 years of MLS

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Much like many of us, the MLS hasn't quite everything figured out at the age of twenty.

Seattle:

Here is a friendly reminder that Clint Dempsey's rap single was released almost 10 years ago.

Megan Rapinoe is not afraid to speak up, and she did with gusto this week: first on the USWNT and her injury recovery, and then on LGBT and Gender Issues within sports.

Two prominent local youth clubs join Sounders as affiliates

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Previously Seattle United, Spokane Soccer Club Shadow and Twin City Soccer Association (NC) were announced as youth affiliates.

One of Garth Lagerwey's stated goals was to reduce the fractured landscape in Puget Sound's youth soccer scene. Over the past few months that meant first affiliating with Seattle United, and now adding Eastside FC and Pac NW means the Sounders youth umbrella covers Seattle, East King County and South King County.

Stefan Frei rested today, still traveling with team to Salt Lake City

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Erik Friberg and Tyrone Mears fully participated in training

When Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei walked out to the training pitch about halfway through the Sounders' morning training, it seemed at first to be cause for some alarm. Frei wasn't wearing normal training gear, and just sat down on the bench and chatted with injured captain Brad Evans.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 2. TV and Streaming Listings

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Antonio Nocerino makes his debut, Sporting KC again takes on Cascadia and every game this MLS weekend is an intra-conference affair. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listing and From a Sounders Point of View are here in your MLS Week 2 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Orlando City SC's new DP signing, Antonio Nocerino, is expected to make his debut on Friday night.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake: Three Questions

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Real Salt Lake re-invented itself over the past two transfer windows. Sure, they have Morales, Beckerman, Rimando still, but there are new shiny DPs in the attack. Yura Movsisyan is back. Burrito, Juan Manuel Martinez, adds more footwork and passing skill. While Seattle Sounders lost their Nigerian star, RSL added Sunny Obayan, who isn't a DP, but is quite good.

Major Link Soccer: Pelé sells his World Cup medals

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Afghanistan's new kit includes an optional hijab for women. Orlando City's stadium deal has ended up not so great for taxpayers. Power Ranking Averages return.

World

Pelé will be auctioning off memorabilia from his storied career, which seems fairly normal until you learn he's including his World Cup medals and a special trophy made for him by FIFA and the Mexican government in the auction.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake: News, notes, lineups, analysis

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Seattle Sounders will be without captain Brad Evans as they head to Sandy, Utah for their 1 PM Pacific match against Real Salt Lake. JOEtv (10/22) carries the March 12th road game. Both sides will have changes to their backlines, as both lost a player due to cards in week one.

When Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer put in a sneaky tackle on Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans on Sunday, the extent to Evans' injury was unclear yet enough to force coach Sigi Schmid to substitute him out of the game.

Scouting Report: Real Salt Lake is all about midfield dominance

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Seattle faces a crushed RSL team that blew a two goal lead in stoppage time, midfield dominance will be key.

Well there is not a better week to play Real Salt Lake, or they may be out for blood...So in case you missed it, last week Real Salt Lake had a momentous game. Demar Phillips earned two yellows in the first 20 minutes, bringing the team down a man.

Deciphering Garth Lagerwey's coded transfer messages

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The Sounders GM was short on details, but we think we have a pretty good idea of what kind of player the team is after

Obafemi Martins' surprising departure has proven at least somewhat costly in the short term. In three competitive matches, the Seattle Sounders have gone winless and no player has been credited with a goal from the run-of-play.

2016 Sounder at Heart staff predictions: Teams

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There are a few teams that the staff here thinks are as good (if not better) than the Sounders in 2016. Both Cascadia sides and the hotshots out of Dallas are on that list.

In 2016 most pundits think the West is stacked. That isn't a surprise. Portland Timbers FC won the title, while FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps both showed that youth can be fun.

Major Link Soccer: Morgan believes that she did win

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Alex Morgan responds to criticism, Zlatan terrifies job applicants, and the Tacoma Stars wrap up their season.

Seattle

S2 will be the home of the final three Sounders draft picks. These three signings almost double the S2 roster for a new total of seven players.

While the Sounders were playing their first league match of the season, the Tacoma Stars were in San Diego playing what turned out to be their last.

Sounders 2 signs three SuperDraft picks

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S2 starts building their roster, signing Zach Mathers, Emir Alihodzic, and Michael Nelson.

Sounders follow up yesterday's flurry of transactions with an S2 group signing. The final three Sounders draft picks signed to the USL side with Zach Mathers, Emir Alihodzic, and Michael Nelson all inking contracts today.

Sounders seek better roster balance with potential transfers, GM says

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"Because at the end of the day, we're trying to win MLS Cup"

On the heels of Tuesday's announcement that the Seattle Sounders signed 2016 draft pick Tony Alfaro to a first team deal and traded General Allocation Money (GAM) to Toronto FC in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and an international roster spot, General Manager Garth Lagerwey was upbeat about where the club stands as the MLS season gets underway.

USWNT v. Germany: Lineups, schedule, how to watch SheBelieves Cup title match

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The match will stream on ESPN3 at 4:30 p.m. PT. Watch and discuss with us.

TheU.S. Women's National Team face Germany tonight in the third and final match of the 2016 SheBelieves Cup. Both teams won their first two matches against France and England, making this the championship match. Win, and the U.

Sounders injury updates: Brad Evans out for RSL, Friberg & Mears questionable

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Evans only has a minor shoulder injury, but the Sounders want to give him a little more time to heal and lessen the risk of re-injuring it

When Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer put in a sneaky tackle on Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans on Sunday, the extent to Evans' injury was unclear yet enough to force coach Sigi Schmid to substitute him out of the game.

Lessons in a cynical game state

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The Seattle Sounders' opening loss to Sporting Kansas City can be blamed on a red card and a soft goal, but the team's performance in an even game state reveals growing pains of the 4-3-3.

In 410 games between March of 2014 and May of 2015, MLS teams played 86 matches with a red card imbalance by the end of the game.

Sounders v Sporting KC: Ratings shows strength of defense

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Other than curb stomping LAG, the Sounders have not had a winning result this year, and it's another frustrating sequence of events that led to the 0-1 loss in the home opener to Sporting Kansas City. In a game defined by two unfortunate plays and not a whole lot else, I thought the Sounders played well.

Sounders were stretched and isolated by Sporting Kansas City's defense

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A stout midfield defense from Sporting Kansas City isolated the Sounders midfield from it's attacking and defensive counterparts to Sounder overall detriment.

The Sounders' new tactical makeup is still a work in progress and Sunday's loss to Sporting Kansas City highlighted some ongoing flaws in the setup.

Major Link Soccer:MLS First Kick Scored

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Major League Soccer put on a show over the weekend by eclipsing a record. 36 goals were scored in ten games, with some real beauties in "Goals of the Week".

Major League Soccer

MLS First Kick weekend was a big hit for everyone that watched. 36 goals were scored in all the games over the weekend, setting an opening day record.

Sounder at Heart isn't just a website, it's a community

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Thinking back to when this site first started -- with just a single writer and two readers who didn't know me in real life -- and comparing it to now -- with thousands of members and many more readers who never comment -- is humbling.

Sounder at Heart does not exist because I know a lot about soccer, or the Sounders.

Stefan Frei takes ownership of Sounders' loss

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After a bit of a rocky start, Stefan Frei has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in MLS. In 2014, he helped the team win the U.S. Open Cup-Supporters' Shield double. Last year, he posted the top save percentage and was one the top goalkeepers in the league in most other key statistical categories.

Major League Standings: No worries, it's only week 1

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Sounders started at the bottom, but as Drake says: "now we're here." And he means at the top. We'll be laughing at the end of the year when we beat someone in the MLS Cup, maybe even Drake's Toronto FC.

New York Red Bulls 0 - Toronto FC 2: Sebastian Giovinco picked up where he left off last year with a goal via PK and an assist on Marco Delgado's stoppage time insurance winner.

Major Link Soccer: Timbers eye Providence Park expansion

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A tragedy in India, an opportunity in Minneapolis, and DeAndre starts again for Sunderland.

Seattle

Sounder at Heart's own Spenser Davis has his take on the Sounders' opening loss up on myNorthwest.com.

ExSlacker examines in a FanPost the Sounders' roster transformation over the last 6 months and considers what kind of moves Garth and the front office might have in the works for the summer.

Sounders v. SKC - Aftermatch Aftermath: A Scandalous Affair

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The season started with an unceremonious defeat at the hands of an inferior and infuriating opponent. Welcome to MLS!

Like a candle burning at both ends, the Seattle Sounders were both brilliant and short-lived when they faced Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. Their majesty was cut short by half, leading to an uninspiring loss which left a bitter taste in the mouths of many.

Sounders acquire more Targeted Allocation Money, sign rookie center back

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Sounders trade for TAM and an international spot with TFC, giving up General Allocation Money. Also add Tony Alfaro while confirming Damion Lowe's departure.

Tony Alfaro becomes the newest draft pick to sign with the First Team being announced today. Alfaro was a 2nd round pick out of Cal State Dominguez Hills and will replace loaned CBs, Jimmy Ockford and Damion Lowe, on the 1st team roster.

Sounders could make Designated Player addition sooner than later

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Addition of TAM and a Grant Wahl report feed the rumor mill.

Ever since Obafemi Martins' somewhat surprising departure, the sense has been that the Seattle Sounders would take stock of the team, park Osvaldo Alonso in the open spot over the short term and likely look to add a Designated Player in the summer transfer window along with another Targeted Allocation Money player.

Sporting KC goes up 1-0 with Nuno Coelho's long range strike

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Taking advantage of their numbers, Sporting KC went up 1-0 on the Sounders after defender Nuno Coelho tucked one into the right of Stefan Frei's goal as the ball slipped in under the outstretched keeper.

10-man Sounders lose 1-0 to Sporting KC on MLS Opening Day

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In what began as a sunny, joyous occasion in Seattle, the Sounders' opening day matchup with Sporting KC quickly turned as dark as the city's skies when a fairly uneventful first half ended with a red card for right-back Oniel Fisher. Fisher had been Seattle's most influential player in the first half, shuttling up and down the right side of the pitch up until his sending off.

Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Postgame observations

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It was that kind of evening for the Seattle Sounders. A red card, a soft goal allowed, a possible injury to their captain and ultimately a 1-0 loss in a season-opener to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

Early on, it hadn't looked so bad. The Sounders generated several good chances, once when Clint Dempsey's free kick was barely tip over the bar and a few minutes later when Chad Marshall's header off a corner hit the crossbar.

Brad Evans injury update: Center back could return 'within a week'

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When Brad Evans went up for a virtually uncontested header in the 87th minute, it looked like a relatively innocuous play. But when Dom Dwyer backed into Evans, it sent the center back tumbling. Evans' shoulder bore the brunt of the impact with the FieldTurf, and he immediately screamed in agony.

Physicians rushed onto the field and Evans was ultimately removed from the match.

Major Link Soccer: Morgan > France

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The poster child for Women's Soccer broke a 0-0 stoppage time tie.

Seattle

Here's a recap of last night's game from NBC Sports, and another from The Blue Testament for those who enjoy causing themselves extreme mental anguish.

Don't forget that there are many ways to get to games; car, bike, walk, ferry, light rail, streetcar, and the Sounder train.

Sounders lose opener to Sporting Kansas City: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I won't remember this one long - it's one you'd like to forget. It's a start for us, it's the beginning." -Sigi Schmid

After an entertaining opening day of Major League Soccer, Sounders fans were looking for a rousing home win to move on from a disappointing midweek loss. Jordan Morris got his nervy shot out of the way in the 9th minute and it felt like his next would surely be on frame.

Watch ECS unveil their "Poltergeist" tifo

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Emerald City Supporters are known for their multi-parted tifo, and Sunday's display was no different. The "Poltergeist" tifo consisted of three main elements: the cards, the banner and the little girl. You can watch it all unfold here:

A little more about the display from ECS's website:

Tonight's display has a simple message, "We're Back.

Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Community player ratings form

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This wasn't the season opener any of us wanted, but we certainly got to see some players try out new emergency positions after going down to ten men! How did the Sounders do as they scrambled to shore up the defense? How hard do you punish Stefan Frei for the only goal of the match?

Now that we've warmed up our ratings with CONCACAF Champions League, it's time to dive into the MLS season.

Tyrone Mears conspicuously absent from Sounders lineup vs. Sporting KC

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There was one rather significant surprise in the Seattle Sounders' First Kick starting lineup vs. Sporting Kansas City on Sunday: the absence of Tyrone Mears. The veteran right back was apparently absent from training on Saturday and is neither starting nor on the bench in this game. There has been no explanation given as of yet.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting KC 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match one

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It's on Fox Sports 1 at 4 PM. Watch with us.

Some teams have goals of making the MLS Cup Playoffs and hoping. These are not those teams. They are confident that they will make the second season, and they believe they are capable of winning all three major trophies available to an American MLS team (Open Cup, Supporters' Shield, MLS Cup).

Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Three Questions

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For Sporting Kansas City, today's 4 PM game will be their 1st ball kicked in anger since they fell two-posts short to Portland. They've made many changes, the biggest of those being bringing in former Houston Dynamo player Brad Davis and Montreal Impact midfielder Justin Mapp. Their most significant loss was Krisztián Németh, who chased riches in Qatar.

MLS Opening Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 1. TV and Streaming Listings

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Your weekly MLS gamethread is back for 2016. Three Big Storylines, National TV Listings and From a Sounders Point of View all make their glorious return. Here is your MLS Week 1 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Last year as your author sat down to write this article the new CBA was only three days old, Targeted Allocation Money had not yet entered the MLS and a bumper crop of new MLS designated players lead by marquee signings like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore were about to make their debut.

2016 Sounders conditional giveaways

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Gone are the days of Tacos and Haircuts. Well, just the tacos. This year the Seattle Sounders have "freemium" giveaways based on game state for three things. Per a recent press release reminding you that traffic to and from SoDo is always bad, but particularly bad when SR 99 Alaska Way Viaduct is closed in both directions.

Sounders vs. Club America: Leg 2 player ratings

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A lot of solid to above-average scores from a team that fought hard, but ultimately fell short.

The Seattle Sounders went to a hostile environment and played at altitude against a very strong team, and I thought they held their own, especially the first 40 minutes or so. Losing 3-1 (5-3 aggregate) to such a strong team is not the result they wanted, but nothing to be ashamed of.

The Seattle Squad: 2016 Season Hype (Trailer)

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Sounder-eist. Heroes. Ever. The 2016 MLS season is nigh - Get hype.

"Sounder-eist."

Seattle Sounders v Sporting Kansas City: News, notes, lineup, highlights, analysis

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Sunday at 4 PM Seattle's MLS season starts with home contest against Sporting KC. The nationally televised match is on FoxSports1 with KIRO-FM Seattle and El Rey having the radio call. The Sounders are 7-2-3 +5 in MLS competition against the Sporks. Alan Kelly will be the center referee. Only Erik Friberg is an injury concern for Sigi Schmid.

Sporting Kansas City Scouting Report- Let's start the year on the right foot

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Sounders are back at it but this time it's for MLS First Kick and they'll kick Sporting Kansas City Wizards

Seattle is starting their season off with a familiar First Kick foe, Sporting Kansas City aka Kansas City Wizards. Kansas City remained fairly unchanged with a core of Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza, Graham Zusi, and Dom Dwyer.

There's no one way to be a soccer fan — and that's a good thing

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Let's celebrate the unique things that make the Sounders fanbase so special

Seattle is a beautiful, glorious soccer city that bleeds rave green. We march. We sing. The Sounders are forever etched into our hearts.

The spin moves, the diving fingertip saves, the young hometown talent, the flamethrowers .

Major Link Soccer: Regular Season Primer

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Get your last minute reading in before league parity clouds everything.

Seattle:

As we head towards first kick, here is a quick reminder on how to "Sounders" good, or the literal game changing news that Kraken Congee is opening up a food stand in CenturyLink Field.

MLS:

In a season full of teams vying to prove themselves, Sports Illustrated to a gauge of who is coming into the upcoming season with the highest ambitions.

Damion Lowe loaned to Minnesota United

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Roster now sits at 25 players.

While neither team has made an official announcement, Damion Lowe certainly appears to be heading out on loan to Minnesota United of the NASL. The 22-year-old center back has been on trial with United for the past few weeks, is not currently listed on the Sounders' roster page and seemingly confirmed the move when he sent out this tweet:

Can't wait to get started @naslofficial @MNUnitedFC pic.

Sigi Schmid says Sounders are ready for Sporting KC

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Despite a crushing loss against Club America on Wednesday and barely any time to rest, Sigi Schmid expects big things from the Sounders on Sunday

Having to bounce back from a devastating loss against a very good Club America team, Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said that his team is ready to go for their MLS opening day match against Sporting KC on Sunday.

Tacoma Stars release hilarious rap video ahead of playoff game

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The Tacoma Stars are in the MASL Playoffs. In fact, they are currently trailing their best-of-three series 1-0 after falling at home 8-7 in double overtime to the San Diego Sockers. They now head back to San Diego where they'll need to win back-to-back games in order to advance.

Anyway, to help boost awareness of all this and to possibly just leave you with a lasting impression of the team, the Stars put together this video featuring Stars player Elliot Fauske.

2016 Sounder at Heart staff predictions: Players

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It shouldn't be a surprise that the Sounders have high quality, but this is a good reminder.

Every year the staff of this here website thingy is polled about our predictions for the upcoming year. We are often bullish on the season and players. That's not unique, we're all fans of the team who pay more attention to Seattle than any other MLS side.

Everything Sounders fans need to know to be ready for 2016

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17 weeks ago the Sounders MLS season ended. This is what's changed.

It was about four months ago that the Seattle Sounders were eliminated from the 2015 MLS playoffs. Much has changed since then, and if you weren't paying close attention to the offseason, you probably missed quite a bit.

But never fear, Sounder at Heart is here to catch you up everything you need to know to impress your seatmates and that random person at the bar to get you ready for the 2016 season.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS! FLAMETHROWERS! 2016! GET HYPE!

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A sensible look and analysis of the realistic chances and expectations of the Seattle Sounders heading into this 2016 MLS season.

It's on! It's back! The season is starting! Get hype!

The Seattle Sounders season starts now! Sunday? Sunday! Sunday!!!

You'll pay for the whole seat, but throw that seat away, you don't need it!

Sounders vs. Club América leg 2: Player ratings form

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For three halves, the Sounders went toe-to-toe with a Mexican powerhouse who were hardly pulling punches with their lineup. As always, there are positives and negatives to take away. After Wednesday's outing in Mexico City, let's take a look at the players and consider who fills us with confidence for the start of the MLS season and who gives us pause.

Nos Audietis, Episode 211: Goodbye CCL, Hello First Kick

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Your favorite podcast is back to take the Sounders exit from the Champions League discussion beyond just a simple "welp" emoji.

Jeremiah and Aaron discuss the Champions League and what state the team is in following their exit from the competition. Ahead of MLS First Kick, they talk about what could be good and bad heading into the 2016 league campaign.

Major Link Soccer: MLS referees are better than you thought

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This year it's all about "key match incidents." Brad Evans loves raunchy comedy. It's Season Preview time!

Seattle

The Major League Soccer offseason is over, just like that. It's hard to believe, but the whole circus starts again this weekend. That also means that it's season preview time! We wouldn't have you start anywhere else than this fine offering from SB Nation, the 2016 season preview for the Seattle Sounders.

I'm out of patience: A letter to Sigi Schmid

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Coach Schmid,

It was great to see you back on the practice fields in Tukwila as you and Seattle Sounders FC prepared for the 2016 season (starting March 6 at 4 p.m. against Sporting Kansas City). I know there were doubts among a vocal segment of the fanbase. The Dire Days with their 1-9-0 record in the summer, plus the disappointing end in the MLS Cup Playoffs created a lot of angst.

USWNT v. England: Schedule, lineups, how to watch SheBelieves Cup

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The first round of the exhibition SheBelieves Cup kicks off tonight with a double-header on FS1 between England and the U.S., and France and Germany.

The SheBelieves Cup kicks off today with a double-header in Tampa, Florida. The first match, France versus Germany, begins at 2:00 p.m. PT, but will not be streamed or broadcast on TV.

What it was like to visit Estadio Azteca

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You probably didn't go to the Estadio Azteca. This is the tale of 121 people who did. Reader bgk writes about his experience on match day.

I'm packed like a sardine onto the light rail, but I'm surrounded by 121 of my closest friends. After a 15-minute rail ride, we finally disembark at Estadio Azteca.

Sounders vs. Club América leg 2: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"They don't play reserve teams against us anymore. They know if they play reserve teams against us, they're probably not gonna win." -Sigi Schmid on Liga MX vs. MLS

Club América's speed of play, technical passing and quality depth were a bit too much for the Seattle Sounders Wednesday. Advancing was always a long shot, and Seattle put forward a strong effort, but sometimes you have to tip your hat to a very good opponent.

Major Link Soccer: Drogba to Miami

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MLS is eliminated from the CCL, Yedlin gets a goal, Bruce Arena gets some pre-season practice finding scapegoats.

Seattle

In what is sure to be a highly controversial statement, Clint Dempsey has shared his opinion that MLS has come a long way in the past 12 years.

American Soccer Analysis has been posting 2016 previews for each MLS club.

Club America vs. Sounders 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for CONCACAF Champions League

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It's not quite "win or go home" but the two away goals by Club America make advancement in the CONCACAF Champions League difficult for the Seattle Sounders. But, Seattle can be confident. America isn't good at home. Sounders are one of the best CCL teams that MLS has put forward with a win in Monterrey and the defeat of Tigres.

Sounders start same XI, Club America with single change

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With everything to play for Seattle Sounders FC started their full strength XI. There should be few changes in how it plays.

YOUR @SoundersFC starting XI for Club América:
Frei

Mears
Evans
Marshall
Jones

Alonso
Friberg
Ivanschitz

Morris
Valdez
Dempsey

— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) March 3, 2016

Club America made a single change to the midfield entering Andrade.

Sounders v Club America, recap: Champions League fun while it lasted

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In a sad repeat of the first leg, the Sounders got the first goal, but could not win. Club America was the stronger side through the match in Azteca. When the final whistle blew they took a 3-1 (5-3 aggregate) win with them. Seattle Sounders FC's CONCACAF Champions League run ends.

Only one minute after Osvaldo Alonso crossed it to Nelson Haedo Valdez, who looked to flick it into a Club America player's butt for the goal (ruled on own goal for now) Club America struck.

Sounders know 'Difficult does not mean impossible'

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The deck may be stacked against the Sounders but don't expect them to go into this match armed with shruggies.

Over the course the last week or so, the Seattle Sounders have been preaching a simple but elegant motto: "Difficult does not mean impossible."

They know that no MLS team has won a CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage game in Mexico.

This is how you beat Club America

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David Olsen and Sounders U18 defender Tobi Jnohope tell the SonarFeed crew how they think they'd gameplan for Club America.

2015 Player Profile #14: Oniel Fisher

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Another lower draft pick that has performed well for Sounders FC. Fisher adapted well enough to the pro level to become the starting left back.

When Oniel Fisher joined the squad the thought was that he would be a decent back up right back, maybe play some USOC and Group Stage CCL. Instead, what he did was win the starting job on the left.

This is what it's like to walk into Estadio Azteca

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Estadio Azteca is probably the most famous stadium in North America and one of the most famous in the Western Hemisphere. The 100,000-seat soccer-specific stadium has seen countless important matches and has proven to be one of the hardest places for American teams to win, whether at the club or international level.

Sounders sign St. Vincent and the Grenadines international Oalex Anderson

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Sounders make a few moves, including signing S2 standout Oalex Anderson.

Roster compliance day came and went with the Sounders making a flurry of tiny moves. The largest move of the day was the promotion of Oalex Anderson from S2 to the first team. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines striker signed a Major League Soccer contract.

Seattle Reign have tripled season-ticket sales

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Slowly but surely, the Seattle Reign have been drawing bigger and bigger crowds. Last year, they averaged over 4,000 fans per game and were over 5,000 in the six home matches that came after the World Cup. It now looks like 2016 will set another attendance high-water mark.

Although exact figures aren't available, a Seattle Reign spokesperson confirmed to Sounder at Heart that season-ticket sales are triple of what they were a year ago.

Here's proof Sounders are serious about trying to beat Club America

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Based on the group that traveled, the Seattle Sounders are going into Estadio Azteca prepared to give it their best shot. Among those present at Tuesday's open training session were all 11 starters from last week's first leg against Club America as well as just about every other key player.

Here's the full list of players at training according to photographer Max Aquino: Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, Nelson Valdez, Darwin Jones, Joevin Jones, Osvaldo Alonso, Dylan Remick, Aaron Kovar, Tyler Miller, Charlie Lyon, Andreas Ivanschitz, Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Oneil Fisher, Stefan Frei, Erik Friberg, Oalex Anderson, Zach Scott, Cristian Roldan and Nathan Sturgis.

Major Link Soccer: Herculez Gomez released

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Can the Seattle Sounders pull off the mile high miracle and leave Mexico City with a victory tonight?

Seattle

Win and the Seattle Sounders go on. All it takes is playing in one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world. Estadio Azteca is 7,349 feet above sea level and boasting a capacity of 115,000 fans.

Concacaf Champions League: Liga MX vs. MLS How to Watch and Gamethread

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Four Liga MX vs MLS matchups hit their return legs in the Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals. How to watch, Gamethreads and a bizarre story about stolen cell phones. Can MLS get two teams through to the Semi-Finals? Watch with us.

The Seattle Sounders play Wednesday night at 5 PM in Azteca Stadium against Club America.

CHI Franciscan Health to partner with Sounders, Mariners

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The teams and the Tacoma-based healthcare provider will enter into a multi-year partnership

CHI Franciscan Health has agreed to a multi-year partnership agreement with the Seattle Sounders, Seattle Mariners, Tacoma Stars, and Tacoma Rainiers as "official Partners in Health", Sounder at Heart has learned.

Club America getting healthy ahead of Leg 2

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Rubens Sambueza may have a dislocated shoulder, Dario Benedetto may be nursing a hamstring injury and Michael Arroyo may be coming off a leave of absence, but all could potentially be available for the second leg of Club America's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday.

Major Link Soccer: Huskies to open season against S2

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Eric Wynalda calls out Klinnsman's MLS bias, the Copa América gets more corporate, and US Soccer gets a new crest.

Seattle

The UW men announced their spring schedule with an immediate highlight: hosting S2 this Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field.

While Seattle and DC United both start their 2016 early in the Champions' League, cup-tied Lamar Neagle is itching for the MLS season to start.

Where to watch Sounders vs. Club América leg 2

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Many of you won't get this match on your TV, so here are some options for joining your fellow fans at a viewing party.

Sure, Club América is stacked with stars and comfortable at home in their storied stadium. But they also can't seem to stop the flow of red cards or goals conceded at Estadio Azteca.