Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2016

The Best of 10s

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Lodeiro proved worthy of Boca's 10 shirt. Some Seattle 10s have set some lofty standards as well.

You couldn't tell the players without a program, and your program was useless unless you arrived at the park early enough to hear the squad announced. That was the first lesson learned upon attending a British football match some 30 years ago.

Nicolas Lodeiro, Alvaro Fernandez eligible for LA Galaxy match

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Sounders worked some paperwork magic to make this happen.

The Seattle Sounders could have a dramatically new look for Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy. In addition to it being Brian Schmetzer's debut as interim head coach, both Nicolas Lodeiro and Alvaro Fernandez have received clearance to play.

Reading between the lines of Sigi Schmid's departure

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Conducting an autopsy on the parting of ways with Sigi Schmid isn't easy. Unlike a bullet wound or a drug overdose, the causes appear to be many. While we may never be privy to the full story, recent interviews, post-mortem articles, and contextual inferences provide a scattered trail of breadcrumbs with which to slowly navigate down a path of better understanding.

Let's Sounder Together against LA

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Matt Oak is a member of ECS. He originally wrote this post on Facebook and we asked him to reproduce it here.

I know there is a ton of frustration right now re: everything Sounders, from players to front office to any other damn thing we can think of. I'm with you. I've made the masochistic choice to eat up Sounders content all day long, all year long, every year.

Major Link Soccer: Deandre Yedlin looking for his role at Spurs

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With a recent run at left back, Spurs appear to be looking for ways to get DeAndre's speed on the field how ever they can.

Seattle:

An incredible undefeated regular season run for the Sounders Women ends starkly, with their first loss of the year coming from the San Diego Sea Lions in the WPSL Western Conference Championship.

Nicolas Lodeiro’s attacking prowess gives the Sounders many tactical options

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Working wide or central, Nicolas Lodeiro's work rate defines what he can bring to the table

Between the $6M transfer fee and the Designated Player tag attached to Nicolas Lodeiro, expectations are high for the Sounders newest — well, technically 2nd newest — addition. The Uruguayan playmaker has a pedigree better than most in MLS and coming straight from being one of Boca Juniors most influential players to the Sounders in many ways represents a paradigm shift for MLS.

Luis Suarez played a small role in getting Nicolas Lodeiro to Sounders

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Suarez helped translate for Lodeiro at one point during the recruiting process.

The wooing process of Nicolas Lodeiro was probably the most involved in Seattle Sounders history. Considering some of the previous transfer sagas — from Obafemi Martins to Clint Dempsey to Roman Torres — that's saying something.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Player ratings

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The one where everyone sucks and the coach gets fired.

Last weekend the Sounders went to Kansas and turned in their worst performance of the year, and one of the worst Sounders games I've ever seen. Out-maneuvered tactically from the opening kick, the team struggled to get any rhythm, and when they got behind, they folded miserably instead of fighting.

Major Link Soccer: Arsenal take down Dempsey and the MLS All Stars

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It was actually a pretty good match! But is it really a good measuring stick for how MLS is improving? Bob Bradley being eyed for a Premier League job.

Major League Soccer

Arsenal's late winner from Chuba Akpom sealed a 2-1 victory over the MLS All Stars. Both teams subbed heavily at half and throughout the match, but it was a close and reasonably entertaining display of soccer-ing.

Alvaro Fernandez ‘literally’ best complement to Lodeiro

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"There literally isn't a better player on the planet that you could add right now than Flaco. He's literally played for the team, he's been here. It works out well."

Despite being the worst-kept secret in Seattle (aside from the Nicolas Lodeiro signing), the Seattle Sounders announced on Thursday that they were re-signing former Sounders midfielder Alvaro "Flaco" Fernandez.

Observations from Nicolas Lodeiro's first day of Sounders training

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This also marked the beginning of the Brian Schmetzer era.

With my contract running out yesterday, I find myself momentarily unemployed. Taking this opportunity, I headed down to Tukwila to check out the first practice of the Brian Schmetzer era (for these purposes we'll not count the one that came shortly after Sigi Schmid was relieved of his duties).

Clint Dempsey says he wants to retire with Sounders

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There were rumors that Dempsey was angling for a move out of town.

To call this a roller-coaster week in the world of the Seattle Sounders would be a dramatic understatement. In the last few days, we've seen the only coach we've known in the MLS era effectively fired, a in-his-prime playmaker lured away from Boca Juniors and a former Designated Player return.

MLS All Stars vs. Arsenal, How to Watch. TV and Streaming Listings

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Clint Dempsey and the MLS All-Star team take on Arsenal from Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

The MLS All-Star team will look to extend their winning streak after victories over Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last year and a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in 2014 when they take on Arsenal from the English Premier League.

Watch Nicolas Lodeiro catch fish at Pike Place Market

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Stefan Frei and Brad Evans were there too.

Look, there's no reason to pretend otherwise: video of famous people throwing fish at the Pike Place Market is about as much of a Seattle cliche as just about anything this side of drinking a Starbucks coffee at the top of the Space Needle. But darn it if watching Stefan Frei, Brad Evans and their newest teammate, Nicolas Lodeiro, do it isn't just .

Alvaro Fernandez officially returns to the Sounders

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The former Sounder returns after three seasons away.

Alvaro ‘Flaco' Fernandez has officially re-joined Seattle Sounders FC on a free transfer from Gimnasia of the Argentine Primera Division. The team introduced him to media after practice today.

Two new Sounders jerseys in two days.

Sigi Schmid will bid public farewell to Sounders fans

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Former Sounders coach meeting with fans at Fuel.

Sigi Schmid, for all his perceived faults, was never shy about wearing his heart on his sleeve. On more than one occasion, he teared up in postgame press conferences. His love not only for the Seattle Sounders, but the fans, was never in doubt.

How to Watch Jordan Morris lead MLS Homegrown team against Mexico

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Jordan Morris leads the MLS Homegrown team when they play the Mexico U-20 team as part of MLS All-Star week. Rosters and How to Watch

As part of MLS All-Star festivities the MLS Homegrown team will play the Mexico U-20 team on Wednesday at San Jose's Avaya Stadium.

The MLS Homegrown team is managed by Landon Donovan, who also picked the squad.

Despite “tortured” negotiations, Lodeiro worth the wait for Seattle

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"Even 5 years ago, the thought that the playmaking midfielder at Boca Juniors...would come and play in MLS in the prime of his career at 27 years old, was honestly unthinkable."

The Nicolas Lodeiro saga has been nothing short of dramatic these past few months, going from whispers and sketchy tweets to Wednesday's official reveal and announcement by the club.

Major Link Soccer - Sigi for Hire

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Expansion franchises in need of coaches, the MLS All-star game, and how to get CR7 in your bed.

Sigi

Now that Sigi is on the market, the question is which team he will go to. An obvious possibility is LAFC in Sigi's home town.

But LAFC isn't the only upcoming expansion side that will need an experienced coach.

Sigi Schmid 's Sounders legacy is the next trophy they win

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Sigi Schmid's legacy is that greatness is our standard - forever.

There were many extraordinary moments in Sigi Schmid's Sounders tenure. He won a Supporters' Shield, four U.S. Open Cups, performed well in the CCL, beat an EPL team in a friendly during a poor regular season, developed so many players, won so many games.

Prematch Premath: Get Hype starts now

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If you're not already hyped for this next chapter of the Sounders season, well, you should be.

Oh my god, did you hear the news? The Seattle Sounders 2016 MLS Season Beta version 1.20 has finally ended and the official season launch starts now! Wooo!

Sigi Schmid, captain of this hardy vessel, steering it through shallow reefs and becalmed waters, has retired and appointed a new Dread Pirate Roberts to take his place.

Nicolas Lodeiro might be eligible to play as soon as this weekend

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Newest Sounders says he's ready to play now.

There are only 14 regular-season games left in the Seattle Sounders' season. They are currently 10 points out of the final playoff spot with two games in hand. To say there's some urgency to turn things around quickly is probably a dramatic understatement.

Sounders guacamole sponsor has a giveaway

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Yes, there's an official guac sponsor

Teams have odd sponsorships. The Seahawks have an official kombucha, for example. As the Seattle Sounders grow bigger they aren't just sponsored by insurance groups, banks and car companies. They are also sponsored by a winery and they have an official guacamole.

Getting to know Nicolas Lodeiro, the Sounders’ newest DP

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Hooray! It's official, Lodeiro is a Sounder! So who is this guy, anyway? He any good?

His full name is Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro (Lod-eh-ee-ro) Benítez. He was born to Galician parents, Alfonso and Isabel and is the youngest of three brothers. Nicolás and his brothers were born and raised in Paysandú, Uruguay.

Watch the Nicolas Lodeiro introductory press conference

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The newest Sounders DP is at The Ninety meeting the media for the first time. This is how you watch.

Nicolas Lodeiro officially joins Sounders

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Sounders finally get the man they've been pursuing for months.

A transfer at least two months in the making finally came to fruition on Wednesday when the Seattle Sounders officially announcing the signing of Nicolas Lodeiro. The 27-year-old Uruguay international most recently played for Boca Juniors, helping lead the Argentine giants to the Copa Libertadores semifinals.

Nicolas Lodeiro will wear the #10

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There are a few numbers in soccer with a mystique to them. The 9 is the goal scorer. The 10 is the creator. While the Seattle Sounders have had varying quality wear the 9, with the 10 it is list of the most technically skilled players, including two Designated Players. Nicolas Lodeiro joins Freddie Ljungberg, Mauro Rosales and Marco Pappa as the 10 shirt.

Nos Audietis, Episode 226: Goodbye Sigi, Hello Nico

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It has been two weeks since we last recorded and ... wow did a lot happen. The Seattle Sounders scored a seemingly massive win over first-place FC Dallas only to drop a disheartening loss to the Portland Timbers, suffer an epic collapse at the hands of the LA Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup and turn in one of the worst performances in franchise history while losing to Sporting Kansas City.

Major Link Soccer: Who's Next

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For the first time in their history the Seattle Sounders are struggling on and off the field. Will Brian Schmetzer be the leader the team needs or will Seattle have to look elsewhere.

Seattle

With Sigi and Seattle breaking up the question has to be asked, who is next? Here are five coaches the Seattle Sounders should consider.

Brian Schmetzer gets first extended shot on big stage

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Sounders interim head coach has been involved with team through every iteration.

There probably isn't a person on earth more closely tied to the Seattle Sounders than Brian Schmetzer. Since first signing with the NASL team straight out of high school in 1980, the Seattle native has served as a player or coach for literally every iteration of the team — not to mention just about every other professional soccer team to call the area home.

Adrian Hanauer on the decision to part ways with Sigi Schmid

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"There are days when I don't like being in the pro sports business very much, and this is one of those days."

While it wasn't the biggest surprise on Earth, today's big announcement that Seattle Sounders FC was "mutually parting ways" with head coach Sigi Schmid whipped up quite a storm. Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer, who is close friends with Schmid, said that it was a difficult decision but "it was a reasonable time to part ways.

Garth Lagerwey emphasizes moving forward in post-Sigi Sounders

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"Any time we fire the coach, it's the front office's fault on some level, it has to be. Because it means we didn't give the coach enough tools and enough weapons, to succeed."

Even though he's only been at his post for 18 months, Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey has had quite the roller coaster experience since joining the club.

Meet Brian Schmetzer, Sounder for Life

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His career touches nearly every Puget Sound pro soccer entity, and now comes the opportunity of a lifetime.

As his father tells the story, Walter Schmetzer beckoned Alan Hinton to watch his vaunted Lake City Hawks to watch a player of promise. But it wasn't his son.

Still, as is often the case when coaches scout young (in this case U18) players, the original target can be eclipsed by another aspirant sharing the field, and that's how on spring day in 1980 Brian Schmetzer's long association with Puget Sound professional soccer began.

No official deal yet, but Sounders already singing Nicolas Lodeiro's praises

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Sounders openly talk about Lodeiro's potential franchise-shifting ability.

There were still i's to dot and t's to cross as of Tuesday morning, but by the time you're reading this Nicolas Lodeiro may already be a member of the Seattle Sounders. The Uruguay international's signing was so close that his name was used rather liberally while the Sounders front office discussed Sigi Schmid's departure.

Sigi Schmid's Sounders era ends after nearly 8 years

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The US Soccer Hall of Fame coach ends his time in Seattle with a 115-79-56 MLS regular season record, a Supporters' Shield, four US Open Cup trophies

After nearly eight seasons, the Seattle Sounders are making one of the most gut-wrenching moves in their MLS history: They are changing head coaches.

Nicolas Lodeiro greeted by Garth Lagerwey at SeaTac airport

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Accompanied by some of the digital crew and club translator Gene Rodriguez, the Sounders President of Soccer welcomed the Uruguayan to Seattle.

The rumored flight turned out to be accurate as Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey met Nicolás Lodeiro at SeaTac. The Uruguay National Team player has long been linked to the Sounders, and it seems the formal announcement could be just hours away.

Sigi Schmid, Sounders agree to 'mutual parting of ways'

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Brian Schmetzer, a Sounders assistant and former USL head coach, will replace Schmid on an interim basis.

After nearly eight seasons, the Seattle Sounders are making one of the most gut-wrenching moves in their MLS history: They are changing head coaches. The announcement was made on Tuesday, officially deemed a "mutual parting of ways" with head coach Sigi Schmid.

Major Link Soccer: Espindola refuses Vancouver move

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Oh yeah, Vancouver's in a different country.

MLS

The Whitecaps' acquisition of Fabian Espindola for GAM from DC United last week made a lot of sense following DP striker Octavio Rivero's move to Chile. However, Espindola is refusing to report to Vancouver due to concerns over moving his family to another country and the likely short amount of time he would actually stay a Whitecap.

Zach Scott just reminded us why he’ll always be a Sounders legend

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Sounders centerback responds to pointed criticism with classy series of tweets.

Zach Scott is coming off a pretty rough week, twice giving away passes that led directly to opposition goals in a pair of losses. Heck, we may have been guilty of piling on when we wrote a story highly critical of his performance in the U.

Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Community player ratings form

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Winning at Sporting Kansas City is not easy for any team, especially in the extreme heat. But what the Sounders need are points, period, so they needed a gameplan and the execution to escape Children's Mercy Park without losing. That wasn't to be, not even close.

We the raters get the fun task of spreading the blame around to the individual players for this, Seattle's 12th loss of the season.

Nicolas Lodeiro gives airport interview, effectively confirming Sounders move

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Uruguay international expected to arrive Tuesday morning.

Nicolas Lodeiro's transfer may come too late to the save the Seattle Sounders' season, but it's now all but official. The Uruguay international was being interviewed at the airport where he was getting ready to fly to the United States and apparently sign with the Sounders.

NWSL clubs search for GK balance, Seattle finds it

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A common theme in talking about national team goalkeepers is the idea of giving time to the backups — making sure if you're number one goes down or is otherwise unable to play, you have a backup ready, willing and able to stand between the posts and protect your team. But for all the talk on an NWSL level about goalkeepers, the backups rarely get a passing mention.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We have to put this one behind us. It wasn't a Seattle Sounders performance." -Cristian Roldan

The Sounders will have to do better than this if they want to move up from the bottom of the Western Conference. Three of the next four matches are at home, where hopefully a familiar environment can put a spark into a team that looked absolutely listless in Kansas City.

Major Link Soccer: Griffey to Hall, Dwyer to Olympiakos?

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"You got baseball in my soccer!"

Seattle

You may not care for the sport of baseball (I very much do) but it's hard to deny the indelible effects of Ken Griffey Jr. on both baseball in Seattle and on the 90's themselves. For achievements such as turning the backwards cap trending*, debuting these forward-thinking jerseys and straight up sticking it to the classical baseball establishment, Griffey was granted a plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Major League Standings: Sounders are still mathematically in the playoffs

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Seattle is not in last and draws give them a chance still, somehow.

Seattle gave a pathetic showing in Kansas City and while there was essentially nothing positive in this match, Seattle is not in much worse of a position than they were before. Sure they dropped three points to a playoff fighting side in SKC, but many teams dropped points this weekend and that means there is still something you can theoretically hope about.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Timbers 2, recap: Some good news for you

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The Sounders affiliate scored a late winner to secure another 3 points.

S2 hosted a subdued T2 today in sunny Tukwila, doing a good job to make sure the Timbers affiliate stayed down. Seattle had a steady stream of chances in the match but were unable to put one in the back of the net until the 88th minute when Mark O'Ojong received a cross from Darwin Jones, cut back, and sunk his shot.

Alejando Bedoya says Sounders valued him at half of Nelson Valdez’s salary

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When this may have happened is unclear, but the pitchforks are clearly out.

There are any number of personnel decisions the Seattle Sounders have made over the past few seasons that have contributed to their current predicament. As is usually the case in situations like this, it's not just who the Sounders decided to have on their roster, but who they didn't.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Timbers 2, Gamethread and live stream

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Both at the bottom of the table, S2 and T2 fight over some much-needed points.

In Tukwila today, Sounders FC 2 will cross paths with a stuttering Timbers 2. S2 and T2 sit two points apart, but the Cascadia rivals have come from different places on the table to be where they are today.

S2 have traveled from last place.

Seattle Sounders at Sporting KC 2016 recap: Pathetic performance

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Sporks crush Sounders 3-nil as Seattle cannot save their season despite resting regulars in midweek match.

When Sigi Schmid started a B-team against LA in the Open Cup the thought was to focus on the rest of the MLS season. Focus and rest were not enough in Kansas City. The Seattle Sounders played possibly their worst game as an MLS franchise recording their first shot in the 88th minute, narrowly avoiding being the only team in the league's history to not have a shot.

Reign vs Orlando: Stream and Game Thread

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Seattle's playoff push needs a home win today or the odds start to look daunting.

Seattle's push for a playoff spot begins in earnest tonight when they host the expansion Orlando Pride at Memorial at 7pm. Counting tonight, the Reign only have three more home matches remaining, and the other two are agains the top two teams in the standings: Portland and Washington.

Seattle Reign Steamroll Orlando Pride

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And defender Kendall Fletcher had her self a night to remember.

The Seattle Reign FC avenged their May loss to the Orlando Pride with a resounding 5-2 win on Saturday night, lead by an individual performance to remember by defender Kendall Fletcher.

When talking about the May loss to Orlando, we said it was because whatever magic spells the Reign had, the Pride had the perfect counter spells.

Seattle Sounders at Sporting Kansas City: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match twenty

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It's the second of ESPN's two MLS matches over the weekend. This is another Noon start. Expect a water break or two with temperatures in KC expected to reach 95 degrees during the game.

With a win both teams could think that there is reason for hope in seasons that are disappointing. For Seattle they would not yet be above the red line.

Sounders at Sporting KC: Clint Dempsey returns to nearly Ideal XI lineup

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Osvaldo Alonso is suspended. Herculez Gomez starts over Nelson Haedo Valdez

In what will likely play as a 4-4-2 with Cristian Roldan and Erik Friberg as the central midfielders the Seattle Sounders start a forward pairing of Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris. This is as close to an Ideal XI as Sigi Schmid has at this time.

Seattle Sounders at Sporting KC: News, updates, lineup, highlights, analysis.

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The two perennial powers are on ESPN at Noon Sunday. Both teams are looking at resuscitating poor seasons.

After their loss in the US Open Cup there is not time for the Seattle Sounders to rest. They remain alive in the chase for a single trophy - the MLS Cup. The Supporters' Shield is in no way realistic.

Sounders at Sporting KC: Three Questions

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The two perennial powers are on ESPN at Noon Sunday. Neither are that good.

After their loss in the US Open Cup there is not time for the Seattle Sounders to rest. They remain alive in the chase for a single trophy - the MLS Cup. The Supporters' Shield is in no way realistic. Seattle gets back on their horse and rides against Sporting Kansas City.

Younger and better, S2 are going in the right direction

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The team is doing better developmentally, as well as results-wise.

S2's first goal of 2016 came in their fourth game of the year. They earned their first victory the next week, but six games later they had not garnered a second win.

The team's problem showed throughout the attack. Yes, it was partially that they weren't finishing their chances (they had three goals in their first five games), but more worrying was that they weren't creating them.

Major Link Soccer: Sam Allardyce hired by England

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The hiring keeps Jurgen Klinnsman with the USMNT, for the time being.

The World:

Despite some rumblings of Jurgen Klinsmann making a strong impression on the FA, the long held favorite for theposition ended up winning out, with former Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce officially getting hired on Friday.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 19. TV and Streaming Listings

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A big weekend for MLS on National TV with ESPN moving SportsCenter to Portland and FOX showing the New York derby from New Jersey. Three Big Storylines, TV and stream info and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 19 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday Night MLS kicks off with a good Western Conference clash as the San Jose Earthquakes travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake.

Nicolas Lodeiro deal close enough to be making flight plans

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He's bringing a friend and former Sounder with him.

Pursuing Nicolás Lodeiro is in some ways reminiscent of the previous Seattle Sounders transfer chases of Obafemi Martins and Román Torres. But the end is in sight. Lodeiro and former Uruguay National Team and Nacional teammate Álvaro Fernández will fly to Seattle together on Sunday.

USWNT vs. Costa Rica: livestream, time, and how to watch on TV, online

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It's the last United States match before Rio. Please, nobody get hurt.

The U.S. Women's National Team will play one final match before departing for Brazil and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Tonight's sendoff game is against Costa Rica and kicks off on ESPN at 6:00 p.m. PT.

The 18-person roster is now set, with Seattle Reign FC's Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo making it onto the squad.

Boca Juniors finally agree to transfer fee, Nicolas Lodeiro set to join Sounders

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If all goes well, Lodeiro might be eligible to play as soon as July 31.

The Nicolas Lodeiro transfer saga has been about as up-and-down as any in Seattle Sounders history. But it's now starting to look like it will, in fact, come to pass.

Various outlets in Argentina are reporting that Boca Juniors and the Sounders have finally settled on a transfer fee — supposedly in the $6 million range — and that Lodeiro will be heading to the United States to sign a contract.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Player ratings

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Another disappointing loss in our overall substandard year. At times the Seattle Sounders played well enough to earn points, but a shaky transition defense and immense lack of finishing led to a 1-3 scoreline against the Portland Timbers. Based on players' performances, these ratings are all over the map.

Major Link Soccer: Marsch punished for referee criticism

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The NYRB coach is apparently surprised that David Villa is good at selling fouls. Is the Seattle Sounders "honeymoon" over? And to hell with the US Open Cup.

Major League Soccer

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has a long history with MLS, in fact he was deputy commissioner under Don Garber from 2001 to 2008.

Sounders foundation to build community soccer fields around Seattle

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The RAVE Foundation's founding principle is "Small fields. Big ideas," and its main purpose will be building soccer-playing surfaces around the Puget Sound.

It has long been said that one reason the United States lags behind other soccer nations is that the game here is a little too structured, that kids are too quickly shepherded away from the creativity that thrives on the streets and in pickup games.

Galaxy loss showed Sounders can no longer rely upon Zach Scott

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Veteran is hardly team's worst or biggest problem, but he doesn't fit Sounders tactics and it's time to move on.

Wednesday's 4-2 loss in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was very painful. From a broad perspective all the way on down to the little details, it magnifies the seeming futility of this season.

Two Sounders Academy alums on Hermann Trophy Watch List

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Last year Morris won the thing. Can a Sounder keep the trophy in Rave Green?

Even though it hasn't existed for long, the Seattle Sounders Academy continues to have talents recognized by national evaluators. In addition to producing two full US National Team players (Yedlin, Morris) and a U20 standout (Mansaray), the Academy has two players on the 2016 Hermann Trophy Watch List.

New women's Sounders jerseys coming in 2017

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And they are going to feature a regular neckline!

At this point, most people who aren't newborns are familiar with this line from Field of Dreams: "If you build it, he will come." In case you need a recap: Kevin Costner interpreted this message as instructions to build a baseball field.

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy, US Open Cup Quarterfinal: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We put a team on the field that was capable of winning the game. We were in a position to win the game. And that's what you want in your team to be in as you prepare your team. " -Sigi Schmid

Seattle's quest for a fifth US Open cup is over for the year. Despite working hard for two goals and holding a lead for most of the match, the Sounders were unable to stop an onslaught late on from Giovani Dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes.

Kovar fractured clavicle in US Open Cup Quarterfinal

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No timeline yet on the player's recovery process.

In the 61st minute of the Seattle Sounders US Open Cup matchup against the LA Galaxy, things were shaping up fairly well for Seattle as they defended a 2-1 lead. But as Aaron Kovar tracked back on an LA cross to do some of that defending, he collided hard with defender Oniel Fisher (video of incident), who didn't appear to see his teammate coming.

Major Link Soccer - Disciplinary Committee makes reds... disappear!

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The San Jose Earthquakes have two red cards rescinded, DC United makes their moves, and the US Open Cup semi-finals are set.

MLS

Sportscenter on the Road will have an MLS Special Edition next Sunday and will be making it's first visit to an MLS match in Portland for the occasion.

San Jose Earthquakes managed a 2-1 victory over Toronto last weekend despite going down to nine men by the 53rd minute.

Seattle Sounders at LA Galaxy: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for US Open Cup Quarterfinals

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The winner of tonight's match between Seattle Sounders FC and the LA Galaxy will advance to the semifinals. That draw will happen on Thursday July 21st. Without a few of their top players (Dempsey is suspended, the team is splitting the squad) Sigi Schmid's side will need another impressive road performance as they had at Salt Lake in the Round of 16.

Open Cup lineup light on 2016 starters, ambition

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Only one player started more than half of the 2016 season - Aaron Kovar

Zach Scott is captaining the type of lineup that is looking to rest the best Seattle Sounders players. While this is a US Open Cup quarterfinal it is clearly not the point of emphasis for Sigi Schmid and the team at this time.

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy, U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals: Full coverage

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Get news, updates and highlights from the knockout tournament clash between the Western Conference rivals.

The chances of qualifying for an eighth straight MLS postseason are getting slimmer with each successive loss. The Seattle Sounders currently sit nine points out of the final playoff spot and will have to leapfrog three teams to get into position.

Alvaro Fernandez heading to USA to rejoin Sounders, agent says

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Now 31, he'd likely provide depth at a variety of positions.

Alvaro Fernandez may not be the savior Seattle Sounders fans were hoping for, but he does appear to be preparing to rejoin the team where he enjoyed a fair amount of success from 2010-2012. Fernandez's agent, Mauricio Pugliese, told CieloSports.

Seattle Sounders at LA Galaxy, US Open Cup recap: Early lead squandered

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Despite going up 1-0 in the 4th minute Sounders lose 4-2.

With a lineup that indicated a prioritization on the MLS season the Seattle Sounders gave themselves a chance to win. Just four minutes into the game Micheal Farfan put Seattle up a goal. For the next 77 minutes it was a game that could go either way - it went the way of the LA Galaxy as Sebastian Lletget scored in the 85th and 88th minute.

U.S. Open Cup preview: Strength of lineups could determine Sounders’ fate

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History suggests the Sounders will start 4-6 MLS regulars, let's hope that holds.

The chances of qualifying for an eighth straight MLS postseason are getting slimmer with each successive loss. The Seattle Sounders currently sit nine points out of the final playoff spot and will have to leapfrog three teams to get into position.

Explaining TAM and 11 players Sounders might potentially sign with it

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Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey has stated on multiple occasions the club's summer ambitions are to bring in a designated player as well as a complimentary TAM player to strengthen Seattle's stuttering attack. That sounds great and all, but what exactly is a TAM player, and what kind of player should we expect?

Sounders sign S2 midfielder Zach Mathers on short-term loan for Open Cup, again

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Mathers has been signed in the same manner in all of Seattle's USOC matches this season

As they've done for their first two U.S. Open Cup matches of the season, the Seattle Sounders have signed midfielder Zach Mathers on a short-term loan from the club's USL affiliate Seattle Sounders 2 for Wednesday's match against the LA Galaxy.

Major Link Soccer: Kreis is the man for Orlando City

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Jason Kreis has been hired to replace Adrian Heath at Orlando City SC, Seattle vs. LA in Open Cup Quarters, and Goals of the Week.

Major League Soccer

Anyone that was hoping for a Lagerwey/Kreis reunion in Seattle will have to keep holding their breath. Jason Kries was hired Tuesday by Orlando City SC as their new head coach.

Sounders not traveling with full squad to Los Angeles for USOC quarterfinal

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Club is prioritizing MLS, but playing to win in LA

As the Sounders head to their second of three matches in the span of a week on Wednesday in Los Angeles, head coach Sigi Schmid said that some players will be rested—some won't even be traveling to LA. He said that "there will be some guys who will go to LA and some guys who will stay here and go to Kansas City.

Boca Juniors aren’t yet ready to let Nicolas Lodeiro join Sounders

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It appears teams are still at an impasse over transfer fee.

Those hoping for a quick and easy resolution to the Nicolas Lodeiro transfer saga should gird for a bit of disappointment. Despite reports suggesting Lodeiro would be in town early this week, the midfielder is still in Argentina training with Boca Juniors.

Sounders vs. Portland - Aftermatch Aftermath: Hope and Despair

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Following the 3-1 loss at the hands of their biggest rivals, the Seattle Sounders now find themselves in a woefully depressive state.

In honor of the first matchup of the season between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers, I wrote a poem. Bear with me, I'm not a poet and I know it.

What You Don’t Know About the Open Cup

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From ethnic sides to Sounders, clubs from Washington have created their own colorful history of U.S. Open Cup play over the past six decades.

For those who have grown to appreciate the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for its history, gritty displays and penchant for upsets, the Washington chapter can deliver on all those counts and more.

Sounders already transitioning to a younger roster core

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If one were to start focusing on building for 2017 rather than rescuing 2016 part of that evaluation would be to figure which players will be part of the core moving forward. This core element, say four to seven players around which the tactics and roster will be built, are players that are highly unlikely to be traded, would start on a playoff caliber team and who cannot be easily replaced without using DP or TAM mechanisms.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Community player ratings form

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Another game in 2016, another loss for Sounders FC. Playing the Timbers away at Providence Park was always going to be a tough ask -- but anything can happen in a Cascadia Cup match, right? What did happen is that the Sounders could't contain the Timbers counterattack, and subsequently failed to get points.

Major Link Soccer: Timbers' Kwarasey transfers to Norway

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The Javier Morales-era in RSL is nearing its end.

Seattle

You can tell by the way Jordan Morris talks after each loss - he takes responsibility for the team's failures even as a rookie. Yet he's been the Sounders' best forward this season, scoring a goal every other game. In a rookie season where he was initially seen as a complementary piece, Morris hasn't shied away from putting the weight of the team on his shoulders.

Sigi Schmid talks Open Cup and “frustrating” loss to Portland

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Schmid "thinks" that the Sounders will bring in new players during the transfer window

Despite just getting back to Seattle after taking the trip down I-5 and back for Sunday's loss in Portland, the Sounders are right back at it with a US Open Cup match in Los Angeles against the Galaxy on Wednesday.

Major Link Soccer: Jason Kreis in talks with Orlando City

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Fresh off of one expansion team, Kreis may be the new name with their 2015 twin.

MLS

The patron saint of the Church of #Sigiout is Jason Kreis, former Head Coach of the MLS Cup winning Real Salt Lake and 1-year Manager of expansion side New York City FC. But Kreis may not be on the market much longer, as multiple outlets are spreading the news that he's in late talks with Orlando City, looking to fill their head coaching vacancy.

Major League Standings: Just below the bottom

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Despite a tough loss in Portland, Sounders remain just above the Western Conference basement.

Friday 7/15

LA Galaxy 1 - Houston Dynamo 0: in a result that keeps the Sounders above the last spot in the Western Conference, the Galaxy were able to rebound from a Robbie Keane penalty miss and take three points from Houston, thanks to a Steven Gerrard follow-up goal in the second half.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The whole game everybody fought until the end. That's something with this team, you won't see the spirit drop no matter what. You won't see the fight go away. That's one thing we really can control, how we come out on a given day." -Brad Evans

Counterattacks and an accidental goal by Diego Valeri were the undoing of the Seattle Sounders at Providence Park.

Clint Dempsey earns All Star nod based on reputation

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The Seattle Sounders forward only has 3 goals and 1 assist in the 2016 MLS season. He did net 3 goals in the Copa America. Clint also had 3 assists in the tourney.

MLS All Star Head Coach Dommic Kinnear and MLS Commissioner Don Garber's selections for the MLS All Star Game against Arsenal were announced during ESPN's coverage of Montreal Impact versus New York City FC.

Sounders vs Portland Timbers, 2016 recap: Seattle falls 3-1 to Timbers at Providence Park

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Seattle fought hard, but Portland's counterattack proved to be too much for the visitors

It was always going to be a tough afternoon for Seattle in Portland, especially given the lack of Clint Dempsey, who relishes matches like this. Nelson Valdez started up top alongside Jordan Morris, and Tyrone Mears came back into the lineup for Oniel Fisher—the rest of the lineup was unchanged from Wednesday's 5-0 win over FC Dallas.

Adi makes it 3-1 to the Timbers after vicious counterattack

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After the Sounders failed to capitalize on yet another corner kick, the Timbers charged down the pitch while Seattle was trying to get back into position. Lucas Melano had tons of space to charge towards the Sounders box, and he passed to Fanendo Adi, who lost his marker Chad Marshall and fired it into the goal to tally yet another Timbers goal.

Valeri gets his second goal of the match from a tight angle

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It was all Sounders to start the second half, with the rave green earning 3 corners in as many minutes right after the restart. They came to nothing, and the Timbers counterattacked with a vengeance; Diego Valeri shrugged off the challenges from Joevin Jones at the edge of the box and managed to curl the ball up and around Stefan Frei from a tight angle close to the end line.

Chad Marshall heads it in for Seattle to make it 2-1

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Not long after the Timbers doubled their lead, the Sounders managed to finally get something out of their endless corner kicks as Chad Marshall headed the ball in for a goal from an Andreas Ivanschitz corner in the 59th minute.

Valeri opens the scoring late in the first half

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Chances were flying quickly throughout the first half, with Jordan Morris getting the best of them for the Sounders, but it was unfortunately the Timbers who notched the first in the match. In the 44th minute, Diego Valeri left Tyrone Mears and Osvaldo Alonso in his dust and charged towards the Sounders penalty box.

Nelson Valdez starts for the Sounders in Portland

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The suspension of Clint Dempsey for the first Sounders vs. Timbers match of the season forced Sigi Schmid to make a big decision for today's match. The Seattle coach decided to go with Nelson Valdez up top, flanked in a 4-3-3 by Jordan Morris and Andreas Ivanschitz. Hopefully the formation looks more like a 4-4-2, with the two strikers both playing a little more centrally.

Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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It's the fourth round of the 2016 Cascadia Cup. Seattle Sounders sit with 0 points in 1 game played. Portland Timbers have 3 points in 2 matches played. Neither team is above the red line as both teams underperform against preseason expectations. FOX has the broadcast at Noon Pacific.

What are the Portland Timbers?

Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match nineteen

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The Sounders travel to Portland for a nationally televised Cascadia Cup match. Fox (Q13) is carrying the Noon match on their broadcast station throughout the country. Tune in right when it starts as the match kicks off almost immediately.

This is the place where there's normally something about MLS records to this point.

Sounders FC 2 at Arizona United SC, Gamethread and live stream

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S2 take a July trip to torrid Arizona.

Coming off a 2-1 victory against the visiting Colorado Springs Switchbacks, S2 head to Pheonix to take on Arizona United. Arizona sit one point above Seattle in the USL's Western Conference standings, but will certainly offer a challenge for the Rave Green.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Player ratings

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Seattle had several great performances in a match that felt like nonstop offense for the Sounders.

According to some, I'm overly optimistic and unrealistic about our team this season. On Wednesday, we all saw reason for optimism. When hosting the supporters shield-leading FC Dallas, the mighty Seattle Sounders not only won the game, but thoroughly dominated every aspect to the tune of a 5-0 victory.

Reign vs Flash Stream and Gamethread: Back on a Real Field

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The news dominating the NWSL world for the last week was the fallout from the Western New York Flash's decision to host the Seattle Reign on a crooked, tiny pitch squeezed into the outfield of a baseball field, so small that it needed the league to grant an exemption from its minimum field size standard, and evidently without adequate medical facilities to respond promptly to the ankle injury Reign keeper Haley Kopmeyer suffered during the match.

Sounders FC 2 at Arizona United SC, recap: Another win for Sounders

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S2 return home with 3 points.

Results-wise, things have been looking up for Sounders FC 2. After a back-and-forth 3-2 victory against Arizona United SC, the Rave Green now sit at 12th place in the Western Conference. They've won their past two games; they are now 3 points out of a playoff spot.

Reign struggle to 1-1 draw against Western New York at home

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Despite an early goal, Seattle couldn't get 3 points as the team chases a playoff spot.

After last week's field-shenanigans, Seattle Reign fans (and I'm sure Reign players) were looking for a bit of revenge against the team that had hosted Seattle so inhospitably. And early in tonight's reverse matchup it looked like we'd get exactly that response, as just two minutes into the match a miscommunication in the Flash defense allowed Manon Melis to pick up a ball in the New York box, get behind, and score the first goal of the match.

MLS Weekend, How to watch MLS in Week 18. TV and Streaming Listings

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A tripleheader on Sunday and the LA Galaxy get an extra two days of rest. Three Big Storylines, TV and stream info and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 18 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday Night MLS on UniMas has featured consecutive doubleheaders since the Copa America break ended, but tonight we have just one game, an 8 PM West Coast kickoff in Carson, California.

NWSL fines WNY Flash for "organizational oversight" in Seattle Reign match

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WNY coach Paul Riley has also received a fine and one-game suspension.

The NWSL announced Friday afternoon that is has issued a "significant fine" to Western New York for a lack of "organizational oversight" in how it both prepared and operated Frontier Field. This decision was made after the Seattle Reign were forced to play on a field well under NWSL regulation size, where the team ultimately fell 2-3 in a match that can hardly be described as professional soccer.

Major Link Soccer: Steve Zakuani on the Sounders-Timbers Rivlary

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having experienced both sides, Steve says that the rivalry is significant for both, but that significance is expressed differently.

Seattle:

Steve Zakuani offers his unique perspective on the Cascadia rivalry. While rich in history, the rivalry has differing perceptions across both sides of I-5, from the locker room to the stands.

Portland Timbers Scouting Report: Cascadia clubs battle below the line

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The Timbers have had a better season than Seattle, but not by much.

It's hard to believe that the MLS season is halfway through, and we're only just on the eve of the first Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers match of the season. All 3 of the matches have been squeezed into the second half, which should make for an exciting end to the season.

Sounders at Portland Timbers: Three Questions

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It's the fourth round of the 2016 Cascadia Cup. Sounders sit with 0 points in 1 game played. Portland have 3 points in 2 matches played.

What are the Portland Timbers? A bad mediocre team. Their 6-6-8 -1 record is 11th by Sagarin. What are the Seattle Sounders? A worse soccer team. They are 15th in Sagarin with a 6-10-2 -2 record.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Community player ratings form

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The players had a great time stomping all over a Dallas b-team in this one. We know they played great, but how great?

When they weren't busy scoring goals, how did the individual players look? How much blame does Clint Dempsey deserve for his sending off? Should Stefan Frei even be part of this poll?

Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer talks sports science, app-based ticketing

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The principal owner of the club chatted in an owners panel at Geekwire's Sports Tech Summit in Seattle

Seattle-based tech blog GeekWire hosted their inaugural "Sports Tech Summit" at Safeco Field on Wednesday, featuring a variety of panels and "fireside chats" with team owners, business owners, and a couple of actual athletes (including Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin).

Believe it or not, that was Clint Dempsey’s first straight red card

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Lots of numbers to talk about.

It has been quite some time since we did one of these columns, but Wednesday's 5-0 win over FC Dallas just begged for it. This was the largest margin of victory the Sounders have ever enjoyed in a regular-season game, and that was just the start...

1 - Clint Dempsey has been suspended numerous times, most recently for his part in the Red Card Wedding, but his straight red card in Wednesday's win was his first of his career.

Major Link Soccer: Where does NWSL go from here?

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Hope Solo and others weigh in on what needs to change. The Railhawks bring in an aging Mexican star. Can you tell the difference between the names of Pokemon and Brazilian stadiums?

Major League Soccer

RSL Soapbox is back again as always with the aggregate power rankings, and we have no choice but to look at it.

Nicolas Lodeiro reportedly joining Sounders next week

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It is being reported, not tweeted, that Nicolas Lodeiro is set to join the Seattle Sounders next week. Go ahead, let that sink in for a moment.

I have been waiting months to write those words, as I imagine you all have been waiting months to read those words. So, what set the transfer in motion?

Jess Fishlock: "I can't leave Seattle without winning a championship"

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The Welsh Dragon discusses the season so far and says some really awesome things about Seattle.

Seattle Reign FC return to action this Saturday, hosting the Western New York Flash. We all know what happened last weekend, so we'll leave it at that (Seattle is still under a league-mandated media blackout regarding last Saturday's match).

Boca Juniors vs Independiente del Valle Copa Libertadores 2016 Gamethread: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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For one night only, Sounders fans everywhere should be setting aside their rave green in favor of neon pink as Ecuadoran visitors Independiente del Valle take on Boca Juniors in game 2 of tonight's Copa Libertadores semifinal match. The outcome may have real ramifications on Seattle's season.

While this match is sure to be an entertaining, high octane battle between two South American soccer giants, for Sounders fans, it means much more.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I thought last week we played really well and came away with nothing. What you're always looking for as a coach is that your team plays well and creates chances, and today we were able to finish the chances we created." -Sigi Schmid

The Seattle Sounders crushed FC Dallas Wednesday night, from the opening whistle onward, and the catharsis is palpable.

Jordan Morris burns Dallas defense to make it 3-0

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Just as everyone was done celebrating Andreas Ivanschitz's goal, Clint Dempsey put Jordan Morris in through a lazy FC Dallas defense and the rookie forward fired his shot past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0 Seattle in the 22nd minute. The goal was Morris' 7th in league play this season.

Clint Dempsey sent off in the 33rd minute

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After what looked to be a soft call for hands to the face, Clint Dempsey was sent off by referee Ricardo Salazar in the 32nd minute. Dempsey tussled a bit with Juan Esteban Ortiz and looks to have made very soft contact with his face, but the Dallas midfielder went down in a heap clutching his face.

Joevin Jones has long shot deflected into the goal to make it 4-0

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The beginning of the second half was much, much different than the first for Seattle, but they still managed to control the game for much of it despite Clint Dempsey's red card. Even the Sounders' depleted attack carved up the Dallas defense, but nothing came of it until great play by Aaron Kovar and Oniel Fisher led to a long shot by Joevin Jones, which deflected off a Dallas defender and into the goal.

Cristian Roldan scores off free kick for Seattle's 5th goal of the night

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Just when you thought this match couldn't get any crazier, Seattle went 5-0 over FC Dallas in the 73rd minute when Cristian Roldan headed in Andreas Ivanschitz's deep free kick. This was Roldan's first goal of the season.

Sounders show no mercy in 5-0 win over FC Dallas

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5 goals, 2 red cards and a whole lot of action for a team that desperately needed it.

Nobody expected much from the Seattle Sounders in their match against league leaders FC Dallas on Wednesday—their opponents even fielded a weakened lineup as they rested some of their star players. But this match had everything: 5 unanswered goals for Seattle, two red cards, and nonstop action from the home team.

Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris are quite the couple

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Cristian Roldan scored his first MLS goal of his career. That it came in the game where Jordan Morris scored his seventh was practically kismet. The two 21-year-olds have become fast friends this year, and it was on display postgame.

@JmoSmooth13: "Did we just become best friends?

Postgame observations: The Sounders needed this so bad

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There were a lot of really good performances.

It's been a long time since the Seattle Sounders could feel genuinely good about a performance. The last time they won a league game was June 1. The last time they'd won at home was on May 7. Heck, they hadn't even scored a goal at home since that 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Major League Soccer: Giovinco named best of MLS

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Despite a merely good 2016 season, Giovinco was honored at the 2016 ESPY awards.

Seattle

That hackjob New York Times article on soccer culture in Seattle and America as a whole continues to spur rebuttals. An editorial at Fifty Five One points out the fundamental logical fallacies that lead to the New York Times conclusions.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Player ratings

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Lowly Sounders find a way to lose, even after a thoroughly dominating final 75 minutes.

I don't know how to begin to introduce a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at home where we managed 22 shots yet still somehow pulled out a loss 0-1. Seattle Sounders out shot LA 15-2 in the second half.

Nos Audietis, Episode 225: Don't believe everything you read in the New York Times

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We tend to stick to soccer on this show. But sometimes, we feel like we must address issues that stretch beyond the pitch. This was one of those shows. Our interview this week was with ECS co-president Heather Satterberg. We asked her onto the show after reading this story in the New York Times magazine.

Sounders vs FC Dallas: News, highlights, analysis

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Q13 is broadcasting the 7:30 PM Wednesday the 13th match. FC Dallas comes to Seattle with an 11-5-4 record riding a three-match winning streak. The Seattle Sounders are merely 5-10-2 with only one win in their last eight MLS games.

FC Dallas is good. They ended Seattle's 2015 run in the MLS Cup Playoffs and this year are 11-5-4 +7.

Don Garber took down that New York Times Magazine article so you don't have to

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The MLS commissioner goes beyond mere rebuttal of the points, but unseats the very foundation of Jay Caspian Kang's thesis.

FC Dallas Scouting Report: They’ve got speed and that is all that matters

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The Texas team isn't technical, but they are fast. That will get them at least a goal.

FC Dallas currently lead the league, that's the bad news. Good news: Seattle is 3-0-1 in midweek matches across all competitions. That draw even turned into a win via PKs against RSL. Seattle has played well having to run out either reserves or starters on short rest in comparison to other sides.

Major Link Soccer: Dallas comes to town

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Can the Seattle Sounders get a result against the number one team in the league, USWNT announce their roster, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

FC Dallas the number one team in the league pays the Seattle Sounders a visit tonight, can Seattle get their offense rolling against Dallas.

Don Garber pleased that “big star” Jordan Morris joined Sounders

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The MLS Commissioner is in Seattle for Geekwire's Sports Tech Summit

Seattle tech site Geekwire is set to host their first ever Sports Tech Summit on Wednesday at Safeco Field in downtown Seattle, with Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer (who brainstormed the event with Geekwire co-founder John Cook) and MLS Commissioner Don Garber set to speak at the event.

Major Link Soccer: Field debacle pushes NWSL to tipping point

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Sounder At Heart readers do some great work, contributing a pair of insightful FanPosts.

Seattle

What started as an excellent comment in the discussion of the Sounders player ratings against LA is now a full-fledged FanPost by Jack2142 on the state of the Sounders' roster and how our FO got us there (since 2012).

Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe make the cut for Rio

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The Seattle Reign duo will be representing the U.S. in the Olympics

Just 22 days before the United States Women's National Team is set to kick off match against New Zealand for their opening match of the 2016 Olympics, Jill Ellis has finally confirmed who will be on that roster.

The roster is predictable to anyone who has been paying attention to the not-so-secret messages that Jill Ellis has sent with each dressing of the team.

Sounders exploit LA Galaxy’s focus on Clint Dempsey, predictably can’t convert

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Seattle's supporting cast had all of the space they needed with Clint Dempsey occupying multiple defenders. They couldn't take advantage.

At some point, you would think that the Seattle Sounders would just score a goal. In their 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy, the Sounder put together 21 shots and nearly 90 minutes of aggressive, possession-based attacking soccer.

Sounders vs FC Dallas: Three Questions

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Q13 is broadcasting the 7:30 PM Wednesday the 13th match. Prepare yourself.

FC Dallas is good. They ended Seattle's 2015 run in the MLS Cup Playoffs and this year are 11-5-4 +7. The first team to 11 wins they are third best in the league by Sagarin. Dallas has a better away record than the Seattle Sounders have at home.

Jordan Morris and Aaron Kovar named to MLS Homegrown Game roster

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They're the first Sounders to be selected since Sean Okoli in 2014

Former United States forward Landon Donovan selected the roster that he'll be coaching in the MLS Homegrown Game against the Mexico U-20 team on July 27 in San Jose. The Homegrown Game started in 2014, when Sounders forward Sean Okoli was selected for the eventual 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers U-23 squad.

Sounders in need of "reinforcements," Sounders coach finally admits

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After outshooting LA 22-7 and coming up short yet again, Schmid admits that his team might not be good enough in front of goal

At the beginning of the season, the Seattle Sounders coaching staff and front office reiterated their belief that they were content with the team they had, at least until the summer transfer window.

Nicolas Lodeiro isn't only South American playmaker Sounders are bidding on

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24-year-old Paraguay international has an intriguing skillset

Another name has surfaced as a potential Seattle Sounders transfer target: Oscar Romero, a creative midfielder who currently plays for Argentina's Racing Club and the Paraguay national team.

By all appearances, Romero would be a very expensive signing.

Megan Rapinoe is back training with Seattle Reign FC

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What does that mean for her Olympic chances?

After a frustrating weekend, Seattle Reign FC fans had a reason to smile on Monday, as Megan Rapinoe announced that she's returned to training with the squad.

Back at it wth these homies https://t.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Community player ratings form

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The Sounders took another tough in-conference loss at home, further increasing the chances of their first MLS season ending before the playoffs. Lots of chances, some better than others, went wanting. There won't be many games where the Sounders get this many shots without finding the net, but for now they move on without any more points.

Major League Standings: Basement dwellers again

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Houston picks up points, pushing Sounders to the bottom

Sounders slipped into last in the West so...let's jump straight into the matches and not dwell there.

Friday 7/8

Orlando City 0 - Houston Dynamo 0: No cards, no goals, no excitement in the first OCSC match without Adrian Heath.

Major Link Soccer: Portugal win without Ronaldo

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Ronaldo left behind a quiet final, one that ended the way he wanted.

EURO 2016

The final to Euro 2016 was as uniquely unexciting as any cup final in recent memory. The first European championship for Portugal came in the tournament's first-ever scoreless final through regulation. It took the better part of an extra time period for a team to concede, despite France's excellent home-field advantage and their significant talent chasm (even before Cristiano Ronaldo left the game in the first half with a leg injury.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, recap: S2 get late victory

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S2 defeat the visiting Switchbacks 2-1 at Starfire.

When S2 walked into the locker room at the half, things were not looking hopeful. They were down 1-0 against a team that loves to bunker, and despite a rather sturdy performance from their defense, they were misplacing the ball frequently.

Seattle Reign v. Western NY Flash: NWSL Failure

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Seattle Reign FC lose 3-2 after the NWSL violated its own field standards so that fans could sit 50 yards from the field at a baseball stadium and watch a travesty of a match.

The NWSL, like any professional soccer league, has minimum standards for the surfaces on which its games are played.

Seattle Reign Players Sound Off On Playing On 'Unacceptable' Field

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You already know the story. Reign FC lost to Western New York Flash 3-2 but what everyone is talking about is the shrunken field they played on. Now, the players for Reign FC are dropping in their thoughts post-match. Of course during the match, we saw Megan Rapinoe comment on it.

I joked earlier but this field is unacceptable.

Reign coach calls Flash field a ‘farce’

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The Seattle Reign FC players (along with their peers in the league) have had their say. Now head coach/general manager Laura Harvey has presented her comments about the modified field at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York today. Reign FC played Western New York Flash to a 3-2 loss.

Just want to be clear around the facts of tonight.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I think you could always use reinforcements, but if you look at the game today – if you just landed from Mars and you looked at the game and nobody told you what the score was – who do you think the guy from Mars would say who won the game?" -Sigi Schmid

Another frustrating loss for the Seattle Sounders comes in the form of a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Western Conference rivals LA Galaxy.

Give yourself a moment to appreciate Jordan Morris’ touch

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Jordan Morris is no quite a run of form, having scored three goals in his past two games — including a friendly against the Premier League's West Ham United. He was inches away from adding to that form. LevyFilms' footage shows just how close he came to scoring an amazing goal.

@soundersfc v @lagalaxy #football #american #soccer #mls #art #community #expression #l

A video posted by LEVYfilms (@levyfilms) on Jul 9, 2016 at 11:10pm PDT

What Levy's footage also shows is that Morris fought off a pretty questionable tackle from goalkeeper Brian Rowe, who made a ton of contact with the attacker.

France vs. Portugal, Euro 2016 Final live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Summer of Soccer comes to an end (well until the Olympics) when France play Portugal in the European Championship Final from Stade de France in Paris. This is your Sounder at Heart Gamethread and viewing guide.

France (FIFA Rank 17) v Portugal (8)

France have an excellent history as the home team in major competitions.

Sounders Community Trust: Understanding the most important election in S2 history

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For the first time in SCT history, we vote. What is the MOU vote?

Seattle has been an experiment for American sports. Nowhere else in any major American sport were fans given the level of power that the Sounders gave their fans when they joined MLS. Since that announcement, fans now have the ability to own S2 through the Sounders Community Trust (SCT) and have a say with both the club's governing and how they are represented at the USL.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Gamethread and live stream

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S2 host a beleaguered Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Today S2 will take on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks at Starfire Sports Complex. The Switchbacks will be without starting centerback Josh Phillips, and happen to be in a bit of a torpidity. 17 games and 14 points into the season it seems naive to expect S2 to win any game, even one against a team in a rut like Colorado, but today's game will be as good a chance as any.

Sounders vs. Galaxy Recap: The ball refuses to go into the net

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Seattle bombarded LA in the second half, outshooting the visitors 15-2

After their friendly win in midweek against West Ham United, the Sounders went all out with their starting XI in their first match against the Galaxy this season. It looked to pay off at times, but Jordan Morris and Neslon Valdez were not in their best positions and it often showed.

Seattle Reign v. Western NY Flash: Gamethread and livestream

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At 4:00 p.m. PT, Seattle Reign FC kick off against the Western New York Flash, a team on the rise that currently sits in second in the NWSL. It's a battle between the top-scoring offensive side and the top defense in the league.

Both teams are coming off a 2-0 win at home, with WNY defeating a Chicago Red Stars team that has performed well in the first half of the season, but struggles without their national team players.

Robbie Keane opens the scoring for LA

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Despite the Sounders having the lion's share of possession and chances in the first 15 minutes, it was the Galaxy who opened the scoring after the Seattle defense was caught out by the counterattack. Gyasi Zardes gave Zach Scott the slip outside of the box, and Chad Marshall was unable to stop the winger from passing to Keane, who fired it into the roof of the net.

Sounders go with strong attack as Valdez returns against Los Angeles

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For the first time since March 19, all three of the Sounders' (theoretically) strongest attackers are in the starting XI to face LA Galaxy. Clint Dempsey, returning for his first match since going on international duty for the Copa America, starts at center forward in the Sounders' usual 4-3-3 formation.

Match Preview: Seattle Reign at Western New York Flash

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This Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT, Seattle Reign FC (4-3-4) heads to Rochester to face a streaking Western New York Flash squad that currently sits in second in the NWSL, with a 7-4-0 record.

This weekend's matchup should be an exciting battle between the No. 1 offense and the No. 1 defense (that would be your Seattle Reign).

Major Link Soccer: Jurgen moves closer to England

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Jurgen appears to be in the drivers seat for the vacant England job.

United States:

Following conversations with the FA, Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be the clear-cut favorite for the England manager job. This coming off the heels of his proclaiming that despite senior team success, the foundation for the USMNT remains on unkempt ground.

Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: News, highlights, analysis

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Seattle seeks to improve their 4-4-0 home record against the LA Galaxy on ESPN at Noon. LA is 1-3-4 on the road. This contest is between the two greatest teams in the league from 2009 to the present. One is clearer greater and that can only change once the Sounders win trophies.

With seven points separating the Seattle Sounders from the Western Conference red line a packed July could see the team fall out of the playoff picture, or make a tiny surge to provide hope for the second half of the season.

Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match seventeen

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At the end of this ESPN match the Sounders will be halfway through their season. For now they are 5-9-2 -6 with a 4-4-0 +0 record at home.

A few teams in MLS are comparable to the Seattle Sounders. They've won some trophies; Seattle won some trophies. They have big name players; Seattle has big name players.

Brad Evans to be a “game-time decision” against the Galaxy

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The captain was kept out of last week's match with a calf strain

Fresh off the boost of a friendly win against West Ham United in midweek, the Sounders will hope to carry that form into their matchup with LA Galaxy at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. The home side desperately need a win if they hope to be playoff contenders in 2016, and three points against a big rival like the Galaxy could really boost the team's confidence.

Sigi Schmid-Bruce Arena ready to renew their rivlary

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Mini documentary delves into what makes each coach special and the impact they've had on the game.

There's really no denying that Bruce Arena have mostly had the better of his rivalry with the Sigi Schmid. Arena, after all, has more college national titles (five to three), more MLS Cups (five to two) and has even been the head coach of the United States national team, something Schmid is unlikely to ever do at this point in his career.

MLS Weekend, How to watch MLS in Week 17. TV and Streaming Listings

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Five MLS games make the National TV slate this weekend, starting with a Friday night doubleheader and ending with Sounders fans cheering for both New York teams. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 17 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday night MLS on UniMas features another doubleheader to start the MLS weekend.

Major Link Soccer: Earthquakes to punish offensive chants at games

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The 'puto' chant could lead to fan ejections. Montreal sign a replacement Drogba. Yedlin might be too expensive for Sunderland to bring back next season.

Seattle

If you like to stop by Fadó before or after Sounders matches, it's in your best interest to know about the potential danger from one Salmonella Johnson, although hopefully they clean things up after a Washington State DOH investigation related to sick customers.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Three Questions

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Seattle seeks to improve their 4-4-0 home record against the LA Galaxy on ESPN at Noon. LA is 1-3-4 on the road.

With seven points separating the Seattle Sounders from the Western Conference red line a packed July could see the team fall out of the playoff picture, or make a tiny surge to provide hope for the second half of the season.

Nicolas Lodeiro deal “getting close”, Boca Juniors boss says

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Nicolas Lodeiro is likely leaving Boca Juniors after their Copa Libertadores run ends. At least, that's what Boca President Daniel Angelici told Fox Sports on Thursday prior to his team's 2-1 loss in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semifinal against Independiente Del Valle.

"It's close, it's close," Angelici said.

Sounders extend Gomez, Scott for remainder of 2016 season

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The two veterans have earned spots for the full year as Seattle looks to complete its roster during the transfer window.

The Seattle Sounders have extended the contracts of Zach Scott and Herculéz Goméz to the end of the 2016 season. The two veterans were previously only signed through half the year, but Matt Pentz reports the two have earned permanent spots on the roster for this campaign.

Germany vs. France, Euro 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The 2016 European Championship semi-final features two traditional rivals in France hosting Germany for the right to beat Portugal in the final on Sunday. This is your Sounder at Heart Gamethread and viewing guide.

Germany (FIFA Rank 4) v France (17)

Germany are the defending World Cup Champions and the last time they played the home team in a major tournament semi-final it resulted in one of the most stunning results in World Cup history with Germany 7-1 Brazil.

Herculez Gomez helps spark another night of fun on Twitter

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#HercPunchOut was a ton of fun

Herculez Gomez knows how to spot a social-media opportunity as well as anyone. So when an idea basically fell into this lap , he knew to run with it. The result was the very entertaining hashtag #HercPunchOut. It was so successful on Wednesday night that it was actually trending in Seattle around 10 p.

Major Link Soccer: Adrian Heath out of Orlando

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Despite being on the cusp of the playoffs, the recently dysfunctional organization let go of their manager of eight years.

Seattle

Adrian Hanauer, Kasey Keller, and Don Garber will be among the the speakers at the "GeekWire Sports Tech Summit" taking place later next week at Safeco.

Jordan Morris has retaken his place back at the top of the MLSsoccer.

hay fe, or whatevs - the latest Sounder at Heart shirt

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Yes, we made a shirt for people who have given up hope. You can buy it in our store.

One of the advantages of print-on-demand shirts is we can take a few risks and make something that makes fun of ourselves in the moment. In addition to last year's hay fe shirt we now have the shirt for those that don't think there is hope - hay fe, or whatevs.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Saint Louis FC, recap: Late error costs Rave Green

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Seattle earn a point on the road, but easily could have brought home three.

The story remains the same for Sounders FC 2. Another game; more points squandered.

S2 traveled to Fenton, Missouri without starters Zach Mathers, Victor Mansaray and Michael Nelson, and despite a dynamic first 65 minutes, managed to only earn a point.

Crossfit Games force Sounders-Galaxy Open Cup quarterfinal onto track & field stadium

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Suppose it's tough for us to be too mad about it...

The U.S. Open Cup has often been viewed as a bit of a second-rate tournament. Games are often hosted by teams not using their primary stadiums and made up of players who don't normally start in regular season matches.

Even the Seattle Sounders — a team with four U.

Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Player ratings

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Building upon a bit of momentum gathered midweek, the Sounders earn a needed point from Toronto via amazing Morris play and look to build on the future.

After the disappointment of NYCFC I had little excitement about this team going to Canada to face Toronto FC. Then the Open Cup happened midweek and there was fight in this squad like we haven't seen this year: heart and passion and a steely resolve to overcome.

Jordan Morris interrupts question about Jordan Morris goal with Jordan Morris goal

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The shrug says it all.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯https://t.co/F0nn6ItMvR

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) July 6, 2016

Friendlies may be silly wastes of energy most of the time. But sometimes, they provide wonderful little moments.

Sounders vs. West Ham United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"When you are in a rough patch...sometimes [a friendly win] is what the team needs and everyone feels a little better about themselves, everyone walks in with their head a little bit higher, their chest puffed out a little bit more. " -Sigi Schmid

Well that was fun! It was a great night for the Sounders as no one was seriously injured, goal-scorers scored goals, and young players got to match up against Premier League competition.

Seattle Sounders vs West Ham United: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for the friendly

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JOEtv carries the game starting at 7:30 PM Pacific. It is also on Spanish radio (El Rey 1360) with English radio on KIRO 97.3 FM Seattle. ROOT Sports will have a replay of the match later. SoundersFC.com will audio stream for those outside of ROOT Sports coverage.

Seattle Sounders FC is hosting their 10th international friendly on a somewhat chilly Summer evening.

Sounders vs. West Ham lineup: Dempsey and other starters get a rest

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The Sounders are putting out a strong starting lineup against West Ham United, but by no means a full-strength one. There are six changes from the squad that took the pitch at Toronto on Saturday.

Chad Marshall, Brad Evans, and Tyrone Mears get a rest in defense, with Dylan Remick and Stefan Frei maintaining their spots.

West Ham United at Seattle Sounders FC friendly recap: Jordan Morris and company put on show

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Morris scored twice and Herculez Gomez scored his first goal with the MLS version of the Sounders.

Friendlies don't matter, until they do. For the Seattle Sounders earning their first win over an EPL side will not matter unless they carry it into league play. But the show they put on tonight was fun.

Major Link Soccer: Gareth Bale, Prince of Wales

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Euro 2016 semi-final number one Wales vs. Portugal, Friendlies are fun when you win, and Goals of the Week.

World Soccer

When Wales and Portugal play later today the world will expect for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to have a moment of brilliance, but in reality it has been a collective effort, sacrifice, and team spirit that has brought both countries this far.

Major League Standings: Independence Day Weekend

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Sounders do a little bit and are not left behind this week

If you told me at this time two years ago, I would be this excited about a draw, I'd laugh in your face. This time though, a draw was a good road result and most of the West played each other, giving the Sounders an ability to make up some ground.

Portugal vs. Wales, Euro 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The 2016 European Championship reaches the semi-final stage with Portugal v Wales. Club teammates become bitter rivals as Gareth Bale takes on Christiano Ronaldo. This is your Sounder at Heart Gamethread and TV guide.

Portugal (FIFA Rank 8) v Wales (26)

Now that all the plucky upstarts like Belgium, England, Italy, Spain and Iceland are out the tournament, it is time to get down to business as we hit the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Sounders vs. West Ham United FC: News, updates, lineups and highlights

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Everything you need to know as the Sounders take on the East London club in a friendly match at CenturyLink Field.

The Sounders have called in the reinforcements to fill out the roster for tonight's friendly match against West Ham United. S2 players Zach Mathers and Michael Nelson have been signed to short-term contracts with the first team, and defender Jimmy Ockford has returned from his loan with the New York Cosmos to feature in the exhibition game.

Sounders vs West Ham United, friendly: Three Questions

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Tuesday night's friendly on JOEtv (7:30 PM Pacific) comes at a time when Seattle's roster is in a pinch and there are six other matches left in July. West Ham is trying to build their brand through the visit but will probably see plenty of empty seats.

Friendlies rarely come at the best times, but with Chad Marshall and Brad Evans injured and during a month with eight total matches this may be the worst timing for a friendly yet.

Sounders recall Jimmy Ockford, sign pair of S2 players for West Ham friendly

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The 2014 second-round draft pick returns from his NASL loan for one match, suggesting Seattle's top centerbacks may sit this one out.

The Sounders have called in the reinforcements to fill out the roster for tonight's friendly match against West Ham United. S2 players Zach Mathers and Michael Nelson have been signed to short-term contracts with the first team, and defender Jimmy Ockford has returned from his loan with the New York Cosmos to feature in the exhibition game.

Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Community player ratings form

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US Open Cup community ratings

First, let's take a look at the reader ratings from the Real Salt Lake Open Cup Quarterfinal match in which the Sounders advanced on penalties. There won't be site ratings for this match, so we'll have to go with the wisdom of the crowd on this one. Tyler Miller had an absurdly high score, but then again had an absurdly good match:

(97 Responses)

Starters
GK Tyler Miller - 9.

Major Link Soccer: Tim Howard debuts for the Rapids

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The former US #1 made a successful return to MLS, turning in a clean sheet against the Timbers.

MLS

MLSsoccer's Matthew Doyle commemorates the opening of the summer transfer window with his wishlist for each team in MLS; Seattle's need for midfield creativity is glaring.

LA's Nigel De Jong predictably got a red card last night for this awful challenge on Blas Perez, meaning he'll miss the Galaxy's ESPN matchup with the Sounders on Saturday.

Álvaro Fernández return becoming less dream, more reality

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A report out of Argentina makes the return of Flaco to the Rave Green seem to be based in reality, not just a fanciful dream of bloggers.

He's not yet officially out of contract, but Diario Hoy is reporting that Alvaro Fernandez' situation with Gimnasia is tense. The manager sees no future with the player.

Fourth of July live Q&A

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Let's celebrate our freedom with questions and answers

On this holiday a lot of people are popping on and off the internet, as they both avoid their family for a few moments and hope that with the opening of the transfer window they will find that something as happened with the Seattle Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: Argentina begs for more Messi

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Messi has announced that he is done with international play, but can an entire country of fans convince him that he's wrong?

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Enjoy your days off and think about non-soccer thing for at least the next 16 hours!

Seattle

Saturday's Seattle Sounders-Toronto FC match was a pretty mild affair, only perking up after 60 minutes of Taco Bell-inspired mediocrity.

Reign vs Breakers Stream and Game Thread: Cautiously Optimistic

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The consensus worst team in the league takes a long road trip to face a team that hasn't surrendered a goal in four games and is adding two international-quality players to the lineup. Seems good.

It is intrinsic to the experience of sports that the unexpected happens. That's why nothing can be taken for granted tonight when the Seattle Reign host the Boston Breakers tonight at 7 at Memorial Stadium.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Sacramento Republic FC, Gamethread and live stream

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S2 make a trip down the coast.

After a dreary showing against Swope Park Rangers last Sunday, Sounders FC 2 are taking to the road. They face Sacramento Republic, who currently sit at fourth place in the Western Conference.

Thanks to solid play from their backline and goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek, Sacramento have only conceded ten goals this season.

Sounders at Toronto FC 2016, recap: Jordan Morris earns road draw

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The losing streak ends with a 1-1 road draw after two Jordans score in the match.

Heading to Toronto on short rest two weakened teams played a largely passive match that did not open up until the second half. Then the goals appeared. Mere seconds after Jordan Hamilton put Toronto FC up 1-nil Jordan Morris responded with his own goal.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Sacramento Republic FC, recap: S2 lack energy

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S2 fall 2-1 to Sacramento Republic

When Sounders FC 2 won back-to-back games against Vancouver and Portland, things seemed hopeful. No, their play hadn't been sensational; and yes, they clearly still had tactical issues to work on; but things seemed hopeful. They were playing with vigor -a bit too much at times- and creating substantial opportunities.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"They had some great chances, chances that they probably would not normally miss. We've had so many games this year where we have been the dominant team, we haven't finished our chances and coming out with that result, we're okay with it" -Sigi Schmid

Sometimes it takes a little luck to survive road match and take points, and luck is what the Seattle Sounders rode at Toronto FC.

Chad Marshall injury update: Migraine forced center back to sideline

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Amidst the positive emotions that come with Saturday's road tie were some concerns around center back Chad Marshall's conspicuous substitution. The center back was removed from the match in the 51st minute and replaced by Tony Alfaro. Marshall took a blow to the head in the first half and seemed to indicate his removal might be related to that.

Seattle Reign FC Defeat Boston Breakers On Naho's Brace

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Naho does stuff and everyone is happy.

Since the end of the 2014 season, Seattle Reign FC fans had been wondering, asking, wishing if Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi was coming back. Certainly the team would welcome her return and it was just a matter of seeing what her status was with her Japanese club INAC Kobe and the Japanese national team.

Sounders at Toronto FC: Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans fail to make 18

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Lineup includes Captain Zach Scott (happy birthday) and midfield of Roldan, Friberg and Alonso

Toronto FC is decimated by injury, while the Seattle Sounders are merely weakened by the loss of Brad Evans to a calf injury while resting Clint Dempsey after the Copa America. This means that the midfield is quite defensive in nature with Osvaldo Alonso working alongside Cristian Roldan and Erik Friberg.

Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match sixteen

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JOEtv carries the game starting at 4:30 PM Pacific. ROOT Sports will have the game outside of the Seattle area. It is also on Spanish radio (El Rey 1360) with English radio on KIRO 97.3 FM Seattle.

TFC is 2-1-2 +1 at the remodeled BMO Field. SSFC are 1-5-1 -6 away from home. Toronto and Seattle are two of the worst offenses in MLS, while both being two of the better defenses.

Major Link Soccer: Lawsuit names Dempsey, Yedlin, and Bradley

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Three premier youth teams are hoping to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars in training fees, and has big implications on the future structuring of U.S. Soccer.

United States:

A class action lawsuit has been levied against the MLS Players Union from three youth clubs, in an effort to collect fees for the international transfer of U.

Of a Sound Mind: The Sounders should fully embrace sports psychology

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Though less documented than tactical shifts and contract values, the importance of psychology is a growing field in the world of professional sports as a whole. It is time the Sounders hop on the bandwagon and ride it into greener pastures.

After the recent match against three dinosaurs and some other guys sporting sky blue, Brad Evans had a few things to say.

Scouting Toronto: TFC is limping into this one

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Toronto is without the list of who's who on the TFC roster, except Giovinco

Toronto only has two wins in their last eight MLS matches. Sitting outside the playoffs in the East, it has been a mighty struggle for the Giovinco show this season even with Sebastian picking up eight goals in the 15 matches this season.

Sounders at Toronto FC: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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JOEtv is carrying the 4:30 PM Pacific match in the Seattle area. ROOT Sports will have it in the rest of their coverage area. It is on TSN2 in Canada. Toronto FC is missing most of their best players, but will have Giovinco. Seattle Sounders are near full health, but may rest Clint Dempsey after his grueling Copa America run.

Alvaro Fernandez is available, Sounders need to give him a look

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Could another former Seattle Sounders be poised for a return? That at least seems to be a possibility after news of Alvaro Fernandez's departure from Argentina's Gimnasia La Plata.

Argentina's #GELP will part ways with Uruguayan MF Alvaro Fernandez (30).

Stop the insanity and fix the NWSL Goal/Save of the Week voting

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If there were an NWSL fan vote for best writer on Ride of the Valkyries, Ashlyn Harris would probably win it.

Voting in America is broken. No, I'm not talking politics or the vote to see who moves forward on The Voice. I'm talking about fan voting for Goal of the Week and Save of the Week in the NWSL.

Clint Dempsey “open” to diminished USMNT role in 2018

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The Sounders and USMNT forward told Colin Cowherd that he could see himself playing more of a super sub role in Russia

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey went on Colin Cowherd's new Fox Sports show "The Herd" on Thursday to talk about the Copa America, USMNT, and the 2018 World Cup. Dempsey opens up a little more than usual, and he gets into the nuts and bolts of putting together a winning national team.

MLS Weekend, How to watch MLS in Week 16. TV and Streaming Listings

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Sounder at Heart's MLS Weekend Gamethread returns after the Copa America Centenario break with a full slate of games culminating with Tim Howard's return to MLS. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 16 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. MLS is back!

Major Link Soccer: USMNT schedule first friendly in Cuba in 69 years

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The USMNT head to Havana in October. Zlatan finally announced and signed at Manchester United. Noted old person Ashley Cole gets a fine for acting childish.

USA Soccer

The US Mens National Team will be Havana friendly in Cuba for the first time since 1947, after diplomatic relations between the nations were restored last year.

Nos Audietis, Episode 224: NYCFC and USOC recaps

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The Seattle Sounders went from certainly a low in the loss to New York City FC to somewhat of a high in the gutsy USOC win over Real Salt Lake, but questions still surround this season and this team. Jeremiah and Aaron try to make sense of it all and try to shed light on what might happen the rest of this 2016 campaign and beyond.

Goal drought of 2016: Understanding roster needs

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The Sounders have scored the fewest number of goals in the league thus far. Why is that, exactly? How should the front office address this problem in the summer transfer window?

Previously on Sounder at Heart, summer transfer targets were reviewed. Most of the names that have been linked with the Sounders are midfield playmakers.

Michael Bradley’s injury just latest bit of bad news for Sounders’ next opponent

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TFC captain suffered the injury during USMNT's third-place match.

Breaks have been hard to come by for the Seattle Sounders so far this year. But fresh off a gutted-out penalty shootout win over Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup, the tides may be changing. On Saturday, the Sounders will face a severely depleted Toronto FC where the bad news just keeps coming.

Sounders at Toronto FC, Three Questions: Will Sebastian Giovinco play?

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The Reds are decimated by injury providing the opportunity for Seattle to get a road win in the 4:30 PM match on JOEtv and ROOT Sports.

Toronto FC spent last weekend losing a game in Orlando, which they lost in the 100+ minute. Then midweek they flew to Vancouver, for a match that they won in the 95th minute.

Seattle Reign’s Merritt Mathias earns one-game suspension

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New video emerged from Mathias' encounter with FC Kansas City's Shea Groom, leading the NWSL Disciplinary Committee to suspend her.

Seattle Reign FC's Merritt Mathias will be watching her teammates from the stands on Saturday. That's because NWSL Disciplinary Committee announced on Friday that it has suspended Mathias one game for an incident between her and FC Kansas City forward Shea Groom.

Sounders vs. RSL, US Open Cup Quarterfinals: Community player ratings form

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Did you forget how to rate a win? A road win at that? Well, you'll have to wait a bit longer, as the Sounders tied this one, advancing on penalties thanks to an ice cold young keeper. That doesn't make it feel any less great.

This was a completely second-choice lineup, in case you've forgotten, and they held on for dear life through some solid team defense, heart and some luck.

Roman Torres running + “6 Million Dollar Man” theme song = Get hype

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Roman Torres is getting closer to returning. We are told this almost constantly. And while the logical part of our brain knows that he's unlikely to be back at 100 percent, we still can't help but get excited when we see footage like this of him running on the treadmill at what looks like a solid gallop.