Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2017

How to Watch MLS Playoffs: TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings, and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. New York Red Bulls versus Toronto FC: Toronto FC set the all-time record for points in a single season this year with 69 points over 34 games, but after being the losing team in last year's MLS Cup they know that regular season records only go so far.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I think that group is resilient, I think they understand, I think they're proud of the effort they put out on the field, they withstood a hostile crowd and a good team, and they're ready." -Brian Schmetzer

The first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps was relatively uneventful, but very successful from a Seattle point of view.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Community player ratings form

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Sounders battle their way to a road draw, setting up a compelling second leg.

The Seattle Sounders opened their title defense against Cascadia rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Stefan Frei and the Sounders defense did well to control the Whitecaps' counter in the hostile environs of BC Place.

ECS members kicked out of B.C. Place for anti-racist/anti-facist sign

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Supporters group apparently even threatened with arrest.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Several members of ECS were escorted out of B.C. Place and reportedly even threatened with arrest during Sunday's Western Conference semifinal between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Their alleged crime?

Major Link Soccer: David Beckham hints at a big MLS expansion announcement

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Something has to give between the overtures of Vegas and the hype of Miami, and an announcement on either could be coming today.

Seattle:

The Sounders are a well tattooed bunch; go behind the scenes with the Seattle PI to hear the stories behind the ink.

MLS:

The David Beckham-led MLS expansion bid could add a new chapter on Monday, after Beckham teased a big announcement via his Instagram this weekend.

Whitecaps vs. Sounders, recap: Scoreless tie sets up exciting second leg

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Teams combined for just 13 shots.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — There was nothing particularly attractive about how they did it, but the Seattle Sounders would head home perfectly satisfied with their standing in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Sounders weathered some nervy final moments to take a 0-0 tie back to Seattle for Thursday's second leg.

Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Leg 1 of the Western Conference Semis is on ESPN at 5:30 PM. Watch with us.

This is the introduction. It's where you read words about a 2-leg aggregate goal series with away goals being a tie-breaker. It's where you get hyped for two Cascadia opponents meeting in the playoffs. It is where you are reminded that the Seattle Sounders hold the MLS Cup and finished 2nd in the West.

Playoffs Scouting Report: Venturing north, beyond the wall

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Sounders must control the Whitecap Kings to return home safely

Who You'll Watch

Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Seattle Sounders FC in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals. The series is a two-leg aggregate goal event with away goals being a tie-breaker, unless extra time is forced in leg two.

"Defend Our Cup" spreading throughout the region

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From the Seattle Seahawks to Pioneer Square, the Puget Sound is ready for a second MLS Cup.

It's pretty easy to love the Seattle Sounders. They're a class group of guys who win a lot of games, a lot of trophies and hold the MLS Cup until someone takes it from them. They represent a region, as much as they do a city.

Harry Shipp needs to bring quiet utility into next start

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Against Vancouver Shipp will need to be just as good as he was against Colorado

TUKWILA, Wash. -- In the win over the Colorado Rapids there was a quiet, but useful performance by Harry Shipp. The rotational player hadn't started in three months and had only played 15 minutes in that time due to injury and the competition for depth minutes.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Player ratings

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In a sea of strong performances, Nicolas Lodeiro most stood out.

Once again, the Sounders came out strong at home and thrashed the away squad. This week it was Colorado, and Seattle overcame an early Clint Dempsey red card to produce a convincing 3-0 scoreline. Even down a man for much of the game, Seattle was on the front foot all match.

Roman Torres, Nicolas Lodeiro called up for November friendlies

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If Sounders advance, games will be played during break in playoffs.

At least two Seattle Sounders will be called up during the upcoming FIFA window for international friendlies. Nicolas Lodeiro has been named to Uruguay's roster for a pair of friendlies on Nov. 10 and 14, while Panama has called in Roman Torres for friendlies Nov.

There are plenty of reasons to get excited for Tacoma Stars second full season

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Stars open the season at home, Friday night

I believe that last season, one of my fellow Sounder at Heart writers wrote an article telling you to get hype. I do not remember which one it was but they had a good thing going, I had a nice solid basic cry after reading that, and now I hope to channel that article here.

Major Link Soccer: ‘Caps crush ‘Quakes, Atlanta out on penalties

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The Cascadia teams are all still alive for MLS Cup. RSL bring back Petke. Premier League 2?

Seattle

Do you want to get the definitive view of the massive ECS tifo from the Colorado game, or maybe just zoom in on your face from really far away? Here's the Gigapan image from that match.

Cascadia dominated the top of the Western Conference table to end the season, and Vancouver destroyed San Jose to advance in the playoffs, joining the Sounders and Timbers.

Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Western Conference Semis: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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A Cascadia showdown between #2 and #3 in the MLS Cup Playoffs

With the ‘second season' underway in MLS the Seattle Sounders enter as defending champions. They hold MLS Cup, for now. Their mission, as they state, is to "Defender Our Cup." First, they must hold off the Vancouver Whitecaps, a long-time rival with a history stretching back to 1974.

Osvaldo Alonso could be returning soon

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Victor Rodriguez, Gustav Svensson, and Jordan Morris seem less likely to play.

TUKWILA, Wash. -- There was a welcome sight at Thursday's training session: Osvaldo Alonso fully participating in drills and looking very likely to play his first minutes in almost exactly a month.

Alonso last played, coincidentally enough, in the Sounders' most recent meeting with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sept.

15 facts you must know as Sounders start their MLS Cup Playoffs campaign

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Trivia, statistics and more about this year's MLS Cup Playoffs

While the MLS Cup Playoffs start this week the Seattle Sounders get to watch. Their participation begins on Sunday (5:30 PM, ESPN). Seattle's season and history give us a moment to discover just a few more amazing things about the Sounders and coach Brian Schmetzer.

Sounders will face Whitecaps in Western Conference semifinals

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This will be the first time the longtime rivals have met in the MLS Cup playoffs.

The road to get back to MLS Cup will start in Canada, where the last one ended. The Vancouver Whitecaps thrashed the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Wednesday, setting up a Cascadia clash with the Seattle Sounders that will start on Sunday at 5:30 p.

Major Link Soccer: New York Red Bulls rout Chicago Fire

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Also: Fredy Montero scores in the playoffs, and tattoos!

Seattle

With the playoffs officially under way, a poll was conducted on "Who would you like to see host MLS Cup". So far, Seattle is leading the way.

Love them or hate them, tattoos are a big thing. Take a look at some Seattle Sounders and their tattoos.

Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Colorado Rapids

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A Catherdral, a Red Card, and Three Points for the Sounders

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Super Sciency MLS Cup Prediction

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You know those articles that use fancy numbers to predict things? This isn't one of those articles.

People like to say that the MLS Cup Playoffs are a crapshoot, where skill doesn't matter and luck reigns supreme. Those people have probably never won an MLS Cup, because now that the Seattle Sounders have, let me tell you, only the greatest team who ever existed is capable of winning the MLS Cup (until someone other than Seattle does, that is).

How to Watch MLS Playoffs Knockout Round, TV and Streaming Listings

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Twelve teams enter, by Thursday night four will be eliminated from the playoffs. Check out our Three (four) Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines (well, four; one for each game!):
  1. Chicago Fire versus New York Red Bulls: One of the defining trades of the offseason was when NYRB traded their captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

MLS Cup Playoffs Primer

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With the MLS playoffs set to kick off in a matter of hours, we're here to answer your questions.

For the first time in club history, the Seattle Sounders enter into the MLS Cup Playoffs as returning champions, seeking to retain their crown. I've gotta say, that's pretty cool to write. But for those of you who are new to the league, to following MLS or the Sounders, you might be confused as to how this version of the playoffs work exactly.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Community player ratings form

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Sometimes, you only need 10 men.

In their final match of the regular season, the Seattle Sounders did the thing with a convincing win against the Colorado Rapids (especially when considering that they spent almost 40 minutes down a man). The defense remained resilient against a fairly anemic Colorado attack.

Nos Audietis, Episode 264: Featuring Gonzalo Pineda

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It wasn't always pretty and it wasn't always good, but the Sounders secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Sounders actually managed to make the most out of their stretch run, winning 3 of 4, including their final two by a combined score of 7-0. The only problem is that they lost Clint Dempsey to a red card, which comes on the heels of losing Gustav Svensson in the penultimate game and Osvaldo Alonso the game before that.

Your guide to the Seattle Reign FC off-season loan spells

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Who is playing some off-season soccer? Find out here.

It's that time of the year where with the NWSL regular season wrapped up, we start to hear about NWSL players doing off-season loan spells abroad. A good deal of NWSL players will be going to Australia's W-League. Since the 2014 NWSL season, we've seen news release after news release of players heading to the land down under from November to February.

Major Link Soccer: MLS Playoffs start now

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Also: Sounders FC Humanitarian Awards, and Liga MX nears the playoffs as well

Seattle

FiveThirtyEight gives Seattle the best chance in MLS of making the conference championships, and the second best likelihood of both advancing to the MLS cup and winning the MLS cup.

Jordan Morris was still not ready to suit up in the regular season finale against Colorado, but he made an appearance on the field when he received a Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year Award for his T1D Playmakers program and work with Seattle Foundation's 2017 GiveBIG Campaign.

Where does latest ECS tifo rank all time?

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The Sounder at Heart staff thinks it was number one.

Through the years, Emerald City Supporters have become known for massive choreos. As soon as the Sounder at Heart staff saw Sunday's, though, we immediately knew it was one of the best the group had ever designed.

Sure, it helped that our very own MLS Watercolorist was the creative mind behind it, but the social media reaction seemed to back up our beliefs.

Major Link Soccer: MLS broke its attendance record

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For the first time ever, MLS eclipsed the 22,000 mark for average match attendance.

Seattle

Stefan Frei teams up with local chef Ethan Stowell for some insanely awesome cooking lessons.

MLS

Josef Martinez missed about half of the season, but he put on quite the show trying to win the Golden Boot.

Kurt Schmid leaving Sounders to join dad at LA Galaxy

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Younger Schmid had been with Sounders since 2009, most recently as S2 general manager.

Kurt Schmid has left the Seattle Sounders organization to join his father at the LA Galaxy, Sounder at Heart has confirmed. The move coincides with the Galaxy adding the title of general manager to Sigi Schmid's role as head coach.

Clint Dempsey will be available for home leg of Western Conference semifinals

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MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Dempsey for "failure to leave the field in an orderly manner."

Clint Dempsey will be available for the home leg of the Western Conference semifinals, after all. Although the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined Dempsey for "failure to leave the field in an orderly manner" following his ejection on Sunday, they did not feel as though anything he did rose to the level to warrant an added suspension.

Reign FC goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel announces retirement

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She retires with a perfect record in NWSL.

Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel has announced her retirement from professional soccer, completing a two-year professional career that saw her play with Avaldsnes IL in the Norwegian Toppserien in 2016 before coming to Seattle as part of a trade with the Washington Spirit last November.

Brian Schmetzer has passed his big test

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We wondered how he would handle the ups and downs of a full season. Turns out, he did just fine.

SEATTLE — Given the ups and downs of this season, it seems almost strange to see how the Seattle Sounders finished up. With their 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, the Sounders finished Top 2 in the West for just the third time in their nine MLS seasons and this is the highest they've finished since winning the Supporters' Shield in 2014.

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

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"That's a pretty tough group, a pretty resilient group. So, yes, it's nice to have those extra couple of days. But at the same time, being in [the locker room], they want to play." -Brian Schmetzer

Despite losing Clint Dempsey to a red card in the first half, the Seattle Sounders took care of business at home, completing their 2017 regular-season campaign with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids that secures them a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Major Link Soccer: Decision day brings the Playoff Bracket to Fruition

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The final day of the regular season brings the playoff bracket to light, and the northwest to the top of the West

Seattle:

The final tifo of the year from ECS was absolutely stunning (with a hat tip to Sounder at Heart's own MLS Watercolorist).

MLS:

The 2017 MLS Cup Playoff bracket has been set, with no shortage of drama coming on decision day, including the San Jose Earthquakes booking the final West playoff spot in stoppage time:

It's LOUD at Avaya Stadium.

Sounders fans unveil epic Decision Day tifo

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Sounder at Heart's very own MLS Watercolorist designed this beauty

On day of massive importance for the Seattle Sounders' playoff run, the home fans delivered possibly their best tifo of the season. Designed by our own MLS Watercolorist, the huge display included watercolor-esque illustrations of various Sounders players above the line "our love for you only the gods can understand.

Five quick numbers that explain the Sounders’ 3-0 win over Rapids

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From Roldan's passing to Leerdam's creativity, here are a few numbers that flesh out Seattle's big win

The Seattle Sounders dominated the Western Conference bottom feeders on Sunday (okay, okay, they're in 10th) in an epic 3-0 win that was full of controversy. As usual, the scoreline is the most important number in soccer—but here are a few other numbers that help paint the picture of this match.

Brian Schmetzer is here to give you chills

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Hype video will get you ready to run through walls.

It's a letter about our team, our history. It captures our worldly nature and our local heroes. This letter from Seattle Sounders FC Coach Brian Schmetzer to you is a promise of effort and grit and fight.

It is a pledge that this team operates together, and that we are a part of that togetherness.

Sounders clinch first round bye with 3-0 win over Rapids

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Nicolas Lodeiro scores two, after Clint Dempsey is shown an early red card.

SEATTLE -- Decision Day didn't exactly play out perfectly for the Seattle Sounders, but all things considered it wasn't too bad.

Most importantly, they beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 to secure a first-round by in the MLS Cup playoffs.

Sounders fans unveil epic Decision Day tifo

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Sounder at Heart's very own MLS Watercolorist designed this beauty

On day of massive importance for the Seattle Sounders' playoff run, the home fans delivered possibly their best tifo of the season. Designed by our own MLS Watercolorist, the huge display included watercolor-esque illustrations of various Sounders players above the line "our love for you only the gods can understand.

How to Watch MLS in Week 33, TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Eleven of the twelve MLS Cup playoff spots are locked in heading to decision day. The Eastern Conference is set with Toronto FC securing the Supporters' Shield and a bye but New York City FC, the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United FC and Columbus Crew SC all have a shot at the 2 seed and the second bye.

Sounders vs Colorado Rapids, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Every MLS game starts at 1 PM. Watch this one on JOEtv or in stadium with us.

Win and the Seattle Sounders get to rest. They can also get a bye if they draw, Portland loses AND Sporting KC doesn't win. It's easier if Seattle beats the Colorado Rapids, who are just an awful soccer team with less than half a goal scored per road match this year.

Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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It's Decision Day. The Sounders can decide to take second in the West with a win.

It is Fan Appreciation Day, Decision Day -- the final regular season match of 2017. There will be Seattle Sunshine pouring down on the Colorado Rapids, who have nothing to play for. The Seattle Sounders are capable of taking 2nd in the West with a win.

Tonight we can be the noise that haunts dreams

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Tonight we can be the beast that emerges from deep

My feet do not tire, for I march

My voice does not fail, for I sing

I am the noise that haunts your dreams

I am the monster of the deep

I am thousands

I am history

I am present

I am nightmares

I am a Sounder

nos audietis in somniis

nos audietis in altum

Your voices are heard.

ECS to Sounders ownership: ‘This is about trust’

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"It's not about saving that fanbase. We're writing to you today to save our ideals."

Chances are that if you've been rooting for any team in North America, it has been threatened with relocation, contraction, or something else that would have taken it away. The idea of this happening to an MLS team isn't even foreign, being that Chivas USA was contracted only a few years ago and the San Jose Earthquakes were relocated in 2005.

Major Link Soccer: Román Torres Stadium? It could happen in Panama

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I think they like him there. Also: The Crew's Precourt fails to clear things up in speaking to the press, and the USWNT defeat Korea.

Seattle

A Panamanian politician has proposed naming a soccer/baseball stadium in Arraijan after Roman Torres, who has skyrocketed to hero status in his home country.

Gustav Svensson ruled out for season finale

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Jordan Morris and Osvaldo Alonso are also unlikely to be available.

While the Seattle Sounders are going into the final game of their season treating it like a playoff game, that doesn't mean they are going to be rushing any of their injured players back onto the field.

Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer confirmed that Gustav Svensson won't be participating after an MRI revealed a "slight strain" in his left hamstring.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Player ratings

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Many Sounders impress, but Victor Rodriguez earns Realio's top spot.

A number of injuries changed the Sounders lineup again this week, so there was a predictable adjustment period at the start of this match. Seattle came out slow, and the spacing was a definite issue in the first 20 minutes.

Don’t do to Columbus what the NBA did to Seattle

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It's not too late to stop the relocation madness.

Sometimes a community is blessed with a local owner, or an out-of-towner, who truly loves them. They don't just spend the money, but they live the culture that is captured when sports and cities connect. Seattle has been blessed with that at various times.

Major Link Soccer: Landon Donovan for US Soccer President?

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Also: Hamid is leaving DC United, and the goalposts have not been kind to Seattle this year

Seattle

Steven Zakuani knew where he wanted to be as the 2009 MLS SuperDraft approached. He also learned to be happy one day at a time.

MLS

As more news comes out about Columbus Crew SC relocating, it's important to remember that teams moving in the United States is not unheard of (though that doesn't really make it any easier for the fans, of course).

This might be Clint Dempsey’s last chance to set Sounders’ franchise record for goals

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Sounders can finish as high as second or as low as fifth depending on how Decision Day plays out.

Season-finales can be a bit tricky, especially if a playoff spot has already been secured as is the case for the Seattle Sounders. The over-arching goal needs to be getting healthy, especially since the Sounders are already dealing with several injuries.

Sounders 2 moving to Tacoma for 2018 season

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S2 will play in Cheney Stadium as stadium quest continues.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 (S2) is moving to Tacoma for the 2018 season, Sounder at Heart has learned from multiple sources familiar with the team's plans. The USL team will play in Cheney Stadium with the Tacoma Rainiers taking over the business operations while the Sounders run the technical side of things.

Major Link Soccer: End-of-Season MLS Drama

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Also: U.S. advances to U-17 World Cup Quarters

Seattle

Well, it is almost here. The last game of the regular season against Colorado Rapids is Sunday. The stakes are still high. SoundersFC.com breaks down everything you need to know.

Gustav Svensson has been called up by Sweden in the last two windows, and, with a World Cup appearance on the line, the Sounders expect him to be called up for Sweden's critical matches against Italy scheduled for Nov 10 and 13.

Major Link Soccer: Will Columbus become the Austin Crew?

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Also: player safety hits a new low, and Cork City need a good contractor

MLS

DC United was busy getting blown out by the Portland Timbers, but in the build to the final goal Steve Birnbaum was knocked unconcious in front of, and then ignored by, Mark Geiger. If PRO isn't careful players are going to get hurt if the refs don't start paying attention.

What the heck is Cristian Roldan showing Victor Rodriguez?!?

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We asked readers to help us out with a Photoshop Challenge.

After annihilating FC Dallas in a 4-0 shutout at home that (finally) secured our team a playoff spot, our boys had plenty to celebrate. But one particular photo taken in the happy aftermath seemed to be perfect fodder for my favorite type of social media challenge.

Nos Audietis, Episode 263: Nine is a pretty fine number

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Sounders qualify for a ninth straight postseason.

The Sounders are officially back in the playoffs, making it a perfect nine for nine. In fact, you can go back to the USL era and the Sounders have qualified for the playoffs in 11 straight seasons and have made it all but one year of the Adrian Hanauer-Brian Schmetzer era, which dates to 2002.

Brad Evans out for 2017, future uncertain

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Herniated disk will force Evans to focus on 2018 return.

Brad Evans will not play again in 2017 and may have made his final appearance for the Seattle Sounders. After not suiting up since Aug. 5, the decision was made to focus on a 2018 return, Evans recently told Prost Amerika.

Although his back injury had previously been reported by Sounder at Heart about a month ago, Evans had been holding out some hope he would be able to return this season.

Stefan Frei makes Sounders history in Dallas win

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Frei's 12 clean sheets in a season is a club record

The Seattle Sounders' epic 4-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday was big for a lot of reasons. It clinched their trip to the MLS Cup playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, got forward Will Bruin back in scoring form, and it showed that the club is fully committed to defending their first Cup title.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Community player ratings form

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Rate the Sounders on their convincing home display against FC Dallas.

As the regular season winds down, the Seattle Sounders officially clinched an MLS Cup Playoff berth with their win against FC Dallas. Aspects of the attack showed signs of clicking, as Will Bruin notched a brace and Nicolas Lodeiro exhibited his versatility.

Sounders’ nine straight postseasons is a modern-MLS record

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Four of the Galaxy's 10 straight postseasons came in years 80 percent of teams qualified.

SEATTLE — Nine straight postseasons. It's easy to take for granted when you've literally never known an MLS season without qualifying, but what the Seattle Sounders have done is nothing short of remarkable.

Will Bruin’s brace comes at the perfect time

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Neither his goals nor his game were high on style points, but that's what the Sounders need right now.

SEATTLE — Will Bruin needed this. You could sense it in his play, in his body language, in his voice. The Seattle Sounders forward's job is to score goals and he hadn't done so in more than two months.

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

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"This franchise is committed to winning. And I think that shows in being now the only [active] club to make the playoffs nine years in a row." -Brian Schmetzer

After having trouble finding the right rhythm out of the gate, the Seattle Sounders got in sync, putting four unanswered goals on the board against FC Dallas and snatching a secure playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Major Link Soccer: Kaka thanks Orlando City FC fans in last home game

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The Brazilian legend bid farewell to Orlando in his last home match for the club Sunday.

Seattle

With their 4-0 victory over FC Dallas last night, the Sounders now hold the longest active playoff streak in the league with 9 consecutive appearances:

With today's win, your Sounders are headed to the Audi @MLS Cup Playoffs for the 9th consecutive year, the longest active streak in MLS!

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, recap: Will Bruin secures seals playoff spot

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Sounders will have a first-round bye if they can beat the Rapids in their season finale.

SEATTLE — Will Bruin may not score pretty goals, but he doesn't mind scoring important ones. The Seattle Sounders forward scored a pair of goals, both off rebounds, to lead the way to a 4-0 romp over FC Dallas on Sunday.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs OKC Energey: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 look for a win in their last match of the season.

Today's match versus the OKC Energy is the last chance to watch #TheFuture this season. Seattle Sounders FC 2 will be looking to end the season on a high note and avoid ending the year on an 8 game winless streak. While S2 isn't all about winning, they have managed just two wins in the last half of the season.

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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All Western Conference games start at 4:30 PM, but this one is on FS1. Watch with us.

Win and in — that's the simple way. Standing in the way of the Seattle Sounders are FC Dallas. Dallas is also in with a win, and help. FS1 has the 4:30 PM match. It's rather important.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Seattle: Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Jordan Morris are out injured.

How to Watch MLS in Week 32, TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. MLS has a bit of a unconventional schedule with byes, some teams observing international breaks while others do not, the Open Cup and even weather related postponements (Wednesday's win by the Houston Dynamo over Sporting Kansas City was moved because of Hurricane Harvey).

Sounders vs FC Dallas: Three Questions

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This is now a 4:30 PM game on FS1. Plan your day around it.

It's crunch time in MLS. Half the games are at 2 PM (Eastern Conference) and the other half are at 4:30 PM (Western Conference). There are merely two games left, for everyone. The MLS Cup Playoffs are just 10 days away. Seattle Sounders are 4th in the West, just a point above going on the road for the play-in round.

Win and in the playoffs, again

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But there are other ways to qualify for a ninth straight time too

The Seattle Sounders playoff scenario is rather simple -- beat FC Dallas and Brian Schmetzer's team qualifies for the MLS Cup Playoffs. That would be nine straight years when the Seattle Sounders made the playoffs and Brian Schmetzer's 11th straight season doing so.

Sounders vs FC Dallas: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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FC Dallas is visiting CenturyLink Field in Seattle to face the Sounders on FS1. If either team wins the 4:30 PM match the are in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Seattle Sounders FC can also qualify with a draw (if either RSL/`Quakes do not win) or even on a loss (if both RSL/'Quakes do not win).

Drew Fischer is the center referee.

Jermaine Jones unfairly called out Jordan Morris in his rant

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Morris made the choice that was right for him, which is what every player should be doing.

In the wake of the biggest failure in United States men's national team history, Jermaine Jones went on a bit of a diatribe. You can watch the whole thing here. But the TL;DW version of it is that he feels very strongly that the next USMNT head coach should come from outside MLS and encourage the top players to try playing in Europe.

Clint Dempsey to play in Harvey charity match

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Dempsey one of many famous athletes to participate in the Stuart Holden-organized event.

Houston Chronicle's Dynamo reporter Cory Roepken tweeted some of the lineup for Stuart Holden's upcoming "Kick In For Houston" charity soccer match benefiting the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey, a Texas native, is among the athletes scheduled to participate.

Scouting Report: One last rodeo with FC Dallas

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The Toros will aim to show Seattle what the running of the bulls is really like.

What You'll Watch

The Seattle Sounders welcome FC Dallas to CenturyLink Field on Sunday. This is their penultimate game of the regular season. This is also the second and last regular season meeting between these two teams.

Sounder Data: Chad Marshall is having an incredible season

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Sounders defender is quietly putting up the best stats of any player in years.

Greetings Sounders at Heart,

With the nation reeling from a shameful international break, we turn back to our club teams for some soccer solace. This is Sounder Data, and being a data and analytics series, I bring you that solace in the form of cold, hard, yet beautiful numbers.

Major Link Soccer: Bruce Arena resigns as USMNT coach

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It was a good run, except when it wasn't. Robert Kraft kicks around the idea of buying a Premier League team. NYCFC have to move a home game -- again.

Seattle

The UW Men and Women are hosting a double header against the respective NCAA champions October 19, and it's also a Sounders and Reign themed event.

Roman Torres basking in glory of history-making moment

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After scoring the clinching goal, Torres seems intent to making lasting memories with fans.

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Roman Torres is living his best life these days. The Seattle Sounders center back just arrived back in town following an amazing 48 hours in his native Panama, where his 88th minute goal allowed Los Canaleros to qualify for their first-ever World Cup.

Clint Dempsey’s international future very much in doubt

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This was almost certainly his final meaningful match for the USMNT.

With the United States needing a goal to secure a spot in the World Cup, it somehow made sense that it was Clint Dempsey who came closest to scoring it. The width of the goalpost was all the separated Dempsey from scoring a record-breaking goal when his country needed it most.

Major Link Soccer: Sunil Gulati could be the first domino to fall

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Also: Kaka is leaving MLS, and Houston does Seattle a favor

MLS

Orlando City SC's Captain, Kaka, has announced that he will not renew his contract after this season.

Getting on Twitter and saying you will do something to your body if a player or team does something in general is not always the best thing.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Swope Park Rangers: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 face off against the other Park Rangers tonight.

If you are a United States or Chile fan looking for a pick me up from the horror of yesterday's results, or a Panama or Peru fan looking for a gentle come down from the elation you felt, the soccer options are fairly limited today. As Sounders fans we are in luck because Seattle Sounders FC 2 are playing this very night which means we don't have to wait for the weekends set of club matches to reset the palette.

Garth Lagerwey for USSF general manager?

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Grant Wahl thinks Sounders GM is well suited for a similar role with U.S. Soccer.

Grant Wahl has a rather bold plan to help fix U.S. Soccer's structural problems: Replace USSF President Sunil Gulati with USWNT legend Julie Foudy and hire a general manager to oversee the more technical sides of the program.

Roman Torres being treated like a hero in Panama

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Sounders center back delivered his country's first-ever trip to the World Cup.

The mood around United States Soccer circles is pretty dire, but it's the exact opposite in Panama, thanks in large part to our very own Roman Torres.

The Panamanian center back scored what will likely go down in history as his country's most important goal ever, as it booked Los Canaleros a ticket to their first-ever World Cup (not to mention a great goal in its own right).

Major Link Soccer: USMNT Elimination Aftermath

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Also: Sounders Records on the Line

Seattle

Heads up! In a bid to make the match viewable by a larger, national audience, TV coverage of the Sounders' critical home game against Dallas this Sunday (October 15) has been moved to Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes; game time should remain the same.

Roman Torres puts Panama in World Cup, eliminates United States

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What an amazing turn of events.

Panama is going to the World Cup and the United States is not, all because of Roman Torres. The Seattle Sounders center back scored an 88th minute goal to give Panama a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica to secure their spot in the World Cup for the first time ever.

United States eliminated from World Cup

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Clint Dempsey gave the USMNT some hope, but couldn't quite find the equalizer.

The United States is not going to the World Cup. In a rather remarkable turn of events, the USMNT went from looking comfortable to at least get into a playoff against Australia to completely out thanks to their 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago combined with Panama and Honduras both scoring upsets on the final day of qualifying.

Seven and a half questions to answer after the US loss

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It will take years for the answers to be apparent.

With the United States failing to qualify for the World Cup there are many questions swirling around the game in the USA. Some won't be answered for about five years, others will be answered in months. Some are difficult and will impact the game in this nation for decades.

USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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The USMNT travels to Couva, Trinidad looking to lock up a ticket to Russia. In all, seven Sounders are in action during this international window.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. With their emphatic 4-0 win on Friday over Panama, the USMNT is in position to automatically qualify for Russia with a win or a draw.

Major Link Soccer: The USMNT practiced in a swamp

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The field in Trinidad & Tobago is completely waterlogged

Seattle

The Great American Beer Festival winners have been announced and plenty of Washington beers won awards. Did your favorite Seattle beer win?

Scientists survey the salmon population every year in the Pacific Northwest and for the first time, some nets are empty.

Oalex Anderson suffers setback on injured knee

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The speedy winger was apparently close to returning to full training.

Oalex Anderson suffered what appears to be a somewhat significant setback in his quest to return from a torn ACL he suffered the day before MLS Cup last season. The speedy winger had been training with the Sounders since at least May and was apparently close to being able to become a full participant at practices.

It’s time to change international breaks for the better

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Let's get rid of this long weekend every other month during the European season and respect global soccer.

Currently FIFA schedules out international breaks and tournaments in a haphazard schedule based primarily on what is best for Europe's top leagues. The primary tournament break is in the summer with international breaks for things like World Cup Qualifying taking up a long weekend every other month (essentially).

Major Link Soccer: USMNT Answer the Bell

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Christian Pulisic's dynamism brings the team one (huge) step closer to qualifying.

Seattle

Sounders FC Academy alum Paul Rothrock has earned a call-up to the U.S. U-18s.

MLS

Two of Real Salt Lake's finest in Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman have given everything for the club's success, and now face a uncertain future with the team as both of their contracts will expire at the end of this season.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Tulsa Roughnecks: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 have only pride and next season to fight for against Tulsa.

Since their last game, results out of Seattle Sounders FC 2's control went against them and they find themselves mathematically eliminated from the USL Playoffs. The writing has been on the wall for close to two months but as someone who watched both the ‘95 Mariners and the 16' Seattle Sounders there was always a pinch at the back of my skull promising the impossible.

Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union: Player ratings

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Clint Dempsey proved his importance coming off the bench.

The rollercoaster season of the Seattle Sounders continued, with an away loss to the Philadelphia Union the latest result in an up-and-down week. Losing 0-2 on short rest all the way across the country isn't incredibly surprising, especially in light of Seattle's lineup changes.

Stefan Frei’s stop of Fredy Montero wins MLS Save of the Week

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Let's take a few more moments to appreciate one of the best saves of the season.

Stefan Frei's sprawling stop of Fredy Montero's free kick last week has officially been named MLS Save of the Week. It would, of course, have been an absolute tragedy if it had failed to win. So rather than celebrate the winning of a frankly meaningless award, I'm choosing to use this news as an opportunity to watch this absolutely amazing save again.

Seattle Reign FC v Washington Spirit: player ratings

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Once again, late-game heroics from Jess Fishlock helped Reign FC finish the season on a positive note.

In their final game of 2017, Seattle Reign FC visited the Washington Spirit, looking to end the season on a positive note, give some depth players an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and help evaluate what the team has going forward into 2018.

USA vs. Panama, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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The USMNT travels to Orlando to take on Panama with World Cup qualification on the line. In all seven Sounders in action during this international window.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Panama is on 10 points and the United States is on 9 points heading into the last two games of CONCACAF's final round of World Cup Qualifying (The Hex).

Major Link Soccer: The USMNT prepares for Panama

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Can Clint Dempsey be the difference-maker again? Will the World Cup 2022 really be in Qatar? Also, Raleigh's stadium plans take a hit.

Seattle

At the espnW Women + Sports summit, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird both addressed attendees, with Rapinoe wondering why the NWSL and the Reign in particular struggle to attract large numbers when the WNT has such a strong following.

Sounders added about $1.5 million to payroll over course of season

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Victor Rodriguez becomes Sounders' fourth millionaire on roster.

The final salary numbers are now in, and the Seattle Sounders will end the year spending about 5 percent less than they were at this time in 2016. Over the course of the year, they've added about $1.5 million in annual commitments, the bulk of which will go to Victor Rodriguez (about $1.

Nos Audietis, Episode 262: What if the USA missed the World Cup?

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We also talk about the Sounders' position in the table.

The Sounders head into the final stretch of the season in fine position. Although they are coming off a 2-0 loss on the road to the Philadelphia Union, they beat the first-place Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 at home earlier in teh week. That leaves the Sounders comfortably in fourth place and with a semi-reasonable hope of still grabbing a bye.

Major Link Soccer: Sebastian Giovinco had a bad feeling about MLS Cup

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and U17 World Cup preview

Seattle

Even though it's been almost ten months since the Sounders won MLS Cup, it's always nice to talk about the historic win. Apparently, Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco had a feeling Toronto would lose to Seattle.

Seattle is one step closer to hosting a match during the 2026 World Cup.

Major Link Soccer: V-Rod’s a Dad!

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Also: World Cup Qualifying and anatomy of "The Save" 2.0

Seattle

Congrats to Víctor Rodríguez on the birth of his first child, Astrid!

Can't get enough of "The Save" 2.0 (Stefan Frei's stop of Fredy Montero's net-bound free kick in last week's Vancouver match)? Soundersfc.com breaks down Frei's heroic stop in all of its glory.

Sounder Data: Strengths and vulnerabilities

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Exploring the origin of goals scored and goals conceded

Salutations, stalwart Seattle Sounders supporters! I commend your commitment to this club we love.

Last week we saw some highs and lows; in fact, many of them occurred over the course of Sunday's loss to Philly. To be honest, last week's periods of excellence and.

Seattle makes latest cut for potential 2026 World Cup host cites

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Just 25 U.S. cities remain as potential hosts.

Seattle has moved one step closer to becoming a host city for the 2026 World Cup, advancing through the latest round of cuts that now brings the number of candidates to 32 cities across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The last round lopped off nine cities, leaving 25 from the United States.

Does Brian Schmetzer have a shorter bench than Sigi Schmid?

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The data suggests he might, but it's not yet conclusive.

How does Brian Schmetzer use his players, in comparison to Sigi Schmid?

This is a fair point of controversy, following a 0-2 road loss in which Joevin Jones played out of his best position and Cristian Roldan played through a broken arm.

Major Link Soccer: Is Mike Petke MLS’ best dressed?

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Go vote, keep Brian Schmetzer in the running through the first round. Get him past Caleb Porter.

MLS

Who is the best dressed coach in MLS? Mike Petke is probably a good vote, BUUUUUT you should go vote for Brian Schmetzer before voting closes at 11am PST. Just make sure he beats Caleb Porter.

Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union: Community player ratings form

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Rate the Sounders on their last away match of the season.

After an inspired midweek performance, the Seattle Sounders traveled to the East Coast to wander through their only match of the season against the Philadelphia Union. The pairing of Nouhou and Joevin Jones continued to frustrate down the left flank, and a broken Cristian Roldan did not provide the dynamic play we saw in the previous match.

MLS 24 under 24: Cristian Roldan got snubbed

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Sounder at Heart has some thoughts on MLSsoccer.com's annual rankings.

MLS came out with their 24 under 24 rankings and while it saw Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris make the list, Sounder at Heart has some corrections to make. The league and its voters listed Morris at 7 and Roldan at 13.

Clint Dempsey’s importance has never been more apparent

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Sounders looked completely lost until Dempsey entered game.

The fun, apparently, wasn't meant to last.

As good as the Seattle Sounders looked in their midweek clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps, they were equally as bad in the first half against the Philadelphia Union. The Sounders didn't take a single shot, rarely looked remotely dangerous and were probably lucky to go into halftime only trailing 1-0.

Cristian Roldan played with broken arm

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Brian Schmetzer admits he may have underestimated how much injury would affect midfielder.

Perhaps more disconcerting for the Seattle Sounders than the result itself — a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Sunday — was the play of Cristian Roldan.

Arguably the Sounders' MVP up until this point in the season, there was no ignoring the reality that Roldan struggled while wearing a heavy cast to protect two fractured bones in his left arm.

Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I was much happier with the quality of the play in the second half, but the first half we dug a hole. I have to look at myself and see if I can make sure that doesn't happen." -Brian Schmetzer

At home, facing the Seattle Sounders, the Philadelphia Union were a team that could only keep their playoff dreams alive with a win.

Major Link Soccer: Barcelona play an empty Camp Nou amidst Catalan Independence Vote

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Although a surreal sight, the implications for the club loom far larger than one empty stadium

Seattle:

Jordan Morris workrate off the field is just as impressive as his work on it, speaking with type 1 diabetes patients at does not shy away from Seattle Children's Hospital on living and playing soccer with type 1 diabetes.

Sounders at Philadelphia Union, recap: Union tread on Seattle

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Result keeps Sounders searching for a playoff spot. Philly still alive in East.

For their last road game of the 2017 season the Seattle Sounders lost. This prevented them from qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs, and showed a continued lack of goal-aggression without players like Dempsey, Morris and Jones (at left back).

Clint Dempsey leads seven Seattle Sounders called into international duty

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He'll face off against teammates Roman Torres, Joevin Jones in World Cup qualifying.

As the United States enters the final round of World Cup Qualifying, they will only have one Seattle Sounders player on the roster — Clint Dempsey. The former USA captain is now a rotational player under Bruce Arena, and he leads CONCACAF in scoring in the Hex.

Sounders at Philadelphia Union, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Watch on ESPN with us — at an hour too early for domestic soccer.

At some point an executive at ESPN thought "let's put soccer up against the NFL", and so there would be games on Sundays. At some point that same person thought "even the early time slot when two-thirds of the NFL plays." At some point that executive decided that putting a West Coast team at a 10 AM start was a good idea.

Reign FC close season with 3-2 win over Washington Spirit

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Fishlock's brace caps off Elli Reed's career on a good note

And so here we are, the final game of the 2017 NWSL season for Seattle Reign FC. What a tale of two halves it was — with Reign FC coming from two goals behind to earn a 3-2 win against the Washington Spirit.

Last year, when Seattle Reign FC traveled to the Maryland Soccerplex, there was drama before the ball was even kicked.