Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2016

Obafemi Martins in Seattle on vacation, not to re-sign

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Sounders confirm there's no real possibility of a reunion.

Obafemi Martins caused a minor stir — at least on social media — when he was spotted at S2's match on Monday. As expected, though, it was merely a social visit.

"I said hello," Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said when asked about it on Tuesday.

Hope Solo's reaction to suspension has long term impact for Seattle Reign

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The greatest keeper in the history of women's soccer may have taken the field for the last time, for both club and country.

Suspended US goalkeeper Hope Solo released a short statement today, revealing that she expects not to play again for the Seattle Reign this season. "After careful consideration," the statement read, "I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for.

Sounders vs. Timbers: Community player ratings form

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After a brutal first half and a slightly encouraging second half, how do you rate the players? It will be tough this week, as many players showed marked improvement after the midway point.

Some thoughts to consider: How did Brad Evans look sliding over to right back? Jordan Morris put away a pretty header, but could he have had more this match?

Major Link Soccer: Nigel de Jong to Galatasaray?

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Are we really still talking about Soccer City, USA? I guess they are down in Oregon.

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The New York Times did a great feature on Jordan Morris this week, talking about the weight of expectation and shrugging off the "label stuff".

Oh good, the Oregonian is doing a five-part series on soccer in the US that will conclude with them crowning the real Soccer City, USA.

Sounders FC 2 vs Portland Timbers 2: Gamethread and live stream

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Both teams are outside of the USL playoff picture and need a run to get their prospects more competitive matches.

Both Sounders 2 and Timbers 2 are having poor USL seasons. The two developmental squads are 3rd from the bottom and 2nd from the bottom respectively. While the focus for these MLS 2 teams is development, there is little doubt that their organizations would prefer a few more competitive matches to help train talent.

Obafemi Martins attended S2’s game ... but don’t get too excited

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Chances are he was just visiting friends while on an international break.

Fans who attended S2's match on Monday got an unexpected treat — beside the 88th minute winner over Portland Timbers 2: A chance to rub elbows with Obafemi Martins. Yes, THAT Obafemi Martins. The former Sounders forward was apparently attending the match with Tyrone Mears and Darwin Jones.

Sounders 2 vs Timbers 2: Jordan Schweitzer wins it late

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Zach Mathers and Academy product Schweitzer score in 2-1 win in USL play.

Where Timbers 2 tried to play along their speedy flanks, even nabbing a goal from their young winger Victor Arboleda that drew the game level. Sounders 2 was generally more effective through the middle with Jordan Schweitzer sitting deep behind both Mark O'ojong and Zach Mathers.

Jordan Morris believes pressure makes him better

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Sounders rookie shows no signs of second-guessing his decisions during ESPN interview.

Jordan Morris has been forced to deal with copious amounts of pressure, at least ever since he became the first collegian in 20 years to be called into the full United States national team. Even if he was taken a bit by surprise, he seems to have taken it all in stride.

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

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"It's unfortunate that this leaves a sour taste in your mouth for two weeks, but it's one that we'll obviously have to think and dwell [on] and now the guys will be absolutely chomping at the bit to get back out there." -Brad Evans

The Seattle Sounders started this match looking like they had played in Houston at midweek and were missing their highest-paid player.

Major Link Soccer: NWSL Commissioner hints at Cali Expansion

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College soccer kicked off, Keane is done with the Irish National Team, and when flipping over a keeper should outweigh an offside call

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Alex Roldan (yes, that's HIS brother) scored for Seattle U in a 2-0 win over West Virginia Friday, before giving up a last-minute goal to 2nd-ranked Akron in a 1-0 loss Sunday.

Postgame Pontifications: How much is pride worth?

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Let's hope it's enough to keep them chugging toward playoffs.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The first half could not have possibly gone much worse for the Seattle Sounders than it did. Shoddy set-piece defense? Check. Inability to hold the ball in midfield? Check. Lack of danger going forward? Check.

The Portland Timbers didn't just play their game to perfection over the first 45 minutes, they somehow exceeded that.

Flaco for Dempsey only change to last Sunday's Sounders lineup

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After the news that Clint Dempsey would not be available for the Seattle Sounders in Sunday's road game against the Portland Timbers after being evaluated by medical staff for an irregular heartbeat, there was plenty of speculation about who would replace him in the lineup.

Alvaro "Flaco" Fernandez ended up being the man to replace Dempsey, as the Sounders are otherwise keeping the same lineup from last weekend's win over Portland.

Portland go up 1-0 through Vytautas Andriuskevicius

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After the Sounders and Timbers traded tame shots, the Timbers finally broke through as left-back Vytautas Andriuskevicius scored with a powerful header off a corner kick.

Adi makes it 2-0 to Portland

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Just minutes after Portland opened the scoring through Vytautas Andriuskevicius' header, Stefan Frei failed to gather a Diego Valeri shot and tipped it right into the path of Fanendo Adi, who fired it home to make it 2-0 to Portland.

Timbers pile it on as Melano makes it 3-0

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Already up 2-0 against the Sounders, the Timbers continued their onslaught of Stefan Frei's goal when, in the 28th minute, Lucas Melano poked home a cross from Diego Chara. Both Melano and Chara were given acres of space, and they took full advantage.

Portland nightmare continues as Taylor makes it 4-0

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As if things weren't bad enough for Seattle, the Timbers managed to score yet again just before halftime as an unmarked (sound familiar) Steven Taylor headed in their 4th of the day from a corner kick.

Sounders find the net via Timbers own goal

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Just two minutes after the start of the second half, the Sounders finally found a breakthrough as Andreas Ivanschitz's shot deflected off Steven Taylor's head and into the net. It was officially ruled an own goal on Taylor.

Jordan Morris scores another for Seattle to bring it to 4-2

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In a complete reverse of the first half, the Sounders took control of the match again just minutes after their first goal. Nicolas Lodeiro put in a perfect ball over the top for Jordan Morris, who headed it into the corner of the net past Gleeson for Seattle's second of the match.

Timbers vs. Sounders, recap: Early hole is far too deep

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Sounders stage second-half comeback, but fall 4-2.

Rarely, if ever, have the Seattle Sounders looked worst than they did in the first 45 minutes of Sunday's Cascadia Cup clash with the Portland Timbers. Almost from kickoff, the Timbers looked quicker, more organized and even more motivated.

Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns: Gamethread and Livestream

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Seattle is chasing the final playoff spot. They need three points against their Cascadia rivals.

After the long and, in most ways, dissatisfying Olympic break the Reign finally return to the field to resume their chase for their first NWSL championship. Of course, to contend for that they first have to make the playoffs and that's very much in doubt.

Hope Solo to miss Portland match, granted personal leave

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After Seattle Reign FC's Hope Solo was suspended by US Soccer on Wednesday, speculation about whether Solo would play against the Portland Thorns began. Roughly 4 hours before Saturday's match, we found out the answer. Solo has been granted personal leave by the Seattle Reign and will not play against the Thorns

Hope Solo has been granted personal leave and will be unavailable for today's match.

Tactical solutions to the absence of Clint Dempsey from the Sounders

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Nelson Valdez? Cristian Roldan? Brad Evans?

After laying a 3-1 drubbing on Portland last Sunday behind the strength of Clint Dempsey and the smooth passing of Nicolas Lodeiro, the Seattle Sounders get another chance to take the game to the Portland and hopefully come away in a playoff position.

This is our Sound - Sounder at Heart’s latest shirt

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Shaped like the greatest state in the land, the image on this shirt declares that we will be heard. It also declares that we love Puget Sound.

Available in dark gray, sport gray and white, the shirt prices range from $17.99 to $19.99 by color. A woman's cut is also available for an additional $4.

Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers: Previews, news, highlights, analysis

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Brian Schmetzer looks to continue his five-game unbeaten streak as he leads the Sounders to Providence Park. Schmetz will be without Clint Dempsey, who is being evaluated for a heart condition. Nicolas Lodeiro and Roman Torres are both available. Caleb Porter's Timbers are 8-10-8 -2 with a home record of 8-3-2.

Major Link Soccer: LAFC Stadium potentially Olympic sized

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Is the venue for LA's new team being built with eyes on the 2024 Olympics?

MLS/USL:

LAFC broke ground on their new stadium this week, but a larger event is already on the minds of those in the LA area: the 2024 Olympics.

Aaron Maund's broken toe is a pretty big setback for Real Salt Lake, but the lessons they have learned from it have given them some positives to look to.

Sounders have been monitoring Dempsey’s irregular heartbeat all season

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An "incident" during a game (possibly last Sunday's against Portland or the game in Orlando when Dempsey played 59 minutes) revealed data pointing to the condition

After the Sounders announced Friday that Clint Dempsey was being evaluated for an irregular heartbeat, General Manager Garth Lagerwey told reporters after the day's training sessions that the club had been monitoring Dempsey's condition for much of the season, but that he did not have more details at the time.

Sounders not prepared to “bunker down” in Portland on Sunday

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Schmetzer said that "we're gonna go out and we're gonna attack and try and score"

On the heels of a last-gasp draw in sticky, sweaty Houston, the Seattle Sounders prepare to head down I-5 for their second matchup with Cascadia rivals the Portland Timbers in just a single week. Head coach Brian Schmetzer said that he was pleased with his team's play on Wednesday, despite it being "pretty brutal" in Houston.

Why Brian Schmetzer has photos of Bruce Arena and Caleb Porter on his desk

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"I keep them to serve as added motivation for me to match up against two very, very good coaches."

It was mentioned in a recent Seattle Sounders broadcast that Brian Schmetzer had a photo of Portland Timbers coach on his desk, and he was asked after Friday's training session to clarify the situation.

Clint Dempsey undergoing heart evaluations

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The American forward will miss at least two World Cup Qualifiers for the United States as well as the match against the Portland Timbers on August 28th.

Clint Dempsey is undergoing medical tests for an irregular heartbeat, the Seattle Sounders announced on Friday. As a result, Dempsey won't be available for Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers or a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

American soccer family shows its support for Clint Dempsey

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Whether rivals in the stands, teammates on the pitch, or fans in Rave Green everyone is behind Deuce.

For many people soccer is how we avoid real life. We watch players kick a little ball into a net and then scream in ecstasy. But then our heroes get damaged. Life reminds us that soccer is not an avoidance of reality, because it is a part of it.

Reign v. Thorns: 5 Best Seattle goals against Portland

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If this doesn't get you pumped up, nothing will.

The Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns rivalry is still young, as the NWSL is just finishing up its fourth season. Despite that, it gets more heated every game, and Seattle fans have had their share of exciting matches and fun goals over the last few years.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 25. TV and Streaming Listings

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The Rocky Mountain Cup will be handed out, a robust From a Sounders Point of View, Three Big Storylines and TV and Streaming Info. Here is your MLS Week 25 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Viernes de Fútbol on UniMas opens the MLS weekend going back to the earlier 5 PM time slot after an extended run of 8 PM kickoffs on Friday night.

Nicolas Lodeiro expected to play vs. Timbers

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There had been some concern he'd be called in early for Uruguay's World Cup qualifier preparation.

Although there was some mild concern that Uruguay could call him in early, it now appears as though Nicolas Lodeiro will remain with the Seattle Sounders through Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers.

i thank the boys on the pitch

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a poem of thanks and praise

i thank the boys on the pitch

for wearing the crest with pride and inspiring me to do the same.

whether it be a game day or a school day, i am proud to put on a jersey and sport the crest over my heart. no matter the result at the end of the game or the shenanigans around the club, i will always be filled with a sense of pride when i pull on anything with the crest that shows our affiliation.

Clint Dempsey undergoing heart evaluations, will miss Timbers game

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Sounders' leading scorer will also miss two World Cup qualifiers.

Clint Dempsey is undergoing medical tests for an irregular heartbeat, the Seattle Sounders announced on Friday. As a result, Dempsey won't be available for Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers or a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns: Lineups, gamethread, highlights, analysis

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A berth to the playoffs are on the line for Seattle Reign FC, who currently sit in sixth place with 5 games remaining. The match kicks off at 2:00 p.m. PT at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

The NWSL is back! After a month-long break during the Olympics, Seattle Reign FC returns to action with a must-win home match against rival Portland Thorns FC.

Joevin Jones named to Trinidad & Tobago squad for World Cup qualifiers

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He joins Nicolas Lodeiro, Roman Torres, and Myron Samuel on list of Sounders players called up for September qualifiers thus far

The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association announced the roster for their upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches, including Seattle Sounders left-back Joevin Jones.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Community player ratings form

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Instead of heading home with a very disappointing loss, the Sounders snatch a (very) late point in Texas through a pinpoint Nicolas Lodeiro shot. The overall performance, though it was enough to do the job, certainly wasn't perfect.

The lineup, of course, had several changes due to travel and game congestion.

In Search of the Borderline

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Ever wonder about the whereabouts of the dividing line for loyalty to Seattle vs Portland sports? Come along as we head south down I-5 to learn where Rave turns to shades of forest green in the Sounders vs Timbers rivalry.

One-hundred seventy-three miles separate the Cascadian battlefields of CenturyLink Field and Providence Park.

Seattle Reign vs Portland Thorns preview: Playoffs on the line

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It's time to remove that thorn in our side.

The NWSL is back! After a month-long break during the Olympics, Seattle Reign FC returns to action with a must-win home match against rival Portland Thorns FC. It's the last of four meetings between the two sides, and is arguably Seattle's most important game this year.

Major Link Soccer: Stoke City reportedly bid €20 million for Christian Pulisic

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The 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker is in high demand, but that's quite a number. FOX is putting MLS head-to-head with NFL for the first time. Lots of Seattle news.

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Will Sigi Schmid land at LAFC? While it seems the obvious fit, John Thorrington deflected questions about it after the groundbreaking of Banc of California stadium.

Confession: I agree with refs call on that no-goal

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At the very least, replays have been inconclusive.

Depending on who you ask, the Seattle Sounders were either lucky to escape Wednesday night's game with a 1-1 tie or cursed for not leaving with a 2-1 victory.

At the core of the debate was a controversial no-goal that would have tied the score in the 84th minute.

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

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"The fact of the matter is this team doesn't believe -- doesn't think -- they are tired. They are mentally strong enough to understand that the mind is a powerful thing. That if your legs are heavy, your mind can still work and you can still be effective for the team." -Brian Schmetzer

The match was feeling a lot like an away game at Houston.

Román Torres already heading out for National Team duty

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He hasn't appeared in an competitive match in eleven months, but Panama wants him anyway.

There is no doubt that Panama's National Team loves Roman Torres. During Copa America they called him in as a ceremonial captain. Now, a mere day after being activated from the Disabled List, he will join Panama for their World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica and Costa Rica.

Major Link Soccer - Midweek Draws

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Five winless matches, a USL response to Robbie Rogers, and DeAndre Yedlin keeps earning money for Seattle

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DeAndre's move to Newcastle is official, but there is plenty of analysis still left of if the move to division 2 is a good move for him.

In case you missed it yesterday, rumor is that Seattle may be seeing a share of the transfer fee.

US Soccer Suspends Solo 6 Months, Terminates Contract for Comments

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The termination comes after Solo called the Swedish team "cowards" in postmatch comments.

US Soccer has announced that they've suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo for six months following her post-match comments following a loss to the Swedish national team, in which she called the Swedes "cowards" for their bunkering style of play.

Five changes for the Sounders starting XI in Houston, Flaco gets first start

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There has been lots of speculation about how many changes Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer would make to the lineup that started (and won) the last three matches, especially with the knowledge that Roman Torres was activated off the disabled list on Tuesday. But overall, five changes were made for tonight's match in Houston, with the team expected to continue playing in the 4-2-3-1 that Schmetzer instituted upon taking over at the club.

Hope Solo suspended 6 months from USWNT, US Soccer terminates contract: Updates

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Partly due to her previous transgressions, USSF hands out steep punishment for Solo's comments about the Swedish players at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

US Soccer has announced that they've suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo for six months following her post-match comments following a loss to the Swedish national team, in which she called the Swedes "cowards" for their bunkering style of play.

Hope Solo, USWNT Players Association Respond to Solo's Suspension

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U.S. Soccer suspended Solo for six months and terminated her contract. Her NWSL contract remains.

After the shocking news that Hope Solo is to be suspended from the USWNT for the next 6 months, making February of 2017 the next time she will be able to be called up by U.S. Soccer, it didn't take long for either Hope Solo or the USWNT Players Association to respond.

Nicolas Lodeiro equalizes at the death

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The Seattle Sounders played well enough to earn at least a point, but looked destined to walk away with zero ... until Nicolas Lodeiro phoned in an equalizer. In the 94th minute, Joevin Jones found some space on the left wing and put in a cross to the penalty spot where Lodeiro was waiting, wide open.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo, 2016 recap: Nicolas Lodeiro rescues the point

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Seattle with a late goal to level the match at one just prior to the whistle.

Playing in heavy, hot air with questionable calls, poor defense and a sluggish attack wouldn't stop the Seattle Sounders from continuing their lossless streak. A Nicolas Lodeiro goal in the 94th minute to level it at one.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match twenty-five

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Turn on JOEtv (10/22/110) and watch with us. You can also watch on ROOT Sports if you aren't in the Seattle market and live in their coverage area.

It is hot in Houston this time of year. Even with an 8 PM Central start time (6 PM Pacific) the temp will be mid-80s and feel like 94. In this environment the Seattle Sounders will try to continue their strong run of play while also maybe resting a couple players prior to the Sunday match at Portland.

Take a moment to enjoy Jordan Morris’ rampaging runs, again

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LevyFilms — who else — put them in slo-mo perfection.

Jordan Morris had a sort of breakout game on Sunday. No, he didn't score. He didn't even pick up an assist. But he did likely win a place in every fans' heart with a pair of runs that appeared to be ripped straight out of a video game.

Roman Torres thanks fans, teammates for support during recovery

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Panamanian center back will likely make his return tonight.

Roman Torres will likely make his 2016 Seattle Sounders debut tonight after he was removed from the Disabled List on Tuesday. Although his role is still undetermined, head coach Brian Schmetzer made it clear that he plans to get the Panamanian center back onto the pitch sooner than later.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Player ratings

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Three in a row! I have long maintained that a three-win streak gets any MLS team back in it. For the Seattle Sounders, this streak has done just that. Riding a good run of form and a consistent lineup, Seattle put in a full-team effort, played well (not great) and fought hard to beat the Portland Timbers 3-1.

Sounders will get cut of DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer to Newcastle

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One report suggests it's as much as $650,000.

DeAndre Yedlin has officially joined Newcastle United on a permanent transfer. The Seattle Sounders Academy product is making the move from Tottenham for what's being widely reported as a £5 million transfer fee, or about $6.6 million by today's exchange rate.

Jordan Morris evolved right in front of you

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He started 2016 slow, but since then he's become whatever type of player the Seattle Sounders needed at the time.

Despite having a few big name rookies the Seattle Sounders never had one enter the season with as much hype as Jordan Morris. Any label of greatness was applied, a silly podcast/TV show called him the Stanford Messi.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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Seattle has yet to beat the Dynamo in Houston. Throw in a typical Summer evening, some midweek travel and Brian Schmetzer will have his hands full. Sounders are on fire these days in middle of a four-match unbeaten streak. They are also the 2nd best Western Conference team on the road in the past six games played, which seems really exciting until you realize that they have only 7 points and a negative-three goal differential in that time.

Sigi Schmid disputes reports of locker room revolt

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Former Sounders coach does acknowledge his relationship with Clint Dempsey ‘wasn't as productive as it needed to be.'

When Sigi Schmid's departure from the Seattle Sounders was announced, there was much speculation as to the reasons. Sure, the results spoke for themselves to some degree — the Sounders were in the midst of an awful run and closer to the worst record in MLS than a playoff spot — but there also rumors players had stopped responding to his coaching.

Major Link Soccer: Can Seattle keep the train rolling

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The Seattle Sounders are on a hot streak, can they keep it going in muggy Houston. Yedlin is on the move, and Goals of the Week.

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Houston we have a problem, the Seattle Sounders are on a roll and the bandwagon is getting bigger. The playoffs look more and more like a reality compared to a month ago when all felt lost.

Seattle Sounders activate defender Román Torres from disabled list

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The Panamanian center back hadn't appeared for the club since tearing his ACL last September

Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that the club is activating defender Román Torres from the Disabled List, and will immediately be moved to the club's active roster. The Panamanian center back hasn't appeared for the club since his ACL tear against the San Jose Earthquakes on September 12, 2015.

Clint Dempsey can’t stop scoring against Portland

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Dempsey has scored in five straight appearances against Portland.

This was the 16th time the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have met in the MLS regular season. The Sounders have won eight of those games. Now, let's get to some of the more interesting numbers.

2: Cristian Roldan drew his second penalty in as many weeks.

Throwing Darts: SaH staff predict starting XI at Houston

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In the midst of a busy week, head coach Brian Schmetzer has some difficult personnel decisions ahead of him. Who will start against Houston Dynamo and who will rest up for the ever-important Cascadia clash this weekend?

Against the Portland Timbers last Sunday, coach Brian Schmetzer did something amazing—something fans had not seen since 2010: he started the same lineup in three consecutive MLS matches.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Three Questions

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A midweek game in muggy heat will force lineup changes. No one knows what those will be except head coach Brian Schmetzer.

Let's check the weather forecast in Houston for Wednesday at about kickoff (8 PM Central) - 85 degrees, partly sunny after an afternoon of thunderstorms and the low 90s.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Community player ratings form

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Now that nearly every match is a "must-win" affair, every victory feels extra good. Add to that the catharsis of beating the arch-rivals, and this one becomes even better. Before we move on to the next match in a short week, lets rate the individual performances in this one.

Nicolas Lodeiro, though he was no slouch in this match, was not as instrumental in the major chances as he has been since his debut.

Houston Dynamo Scouting Report: Better defense, worse offense under Wade Barrett

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Wade Barrett took over, helped the defense, hurt the offense, and got points.

Some things never change, a lack of identity. Houston fired Owen Coyle at the end of May and picked up 15 points from 12 matches, a nice flip from Coyle's nine from 12. It has been enough to keep Houston comfortably in last place in the West, though it would be good for 8th in the East.

Major Link Soccer: Robbie Rogers alleges slurs in USL

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Been looking for a good opportunity to watch a sporting event in virtual reality? Look no further than the Bundesliga opener this Friday.

MLS

Fanendo Adi will almost certainly be leaving the Timbers this coming offseason for a bigger club - could the Timbers be the MLS team that ponies up the cash for English striker Wayne Rooney when he leaves Old Trafford?

Major League Standings: Moving up to eighth

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Only two points out of the playoffs, we can do this!

Seattle beat up on the Portland Timbers this weekend, and in doing so jumped over their Cascadia rival to be in EIGHTH in the Western Conference. I get it, it isn't that exciting of a position, but for most of the year we've sat in ninth and to move up in any format is pretty awesome.

Cristian Roldan heads in a goal for Seattle's third against Portland

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Just minutes after Clint Dempsey fired in his second goal, a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick was flicked towards goal by Brad Evans to Cristian Roldan, who powerfully headed the ball down and past Jake Gleeson to make it 3-0 to the Sounders.

Sounders vs. Timbers recap: Clint Dempsey leads the way

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Sounders now just two points out of playoffs with two games in hand.

There have been precious few meetings between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers where both teams had as much on the line as they did on Sunday. Clint Dempsey and the Sounders were the ones to rise to the occasion.

Dempsey scored a pair of second-half goals — to give him eight in his career against the Sounders' biggest rivals — and the Sounders got an insurance goal from Cristian Roldan to win 3-1.

Clint Dempsey: Sounders are ‘back to having fun’

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The two-goal hero saves most of his praise for teammates.

Considering that he scored a brace on Sunday against the Timbers, Clint Dempsey was in a relatively jovial mood in the locker room after the match. By jovial, I mean that his trademark scowl was mostly hiding away. But after leading the Seattle Sounders to such an emphatic 3-1 win over their rivals, Dempsey was happy to praise his teammates rather than brag about his own role.

Major Link Soccer: Explaining ECS' Tifo

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The confusing rickroll now gets an FAQ for those who didn't immediately understand the intent.

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This feature has been on break for a few months, but with a recent run of winning it now feels right to bring back the "what the writers are saying" links.

Cristian Roldan has been widely praised for his terrific performance against the Portland Timbers, and the latest edition of Armchair Analyst dives into why his game was so effective.

Postgame Pontifications: Clint Dempsey and coming back

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A week after missing a penalty and fresh off blowing a sitter, Dempsey still manages to score two.

It has been said that great goal-scorers are just wired different. That to be a great goal-scorer they just need to cope with failure in a way that others can't really fathom. They need to have confidence that just because they miss a penalty or, say, botch a sitter that they'll convert the next chance.

Jordan Morris was given the Mario Bros. effect he deserved

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You were not the only person who thought Morris' run reminded you the Super Star power up.

Jordan Morris' rampaging run through the Portland Timbers was truly a sight to behold. The Seattle Sounders rookie basically went 1-on-3 — with two defenders draped all over him at any given time — to win a free kick late in Sunday's match.

Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

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Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer: "[Cristian Roldan] is a nice young man – his mother taught him well. He is a very good soccer player, so somewhere along the line he has gotten good coaching. And he is a kid who will do whatever it takes to help the team win."

With their 3-1 defeat of the Portland Timbers, the Seattle Sounders extended their unbeaten streak to four matches.

Sounders FC 2 at San Antonio FC, Gamethread and live stream

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S2 play another game in Texas.

There's never a good time to lose 6-0, but a scoreline like that hurts especially bad when it comes at the end of a six-game undefeated streak. That's what happened for Sounders FC 2 last week against Rio Grande Valley, and in today's match the Rave Green they look to prove that the 6-0 result was a fluke rather than a sign of bad things to come.

Osvaldo Alonso chats with Hugo

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Ozzie talks about the results post coaching change, the upcoming United States men's national team visit to Cuba for a friendly and playing with Nicolas Lodeiro.

Hugo also chatted with Osvaldo Alonso. This quick interview is transcribed first in Spanish and then presented in English. Hugo provided the translations and transcription.

Sounders FC 2 at San Antonio FC, recap: Sounders drop points in frustrating road loss

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Having a good referee might not have saved S2, but it certainly wouldn't have hurt.

Things looked good for Sounders FC 2 as they began play at Toyota Field, but as the game went on the team started to wear down. They had trouble breaking through San Antonio's defense early on, and ended up ceding possession to the home side as they searched for chances via riskier and riskier opportunities.

Rio Olympics, Closing Sunday: What to Watch For

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Brazil's Men and Germany's Women have their soccer gold medals so today we focus on the last of the Rio De Janeiro Olympics. Sounder at Heart has your Olympic Open Thread featuring the marathon, a volleyball gold medal and the team formerly known as the Dream Team going for gold before the Closing Ceremonies

Well friends, it has been a long two weeks together following the Rio De Janeiro Olympics.

No Torres for Sunday’s match, but his return seems imminent

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Head coach Brian Schmetzer praised Torres' leadership and physical presence

Despite returning to full training with the Seattle Sounders, center back Roman Torres has yet to make a first team appearance in 2016. No setbacks have been reported regarding the player's fitness as he continues to train fully with his teammates, but as of Saturday the club had not announced that Torres would be taken off the disabled list ahead of Sunday's match against Portland.

Latino players influenced Sounders success since MLS Day 1

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They're bringing more than stereotypical technical play to the team. They are part of its heart and soul.

The Sounders have always had a strong core, and a lot of their strength comes from the tight knit Latino players who have molded this team through the years.

In 2009 this MLS team was built with the Defensive Player of the Year candidate Jhon Kennedy Hurtado from Columbia and Costa Rican veteran Leo Gonzalez in the back.

It’s all tranquilo for Alvaro Fernandez

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Flaco knows the Sounders-Timbers rivalry and hopes to make the impact he has in previous games.

Todo Tranquilo... in Spanish means "all is calm" as in calm cool and collected, which is how I remembered Flaco when he brought down a header with his chest that Montero flicked over two timbers defenders in the first MLS regular season rivalry match back in 2011.

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

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FoxSports 1 has the match at 6:30 PM on Sunday. These two sides meet twice within just a week. While neither team looks good, yet, both could use these games to make a run into the playoffs. Portland Timbers are 8-9-8 +0 and 6th in the West. Seattle Sounders FC are 8-12-3 -4 and 9th in the West.

When the schedule came out the match between the MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders was expected to be a battle for a top seed in the West and maybe even the Supporters' Shield.

Major Link Soccer: Minnesota officially set to join MLS in 2017

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MLS makes it official, with Minnesota's team set to join the West starting in 2017.

MLS:

While often openly addressed and speculated, MLS has finally made Minnesota's joining of the league official, starting in 2017. They'll be joined by Atlanta that year, but they won't be playing in the same conference: Atlanta has been designated to play in the East, while Minnesota will play in the West.

Timbers Scouting Report: A look at weak vs strong defenses

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Portland's defense is weak. It's just weaksauce.

Seattle's Cascadia matches are coming fast, with two of their next three, and three of their next five, being against the NW rivals. The next two are against Portland, one per city. Each must be treated as six-point matches not just because they are a rival, or the Cascadia Cup (aka George), but because the Timbers must be knocked out of the playoff picture.

Olympic Men's Soccer Gold and Bronze Medal Games. How to Watch TV and Streaming Listings

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It's medal time in Men's soccer. Brazil v Germany for the gold preceded by Honduras v Nigeria for the bronze. Olympic Open Thread, a gold medal packed Other Notable Broadcasts section and How to Watch on TV and Online

Third place games in major international tournaments are inherently worthless wastes of time that are just designed to sell one more set of broadcasts rights fees and commercials, with one notable exception: The Olympic Bronze Medal Game.

Sounders vs Portland Timbers: Three Questions

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The Cascadia Cup contest lost the luster of the preseason, but still has all the grit and fire of the biggest rivalry in American soccer. Let's prepare for bonfire season.

When the schedule came out the match between the MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders was expected to be a battle for a top seed in the West and maybe even the Supporters' Shield.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 24. TV and Streaming Listings

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MLS Weekend featuring another Lampard vs. Gerrard iteration and the Atlantic Cup opening for the Cascadia Cup on Sunday. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Info and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Week 24 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Viernes de Fútbol on UniMas opens the MLS weekend with a Western Conference battle featuring the San Jose Earthquakes hosting the Houston Dynamo.

Sounders fighting for their “playoff existence” against Portland

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Brian Schmetzer says that only the points matter against Portland: "I don't care who the opponent is"

It's no surprise (or secret) that games against the Portland Timbers have an extra edge for the Seattle Sounders. The rivalry has been documented and praised all over the world, sometimes taking on more hype than the matches themselves probably deserve.

Quality, quantity of Sounders' chances started improving before shakeup, still getting better

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Using expected goals both for and against, we look at the Seattle Sounders' 2016 season to determine whether they've been bad or just unlucky, and if that trend has shifted.

Through the first 23 games of the up and down 2016 MLS Regular Season, the Seattle Sounders have been victim to bad luck, poor finishing, and general apparent awfulness.

Major Link Soccer: Portland Preview

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Caleb Porter says they will snap their road winless streak at CenturyLink. The mysteriously-unnamed Minnesota team is unveiled today. Also, soccer's greatest con man.

Seattle

In this profile of Brian Schmetzer from 11 years ago in the Seattle Times, the USL Sounders head coach talks about his busy life coaching the Sounders as well as two youth teams, co-running a construction business and running his kids to school.

Olympic Soccer Gold and Bronze Medal Games. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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It's medal time in Women's soccer. Brazil v Canada for the bronze followed by Sweden v Germany for the gold. Olympic Open Thread, a robust Other Notable Olympic Broadcasts section and How to Watch on TV and Online

Did you know that Sounder at Heart is hosting an Olympic Gold Medal Watch Party?

It’s good to be a Sounder

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The Seattle Sounders are not defined by others.

Self-definition is a style of coaching. It forces others to react to you. You define your team so that they must adapt to your plan. Rather than sit back and react it is the team that wants to be the white pieces in chess because they choose the battlefield.

Training notes: Sounders getting healthy

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Small-sided games and drills in stunning sunshine.

So far every practice I have gone to in the last 3 weeks has been a bright, sunny day, and this has mirrored the results we achieved immediately after these practices. Today's weather was no different, warm and sunny and as usual the Sounders had an intense training session under the hot sun.

This is a picture of Stefan Frei’s skinny jeans wearing Chad Marshall

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Yes, it's as glorious as you'd imagine.

It's impossible to know just how much truth there ever was to reports suggesting the Seattle Sounders locker room was in a bit of disarray, but, at the very least, the players seem more comfortable talking about the fun they have now.

Case in point: Herculez Gomez tweeting out a photo of what is apparently a regular tradition of Chad Marshall wearing Stefan Frei's clothes.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake: Player ratings

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The Sounders have now won two games in a row, a feat they had not accomplished in months. The 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake was unnecessarily dramatic, but the Sounders kept RSL in check for most of the game, created a variety of chances, and managed 18 shots in a very free-flowing, multi-faceted attack.

Nos Audietis, episode 228: Diving into Nicolas Lodeiro's signing

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Hopefully you've read Richard Farley's excellent article that details much of the work and effort that went into analyzing and vetting Nicolas Lodeiro's signing. If you haven't, you may as well do so now because it takes awhile and if you start now you might be finished by the time Farley joins us on the show in the second segment.

Olympic Thursday: What to Watch For

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After an intriguing two days of Soccer semi-finals, we have a rest day for soccer in Rio De Janeiro. Sounder at Heart has your Olympic Thursday Open Thread featuring a Water Polo matchup for the ages and the USA in Volleyball and Basketball Semi-Finals capped off by Usain Bolt in Prime Time

We here at Sounder at Heart are giving you a daily Olympic open thread.

Major Link Soccer: Brazil Seeks World Cup Redemption

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PRO stands by Stott, LAFC breaks ground, and Brazil prepares for a World Cup rematch.

Seattle

The newest MLS Player of the Week is a very deserving midfielder by the name of Nicolás Lodeiro. Somebody will have to explain this honorific to me and how it is that the Player of the Week isn't on the Team of the Week.

Erik Friberg ‘day-to-day’ after nasty tackle

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Injury turned out to be not nearly as bad as it looked initially.

Erik Friberg could be ready to play again as soon as Sunday. Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer officially deemed his midfielder "day-to-day" and said he might be training as early as Thursday.

That should all be seen as a minor miracle after Friberg was involved in one of the scariest moments of the season in last Sunday's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.

Explaining what it means when Brian Schmetzer is called a ‘players’ coach’

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Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan praised Schmetzer's openness and accessibility to his players

In the weeks following Sigi Schmid's departure from the Seattle Sounders, significant change has been pretty obvious. Not only is the team playing better than it has all season — and winning — there's also a very clear shift in the attitudes of the players both on the pitch and the training ground.

Obafemi Martins is back to scoring goals

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After some early season struggles, Martins has been on fire as of late.

Obafemi Martins' move to the Chinese Super League did not start off the way he, or most, had probably imagined it would. In Shanghai Shenhua's first eight matches, Martins was exclusively used off the bench — when he was used at all — and had gone scoreless.

Join Seattle Reign & Sounder at Heart for an Olympics gold-medal match watch party

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Featuring a Q&A with Kim Little & Beverly Yanez!

The United States women's soccer team may be out of the Olympics, but that shouldn't stop friends from taking an extended lunch and watching the gold medal match between Sweden & Germany, right? So why not head down to Kraken Congee in Pioneer Square and join Sounder at Heart and Seattle Reign FC for a viewing party this Friday.

Major Link Soccer: Seattle's favorite Sounder

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Is Brian Schmetzer's influence the key behind Seattle's latest success, Joao Havelange passes, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

On a three-game unbeaten streak since manager Sigi Schmid departed, should the Seattle Sounders hire interim coach Brian Schmetzer as their full-time manager?

Olympic Wednesday: Men's Soccer Semi-Finals. How to Watch on TV and Online

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Brazil will be playing underdog Honduras in a sold out Maracana Stadium with a berth in the Gold Medal match on the line. Germany takes on Nigeria immediately afterwards for the other spot in the final. Olympic Open Thread, Other Notable Broadcasts and How to Watch on TV and Online

Brazil signed up to host the Olympics for a myriad of reasons most of which are political, but in the sporting department their first priority was to win a gold medal in soccer.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Community player ratings form

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There are two rare qualities (this season anyway) that make this ratings form special: Not only is the lineup the same as last week, but the result was the same (that result being a win). So treat this ratings form gently, like the rare unicorn or four-leaf clover that it is. We don't want to break anything.

FIFA 17: New features make career mode more realistic than ever

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Be a financial nerd and build a global brand. Or just win.

When EA's FIFA 17 comes out you'll have Nicolás Lodeiro on the Sounders and will just start blowing out teams 20-0 by doing Lodeiro things. If you want to get past just play now mode, though, there's a handful of new things to get excited about.

Major League Standings: The Western Conference is draw central

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Sounders definitely have a chance as they continue to get favors from Western teams.

Starting off with a negative, but we'll build the hype from there: The Sounders are still 9th in the West. The good news is we have matches in hand and we are still within striking distance. And it turns out Nicolas Lodeiro can score (or get someone to score) at anytime and from anywhere.

Major Link Soccer: Former PL player killed by police

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Tragic news as 48-year-old Dalian Atkinson died from being tasered multiple times by local police.

Seattle

Sounders Academy Technical Director Marc Nicholls is a candidate to take the USDA's Academy Directors' Course, which educates young leaders from around the country on best practices and current trends in elite youth academies.

Olympic Tuesday: Women's Soccer Semi-Finals. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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Canada versus Germany follows Brazil versus Sweden in a sold out Maracana Stadium in the Women's Soccer Semi-Finals. It's Quarterfinal day in the Other Notable Olympic Broadcast section featuring Water Polo, Basketball, Handball and more. Olympic Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

The Women's soccer tournament is down to semi-finals and the USWNT Sweden will be playing the home team Brazil in a sold out Maracana Stadium for the right to contest the Gold Medal match.

Nicolás Lodeiro named to provisional Uruguay squad for WC Qualifiers

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Lodeiro shouldn't miss any matches for the Sounders

Seattle Sounders FC's new talismanic midfielder, Nicolás Lodeiro, has been named by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) to a provisional 23-man squad for Uruguay's two World Cup Qualifying matches in September.

#Eliminatorias | Futbolistas reservados del exterior para enfrentar a @Argentina y Paraguay.

Joao Plata gets one back for RSL in the 62nd

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Right after he made an excellent save to deny Movsisyan, Stefan Frei produced a bit of a howler when he rolled the ball in front of the box and right to Movsisyan. After a few failed tackles and some flapping by Frei, the RSL forward passed it to Joao Plata, who was able to fire it in before Frei or the defenders could get back in proper position.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake, recap: The Lodeiro Show, Episode 3

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Sounders play well but still need to survive some scares.

A playoff spot is still a ways off, but the Seattle Sounders can once again start talking about making a run with a straight face. Although it wasn't as smooth as it probably should have been — the Sounders easily could have scored five — they shook off some sloppy play to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Sunday.

Major Link Soccer: Gulati criticizes Solo

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Solo's mouth gets her in trouble again, and Jabba the Hutt Gulati won't stand for it this time.

Seattle

Read more about Nicolas Lodeiro's phone celebration in this new article on MLSSoccer.com.

DeAndre Yedlin may stay in Sunderland (or go back to Tottenham, as shown in this space last week), but reports have both Hull City and Derby County lobbying for his services.

Ease off Stefan Frei, RSL’s goal should not have counted

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Yura Movsisyan clearly interfered with Frei's ability to distribute ball.

Plays don't get much more innocuous than what seemed to be happening around the 60th minute. Joao Plata threw the ball in to Stefan Frei, a courtesy after the Seattle Sounders had kicked the ball out in order to allow Jamison Olave to address an injury.

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

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"Aside from a goal and an assist tonight, he makes everybody around him better. I am not going to sit here and put too much pressure on his shoulders, but the attention he is getting is deserved." -Brian Schmetzer

The Sounders held on to defeat Real Salt Lake at home after two first-half goals from Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris put them in a great position to do so.

Admire Nicolas Lodeiro in super-slow motion

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It's even prettier than you'd imagine.

Nicolas Lodeiro is pretty great, in case you were just figuring this out. Well, now you can appreciate him just a little bit more by seeing him in action in super-slow-motion thanks to the always reliable LevyFilms.

As great as Lodeiro was in this game, the highlights of this tape probably belong to the moves Joevin Jones and Clint Dempsey pulled on what were ultimately wasted chances.

Sounders are willing their way into playoff contention

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Don't look now, but the playoffs are a totally realistic goal.

Take a second and think about the state of the Seattle Sounders' season about three weeks ago. They were coming off a depressing 3-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City, had won only once in their past seven and were left with little choice but to fire organizational architect Sigi Schmid.

Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake, lineups: A lineup so nice, they used it twice

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Just second time all year managed have managed to repeat line up back-to-back weeks.

For just the second time all season, the Seattle Sounders will be using the same lineup in consecutive games. It's not hard to understand why.

The Sounders are coming off one of their best performances of the year, a 3-1 dismantling of Orlando City that ended a 17-match home unbeaten run.

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match twenty-three

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Turn on FS1 and watch with us.

Kevin Stott is the center ref for the game in his 288th MLS match. Roman Torres remains on the DL for the Sounders. Aaron Kovar is out with a broken clavicle. Welshman, Sunday and Maund are all out. RSL also lists Allen as questionable. Tony Beltran will be suspended with his next yellow.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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Another Sunday match, this one at 4 PM on FoxSports 1, as the national networks love games in CenturyLink Field with tens of thousands of passionate fans.The crowd should love the low-70s temps, the partly cloudy overhead and the triad. Lodeiro, Dempsey and Morris have Sounders surging to the 4th best record in the West over the last three matches.

Olympic Sunday: What to Watch For

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After a crazy two days featuring eight quarter-final soccer matches, today is a rest day. Sounder at Heart has your Rio Olympics Day 9 Open Thread featuring the first gold medal in golf in over 100 years, a return to the Olympics after a 20 year hiatus for one hall of fame athlete, a guaranteed USA gold medal and Usain Bolt trying to make history again in prime time

We here at Sounder at Heart are giving you a daily Olympic open thread.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, Gamethread and live stream

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S2 make some lineup adjustments for a torrid game in Texas.

If you've thought Seattle has been hot recently, you should feel lucky not to be in Edinburg, Texas. Today S2 make the trip to the South to face Rio Grande Valley FC, along with a 95-degree heat, all while chasing the ever-receding red line.

Sounder at Heart is now on Snapchat

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Add us on Snapchat for even more excellent matchday coverage

Snapchat is here. Finally. It's what we've all been waiting for: more game day coverage! You'll never miss a moment of hype with the Sounder at Heart Snapchat story. Can't make it to March to the Match? Snapchat will make you feel like you're in the middle of it.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, recap: Regressing to the mean

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S2 lose 6-0 in a lifeless match in Edinburg.

Like showing up to work without your coffee, not all days get going right from the start. Sometimes you need a little longer to get into things, and today that was the case for S2 as they took on Rio Grande Valley FC in Texas. They looked hazy to start the match, but the bigger problem was that when they did finally wake up their play was riddled with panic and avoidable mistakes.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 23. TV and Streaming Listings

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Cascadia hosts Viernes de Futbol and Alejandro Bedoya reunites with Boston College teammate Charlie Davies as both head back to New England to play the Revolution. Three Big Storylines, TV and Stream Info and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 23 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Viernes de Fútbol on UniMas sees our Cascadia neighbors to the north open the MLS weekend on Friday night hosting the San Jose Earthquakes.

Brian Schmetzer expects “exciting match” between Seattle and RSL

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"This group is not finished. They sense that we can do some good things still, so a lot of it's on them."

On Sunday at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Sounders have a chance to continue the momentum that they've had for the past couple of weeks as they take on Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake.

Major Link Soccer: The Return of Messi

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Once Rogue, Messi has returned to Argentina

The World:

Following his shocking decision to leave the team after their Copa America loss in June, Leo Messi has announced his return to the Argentina National Team, with a desire to solve the AFA's litany of problems from within.

There has been a significant uptick in Chinese investment in European soccer, and many speculate this comes from the country's intention of hosting the 2030 World Cup.

Olympic Saturday: Men's Soccer Quarterfinals. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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Olympic Men's Soccer Quarterfinals highlighted by an intriguing Brazil v Colombia nightcap. Women's Field Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis and Volleyball feature in Other Notable Olympic Broadcasts. Men's Soccer Quarterfinals, Olympic Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

Unlike the Olympics Women's tournament where two third place teams got through to the Quarter-Finals the Men's Soccer tournament featured four groups of four where only the top two from each group advance.

Sounders vs Real Salt Lake: Three Questions

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FS1 is carrying the 4 PM match.

When FoxSports1 picked Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders for their Sunday 4 PM Pacific match they were likely hoping that it would be a game between two playoff sides. They'll get something different. RSL is 10-7-7 +1, upholding their side of the bargain. Seattle's record is a poor 7-12-3 -5, but there is reason for a new hope here.

Real Salt Lake Scouting Report: Lodeiro versus the offside trap

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Lodeiro will beat RSL's offside trap—and win it by himself if he has to

Real Salt Lake currently sit in third place in the Western Conference, though they're tied on points with LA. They've played more matches and have a significantly worse goal differential than the Galaxy, but they have the lucky tiebreaker win to give them the edge.

Hope Solo sounds off after U.S. fall to Sweden

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Losing sucks, and Solo admits she's "bad at it."

Hope Solo is no stranger to controversy. She's been one of the most discussed and controversial players on the U.S. Women's National Team for both her actions and her words over the years.

She's also an incredibly fierce competitor, which is why it's no surprise Solo had some punchy things to say after the U.

Is Nelson Valdez about to shave his glorious hair?

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Maybe it's a sacrifice to the soccer gods.

Nelson Valdez may be struggling to score, but we've always been able to rely on him for two things: a tireless work ethic and his glorious mane. It's unclear if he's being entirely serious (although we'll probably find out soon enough), but it looks like he may be losing one of those things.

USWNT Olympics End in Penalty Loss to Sweden

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The US suffers their worst ever performance at a major tournament, at the hands of their ex-coach Pia Sundhage.

In the first major tournament since their return to World Cup glory, the USWNT fell far short of expectations, as the #1 ranked team in the world fell in the quarterfinals to Pia Sundhage's Sweden in PKs.

Major Link Soccer: Xabi Alonso interested in an MLS move

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Andy Rose scores a game winner. MLS agrees -- that LA-NY match was a mess thanks to the referee. Get ready for Stott!

Major League Soccer

Could Xabi Alonso make a move to MLS for his last big contract? He'll soon be 35, and he makes it sound like he'd definitely consider coming to play with some of his former teammates and opponents in the US.

Dempsey-Morris partnership is one to be feared, recent performance shows

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Schmetzer praised the success of the pair as part of his new system for Seattle

Much has been made of Seattle Sounders forward (and occasional midfielder) Clint Dempsey's partnership with Jordan Morris in 2016, pretty much from the moment that it was obvious that Obafemi Martins would be leaving the club.

Seattle Reign FC to host second youth camp

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The Seattle Reign have created a system of camps that are among the best, if not the best, in the NWSL. The next camp they are holding is the "Pro Experience Camp" from August 22 to August 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

For $625, youth players between the ages of 11 and 18 will get 5 days at the camp, two tickets to the Seattle vs.

Practice notes: Nicolas Lodeiro in the middle of it all

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Sounders look sharp as ever approaching Real Salt Lake match.

Another beautiful morning greeted me as I watched the Sounders practice Thursday at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.

The team worked on mainly full-sided scrimmaging games, with the first being a short field drill with two small goals for each team and a focus on quick passing and movement.

USWNT vs. Sweden: How to Watch Women's Soccer Quarterfinals. TV and Streaming Listings

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Olympic Soccer Quarterfinals opens with a grudge match between the USWNT and Sweden with the USA looking to avoid the "Manaus Hangover" followed by three more matches in succession. Olympic Open Thread, Other Notable Broadcasts at the Olympics today and How to Watch on TV and Online

The group stage of the Olympics is behind us and we are down to eight quarterfinalists (Goodbye New Zealand, South Africa, Colombia and Zimbabwe) who will all play their elimination quarterfinal today.

Sounders players ratings: Good marks against Orlando City

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After three straight losses (including U.S. Open Cup) and some mediocre to awful playing, the Seattle Sounders built off one well-played game to a second and produced one of their best performances of the season. It was encouraging to see that what worked against LA was even more effective against Orlando City SC.

It looks like there’s a new Sounders anthem

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This is your new jam.

OK, so it's not really a Seattle Sounders anthem. This is actually a commercial for something called "Sounder Auto Sales." But, it's awesome and uses the word "Sounder" so we figured it would be easy enough to make it work. Give it a listen and tell us what you think:

Nocerino suspended after kicking ball at defenseless Clint Dempsey

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Two Western Conference players also suspended

While the official at the time only rated kicking a ball into a player on the ground as a yellow card the MLS Disciplinary Committee disagreed. The proper call should have been a red card. The Disciplinary Committee suspended Orlando City's DP for their next game.

Nos Audietis, Episode 227: Yes, we have hope

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Just when this season seemed lost, when you thought you might get your weekends back or at least were prepared to stop worrying about results, they pulled us back in. Sure, the Seattle Sounders' 3-1 win over Orlando City was just one win and the standings are pretty much unchanged, but Aaron, Jeremiah and Likkit are feeling .

Major Link Soccer: Open Cup Final is Set

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FC Dallas moves on to the finals, MLS referees are analyzed, and Brazil finally scores some goals.

Seattle

It's been easy to focus on one midfielder in particular these past couple of weeks, but let's not forget how much Cristian Roldan has improved this year.

MLS

MLS referees are the worst, right?

August 2016 Depth Chart - 3XIs Beautiful Disaster

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Updating the state of the 1st team, S2, Academy alums and Academy talent

Two matches into Brian Schmetzer's tenure as the interim head coach have not changed the depth chart and starting XI much. The biggest addition is Nicolas Lodeiro, who has been one of the wide players, mostly, in the band of three in a 4-2-3-1.

Anatomy of a Hat Trick

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In the wake of Dempsey's Orlando magic act–the Sounders' fastest three-goal deposit in 10 years–a breakdown of Seattle hat tricks since the beginning of time (1974).

How many ways can thee examine a hat trick? While delving deep into Seattle lore, let us count the ways.

You can do it early; you can leave it late.

The Magnificent Eleven *TBD (Trailer)

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"Is it diffcult?" "It's (almost) impossible." Hope has a number.

A new Ten. An eleven with new hope.

Well-rounded performances from Dempsey and Morris key to Orlando victory

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Head coach Brian Schmetzer praised his attackers for strong contributions on both attack and defense

After the Seattle Sounders' big 3-1 win over Orlando City last weekend, all the talk was about Clint Dempsey, and rightly so. His three-goal haul underlined what was his best performance of the season.

USA Draws Against Colombia, Wins Olympics Group

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Megan Rapinoe makes her long-anticipated return and Hope Solo has an uncharacteristically bad night.

It wasn't pretty, but the United States Women's Soccer Team won their group at the Rio Olympics after a 2-2 draw against Colombia in Manaus. The final group stage match also saw Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe make her return to the field, after her ACL injury last December.

Nelson Valdez opens up about his epic miss against Orlando City

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The Paraguayan said that his priority is getting the win, but "I think I was the only player that went home sad that night"

Seattle Sounders striker Nelson Valdez hasn't had the easiest time in Seattle, especially this season. He hasn't scored since the Sounders' US Open Cup win over Real Salt Lake, and he hasn't scored in MLS at all in 2016.

Olympic Soccer Wednesday: Men's Game 3. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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Brazil look to salvage their Olympic hopes and defending Gold medalist Mexico look to survive a bizarre three way tie-breaker that involves picking on Fiji. Men's Soccer Day 3 Preview, Olympic Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

Unlike the Olympics Women's tournament where two third place teams get through to the Quarter-Finals (congrats Sweden and Australia!

Major Link Soccer: US Women stumble in Rio

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The USWNT have rare set back against Colombia, New England Revolution claim a spot in the Open Cup Final, and Goals of the Week.

U.S. Soccer

On a night when the US Women claimed gold in Gymnastics on the soccer field a rare slip by Hope Solo left the USWNT with a draw in their final group round match.

Nicolas Lodeiro has impeccable timing, technology confirms

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Both of his assists were onside.

Nicolas Lodeiro has already picked up three assists in his two games with the Seattle Sounders, and could easily have a few more if his teammates were a bit more clinical with their finishing.

It's not hard to see why: Lodeiro is almost always looking for a backline splitting pass.

Sounders vs. Orlando City - Aftermatch Aftermath: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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Do we now dare to dream the impossible dream? Do we now have hope?

The Seattle Sounders won a road game and now our hope for the playoffs is renewed. It's a funny thing, hope. It'll torture you and break your heart, but as long as that carrot dangles ahead of you, we're okay with it. The playoffs are our carrot.

USWNT vs. France: How to Watch Olympic Soccer in Brazil. TV and Streaming Listings

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The USWNT travels to the Amazon to take on Colombia. Six Olympic soccer games highlight the day and the USA opens defense of a rugby Gold Medal they earned 92 years ago. Olympic Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

The final group stage games in Women's soccer at the Olympics take place today.

Nicolas Lodeiro’s defensive ability fuels Sounders’ win

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He was pretty good on offense, too

Two matches into the Nicolas Lodeiro era in Seattle and the Uruguayan playmaker is already the fulcrum of the Seattle Sounders. Four points and dominating displays against the LA Galaxy and Orlando City SC show a side benefiting tremendously from his passing in attack.

Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC: Community player ratings form

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We witnessed a hat trick, a road win, and a critical three points for the Seattle Sounders if they have any hope of extending their season past October 23. It has been a while since we had a match to rate where the Sounders not only played well for most of the 90 minutes but also rained down the goals.

Major Link Soccer: Pogba breaks transfer record

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Esports or Futsal, which is going to make it in America first?

Seattle

FourFourTwo looks at the Sounders resounding win against Orlando over the weekend, and the paths ahead for both clubs amid a midseason coaching change.

MLS

They're officially ready to make it official: LAFC will hold a press conference on August 19th with Commissioner Don Garber and St.

Clint Dempsey bags third career Sounders hat trick

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No one else in club history has more than one.

A solitary win over a mediocre Orland City should not get anyone planning a parade. But considering how bad the Seattle Sounders looked just a couple weeks ago, it's a massive step in the right direction. Nicolas Lodeiro seems to have unlocked quite a bit of offensive potential and suddenly a playoff run doesn't look completely out of the question.

Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We've got to put our head down and work, number one. We're still second from bottom so no one is cheering. The ship hasn't been righted just yet, we have to keep climbing and working." -Brad Evans

In a thrilling match in Florida, Clint Dempsey got back to his goalscoring ways with three goals.

Path to 49, a Sounders playoff scenario

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If the Sounders are going to make the playoffs, it's going to take a massive run. Here's a path to the promised land that isn't far fetched at all.

The Seattle Sounders probably need at least 47 points to make the playoffs. They can get in with fewer (the Portland Timbers are on pace for about 45 in the last playoff spot, Sounders could tie them and bump them out on tiebreakers if necessary), but 47 would be a very comfortable margin to make it in.

Major Link Soccer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic saves MUFC in the Community Shield

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Zlatan!! Zlatan!! Zlatan!! Some other soccer news too.

Olympics

Mexico still has a good chance to defend their gold medal in Rio but they'll have to do it without Oribe Peralta and Rodolfo Pizzaro after injuries have sent them home. Despite going down early to Fiji, Mexico found their way back through Erick Gutierrez scoring not one, but four goals.

Olympic Monday: What to Watch For

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It's a rest day for soccer with the finale of the group stages looming on Tuesday (Women) and Wednesday (Men). Sounder at Heart has your Rio Olympics Day 3 Open Thread featuring USA Basketball both Men and Women and a Water Polo grudge match for the ages

We here at Sounder at Heart are giving you a daily Olympic open thread.

Clint Dempsey scores to make it 1-1 in Orlando

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Not long after Hines' opener for Orlando, the Sounders worked their way into their opponents' half well, keeping possession long enough for Nicolas Lodeiro to put in an excellent through ball to Tyrone Mears. The right-back then cut his cross back to an unmarked Clint Dempsey at the top of the six-yard box, who fired it into the back of the net to tie the match at 1-1.

Sounders take the lead after Dempsey gets his second

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Right after a beautiful Cristian Roldan pass over the top for Jordan Morris, the rookie found himself 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper and decided to cut the ball back to an unmarked Clint Dempsey, rather than take the riskier shot himself. It paid off as the Deuce scored his second of the match by blasting the ball into a wide open net.

Dempsey gets his hat-trick to make it 3-1 Seattle

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For one of the first times this season, everything seems to be clicking for Seattle. A lot of that has to do with their newest signing, Nicolas Lodeiro. The Uruguayan put in his second dangerous, beautiful through ball of the evening in the 47th minute when he slipped Jordan Morris past the Orlando defense yet again.

Eddie Johnson joins ECS for Orlando City match

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Former Sounder fulfills promise.

Fulfilling a pledge he made on SonarFeed, Eddie Johnson joined the Emerald City Supporters for Sunday's match against Orlando City.

One of us! One of us! pic.twitter.com/rgGp8Hd1Zo

— Chris (@CasuallyUltra) August 8, 2016

I'm here https://t.

Sounders at Orlando City, 2016 recap: Clint Dempsey hattrick in comeback win

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Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro each collect two assists in the 3-1 win.

It is merely a win over over an Eastern Conference team, but it is a needed win. After falling behind in just the seventh minute the Seattle Sounders started a comeback. Clint Dempsey scored in the 14th, the 37th and the 48th minutes to power the win.

Major League Standings: Sounders chasing Timbers for 6th

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Timbers moved into the last playoff spot over Vancouver after beating SKC

So we are still in 9th in the West but we won a game! We won after going down a goal. We won on the road. We won by multiple goals. It was great and for the most part our friends across the league blew their matches though it was not as great of a weekend as it could of been (throw shade at RSL and Portland).

Nicolas Lodeiro was so good he reduced two ex-Sounders to fanboys

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Yep, he was that good.

Just two games into Nicolas Lodeiro's MLS career, he's already had a massive impact on the Seattle Sounders. The midfielder has helped transform the Sounders from a punchless team with virtually no attack into one that can waste chances and STILL figure out how to score.

Seb Hines puts Orlando up 1-0

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After Joevin Jones put in a dicey back pass to Stefan Frei while under pressure, the goalkeeper sliced his return pass so much that it flew behind him and out for an Orlando City corner kick. The subsequent corner kick from Kaka went straight to defender Seb Hines, who broke free of Brad Evans' marking to head it down and past Stefan Frei for an early Lions goal.

Sounders at Orlando, lineups: Andreas Ivanschitz returns to XI

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Attacking four are Andreas Ivanschitz, Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey behind Jordan Morris.

A week after Nelson Haedo Valdez earned his first assist on the year he starts on the bench. Replacing him in the Seattle Sounders starting XI is Andreas Ivanschitz. The Austrian joins an attacking force of Nicolas Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris.

Seattle Sounders at Orlando City SC: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match twenty-two

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FoxSports1 is carrying the 4 PM match in a Sunday that features a triple-header on ESPN and FS1.

The home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Epcot and so many attractions features a team in purple that's been embraced by central Florida. Sunday night Orlando City hosts the Seattle Sounders at 4 PM Pacific on FoxSports 1.

Sounders FC 2 at Whitecaps FC 2, recap: Midfield struggles end in a decent result

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S2 earn a 1-1 tie in Vancouver, thanks to a Zach Mathers goal

At picturesque Thunderbird Stadium on the University of British Columbia's campus, Seattle Sounders FC 2 managed a 1-1 tie against Whitecaps FC 2 despite a helping of tenuous play from the Rave Green. S2's midfielders struggled to retain possession throughout the match, and they were frequently disjointed in their passing.

Olympic Soccer Sunday: Men's Day 2. How to Watch: TV and Streaming Listings

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The pressure is on Neymar and Brazil after an opening round draw. The first round saw a 5-4, an 8-0 and an undefeated CONCACAF. What will Round 2 of the Men's Olympic Soccer tournament bring in today's eight games? Olympic Day 2 Preview, Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

Group A (Brazil, Denmark, Iraq, South Africa)

The entire country of Brazil will be holding their collective breath as Neymar and Brazil need a win against Iraq after they opened the tournament with a 0-0 draw against South Africa.

Seattle Sounders at Orlando City SC: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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This is the first match of FS1's double-header. The 4 PM match between Seattle and Orlando nestles between ESPN's Timbers-Sporks match at 1 and FS1's 6:30 game featuring Galaxy-Red Bulls. Sounders and Lions both are integrating new coaches as Jason Kreis is now in charge of the Florida club and Brian Schmetzer returns to head coach the Sounders, this time in MLS.

Sounders FC 2 at Whitecaps FC 2, Gamethread and live stream

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S2 take to Canada in the hopes of extending their win streak.

Today S2 travel north to test their mettle against first-in-the-west Whitecaps FC 2. Despite having played a midweek match against Arizona United, many of the Whitecaps key starters will be well rested for today's match, having sat out the team's loss in Arizona.

Orlando SC Scouting Report- The Kaká show

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Deny Kaka and get a win. Let him have his way and you're screwed

It's impossible to not find similarities between Orlando City and Seattle from the success off the field as expansion sides, coaching changes, RSL connections and much more. Orlando believes they are a playoff team and they probably are on the cusp of that in the East which is why they fired Adrian Heath in the hopes that Jason Kreis can guide them into the playoffs in their second season.

Major Link Soccer: Sigi leaves Sounders with Coaching spirit intact

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As he returns to Southern California, Sigi's fire to get back on the sideline is still burning strong.

Seattle:

In case you haven't read it yet, Scott French's exclusive interview with Sigi Schmid following his departure from the Sounders gives some valuable insight to the mindset of the longtime coach, including that he is still itching to be on the sideline.

USWNT v France: How to Watch Olympic Soccer in Brazil. TV and Streaming Listings

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#1 USA v #3 France. The loser will likely have to beat Brazil and then Germany just to make the Gold Medal match. The stakes are high in Matchday 2 of the Women's Soccer Tournament. Olympic Day 1 Preview, Open Thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

With the Opening Ceremony behind us, it is officially Day 1 of the Olympics.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 21. TV and Streaming Listings

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Alejandro Bedoya joins the Union, the Crew are struggling and New Yorkers apparently like late night MLS. Three Big Storylines, TV and stream info and a robust From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 21 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The calendar has flipped to August, the trading and transfer deadline has passed.

What happens to Brad Evans after Roman Torres returns?

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Head coach Brian Schmetzer made it clear that Evans is important to him and the team, and that he'll find a place for his captain if Torres ousts him at center back

Even though it's unlikely that Seattle Sounders fans will see Roman Torres in the match day squad against Orlando City on Sunday, the Panamanian center back is back in full training with the club and could make his return very soon.

Unpacking Sigi Schmid's revealing interview with FourFourTwo

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The 63 year old still wants to win MLS Cups as a coach, not interested in GM roles.

Sigi Schmid isn't done yet in Major League Soccer. In his first interview since parting ways with Seattle Sounders FC and returning home to California, Schmid tells FourFourTwo he's still motivated to win another MLS Cup — as a head coach, not a GM — and he isn't shy about his interest in doing that with LAFC.

USL coaches consider Victor Mansaray best U20 player in league

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S2 players come in 1st and 12th in top 20 under 20 USL coaching poll

It's easy to forget just how young Victor Mansaray is. He signed his pro contract back on November 5th of 2014. Nearly two seasons into his pro career he also had a couple of major life events - graduating high school, becoming eligible to vote.

Seattle Sounders at Orlando City SC: Three Questions

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The late season features another nationally televised match. FS1 is carrying game starting at 4 PM on Sunday.

Both Seattle Sounders FC and Orlando City SC are off-pitch successes. Both teams changed coaches in middle of the season. Both teams have young forwards redefining success as rookies in MLS.

Sounders Academy celebrates international trophy with "Born in '74"

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U16s go 4-0-1 +9 in Youdan Trophy winning championship

Seattle Sounders U16s traveled to Sheffield, England, for the Youdan Trophy. It pitted them against Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic and FAB's 16s in the Group Stage. The Sounders started off by winning, and ended by winning the whole thing.

Major Link Soccer: Bayern Munich interested in MLS club partnership

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An "exchange of talent or coaches" could be on the horizon for a lucky MLS team. Marta wants you to stop comparing her with Neymar. Get your "Minnesota United FC" gear before it's too late!

Major League Soccer

Bayern Munich is on a bit of a summer US tour, and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had some interesting things to say about the club's interest in some sort of partnership with an MLS team.

Sounders waive Andy Craven, make new USL signing

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S2 are mixing things up as they try to position themselves for USL's offseason.

Two days before a Cascadia match against rival USL side Whitecaps FC 2, S2 have announced the signing of midfielder Irvin Raul Parra. Parra has played his last four seasons in Germany's fourth division, most recently with club Kaiserslautern II.

Cristian Roldan confirms Guatemala contact, but “first priority is the Sounders”

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The US-born midfielder seems keen to wait a bit longer for USMNT interest

A report appeared on Monday afternoon from a Twitter account that covers the Guatemala national team saying that Guatemala coach Walter Claverí was in contact with Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan and trying to bring him into the squad for an upcoming friendly with Panama.

Major Link Soccer: Transfer Window Closed

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Bedoya comes to MLS, the US Women start their Olympic run, and Cristian Roldan considers his international future.

Seattle

Cristian Roldan is considering an opportunity with the Guatemalan National Team.

MLS

The only league match yesterday saw Toronto FC defeating Real Salt Lake 1-0 at home.

Olympic Soccer: Men's Opening Day: How to Watch. TV and Streaming Listings

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Neymar and Brazil open the Olympic Men's Soccer tournament at home against South Africa while the best game of the day is Mexico versus Germany. Olympic Day -1 Preview, open thread and How to Watch on TV and Online

The women started off the Olympic soccer tournament yesterday with a bang (Canada's 19 second goal against Australia was particularly notable and the USWNT dispatched New Zealand 2-0 with a clinical display) and today the men get going.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Player ratings

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Seattle played well enough to win, but blundered into a draw in a game also marked by the impressive debut of Nicolás Lodeiro.

You can look at the Sounders' 1-1 tie with the LA Galaxy one of two ways. Either it's just another game where we have a ton of chances but still fail to win, par for the course in this frustrating season.

Extended Ratings: Nicolas Lodeiro spotlight

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Realio takes a deeper look at MOTM Nico Lodeiro

Lodeiro is a revelation. I wrote about his first day of practice and how excited I was, but he blew away even my lofty expectations for his debut in taking that short field scrimmage and translating it into 90 minutes of pure class. He simply crushed both the stat book and my notes.

Major Link Soccer: Watch the Sounders Academy against Newcastle U16s

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Rio 2016 Olympics start today, despite the Opening Ceremonies being on Friday. Seattle University should be your focus for Academy kids on campus.

Seattle

Allen Chapman is the CR when Seattle goes to Orlando on Sunday.

Former Sounders transfer target Jeisson Vargas signed with Bologna and was immediately loaned to Estudiantes (ARG).

USWNT vs. New Zealand: How to Watch Olympic Soccer in Brazil. TV and Streaming Listings

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The Rio de Janeiro Olympics kick off on Day -2 with six women's soccer games, featuring the USWNT against New Zealand. With six games over 17 days to a Gold Medal, the condensed tournament starts now. Preview, open thread and How to Watch on TV and online

While the Opening Ceremony for the Rio de Janeiro is not until Friday, the soccer tournament officially starts today.

MLS Summer Transfer Window closes today

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This is your deadline day open thread

Today, at 10 PM, the Summer Transfer Window closes. While teams can still add a player that is a free as of the closing of the window (this includes amateurs), there can be no additional transfers, loans or even trades within Major League Soccer.

Fire sales are not common within MLS, but if a team were to try and move their older players to free time for a youth movement this is that time.

Victor Mansaray reportedly on trial with Norwegian club

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S2 head coach Ezra Hendrickson said Mansaray is "not with" the team right now, but made no mention of a trial

According to a report in Bergensavisen, the second-largest daily newspaper in Bergen, Norway, Seattle Sounders FC Homegrown Player Victor Mansaray is on trial with local club Åsane, while top-tier club SK Brann is also observing him.

Major League Standings: Week one of Schmetzer

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Schmetzer didn't lose any ground this week, so there's that

Seattle caught up to their rivals this weekend...by only one point. Nine points separate the Sounders and 6th place, and they've got two games in hand. If those two are wins, they'll only need three more points. Last weekend's matches produced only one result that was negative for the Sounders, and two results that could go either way.

Local Clubs Versus Country

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Playing for pride, playing for clothes. Some odd circumstances twice brought the U.S. Olympic team to play local amateurs in Seattle.

Today it would be absurd, but once upon a time – actually, make it twice – the road to the Olympic Games ran through Seattle. Lured here under some extraordinary circumstances, U.

Major Link Soccer: CCL Group Stage begins

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FC Cincinnati is averaging 17,000 fans a game in their first year in USL - will they be the ones to pay MLS $200 million in expansion fees?

Seattle

Even if you've been glued to your computer and TV screens this week, you still might need Richard Farley's recap of all that transpired in Sounders land.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Community player ratings form

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The Sounders took to the pitch at CenturyLink Field determined to prove they still have what it takes to be a playoff team in MLS this season, and, well, didn't necessarily do that. What they did do was create many chances, many of which were directly related to the play of one Nicolás Lodeiro. The new designated player adapted quickly to the surface and the players around him, and it's exciting to think what fans might see from him in the coming weeks.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Real Monarchs SLC, Gamethread and live stream

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RSL's affiliate takes a trip to sunny Tukwila.

S2 have won three games in a row, and will look to add a fourth to their streak in tonight's match against Real Monarchs SLC. S2 have looked good on the field in the past few matches, communicating well in the midfield as well as when transitioning.

Roman Torres on the "right path" to return soon

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Interim Head Coach Brian Schmetzer will get expanded roster selection, maybe by the next home game.

Sounders FC 2 vs. Real Monarchs SLC, recap: Two braces, three points

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S2 get a 4-1 victory at home.

S2 are on a roll. They've won four games in a row. In today's 4-1 win over Real Monarchs SLC both Myron Samuel and Darwin Jones scored braces. The Rave Green sit one point out of a playoff spot, but if they continue playing as confidently as they have been it's likely they could push into the offseason.

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

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"I came in after the game; I said my piece. I got my frustrations out, then we cleared everybody out of the locker room and let the players talk. They did it themselves ... It was loud" -Brian Schmetzer

In the 20th MLS regular season meeting between the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy, the visitors from Carson, California went home with a point.

Can Seattle Reign FC make the NWSL playoffs?

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A quick look at the playoff chances of the top 6 NWSL teams.

As we hit the Olympic break there are less than 10 points that separate the first six teams in the NWSL, four of which will head to the playoffs in October.

With the middle of the table compacted as much as it is, the job of predicting who might or might not make the playoffs becomes more challenging.

Major Link Soccer: Get Zlatan a pool

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Zlatan needs more than just one of the most successful teams in European soccer history to be Zlatan

Seattle

He didn't score on Sunday, but Nicolas Lodeiro impressed a number of viewers in his Seattle Sounders debut.

The Kitsap Pumas may be just one of a few PDL clubs to separate from the league, perhaps in part because of how they got done last year.