Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2017

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: TV schedule, news, updates, highlights

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Seattle starts the season on the road facing a revamped Houston team. Q13 FOX is the TV broadcaster. KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and El Rey 1360AM have the radio call for the 5:30 PM match. The Dynamo were 7-14-13 -6 in 2016, last in the West. The Seattle Sounders finished 4th in the West at 14-14-6 +1 and then won MLS Cup.

Sounders will look to win fifth US Open Cup against largest field ever

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99 teams will be involved in the 104th edition.

If the Seattle Sounders want to win their fifth US Open Cup, they will have to play against the largest field ever assembled. The US Soccer Federation announced that 99 teams will take part in the 104th edition of the tournament. The initial pairings announcement will take place on April 12.

Zach Scott joins Sounders broadcast team

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Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson reprise their play-by-play roles, Jackie Montgomery returns to studio.

A few days before the Seattle Sounders take on the Houston Dynamo to begin their quest to repeat as MLS Cup champions, the front office has announced their 2017 regional broadcast lineup.

Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson will reprise their play-by-play roles on TV and radio, respectively.

Expect Jordan Morris to start against Houston Dynamo

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Also, Chad Marshall is totally fine, you guys.

After missing a preseason match and having a few practice sessions reduced, Jordan Morris is confident he will travel to Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo (Sat. March 4, 5:30 p.m., Q13 FOX). Asked directly about his ankle, the Seattle Sounders forward responded, "It feels really good.

Scouting Report: Powering Down the Dynamo

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The reigning MLS champions take their star on the road as the 2017 regular season kicks off Saturday night.

Who You'll Watch

For the first time in their MLS history, the Seattle Sounders will open on the road. The first game of the season has the Sounders traveling to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo.

Sounders add two more players from USL affiliate

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Jordy Delem and Zach Mathers are latest players to make jump

Slowly but surely, the Seattle Sounders are filling up their available roster spots. The twin signings of Jordy Delem and Zach Mathers — both of whom spent last season with S2 — bring the Sounders to 25 players under contract.

Goal-Setting: Taking Aim on Records

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After ending last season on such a rush, it's only natural for Sounders fans to hold high expectations for 2017

A staple of many a preseason camp is goal-setting. It taps into the competitive nature of athletes and coaches, to aspire and work toward targets, both for the individuals and the collective, the team.

Nos Audietis, Episode 246: Harry Shipp and season preview

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We also let Richard Farley hang out with us.

We're now just a days away from the Seattle Sounders' first game as defending MLS Cup champions. Has a pretty nice ring to it, right?

Well, we figured we better get the band together for a season preview, inviting Richard Farley onto the show to give us another perspective on the Sounders as well as the rest of the competition.

Major Link Soccer - Long Live Zach Scott

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The She Believes Cup begins, CCL action resumes, and the US Open Cup format is set.

Seattle

The Zach Scott testimonial match was last night and after many goals and multiple lead changes, Team Alonso ultimately won the the day.

Thanks, @zkscott #ZachScottTestimonial pic.

How to watch the Zach Scott Testimonial

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Scott's final match will be livestreamed.

Zach Scott will be suiting up one more time. The longest-tenured Seattle Sounders player will also be the first to get a testimonial match, which will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Tickets will be available at the gate.

If you can't be there, though, you are welcome to watch it here with us.

Food and beverages at CenturyLink Field are about to be even more local, better

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First & Goal Hospitality takes over the CLink contract.

Normally a change of hospitality provider at a stadium is boring. Massive multi-nationals have a history of bland-ifying everything. This is not normally. This is a great local chef helping establish CenturyLink Field, and WaMu Theater, as great mass dining experiences.

USA vs Germany: How to watch the USWNT’s SheBelieves Cup opening match

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There are no Reign players, but plenty of interesting storylines for a reloading US team.

Today the second annual SheBelieves Cup (or, alternately: Sheba Leaves Cup) kicks off, with the #1 ranked United States hosting #2 ranked Germany at 4:00 p.m. Pacific in Chester, Pennsylvania, broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

2016 Player Profile #3: Stefan Frei

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The MLS Cup was his seventh major trophy. He was also the MVP of the game.

Stefan Frei's 2016 and MLS Cup performaces entered him into the United States goalkeeper picture. His citizenship is nearly finished and then he will make the switch. Now entering his fourth season with the Seattle Sounders, the 30-year-old is approaching the peak age period for high-end keepers.

Forecasting 2017, by the numbers

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The best of times; the worst of times.

The Seattle Sounders were not chasing the 2016 MLS Cup when the team parted ways with Sigi Schmid in July — at least neither players nor management could have reasonably expected, at the time, to win the league championship. Midseason coaching changes have a long and dismal history.

Kurt Schmid moving out of father’s shadow, promoted to S2 GM

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The technical staff fills out with new hires and promotions for several long time Sounders.

Former Seattle Sounders Head Scout Kurt Schmid is now Director of Player Personnel. The son of former head coach Sigi Schmid isn't just staying with Seattle, his job is expanding.

"Part of my new role, and new title, is going to be taking care of the soccer side of S2," Kurt told Sounder at Heart.

Sounders have third best odds to win MLS Cup

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They are tied for the best odds coming out of the West.

It will likely come as little surprise, but the oddsmakers like the Seattle Sounders' chances of repeating as MLS Cup champions. Bovada put out their latest odds and the Sounders are are pegged as third favorites.

Full MLS Cup champion odds, per @BovadaLV.

With Brad Evans out, who starts at right back?

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Even if Oniel Fisher passes concussion protocol by Saturday, he might not make the starting XI.

With just under a week left before the 2017 MLS season kicks off, the Seattle Sounders are faced with a selection dilemma that could put a wrench in Brian Schmetzer's plans to defend the club's first MLS Cup.

New MLS rules do not change Garth Lagerwey’s roster philosophy

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Teams can carry up to 31 players, but don't expect the Sounders to do that.

Major League Soccer announced the 2017 roster rules and regulations early Tuesday morning, but general managers around MLS already knew what to expect. The two new roster spots dedicated to Homegrown Players were already filled by the Seattle Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: The state of the HGP

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MLS is encouraging HGPs and 2017 is shaping up to be a fun year. Also some fun things about USMNT players and their Euro sides.

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Sporting Kansas City had two major fan blogs, but now they have just one as Down the Byline is retiring (though, they'll be joining The Blue Testament as a writer).

Seattle Reign unveil 2017 schedule

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Good news: there are no conflicts with Sounders home matches.

Seattle Reign FC announced today its schedule for the upcoming 2017 NWSL regular season. The season will include 12 home matches — none of which conflict with Seattle Sounders FC home matches.

In fact, very few Reign and Sounders matches overlap.

Keisuke Honda rumor update: Sounders GM provides hint of insight

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There's some evidence in Garth Lagerwey's "no comment."

It has now been nearly four days since an Italian website suggested Keisuke Honda could be signing with the Seattle Sounders "imminently." Suffice it to say, those reports were, at the very least, a bit overblown.

Since then, however, it has been pretty well established that the Sounders are at least interested in the Japanese star.

Clint Dempsey health update: Fully cleared, likely to start

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Sounders caution that Dempsey still isn't 100 percent fit, but heart issues are at least temporarily behind him.

Clint Dempsey has been fully cleared to participate in matches and it sounds like he's even likely to start in Saturday's season opener against the Houston Dynamo. Putting aside the caveats that nothing in life is guaranteed and that one irregular test could prove to be a massive setback, this is obviously great news for the Seattle Sounders and Dempsey.

Diana Matheson will miss 2017 season with ACL tear

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Furt.

Seattle Reign FC today announced that Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson has a torn ACL, and is expected out for the entire 2017 season. The injury in her left knee occurred earlier this month while Matheson trained with Canada in preparation for the Algarve Cup, which kicks off March 1.

Your 2017 SaH contributor squad

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and their favorite goals.

As a new season begins, the Sounder at Heart team is ready and as excited as you are to see the Sounders take the pitch again as depending champions! As such, here is an introduction to our team by way of our favorite goals that we've ever witnessed in person. We've listed our role within SaH and some chose to share twitter handles and personal information too.

Your 2017 SaH contributor squad

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and their favorite goals.

As a new season begins, the Sounder at Heart team is ready and as excited as you are to see the Sounders take the pitch again as depending champions! As such, here is an introduction to our team by way of our favorite goals that we've ever witnessed in person. We've listed our role within SaH and some chose to share twitter handles and personal information too.

Clint Dempsey ready to tread, and more lessons from Sounders preseason

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We have a much better idea about the depth on the squad.

Even by the usually boring standards of Seattle Sounders preseason, this year was pretty underwhelming. A notable rumor aside, the biggest signings all happened before preseason officially began, the Sounders went 0-3-2 and their best offensive performance came after they went down 4-0.

Major Link Soccer: Travel ban could hurt World Cup bid

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Soccer fans in America could have to endure another decade of missing out on hosting, which in 2026 won't have happened in North/Central America in 32 years.

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Unusual Efforts has a great piece on how to engage in "voluntourism" in a socially responsible way (hint: try not to center the experience around yourself).

Brad Evans injury update: Out 5-7 weeks

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Evans will likely go at least 21 games between starts.

Brad Evans has not started a game for the Seattle Sounders since the 4-2 loss to the Portland Timbers on Aug. 28, 2016. It will be awhile longer before he does.

Head coach Brian Schmetzer told the Seattle Times the team has made the decision to shut down Evans for at least "five to seven weeks" for what they are calling a calf strain.

Victor Mansaray open to Sierra Leone switch

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He has been a member of the United States Youth National Team picture.

Victor Mansaray, the Seattle Sounders fourth ever Homegrown Player, is open to playing for Sierra Leone if they come calling. The 20-year-old has been a member of the Sounders since midway between the 2012-2013 seasons when he joined the Sounders Academy.

Recapping the Seattle Sounders championship offseason

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Just tuning back in? Here's what you need to know.

How do you follow up an MLS Cup Championship? That was the question on the minds of Garth Lagerwey, Brian Schmetzer, and the rest of the staff as they looked to reload the Seattle Sounders roster and make another run at trophies in 2017.

While they didn't make big headlines, they did make lots of changes.

2016 Player Profile #4: Jordan Morris

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He's already won the Hermann Trophy, the MLS Rookie of the Year, the NCAA Championship and an MLS Cup. He's only 22.

It is easy to forget that at this time last year Jordan Morris was barely a professional soccer player. Just a year into his career, the Seattle Sounders forward has certainly put his stamp on the league, winning Rookie of the Year, Sounder at Heart's Young Player of Year, and an MLS Cup.

Seattle Sounders all-time Hair Best XI

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It's time to talk about this very. serious. issue.

This is probably one of the most important articles you'll ever read.

There's an abundance of aspects looked at when assessing players, like physicality, first touch, and passing accuracy, but the one category that really means something in the grand scheme of things is the player's hair.

Behold! Your Defending MLS Cup Champions, the Reigning Kings

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The 2017 campaign is upon us.

To date, none of the poems to start a season were after winning MLS Cup. They were full of optimism, provincial thoughts and pride in Puget Sound. They've been wrapped in love, in greens, in blues and in shales. These opening season poems, whether metered, rhyming or free thought, were never about a reigning MLS Cup winner.

Major Link Soccer: Stars for All

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Stars can now be added to purchased Sounders gear, via official team stores.

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If you're wondering why you saw a dump truck full of stars heading down I-5, the culprit is the Sounders, who have been permitted to apply stars to any purchased Sounders gear.

Defender Nouhou Tolo has been called up by the Cameroon U-20's for the upcoming Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

Watch Sounders rookie destroy some hapless defender’s career

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Henry Wingo scored another nice goal.

This has been a pretty underwhelming preseason for the Seattle Sounders, at least when it has come to on-field highlights. One of the exceptions has been Homegrown Player Henry Wingo. No player has provided more "aha" moments than Wingo, with his latest coming in Sunday's scrimmage against the College of Charleston.

Know Your Schmetzer

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You may think you know everything about Schmetz. And maybe you do. But come Feb. 28 and hear stories for the first time at Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life.

Although we know a lot about Brian Schmetzer, come Feb. 28 it's certain we will know a lot more.

That evening Washington State Legends of Soccer is presenting Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life at The Market Arms in Ballard, and the lineup of guests promises to reveal a few more ingredients to the Schmetz special sauce.

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew, preseason: Stats and quotes

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"Am i going to take stock in a loss, or am I going to be more informed about how we lost, why we lost, why we couldn't generate more attacking movements?" -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders lost 1-0 to a first-choice Columbus Crew squad in the final preseason warmup before the 2017 MLS season begins.

Brian Schmetzer’s dream job is now just a job

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Figuring out how to build on a MLS Cup-winning campaign is no easy feat.

There's a cliche you probably heard at a high school graduation ceremony on at least one occasion: "If you do what you love, you'll never work another day in your life."

As anyone who has done what they loved for a living can attest, this is bullshit.

Sounder at Heart is more than a blog

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Maybe you're new, or you don't stop by much, or maybe you've forgotten about SaH during the offseason. Consider this our introduction.

Way back in August of 2008, Sounder at Heart started. At the time I hoped that it would be a hybrid of KJR and USS Mariner, but talking about the Seattle Sounders.

Kenny Cooper joining Sounders final preseason scrimmage

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Seattle's healthy depth players will face the College of Charleston on Sunday at 11 AM.

Another former Seattle Sounders player is rejoining the team, but this time it is because the roster lacks a bit of depth for Sunday's scrimmage against College of Charleston (11 AM, twitter coverage only).

Sounders v Columbus Crew, Carolina Challenge Cup, recap: Another preseason loss

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Niko Hansen scores only goal of game as Crew win 1-0.

Facing their final MLS opponent in preseason, Seattle Sounders FC lost again. Columbus Crew SC draftee Niko Hansen scored the only goal of the match, helping his side to the 1-nil win. Seattle is now 0-2-3 -3 on the preseason. They play a college side on Sunday.

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.

There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.

Vote on your favorite set of Sounders kits

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Let us know which year you thought the Sounders looked best.

As has been the case literally every year, the Seattle Sounders will have a slightly different look than they had the previous season. Anecdotally, it seems like the the "Heritage" kits seem to be exceptionally popular with their nods to various parts of the club's history.

Seattle Sounders v Columbus Crew, Carolina Challenge Cup: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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With preseason ending expect a regular season lineup.

In their final tuneup before the 2017 season the Seattle Sounders take on the Columbus Crew SC. The previous three preseason matches lacked scoring by the starting XI, but that same XI saw few minutes with Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro on the pitch at the same time.

Keisuke Honda Scouting Report

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The Japanese playmaker and champion would be a "VERY high risk/high reward" signing for the Sounders

It sounds like Keisuke Honda is coming to Seattle, and, whether he joins before the season or in June after AC Milan's season is done, the Japanese midfielder will be a big signing for the Sounders.

MLS Fantasy: One week ‘til liftoff

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We mostly have answers for week one rosters; who looks to be the best bet?

Even though MLS has decided to make week 1 a "freebie" week and not count it toward your season-long total, there is still a prize at stake in week 1. One lucky winner will earn an MLS starter pack, including a $200 MLSstore.

AC Milan CEO says Keisuke Honda staying put

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Japanese star's contract runs out in summer, though.

All indications are that the Seattle Sounders really are trying to sign Keisuke Honda. The latest confirmation of this comes from well-connected MLSsoccer.com reporter Sam Stejskal (who worked with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey when both were at Real Salt Lake).

Laura Harvey will lead U.S. U-23 team in March

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She's bringing two Seattle Reign players with her for a tournament in Spain.

U.S. Soccer on Friday announced the U.S. U-23 women's national team roster for upcoming matches against Japan, England, and Norway in La Manga, Spain. In addition to Seattle Reign FC players getting selected, the club's general manager and head coach, Laura Harvey, will be coaching the U-23s for the upcoming matches.

How might AC Milan’s ownership situation affect potential Keisuke Honda transfer?

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An AC Milan blogger tries to shed some light on the confusing situation.

Editor's note: With Keisuke Honda's sale reportedly hinging on AC Milan ownership signing off on the deal, we thought it relevant to reach out to AC Milan Offside editor James Rushton for some insight into the changing ownership situation there.

Keisuke Honda transfer from AC Milan to Seattle Sounders: Rumors, news, updates

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This rumor is currently developing. Japanese attacking talent has struggled for playing time in recent seasons so AC Milan is looking to move him. Milan is currently embroiled in a lengthy ownership change and the new owners, Sino-Europe Sports, would need to approve the transfer to MLS and the Seattle Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: Real Madrid close to signing on as 2017 MLS All Star Game opponent

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That's in addition to playing a preseason Clásico in Florida. People can't stop praising Yedlin's play in the Championship. Also, a big milestone is passed as a woman coaches a men's team in continental competition.

Major League Soccer

It sounds like 34-time Spanish champions Real Madrid will be the opponent for the 2017 MLS All Star Game in Chicago on August 2.

Keisuke Honda could be signing with Sounders ‘in coming hours’

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Japanese star is on the outs with AC Milan and Italian reports say he's heading to Seattle.

The 2017 season may only be a little more than a week from kicking off, but it's starting to look like the Seattle Sounders may be poised to make one last big move. There are at least two outlets in Italy reporting that the Sounders are reasonably close to signing Japanese star Keisuke Honda, with one of those reports claiming an initial offer was made three days ago and another suggesting the deal could be finalized "in the coming hours.

2016 Player Profile #5: Chad Marshall

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The Air Marshall has many trophies - three Defender of the Year awards, three Best XIs, four Supporters' Shield, one US Open Cup and now two MLS Cup.

If one were to look up MLS centerback in the dictionary they should find Chad Marshall. The Seattle Sounders have thrived with him there both in their up-tempo Supporters' Shield winning season as well as the gritty 2017 MLS Cup.

Tacoma native, MLS veteran Joey Gjertsen wants to bring glory to the Stars

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He wants to add one final trophy to his shelf. This time with his hometown team.

With one CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals appearance, an MLS Supporters' Shield and two USL titles Joey Gjertsen now wants an MASL title with his hometown Tacoma Stars. Gjertsen's been around North American soccer, including stops in Canada with Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact and a couple years with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris get into the throwback spirit

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As usual, the friends are good sports.

Whether you love the Sounders' new retro-kit, or find it a bit underwhelming, I think we can all agree that the nod to history was a nice touch. Most of that history can be found in the details — the collar, the "Born in ‘74" jock tag and the throw-back log on the back of the neck.

Sounders want help finding fans 'posterized' by Stefan Frei save

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It was one of the best saves of all-time.

We all remember how incredible of a save that Stefan Frei made in MLS Cup Final against Toronto was in the second half of extra time. Now, the Sounders are looking for help to find the people that were behind the goal during that save.

Retweet to help us find the folks circled in yellow who witnessed "The Save.

Sounders roll out reserve-heavy lineup vs. Atlanta United

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This game could go a long way toward determining who makes the final roster.

With just two games left in their preseason schedule and a few days after their starters played significant minutes, the Seattle Sounders will be trotting out a lineup that will likely go a long way toward determining which players make the final roster.

Sounders vs. Atlanta United preseason recap: Reserves thumped

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Atlanta won 4-2 after scoring three first half goals against a weak Seattle starting XI

As the Seattle Sounders' 2017 preseason starts to wind down, it's no surprise that head coach Brian Schmetzer decided to start some of his youngest and most inexperienced players in Wednesday's exhibition match against Atlanta United.

Major Link Soccer: The CCL Resumes

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Also: The LA Galaxy show English ambitions, Atlanta looks for even more professional soccer, and the New York Red Bulls test the definition of insanity.

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Yedlin continues to see success across the pond, with at least one outlet seeing fit to ask the question of if he is now the best right back in the Championship.

Celine Dion finally reacts to infamous butt tattoo

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She was left effectively speechless.

It has now been a little more than a month since the "Celine Dion butt tattoo" beat was effectively created when Sounders fan Matt Oak declared his intention to come good on a bet he made in the offseason. I think — THINK — this is the final installment.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United, Carolina Challenge Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"It just wasn't a very pretty soccer match" -Brian Schmetzer

It started in the first minute and didn't get much better for the Seattle Sounders team on the field to start the 4-2 loss to Atlanta United in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Two big defensive mistakes by trialists gifted Atlanta two quick goals, and the Sounders failed to put up much of a fight with the third-string lineup on the field.

Sounders’ new kit is ode to history

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And you will all get stars

It is fitting that Brian Schmetzer is head coach when the Seattle Sounders reveal their first-ever throwback kit. The new secondary uniform, officially known as the Heritage Jersey, is based on the kit he wore during the NASL era. The design, white with classic ‘80s teal blue trim and just a hint of green, is a departure from the Rave Green, Sounders Blue and Cascade Shale of past primary and secondary kits during the MLS era.

It’s called: “We heart stars!”

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I earned that star on my jersey and so did you.

We watched the countdown clock. We refreshed our screens. We checked our phones. We were excited for a new/old jersey design to recognize our history while celebrating our present as champions.

What we didn't realize was that it would come with an extra victory.

Four Seattle Reign players called up for international duty

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Reign internationals will compete in the Cyprus Cup and Algarve Cup in March.

Four Seattle Reign FC players will report to international duty in March, representing their countries in the Algarve Cup and Cyprus Cup.

Cyprus Cup

Reign FC's Rebekah Stott, Jessica Fishlock, and Rachel Corsie will join their respective national teams to compete in the 2017 Cyprus Cup from March 1 to March 8.

What tactics to watch for in final phase of preseason

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There are just two games left in preseason. Wednesday the Sounders face Atlanta United at 4:30 PM and Saturday they take on the Columbus Crew at 1:30 PM.

Last Saturday, the Sounders ran out as close to a first team lineup as they have had this preseason against the Charleston Battery. While the game finished as a 1-1 draw, the Seattle Sounders deployed a very fluid 4-2-3-1 formation that focused on the talents of Nicolas Lodeiro.

This Seattle city flag-inspired kit is glorious

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Can't imagine it would be allowed, but it would be pretty awesome.

The newest Seattle Sounders kit is scheduled to drop on Thursday. But while you wait for that, allow yourself to bask in the glory of these fantasy kits designed by Reddit user davidbrent. Pay particularly close attention to the third one.

Major Link Soccer: Pie Scandal hits FA Cup

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The Roly Poly Goalie ate a pie, Schmetzer has a burden to bare, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

Seattle Sounder coach Brian Schmetzer has a burden to bear, repeating last year's unbelievable run. As good as the storybook ending of last season was, now can you take a younger team and do it again.

Heritage, with a star on it

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Our store has three shirts with a star on them. They celebrate our history (hoodie & shirt), our togetherness (hoodie & shirt) and our Sound (hoodie & shirt).

Stars are awesome. That's something we can all agree on. The Sounder at Heart community is also awesome. You already agree with that too.

Teams chosen for Zach Scott testimonial

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Coaches Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso held a live draft on Tuesday to select their squads

With just a little over a week until the Zach Scott testimonial match, we now know the rosters of the two teams that will battle it out for charity in honor of Mr. Sounder. The two team coaches, current Sounders Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, held a live-streamed draft on the Sounders Facebook page on Tuesday to select their teams.

A Testament to Mr. Sounder

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Puget Sound charitable soccer matches go back more than 100 years, but the Zach Scott Testimonial may be the best yet.

Of all the salutary-type matches chronicled in Seattle's colorful soccer annals, the March 1 Zach Scott Testimonial will check all the boxes.

Here you have a sweat-drenched, workmanlike player who wrung every ounce out of his career, who is devoted to his adopted community and who serves as an inspiration to every kid who wonders whether there's a place in the pro game for a bulldog bent on out-working all comers to earn that roster spot, again and again and again.

Seattle Reign will kick off 2017 season against Sky Blue FC

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Mark your calendars: The home opener is April 15.

On the heels of an historic broadcast deal with A+E Networks, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Tuesday the 2017 home openers for all 10 teams. Seattle Reign FC will, for the second year in a row, face off against Sky Blue FC in its first home match of the season.

Stars trip up in Ontario, still hold advantage

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The Tacoma Stars had a rough first half, but a better second half in the 7-5 loss.

The Tacoma Stars (10-7) tried to improve on the 2-7 road record thru 9 away games. The Stars visited the Citizens Business Bank Arena to face the Ontario Fury (7-8) who are hot on the the Stars tail for a playoff spot.

Seattle Sounders v. Atlanta United, Carolina Challenge Cup: Three Questions

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At 4:30 PM on Feb. 22 Seattle faces expansion side AUFC for the first time. On March 31 they play for real.

In 2017 two new teams enter MLS. The Carolina Challenge Cup gives the Seattle Sounders, and us, an opportunity for a dress rehearsal against Atlanta United FC. Atlanta and Seattle face in the CCC on Wednesday night and then just over a month later they play for real.

Major Link Soccer: Robot Enslavement in soccer

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Is VAR the robot enslavement we've been warned of and where should Adu try next?

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Our local butt tattoo is picking up overseas fame; UK newspaper the Mirror picked up the story because...Celine Dion?

YachtCon II was a success and because you miss it, here are the 10 best Yacht Rock albums.

MLS Cup banner will be raised at home opener

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Sounders expanding seating to home opener for first time in history to accommodate increased demand. You should be there.

Due to high demand more tickets are available for the home opener against the New York Red Bulls on March 19 (4 PM, FS1). The Seattle Sounders will have MLS Cup giveaways and are raising their first-ever MLS Cup banner into the rafters at CenturyLink Field.

These fantasy kits will get you in mood for Sounders’ release

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Nothing too groundbreaking, but attractive enough.

We are now less than three days away from the Seattle Sounders officially unveiling their new secondary kit. Rumors and hints point directly to it being inspired by NASL kits of yore.

In the meantime, though, we have these fantasy kits designed by @QEHZY, who actually mocked up designs for all 22 MLS teams.

Fredy Montero won’t celebrate if he scores against Sounders

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Montero also defends himself against Brad Evans' tweet.

Opinions have been pretty well split over Fredy Montero's signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

On one side, there's people — frankly, like myself — who think Montero has a right to return to MLS and be close to his family. Plus, the Whitecaps are not the Portland Timbers, or even the LA Galaxy, in terms of the intensity of the rivalry.

2016 Player Profile #6: Cristian Roldan

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He started and won MLS Cup in his second year as a pro.

In 2016, Cristian Roldan settled into a role as Seattle Sounders FC's "other defensive midfielder." No longer was he played as a right mid, except in dire circumstances. Instead, he started alongside Osvaldo Alonso. The Husky and California native became part of a midfield that forced any and all attackers wide, because facing both Alonso and Roldan is a nightmare.

Nos Audietis, Episodes 243-245: The YachtCon II

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We broke YachtCon into three episodes. You'll love it!.

The YachtCon II was exceptionally successful from just about every angle. There were more than 300 people who showed up to Queen Anne Beerhall, we hit our $5,000 fundraising goal for the Seattle Children's Autism Center and, most importantly, everyone seemed to have a really great time.

Zach Scott's testimonial match will feature 28 local legends

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They are Puget Sound soccer history.

With just over a week before the Zach Scott Testimonial (March 1, doors open at 6 PM), the roster is coming together. As of today, there are 29 players, including Scott, who will play at Memorial Stadium. These players are the living history of the A-League, USL and MLS eras of the Seattle Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: Beckham FC contemplating a Vegas move

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With his initial South Beach offering on the rocks, could a Las Vegas pivot be in the cards?

MLS

While pre-seaon MLS play can be up and down in terms of quality and pace, goodness gracious, this Chicago Fire goal:

Is this good? #cf97 pic.

Brian Schmetzer will get 'This is your life' treatment

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Washington State Legends of Soccer will host 'Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life' on Feb. 28 at The Market Arms. Admission is free.

It's pretty obvious why producers created the original This Is Your Life program. Someone attending a wake or memorial wondered why all the good tales are told a tad too late for the honoree.

Seattle Sounders vs. Charleston Battery, Carolina Challenge Cup: Stats and quotes

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MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Charleston Battery 1

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weather:58 degrees and clear

Referee: Ted Unkel

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Taylor Mueller (own goal) 31'

CHS - Kotaro Higashi 90'+2'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Jordy Delem (caution) 36'

SEA - Joevin Jones (caution) 40'

CHS - Vazquez (caution) 78'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - TylerMiller;DarriusBarnes (BrianNana-Sinkam 61'), ChadMarshall (JackMorris 75'), RomnTorres (TonyAlfaro 75'), JoevinJones (SamRogers 75'); JordyDelem (HenryWingo 61'), CristianRoldan, NicoLodeiro - captain, ClintDempsey (ZachMathers 61'), AlvaroFernandez (SeyiAdekoya 75'); JordanMorris (WillBruin 61')

Total shots: 8

Shots on goal: 3

Corner-kicks: 2

Offside: 0

Saves: 3

Charleston Battery First Half Lineup - Odisnel Cooper, Quinton Griffith, Taylor Mueller, Forrest Lasso, Obrian Woodbine, Maikel Chang, Atualla Guerra, Justin Dante Portillo, Marini, Ricardo Garbanzo, Heviel Cordoves

Charleston Battery Second Half Lineup - Alexander Tambakis, Thomas (Akeem Thomas 61'), Taylor Mueller, Wheeler, Mikey Ambrose, Maikel Chang, Dante Marini (Robbie Robinson 61'), Christopher Goslin, Anunga, Jonathan Okafor (Kotaro Higashi 75'), Vazquez

Total shots: 10

Shots on goal: 4

Corner-kicks: 6

Offside: 0

Saves: 3

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Head Coach Brian Schmetzer:

Forward Jordan Morris:

Type 1 diabetes didn’t stop Jordan Morris

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Between checking his blood sugars, calculating carbs, and giving himself insulin, it's been a lot to deal with.

There are a lot of barriers standing between the average youth soccer player and a career as a professional. There's competition, fitness, skills, bad coaching. Jordan Morris had one more barrier to deal with.

2016 Player Profile #7: Román Torres

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The Panamanian great has eight trophies to his name.

At the start of 2016 Roman Torres was recovering from a torn ACL. Despite that he was regularly called into Panama's training and competitions. Even when not playing he was the captain of their team. When he came back to the Seattle Sounders he was a potent centerback who changed games, but it was late in the season.

Sounders at Charleston Battery, Carolina Challenge Cup recap: Battery go full 92

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Extra time equalizer by Battery ends match 1-1

With both teams deep into their benches it was the Charleston Battery that played to the final whistle, scoring with just moments left in the game. Seattle Sounders opened scoring in the 32nd minute when Joevin Jones served the ball to/near Alvaro Fernandez.

Sounders bring seven unsigned players to Charleston

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Barring new additions, the bottom end of the roster is taking shape.

As the Seattle Sounders continue the 2017 preseason with the Carolina Challenge Cup, they do so with a 30-man roster that seems close to set for the year, barring new additions and expected S2 signings at the tail end of the squad.

Barnes, Delem main surprises in Sounders starting XI against Charleston

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Chad Marshall and Jordan Morris make first starts since returning from USMNT camp

The Seattle Sounders play their first Charleston Challenge Cup match today against hosts Charleston Battery, and the visitors' starting XI has just a handful of surprises. Former New England defender Darrius Barnes, on trial with the Sounders, gets the start at right-back, and youngster Jordy Delem starts alongside Cristian Roldan in central midfield.

Seattle Sounders v Charleston Battery, Carolina Challenge Cup: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Expect the starting XI to go 60+ minutes as the team gets used to weekly weekend matches.

With just two weeks left to fine tune fitness and tactics the Seattle Sounders face off against the Charleston Battery in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Brian Schmetzer wants to focus on his starters working together and being able to go 90 in their opener on March 4th.

Carolina Challenge Cup is Sounders final phase of preseason

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With the season rapidly approaching there are a final few games in Charleston, South Carolina to evaluate the roster. The Seattle Sounders will face the Charleston Battery, Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC before returning to Starfire.

There are less than three weeks left in the Seattle Sounders preseason before the MLS season opens on March 4.

A first look at S2 forward Javorn Stevens

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Stevens played a full 90 minutes and captained Antigua and Barbuda in a 3-0 loss to Mexico.

Last night new Seattle Sounders 2 signee Javorn Stevens' Antigua and Barbuda matched up against Mexico in their opening match of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. It was the first competitive match Stevens has played in since signing with 2 and quite possibly the first he has played in that was easily viewable in the United States.

Osvaldo Alonso excited to be back in Charleston

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The honey badger played one season with Charleston Battery before coming to the Sounders.

The Sounders will take part in the Carolina Challenge Cup starting this Saturday, when they take on the Charleston Battery at 4:00 pm PT. This will be the final "tune up" before the Sounders head to Houston to take on the Dynamo on March 4.

Nos Audietis, Episode 242: Cristian Roldan interview

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This is the full version of the interview we first aired at YachtCon.

Let it be said that Cristian Roldan is a very good sport. The Seattle Sounders midfielder certainly did not have to agree to an interview that took close to an hour. He sure as heck didn't have to then follow that up by going to YachtCon and participating in a panel.

Major Link Soccer: Bob Bradley continues talks with LAFC

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It's starting to look likely. Also, lots of 2017 MLS kits to ogle, and can Atlanta United FC stop unwanted chants before they start?

Seattle

Celebrating Brian Schmetzer is always a good idea in our opinion, and Washington State Legends of Soccer seems to agree. February 28 at the Market Arms in Ballard, you can attend "Brian Schmetzer: This is your life.

Sounders will let fans self-select partial season-ticket package in 2017

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And we picked out the best games to choose.

If you aren't a season ticket holder you now have your opportunity to get seats to the 2016 MLS Cup title defense. The Seattle Sounders launched their single seat and partial season ticket packages today. Full season (17 MLS games and 2 friendlies) are still available as well.

We deciphered Fredy Montero’s first interview as a Whitecap

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His mouth may have been saying one thing, but his heart was saying another.

Fredy Montero loves Seattle, there's no question about that. He married a local woman, moved his family here and even continues to own a home in Bellevue. In the past, he's indicated that he'd like to play for the Seattle Sounders again, someday.

Developing the future: A look at Seattle Reign Academy

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Is the next Lauren Barnes or Keelin Winters in Seattle? It's quite possible.

Does the next Keelin Winters, Haley Kopmeyer, or Lauren Barnes live in Seattle? That's the bet Laura Harvey and Seattle Reign FC took when they launched the Seattle Reign FC Academy in 2016. Created through a partnership with Seattle United, Reign Academy entered the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) — the top female youth club competition in the U.

2016 Player Profile #8: Joevin Jones

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Joevin Jones won numerous trophies in Trinidad & Tobago, a league title in Finland and an MLS Cup.

In 2016 Joevin Jones came into his own. After the Chicago Fire essentially gave away the left back, he showed that he could change games by surging into the attack, becoming a winger or even a forward.

Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso to coach Zach Scott’s testimonial match

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This is shaping up to be quite the cast.

Players and coaches continue to line up for a chance to participate in Zach Scott's testimonial match on March 1 at Memorial Stadium.

The latest names to be added to the roster are Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, who will serve as coaches. They are also the last two original MLS Sounders.

Major Link Soccer - NYCFC’s Third DP

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Also: Gyasi Zardes gets surgery, Bob Bradley speaks out, and a lot of players with unethical hair.

Seattle

There is no doubt that Fredy's move to Vancouver is a pretty big deal in a significant rivalry, but he is not the first major MLS player to defect to a perceived enemy.

While it's not entirely clear what brought on the emotion, Brad Evan made it clear on twitter that he isn't interested in going anywhere.

Four questions facing Sounders in final preseason games

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Chief among them is how long it takes for the attacking band to regain its mojo.

There are less than three weeks left in the Seattle Sounders preseason before the MLS season opens on March 4. A lot of the big issues seem reasonably settled by now: Stefan Frei and Clint Dempsey will likely be healthy, it's unlikely another Designated Player will be added before the summer and most of the starting lineup seems pretty well set.

2016 Player Profile #9: Clint Dempsey

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All three of Clint's major club trophies came with the Seattle Sounders. He also won the Gold Cup twice.

Any discussion about Clint Dempsey's 2016 starts and stops with the heart issues that forced him to watch the Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, rather than take the field with them. There's great news on that front.

Sounders will face German, Mexican clubs in pair of friendlies

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Both Nexaca and Eintracht Frankfurt matches will be played during international breaks.

Those two placeholders in your season ticket pack? They're for international friendlies this season as the Sounders have announced matches against Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt (July 9) as well as Liga MX side Club Necaxa (March 25).

Stars tie season-high goal mark in win

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Stars have six players with multiple points.

The Tacoma Stars entered the ShoWare Center Sunday in need of a win. Losers in the last four they had played, and facing a St. Louis Ambush side that had lost 7-5 on Friday evening to fall to a dismal 1-17 on the young season. No one would blame you for thinking trap game.

It’s true. Fredy Montero is a Vancouver Whitecap

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Hopefully the former King of Cascadia isn't also the future King of Cascadia.

The one-time King of Cascadia returns to the land of sea and sky. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the necessary trade up in the Allocation List and the acquisition of former Seattle Sounders All Star Fredy Montero.

Madalyn Schiffel: Seattle Reign's new #2 goalkeeper

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Finding out who is the new Reign goalkeeper resulted in discovering a powerful, must-watch video.

It began with a question from a friend asking me today what I knew of the new Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel. When the trade between the Washington Spirit and Reign FC was announced that sent Havana Solaun to Washington in exchange for the Christine Nairn, Schiffel's NWSL rights were included in the trade.

Major Link Soccer: Dempsey nearing full fitness

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Clint Dempsey has been cleared to play, Yedlin owns the right back spot, and some crazy Goals of the Week.

Seattle

The Seattle Sounders striker told reporters on Tuesday that doctors have cleared him for a full return to action for the first time since he was sidelined in August.

Sounders may be adding one more Homegrown Player

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After playing at Seattle U for two seasons and a year at San Diego State David Olsen may be a pro soon.

There was another new addition to trialists and invitee section of the Seattle Sounders training camp. Dave Olsen, former Academy standout and Seattle University Redhawks forward, was at Starfire today.

Clint Dempsey officially cleared to play for Sounders

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After playing in two preseason matches so far, Dempsey said that he's "85-90% back to full fitness"

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been cleared by team and US Soccer medical staff to play matches. This seemed to be the case throughout all of Seattle's preseason so far, especially considering that he played a part in both of the team's friendlies in Tucson.

Starfire phase of preseason training ends with Dempsey Day

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Two new trialists appear and Clint Dempsey talks about returning to competitive play.

Today was the last practice before the Sounders leave for Charleston, South Carolina and the Carolina Challenge Cup. There was a bit more intensity at this session, and I really think the returning young players helped, as well as knowing that this was some players' last chance to impress before getting on the plane.

Darrius Barnes on trial with Sounders

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The all-around defender is competing for a spot on the back end of the roster.

Unlike past years, the back end of the Seattle Sounders roster is quite young. Any player with more than a year of experience will probably be in the gameday 18. Having that much youth on the squad can lead to complacency and a lack of competition.

Major Link Soccer: Liga MX to air on Facebook

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Univision will air matches in English in the US only.

Seattle

Former Sounder and Charleston Battery midfielder Michael Azira's foundation, which raises money for children in rural Uganda, is having a fundraiser for the rest of February.

MLS

RSL Soapbox ranked which MLS teams their fans should hate the least; not surprisingly, the Sounders are pretty far down.

Alvaro Fernandez is the ideal squad player the Sounders need

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Former Designated Player and World Cup veteran is looking to crack the starting lineup regularly in 2017.

There is an energy and effort to Alvaro Fernandez' game so far this season. For the second time, his stint with the Seattle Sounders started in middle of a year, and just like in 2010-11, he finally has an offseason and training camp to integrate into the squad.

Gustav Svensson provides Sounders with depth and experience

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After getting many recommendations from guys like Erik Friberg, Svensson was eager to come to Seattle

Swedish midfielder Gustav Svensson joined the Seattle Sounders after they had already left for training camp in Tucson, so he didn't get much of a chance to train in Seattle and see the city before jumping into the team's preseason.

Sounders train at Starfire for first of two days prior to Charleston trip

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Get your Daily Dempsey, your injury report and Realio's report on the various drills.

After missing yesterday's practice due to a scheduling conflict (YachtCon), I was excited to see what I expected was the first full squad practice for the Sounders. That didn't happen, as there were only about 20 players warming up when I arrived.

Stefan Frei injury update: Goalkeeper days away from full return

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Recovery from ankle injury appears to be progressing faster than expected.

A bit of a chill was sent through the spines of Seattle Sounders fans when it was revealed that Stefan Frei was sent home early from United States National Team training camp with an ankle injury. Those concerns ramped up a few days later when GM Garth Lagerwey suggested the injury may be serious enough for him to miss most, if not all of preseason.

Fredy Montero appears close to joining Cascadia rivals

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Whitecaps are rumored to be interested in former Sounder.

Gross as it may be, there's some pretty plausible-sounding rumors that Fredy Montero could return to MLS with one of the Seattle Sounders' biggest rivals. Colombian paper El Heraldo is reporting that Montero is close to joining the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Yachtcon II: Photo Gallery

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Panelists and ascots, but no butt tattoo photos. Probably a good thing.

Yachtcon II is in the books. Together, the community of Nos Audietis listeners and Sounder at Heart readers raised about five grand for the Seattle Children's Hospital Autism Center.

Haven't finalized everything but it looks like we'll hit our $5,000 goal for @seattlechildren autism center from #yachtcon.

Major Link Soccer: Eric Wynalda returns to coaching

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Wynalda is looking to stir up this year's open cup with another Southern California coaching stint.

United States:

One-time manager of the Cal FC cinderella story, Eric Wynalda is out to make another upset happen in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, taking the helm of L.A. Wolves FC in the PSL.

As the team returns to a manager from MLS, Jonathan Tannewald reminds us that the USMNT's fate rests on MLS being able to continually develop American players.

Seattle Reign players lead Melbourne City to W-League title

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Jess Fishlock and Bev Yanez scored City's two goals in the Grand Final.

Melbourne City FC created history in Australia last night, becoming the first team in W-League history to win back-to-back championships. In front of a record crowd of 4,591, it was City's four Seattle Reign players who made the difference in the team's 2-0 Grand Final win over Perth Glory.

PDL reveals Sounders U 23’s Schedule

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Sounders U 23's will play 7 home matches in Sumner, WA

The Premier Development League (PDL) has revealed it 2017 divisional alignments and schedule. The Sounders U 23's remain in the Northwest Division, with Calgary Foothills FC, Victoria Highlanders FC, a Portland Timbers affiliate and Lane United FC.

Seattle Reign announce preseason schedule

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The team will take on UW and UCLA in April.

Seattle Reign FC's preseason still feels miles away, but at least fans now know what to expect before the 2017 season kicks off. Seattle Reign FC's preseason will feature two exhibition matches against UCLA and the University of Washington in early April.

Gamethread: Melbourne City vs. Perth Glory

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Four Seattle Reign players will suit up for the City W-League Grand Final.

This Sunday morning at 12:30 a.m. PT, four Seattle Reign players will be playing in the W-League Grand Final in Australia. A Jess Fishlock goal in the 107th minute helped Melbourne City FC advance to its second straight championship match.

Sounders tease new kit release date

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Guerrilla marketing slips signage out into the wild. First seen in White Center by reader Karsten.

In 2017 the Seattle Sounders are retiring the cursed Olympic Whites and releasing a new alternate kit. Their primary will remain the Rave Green with blue sleeves. The Pacific Blue third kits remain, for this year, as well.

2016 Player Profile #10: Brad Evans

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The Sheriff holds eight major trophies after winning MLS Cup in 2016.

Brad Evans started 2016 as the captain of the Seattle Sounders. He was their centerback at that point. By the end of the year he was either injured or a bench player. His large option was picked up. The team clearly sees him as a valuable member, but how they will use him is one of the greatest mysteries of 2017.

Idiot who made MLS Cup bet really got his butt tattoo

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Celine Dion will forever be emblazoned on his bum.

You remember Matt Oak, right? He's the idiot who promised to get a Celine Dion tattoo on his butt if the Seattle Sounders won any sort of trophy this year. Well, he really got it - and our very own LikkitP put together a time-lapse video of the experience set to "My Heart will go on.

Eight Sounders Academy products commit on National Signing Day

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Some will never return to the organization, some will, and some shouldn't be leaving.

With the arrival last week of the NCAA-branded National Signing Day — the first day athletes can officially bind themselves to play for a school — eight current Seattle Sounders Academy players have committed to play the 2017-18 season for various collegiate programs.

2016 Player Profile #11: Andreas Ivanschitz

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The 2016 MLS Cup was Ivanschitz' first major trophy.

When the Seattle Sounders season started, he was the central playmaker. By the end of the year, Brian Schmetzer used Andreas Ivanschitz as his left winger and set-piece service specialist. Ivanschitz is now with Victoria Plzen, and the 33-year-old continues to be one of Austria's greatest soccer players.

Yachtcon II: Everything you need to know

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The premier yacht-themed event in the Pacific Northwest returns for a sequel on Sunday.

The YachtCon II is just a couple days away and we've pretty much finalized the details. In case you were waiting until you knew more, you no longer have to.

The Basics

Who: There will be two main panels, one featuring the Seattle Reign and the other featuring the Seattle Sounders.

Major Link Soccer: Has MLS left Beckham FC behind?

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In all the expansion talk, there's little mention of Miami these days. Alvaro Saborio retires from soccer. Hope Solo will be back on TV soon, but not necessarily in goal.

Major League Soccer:

Alvaro Saborio has retired from soccer, shortly after his move back to his first club, Costa Rica's Saprissa.

Stars lose orbit, falling to San Diego and Dallas

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Tacoma dropped two more road games.

The Tacoma Stars started the weekend with a 9-5 record and two incredibly important road match ups with the (9-4) San Diego Sockers, and the (6-9) Dallas Sidekicks. The Stars did not fare well on either night.

On Friday, February 3rd, the Stars were in San Diego to take on the Sockers.

The Gifts of Cliff McCrath

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The one, the only, the invaluable Uncle Nubby. So much of what makes Puget Sound a great soccer community is tied to this longtime icon and SPU championship coach.

Wanted: Someone to supervise 300 kids 24/7 during summer, take 22 rowdy college boys cross-country to win a soccer championship in the fall, marry a couple on Saturday, christen a newborn on Sunday, keynote a corporate speech to hundreds first thing Monday and pull votes for a stadium initiative on Tuesday.

2016 Player Profile #12: Tyrone Mears

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This was the first major trophy for the 16-year pro.

Now with Atlanta United, Tyrone Mears was the starting right back whenever available for the Sounders in 2016. That was true no matter the coach or other talent on the squad. Mears will turn 34 in a couple weeks, and is now with his ninth team.

First, and Creating a Belief That Would Last

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After SPU won its first championship a higher profile for our teams and players, and a belief that Seattle/WA teams could more than hold their own on the national front.

When Seattle Pacific soccer alumni of a certain age inevitably gather, there's no shortage of stories.

From tales of seemingly endless cross-country road trips to innumerable narratives regarding their leader, Uncle Nubby, there is plenty of fodder.

Major Link Soccer - Roster Rules Explained

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Also in the news: the inevitable disappointment of Atlanta fans, a bold new strategy for Chicago, and a Portland man with the munchies.

Newcastle is back at the top of the standings for the championship and DeAndre Yedlin is being recognized as a major contributing force to the campaign.

MLS

Sometimes it seems that the rules surrounding MLS roster building are particularly complex, but SI.

Seattle Sounders and Coca-Cola celebrate MLS Cup 2016

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I'd like to buy the world a Coke, too

Sponsorship can feel inauthentic at times. But there are times when the right sponsor can make you feel like your sports team is something. A Coke sponsorship feels like something. This is the sponsor of the NBA, NASCAR, the NCAA, American Idol, the Olympics, and just about every other big time thing in the country, it seems like.

Sounder at Heart night with the Tacoma Stars

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16 bucks for a trucker cap and ticket and 2 for 1 drink night.

Once upon a time someone smart decided that when their is ice and snow on the ground it is hard to play soccer, except for indoors. And so indoor soccer was born (this story is probably false). Local indoor soccer is your preseason.

Hope Solo at a crossroads: the factors influencing her future

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Her biggest obstacle for a return to USWNT and NWSL soccer may be herself

If there was ever a player more prone to contradictions than Hope Solo, I don't know them.

In her latest interview for 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime, the 35 year-old goalkeeper seemed to want back on the team, noting that no other goalkeeper has beaten her out physically or talent wise for a spot, while being unable to stop herself from calling out both the coaching staff of the team and the players in their fight for a new CBA.

Steve Zakuani’s goodbye to team is reminder he’s great at his current jobs

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As good as Zakuani was as a player, he's an even better speaker, analyst and philanthropist.

It feels odd to be writing about Steve Zakuani "retiring" again. One, he didn't actually come back. Two, he didn't retire from his actual jobs - analyst, motivational speaker, philanthropist. But a phase of his life is clearly done, again.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Preseason: Highlights, stats and quotes

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In their second preseason match in Tucson, the Seattle Sounders came away with a 1-0 loss. There were many positives to take away from the match, including Clint Dempsey's continued progress, Nicolas Lodeiro's free kicks looking as dangerous as ever, and some strong performances from draft picks and homegrown players alike.

Jess Fishlock propels Melbourne City to W-League final

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The Welsh midfielder has a chance to win a championship with a new title: head coach

Seattle Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock is no stranger to winning. The 30-year-old has earned a laundry list of team trophies over the years: two consecutive Eredivisie championships, two W-League regular season and championship titles, Scottish Women's Premier League and Scottish Women's Cup titles, and two consecutive NWSL Shields with Reign FC.

2016 Player Profile #13: Erik Friberg

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The 2016 MLS Cup was Friberg's fourth major trophy.

About to turn 31, Erik Friberg came back to the Seattle Sounders to help them finish business, and they did. In 2016 he was almost entirely a central midfielder, playing in the glamorous role as a number eight the most often. The two-time Sounder did not have his option picked up and is now with BK Häcken in Sweden, another club he had a previously served.

Major Link Soccer: Pro/Rel isn't for America

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Sunil Gulati shares his feeling on promotion relegation in America, remember the name Timothy Tillman, and watch Goals of the Week.

Major League Soccer

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati offered his explanation for why promotion/relegation is not implemented in the United States–and isn't likely to be anytime soon.

You should go to preseason Sounders soccer, this is why

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They go to Tucson, Arizona almost every year. In 2018 take the trip with them.

When you win the MLS Cup – which, just a reminder, the Seattle Sounders did – the offseason is abridged. Players basically get a month and a half off and then they're right back to it.

But the thing is, I want to watch the Sounders constantly.

Steve Zakuani halts comeback attempt

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Former Sounders midfielder says he doesn't think he'll be ready in time for start of season and doesn't want to take roster spot away from someone else.

Steve Zakuani will not be playing for the Seattle Sounders this year. The former No. 1 MLS SuperDraft pick announced on his Instagram account that he's cutting short his comeback attempt, acknowledging that he just doesn't think he can be ready for the start of the season.

Seattle Pacific '78: First and Foremost

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Sounders FC are Washington's latest national champion. On Feb. 11 Seattle Pacific University will honor the school and state's first soccer champion by inducting them into the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame.

Many will dream, some will endeavor, but only one can be the first.

While the Sounders may now place a star above their crest, the side that first planted a flag at the summit in the name of Seattle is now about to be celebrated all over again.

Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes, Desert Friendlies Recap: Tucson trip ends with 1-0 loss

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Former Sounder Cordell Cato scores the lone goal.

San Jose Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead on a Cordell Cato shot in the 57th minute. That was the only goal of the match. Both teams started near first XIs, with Seattle Sounders making a line change in the 60th minute. Clint Dempsey was one of Seattle first XI to only go 45, but that was an expected next step in his recovery.

Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes, Desert Friendlies: Lineup

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The front six sees no changes, yes, that means more Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro action.

Establishing fitness will be the focus for the first eleven in today's lineup. Brian Schmetzer expects to use his starters for 45 to 60 minutes. That means more time for Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro, Alvaro Fernandez and Will Bruin to establish an understanding.

Seattle Sounders v San Jose Earthquakes, Desert Friendlies: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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This scrimmage is not on the Sounders schedule, but will be broadcast with Matt Johnson on the call. There are not supposed to be fans present.

Good news soccer fans. The San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders are playing a soccer game today. This scrimmage is being streamed, but is not part of an official schedule.

Major Link Soccer: Chicharito to MLS this summer?

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An ambitious proposal for a downtown stadium site is a bold step to bringing MLS to Detroit.

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Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has submitted a proposal to the city of Detroit to take ownership of a Wayne County jail site in downtown Detroit. The deal would involve Gilbert's Rock Ventures building a new criminal justice center in a separate location in exchange for the transfer of the current downtown jail site, with plans to pursue a $1 billion MLS stadium development project in its place.

2016 Player Profile #14: Nelson Haedo Valdez

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The 2016 MLS Cup was Valdez' sixth major trophy.

Nelson Haedo Valdez turned 33 just prior to winning MLS Cup with the Seattle Sounders FC. In 2016 he was an all-effort forward who had difficulty scoring. Valdez left the Sounders to join Cerro Porteño, enabling Seattle to possibly sign a new DP.

Seattle Sounders send Victor Mansaray on loan to FC Cincinnati

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The 19-year-old forward will spend at least part of 2017 playing in the USL's Eastern Conference.

FC Cincinnati announced that they have signed Seattle's United States U20 international on loan in preparation for the 2017 season. The move sends Victor Mansaray to an independent USL club where he will be fighting for playing time based purely on his performance rather than notions of potential.

Major Link Soccer: US Academies continue to expand

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Dozens of new teams join USSDA around the country, Seattle could challenge for the Shield, San Jose hired John Spencer. Congratulations to Cameroon!

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Seattle and Portland led to biggest crowd in Tucson soccer history, because of course we did.

Burgundy Wave thinks Seattle could win the Shield this year.

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

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The Sounders staff (and the fans) got a better look at how the squad is taking shape in 2017.

The Seattle Sounders played their first match of the 2017 preseason, and that's exactly what it looked like. A mixed squad with plenty of new players got up to real game speed and got to know each other better, all while putting in a respectable performance against the Timbers.

Clint Dempsey’s first game is positive step toward full return

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The rust was there, but after 30 minutes more is expected in the coming days.

It was merely a preseason game and Clint Dempsey didn't even complete a half, but make no mistake about the importance of those 30 minutes.

After being out from anything resembling competitive action for nearly six months, just getting him onto the field for the preseason opener on Saturday was a massive step forward.

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: News, lineup, updates, analysis

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The 1-1 draw was more notable for Clint Dempsey's return to play than any goal or save. Fanendo Adi and Harry Shipp scored for their respective sides. Freddy Adu played too.

The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup.

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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There's a chance that Clint Dempsey and Steve Zakuani play soccer again. You should watch.

It's time for Seattle Sounders soccer. Saturday night's game against the Portland Timbers is the first of 2017. It could feature the return to the field of both Clint Dempsey and Steve Zakuani. Head Coach Brian Schmetzer gets the opportunity to mix starters and rotational players together as five players are still with national teams and two more are injured.

Clint Dempsey starts Sounders’ preseason opener

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This is Dempsey's first competitive action since last August.

It's surely too early to pencil him into the starting lineup for First Kick, but Clint Dempsey will see his first competitive action in about six months in the Seattle Sounders' preseason opener on Saturday.

Here's YOUR #Sounders Starting XI for today's #SFCPreseason match (and welcome back @clint_dempsey)!

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies Recap: Cascadia draws 1-1

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Adi and Ship each score in dead ball situations.

Early preseason matches are more about who plays than who wins. In this case the 1-1 score will be overshadowed by Clint Dempsey and Freddy Adu. Dempsey played the first half, while Adu played the second half for Portland. Diego Valeri found Fanendo Adi to open the scoring.

2016 Player Profile #15: Zach Scott

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The legend won 10 major trophies, all with the Seattle Sounders.

Zach Scott ended his career as the third and fourth centerback on an MLS Cup winner. Now 36 Scott enters the "real world" working in an office, rather than on a soccer field. No longer will the Seattle Sounders have Zach, a new player will be the first and last onto the practice fields of Starfire.

Sounders v Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: Preview

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Saturday's 5:30 PM game will be the first action for Seattle since winning MLS Cup 2016.

The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup. The Timbers already lost to Red Bulls and NK Istra 1961 in their earlier preseason friendlies.

United States beats Jamaica in final friendly of January camp

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Jordan Morris scores the only goal in the friendlies.

Camp Cupcake ends with a 1-nil win by the United States over Jamaica. It was the only goal of the January friendlies. Jordan Morris took a pass from Benny Feilhaber and slipped it by Ryan Thompson in the 59th minute.

As they did against Serbia, the US struggled to generate an offense, but were stout in defense.

United States vs. Jamaica: Time, live stream, TV schedule and 3 things to know

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The USMNT head to Chattanooga to host Jamaica in their second and last friendly before March's crucial World Cup Qualifiers. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings. Here is your Sounder at Heart USMNT Friendly Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. This is the last USMNT game before two must win World Cup qualifiers in March and will be the last time players can impress new manager Bruce Arena.

2016 Player Profile #16: Álvaro Fernández

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Alvaro's 2016 MLS Cup victory was his fifth major trophy on three different continents.

What was old was new again in 2016. Alvaro Fernandez, who the Seattle Sounders never wanted to lose and who never wanted to leave, finally made his way back to his favorite club. Since leaving Seattle he was with the Chicago Fire, Al Rayyan (Qatar), Nacional (Uruguay), and Gimnasia (Argentina).

Open Flavor Friday: Hummus and Gyros

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Fantasy maps are hard to create, but there are now a plethora of resources for the writer, DM or creator.

The Super Bowl is coming up and you already have guacamole, but you know not everyone enjoys those flavors. I strongly recommend making hummus as an alternative. As another spread-dip you can use the same delivery devices you do for your guac (chips, pita, etc).

Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United sign speedy DP from Serie A

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The young Venezuelan joins an impressive roster. More players and coaches speak out on immigration. Frank Lampard is actually (really) retiring.

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Atlanta United has officially completed their trifecta of Designated Players for their inaugural roster. Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez will join on a loan with option to buy from Torino.

MLS Fantasy Soccer 2017 with SounderatHeart

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With unlimited transfers, you'll have more control over your team than ever before

Hello friends, and welcome to another year of MLS Fantasy Soccer with Sounder at Heart. This year brings one massive change — unlimited transfers — and numerous other tweaks (some big, some small) that MLS hopes will make 2017 the best edition of fantasy soccer yet.

Highlights of the Brad Evans-Chad Marshall Facebook chat

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Sounders teammates got together to help Facebook celebrate "Friends Day."

By now, you probably are aware that Brad Evans and Chad Marshall are good friends. Their relationship goes back to their days with the U20 national team and when they were teammates with the Columbus Crew.

They've been reunited in Seattle since 2014, but this is actually the first time since the 2009 Gold Cup that they've both been called into the senior national team at the same time.

Timbers had to go through Sounders to get Argentinian DP

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Seattle makes 75 thousand in Allocation Money as Portland sign Sebastián Blanco

For the second time this offseason an MLS team had to pay the Seattle Sounders allocation money to sign a Designated Player. Today the Portland Timbers signed Sebastián Blanco as a Designated Player. They were required to pay Seattle $75k in general Allocation Money.

No fiesta for the Stars, losing back-to-back in Mexico

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The Tacoma Stars (9-5) bring home two losses after a weekend trip to Mexico.

TIJUANA, MEXICO - Last weekend, the Tacoma Stars (9-3) hit the road for two games in Mexico against Soles de Sonora (10-2) and Atletico Baja (6-7).

The Stars were riding a five-game win streak heading into competition on Saturday, January 28th against Soles de Sonora.

Major Link Soccer - Sacramento’s Chaotic Bid

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Previously seen as a sure thing, MLS to Sacramento may now be in question.

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Harry Shipp doesn't know where he will be playing on the field, but he knows that he wants to be there for a while.

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Sacramento to MLS seemed completely inevitable right until the moment the bid all but fell apart.

NWSL, A+E launch historic broadcast partnership

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Games will broadcast on Lifetime, while streaming access will expand

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and A+E Networks on Thursday announced an historic broadcast partnership that gives A+E Networks an equity stake in the league and greatly expands broadcast access for fans.

Lifetime, part of the A+E Network, will become an official sponsor and broadcast partner of the league in a three-year deal, beginning this April.

Big wishes for the NWSL’s fifth season

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Here's what the Sounder at Heart and Ride of the Valkyries staff want to see happen to help grow the game.

In 2017, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) will enter its historic fifth season. While other women's professional soccer leagues folded after three seasons, the NWSL continues to grow and looks poised to stay for the long term.

2016 Player Profile #17: Hérculez Gómez

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In 2016 Herc won his sixth major trophy in a career which included stints with the Seattle Sounders, Puebla, the United States, Santos Laguna, and the LA Galaxy.

America lost a great soccer story, kinda. Herculez Gomez ends his soccer-playing career winning the 2016 MLS Cup with Seattle Sounders crowd surfing among a fan base that he once tweaked on social media.

Sounders lose out on Japanese transfer target

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Sevilla FC sells Hiroshi Kyotake to Cerezo Osaka.

There was a chance, ever dwindling as the days went by, that Garth Lagerwey could nab transfer target Hiroshi Kiyotake in the current transfer window. That chance ended today as Sevilla FC sold the Japanese star to Cerezo Osaka.

C Osaka finished fourth in the Japanese second division earning promotion to the J-League for 2017.

Where do Harry Shipp, Will Bruin fit in Sounders’ roster?

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The two MLS veterans provide unique threats, though it's unlikely that both players make the team's best XI

One of the intriguing questions for Coach Brian Schmetzer this season will be how to utilize Jordan Morris; is he a forward or a winger? That decision may depend on the two biggest offseason pickups for Seattle so far: Will Bruin and Harry Shipp.

Major Link Soccer: Allstar game hits the windy city

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The 2017 MLS Allstar game will be in Chicago, Maradona is going to Harvard, and Goals of the Week.

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The USL announced the 2017 schedule yesterday. S2 kicks off their 2017 season at home March 26th.

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Deadline day in Europe snagged one American.

2016 Player Profile #18: Aaron Kovar

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Aaron Kovar earned a lifetime treble with the MLS Cup victory in 2016.

Aaron Kovar was Seattle's first Homegrown Player that won Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year. He was in the Academy for a couple of years, and then went to Stanford. Now, he is a young champion, regularly getting invites to training in the UK.