Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2017

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Things learned from Open Cup Loss

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Aaron Kovar announces his return while Ray Saari announces his arrival.

There are somethings that can only be learned in a competitive match. Practice can give the coaches a lot of information about players, but only real game time can reveal the whole picture. Ideally these final puzzle pieces slide into place during preseason games or early in the regular season, and a single-elimination tournament is about the worst place to be fumbling those pieces into place.

Major Link Soccer: Jesse Gonzalez is officially a USMNT-eligible player

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The one-time switch was approved. The Garcia Report clears the USSF of wrongdoing. Haley Kopmeyer has a mind like a goldfish.

Seattle

The dreams of Derlis Gonzalez are still alive, despite his being at Dynamo Kiev's training camp, and it has Sounder at Heart readers salivating. Here's how Mackalackin sees Derlis potentially fitting into the Sounders lineup.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Open Cup postgame survey

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We have another edition of our survey of your impressions of the S2-heavy lineup that took the pitch against San Jose.

Although Wednesday's Open Cup round of 16 match did not go as planned, the Seattle Sounders worked hard to recover from an early goal against and a red card to Francisco Narbón that left them short-handed.

It sure looks like Sounders are in transitional phase

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I prefer to try to understand rather than simply rage.

There are two main narratives coming out of the Seattle Sounders' earlier-than-desired exit from the U.S. Open Cup, the third straight year they've failed to advance to the semifinals after doing so in 7 of 8 years.

The positive narrative goes something like this (and one I'll admit to subscribing to): The Sounders made a collective choice to rest a bunch of starters who had been playing a ton of minutes, not risk injury and see how their younger players could hold up in a tough game on the road.

Brad Evans not playing was the right choice

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The veteran will be needed for the final half of the season.

It's been a few days since the Seattle Sounders' quest for a record-tying fifth U.S. Open Cup title came to an end. There has been a lot of talk about how certain players should have played while others shouldn't have played. The one name that keeps popping up that should have played is Brad Evans.

Seattle Reign FC vs Chicago Red Stars: player ratings

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Megan Rapinoe stepped up in an otherwise fairly sloppy game.

In their first midweek game of the season, Seattle Reign FC defeated the Chicago Red Stars for the first time in eight games, winning 2-1 on the strength of two Megan Rapinoe penalty kicks. The game was quite sloppy, with both teams feeling the effects of short rest.

What it really means when Garth Lagerwey says he doesn’t ‘put much weight in the Supporters’ Shield’

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The soundbite is damning in light of results, but the context shows a deep, layered plan that involves winning plenty of regular season games.

When President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey told Radio Cascadia Live that he values the MLS Cup more than the Supporters' Shield, he echoed debates that many Seattle Sounders fans have had with each other.

How to Watch MLS on 4th of July Weekend, TV and Streaming Listings

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It's 4th of July weekend and MLS is here to entertain. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. As the calendar flips to July, action in MLS is heating up. The last game of June sees Friday Night MLS on National TV with Real Salt Lake hosting Orlando City.

Derlis Gonzalez is still with Dynamo Kiev and we have no idea what that means

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We do know when his next soccer game is scheduled.

If the Seattle Sounders are chasing Derlis Gonzalez it will need to happen from afar. The Paraguay and Dynamo Kiev winger-forward is currently about 5300 miles away from CenturyLink Field.

Gonzalez is not on the Paraguay roster that is playing Mexico on Saturday night (5:30 PM, FS1).

The Future of Data and Analytics with Dave Tenney

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Seattle's top sports scientist talks about translating data and analytics into success on the pitch

Last week, local Seattle tech site Geekwire hosted its second annual Sports Tech Summit, which started last year with the assistance of Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer. Last year, Hanauer was on a panel with a couple other franchise owners, and MLS commissioner Don Garber held a ‘fireside chat.

Oniel Fisher and Jordy Delem make their respective Gold Cup rosters

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Sounders are down three of their RB options during the Gold Cup

The remaining Gold Cup rosters have come out and Sounders right backs, Oniel Fisher and Jordy Delem, join Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris at the summer tournament. Seattle joins NYCFC for second most players at the tournament with four, TFC leads with five.

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

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"The one stat that sticks out is we won 57.6% of our duels, so the guys battled and they worked hard and that's all I could ask for." -Brian Schmetzer

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 2

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Venue: Avaya Stadium

Referee: Nima Saghafi

Assistants: Chris Elliott, Eric Ehrhardt

Fourth Official: Joseph Dickerson

Attendance: 13,442

Weather: Clear and 60 degrees

SCORING SUMMARY

SJ - Shea Salinas 6'

SEA - Aaron Kovar 48'

SJ - Danny Hoesen (Jackson Yueill) 84'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - FranciscoNarbón (ejection) 35'

SEA - Will Bruin (caution) 82'

SJ - Anibal Godoy (caution) 90'+2'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Tyler Miller; Nouhou, Tony Alfaro, Samuel Rogers, Henry Wingo (Will Bruin HT); Joevin Jones, Ray Saari (Oniel Fisher 87'), Francisco Narbón, Aaron Kovar; Irvin Parra (David Olsen 90'), Harry Shipp

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Brian Nana-Sinkam, Rodrigue Ele, Zach Mathers

Total shots: 4 (Shipp, 2)

Shots on goal: 2 (Kovar/Bruin, 1)

Fouls: 8 (Bruin, 2)

Offside: 1 (Parra, 1)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Kovar, 2)

Saves: 5 (Miller, 5)

San Jose Earthquakes - Andrew Tarbell; Nick Lima, Andrés Imperiale, Kofi Sarkodie; Shea Salinas (Cordell Cato 90'+2'), Jackson Yueill, Aníbal Godoy, Jahmir Hyka (Danny Hoesen 77'), Kip Colvey; Tommy Thompson (Victor Bernárdez 90'), Chris Wondolowski

Substitutes not used: David Bingham, Matt Bersano, Shaun Francis, Thomas Janjigian

Total shots: 20 (Salinas/Thompson, 4)

Shots on goal: 7 (Salinas, 2)

Fouls: 13 (Imperiale/Godoy, 3)

Offside: 1 (Colvey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Hyka, 5)

Saves: 1 (Tarbell, 1)

POST-MATCH QUOTES

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

Overall thoughts on the game:

"Well, it's unfortunate that the guys worked extremely hard, going down a man—again—and being able to manufacture a goal and then giving up a second goal.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes, recap: Open Cup ends down a man, and a goal

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Seattle loses 2-1 after playing with 10 men for 55 minutes.

There was no last-minute magic this time. Seattle Sounders lost a player to a red card in the 35th minute, and, though they managed to draw level after falling down a man, they could not hold on or steal victory. Francisco Narbon started as one of the defensive midfielders and cleared through a San Jose Earthquakes player on a tackle.

Reign FC grind out 2-1 win over Chicago Red Stars

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Pinoe converts on a pair of penalties to get 3 important points.

Fresh off grinding out a 1-1 draw against FC Kansas City where they were down to 10, the Seattle Reign FC were back at it on Wednesday night, hosting the Chicago Red Stars.

The Red Stars came into Memorial Stadium with a 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC on Sunday and looked to have Seattle's number again after their previous meeting earlier this month saw the Red Stars victorious over the Reign in Chicago.

Major Link Soccer: Wesley Sneijder next big name linked to LAFC

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Derlis Gonzalez rumors and Round of 16 US Open Cup results.

Seattle

You've been wanting transfer rumors, and Derlis Gonzalez's name has popped up again. It looks like he is on the move, and the Sounders seem to be a plausible destination.

Last week, Seattle Reign FC's Lauren Barnes spoke to 2 Up Front about the 2017 season, and her overall career in Seattle.

Reign vs. Red Stars: Photos

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Seattle Reign defeat the Chicago Red Stars with two penalties from Pinoe.

Germany vs Mexico; Confederations Cup semifinal: Streaming and how to watch

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Germany is aiming to get into their second FIFA final of the month, while Mexico wants to prove they can compete on the global stage.

The first semi-final provided action, not as much as you would want from a Portugal-Chile match but penalties and was definitely one of the better Confederations Cup matches.

A history of notable Sounders summer signings

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Sounders have used the summer transfer window often, to varying degrees of success.

Ask almost any MLS general manager when they'd like to sign players, and they'll tell you the spring transfer window is superior to the summer. There are almost innumerable benefits the biggest of which is simply time to acclimate and to have a bigger impact on the season.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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This Round of 16 US Open Cup match is available via US Soccer and on Seattle radio.

Yes, those are flag football lines you see on the field. Avaya Stadium hosted a game there yesterday. Today the soccer-specific stadium hosts soccer again. This will be Chris Leitch's first match coaching the San Jose Earthquakes after taking over for Dom Kinnear.

Jorstian Mordan has hit the big-time

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U.S. Soccer is officially on the name train.

We take pride in the little things at Sounder at Heart. Sometimes, the very little things. So, you can grant us a little understanding if we take a moment to revel in the fact that U.S. Soccer is on the Jorstian Mordan nickname train. In fact, it's the subject of the opening in the latest episode of "Behind the Crest.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Three Questions

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Hot Time in Old Town previews a red-hot Red Stars side.

Seattle Reign FC has a tough mid-week match on their hands, as the squad hosts a Chicago Red Stars team with a seven-game unbeaten run on the line. The match kicks off Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 PM PT, and will stream on the go90 app, the go90 website, and NWSLSoccer.

Eight players get their second call-up from S2 to First Team

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These should start to be familiar names.

With just 23 players on the roster, the Seattle Sounders are going to be short players for their US Open Cup match against the San Jose Earthquakes (7:30 PM, ussoccer.com). Four players are away with Gold Cup duty. Clint Dempsey remains suspended from the competition.

Seattle Reign FC vs. FC Kansas City: player ratings

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The entire team found an extra gear after going down a player early.

We expected the rematch of Seattle Reign FC hosting FC Kansas City to be another tactical battle between two quality sides, but a red card to Lauren Barnes in only the 4th minute surprised everyone. Seattle played a woman down for essentially the entire match, but some smart tactical shifts and Kansas City's lack of interest in pressing the game rewarded the home side with a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

Megan Rapinoe turns attention toward youth homelessness

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She doesn't want to #StickToSports. She'd prefer to use her platform to support LGBT youth.

As part of #SeaHomeless, a one-day media event spotlighting the issue of homelessness, we're highlighting Megan Rapinoe's efforts to support local LGBT youth.

As Pride Month wraps up, and Seattle's professional sports teams take down their rainbow flags and streamers, one local soccer player continues to use her platform to help others in the LGBT community.

Sounders have pulled off several 10-v-11 miracles

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Rarely do 10-man teams recover to earn a result, let alone win. While a larger audience saw Seattle take a surprise point at Portland, once in Texas the Sounders did the unthinkable.

If they were writing a book entitled The Team Most Unlikely To, the Sounders would already be well into chapter four.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Community player ratings form

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It's time to rate the draw that felt like a win away against the Timbers.

Well, the Portland Timbers let the Seattle Sounders stay in the game until the end, and sometimes that comes back to bite you. If that sounds like how this article started last time around, that's because it is, with some team names moved around.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes, US Open Cup: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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This games is broadcast via USSoccer.com

With brand new coach Chris Leitch in charge the San Jose Earthquakes may take this match more seriously than most. Seattle Sounders hold four US Open Cup trophies, but are using the early rounds to get younger players competitive matches and rest their aging veterans for an MLS season that's gone sideways.

Derlis Gonzalez is on move, and Sounders seem a plausible destination

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Paraguayan international has been on Sounders' radar since at least April.

Reports out of Ukraine and Paraguay on Tuesday said that Paraguayan forward/winger Derlis Gonzalez, who was previously linked to the Sounders, is on the way out of Dynamo Kyiv this summer. The same reports said that Gonzalez is too expensive for Olimpia, his preferred club back in Paraguay.

Derlis Gonzalez linked to Seattle Sounders: Rumors, news, updates

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Paraguayan forward/winger Derlis Gonzalez, who was heavily linked to Seattle earlier this season, is reportedly on the way out of Dynamo Kyiv and on his way to MLS. This story is still developing, and updates will be added as they are released.

Portugal vs Chile; Confederations Cup semifinal: Streaming and how to watch

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Chile and Portugal start it off in the first semi-final. A matchup that pits Cristiano Ronaldo vs Alexis Sanchez

Just like that we're down to four teams, with Group A winners Portugal starting off the semis against Chile. Germany will face Mexico in the other semi on Thursday June 29.

There are plenty of questions for each team going into these semis and to the hosts, as without making the semi-finals how will Russia draw in fans for the final games of the Confederations Cup.

Major Link Soccer: Will Ferrell wants Chicharito for LAFC

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The celebrity publicly campaigned for the Mexican striker.

Seattle

Microsoft has unveiled a "Sports Performance Platform" for teams to develop data patterns and make decisions. Some teams, such as the Seattle Reign, already are using it.

With two draws, the Sounders don't move, but with a loss and a draw Portland somehow moved up in the Power Rankings.

Meet Henry Wingo, the next available right back

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A lot of players aren't available for the next two games.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Right back may be the Seattle Sounders version of the Spinal Tap drummer. Brad Evans was supposed to start the season there but injury, and now a red card, took him away quite often. Now, entering an Open Cup match against San Jose Earthquakes and a road game to Colorado Rapids head coach Brian Schmetzer will have to test a sixth, yes sixth, right back just halfway through the season.

S2 put up valiant fight in second half of loss to Orange County SC

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Despite being left with a exceedingly sparse lineup S2 managed to make it a game in Orange County.

The roster Seattle Sounders FC 2 brought to Southern California was unexpectedly limited due to the weekend's USSDA playoffs. Five of S2's best players, Denso Ulysse, Rodrigue Ele, Shandon Hopeau, Sam Rogers and Felix Chenkam, spent the weekend playing for the organization's U18 Academy team.

Oniel Fisher is back in Seattle, but don't expect him to play in the Open Cup

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After playing 210 minutes in the Caribbean Cup, Fisher and Jamaica are taking a pause before the Gold Cup.

TUKWILA, Wash. — A familiar face was at the first part of practice of Tuesday's practice session. Oniel Fisher warmed up with the Seattle Sounders, and then went in early likely to do regeneration.

Sounders ready to use July break as “midseason reset”

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The Sports Science department is hard at work developing individual programs for every player on the roster

With only a few weeks to go until his one-year anniversary as head coach of Seattle Sounders FC, Brian Schmetzer is again looking for ways to boost his team into the playoffs and beyond in the second half of the season.

Olympique de Marseille wants Hope Solo

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The former Reign FC goalkeeper could make her return to the field in France.

French club Olympique de Marseille is serious in their pursuit of the former Reign FC goalkeeper, according to L'Equipe. Solo said in an interview with Ville Magazine that she doesn't know where she'll be playing next, but this report suggests she could be returning to the field very soon.

Former Sounders and Timbers added to star-studded charity match roster

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Zakuani & Friends remains the premier charity soccer event within 1000 miles, maybe more.

What if America's best athletes played soccer? It's an eternal question. It has an answer. The now annual charity event run by Steve Zakuani continues to expand its player base. In 2017 it includes Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (he also won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks) and six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson (who also played an MLS Reserve League game with Sporting KC).

Nos Audietis, Episode 255: Karmic balance

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Ignore the math, dummy.

The math may say that the Seattle Sounders came up a point short when they were on either side of stoppage-time equalizers this week. But emotionally, it feels like the Sounders ended up ahead. Maybe it's just recency bias, but the 94th minute header by Clint Dempsey feels like a bigger boost than the 94th minute equalizer by Orlando City felt deflating.

Scouting Report: Shaking the San Jose Earthquakes

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The march to a fifth Open Cup trophy continues

Who You'll Watch

The Seattle Sounders get only a couple of days to relax before they hit the pitch again. This time around it's Round of 16 action of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup against the San Jose Earthquakes.

To get here, the Sounders defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1 in the fourth round a few weeks ago, while the Earthquakes knocked off the San Francisco Deltas with two quick goals within the first six minutes of the match.

Brad Evans doesn’t think he deserved a red card against Portland

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And based on his interpretation of the rules, he just might have a case

For Seattle Sounders defender Brad Evans, red cards aren't exactly a regular occurrence. Against Portland on Sunday night, he earned only his 4th sending off in 226 appearances in Major League Soccer. Evans is known for being pretty passionate on the field for the Sounders, but his wealth of experience almost always helps him keep a cool head.

Major Link Soccer: FIFA remains connected to corruption

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Despite their efforts to the contrary, FIFA remains linked to corruption across the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Seattle

Despite decades of strong results in both types of football, Washington state doesn't always get adequately recognized, exemplified by the NFL now selling commemorative license plates with Washington DC's NFL team logo.

Rare on-field surrender cobra spotted

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Yes, that's Jake Gleeson sporting the viral symbol of the defeated fan.

In moments when your team snatches defeat from the jaws of victory your hands go up on your head and your mouth drops open, stunned. You have become the surrender cobra. This wild beast is a regular at college sporting events, but you've probably done it yourself.

No one tortures Timbers fans quite like Clint Dempsey

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His nine goals against Portland are more than anyone else has scored.

PORTLAND, Ore. — There surely has never been a week quite like the one we just experienced. On Wednesday, we were all gutted by giving up a last-play equalizer, dropping two much-needed points at home to Orlando City. A few days later, it was our turn to do virtually the same thing to the Portland Timbers, grabbing an even more improbable equalizer in the 94th minute.

Victor Mansaray returning to Sounders

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Loan to FC Cincinnati is over as Seattle reportedly recalls their youngest ever HGP.

After a half season with FC Cincinnati, Sierra Leone forward Victor Mansaray is returning to the Seattle Sounders, according to Football Sierra Leone. Mansaray recently switched away from the United States to his birth nation for international competitions and upon leaving camp shared this:

"Seattle wanted me back, I was playing at Seattle before my loan move and after my first international call-up Seattle decided they want me back.

Welcome summer with a new Sounder at Heart t-shirt or tank top

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Ignore the hoodies until autumn. It's hot now. Get a tank top or t-shirt.

For the first time, Sounder at Heart and Web Community Tees (the same people behind Gameday Depot)* are launching a tank top (click here and choose the tank top option from the garment drop down). This was a popular request due to the recent heat wave, and let's be honest: it is going to get hotter before it cools off again.

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

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"This team will not quit, it's too proud of a franchise to do that" - Brian Schmetzer

In a little bit of payback for last match, the Seattle Sounders went down to Portland, Oregon to steal a point from the Timbers in the dying minutes of the game. Although the Sounders wen down a man and a goal in quick succession, they managed to keep it close and give themselves a chance to tie right to the end.

Sounders U23s on outside of playoffs with just four to play

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Calgary and Portland sit above them in the PDL Northwest standings

The Sounders U23s are in a tough spot. The boys just finished up a three game road trip that roughed them up, dropping all possible points. After a 3-1 defeat to the Timbers U23s, the rave green side traveled to Calgary for two matches against a Foothills team that won in Sumner back in May.

Watch and listen to the euphoric reaction to Clint Dempsey's equalizer

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No way ESPN cameras would have done a better job than this.

PORTLAND, Ore. — You may remember that ESPN had planned to show live feeds dedicated to supporter sections for Sunday's Sounders-Timbers game. Understandably, the plans were scrapped after both supporters groups complained to their respective front offices.

Major Links Soccer: Dominic Kinnear is out in San Jose

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Kinnear and John Spencer were fired and Joristan Mordan made the Gold Cup roster.

Seattle

Former Sounders Academy player Kaleb Karlek passed away last week, thoughts are with his family.

Two things, one Bryce National Park is an amazing place and two, how could anyone run 100 miles there?

Clint Dempsey not starting vs. Timbers

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This would have been his third game in eight days.

PORTLAND, Ore. — For one of the few times this year, the Seattle Sounders are using very close to their A-lineup ... with one very notable exception. Clint Dempsey will begin the match on the bench, with Cristian Roldan moving into the No.

Drew Carey bought a round of beers for traveling Sounders fans

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Well, that's very nice!

PORTLAND, Ore. — Drew Carey is mostly a silent minority owner of the Seattle Sounders, only showing up to games occasionally and exerting very little influence over the way the team operates on a day-to-day basis. When he does show up, especially for road games, he usually does something to endear himself to fans.

Joevin Jones opens the scoring for Seattle

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The Sounders left back fired home the rebound of his own shot

Joevin Jones' first goal since July 13, 2016 pic.twitter.com/uk6Nc001cs

— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 26, 2017

It took just 27 minutes for the Sounders to open the scoring in Sunday's Cascadia clash with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park; left back Joevin Jones bombed down the left side and fired home the rebound from his earlier shot to take the lead for Seattle.

Clint Dempsey scores last minute equalizer

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Deuce loves scoring--especially against the Timbers

Deuce loves scoring against Portland pic.twitter.com/nPaQOPYDnT

— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 26, 2017

In a match filled with frustration for Seattle, Clint Dempsey came up huge against the team he loves to score on.

Timbers vs. Sounders, recap: Clint Dempsey does it again

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94th minute equalizer saves point for Sounders.

PORTLAND, Ore. — There isn't a team in the world Clint Dempsey seems to take more joy in scoring against than the Portland Timbers. He did it again on Sunday, and this one may have stung the worst.

Dempsey's 94th minute header -- from a Roman Torres cross, no less — allowed the Seattle Sounders to escape with a point despite playing the entire second half down a man.

This is the perfect angle on Clint Dempsey’s equalizer

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Nice work by Marcus Trufant's Barbershop.

There might not be a better angle on Clint Dempsey's 94th-minute equalizer than the one from right behind the goal. Who would have guess that Tacoma native Marcus Trufant's Barbershop would be the one to shoot it so perfectly?

@clint_dempsey equalizes and it's now 2-2 in Portland.

Sounders at Portland Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN2 coverage starts at 7 PM with kick just over 30 minutes later.

It's bonfire time. This game will be impacted by the heat. It is vital for players, team staff, referees and fans to hydrate. The winner in this Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders match will control the destiny of the 2017 Cascadia Cup.

Imagine attempting to play soccer in this heat

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Thank MLS, ESPN and both teams for changing the kickoff time.

We cannot say this enough. The unique conditions at Providence Park combined with the heat wave coming through the Pacific Northwest will impact the game. Thankfully it is much less likely to impact the health of players, now that the start time was switched to 7:30 PM.

Despite tactical plans, Sounders vs. Timbers will be decided by moments of brilliance

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The 98th meeting between the Cascadia rivals will be a lot like the other 97 — a plan destroyed by singular flashes of greatness.

They meet again. And again, and again. The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders are meeting for the 98th time in all competitions and leagues. It is the fifth time this season the two organizations face each other (1 MLS game, 1 Open Cup game, 2 USL games).

The sound of green thundered

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nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in altum

Sounders FC were kind enough to invite some of the SB Nation crew to experience a different perspective at the Portland match in Seattle a few weeks ago. As part of that experience, we got a behind the scenes look at the press operations and other behind the scenes perspectives.

2017 Gold Cup roster: Cristian Roldan earns first call-up

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Jordan Morris joins his best friend. Clint Dempsey is not on the initial release, but can be added in the knockout round.

As expected, the United States Gold Cup roster is mostly younger MLS players. Both Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan earned the nod from Bruce Arena. It will be Roldan's first opportunity to wear the red, white and blue with the senior side.

Sounders at Portland Timbers: Three Questions

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Let's sit around a bonfire and talk about soccer teams.

The latest round of the Cascadia Cup is just a bus trip to Portland. The Seattle Sounders will look for only their third road win in MLS play over the Portland Timbers. The Rave Green are nearing full health. According to Brian Schmetzer, the injury situation is "getting better, everybody's available.

Seattle Reign recap: When a draw feels like a win

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Seattle went down a player in the 4th minute against FC Kansas City, and held it together for a draw.

SEATTLE — After a month-long road trip, Seattle Reign FC returned to Memorial Stadium on Saturday for its first of three home matches over a seven-day span. The evening match was against a familiar team—FC Kansas City—who Seattle faced just a week earlier on the road.

Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC: Player ratings

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Will Bruin played his direct game and was rewarded with a goal.

This game was a microcosm of the entire 2017 season for me. Sure, we got a point against Orlando, but their equalizer on the very last touch of the game was completely disheartening. The Sounders play very well in spurts, but they're prone to some disturbing lacks of concentration – and it seems all the breaks go against them.

Expect a slower tempo than a typical Timbers-Sounders matchup

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Between the heat, water breaks and high foul teams the game will slow.

TUKWILA, Washington — It's going to be hot in Portland. The game was moved for safety reasons, but it will still be hot. Currently Weather.com forecasts 94 degrees when TV coverage starts at 7 PM, but rapidly falling down to "only" 79 at 10 PM.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Orange County Soccer Club: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 travel to the southern west coast to face Orange County SC

Seattle Sounders FC 2 have fled the PNW heatwave in favor of an unseasonable temperate Irvine, California where they have a meeting with the once Orange County Blues who now go by Orange County Soccer Club. OCSC sit second to bottom of the Western Conference on just 10 points, though they have played 6 less games than S2 and are averaging just .

Timbers take troll game to the press box buffet

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No word on if any of the Flounder Three Ways is cooked on a wood-fired grill.

It's not often that Sounder at Heart will go around praising the Portland Timbers. Maybe the stuff that Diego Valeri does in his community, or Darlington Nagbe's personal story, gets a mention in our links posts. But this, this is different.

Seattle Reign v. FC Kansas City: Schedule, preview, how to watch

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Seattle finishes a home-and-home series against FCKC on Pride Night.

On Saturday, June 24 at 7 PM PT, Seattle Reign FC kicks off against FC Kansas City—returning home to Memorial Stadium after a month on the road. The match, which will feature a number of Pride activities in support of LGBT rights, will stream on the go90 app, and it will be available on either go90.

Scouting Report: How to cut the Timbers down to size

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Returning players mean Portland gets a lot more threatening this time around

Who You'll Watch

For the second time in a month, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers will square off in MLS play. This will be the Sounders only trip to Providence Park this season in regular season play.

During Memorial Day weekend, the Sounders came out on top of the Timbers on a fourth minute goal from Cristian Roldan.

Gold Cup roster predictions: Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris make cut

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Experts all seem to think the USMNT is ready for Jorstian Mordan.

If notable national team observers are to be believed, the United States is about to get a healthy dose of Jorstian Mordan during the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. In fact, it would have to be considered a genuine shock if both Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris weren't called up together given that all six sites we surveyed predicted just that.

Sounders need to be more consistent on both sides of the pitch against Portland

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Head coach Brian Schmetzer thinks his team has played well, but they need to be better if they want to improve their season.

TUKWILA, Wash.—In the soccer world, there are pros and cons to the kind of fixture congestion that the Seattle Sounders are facing this week. Three matches in eight days is not ideal in terms of fatigue, travel, and general stress, but it does allow the team to get right back onto the pitch in an attempt to redeem themselves.

Confederations Cup final group match: Where and how to watch the Cup TV and online

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Seven of the eight teams are still able to land in the semis, expect Portugal, Mexico, Chile, and Germany to get through.

Four group stage games are left and all four spots in the semis are up for grabs still. New Zealand is the only team of the eight that has been eliminated going into the final set of matches.

Diverse targets of online rage may indicate that everything is actually borked

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We Seattle Sounders fans hold this club to incredibly high standards. Trophies are the expectation.

I read all the comments. Normally this is every couple of hours. The rare exception are gamethreads when I'm in the stadium and when I take a trip to a wilderness so wild there is no access to internet.

Major Link Soccer: Earthquakes sign Georgian DP midfielder

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The young Vako Qazaishvili will add to the Quakes' attack. 8-bit Dempsey boxes Timber Joey. Stefan Frei is up for an ESPY.

Seattle

Stefan Frei's incredible moment in the 2016 MLS Cup final continues to earn him plaudits, and now he's nominated for an ESPY for "Best MLS Player." ESPN's annual awards show will be held on July 12.

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

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It's time to rate the draw that felt like a loss at home against Orlando.

Well, the Seattle Sounders let Orlando City stay in the game until the end, and sometimes that comes back to bite you. We don't need to rehash the final few minutes of the game, but we should rate the players based on their total performances.

The Watercolorist has been challenged to a rivalry week wager

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Making rivalry an art

Yes, I claim to be the MLS Watercolorist. Yes, most of my illustrations feature Seattle Sounders players, supporters, and settings and maybe that's not fair to the rest of MLS.

I don't care.

I draw/paint/illustrate because that's how I support. I love to draw and share my creative inspiration, and that's helped me meet so many more of you this year.

Cristian Roldan’s fiery exchange with Sebastian Blanco immortalized in poster

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More like RolDAMN!

Say what you will about the concept of "Heineken Rivalry Week" but credit where it's due: Sometimes it results in some pretty cool #content. There might not be a better example than a series of posters that includes an absolutely awesome one depicting the moment when Cristian Roldan made Sebastian Blanco pee himself (just a little) during their meeting a few weeks ago.

How to Watch MLS in Week 17, TV and Streaming Listings

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It's Rivalry Week in MLS! Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday night MLS on UniMas is back again this week featuring the Houston Dynamo hosting FC Dallas as part of MLS Rivalry week. The Dynamo have been great at home compiling a 7-0-1 (W-L-T) for a 2.

Clint Dempsey's latest ad went viral, but not in the way it was intended

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We thank him, nonetheless.

Twitter can be brutal. We know this. You know this. If he didn't know it before, Clint Dempsey now knows it, too, after he Tweeted out this:

Partnering with Listerine to get that fresh, game-day feeling#Listerine #BringOutTheBold #USMNT pic.

Roman Torres says he’s not playing in 2017 Gold Cup

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This should help limit how many players will be gone.

We already know that the Seattle Sounders will more than likely be losing a few players for the upcoming Gold Cup. However, it seems that Roman Torres will not participate with Panama during this year's tournament.

Earlier today, Torres sent out a series of tweets indicating as much.

Defense on final sequence was inexcusable

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That was an awful way to drop two points.

For the past few months, the Seattle Sounders have been doing just enough to keep their heads above water. It hasn't been pretty, but it's kept them within a decent run of a playoff position. Wednesday's 1-1 tie with Orlando City wasn't exactly disastrous, but it very well could prove to be a turning point.

ESPN plans to show live feeds of Sounders, Timbers supporters’ sections

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What could possibly go wrong?

As with most encounters between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, this Sunday's affair is hotly anticipated (pardon the pun).

It will officially be the 98th match between the two. It features the last two MLS Cup Champions. It will also feature cameras in both of the clubs supporters' sections.

Sounders vs. Orlando City - Aftermatch Aftermath: Like Tears in Rain

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Against all odds, the Seattle Sounders salvaged a point against Orlando City as they drew 1-1, with a goal coming in the final seconds. Wait a minute...

Isn't soccer grand? Why, I remember playing soccer as a child, wind whipping my hair majestically as I raced across the pitch, undisciplined youths kicking at my ankles, referees blissfully unaware.

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

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"It feels like a loss. The guys put too much into the game to allow a couple silly lapses in concentration get us to that point." -Brian Schmetzer

What was looking like another 1-0 Sounders home win went downhill at the last minute, as Orlando City SC grabbed a goal on the last kick of the match to tie it up and snag a point at CenturyLink Field.

S2 rescue three points late against OKC Energy.

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After letting a two goal lead slip while up a man, David Olsen atones for early misses with late goal.

This was a topsy-turvy durvy-burvy game which included multiple red cards and missed open nets, the most dangerous lead in soccer, and a late winner. Early on it looked like Seattle Sounders FC 2, perhaps buoyed by their Open Cup win, would run Oklahoma City Energy FC off the pitch.

Major Link Soccer: Rivalry Week is here

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Some are organic, while others are not

SEATTLE

I'm sure you know already, but don't forget that Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers has been moved regarding concern over player-safety.

These look good pic.twitter.com/pNmaTy5Ib3

— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 22, 2017

MLSsoccer.

We all have roles to play in making sports safe for LGBT athletes

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Weeks like this one are important but only as much as they help start conversations.

SEATTLE — There was no denying the impressive symbolism. Seated on the dais were representatives from all five of this city's professional sports franchises. Alongside them were representatives of Athlete Ally, an organization dedicated to helping break down misconceptions and educating people on LBGTQ issues in sports.

Will Bruin opens the scoring against Orlando

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A great pass by Lodeiro and an even better finish by Bruin

Wednesday's match between the Seattle Sounders and Orlando City was pretty even in the opening 20 minutes, but it was the home side that struck first at CenturyLink Field. Nicolas Lodeiro put in a killer ball from left midfield, and Will Bruin took advantage of a defensive slip by Jonathan Spector to grab the ball and fire it past Joe Bendik to make it 1-0 to Seattle in the 18th minute.

Sounders vs. Orlando City, recap: Last-gasp goal means two points lost

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Seattle's offensive struggles continue to put it in difficult positions.

SEATTLE — Despite an early goal and playing strong defense for 93 minutes, the Seattle Sounders were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Orlando City on Wednesday. Orlando's equalizing goal — a Scott Sutter header from a Kaka free kick — came on the match's final play.

ECS unveils pair of tifo on Pride Night

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One celebrates unity, the other honors Osvaldo Alonso's 300th appearance.

In what might be a first in Seattle Sounders history, ECS unveiled a pair of overheads before Wednesday's Pride Night match.

The first honored Osvaldo Alonso's 300th appearance as a member of the Sounders and came right after the players finished warming up.

Five quick numbers that explain Sounders’ draw with Orlando City

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Sounders drew first blood, but walked away with only a point

SEATTLE — The Seattle Sounders held a 1-0 lead against Orlando City on Wednesday night for over 70 minutes, but a late defensive lapse allowed the away side to score a last-gasp equalizer to snatch two points from Seattle's grasp.

Sounders vs Orlando City, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Flip on JOEtv if you can't make it down to the stadium.

Seattle Sounders resume play at CenturyLink Field with a 7:30 PM midweek match against Orlando City. This match starts just 20 minutes after the Seattle Mariners game against the Detroit Tigers so you should plan for difficult traffic and parking hassles.

Sounders at Portland Timbers, Cascadia Cup: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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This match was originally scheduled for 12:30 PM on Sunday June 25. It is now at 7:30 PM on ESPN2.

With all three Cascadia teams tied on points after each playing twice the Seattle Sounders resume their rivalry with the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday June 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM on ESPN2.

Concern over player-safety prompts time change in Sounders-Timbers game

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In order to avoid direct sunlight and inevitable safety concerns all parties agree to move match to the evening.

Temperatures in Portland are forecast to be in the 90s. The combination of direct sunlight, FieldTurf and stadium structure resulted in concern for player safety. MLS, ESPN, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders agreed to move the match to 7:30 PM Pacific.

Seattle Reign FC at FC Kansas City: Player Ratings

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Naho Kawasumi leads a fluid attack to get a difficult point at Kansas City.

In the final game of a three-match road trip that featured beastly hot weather, extremely hot weather, and very hot weather, Seattle Reign FC visited FC Kansas City and split the points in a 2-2 draw. Injuries and fatigue from international duty forced a few changes to the Reign lineup this week.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: Player ratings

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Cristian Roldan proved himself to be the best swimmer in this ugly road loss.

Losing 1-2 on the road to a good New York City FC team is not a complete failure, but the Seattle Sounders were frustrated with the final result after taking a lead into halftime. Seattle is a finesse team that likes to keep the ball, work intricate passes, and utilize wide areas.

Sounders vs Orlando City, Pride Day: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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The Wednesday June 21 game is on JOEtv at 7:30 PM.

Both teams are in middle of a packed schedule just ahead of the Gold Cup. Seattle hosts Orlando and then heads to Portland on Sunday. The Lions continue a road trip in Chicago after the Wednesday game against the Sounders.

OCSC will be without Cyle Larin who is suspended after a DUI arrest.

Get to know Madalyn Schiffel

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Is the new Reign FC goalkeeper enjoying Seattle? In a word, yes.

In the offseason, Seattle Reign FC traded Havana Solaun and the rights to recent draftee Arielle Ship to the Washington Spirit for midfielder Christine Nairn. Added to that trade was the NWSL rights to 22-year-old goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel.

Which Refs are the Most Biased?

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Measuring referees' tendencies to make game-changing calls. Are any of them biased against the Sounders?

Well, fellow Sounders, that was an ugly one. This weekend we saw our boys fall to New York City in what was perhaps the sloppiest game I can remember watching on TV. They seriously might as well have been playing at "all-weather fields" at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Major Link Soccer: LAG might be after Andre-Pierre Gignac

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The Galaxy might be after the Tigres player.

Seattle

The Washington Brewers Festival was last weekend, and this year's winners are out.

Meet Derek Johnson, Sounders U23 and Tacoma Stars player, and a real estate broker. Somehow the 24-year old balances it all.

MLS

DC United signed former MLS player Deshorn Brown.

Confederations Cup Match Group 2 live stream: Where and how to watch the Cup TV and online

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Chile vs Germany is by far the best game of the four followed by Portugal and Russia.

Confederations Cup match-day two for each club is now upon us with the hosts Russia leading off Wednesday's games.

Group A

Russia looked good but not great against New Zealand in game one. It is more likely they held themselves in third gear for most of their 2-0 win than anything else.

Cristian Roldan and Seattle Sounders must be "fearless" against Kakà's Orlando

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Seattle is at a point where they must win home games and take advantage of teams like Orlando

For Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan, playing against the superstars of his youth — like Orlando City's Kaka — is an exercise in balancing respect and the desire to win. He may have long been a fan of Kaka, one of the most dynamic and creative midfielders of the last 20 years, but when Roldan lines up against him, it's all business.

Playing in 95+ degree weather is dangerous

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Especially in the pit of Providence Park

The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders may change the time of their match on Sunday from 1 pm to an evening start time. If you were wondering why, here is your reason: temperatures are projected to be in the upper 80's to low 90's at the start of the match, rising to the low to mid 90's by the end of the match (Weather Underground projects it to be 88 at kickoff, and 93 by 3pm).

Sounders vs. Orlando City SC: Three Questions

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A decent home team hosts a bad road squad.

Orlando City SC takes one of the largest trips in MLS, midweek, absent their best attacking player and with a captain who is hampered by injury and age. If there is a time for Seattle Sounders to pounce on a weaker opponent it is Wednesday night's game (7:30 PM, JOEtv).

Major Link Soccer: Hirving Lozano is heading to the Netherlands

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The Mexican winger is heading to PSV. Carli Lloyd is also angry about her club's fitness.

MLS

Sounders and Reign players talked a bit about Pride Month and what makes it special in Seattle.

Porto's Juan Quintero has been tied to an MLS move already, and, while we don't know who it'll be, we know it won't be the Red Bulls.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Oklahoma City Energy FC: live stream, game time, and lineups

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Watch S2 against OKC Energy FC for the first time this season.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 return to USL play after ostensibly, and successfully, deputizing for the First Team in the US Open Cup. Though the team they faced was an MLS side in name only, hopefully the victory over the Portland Timbers will provide S2 with the confidence to kickstart a second half of the season run up the table.

Sounders quick to put rain-soaked NYCFC loss behind them

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Schmetzer didn't complain, but said there was little to learn from the flooded match at Yankee Stadium

The Seattle Sounders' 2-1 loss to New York City FC in the Bronx last weekend was anything but a normal soccer match, considering the high volume of water that fell (and stayed) on the pitch for basically the entire match.

Instant Replay thinks that wasn’t a penalty

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On closer look Villa went down without contact.

Seattle Sounders fans may feel hard done once again by PRO. This time it came after Robert Sibiga called Oniel Fisher's tackle on David Villa a penalty in the 51' minute of their 2-1 defeat at the hands of New York City FC this past weekend.

The replays showed that Fisher got all ball and at worst, NYCFC should have received a corner kick.

Will Bruin, a wild card, allows Sounders to play multiple hands

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He loves his nicknames - Summer Soldier and Jax

TUKWILA, Wash. — Playing with a brace on his left arm is teaching Will Bruin some lessons about life, and how to use his body differently. The forward is left-handed, so things like brushing his teeth and hold-up play are impacted. Seattle Sounders FC will need to deal with a key player being limited for about two more weeks.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: Community player ratings form

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Let's rate the rain-soaked trip to Yankee Stadium.

That was a tough match to watch, I can't even imagine playing in it. But the Seattle Sounders and New York City FC went ahead and did just that, slogging through puddles to nudge the ball towards their teammates, occasionally successfully. So let's rate this mess!

Jorstian Mordan rocked The Newlywed Game

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Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan know each other about as well as most 20-something good friends.

That Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris have become good friends is now well-established fact among Seattle Sounders fans. Now, though, we have a better idea of just how close they are after MLSSoccer.

Scouting Report: How to tame Orlando City SC

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It's time to continue the dominance over Mickey Mouse SC

Who You'll Watch

The Seattle Sounders will return to from their brief, cross-country trip to host Orlando City SC for a mid-week clash. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 PM (another late night start) and will be the only meeting between the two teams during the regular season.

Major Link Soccer: FIFA to debate 60 minute game clock

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With Russia 2018 approaching, FIFA adds another huge rule change to the tab

Seattle

As the WNBA looks to attract fans of the college game to their league, a territorial draft offers a unique potential solution.

Despite the tornado of red tape around a viable arena solution, Seattle remains one of the most realistic host cities for an NBA expansion team.

Reign FC end road trip with 2-2 draw against FC Kansas City

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Three matches on the road, four points in all.

The Seattle Reign FC concluded their three match road trip with a 2-2 draw tonight against FC Kansas City at Swope Soccer Village. Goals from Alexa Newfield and Maegan Kelly for Kansas City, and Megan Rapinoe and Nahomi Kawasumi for Seattle, made for a thrilling night that easily could have had more than just four goals.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Tonight was a tough match. They worked hard. It was a sloppy field, it wasn't easy to play so the mentality was there, we just need the soccer part to be a little better." -Brian Schmetzer

Well that was somewhat similar to a soccer match. The Seattle Sounders traveled to Yankee Stadium just in time for a torrential downpour that made their 2-1 defeat to New York City FC more a game of lucky and unlucky bounces and sloshes than anything else.

Father’s Day live Q&A

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My dad wanted to hang out later this week so I have a lazy Sunday available to answer your questions.

While it's a packed week of soccer action I have time today to open up for a Live Q&A. Our regularly scheduled content will continue as planned.

My musical accompaniment is the soundtrack to Black Sails.

Zach Scott wins Father’s Day by dominating his kids

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Way to remind them who's boss.

Zach Scott may be retired from professional soccer, but it appears his competitive spirit is alive as ever. The former Seattle Sounders midfielder celebrated Father's Day by dominating his three kids and dog in a variety of contests.

Dominating Scott kids since '05!

Sounders at New York City FC, recap: Blues take 2-1 win in heavy rain

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David Villa scores a brace in comeback victory.

Soccer is a poor sport to play in heavy rain. Doing so on a field designed for games to be cancelled rather than play through adverse conditions created a poor viewing experience and ugly match marred by sploops, plops and splashes rather than exquisite goals.

Cristian Roldan scores the opener at Yankee Stadium

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It might be wet, but our CR7 got it done

Despite fairly even game in awful conditions at Yankee Stadium, the Seattle Sounders were first to strike on the road today through midfielder Cristian Roldan. After some great work to start the play and some help from the rain, Roldan beat the defense to fire the ball past Sean Johnson to make it 1-0 in the 40th minute.

Sounders at New York City FC, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Watch ESPN with us, in your pajamas, with coffee.

Do you hate the Yankees? Do you hate Manchester City? Then this is the game for you. New York City FC takes everything you like the least about the Yankees, Man City and MLS and puts them in one single place. The Seattle Sounders take the field at Yankee Stadium at 10 AM Pacific, for TV reasons (Hi ESPN!

Confederations Cup live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch the Cup online

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FIFA's pre-World Cup tournament kicks off with Oceania darlings, New Zealand, facing host Russia.

FIFA's biggest Pre-World Cup Tournament starts Saturday June 17 in Saint Petersburg, 8 AM Pacific., when the hosts Russia kickoff against Oceania darlings, New Zealand. The Confederations Cup is an eight-team tournament that features a team per federation, the hosts, and the reigning World Cup winners.

Sounders at New York City FC: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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Yankee Stadium hosts a 10 AM Pacifc game on ESPN.

MLS action resumes with Seattle Sounders 16th game of the 2017 season. The defending MLS Cup Champions are only 6th in the West and 13th in the Shield race due to a 5-6-4 -4 record. They face New York City FC. NYCFC is 3rd in the East due to their 7-5-3 +8 record.

Alvaro Fernandez on his emotional exit from Seattle Sounders

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"Without a doubt, this is the most important team I was a part of because it was where I felt at home despite being so far away"

It was first noted by Univision's Diego Arrioja after the Houston match that Alvaro Fernandez had said he was playing his last match at CenturyLink Field that night.

Scouting Report: Reigning down on the Blues

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Seattle takes on FC Kansas City on Saturday, June 17.

After taking last week off for the FIFA international break, Seattle Reign FC (3-2-3) returns to NWSL action this weekend in a road match against FC Kansas City (3-3-2). The game kicks off at 5:00 PM PT on Saturday, June 17, and will stream on go90.

Major Link Soccer: Cyle Larin arrested and charged with DUI in Orlando

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The Orlando striker was driving on the wrong side of the road. Andres Guardado could be coming to LAFC. We get a peek at US Soccer's payroll.

Seattle

The Sonics Arena Investment Group have released their own financing letter for their SoDo Arena plan, highlighting the lack of public money required to advance their plan compared to the KeyArena proposal.

Sounders at New York City FC: Three Questions

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Your soccer Saturday starts with a 10 AM match on ESPN.

Both teams in Saturday's 10 AM ESPN match are coming off of midweek US Open Cup games. New York City FC used most of their best players and lost. Seattle Sounders FC used their USL team and won. That midweek action combined with international play may affect the early Saturday game, but more on the side of the Blues, rather than the Rave Green.

Seattle Reign FC’s Rumi Utsugi out 3-4 weeks

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The Japanese international was injured in practice last week.

After a few days of fearing the worst about a possible injury to Seattle Reign FC midfielder Rumi Utsugi, some of those fears have dampened a bit. The team announced today that Utsugi will miss the next three to four weeks with a left calf strain.

Major Link Soccer: US Open Cup fourth round comes to an end

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There were a few upsets last night, and we'll find out Seattle's next opponent today

Seattle

A Seattle Sounders season ticket holder gave his story from an Allsvenskan Derby. It sounds like it was a blast, and we'd love to hear more stories like it!

Seattle Reign FC's Megan Rapinoe is currently tied for second in the NWSL's Golden Boot Race.

Caption This: Open Cup Edition

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If your captions are as nearly as funny as Arboleda's reaction, this should be fun

In the 28th minute of Tuesday's US Open Cup game between the Sounders and the Timbers, Kovar was whistled for "elbowing" Portland's Victor Arboleda. Surely we can come up with something funnier than Arboleda's attempt to get Kovar carded.

Scouting report: Taking a bite out of New York City FC

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How to beat the Manchester City youth squad/NYCFC

Who You'll Watch

The Sounders will travel clear across the country to take on New York City FC this Saturday. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 10:00 am PT (yeah, that's right). This is the one and only regular season meeting between the two clubs.

Sounders, Reign playing prominent roles in Seattle Pride celebrations

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Official Pride games are June 21 (Sounders vs Orlando City), June 22 (Mariners vs Tigers), June 23 (Storm vs Mercury) and June 24 (Reign vs FCKC).

All of Seattle's top-level sports teams are celebrating Pride Month at the same time this year. There will be five consecutive days when the Seattle sports community is celebrating their LGBT fans, staff, and players.

Photo Gallery: USOC, Sounders vs Portland

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In Round 4 of the Open Cup, the Sounders defeat the Timbers 2-1

Seattle Sounders travel to face San Jose in the US Open Cup round of 16

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Seattle will host quarterfinals at Starfire if they advance.

The San Jose Earthquakes will host the Seattle Sounders in the next round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the round of 16. US Soccer broadcast their draft Thursday for the upcoming games, which will be held on June 28 at Avaya Stadium.

Seattle Sounders announce time change for three matches

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The friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt moved to accommodate USA-Panama Gold Cup match

The Sounders have announced three kickoff time changes. First, they have moved up the kickoff time of the friendly on July 8 against Eintracht Frankfurt from 1:00 pm to 12:00 pm.

TIME CHANGE

Our July 8th match vs @eintracht_eng has moved up to a 12:00PM kickoff.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Open Cup postgame survey

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We're doing something a little different this week with so many lesser-known players taking the pitch at Starfire.

The first 24 minutes or so of the Seattle Sounders' fourth round US Open Cup matchup against the Portland Timbers may never be seen again, thanks to the replay of the YouTube stream beginning only partway through the match.

Sounders, Reign playing prominent roles in Seattle Pride celebrations

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Official Pride games are June 21 (Sounders vs Orlando City), June 22 (Mariners vs Tigers), June 23 (Storm vs Mercury) and June 24 (Reign vs FCKC).

All of Seattle's top-level sports teams are celebrating Pride Month at the same time this year. There will be five consecutive days when the Seattle sports community is celebrating their LGBT fans, staff, and players.

Jordan Morris disappointed at lack of playing time with USMNT

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The forward admits that with the team's quality at forward, it was understandable

Jordan Morris is back with the Seattle Sounders, prepping for the team's away match against New York City FC on Saturday. He, along with Clint Dempsey, had been called up to the US national team earlier in preparation for his country's two 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, missing two Sounders matches that he probably didn't need to miss.

U.S. Open Cup Draw: Time and livestream

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Sounders will face one of Republic, Earthquakes or Galaxy.

With the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup completely in the books, the Seattle Sounders will know their Round of 16 opponent shortly. U.S. Soccer has scheduled the draw for 8 a.m. on Thursday and it will be livestreamed on Facebook.

Major Link Soccer: US Open Cup fourth round comes to an end

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There were a few upsets last night, and we'll find out Seattle's next opponent today

Seattle

A Seattle Sounders season ticket holder gave his story from an Allsvenskan Derby. It sounds like it was a blast, and we'd love to hear more stories like it!

Seattle Reign FC's Megan Rapinoe is currently tied for second in the NWSL's Golden Boot Race.

Caption This: Open Cup Edition

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If your captions are as nearly as funny as Arboleda's reaction, this should be fun

In the 28th minute of Tuesday's US Open Cup game between the Sounders and the Timbers, Kovar was whistled for "elbowing" Portland's Victor Arboleda. Surely we can come up with something funnier than Arboleda's attempt to get Kovar carded.

Scouting report: Taking a bite out of New York City FC

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How to beat the Manchester City youth squad/NYCFC

Who You'll Watch

The Sounders will travel clear across the country to take on New York City FC this Saturday. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 10:00 am PT (yeah, that's right). This is the one and only regular season meeting between the two clubs.

Seattle Sounders travel to face San Jose in the US Open Cup round of 16

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Seattle will host quarterfinals at Starfire if they advance.

The San Jose Earthquakes will host the Seattle Sounders in the next round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the round of 16. US Soccer broadcast their draft Thursday for the upcoming games, which will be held on June 28 at Avaya Stadium.

There is no avenging the Red Card Wedding

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Winning the MLS Cup last year sort of rendered the idea unnecessary.

There was a funny moment the other day during a conversation with Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey. Someone had asked him about "The Red Card Wedding" and he sort of laughed, pointing out that he and his wife had only recently caught up on Game of Thrones.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, Open Cup: Stats and quotes

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"It's a lot of hard work by Ezra [Hendrickson], a lot of hard work by the Academy guys, and that's pushing up to our level. That's what I like to see. I thought all of the S2 players played extremely well." -Brian Schmetzer

You can rewatch the Seattle Sounders' victory over the Portland Timbers to advance to the round of 16 of the US Open Cup on YouTube.

Major Link Soccer: Tax fraud and Croatian soccer corruption

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Real Madrid stars Modric and Ronaldo are tied up in court

Seattle

Sounders beat Portland in the Open Cup. Did you know that? Probably, but I just like to remind everyone that.

Safeco Field is getting a new name for the 2019 season after the Safeco decided to not to extend their naming rights deal.

Aaron Kovar gets Seattle on the board immediately

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Sounders go up 1-0 on Timbers after just 3 minutes

It didn't take long for Seattle to open the scoring against Portland on Tuesday, but it's probalby no surprise that two long-term first team players combined to make it happen. Nouhou bombed down the left side and fired in a deep cross that none of the Portland defense managed to touch, and Aaron Kovar timed his run perfectly to blast it past Attinella and make it 1-0 in just the 3rd minute.

Roman Torres grabs late equalizer for Panama

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Goal rescues a point in World Cup qualifying

Facing Honduras in a virtual can't-lose World Cup qualifier at home, Panama needed a goal. So naturally, they turned to Roman Torres.

The center back pushed forward and managed to get on the end of a ball in the box, scoring a 90th-minute equalizer that allowed Panama to rescue a point and keep them in fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying.

Zach Mathers converts penalty, makes it 2-1

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Portland had equalized before halftime, but Seattle is back in it

Despite an equalizer by Portland in the first half, the Sounders came roaring into the second half. Not long after Aaron Kovar had a nice chance saved by the goalkeeper, Felix Chenkam's hard work in the box forced a handball by a Portland defender, earning his team a penalty.

Sounders vs. Timbers, U.S. Open Cup Recap: Not quite revenge but it works

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Sounders get goals from Aaron Kovar and Zach Mathers.

TUKWILA, Wash. — It would be a stretch to call this anything like revenge for the Red Card Wedding of two seasons ago, but a win over your biggest rivals is a win no matter how you slice it. And that's exactly what a makeshift Seattle Sounders lineup did in the fourth round of the U.

Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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This 4th Round US Open Cup match is available via YouTube and on Seattle radio.

Two ad hoc lineups will enter Starfire Stadium Tuesday night. Both the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers lack the depth to make up for injuries, international duty and fatigue; a total of 20 players were signed from their two USL sides.

Meet the 9 players Seattle Sounders signed from S2 for Tuesday’s Open Cup match

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Up to 20 of the 36 players on both of tonight's rosters could be USL talents.

With absences due to international duty, injury and just plain rotation, the Seattle Sounders signed nine players to short-term contracts for Tuesday night's (7:30 PM, YouTube) US Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers.

Trash cans to tifo: Some of the ‘best’ overlooked moments of the Red Card Wedding

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It was two years ago when the Sounders went into full meltdown mode.

Looking back on the night of June 16, 2015, it remains a surreal experience. That there were three red cards, that the game finished 7-v-11 and that Clint Dempsey ripped up a referee's notebook are the elements we likely all remember best.

How Seattle Reign players fared during the international break

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Four Reign FC players reported for international duty in Europe.

While some Seattle Reign FC players used the FIFA international break to get some well-earned rest and recovery time, others reported to their national teams. With the UEFA Women's Euro competition starting next month, this FIFA break offered a final tune-up for a number of European squads.

Sam Rogers to forgo college to sign with S2

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Rogers has become a stalwart on the S2 backline and the team no longer needs to worry about losing him come fall.

It might be a tad hyperbolic to label Sam Rogers' rise to prominence meteoric, but his journey from the least known preseason Academy invite to arguably the Seattle Sounders' top centerback prospect has been impressive.

Major Link Soccer: Yankee Stadium is a rhombus

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Union coaches aren't happy with Yankee Stadium and a Swedish club is getting bailed out by Manchester United.

Seattle

It's always good to hear someone praising Seattle! Well, maybe it's more of the NWSL itself Jess Fishlock is praising.

Key Arena's remodel will have a lot of different hoops to jump through, including tax credits and landmark status.

The Red Card Wedding: An Oral History (The Teaser)

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A Nos Audietis - Soccer Made In PDX Joint

With the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers set to meet in the U.S. Open Cup for the first time since the game we've dubbed "The Red Card Wedding," now seems as good a time as any to share a project we've been working on in conjunction with Soccer Made In Portland.

Stefan Frei could be an American citizen on Tuesday

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The Sounders goalkeeper takes his citizenship test shortly after throwing the first pitch on Sunday night.

When the Gold Cup preliminary roster came out earlier this month, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei was not on it. It's important to note that Frei is not yet a citizen of the United States.

Sounders-Timbers rivalry as strong as ever

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They might play each other a lot, but Seattle isn't sick of the matchup

Most Seattle Sounders fans (but not all) probably can't get enough of Timbers matchups, of which there have been an extremely high number in recent years, thanks in part to the US Open Cup regional draw. The two sides are set to meet on Tuesday at Starfire Sports in Tukwila in USOC play, having already met once in the league this season.

Timbers to feature reserve-heavy lineup against Sounders in U.S. Open Cup

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Porter says the lineup will look very T2-like.

Just as the Seattle Sounders are expected to play a heavy reserve side against their Cascadian rivals, the Portland Timbers should be playing a reserve side. With a handful of injuries and national team call-ups impacting the club, Portland is going to play a side that looks more like T2 than it does the First Team.

NWSL changes rules, game times to aid player safety

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Five Reign FC games shift kickoff time, but at the expense of seeing Seattle on TV again this regular season.

Following an outcry regarding the league's plan for extreme conditions after the Seattle Reign FC game against Houston Dash on May 27, the National Women's Soccer League announced today that it has adjusted the start times of 23 games over the remainder of the 2017 season and implemented new procedures for addressing extreme heat, effective immediately.

Chaotic Sounders 2 lineup results in loss to Rio Grande Valley FC

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S2's good form interrupted by First Team preparations for the US Open Cup.

The match between Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night was a bit of a mess. Both teams were clearly disrupted by the whims of their parent clubs and impeded by a bad grass field that was bumpy and uneven in the 18 and near the touch lines, and featured several divots bigger than a Bible.

Chaotic Sounders 2 lineup results in loss to Rio Grande Valley FC

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S2's good form interrupted by First Team preparations for the US Open Cup.

The match between Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night was a bit of a mess. Both teams were clearly disrupted by the whims of their parent clubs and impeded by a bad grass field that was bumpy and uneven in the 18 and near the touch lines, and featured several divots bigger than a Bible.

Major Link Soccer: The great American hope

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The torch has been passed. Also, Michael Bradley isn't half bad, and FIFA 18 has the Galaxy angling for the protagonist superstar.

Seattle

Historical preservation rules are going to play a big role in any potential Key Arena renovation. If you want the ultimate rundown on what that process will be like, check out Sonics Rising.

Scouting Report: Sounders-Timbers Open Cup

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It's time to add another trophy to the case.

Who You'll Watch

For the second time in three years, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers will meet in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Only three words need be uttered when referring to the last time these two faced off in the Open Cup — Red Card Wedding.

The good and bad of losing Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris to the USMNT

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The two USMNT players missed two regular season games, and possibly more.

There are a wide range of feelings about losing Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris for the loss to the Columbus Crew and the win over the Houston Dynamo. Both could have helped the Seattle Sounders more than they did the United States.

Sounders vs. Houston Dyanmo: Player Ratings

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Seattle won 1-nil, with defensive midfielder Gustav Svensson earning the Man of the Match from SaH player rater Realio. Chad Marshall earned the nod from the community.

The home game last Sunday night ended 1-0 to the good guys, and the Seattle Sounders dominated play for much of the game. The Houston Dynamo were contained by a strong Seattle defense that limited opportunities for the away side while creating its own chances throughout the game.

USA at Mexico, World Cup Qualifying: TV Schedule, News, Highlights

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At 5:30 PM FS1, Univision and UDN are showing the biggest game in CONCACAF this year.

With Bruce Arena in charge the United States is attempting to overcome a 2-40-7 record in Mexico. They have never won a World Cup Qualifier on the road against El Tri.

Expect several lineup changes.

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

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Before FIFA ruins World Cup Qualifying with a come one come all 48 team World Cup, we have the quadrennial USMNT travelling to Azteca game.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The United States Men's National Team held serve at home on Thursday with a 2-0 home win over Trinidad and Tobago. Christian Pulisic was the Man of the Match with both goals and Clint Dempsey was upset after getting subbed out in the 61st minute.

Don’t tread on Clint Dempsey’s hatred of Portland

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Nagbe almost tricks Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey is currently away on national team duty, preparing for the USMNT vs Mexico World Cup qualifying match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Also there? Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. They are obviously professionals, friendly with each other as USMNT teammates.

USA v. Norway: Lineups, schedule, how to watch on TV, online

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The USWNT closes its European road trip today against a historically tough opponent.

On Sunday, June 11, the U.S. Women's National Team takes on Norway in its second match of a two-game European road trip. The match kicks off at 10:15 AM PT on FOX.

Seattle Reign FC's Megan Rapinoe was called up by USWNT Coach Jill Ellis for the friendlies, and saw about one minute of playing time in the 1-0 U.

Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey thinks SuperLiga 2.0 "would be awesome"

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He looks forward to competing with Liga MX sides.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Over the past few months movement towards a new competition between MLS and Liga MX advanced rapidly. It could either be like the old SuperLiga with the ‘best' teams not in CONCACAF Champions League participating, and/or a match-up between the two reigning champions.

Sounders speak out on Alvaro Fernandez situation

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Brian Schmetzer says Fernandez will be under consideration for US Open Cup match vs. Timbers.

TUKWILA, Wash. — There was a somewhat surprising face participating in Seattle Sounders training on Friday, their first public session since Sunday's win. Sure enough, Alvaro Fernandez was there going through the paces just as he had the day before that game.

Andy Rose could be a Sounder again, someday

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The former midfielder is out of contract and in the Seattle area, but that doesn't mean a signing is imminent.

Astute eyes noticed that a former Coventry City and Seattle Sounders midfielder was on the sideline during Seattle's last home game. Andy Rose has friends in the area, he lived here for a few years, and his sister is currently an assistant tennis coach at UW.

It's Full Time for F.X. McRory's

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The legendary bar and restaurant carries connections throughout Seattle sports, including with Seattle Sounders of past and present.

When F.X. McRory's Steak, Chop and Oyster House dropped anchor in Pioneer Square back in the autumn of 1977, a half-dozen oysters went for less than two bucks and the highest-paid Sounder's salary was $30,000.

Sounders 2 at Rio Grande Valley FC: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 look to continue winning ways against Rio Grande Valley FC.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 are in the far southern tip of Texas to face Rio Grande Valley FC at the close of what was a scorcher. The temperature at kickoff will be just starting its descent below 90°F (32°C).

The two teams are of similar quality, sitting around 15 points with the other also-rans behind the 30 points of San Antonio FC and Real Monarchs SLC, though how they got there is quite different.

Expect to see these S2 players suiting up for Sounders in US Open Cup game vs. Timbers

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Both teams are going to field highly weakened sides.

Some of the most memorable meetings between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have taken place in the US Open Cup. Just in the last eight years, we've been given "48 seconds" (2009); Zach Scott scoring the winning penalty in a shootout (2010); a Sounders win in overtime that followed a last-gasp regulation equalizer by the Timbers (2014); and, of course, the Red Card Wedding (2015).

Steph Cox added to Reign as assistant coach

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Goalkeeper coach Ben Dragavon has also stepped down and been replaced by Doug Herrick.

Seattle Reign FC announced that former defender Steph Cox has joined the team as an assistant coach. Cox played with the Reign from 2013 to 2015 and helped lead the team to back-to-back NWSL Shields in 2014 and 2015.

Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, 4th Round US Open Cup; streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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Starfire Stadium and the four-time Open Cup champions host Portland at 7:00 PM on June 13.

For the first time since the Red Card Wedding the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers will meet in the US Open Cup. That was one of only two Open Cup wins over the Sounders that the Timbers grabbed from 2005 to the present.

Watercolor Recap: Donut ask

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Players! They're just like us!

It's well documented that Cristian Roldan enjoys his post-match pizza. From shots of him eating a slice in the background of a Schmetzer locker room speech to him being interviewed with a mouthful of pizza after the MLS Cup win, his passion for pizza has helped elevate him to legend status among Sounders supporters.

Major Link Soccer: Zlatan set to become a free agent

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Now on his way out of Manchester, we don't have much time until he is linked to an MLS side

Seattle:

It wasn't too long ago when many were questioning Deandre Yedlin's move to Europe, but those questions have not traveled with him to Newcastle.

The Sounders have continued to move up the power rankings across publications, climbing to number 11 in RSL Soapbox's Power Ranking Averages.

Clint Dempsey didn’t seem happy about coming off early

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One goal away from USMNT record, Dempsey appeared to have words with coach Bruce Arena.

All in all, the United States' 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago went about as well as hoped. The USMNT got three needed points, moved up to third in the Hex standings and even got a pair of goals from 18-year-old wunderkind Christian Pulisic.

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

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USA v Mexico from Azteca on Sunday is the big draw, but Thursday in Colorado is more important to the USMNT World Cup qualification hopes.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Make no mistake about it, this is a must win game for the United States Men's National Team. The USA has four points through four played in the Hex, putting them in fourth place out of six teams ahead of Honduras on goal differential and ahead of Trinidad and Tobago who have earned only three points via a home win over Panama in March.

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

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USA v Mexico from Azteca on Sunday is the big draw, but Thursday in Colorado is more important to the USMNT World Cup qualification hopes.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Make no mistake about it, this is a must win game for the United States Men's National Team. The USA has four points through four played in the Hex, putting them in fourth place out of six teams ahead of Honduras on goal differential and ahead of Trinidad and Tobago who have earned only three points via a home win over Panama in March.

Seattle Reign FC at Chicago Red Stars: Player Ratings

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Haley Kopmeyer nearly salvaged a point on a day when everyone seemed a bit off.

For the second week in a row, Seattle Reign FC had an away match at midday on a hot, muggy day, this time falling to the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 in a game that Chicago dominated for most of the match. The Reign attempted to compensate for the heat and travel burden by trying a new approach—taking a day of rest in Seattle and flying to Chicago only the day before the match—but the combination of travel, fatigue, and a Red Stars team on a hot streak combined to sink Seattle's fortunes in a game that could have been much worse than the score line suggests, if not for the remarkable efforts of Haley Kopmeyer.

Tasting Pendleton Midnight

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The Sounders latest food & beverage partner is a whiskey out of Hood River Distillers.

On May 24th, an email popped up saying that the Seattle Sounders and Hood River Distillers reached agreement that Pendleton Midnight is the official whiskey of the Seattle team. You may have seen the billboard announcing the same as you drive up highway 99 or 1st Avenue.

USA vs. Sweden: Lineups, schedule, how to watch on TV, online

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Megan Rapinoe and the USWNT head to Europe for two international friendlies.

On Thursday, June 8, the United States Women's National Team kicks off its two-game European road trip in a match against Sweden. The game airs at 10:30 AM PT on ESPN2.

The last time the two teams faced off was in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics.

Major Link Soccer: Alphonso Davies is now Canadian

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Alphonso Davies became a Canadian citizen. Key Arena is being revamped and we may see hockey in Seattle.

Seattle

Key Arena is going to renovated by the Oak View Group and some NHL team investors are getting involved, so maybe Seattle will get a team after all?

We know hockey may get a shout from Key Arena developers, but what the Sonics?

Sounders 2017 season is a true rollercoaster at the halfway point

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The Seattle Sounders don't look likely to challenge for a trophy, but these problems can be fixed.

With the Seattle Sounders honoring the international break, even if US Soccer did not, and nearly at the halfway point of the 2017 season this is a fine opportunity to review what has been a disappointing season.

Nos Audietis, Episode 254: Winning is actually nice

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Richard Farley joins the gang to discuss the Sounders' recent form, international call-ups and answer listener questions.

A lot has happened in the two weeks since we last record. The Sounders have played three!!!! games, going 2-1-0, have lost a bunch of players to international duty and are apparently about to lose another.

Gustav Svensson's best role with Sounders is up for debate

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As the team approaches full health in defense, four writers discuss what should be done with Svensson

At the beginning of the year the Seattle Sounders took advantage of the changing rules in China to nab Gustav Svensson. At the time it seemed like he was merely a depth signing. Now, just over a third of the season has passed and the Swede is a key player on the team, with a role that is still evolving.

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: Community player ratings form

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A much stronger lineup got the win over Houston at home — let's rate!

The Seattle Sounders are continuing a trend of winning their home games, pretty much a requirement to stay in playoff contention as we approach the halfway point of the season. That they did it without Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey is an encouraging sign for a team that will need to find ways to deal with their absences later in the summer.

Major Link Soccer: Millwall supporter fights London attackers

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Roy Larner took on the trio because "I'm Millwall" also could Jordan Morris replace Romelu Lukaku?

Seattle

One fan is breaking down how to get the boys back to the MLS Cup because right now, they are just average.

MLS

What do Romelu Lukaku and Jordan Morris have in common? They are strikers.

MLS had formal agreement with USSF to release players outside FIFA dates

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This helps explain why the Sounders were unable to keep players like Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey.

One of the implied, but not literally said, implications of U.S. Soccer's decision to call up a host of MLS players outside of the FIFA-mandated window was there was a tacit agreement between the federation and league.

Four more Sounders called up to international duty

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Two are for World Cup qualifiers, two are for the Caribbean Cup

Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that four more players would be called up to international duty during the Sounders' two-week MLS break. In addition to Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris' USMNT call-ups, Roman Torres (Panama) and Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) have been called up for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

Reshuffled S2 lineup hangs three on LAG II

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Coach Hendrickson's slightly risky lineup change pays dividends in great S2 performance.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 came out on Saturday against LA Galaxy II with a bit of a different look than we are used to. Coach Ezra Hendrickson made the decision to break up the midfield pairing of Francisco Narbón and Ray Saari that has come to define S2's season so far in order to move Saari into the middle of the attacking band of three.

Photo Gallery: Sounders over the Dynamo

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If photos of "thumbs up" were likes, this gallery would be viral by now

Alvaro Fernandez said he’s leaving Sounders

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Sounders midfielder gave an ominous interview to Univision Seattle, but timeline is unclear.

It would appear that Alvaro Fernandez is preparing for his departure from the Seattle Sounders. There's been no official word from the team, but the Uruguayan apparently told a reporter with Seattle Univision that he had played his final game at CenturyLink Field.

Major Link Soccer: Cheick Tiote has passed away

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The Ivory Coast international was just 30-years-old

Seattle

With their 1-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, Seattle Reign FC dropped two places in the latest NWSL Power Rankings.

Seattle Sounders midfield Osvaldo Alonso was the Sounders on MLS' Team of the Week for week 14.

Will Bruin opens the scoring against Houston

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In his first game back from injury, Bruin finally found the net

It took until the 69th minute, but the Sounders finally notched the first goal of the match against the Dynamo when Cristian Roldan put in an inch-perfect cross that Will Bruin headed into the back of the net from close range.

Will Bruin scores the first goal of the match from an excellent Cristian Roldan cross pic.

Will Bruin’s goal was just a little “sweeter” because it was against Houston

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When asked how he felt about scoring against his former club, he first pointed to the big smile on his face

Will Bruin was the goalscoring hero for the Sounders with his 69th minute header on Sunday evening against his only former professional club, the Houston Dynamo. Bruin, who spent the last six seasons in Houston, said that scoring against his former club only made his winning header that much "sweeter.

Sounders vs. Dynamo, recap: Will Bruin returns to score winner

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Cristian Roldan gets the assist as Sounders run home shutout streak to 337 minutes.

SEATTLE — As their struggles on the road only continue to get worse, the importance of every Seattle Sounders home game only seems to grow. After a disheartening loss in midweek to the Crew, the Sounders found themselves in another virtual must-win against the Houston Dynamo.

Major Link Soccer: Deuce reflects on his USMNT Legacy

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As he reaches the precipice of greatness, Clint Dempsey is focusing on the journey, not the destination.

Seattle:

In a next-level Sunday afternoon news dump, the Seattle Partners (AEG) announced that they have pulled out of their Key Arena remodel plans.

Djimi Traore has a breadth of experience in big moments on the largest stages in soccer, dating back to the incredible comeback his Liverpool side undertook during the 2005 Champions League Final.

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

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"I thought it was a full-team effort tonight. I'm very, very pleased that we have three shutouts at home." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders managed to keep another clean sheet at CenturyLink Field and found their goal through Will Bruin to secure three points against Houston Dynamo heading into the international break.

Hope Solo talks about her future with soccer

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Solo praises Haley Kopmeyer, addresses a possible return to the Reign FC, and more.

Hope Solo is the cover story in the latest issue of Ville Magazine. The former Seattle Reign FC & United States goalkeeper talked about what she's been doing during her recovery from shoulder replacement surgery, and also had a couple of things to say about the Reign.

Victor Mansaray making Sierra Leone switch

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Sounders loanee had represented USA at youth levels.

Seattle Sounders FC's youngest Homegrown Player, Victor Mansaray, has announced his decision to play for Sierra Leone. Earlier this year, Mansaray stated that he would be open to playing for Sierra Leone if they came calling.

It appears that they have called.

Is Brad Evans the key to Sounders defense?

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Sounders last three shutouts have come when Evans starts at right back.

SEATTLE — Whatever is ailing the Seattle Sounders on the road seems to be fixed by playing at home. The Sounders just finished playing six games in 23 days. Three of those were at home and three were on the road.

In the three home games, the Sounders went 3-0-0 and didn't give up a goal.

Reign FC fall to the Chicago Red Stars 1-0

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The search for the first win in Chicago continues.

The Seattle Reign FC continued their road trip on Sunday, facing off against the Chicago Red Stars. A win today would have put the Reign FC in second place on the league table heading into a FIFA international break. However that was not the case today.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Watch with us whether in the stadium, via JOEtv, ROOT Sports NW, or Univision-Seattle.

Seattle Sounders FC have never had a home loss to the Houston Dynamo and tonight shall not be the night, if you have anything to do with it. With a break of more than a week for about two-thirds of the roster, it is vital for Brian Schmetzer's Rave Green Army to earn three points.

Sounders vs Houston Dynamo: Three Questions

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The 7 PM Sunday start means this game is on Q13, ROOT Sports NW and Univision-Seattle. You can also go to the stadium.

Two teams playing on short rest with players absent due to the United States ignoring the FIFA international window meet Sunday night at 7 PM. One is a top team in the West with a horrible road record.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Schedule, lineups, how to watch

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Sunday. June 4. 12 PM PT. Watch with us.

It's Seattle Reign FC matchday! On Sunday, June 4, at 12 PM PT, Seattle kicks off against the Chicago Red Stars. The game will be played at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and can be streamed on the go90 platform. It is the second of three matches on the road for Reign FC, and the second straight home match for the Red Stars.

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.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: News, highlights, analysis

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Seattle kicks off against Chicago at 12 PM PT on Sunday, June 4.

Seattle Reign FC has another tough road challenge this weekend. They face a Chicago Red Stars team that didn't lose during the month of May, and just won back-to-back matches against top-ranked North Carolina. Can Seattle, currently the most dominant attack, get three points on the road?

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew: Player Ratings

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Flaco Fernandez gets his first MOTM of 2017.

So, Seattle took a decidedly "B" team into Columbus and got smacked around. The score line was 0-3, and at times it didn't look that close. Most of the issues I saw revolved around poor teamwork in the first half, which was exacerbated by some peculiar lineup changes.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Los Angeles Galaxy FC II: live stream, game time, and lineups

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Watch with us as S2 look for their second win against Los Dos in 2017.

When Seattle Sounders 2 and LAG II met earlier this season it was the first match where S2 looked like they could be a much better team this season. If they want a repeat of that victory, they will need different players to step up.

Sounders asked for one of their forwards back. U.S. Soccer said no.

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USMNT Coach Bruce Arena denies request even happened.

There remains no good reason for Jordan Morris to have missed the game at the Columbus Crew. Bruce Arena and the United States held a camp well outside of the recognized FIFA international window. Now, there is evidence that despite a request from Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey, Bruce Arena still refused to let one of Seattle's forwards return to their professional team, as Matt Besler did to Sporting Kansas City.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: TV schedule, news, highlights, analysis

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Q13, ROOT Sports and Univision-Seattle are all carrying the Sunday night (7 PM) match.

In Houston Dynamo-Seattle Sounders history the road game has never won. Seattle needs a win as they are 4-6-4 -5 at 8th in the West and 18th overall. Houston is a poor 0-5-1 on the road, but 7-5-2 +6 overall.

Cristian Roldan one step closer to being cap-tied to USA

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Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey also in the 40-man Gold Cup preliminary roster.

Three Seattle Sounders were named to the United States' preliminary 40-man roster for this summer's Gold Cup. Most notable among those names is Cristian Roldan, who made the cut along with forwards Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris.

USA vs. Venezuela: Gamethread and 3 things to know

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The USMNT loves playing Venezuela so much they are going to do it twice today.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The USMNT kicks off a busy summer with this friendly in Utah. After this game, there is a must win World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, followed by the once every four years showcase that is the USMNT against Mexico in Azteca Stadium on Sunday.

Houston’s good form won’t affect Sounders gameplan on Sunday

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Brian Schmetzer isn't afraid to have his team push for goals—but they're still prepared for dangerous Dynamo counter

TUKWILA, Wash. — It's fair to say that the Sounders' trip to Columbus at midweek, which ended in a 3-0 loss for them, didn't exactly go as planned. But thanks to losses due to injury, early call-ups, and much-needed rest, the plan they did have was far from ideal.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Three Questions

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Seattle has another tough road challenge this weekend.

After surviving the Texas heat, Seattle Reign FC (3-1-3) face another road challenge this weekend when they take on the Chicago Red Stars (4-2-1). The game kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 12 PM PT, and the temperature should be near 87 degrees at kickoff.

Seyi Adekoya learned much from his bittersweet first Sounders start

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He knows what to do with his next chance

TUKWILA, Wash. — Rookie and Homegrown Player Seyi Adekoya earned a first start, on the road, in a disappointing loss for the Seattle Sounders. On Friday he was retrospective, thoughtful and determined. There was joy in remembering his first-ever walkout, but also frustration.

How to Watch MLS in Week 14, 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. Let's party like its 2016, because Friday Night MLS on UniMas is back! At least for this week as the Portland Timbers will be hosting the San Jose Earthquakes.

Scouting Report: How to short-circuit the Houston Dynamo

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On Sunday (7 PM, JOEtv) the Sounders host the best team in the West.

Who You'll Watch

The first place team in the Western Conference, Houston Dynamo (ed. note: what did I just read.), will be welcomed to CenturyLink Field by the Seattle Sounders this Sunday night. This is the second and final regular season meeting between the two teams.

Major Link Soccer: Can Juventus get Gianluigi Buffon that elusive Champions League Trophy?

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The Italian legend has a chance to add a missing trophy to his collection. Meanwhile, his compatriot Francesco Totti might be coming to NASL.

Seattle

Three young Sounders were invited to the US Soccer Boys National Team Futures Camp, which just concluded in Carlsbad, California. The camp is held for players born in the second half of their birth year who may have been missed for being a little underdeveloped during earlier camps.

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew SC: Community player ratings form

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In another short turnaround, get in your votes for a punchless road performance from Seattle.

Well, this one was tough. A very makeshift Seattle Sounders lineup took the show on the road to MAPFRE Stadium and Columbus Crew SC, and it didn't go well. The Crew stars made some great plays, but they got plenty of help from the Sounders who seemed to have forgotten how to defend for stretched of the match.

Dr. Stephen Newby to receive Golden Scarf before Houston game

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This will be his last performance as Sounders primary anthem singer.

Dr. Stephen Newby has been there since the beginning. Dr. Newby has led ove 40,000 in the singing the National Anthem over 100 times as the Seattle Sounders primary anthem singer. Sunday's performance against the Houston Dynamo will be his last, barring future guest appearances.

Strong, but still depleted lineup will take field vs. Dynamo

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Brad Evans and Chad Marshall will likely feature, with a few others potentially getting involved.

TUKWILA, Wash. — After a thoroughly embarrassing 3-0 loss away to the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, the Seattle Sounders host first-place Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field this weekend. Injuries, call-ups, and other misfortunes forced head coach Brian Schmetzer to field probably his weakest lineup all season.

Sounders 2 play well in disappointing draw with Sacramento Republic FC

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David Olsen and a new signing were impressive, but Sacramento equalized with their last kick.

TUKWILA, Wash. -- The game got off to a tepid start, with neither team looking even remotely dangerous for the opening 10 minutes. The first real chance of the game fell to Sacramento Republic FC when Trevin Caesar cut inside with the ball and completely torched Brian Nana-Sinkam.

All of Clint Dempsey’s USMNT goals

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In anticipation of Dempsey becoming the all-time leading scorer in USMNT history, we've compiled some info on all the goals he's scored up until now, including video of each one.

Given Clint Dempsey's his recent goal-scoring form with the United States national team, it's entirely possible that he'll catch and pass Landon Donovan for the all-time scoring record over these next three games.

Hope Solo makes compelling case for becoming Commissioner of Women’s Football

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And the video co-stars Eric Cantona.

There are two big takeaways from EuroSport's video proclaiming Hope Solo the new commissioner of women's football.

  1. She does not have a future in acting.
  2. Despite this obvious flaw, she's won us over with her platform.

The new Commissioner of Women's Football @hopesolo makes her debut on #Eurosport.

Sounders at Columbus Crew, recap: This is a bad road team

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Crew win 3-nil after goals by Higuain, Meram and Ola Kamara

In their past three road games, the Seattle Sounders lost all three with a -9 goal differential. Wednesday's loss was partially due to call-ups, injuries and a lineup gamble that failed. Columbus Crew SC exploited the spaces where Jordy Delem and Oniel Fisher played in scoring their first two goals, and then coasted to a 3-nil win.

Major Link Soccer: Five München 1860 teams relegated

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Yup, five.

MLS

Toronto FC is the defending champion of Canada, and they bounced back from a disappointing first leg to advance to Canadian Championship Final for a second straight year.

The Houston Dynamo dominated Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, and now find themselves at the top of the West Standings.

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I thought some of the heads went down after a couple of mistakes and for guys that haven't been playing a lot or guys that are getting their chance sometimes confidence is a big deal." -Brian Schmetzer

With a severely reduced lineup, things weren't looking good for the Seattle Sounders heading into the match against Columbus Crew SC.