Sounders captain admits that his role might be in midfield, because there's "nowhere else to play"
While it seems like Seattle Sounders captain Brad Evans has been "close" to returning from a minor back issue for weeks now, this week it might actually be true. Evans said that after the 4-2 loss in Portland, he had back spasms that kept him out of training for awhile.
Chad Marshall's fourth goal elevated him into an elite group of Seattle goal-scoring central defenders, including one who led Sounders in scoring.
Down through the years, Seattle certainly can claim its share of goal-scoring central defenders. Beginning with David Gillett driving home a corner kick in '74 and renewed through Chad Marshall's flick to the far corner versus Chicago, the big backline boys have often proven the difference between victory and defeat, at both ends of the pitch.
Gideon Zelalem and Cameron Carter-Vickers are also on the Four Nations tournament roster.
Most of the time youth national team invitational tournaments are easy to overlook. They're merely a way to evaluate talent, rather than about wins and losses. While this Four Nations Tournament will have that focus, having two players with senior United States National Team experience (Gideon Zelalem and Cameron Carter-Vickers) as well as the USMNT coach's son, will give this roster a bit more notice.
Can the Sounders finish fourth and guarantee a home game? From a Sounders Point of View has you covered along with National TV and Streaming Listing and Three Big Storylines. Here is your Sounder at Heart MLS Week 31 Gamethread
Three Big Storylines:
- The Supporters' Shield looks like it is FC Dallas's trophy to lose.
The Sounders won, again, and it's not getting boring. In fact, it may have only just begun to get interesting.
"Hello, MLS Cup Playoffs? It's the Seattle Sounders calling. Yes I'll hold," said the Seattle Sounders six and a half months ago. Can you imagine the hold-music one would endure in that time, the craziness of remaining on the line, hoping to one day have your call answered.
The freshman out of the Sounders Academy is dominating UCLA down in Los Angeles.
UCLA is a powerhouse in men's soccer. The University of Washington is starting to get national recognition and expectations, mostly due to their use of numerous Sounders Academy players and recruits like Cristian Roldan.
By now we know the big storyline: The Sounders are in a playoff position for the first time in 2016, and it's thanks to Andreas Ivanschitz "cultured left foot" and Chad Marshall's forehead.
Other than that moment, the Chicago Fire did a good job frustrating Seattle. The Sounders had willing energy (despite being a repeat lineup on short rest), but at times the end product wasn't quite right.
The always-a-Sounder doesn't seem to be bothered by his ankle knock. If soccer is like sex, Arsenal is bad at it. Tata Martino is going to learn English, promise!
DeAndre Yedlin hurt his ankle over the weekend against Aston Villa and had to leave the match, but it would seem he's fully recovered, since he was able to start again against Norwich City, and even provide the assist on the tying goal in beautiful fashion.
Sounders have seen playoff chances increase nearly 80 percent over the past 10 weeks.
There were times when making the playoffs for an eighth straight season seemed like an implausibility. After the Seattle Sounders lost 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City — arguably the least inspired performance in franchise history — they found themselves 10 points out of the final playoff spot.
Alvaro Fernandez makes a bit more than we expected, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.
There were two new players added to the Seattle Sounders' salary rolls since the early-season release, and there weren't too many big surprises. As was reported shortly after he signed, Nicolas Lodeiro is making about $1.
"The game in LA was such a massive victory that they were a little flat. Again, they somehow found a way to win. And that's what you like about teams that can make it to the playoffs and do some good things in the playoffs." -Brian Schmetzer
Seattle Sounder FC pulled out a 1-0 victory at home that finally made good on one of the games in hand that they've had over their Western Conference foes for some time.
No, the Seattle Sounders aren't done yet.
Last night's win put the Seattle Sounders above the red line. They still have a game in hand on Portland and Kansas City. Those three delicious, wonderful, stunning points increased the chance of making the playoffs by 13% (according to both SPI and SportsClubStats).
It was every bit as awkward as you're probably imagining.
Jordan Morris is turning into a great soccer player right before our very eyes. The talented, but sometimes timid striker has blossomed into an aggressive scorer, capable of bending matches to his will.
Morris turned in another standout performance on Wednesday — even though he didn't score — but that confidence does not reach onto the dance floor.
Oh, and don't miss a clip of Jordan Morris dancing after Wednesday's match
Along with clearing the red line, the Seattle Sounders have joined the crew of "playoff favorites." Those two statements may seem correlated, and one may even struggle to describe how they're different. But..
Sounders aren't particularly convincing, but they get job done.
SEATTLE — It was a long climb — and isn't finished yet — but the Seattle Sounders have finally found themselves in playoff position.
They have Chad Marshall's head and Andreas Ivanschitz's service to thank, as they combined for the game's only goal in a somewhat ugly 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.
After nearly a half hour with few clear chances for the Sounders, Chad Marshall headed his team in front in the 24th minute with a header from an Andreas Ivanschitz corner kick.
Big Sam and his awesome sham, Champions League roundup, and Goals of the Week
"We feel that by ruling him out today," Lagerwey continued, "it puts us in the best position to eventually get him back hopefully for the 2017 season." We can only imagine how Clint Dempsey is feeling emotionally during this difficult time, but Dempsey only has to look to his close friend Eddie Johnson for some support and encouragement.
Chicago will leave midfield space for Lodeiro. How does he use it?
Chicago is slipping back down into the basement sitting five points back of Columbus and Houston. They are bad and I mean just bad. The Fire have a poor offense compared to the rest of the league with only 36 goals for (only San Jose and Colorado have fewer) but the reason they average less than a point per match is the defense - a middle of the road instead of mediocre with 48 GA, averaging 1.
It's the second major surgery on her right shoulder.
Hope Solo, Seattle Reign goalkeeper, surprised the soccer world today by alerting us to the news that she has had her right shoulder replaced for the second time. Solo broke the news in a Facebook post.
One statement from Solo's post was particularly surprising: "For the first time in years, I can raise my right arm above my head.
There's no easy way to replace a player like Clint Dempsey, but the Seattle Sounders have actually faired pretty well without him so far. In the five games he's been out, the Sounders have gone 2-1-2, and that includes four games on the road. If they can keep up that pace, the playoffs are still within reach.
No, he doesn't have any inside knowledge, but this is an actual doctor's perspective based on what is publicly known.
As always, up front I want to be clear that I have no direct knowledge of Clint Dempsey's condition, treatment or prognosis. Two weeks ago, I wrote a couple of columns offering two possible scenarios on Dempsey's heart condition providing a physician's perspective based on what we know.
One of the Sounders games in hand is finally here. Will they use it to jump into playoff position?
Three points on the road in LA make the home game against the Chicago Fire vital. This is the chance for the Seattle Sounders to pull themselves over the red line. The Fire are just 1-11-2 on the road (merely 6-14-9 -12 overall).
JOEtv and ROOT Sports have the 7:30 PM match in their respective areas.
The Chicago Fire have never won in Seattle in five tries (4 in MLS and once for the US Open Cup). Only once have the Seattle Sounders dropped points to the Fire. Tonight need not be the second time they do that. Tonight is the night that the Seattle Sounders can pull themselves above the red line.
Going into yet another crucial match for the Sounders' playoff ambitions, head coach Brian Schmetzer fielded the exact same lineup that he did against the Galaxy on Sunday. Brad Evans and Erik Friberg are still dealing with injuries, so the Sounders' bench is also unchanged from Sunday's match.
Ready to go?
Instead of trying to force a return this season, the club has decided to target a full health return in 2017 for Dempsey
Seattle Sounders FC officially announced on Tuesday that forward and Designated Player Clint Dempsey is ruled out for the rest of the 2016 MLS season. General Manager Garth Lagerwey had said a few weeks ago when Dempsey returned to training that they were hopeful he could return this season, but it turns out that the player still requires more evaluations, testing, and treatment before he could be cleared to play in competitive matches again.
At 2-1-2 since Dempsey missed his first game, Seattle already knows what they're doing.
News that Clint Dempsey will not play for the rest of 2016 is frightening. He has a significant issue with his heart. That is a major off-field problem that can only be addressed by medical doctors. What the Seattle Sounders have already figured out is how to play without their Designated Player - they've done alright.
The Sounders and US National Team talisman will try to return in 2017.
A month after the Seattle Sounders announced Clint Dempsey was taking a temporary leave to deal with an irregular heartbeat, they held a press conference announcing he is done for 2016. Dempsey had already missed four Sounders games and two World Cup qualifiers.
The Uruguayan playmaker is on pace to put up one of the greatest assist rates in MLS history.
Over the last nine games, the Seattle Sounders have been on quite a run. They've gone 5-1-3, averaging 2.0 points per game and climbing to within just three points of the final playoff spot. Leading the way has been Nicolas Lodeiro, who now has a goal or an assist in eight straight.
If you needed another example of how this is a completely different Sounders team, just look at this game. Not panicking after giving up an early goal, the team charged back with four straight scores en route to a 4-2 defeat of the Los Angeles Galaxy, a team they hadn't beaten in LA since the inaugural 2009 season.
Could Bob Bradley make the coaching move from Ligue 2 to the EPL?
Jordan Morris might not be perfect, but after his performance against LA on Sunday, it's hard to deny that he's a big-time player.
When you score a goal as good as Alejandro Bedoya's against TFC this weekend, you're allowed to get a little braggadocious about it.
This is an example of a game where the scoreline doesn't really tell the whole story. The Sounders were under a lot of pressure in the first half and could have given up more than one goal, but a combination of Stefan Frei's saves and bad finishing from LA kept it close long enough for Seattle to turn on the jets later on.
A few Sounders players will be there as well.
Seattle Reign FC will be taking part in a party to launch FIFA 17 on Thursday, September 29 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Microsoft Store at University Village. The Austen Everett Foundation, a longtime Reign partner, will be part of the launch party to help bring awareness as September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Striker's energy and willing defensive play allowed the Sounders to put Galaxy away.
Sunday against the LA Galaxy, the Seattle Sounders rode high to a thrilling 4-2 win over their rivals to the south (south south). For the first two-thirds of the match, the Sounders rolled with their trademark 4-2-3-1, featuring Nicolas Lodeiro as a false 10.
Sounders rookie puts on a monster display.
A performance like this was coming. You could feel it, over the last couple months, but especially in the last few games. It really started in earnest with Jordan Morris' rampaging runs against the Portland Timbers, probably the first game of his professional career where he didn't factor into the scoring but still managed to make a significant impact.
"When anything or anybody is in your face with difficult situations, you sink or swim. We'd prefer to stay alive and keep swimming. I think the ‘one game at a time' mantra is overused by a lot of people, but really, truly, that's what we have done." -Brian Schmetzer
Well that was fun. There's no question that the LA Galaxy dominated the early chances in the match, and fully deserved their goal due to some lackluster defending by the Sounders.
We learned yesterday that Seattle won't be making the playoffs, so this one is all about retiring captain Keelin Winters.
The Reign go into their last match of the season with little to play for. Their early season struggles meant they had to put their playoff hopes in the hands of the Boston Breakers, who they needed to beat the Western New York Flash last night.
After going down 2-0 in the first half, Seattle Reign FC found a spark and ended the season in style.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Seattle Reign FC traveled to Houston and returned home with a win, their seventh victory in seven matches against the Dash. But to leave it at that would be a disservice to the 3-2 come-from-behind effort that concluded Seattle's 2016 season.
But seriously, how much fun are the Sounders having right now?
They were singing and dancing in the Seattle Sounders' postgame locker room, again. Not only has the long-time tradition of singing "Sounders win away" apparently remained — something Nelson Valdez's Instagram documented — but Roman Torres appears to have instituted a new ritual: a postgame dance party.
Seattle wins 4-2 in dominant fashion.
In high heat it was the team from the cool Pacific Northwest that looked the better side in the second half, scoring three times to earn their 4-2 win. Jordan Morris earned his first multi-goal game as a pro. It is Seattle's first win over the Galaxy in LA since 2009.
Turning another fullback, the Mercer Island native sprinted onto goal finishing the shot with a brilliant right-footed shot. The 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute is not insurmountable, but gives the Seattle Sounders a shot at victory.
It was the third time that the Sounders tried to get Morris free through his speed and passing, and it worked.
With this insurance goal the Seattle Sounders forward has 12 goals on the year. The club is dominant in the second half with LA Galaxy struggling to defend the only two scoring threats in Pacific Blue. Despite knowing that the attack has to go though Lodeiro and Morris they can't stop Jordan.
This easily could have been a secondary assist for Morris who finds Alvaro Fernandez.
Seattle Sounders are creating chances via set-pieces. Eventually they were going to get a goal from them, if only via forcing an LA Galaxy error. Jelle Van Damme loses his mark on Chad Marshall, and instead heads the ball into his own goal tying the match at 1-1 in the 35th minute.
With Torres, Fernandez and Marshall as targets Seattle should be able to earn more opportunities from similar schemes later.
Early in the match Roman Torres handled Robbie Keane with the ball at his feet, but it's the Irishman's heading ability and spatial awareness that is causing trouble for the Panamanian. This play gets Keane space inside the area with perfect service from Sebastian Lletget.
These two XIs should lead to several goal-scoring opportunities for both sides. LA will be able to have success on the flanks, while the Sounders can go right up the gut.
Head Coach Brian Schmetzer goes with no changes to the XI that earned the win against the Whitecaps. Against an LA Galaxy team that is better at goal prevention they'll need to top the 1-nil from last week.
At 1 PM ESPN starts their coverage, but you can get local radio at 12:30 on 107.7 The End or El Rey 1360.
Losing to the LA Galaxy will not break the Seattle Sounders season. Beating them will not make the Sounders season, though it will give a huge morale boost for the fans, players and staff.
A win makes it more probable than not they make the playoffs.
The Seattle Sounders roll into Carson with the hope to beat the perennial dream killers. A win will go a long way for Seattle's playoff chances. Thanks to the LA Galaxy being devastated by injuries—to the point they've called Landon Donovan out of retirement—it is ripe time for the Sounders to play spoiler on the Galaxy's playoff clinching match.
Seattle is out of the playoffs, but can still finish the season on a high note.
Tonight, the players for Seattle Reign FC lace up their boots one last time for the year. There are no playoffs to prepare for, as Western New York destroyed the Boston Breakers last night—eliminating Seattle from playoff contention.
With the Playoffs in sight, the Seattle Sounders travel to Carson, California to face their nemesis, the LA Galaxy. While this match will not break their chances at making the second season a win would go a long way towards that goal. LA is undefeated at home (8-0-7) and 11-4-15 +17 overall. Seattle is only 2-8-4 away from CenturyLink Field with a 10-13-5 -3 overall record.
Coverage of the Tacoma Stars, S2, Seattle Reign, Sounders Academy, local colleges and more can expand if you join us.
This site has a long history of developing professional talent while also giving hobbyists the opportunity to have their words read. With 2016 wrapping up, Jeremiah and I reviewed the needs heading into the offseason.
One came off a volley, the other was a completely blind header.
Fredy Montero hasn't dominated the Chinese Super League to quite the degree we thought he might, but the former Seattle Sounders forward is having himself a pretty solid season with nine goals in 24 appearances.
Two of those goals came in Tianjin Teda's most recent game — a 4-1 win — and both were mighty impressive.
If you're having trouble finding the Sounders on radio this fall, just keep turning the dial....
After numerous segments, features, and guest Sounders FC 2 commentary, 107.7 The End's support of the Sounders is coming full circle with two of the remaining matches being broadcast there.
The Supporters' Shield, the Red Line in both conferences and a preview of Wednesday's visitors in the CLink on Friday. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Week 30 Gamethread
Three Big Storylines:
- The battle with the red line is coming down to the wire.
There's still been no clear indication where Evans would play if he does start.
When last we saw Brad Evans, he had moved over to right back and turned in a solid 45-minute shift in a losing effort against the Portland Timbers. The common thinking seemed to be that it was a signal of a potentially permanent move, as Roman Torres' return to health was going to push Evans out of center back.
The Sounders will take the field in LA sporting the title of Microsoft's newest blockbuster videogame.
The Seattle Sounders will double-dip into the special jersey sponsorship well this year, after an agreement with Microsoft to add Gears of War 4 lettering to their Pacific Blue kits for their Sunday clash with the LA Galaxy.
How came up with West Ham United, but has found a home in the Pacific Northwest.
Former West Ham United player and Seattle Sounders player/coach Bobby Howe, who has lived in the Seattle area for nearly 40 years and is coaching director for youth soccer club Emerald City F.C., recently reflected on his time with the Hammers and Sounders.
The young striker is getting lots of accolades in the last few days. Tata Martino looks pretty certain to be Atlanta's first coach. Also, lots of details on why NASL is failing.
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Gerardo "Tata" Martino, former Argentina national team coach (among others), seems to be a lock for Atlanta United's first head managing position.
The Sounders coach praised the players for their work so far, but admits the cohesion is still a work in progress
As the Seattle Sounders prepare to head down to Los Angeles for a key road match against the Galaxy, head coach Brian Schmetzer praised his squad for their enthusiasm on the training pitch as of late.
Already a consummate professional, Morris stays humble despite getting such a great honor in his first season
MLSSoccer.com announced the final spots of its "24 Under 24" list on Thursday, with Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris coming in at #3. It was announced earlier this week that his teammate Cristian Roldan came in at #24 on the list.
Reign FC head to Houston for their regular season finale, still with a chance at the NWSL Playoffs.
I caught up with Seattle Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey after today's training session before the team heads to Houston, Texas, for their regular season finale. Reign FC still have a chance at the NWSL Playoffs — they need the Boston Breakers to beat Western New York Flash on Saturday night and they have to beat the Houston Dash on Sunday night.
The NASL prepares for the loss of 2-4 teams, Landon Donovan opens himself up for a USMNT call up, and Christian Pulisic is taken out of reach.
First we had Christian Roldan making the 24 under 24, now we have Zach Scott in part one of The Philly Voice's 34 over 34.
Ross Fletcher made an appearance on Prost Amerika where hediscussed Seattle coaching changes and Lodeiro.
The Seattle Sounders are not out of the woods. Not yet and not by a long shot. But with six games left in the 2016 season, a path to the playoffs has become clear. The Sounders are going to need to win their final three home games and probably pick up a couple more points on the road.
That won't guarantee them a spot in the playoffs, but given that the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City only have one home game apiece and that they've been nothing short of awful on the road, the Sounders' path looks reasonable enough.
At times, last Saturday's game reminded me of early-season Sounders, when we dominated play, failed to finish, and then had a counter-attack goal crush our dreams. But this Brian Schmetzer-led team is different. This team stayed strong in the back, kicked and clawed until they found that breakthrough goal, and sent the Vancouver Whitecaps home with a 1-0 defeat.
Only Cyle Larin and Jack Harrison rank higher on MLSsoccer.com's annual list.
By any reasonable metric, Jordan Morris' rookie campaign has been a smashing success. The 21-year-old Seattle Sounders forward has already piled up 10 goals, tied for the third most all-time among MLS rookies and the most among American MLS rookies.
Sounders rookie got to throw out the first pitch during Wednesday's Mariners game.
Jordan Morris is pretty accustomed to accolades by now. He's scored a goal for the United States national team, claimed a college national title, won the Hermann trophy and could very well be named the MLS Rookie of the Year.
8-year-old with inoperable cancer visits team during Whitecaps game.
There was a special guest in attendance at Saturday's match. Nathan Beatty, an 8-year-old with an inoperable form of brain cancer, got to fulfill one of his dreams when he got to meet Clint Dempsey and the rest of the Seattle Sounders.
Alex Nouri played alongside Sounders greats like Peter Hattrup, Craig Waibel, Preston Burpo, Mark Baena, Bernie James and others.
Werder Bremen, the team that tried to take our Jordan Morris away from us, fired their coach over the weekend. Replacing Viktor Skripnik is their former U23 coach Alexander Nouri.
Dempsey was not at Starfire on Tuesday, and the club has made no indication that he has yet been cleared to play in matches.
It's looking unlikely that Clint Dempsey will be ready to travel this weekend to face the LA Galaxy, despite his return to Sounders training last week. Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey commented when Dempsey returned last week that the player was only cleared by medical staff to train and exercise, not to play in matches.
LevyFilms does it again.
One of the trademarks of LevyFilms' highlights are that the game action is almost always shot from behind the goal. It's not always the "best" shot, but it does serve to give us a different view than we're accustomed to seeing.
But sometimes, it's both. A perfect example is the footage of Jordan Morris' game-winning goal.
Seattle Reign star gets a 91 and a five-star weak foot.
For a second straight year, women players are being included in EA Sports' FIFA and once again Megan Rapinoe has been rated as the second best women's player overall. Rapinoe actually got a one-point bump from last year's game, earning herself a 91.
During postgame Q&A with fans, Sounders President of Soccer lays out the guide to continuing Sounders greatness under his leadership.
In some ways the talk Sounders FC President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey gave could be any senior leadership seminar. There were mentions of vertical integration, a six-point plan, structure & process, and cultural longevity.
From Dr. Stephen Newby singing the national anthem to the Sound Wave playing during the match, this U9 match felt like any other Sounders game.
Imagine if you will tying your shoes, getting your final sips of Capri Sun and eating a couple orange slices in preparation for an intersquad scrimmage.
For Zach Scott Major League Soccer's Kick Childhood Cancer campaign has quickly become very personal.
For Zach Scott, it's personal.
When MLS commenced its second annual Kick Childhood Cancer campaign this month, it meant much, much more to Scott and his young family than ever before.
Portland win, SJ and SKC draw mean that the Sounders still control their playoff destiny.
Seattle gets a late winner and significantly improves their playoff run. Unfortunately, this week did not produce the favorable results for the rest of the West that we have gotten used to seeing.
FC Dallas drew NYCFC 2-2 in New York and clinched the first playoff spot in MLS with former Sounder Mauro Rosales assisting both goals.
The USMNT will look at to start the Hex on the right foot in November.
For USMNT fans that have only seen Jordan Morris in a handful of international appearances, it might be hard to see past all the hype and expectations to understand the incredible growth the young forward has made in his short time as a pro.
A tough and intense rivalry match that could very well have ended goalless instead narrowly went into the win column for the Seattle Sounders this weekend. Nicolás Lodeiro, who spent the evening being hounded by the Whitecaps central midfielders, managed to pick out a diving Jordan Morris for a late winner, and Román Torres led the celebration dance in the locker room.
Brian Schmetzer said he wants his team to build from the back as much as possible: "If we can keep 100% possession, why not?"
One of the more tense, dramatic matches thus far in the Brian Schmetzer era, Saturday's 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps stood out to the Sounders head coach as one of his strongest team performances to date.
The midfielder came in at the very bottom of the list, but he's got two more seasons to push for the top
MLSSoccer.com announced on Monday that Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan had been ranked 24th in their annual "24 Under 24" list. Roldan said on Monday, "I'm honored. There's a lot of good players, I'm happy to be part of that list.
Former Sounders coach has apparently already interviewed for Atlanta United position.
As expected, it hasn't taken long for Sigi Schmid's name to start surfacing among MLS teams looking for head coaches. Last week, Schmid's name was mentioned as one of five coaches currently being considered by Minnesota United.
The Sounders locker room looks like a very fun place to be these days.
Winning locker rooms are usually pretty fun. But for much of this year, the Seattle Sounders locker room seemed to be more of the quiet, professional variety. You might even have called it subdued.
A good deal of that was surely because the results had been pretty uneven and there simply wasn't much cause for overly jubilant behavior.
He is the first of two Sounders that will be getting recognition in 2016.
Rated 24th among the 24 under 24, Cristian Roldan's rise from falling draft pick to regular starter earned recognition from MLSSoccer.com's survey of media experts. The annual survey was previously "won" by Sounders Fredy Montero and DeAndre Yedlin.
Atlanta United is looking to add the star Mexican international to its inaugural roster.
Mr. Jordan Morris has now scored the winning goal in five Sounders matches this season, an MLS rookie record (impressive considering the team has ten wins.) Now you can watch them all here.
Here's hoping Morris makes this video outdated before the 2016 season is over.
The CB quietly signed an extension this year.
A fan simply asked Lagerwey about the rumors regarding the backline - upcoming retirements or free agency.
Laughing, Lagerwey indicated that the "cat's out of the bag" on Zach Scott. He's retiring and not part of the 2017 plan. Then he offered this nugget on Chad Marshall.
Megan Rapinoe and the USWNT wrap up their second friendly before returning for their final NWSL regular season match.
Following a dominant 9-0 victory against Thailand earlier this week—during which midfielder Heather O'Reilly bid farewell to her international career—the U.S. Women's National Team now faces the Netherlands on Sunday, September 18.
This may have been one of his best all-around performances yet.
Somewhere around the 70th minute, I took to Twitter to proclaim that Jordan Morris was having a "sneakily solid game" despite not really doing much in the form of creating scoring chances. My thinking was this: Morris was showing some serious skill as a pretty classic No.
What we wanted to do today was to make sure we put them under pressure early, that they felt like, ‘Look, this is going to be a long afternoon.' And I think the guys came out and accomplished that. -Brian Schmetzer
A frenetic first half was followed by a frustrating second period where it seemed the Sounders were destined not to find the back of the net.
Well done, ECS.
Reports of ECS's demise as a tifo-super power have been greatly exaggerated. In case there were lingering doubts over it, they set that record straight with Saturday's display against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Rookie's 10th goal of season may have been his most important.
Sometimes a match just seems destined to end in a draw. The Seattle Sounders had been creating chances, but thanks mostly to the goalkeeper of David Ousted, the match went into the 80th minute deadlocked at zero.
That's when Nicolas Lodeiro did his thing, and Jordan Morris did the rest.
In a game in which nothing had been going Seattle's (or Vancouver's) way, rookie forward Jordan Morris yet again showed why the Sounders worked so hard to get him last offseason with an excellent diving header into the net from a deep Nicolas Lodeiro cross.
Alvaro Fernandez is the only addition to lineup.
Brad Evans was unable to make a semi-miraculous recovery and will not be available for Saturday's Cascadia Cup clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris, both of whom were unable to full participate in training this week, were able to get ready in time for the match.
JOEtv has the match locally, while ROOT Sports is showing it regionally. The 1 PM start will feature Seattle sunshine.
If the Seattle Sounders are going to win the Cascadia Cup they have to win big today, and they'll still need help. If the Seattle Sounders are going to make the MLS Cup Playoffs they basically need to win today, and they'll still need help.
Saturday's 1 PM match is on JOEtv in the Seattle area and ROOT Sports throughout the rest of the region. Both Seattle and Vancouver have to go for the win as they compete for those final two Western Conference playoff sports. Clint Dempsey is still out due to a heart condition.
Both Cascadia teams look to the red line as slow car to pass, not an immobile wall to slam into towards the end of 2017.
Long distance shots and Kendall Waston's fouling ability will be the story of this match
Vancouver has played poorly all year, underachieving about as much as Seattle has in 2016. They have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball for much of the season, but their defense has finally started to improve in recent weeks.
It appears former Barcelona Manager Gerardo Martino is on his way to coach in the Dirty South.
Atlanta United have begun laying the ground work to come running into MLS out of the gate, and they appear to have found the manager they believe will take them there: reports out of Argentina link former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino to the job opening.
Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris are a little "dinged up" but Schmetzer expects them to start against the Whitecaps.
The Seattle Sounders go into this weekend's home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps having played 27 matches so far this season, so it's no surprise the team is a little banged up.
The struggle with the red line is heating up in both conferences, FOX showing MLS in a traditional NFL timeslot and the Golden Boot race is heating up. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listing and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Week 29 Gamethread
Three Big Storylines:
- Viernes de Fútbol on UniMas opens the MLS weekend with an important game involving the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Saturday's 1 PM match is on JOEtv in the Seattle area and ROOT Sports throughout the rest of the region.
Both Cascadia teams look to the red line as slow car to pass, not an immobile wall to slam into towards the end of 2017. If one of Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps sweeps their two remaining matches they will leap ahead in the race for the six seed.
During the October FIFA International window Nico will join La Celeste against Venezuela and Colombia.
There was some trepidation when Nicolas Lodeiro joined the Seattle Sounders. Could a key player for one of the world's best national teams maintain his role with that nation while playing in MLS?
A legend steps down (no, not Zach Scott). Megan Rapinoe kneels again. Carlos Ruiz is somehow still playing soccer and back with FC Dallas.
Over at Fifty Five One, an ongoing series evaluates each MLS team's relative performance in the DP era - who have they signed to designated player contracts and how did they do compared to their salary.
Poor results on the field lead to reduced demand at the gate.
When the Sounders take the field Saturday afternoon against Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, they'll do so in front of a now-expected 50,000+ bodied crowd. But now in a three-year period of growth stagnation, the era of the Sounders sitting all alone at the top of Major League Soccer's attendance charts may be coming to an end.
The soon-to-be-retired defender recalled some of his fondest memories as a Sounder, what's changed in the 15 years he's been in Seattle, and more
After the Seattle Sounders announced on Thursday that longtime player Zach Scott would be retiring at the end of the 2016 season, the defender told the media that even though the club just announced it today, he's known for some time that this would be his last season as a Sounder and professional soccer player.
Zach Scott's 15-year professional soccer career was pretty improbable. It required a lot of people to believe in him and support him along the way, probably to a much greater degree than just about anyone else out there. As such, there were a lot of people he felt compelled to thank after announcing his retirement plans.
It's HAO's last national team game after an outstanding career
On Thursday evening, Seattle Reign FC's Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Women's National Team face Thailand in an international friendly. The match, which kicks off at 5:00 p.m. PT on ESPN2, was meant to be the first in a post-Olympic Victory Tour, had the USWNT earned a medal in Rio.
He has to choose to stop himself.
They tried to stop Zach Scott once. A declined option, passed over in the dozens of MLS re-allocation methods and it was quite possible that Zach Scott would not play in 2016. His time as a Seattle Sounders player could be over, not by his own choosing. Somehow he was able to train and try to prove his value again.
ECS and Sounders will co-host event next March at Memorial Stadium.
There have been no shortage of quality players to strip on the Seattle Sounders uniform over the years. Kasey Keller and Roger Levesque — to name two — even had particularly memorable going-away matches. Keller's final regular-season game was played in front of a then-record crowd who saw him make the amazing triple-save that might be his most impressive moment in a Sounders uniform.
Mr. Sounder will hang up the cleats at the end of this season, putting the cap on an improbable and impressive run.
Infographic updated 9/15/16: Zach Scott is currently at 348 games as a Sounder.
Zach Scott: Man Marker, Sounders Legend. Zach has a combined 15-season span at both the A-League/USL era Seattle Sounders and currently MLS-era Seattle Sounders FC.
Zach Scott: Man Marker, Subject of Infographic. 15 seasons across two eras of Sounders soccer in Seattle earns Zach Scott the right to be among the other legendary figures of our 40 years (and counting).
Infographic updated 9/15/16: Zach Scott is currently at 348 games as a Sounder.
Zach Scott: Man Marker, Sounders Legend.
Center back made his Sounders debut in 2002 and has made nearly 350 appearances across leagues and competitions.
Zach Scott first joined the Seattle Sounders back in 2002 after effectively winning a spot through an open tryout. He was never the Sounders' best player, not even during those USL days.
There were things to like and dislike in our recent game against the San Jose Earthquakes. Our offense still gets stifled without Clint Dempsey to open space. Our defense is still susceptible to bonehead plays. Yet, somehow, this team clawed back for a 1-1 draw on the road and has only one loss in the last seven games.
This is not a political act. This is a cry for help.
Like many Americans, military service is a tradition in my family. My mother, father, step-father, older brother and both of my uncles all served in the US military. My parents served in wartime. My father in Korea, my step-father in Vietnam and my mother served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield and Storm.
Dempsey returns to practice, Pulisic earns and assist, and Megan Rapinoe considers her protest options.
The big news of the day for Seattle was of course that Clint Dempsey is back in training.
We also have fan post from our community with conjecture about the possible diagnosis.
Sounders Designated Player has been cleared to train, but not to play.
Clint Dempsey returned to Seattle Sounders training on Wednesday, but when he'll actually be able to play in a match is still an open question.
"He's had a procedure to address some of the issues associated with that," Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey told reporters after Dempsey's first training session.
If Seattle wins out they finish 6th at worst. Winning out isn't likely, but destiny is still in the Sounders hands (or feet).
Seattle drew in San Jose in a match that did less to improve the Sounders chances as it did to hurt San Jose's to get into the playoffs. While Portland and Vancouver each picked up wins, the majority of teams drew and left the door open for the Sounders.
The last time Dallas won a US Open Cup Garth Lagerwey was the backup keeper, Messi leads them all, and Goals of the Week.
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Every 20 years a funny thing happens to FC Dallas; they win the US Open Cup. Will this be the first step in their quest for the all mighty Treble?
Reddit user snaps image that appears to show Dempsey running laps around the field.
After weeks of not so much as an update on his health, it appears Clint Dempsey may be progressing toward an eventual return to the Seattle Sounders. An eagle-eyed user on Reddit, austasbak, claims to have snapped this picture at Starfire on Tuesday.
Each team can lose at most one player, and half of MLS squads will lose zero.
Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated reports that MLS is reducing the impact of the Expansion Draft; each new team will only take five, rather than 10, players in the next round of expansion. Because of this new rule, existing teams will also only lose a maximum of one player.
The first year of retirement has been an eventful one for the USWNT all-time leading scorer, but in her new memoir, she sounds like she is finally on the road to recovery. There's a huge amount of soccer on TV today.
The 2017 Season Ticket Member Scarf Design contest is up on SoundersFC.
Clint Dempsey aside, the Sounders should be mostly rid of their various minor injuries by the weekend
Just two days after their grueling draw in San Jose, the Seattle Sounders were back in training at Starfire Sports on Monday, with a few players doing some indoor "regen" training. Most of the squad was outside though, with those that started on Saturday taking it a little easier than the rest.
Dempsey's rating takes a dip from what it was in FIFA 16, from 81 to 79
EA recently announced that the Seattle Sounders would be one of the teams included in their demo release of FIFA 17, and today they published their ratings for the Sounders squad (all of the players available in the FIFA Ultimate Team feature) ahead of the September 13 demo release.
It was looking like a night of hard work and nothing to show for it in San Jose for Seattle after they went down a sloppy goal in the first half, but Nicolas Lodeiro saved the day (and a point) again in the end for the Sounders, and the path to the playoffs is still there.
How did the individual players fare in this California trip?
Post-match quotes from the team on Keelin's final home match & how they approached the national anthem last night.
Last night's Reign FC victory over the Washington Spirit will go down as one of the most important matches in the team's short history. The importance of keeping their playoff hopes alive as well as it being a proper sendoff for captain Keelin Winters made for a special night.
Without a win in their last three matches, surely the Seattle Sounders must be out of playoff contention. But are they? Is it too late?
On Saturday, with MLS playoff hopes on the line for both teams, the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes played out to a 1-1 draw in Avaya Stadium. Sure, it wasn't a win, but it also wasn't a loss, a result which leaves the Sounders with an outside chance at playing meaningful games in November.
It's a must-win match for Seattle Reign, who sit 4 points out of the final playoff spot with two games remaining. It's also the last home match for longtime Reign captain Keelin Winters, who will retire at the end of the season. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 11.
On Sunday evening, Seattle Reign FC takes on the top-ranked Washington Spirit in a must-win match.
On Sunday evening, Seattle Reign FC takes on the top-ranked Washington Spirit in a must-win match. Win tonight, and Seattle keeps itself in the running for the fourth and final playoff spot. Lose or draw, and the season ends after the team's last match in Houston at the end of the month.
It will be the final home match for Reign FC captain Keelin Winters, who will retire after the 2016 season to become a firefighter in Kirkland.
The Reign need 3 points to remain in the hunt for an NWSL playoff spot.
Seattle Reign FC face Washington Spirit tonight in one of their most important matches of the season, and Megan Rapinoe will be getting her first start of the season for the match. Rapinoe replaces Naho Kawasumi, while the Reign lineup remains unchanged otherwise from their last match.
Captain Keelin Winters scores a goal to get a storybook farewell from the home crowd & a chance for the playoffs is still alive.
Everything went right for Seattle Reign FC. After a tough road trip that will be known for so many reasons beyond soccer, the team had their backs against the wall.
US Soccer has another member(?)
Phew, a day of Seahawks and Reign football really takes it out of a writer. I'm sure the brave traveling fans who returned from San Jose yesterday can relate. On to links!
While all of Seattle's professional sports teams were getting results, the local collegiate soccer programs struggled.
Tyrone Mears gets the nod at right back as Brad Evans is out injured.
The good news is that Roman Torres is getting his first Sounders start since his injury, against the San Jose Earthquakes. As Brad Evans is out injured Osvaldo Alonso takes the captain's armband and Tyrone Mears remains the starting right back.
After a horrid attempted clearance by Tyrone Mears the ball falls into space where Jordan Stewart could cut it back into the area. Chris Wondolowski finished the simple shot from the center and top of the six.
San Jose Earthquakes have dominated possession early in the match. Seattle is not creating going forward, and their defense is defined by Stefan Frei's dominance defending set-pieces.
Oh, Nico! His goal is exactly what the doctor ordered. Thanks to some confusion on the part of Quakes' keeper David Bingham, Lodeiro roped his free-kick around everyone and the ball (somehow) found its way into the back of the net.
Lodeiro's free kick saves the road point.
Both teams needed a win to strengthen their playoff chances. Both teams will instead go home with a draw. The 1-1 result, in light of other results (Vancouver won, Portland won) means Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes will watch scoreboards as they try to climb to the six seed.
A preview of Seattle's must-win match against Washington Spirit with our friends at Black & Red United.
We know we've said it a couple of times for the past few weeks, but it is the truth: the Seattle Reign FC must win tonight against the Washington Spirit if they want any chance at the playoffs.
"San Jose is playing for their lives as well, so you have to give them some credit. Dom is a good coach ... It's just can we play a little better soccer at times. Yes they can, and that's what we're going to work on." -Brian Schmetzer
After being thoroughly outplayed to start the match at Avaya Stadium, the Sounders managed to push hard in the second half for another late goal by Nicolas Lodeiro to produce one more road point.
Lodeiro already had three goals and six assists in seven games.
Nicolas Lodeiro rescued a result for the Seattle Sounders. Again. Without Lodeiro's contributions, the Sounders' season would be effectively over. In his past three games alone, Lodeiro's late goals are the only thing sitting between the Sounders going pointless and keeping their postseason hopes alive with a pair of road points.
10th place S2 will need road magic if they are to make the USL Playoffs.
Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City hosts S2 in their quest to make the playoffs. Energy FC are dominant at home losing only two matches at home in 2016. Sounders 2 is not a good road team earning only two wins on the year. Andy Craven, former Seattle Sounders draft pick and MLS player earned over 300 minutes with the Energy since being waived by the Sounders org.
The midfielder, who has been with the Reign since 2013, will close out her soccer career at the end of the season.
Seattle Reign FC midfielder and captain, Keelin Winters, has announced her retirement from soccer. Winters, who has been with the team since its first season in 2013, will finish the remainder of the 2016 season with Reign FC before saying goodbye to professional soccer.
JOEtv (10/22/110) is carrying the 7:30 PM broadcast.
Saturday night soccer returns for the Seattle Sounders. The 7:30 PM match on JOEtv is their final meeting with the San Jose Earthquakes. Heading to Avaya Stadium the Sounders are entering "must-win" territory. That is also true for San Jose.
It wasn't necessarily pretty, but it counts all the same.
Yedlin makes it 2-0 in stoppage time to seal the 3 pts for Newcastle! pic.twitter.com/m220Tgqjx5 — Nats Abroad (@NatsAbroad) September 10, 2016
DeAndre Yedlin has never been known for his goal-scoring prowess — having not found the back of the net since his rookie season in 2013 — but he's off to quite a start with Newcastle.
Sure, it was all for naught but this was gorgeous.
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Dimitri Payet has been steadily making a name for himself over the past couple years for making all sorts of jaw-dropping plays. But even his growing highlight reel doesn't have anything quite like this.
If one German lawyer has his way, Bayern Munich could be stricken from the official organization registry, erasing the club entirely.
Our own Spenser Davis and Dave Clark were on 710 ESPN's inaugural Sound Stories episode.
The Sounders are teaming up with The UPS Store to collect books and funds for the Toys for Tots Program; learn how you can help here.
With Clint Dempsey still out due to an irregular heartbeat Brian Schmetzer will need to find a way to create offense against San Jose (7-8-11 -3, 7th in West). The Seattle Sounders (9-13-4 -4, 8th in West) can leapfrog the 'Quakes with a win or a draw. Both of those results would also earn them the Heritage Cup.
Having been rested for the second match of the international break for Panama, Torres is ready to go for Seattle in San Jose
Seattle Sounders center back Roman Torres, who only recently returned from his long term knee injury, probably gave some fans a bit of a fright when he wasn't in Panama's match day squad for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.
Quotes from defender Lauren Barnes & coach Harvey after Friday's practice.
Seattle Reign FC host the Washington Spirit this Sunday, completing their back-to-back with them. The results from the road trip have put the team's chance at the playoffs on the tiniest of threads, but there is still a thread.
Three Big Storylines, From a Sounders Point of View and TV and Streaming Info. Here is your MLS Week 28 Gamethread
Three Big Storylines:
- Topic one here in the Three Big Storylines somewhat wrote itself on Thursday when some LA Galaxy player or front office person jokingly asked Landon Donovan if he would come out of retirement to help out with all the injuries the Galaxy are experiencing and Donovan said yes.
The U.S. Women's National Team coach will be in Bellevue on Friday night as featured speaker for the Washington Youth Soccer 50th Anniversary Gala. Here's a preview.
U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis will deliver the keynote speech at the Washington Youth Soccer 50th Anniversary Gala.
It's been true on Sounder at Heart, and will remain mostly true. Except it isn't true at all, sports and politics can be great together.
"Stick to sports." "Keep politics out of sports." "I just want to escape from that and focus on sports."
These are common phrases when sports and politics connect.
The Austrian midfielder is pleased to have found a steady role under Brian Schmetzer
Since Brian Schmetzer took over as head coach of the Seattle Sounders in July, the team has improved in numerous areas on both sides of the ball. Under Sigi Schmid, there was a distinct lack of creativity, and much of the blame fell to Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz, who was bought by the club last summer for his crossing ability and dangerous set pieces.
Will he be the Galaxy's savior? The words are still flying between Megan Rapinoe and Spirit owner Bill Lynch. US paralympic team steals a stunning draw to open their tournament.
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Retirement seems so permanent, especially when there is a massive amount of fanfare and a league MVP trophy named after you.
All five players who were on international duty will "absolutely" be available on Saturday.
Five players from the Seattle Sounders first team were away on international duty during the recent break, and while the quality of their performances varied, they all came back healthy. In most of their cases, they even came back reasonably well rested.
The six-seed is a three-horse race and this is Seattle's last chance to face one of those horses.
No, the race to make the MLS Cup Playoffs will not be over if the Seattle Sounders lose to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday (7:30 PM, JOEtv). Instead their road becomes even closer to a literal must-win for every single match.
She has confirmed that she will kneel during the National Anthem.
Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe was called into the USWNT roster for their September friendlies against Thailand and Netherlands.
She should still be available for selection for Reign's must-win match Sunday against the Washington Spirit (7 PM PST kickoff).
Megan Rapinoe joined the growing ranks of professional athletes showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, as the Seattle Reign midfielder kneeled during the national anthem before an NWSL match.
Moments before the Seattle Reign were set to take on the Washington Spirit an email went out from the Washington Spirit to the media.
Two lightning delays and anthem controversy will be remembered more than the result, which nearly killed off the Reign's postseason chances.
On a night that will be remembered more for what happened off the field — where the Washington Spirit owner chose to sneakily reschedule the anthem rather than let Megan Rapinoe kneel in protest during it — on the field the Seattle Reign fell short in what was effectively a must-win match, losing 1-2 on the road to the league leading Spirit.
The decision by the Spirit to move the anthem to prevent Rapinoe's mild protest had exactly the effect that one would expect. Much more widespread discussion of the issue with articles from multiple sources including Four Four Two, Howler, and NBC Sports.
Hope Solo's suspension is still the subject of much discussion.
Head coach Brian Schmetzer stressed that the players have to find ways to stay mentally and physically fresh for final eight regular-season matches.
Even though their international stars have yet to return to training ahead of the trip to San Jose on Saturday, the Seattle Sounders are feeling fresh and ready to flip the historical script against an opponent that has given them some trouble.
Team claims to want to avoid 'taking focus away' from the match by doing something that does exactly that.
Moments before the Seattle Reign were set to take on the Washington Spirit an email went out from the Washington Spirit to the media.
"Statement Regarding Washington Spirit Ownership Decision to Play the National Anthem Ahead of Schedule Tonight", was the ominous headline.
Seattle barely kept above water with a draw in Chicago. But time has run out. . they need a win against the top team in the league.
In a pretty-close-to-must-win match on the weekend, the Reign took an early two-goal lead but couldn't hold it, and did not win. The draw against one of the teams they're chasing in the standings kept them alive, but now their playoff hopes rest on getting multiple points in a pair of matches against the top team in the standings.
They see the protest as provoking a "needed conversation about serious issues."
When Megan Rapinoe took a knee in support of Colin Kaepernick's quest to further America's conversations about racial oppression it created buzz. Attention from the political sphere focused on the outspoken ‘Pinoe as those generally on the right criticized her, going so far as demanding she be suspended, to those generally on the left supporting the action.
The USMNT book their ticket for the hex, Oalex Anderson scores a brace for St. Vincent, and Goals of the Week.
The USMNT continued their dominance over Trinidad and Tobago, but in doing so set up a date with CONCACAF rivals Mexico for their first game of the next round.
USA wins 4-nil and wins their Group. Their next match is in the Hex on Friday November 11th.
Starting wunderkind Cristian Pulisic (youngest ever American with a World Cup Qualifying start) the United States completely dominated Trinidad & Tobago. Jozy Altidore earned a brace taking over the American record for most goals in World Cup Qualifying.
Reign midfielder has spoken out on various social issues.
Megan Rapinoe has joined the growing ranks of professional athletes showing solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as the Seattle Reign midfielder kneeled during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Chicago Red Stars.
Alex Morgan is chased by a fan, and Neymar is caught by another.
The University of Washington men's team has come back to .500 with a 4-2 victory over Oral Roberts. The women started their invitational tournament 3-0 over Cal Poly, and today will face off with Seattle University.
Alex Roldan's sole goal for Seattle U's mens team wasn't enough to defend the nation's 16th-ranked team from Gonzaga University, in a 4-2 loss.
Timbers won't admit it, but they want Seattle to pass them for the last playoff spot
Happy Labor Day everyone! While the Sounders took the weekend off, some of the teams around them did not even though Portland played Dallas as if they had. The loss in Portland still stings but with two in hand again on our rivals and only four points back, the playoffs are definitely in reach.
Sounders Academy alum Seyi Adekoya scored the first goal in the 6-1 rout.
A game between #1 Akron and #9 UCLA in Los Angeles should not be a blow out. But it was a history making blowout. At the half it was just a two-nil game then Bruins midfielder Jackson Yeuill took over. The Bloomington, Minnesota native earned four assists.
Here are 12 qualifiers you want to watch, also other news
Sounders 2 managed a draw on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps 2 on Monday behind two goals from Jordan Schweitzer; the result leaves S2 five points back of the final playoff spot with three games remaining.
Megan Rapinoe seems to have a firm understanding that the personal is political, even in sports.
Yes, over-the-air FOX will carry the MLS Cup and not compete with the NFL. Full playoff schedule also announced.
The last time the MLS Cup was on over-the-air English language network was back in 2008. Sigi Schmid's Columbus Crew. In 2016 FOX will air the Saturday December 10th match (time and venue to be determined).
Jordan Morris and the USMNT go to Jacksonville to secure their World Cup fate against Joevin Jones and Trinidad and Tobago. Three Big Storylines, How to Watch on TV and online and other Sounders in action today. Here is your USMNT preview and gamethread
(author's note: With an abbreviated MLS schedule and no national TV games, the weekly MLS open thread took this weekend off.
There's still nothing like a timetable being given for Dempsey's return from irregular heartbeat.
It has now been nearly two weeks since the Seattle Sounders first revealed that Clint Dempsey was undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat, and his status remains as unclear as ever.
There had been at least some hope that Dempsey might be back in time for the Sounders' game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
S2's 2-1 win in Tukwila keeps their playoff hopes alive.
Since the 4th of July Sounders 2 surged. Their 6-2-2 record in the late season is powering the chance that they can make the USL Playoffs. That surge, and the 2-1 win Friday night over the Thundercaps, are powered by similar things - home games, Darwin Jones (all 6 of his goals are in that stretch), Tyler Miller and a central midfield that encapsulates S2's 2016 style.
Under the guidance of Mia Hamm, ownership is looking to bring more soccer to the city of angels.
As the NWSL incrementally progresses as a league, talks of expansion become natural. A very natural fit to those conversations comes in LAFC, which with the help of Mia Hamm appears to be strategizing what such an expansion would look like.
Trinidad & Tobago punched ticket for Hex.
Although he's usually deployed as a left back, Joevin Jones has shown quite a bit of offensive flair in his limited opportunities farther up the field with the Seattle Sounders. But his display in Trinidad & Tabago's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala was quite unlike anything we'd seen before.
It was quite a week, giving us no shortage of stuff to talk about. The Seattle Sounders started out with a huge win over the Portland Timbers, followed it up with a tie in Houston and then finished off the week with a deflating loss at Portland. It's left the Sounders in basically the same position they were in before the week started, which isn't to say all is lost but it wasn't the dream scenario we had imagined.
Kamara's call up could be going wrong. De Jong fallout for LA. Heather O'Reilly retires from the international stage.
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Kei Kamara was called up last minute to the Sierra Leone squad for their match against Ivory Coast, but if these twitter reports are believed, Kamara is not too happy with either the head coach or the financial situation of the SLFA, and said as much.
Jordan Morris and the USMNT travel to the Caribbean to take on Oalex Anderson and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on a cricket pitch.
Jordan Morris is back with the USMNT after being left out of the Copa America squad. Morris joins a strike corps that includes Jozy Altidore, Bobby Wood, Rubio Rubin and Chris Wondolowski.
Pulisic launches his hype-train into space.
Away trips in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying can be unusually tough. Travel to the smaller nations in the Caribbean is atypical for athletes used to large jets or custom buses. The fields, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines case a cricket field without adequate lights for night play, have odd patches, or turf, or other quirks.
The quickest answer is because we aren't beholden to official titles.
On the latest episode of Nos Audietis, during the introduction of head coach Brian Schmetzer you may have noticed the following exchange;
Jeremiah Oshan: Brian, obviously you're the head coach of the Sounders right now -
Head Coach Brian Schmetzer [interrupting]: Interim
JO: I'm calling you the head coach.
Luis Suarez and Messi headline this CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifier.
Seattle Sounders star midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro joins Uruguay in a quest to qualify for his third straight World Cup. This World Cup Qualifier against Argentina will be a tough test for La Celeste.
Argentina is stacked.
Nico wins his fourth Man of the Match in just six games.
The mighty Seattle Sounders fell back to earth with a THUD in the first half against the Portland Timbers. Coming off a midweek sweat-fest in Houston and missing Clint Dempsey, I assumed Seattle would struggle against the Timbers, but I had no idea how massively awful this team would play.
In just a few weeks, his dominant play has transformed the Sounders into a dangerous team. The league has noticed.
The last four weeks have been a massive turning point for the Seattle Sounders. Though there may be many reasons for it, one man who undoubtedly stands in the center of that transformation is the Uruguayan Nicolás Lodeiro.
Former Sounders Academy Director, current head of the Tacoma Stars and Sounders U23s will coach Guam in short term as they search for a full-time coach.
The Guam National Team is not a powerhouse, but they are in their best era. Currently ranked 146th in the World the island nation is preparing for the East Asian Football Federation E-1 Football Championship Round 2.
Despite six teams trying to do so, five of them after they've scouted him in MLS, the latest Seattle Sounder is dominant.
From catching fish in Pike Place Market to shoe-phone celebrations Nicolas Lodeiro captured the hearts of Seattle Sounders fans almost immediately. Some of that is because the team has 11 points since he started playing here in the Puget Sound, but it's also about the unique talents he brings from Uruguay and Boca Juniors here to the Upper Left.
Also, MLS suggest to Nigel De Jong that he not to let the door hit him on his way out.
Despite our most recent result Lodeiro's impact on the team has still been enormous. Four Four Two goes as far as to describe it as historic in the context of MLS midseason signings.
The official Sounders site asks the (presumably rhetorical) question of if the Sounders defensive line will see a shakeup during this break.