Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2017

Chances come, but the goals don’t

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Despite having two of their best chance-creation games this year, the Sounders collected just two points.

SEATTLE — The last time the Seattle Sounders lost an MLS match was back on June 17. That was about 10 weeks ago, the Sounders have gone 6-0-5 and are now the slight favorites to finish atop the Western Conference.

Sounders vs. Timbers: LevyFilms highlights return

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We've got a closer look at some of the key plays from Sunday's game.

Throughout the years, we've been treated to some of the best highlight footage any MLS team could ask for. To their credit, the Seattle Sounders have done impressive work in helping raise that bar.

But it's hard to deny that the man most responsible for turning highlights into an art form around here is Scott Levy of LevyFilms.

Major Link Soccer: David Villa is in, but Giovinco isn’t

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Also, Arsenal's nightmare season continues, and there's always money in the MLS stand

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If there is one thing that should be repeated no matter how many times it has been said in the past, it is Cristian Roldan's greatness.

Roldan wasn't always a Sounders starter; at one point he was a kid, too.

Sounders in good position to make playoffs

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Strength of schedule update: 7 games remaining

A lot can happen in a few weeks! Some of you may remember this article from the beginning of August where I analyzed the remainder of the Seattle Sounders' season and our chances of making the playoffs.

At the time, we were feeling great about our current form, we were in a decent playoff position, but not safe by any means.

Nos Audietis, Episode 259: Finding perspective

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We're 11 unbeaten and in first place, let's not freak.

It's been nearly three weeks since we last recorded a proper show — not counting last week's oral history of the Red Card Wedding — and a lot has happened. Most recently, we had three games in eight days that saw the Seattle Sounders extend their unbeaten streak to a franchise-record 11 games but only claimed five points in the process.

Seattle Reign game moves from Houston to Dallas

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Proceeds from the match will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

In response to the widespread flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding area, the NWSL has moved Seattle Reign FC's weekend match against the Houston Dash to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Sounder at Heart is nine

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That's basically three generations of blog-time.

There's a saying that the average blog lasts about three years. I've seen friends push that to five or six, and then they faded. I've watched people who changed branding. I've seen people start and almost immediately stop. And I've watched Sounder at Heart go from one-man show writing two times a week to me writing near daily with Jeremiah also writing daily and more than two dozen others writing at least once a month.

One Game’s Profound Legacy

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On the 40th anniversary of Soccer Bowl '77 between the Seattle Sounders and New York Cosmos, its legacies, both both good and bad, live on.

Forty years on, it remains a remarkable match. Not only did it captivate American soccer's growing audience of the day and provide a fairytale finish for a global legend, Soccer Bowl '77 also cast the pathway, for better or worse, for a club and a country seeking to development a professional presence.

Major Link Soccer: Should Arsene Wenger be fired?

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The answer is yes, but there are some links from people with a more in-depth explanation.

Seattle

LEVYFilms picked up some great footage of Cristian Roldan's goal on Sunday. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth checking out.

MLS

On the list of things that, in context, don't matter, no soccer matches have been moved (yet) out of the Houston area, though one was delayed.

The Supporters Cup: Where a rivalry meets the rec field

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Cascadia supporters take the pitch in the name of their city, their professional club, and their fellow supporters.

Since 2010, the respective competitive football clubs of the Emerald City Supporters and Timbers Army have met on the day before a match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers to challenge each other in a series of competitive football matches.

Cristian Roldan’s goal needs to be seen in slow-motion to be fully appreciated

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There were at least 15 touches on Sounders' goal.

SEATTLE — Soccer is a game where randomness can sometimes decide the outcome. Rarely was that more on display than on Cristian Roldan's opening goal in the Seattle Sounders' 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

The extent of that randomness was captured perfectly by LevyFilms (video above).

Three Sounders called in to USMNT

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Dempsey, Roldan and Morris all called in along with six other Sounders for international duty.

It is a good thing Seattle Sounders FC aren't playing during the upcoming International Break. An MLS high nine players have been tapped by their national teams to take part in the upcoming set of World Cup Qualifiers.

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

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"When guys have their chance, they have to step up and have the concentration to put balls away. So that is something that we will train on, and train some more, and train some more, until we can get it right." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders failed to put away a Cascadia rival for the second time in a week, extending their unbeaten run after their 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field.

Major Link Soccer: Dembele’s move signals Dortmund’s Pulisic era

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Also, the Chicago Fire are sliding, and the English FA is facing some harassment controversy

Seattle

The return of Clint Dempsey's health and productivity has given the Sounders the best kind of problem to have.

The Washington State Women's soccer team is hoping a youth moment and an updated stadium will bring on the field results and more fans in the stands.

Sounders vs. Timbers, recap: Another frustrating tie

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Cristian Roldan's first-half goal cancelled out by penalty at end of first half.

SEATTLE — For a team that's now gone 11 straight without a loss, the Seattle Sounders probably aren't feeling too good about themselves right now. After grabbing the lead with a first-half goal from Cristian Roldan, the Sounders gave up a penalty at the very end of the first half and were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

Five quick numbers that explain the Sounders’ 1-1 draw with the Timbers

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From shots on target to Nouhou's solid defense, here are some stats that flesh out the match

The Seattle Sounders drew the Portland Timbers 1-1 in a bitterly contested Cascadia rivalry match on Sunday that, as usual, saw a number of fouls, controversial moments, and even a red card.

As usual, the scoreline is the most important number in soccer—but here are a few other stats that help paint the picture of this match.

Three Sounders called in to USMNT

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Dempsey, Roldan and Morris all called in along with six other Sounders for international duty.

It is a good thing Seattle Sounders FC aren't playing during the upcoming International Break. An MLS high nine players have been tapped by their national teams to take part in the upcoming set of World Cup Qualifiers.

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

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FS1 is carrying the match at 7 PM. Watch with us.

Near where the Duwamish meets the Sound is a small stadium, holding up to 69,000 people. Today, CenturyLink Field will be over 50,000 voices strong, all trying to help power another win over the Portland Timbers. Both the team from the logging village and the Seattle Sounders can be first after this game.

Five things to watch in Sounders v Timbers

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This game is more than hype. It's a crucial match between two good soccer teams.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Each soccer game is different. Preferred tactics for both teams may only last a few minutes. What makes this meeting between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers so important is not just the rivalry, not just the Cascadia Cup, but the meeting between two of the strongest teams in the Western Conference.

Every Sounder player knows what's on the line against Portland

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We know what it's about. It's Cascadia Cup. It's Portland. It's first place. Everybody is aware of it. - Brian Schmetzer

TUKWILA, Wash. — In previous eras, with a young team collected from around the league and the world, the Seattle Sounders leaned on a few veterans of the USL and the region to explain what this whole Cascadia rivalry meant.

Match recap: Portland Thorns dismantle Seattle Reign

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Seattle must nearly win out to keep their playoff hopes alive

It was an easy narrative to latch onto — Seattle Reign FC responds well to adversity, and the squad typically comes back after putting in disappointing performances the week prior. They could do the same against their fiercest rivals after blowing two leads on the road against Sky Blue.

Reign vs. Thorns: Photos

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Seattle Reign fall to the Portland Thorns, 2-1.

Ratings Spotlight: Victor Rodriguez

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For VRod's first appearance, Realio breaks out his performance review into an extended format.

When I said that VRod was really good, I wasn't kidding. Much speculation has been floating around about this guy since he arrived, with many Seattle Sounders fans frustrated at his lack of playing time while Coach Brian Schmetzer brought him along slowly.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Player ratings

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An invigorated Lodeiro combined well with a new creative midfield partner.

Normally they would be happy with a draw on the road, but after dominating for much of the game, the Seattle Sounders are likely disappointed to leave Vancouver with a measly one point. Despite controlling much of the game and having over three times as many shots, Seattle didn't make use of a man advantage, conceding just four minutes after the red card, and then were unable to retake the lead.

Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns: Do roses burn in a bonfire?

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Three points are a must at Memorial Stadium.

At 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 26, #BeatPortland weekend escapes like a thunderbolt onto the soccer pitch. It all goes down at Memorial Stadium, as Seattle Reign FC (7-6-6) plays host to the Portland Thorns (10-5-4). Fans can watch the match through the go90 app, go90.

Starring in your bad dreams

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is the leviathan.

Ooh, look what you made us do, Portland.

MLS Watercolorist / @MLSwatercolors There's no way Portland is ready for us

Even the great serpent of the sea knows to build a bonfire

Nos audietis in somniis

Nos audietis in alto

You will hear us in your dreams

You will hear us in the deep

Heritage celebration, block party headline Cascadia clash

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Big crowds equal big traffic.

There are plenty of reasons to get to SoDo hours before kickoff this Sunday. When Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers meet the game pulls in an extra dozen thousand or more people. But, as usual, traffic will be a concern. There's good news though, both the team and ECS have planned extra events throughout the afternoon.

Nouhou, Gustav Svensson called into World Cup qualifiers

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Sounders could have as many as nine players representing their countries during upcoming international break.

It would appear that Seattle Sounders fans aren't the only ones increasingly impressed by the likes of Gustav Svensson and Nouhou, as both will be called up for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Timbers will be missing several key players

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Fanendo Adi ruled out along with Liam Ridgewell, Jake Gleeson and David Guzman.

The Portland Timbers will be facing the Seattle Sounders a bit short-handed. With Liam Ridgewell (quad), Jake Gleeson (hamstring) and David Guzman (yellow card accumulation) already ruled out, Timbers coach Caleb Porter confirmed on Friday and Fanendo Adi would not be making the trip either.

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

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MLS Rivalry Week is here. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. It's Rivalry Week in MLS! And unlike some forced iterations of MLS Rivalry Week sponsored by Heineken, this Rivalry Week has quite good matchups that come in a crucial time during the season with massive playoff implications, and also the Cali Clásico.

Sounders show their possessive side

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The end result wasn't there, but the Sounders created plenty of scoring opportunities.

For just a moment, let's take a step back from the details that made the Seattle Sounders' 1-1 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps somewhat disappointing and consider the following:

  • The Sounders got a point on the road against a likely playoff team, while resting several starters
  • They dominated possession (66 percent) and tied a season high for shots (25)
  • Victor Rodriguez made his long-awaited debut and put on a dazzling performance in which he drew a penalty, nearly scored a spectacular free kick and generally looked very comfortable interacting with the other attacking pieces
  • Aside from a few moments, the defense was as good as we've seen them all year
  • The Sounders ran their unbeaten streak to a franchise-record 10 games, five of which have come on the road (two wins and three draws)

Given all this, why is there a sense of disappointment about this game?

Sounders vs Portland Timbers: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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#CascadiaWeek ends with the biggest rivalry in US soccer.

First place is on the line as the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers. Fox Sports 1 wanted to be here for the grandest of American soccer rivalries anyway, but now they have two of the best teams in the league, in the best atmosphere in the league, with a rivalry cup on the line.

#BeatPortland begins with the Seattle Reign

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What does #BeatPortland mean to the Seattle Reign FC and its fans? This is our rally call.

The Seattle Reign FC and Portland Thorns don't have decades-deep history of grainy film footage of games played at the Kingdome. The two sides and the NWSL as a whole are still very new and forging their own legacy of what modern day women's soccer looks like.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in their 1-1 draw at BC Place.

Former Sounder Fredy Montero grabbed a goal back from the Seattle Sounders just after the Vancouver Whitecaps had gone down to ten men, foiling Seattle's attempt to take all three points in one of their last few away matches of the season.

Raters, prepare yourselves to judge a new player!

Major Link Soccer: Sporting KC sign Martinique’s Kevin Parsemain

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The former Sounder returns to MLS. SKC also bring in a 15-year-old. Meanwhile, Yedlin is out for the upcoming WC qualifiers.

Seattle

Check out this preview of the upcoming NCAA women's college soccer seasons in Eastern Washington and Idaho. WSU will focus on better shot selection and quality as the year begins.

Scouting Report: Putting the Portland Timbers in the woodchipper

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The West, and the chances of winning the Cascadia Cup, are on the line.

Who You'll Watch

The current top two teams in the Western Conference will battle it out at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers are playing the last of their three 2017 regular season head-to-heads.

Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns: #BeatPortland news, highlights, analysis

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Before the Sounders host the Timbers, the #BeatPortland weekend begins at Memorial Stadium, when Seattle Reign FC hosts the Portland Thorns. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 26.

The Red Card Wedding: An Oral History

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Nos Audietis and Soccer Made in Portland combined to tell the story of the infamous U.S. Open Cup match.

June 16, 2015 is a date that will always bear special significance to Seattle Sounders fans, and to a lesser degree those of the Portland Timbers. That was the Cascadia rivals faced off at Starfire Soccer Stadium in a U.

Stefan Frei made our favorite Sounders posters to date

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That it leans heavily on nautical lore only makes us love it more.

As you've probably noticed, we have a soft spot in our hearts for anything remotely nautically themed around these parts. So, you'll hopefully excuse us if we're a little extra excited about this week's "Posters by the People" entrant which features an sea-controlling deity fighting some sort of wood-based creature.

Laura Harvey: The Architect

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She's why Seattle Reign is ready to beat the Portland Thorns.

After a disappointing 2016 season that saw one of the most talented squads fall short of the playoffs, this year's Seattle Reign FC team is pushing to reclaim their spot in the championship match. Despite losing four key starters in the offseason, Laura Harvey's squad is still in the hunt for the postseason.

What is going on with Joevin Jones’ Sounders future?

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Kinda, but it's a bit more complicated than that.

The dust is still very much settling around the revelation that Joevin Jones had unexpectedly skipped town in order to join the Trinidad & Tobago national team a full week ahead of the FIFA international break. While we still don't know how this is going to shake out or what, exactly, Jones was trying to accomplish, we now have a better picture of what the potential outcomes are.

Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps, recap: Advantage squandered

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Seattle runs undefeated streak to 10 games, but fail to win.

Playing with a man advantage for 30 minutes the Seattle Sounders looked dominant, yet failed to win. They gave up the tying goal to Fredy Montero while holding that advantage. Montero's goal at 64' drew Vancouver Whitecaps level to 1-1.

Major Link Soccer: Wayne Rooney calls it quits

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also: MLS roundup, and Manchester City being Manchester City.

MLS

It was only a matter of time before it happened. New York City FC's home game against the Houston Dynamo has been moved to Hartford, CT due to a stadium conflict.

Hudson River Blue says until New York City has a stadium plan, get used to traveling for home games.

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

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"The pursuit for perfection is insanity, right? But we're all trying to get there. We'll keep working at it." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders continue a historic unbeaten run in the MLS era with a 1-1 draw at BC Place against the Vancouver Whitecaps. While a draw on the road is almost universally a good result in MLS, Seattle is disappointed with only the one point, considering their 25 shots, 10 corner kicks and general dominance offensively for stretches of the match.

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

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JOEtv is carrying the match at 7 PM. Watch with us.

On the shores of False Creek the Seattle Sounders have the opportunity to continue their charge up the Shield standings, and keep pressure on those chasing them for the Western Conference title. Hosts Vancouver Whitecaps also need to snag points, as they need to hold off the Earthquakes and Salt Lake.

These videos will get you in the mood for Cascadia Week

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Cramming two important games together does make for good storylines, at least.

In an ideal world, playing two Cascadia Cup games in the same week would be avoided. But this is not an ideal world and that's the exact situation the Seattle Sounders found themselves in this week, visiting the Vancouver Whitecaps tonight and hosting the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

Dates set for 2017 MLS Cup, playoffs

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Postseason will end with nationally televised game on Dec. 9.

MLS announced on Wednesday that the 2017 MLS Cup Final will be played on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 4 PM ET. They also set the dates for the entirety of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The playoffs will open with Knockout Round games on Oct.

What if the Sounders hired Brian Schmetzer to run the 2009 expansion team?

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An alternative history that is part love story and part warning.

There are a few points in the Seattle Sounders' young MLS history that seem quite pivotal — the vote on the name, hiring Sigi Schmid, losing Steve Zakuani to injury, DeAndre Yedlin exploding onto the global scene, signing Clint Dempsey, signing Garth Lagerwey, signing Jordan Morris, firing Sigi Schmid, hiring Brian Schmetzer.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Player ratings

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Kelvin takes his first MOTM with his consistency.

The Seattle Sounders welcomed one of the worst teams in the league into CenturyLink Field Sunday, a team that the Sounders had just beaten four-nil two weeks ago. With Minnesota United FC not having won a single road game and Seattle dropping just one at home, this had blowout written all over it.

Major Link Soccer: Huge Week in Cascadia

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Plus: wooden pizza, and the tiniest star in the making

Seattle

The Sounders are hot, hot, hot going into the stretch; in fact they are on one of the best runs of form seen in MLS this season.

If you want more information on expected goals (xG), the SB Nation team has got you covered with a video primer breaking it down in less than four minutes.

Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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It's Cascadia Week.

The trip to Vancouver, B.C. is short. But due to the midweek nature it may have muted road support. The Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps have split their MLS series 7-7-4 +0 with each team holding a single-win edge at home. Wednesday's 7 PM game is on JOEtv in the Seattle area and on TSN 1/3/4/5 (poor 2) in Canada.

Cascadia Week is chance for kings to claim crowns

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Titles are on the line, and Seattle is perfectly set up to take them.

It's MLS Rivalry Week™. And, this time it features two of Seattle Sounders greatest rivals — the Vancouver Whitecaps (Wed. Aug. 23 at 7 PM on JOEtv) and the Portland Timbers (Sun. Aug 27 at 6:30 PM on FS1). This isn't just a Heineken sponsored rivalry.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in their 2-1 home victory over the Loons.

It took a last-minute PK from Clint Dempsey, but the Seattle Sounders defeated Minnesota United for the second time in just a few weeks. This was a very different performance from both sides than the last time out, though.

What did you think of Cristian Roldan in his new role, and the performances of Gustav Svensson and Osvaldo Alonso in the band of two?

Major Link Soccer: MLS rivalry week is back

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Almost every team has a "rivalry". match this week; Seattle has two against actual rivals.

Hopefully you were able to catch some of the solar eclipse, partial or total, but in case you missed it or just want to see more photos, here's a NYT gathering of photos from across the country.

Seattle

If you think Sounders have the best culture in MLS, you aren't alone.

Scouting Report: Melting the Vancouver Whitecaps

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Or, how to calve the glaciers and put icebergs in the Salish Sea.

Who You'll Watch

The Seattle Sounders hit the road for a midweek clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps. It's the second of three games this season against Vancouver, and their final away trip to BC this season (barring playoffs).

Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Minnesota United

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Follow Max on Twitter: @maxaquinophoto

Joevin Jones’ Sounders future is suddenly in doubt

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Jones leaves club to join Trinidad & Tobago, reportedly without permission, leading to speculation he won't return.

Heading into two massive games against Western Conference and regional rivals, the Seattle Sounders will be unexpectedly missing one of their key contributors.

Joevin Jones has apparently taken it upon himself to join Trinidad & Tobago before the opening of the FIFA-mandated window with the intention of playing in a pre-World Cup qualifier friendly against Jamaica on Thursday.

Sounders bringing Victor Rodriguez along slowly

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TAM signing has yet to make appearance after making bench last two games.

When the Seattle Sounders were first linked with Victor Rodriguez, it seemed to go largely overlooked. At the time, they were still pursuing Derlis Gonzalez and Rodriguez was considered more of an insurance.

While Gonzalez's signing never materialized, Rodriguez officially joined the team on Aug.

Can we please leave Cristian Roldan in the middle?

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Clint Dempsey comes through when he's needed most.

SEATTLE — Trap games don't get much trappier than Sunday's. The Seattle Sounders were riding an eight match unbeaten run, hadn't given up a goal in 400 minutes, were coming off a win over first-place Sporting Kansas City and were facing last-place Minnesota United at home, a team they'd just beaten 4-0 on the road a couple weeks ago.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"That was one of the hallmarks of the team last year: They found different ways to win different games. And that mindset hasn't been lost on this group." -Brian Schmetzer

With a strong but altered lineup and looking to continue a clean sheet and victory streak, the Seattle Sounders conceded first to Minnesota United FC and only claimed victory after a last-second penalty call from referee Ismail Elfath.

Major Link Soccer: Chelsea Agree to Diego Costa Transfer Fee

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The Brazilian striker is one step closer to getting his preferred return to Madrid, thanks in part to his hold-out there.

Seattle:

Yahoo! Sports puts Seattle at number 5 in a Ranking of potential stadium sites for the USA/Canada/Mexico joint World Cup 2026 bid, citing it as a "good bet" to host matches if the bid were to be successful.

Sounders vs. Minnesota United recap: Clint Dempsey wins it on last-minute penalty

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Sounders nearly fell into Minnesota's trap.

SEATTLE — They made it a bit more interested than they probably needed to, but the Seattle Sounders ultimately found a way to get full points and move into first place in the Western Conference.

Clint Dempsey's 94th minute penalty gave the Sounders a 2-1 win over Minnesota United on Sunday, allowing them to overcome an early 1-0 deficit and avoid falling into what would have been a very frustrating trap.

Sounders vs Minnesota United Loons, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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FS1 starts coverage at 6:30 PM with kick at 7:05 PM Pacific.

Again, the goal is first place. This week's match against Minnesota United can result in the Seattle Sounders taking first in the West (a draw would mean second, a loss third) and possibly as high as fourth in the Supporters Shield standings.

Sounders vs Minnesota United: Three Questions

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FS1 joins the Loons in coming to Seattle on a perfect summer Sunday.

It was just two short weeks ago when the Seattle Sounders went to Minnesota and beat the Loons. That 4-nil drubbing was great on the score sheet, but also not necessarily indicative of Minnesota United's strength as a team.

Seattle Reign defense falls apart in loss to Sky Blue

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Sam Kerr scores 4 second-half goals en route to a 5-4 Sky Blue win.

It was a tale of two halves on Saturday evening, and Seattle Reign FC unfortunately came out on the wrong end of this story — falling 5-4 on the road to Sky Blue FC thanks to the second-half heroics of Sam Kerr.

Sky Blue entered the match just days after losing their head coach Christy Holly, who stepped down unexpectedly, and captain Christie Pearce, who took the rest of the season off to recover from nagging injuries.

Brian Schmetzer warns against overlooking Loons

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Sounders head coach well aware of personnel changes but wants players focusing on themselves.

The Sounders have been riding high and are full of confidence going into tonight's home match against Minnesota United, having just handed the Loons a 4-0 thumping in their house just two weeks ago to briefly claim first place in the West.

Sounders vs Minnesota United Loons: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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CenturyLink Field hosts its second contest between two Seattle and Minnesota based football teams on Sunday night. The 7 PM Pacific match between Seattle Sounders FC and Minnesota United FC is just a couple days after the Seahawks beat the Vikings. The final wave of 2017 food expansion was in place for that NFL preseason game.

Becoming a Sounder for Life

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At some point, fans reach the point of no return, where they become a fan for life. For me, it was August of '77, and here's why. What about you?

To understand one fan's fixation on the 1977 Sounders, chat-up a Mariners diehard born in the playoff drive of '95. Or the Sonics' reversal of '78 or the Seahawks' ascension of '83.

Seattle Reign v. Sky Blue: Preview, how to watch

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With six games remaining, Seattle continues its push for a playoff spot.

On Saturday, August 19, Seattle Reign FC (7-5-6) closes out its two-game road stretch with a match against Sky Blue FC (7-9-2) in Piscataway, New Jersey (say that five times fast). The game kicks off at 4 p.m. PT and will stream on the go90 and NWSL websites.

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

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The 2017 MLS season is approaching the home stretch. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. After taking a few weeks off, Friday night MLS is back and they have an excellent game to return to as the New York Red Bulls travel to Cascadia to take on the Portland Timbers.

Explaining Expected Goals

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One of the statistic's pioneers sheds some light on why this stat is valuable.

We talk a lot about Expected Goals around these parts. Almost every week, it seems, a debate rages in the comments section about the stat's usefulness. A lot of times, there seems to be a genuine misunderstanding about what the number represents and what it is trying to say.

Major Link Soccer: MLS adds fourth extra-time substitution

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We'll see how strategies change in the playoffs. DeAndre Yedlin returns to the training field. David Beckham makes risotto.

Seattle

DeAndre Yedlin is making his steady return from injury. He was spotted on the training field for Newcastle, so fans can hope to see him return for club and country soon.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Player ratings

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Once again, Cristian bossed the midfield for the full 90 minutes.

After playing an overtime game with starters midweek, everyone knew that Sporting Kansas City would bring a less than first-choice starting lineup. We also knew they wouldn't change their tactics one bit. SKC came out and pressed, stayed compact in the back, and were generally uncreative in their possession.

Scouting Report: Forechecking the Minnesota Loons

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Wait just a minute. Didn't we just do this?

Who You'll Watch

The Seattle Sounders wrap up their brief two-game home stand by welcoming Minnesota United FC to CenturyLink for the first time ever this Sunday. Seattle is coming off a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City while the Loons haven't played in two weeks.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Portland Timbers 2: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 can claim the title of best USL team in Cascadia in Portland tonight

Tonight Seattle Sounders FC 2 play their second extremely important game of the week. With the result against WFC 2 over the weekend, S2 has put themselves back in shouting distance of a playoff spot and took a commanding lead in the Cascadia 2 standings.

S2 players recreate iconic ‘Timber’ celebration

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Sam Rogers and Zach Mathers could probably do with a bit more rehearsal though.

With S2 having such a heavy contingent of Seattle-area natives, it should come as little surprise that the players are well-versed in Sounders lore. Still, we'd never really seen that familiarity play out in a particularly notable way on the field.

Osvaldo Alonso injury update: Midfielder declares himself 90 minutes fit

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This could mark Alonso's first start since July 4.

Fresh off winning their fifth match in six games and running their unbeaten streak to eight matches, the Seattle Sounders could be getting even stronger. Captain Osvaldo Alonso has declared himself fully fit and appears ready to reclaim his starting spot.

Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United FC setting the stadium standard

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Reign FC do something they've never done before, and Barcelona are spending their Neymar money

Seattle

Seattle Reign FC finally won their first game ever against the Chicago Red Stars IN Chicago. It took two goals in the 90th minute to get it done.

With that win, Reign FC find themselves back in the fourth, and final, playoff spot.

Reign FC finally win in Chicago

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Naho & Katie Johnson scored & Haley Kopmeyer was superhuman.

After the loss on Sunday to the North Carolina Courage, the Seattle Reign FC quickly had to dust themselves off and hit the road for a crucial match against the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park. Seattle's mission for a spot in the NWSL Playoffs wasn't quite killed by the loss, but rebounding and getting back in the win column was absolutely necessary.

Add Forza 7 to the list of video games to adorn a Sounders kit (probably)

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Photoshoot suggests Sounders will be promoting Forza Motorsport 7.

At this point it is pretty clear that the XBox relationship with Seattle Sounders FC extends beyond just naming rights. Microsoft has used the MLS team to promote Halo 5 and Gears of War 4 in the past. This year, it looks like 2017 Forza Motorsport 7 will be the latest game to be featured on a Sounders uniform.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Three Questions

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We chat with Hot Time in Old Town about a team that's caused Seattle problems on the road.

On Wednesday evening, Seattle Reign FC kicks off a two-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Red Stars. The game begins at 5 p.m. PT and will stream on go90 and the NWSL website. Every point is critical for Seattle for the rest of the season.

Sounders are second most valuable team in MLS, Forbes says

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The actual numbers seem kinda made up, but the perception at least suggests a league on the rise.

Every year, Forbes puts out a list of MLS team valuations. Every year, they look at the publicly available numbers, presumably do a bit of reporting and then, voila, they get themselves a number that is based vaguely in truth but is mostly made up.

Seattle Reign FC v North Carolina Courage: player ratings

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Rumi Utsugi and the Reign midfield controlled much of the game, but the Courage pounced on rare Seattle miscues.

For the third time in five games, Seattle Reign FC faced off against the North Carolina Courage, this time falling 2-1 at home as the league leaders once again put on a nearly flawless performance that stymied the Reign.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in the 1-0 home victory over their conference rivals.

The Seattle Sounders enjoyed some consistency and health in their lineup and put in a strong shift to earn a 1-0 victory at home against Sporting Kansas City Saturday. After moving into the lead in the 36th minute, Seattle held steady to keep the clean sheet.

Match preview: Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars

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It's time for Seattle to get its first win at Toyota Park

On Wednesday, August 16, Seattle Reign FC (6‑5‑6) concludes its three-game regular season series against the Chicago Red Stars (8‑4‑5) with a match on the road at Toyota Park. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. PT and will stream on go90 and the NWSL website.

Major Link Soccer: FC Cincinnati's Cinderella Run Ends

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Also: Sounders post season odds, the Cascadia Cup, and a coaching change

Seattle

The number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight have updated their MLS predictions, and the results are looking rosy for the Sounders: a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs; a 54 percent chance of a bye in the first-round of the playoffs; and, a 10-percent chance of winning the MLS Cup (second only to Toronto).

Seattle’s defense is 10 deep, according to expected Goals Against

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And with those ten, it's very, very good

The Seattle Sounders are hot, having earned 27 points in their past 13 games. They weathered the storm of early season lineup nightmares and are tied for 1st in the West on points. This is a far cry from the first 10 matches of the season in which the team only earned 10 points.

Major Link Soccer: FC Cincinnati's Cinderella Run Ends

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Also: Sounders post season odds, the Cascadia Cup, and a coaching change

Seattle

The number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight have updated their MLS predictions, and the results are looking rosy for the Sounders: a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs; a 54 percent chance of a bye in the first-round of the playoffs; and, a 10-percent chance of winning the MLS Cup (second only to Toronto).

Reign FC fall to North Carolina Courage 2-1

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It's only the third time Reign FC have lost at Memorial Stadium.

Since the 2014 season, the Seattle Reign FC have called Memorial Stadium home and to say the hard, fast, and narrow field plays to their advantage is an understatement. Fortress Memorial, indeed it is, as Seattle has only lost two games at home.

Major Link Soccer: Neymar scores in PSG debut

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Along with Lukaku's brace and Lacazette's opening goal over the weekend, high profile attacking transfers are paying dividends early

Seattle

Thanks to a prototypical 1-0 grinding victory versus Sporting KC, the Sounders moved to the top of the Western Conference.

While the climb to the top of the conference table is astounding given how the season started, it should come as no surprise that the Sounders have been able to leverage a scorching hot summer into championship contention.

Reign vs. Courage: Photos

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Reign FC lose 2-1 to North Carolina Courage

Who will be the next Sounder to be a Sounder again?

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With Lamar Neagle in his 4th stint and every single season featuring at least one returning Sounder, who is next?

Did you know that in every single season since 2011 at least one "Once a Sounder" has become a Seattle Sounders player again? It's a list of players who have helped the club win trophies and who clearly fell in love with the Puget Sound as the Puget Sound fell in love with them.

When you play American football in a ‘soccer-specific stadium’ you tweet like it

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Seahawks made sure no one forgot the Chargers are guests in their own home.

One of the fun things about following Seattle sports is how our various sports teams all seem to get along with each other. More to the point, it's great to see that the Seattle Sounders are considered just as much part of this club as any other team, something that has become remarkably easy to take for granted over the years.

Major Link Soccer: FC Cincinnati are on the cusp

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Also, Dortmund's latest phenom is 12, and the Premier League is making some big changes

Seattle

The Sounders FC site took a look at just how dominant Clint Dempsey has been of late. With six goals and two assists in his last five games, he's hitting his stride at the right time.

Chad Marshall was the only Sounder selected this week to the MLS Team of the Week XI.

Digging into Clint Dempsey’s 50 Sounders goals

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Sounders also run their shutout streak to club record 400 minutes.

SEATTLE — By now, we've grown accustomed to Clint Dempsey getting into a hot run of form. After scoring the game-winner in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City, the Seattle Sounders star has six goals in his past four games.

Seattle one of 44 cities contacted to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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We have a chance to see the world's best play in our backyard in 2026.

All the bids for the 2026 FIFA World Cup are in and now the United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada have started to reach out to cities to declare their interest in serving as official host cities.

Requests of Information (RFIs) have been sent to 44 cities across the three countries and Seattle is on that list.

Seattle Reign v. North Carolina Courage: Preview, lineup, how to watch

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Seattle will face the first-place team without Jess Fishlock or Megan Rapinoe

On Sunday, August 13, Seattle Reign FC plays host to the North Carolina Courage, a team currently sitting at the top of the NWSL league table. The two sides will kick off at 6 PM PT at Memorial Stadium, and the game will stream on go90 and the NWSL website.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I'm not always big on the stats – Jordan got his first official assist [of the season]. But he's been assisting the team and scoring goals the entire year." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders took care of business at home to extend their unbeaten streak to six games, defeating Sporting KC 1-0 thanks to Clint Dempsey's headed goal in the first half.

Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City

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Follow Max on Twitter: @maxaquinophoto

Five quick numbers that explain Sounders’ 1-0 win over Sporting KC

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The only stat that matters is goals, but here are a few others to ponder.

In a match with the top of the Western Conference standings at stake, the Seattle Sounders managed a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, courtesy of a 36th minute Clint Dempsey goal.

As usual, the scoreline is the most important number in soccer—but here are a few other stats that help paint the picture of this match.

Sounders vs. Sporting KC, recap: Clint Dempsey does it again

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Sounders also run their shutout streak to 400 minutes.

SEATTLE, Wash. — If Clint Dempsey keeps scoring like this and the defense keeps pitching shutouts, the Seattle Sounders are going to be pretty darn hard to beat.

Dempsey scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season and the Sounders posted their fourth straight shutout — running their streak to 400 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal — and at least temporarily moved to the top of the Western Conference standings courtesy of their 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Sounders vs Sporting KC, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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JOEtv, Univision-Seattle, and ROOT Sports (outside of Seattle) are carrying the game live.

With first place on the line, if only until other league games are played, the Seattle Sounders have an advantage of knowing that Sporting Kansas City played a tough midweek game to advance in the US Open Cup.

Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Three Questions

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Is this another opportunity for #BBQTears?

Contests between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City are always tight. A single goal, late in the game, changes so much when the two teams combine for so few chances. The rivalry started with a Mike Fucito winner late in 2010 (also Parke in ‘11, Rosales and Neagle in ‘11, Scott in ‘12 but then the PK loss, Traore in ‘13, Barrett in ‘14, Valdez in ‘16) and continues through a 3-nil plastering at KC.

Calum Mallace “ecstatic” to join Sounders

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The club's newest signing hopes to use his talents as a box-to-box midfielder to add to "quality" Sounders squad

TUKWILA, Wash. — It came as quite a surprise to Seattle Sounders fans as the club announced the last-minute trade with Montreal Impact for midfielder Calum Mallace this week. Sporting director Chris Henderson said on Thursday that it was truly a last minute move, and Mallace himself confirmed it on Friday—mere minutes after he touched down in Seattle.

Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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The Seattle Sounders take on Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 PM at CenturyLink Field. Catch the match on JOEtv and Univision in Seattle. ROOT Sports is carrying it live outside of the Seattle market. Osvaldo Alonso is listed as questionable, while Brad Evans is listed as OUT for the Sounders.

Depth signings important for Sounders if they hope for a Cup repeat

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Players like Neagle and Mallace were brought in to help replicate the depth that earned Seattle silverware last season

TUKWILA, Wash. — Now that the excitement of the MLS summer transfer window has ended, the Seattle Sounders are taking stock of their team in preparation for the final stretch of the 2017 season en route to the MLS Cup playoffs.

Sounders owner explains why some season tickets had sudden price spikes

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Adrian Hanauer insists the total increase was only in "mid-single digits" while acknowledging big bumps on some seats.

Around this time of year, Sounder at Heart has grown accustomed to hearing rumblings and grumblings about season-ticket prices. Just like every year, we heard quite a few complaints about how much their prices had gone up.

Seattle Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe out five weeks

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The league leader in goals could possibly be back for the final two regular season games.

Just two days before Seattle Reign FC take on the North Carolina Courage, the club announced that forward Megan Rapinoe will be out at least five weeks. Rapinoe underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee sometime this week at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Sounders waive Victor Mansaray

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Former Homegrown Player featured mainly for S2 during his time in Seattle.

On Thursday, the Seattle Sounders announced that they have waived Victor Mansaray. The 20-year-old was the Sounders' fourth-ever Homegrown Player, and was also the youngest player to ever appear in an MLS match for the Sounders.

Nicolas Lodeiro called up by Uruguay national team

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The Sounders will be on a bye week.

Nicolas Lodeiro has been called up by the Uruguay for a pair of World Cup qualifiers that will take place on Aug. 31 and Sept. 5. Uruguay will host Argentina in Montevideo then travel to Asuncion to take on Paraguay.

Nicolas Lodeiro fue convocado por Uruguay, para los partidos de eliminatoria ante Argentina (8/31/17) y Paraguay (9/5/17) @SomosSounders.

Catching up with NBC’s Arlo White

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Former Sounders announcer is doing pretty well for himself.

Play is about to begin in the English Premier League, and that means summer is over for Arlo White. The former Sounders FC broadcaster begins his fifth season as EPL play-by-play voice for the NBC Sports Group with a whirlwind of assignments.

Scouting Report: How to smoke Sporting Kansas City's brisket

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Those baby-blue tinted glasses don't hide that Peter Vermes' team has issues

Who You'll Watch

The Sounders returned from their two-game road trip with four points out of a possible six and find themselves in fourth place with 34 points. Sporting Kansas City comes to town for an important Western Conference clash with a share of first place on the line.

Major Link Soccer: Krisztian Nemeth lands with New England Revolution

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But the revs paid dearly for him. Arsene Wenger says it won't be long before women manage PL teams. Paul Arriola is ready to hit the ground running in DC.

Seattle

The early season for the Seattle Sounders certainly had some rough patches, but here we are again in a late summer surge, and it's feeling a little familiar.

Sounder at Heart is hiring a single beat reporter

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This paid, but not paid well, position is open because we keep getting people hired into the industry.

Sounder at Heart is looking for a beat reporter. We need someone who can go to practices two to four times a week, interview players, and share those experiences with our readers.

Spenser earned a full-time gig within the industry, in some part based on his work here and the freelance soccer work he's done as well.

Major Link Soccer: MLS Transfer Window closes

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US Open cup news, and Rafa Marquez linked to a very bad thing (it's worse than his normal bad things).

Seattle

Sadly, no real big news at the closing of the transfer window side of things for the Sounders. That being said, I got something else for you to be excited about. Shake Shack is going to Seattle!

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Player ratings

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Clint was on fire against the Loons.

Playing expansion side Minnesota United for the first time had all the makings of a trap game – away, doing well, relatively healthy, against a supposedly lousy team. Instead of falling into that hole, Seattle came out en fuego, with multiple scoring opportunities in the first five minutes.

Nos Audietis, Episode 258: Winning, but Der-losing

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Let's talk through this together.

It's been a pretty good couple months for the Seattle Sounders. They're riding a seven-game unbeaten run and have won 4 of 5. They're within spitting distance of the top spot in the West and they're as healthy as they've been all year.

Yet, there's a bit of a dark cloud over them in the form of a un-maximized (not sure if that's a word) roster spot.

Seattle Reign FC at NC Courage: player ratings

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Missing their leading scorer, Seattle focused heavily on defense in this game and almost came away with a point.

Seattle Reign FC traveled to the North Carolina Courage for the second time this season, looking to avenge their 2-0 loss last month. Unfortunately, due to international duty at the Tournament of Nations, Seattle was without two important starters for the match, with Megan Rapinoe and Rumi Utsugi both given the weekend off to recuperate and avoid additional cross-country travel.

Sounders make surprising transfer deadline acquisition

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Calum Mallace arrives in trade with Montreal Impact for the cost of another fourth-round pick.

The Sounders weren't done making moves, after all. Just before the transfer window closed, the Sounders and the Montreal Impact agreed to a trade. The Sounders received midfielder Calum Mallace in exchange for their 2019 fourth round MLS SuperDraft pick.

Tacoma Stars announce tryout, home opener and three returning players

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September 22 you can try your hand at becoming a pro soccer player.

The Tacoma Stars announced that tryouts for the 2017-2018 season will be held from 7-11 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22. The tryouts are at the Tacoma Soccer Center and there is a $50 fee.

Darren Sawatzky is hyped for the upcoming tryouts saying "The next month will be exciting as we solidify our roster with local stars and new additions to the team.

Analysts impressed by Sounders’ summer signings

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Sounders addressed both their starting lineup and depth, something few other teams can boast.

The dust has officially settled on the summer transfer window. The Seattle Sounders ended up making four additions, but none of them were a Designated Player. While debate around these parts has been active, it appears as though outsiders are pretty impressed by what the Sounders have done during the summer.

Clint Dempsey pleased with Sounders’ momentum ahead of KC matchup

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Dempsey is only four goals away from tying the Sounders MLS scoring record

Even though Jordan Morris made headlines for his epic, last-minute goal in the Gold Cup final, his Seattle Sounders teammate Clint Dempsey also had an excellent, albeit shorter, tournament. But luckily for Sounders fans, both players are riding high off their Gold Cup successes in their first full start since returning.

Sounders GM: ‘We didn’t want to compromise’ by signing second-choice DP

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Garth Lagerwey also vows to continue pursuit of DP in January transfer window.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Although the summer transfer window remains open for a few more hours, the Seattle Sounders have given every indication their roster is now set. Yes, that means they've effectively given up any hope of Dynamo Kyiv having a change of heart and agreeing to transfer Derlis Gonzalez.

MLS Deadline Day 2017: Open thread

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The secondary transfer window closes at 10 PM Pacific on August 9, 2017. Watch with us.

At midnight central time on August 9, MLS teams must be done adding talent that requires a transfer fee or trade within the league. Teams can still add "frees" that were free before that cutoff and they may sign talent from within the US soccer ecosystem (NASL, USL, and even HGPs).

Major Link Soccer: Carlos Vela to LAFC

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Vela's signing makes it three major Mexican nationals in the City of Angels.

Deadline Day

While we love you to post everything and anything tangentially related to soccer in links, we'll be keeping track of all the rumors and talking about them over in our MLS Deadline Day 2017 thread.

Seattle

If you want to eat at a ballpark it might not be too safe, but you should take the risk anyway.

Felix Chenkam shines in Sounders 2 loss to Rio Grande Valley FC

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Chenkam's first half performance the stand out as S2's backline struggled to contain RGV FC.

In the last month Seattle Sounders FC 2 has been on the losing end of some high scoring matches, but Sunday's 3-4 loss to Rio Grande Valley FC was particularly painful. While the defense never looked too good, they did improve as the game went on.

Are Sounders now a counter-attacking team?

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Probably not, but they sure do play well when they get out in transition.

Seven-game unbeaten streaks are pretty rare things. This is just the fifth time a Sounders team has gone this long without a loss and it's only been bested twice (in 2011 the Sounders went nine unbeaten and they finished the 2015 regular season on an eight-game run).

With three home games remaining, it’s time to get to a Seattle Reign match

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Reign FC is pushing for the playoffs. Let's get out and support Seattle soccer.

On Monday, Ride of the Valkyries writer Jacob Cristobal penned a great article about Seattle Reign FC attendance—crafted with a strong combination of research and reason. I could expand on that piece with more research and reason.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in the 4-0 thrashing of MNUFC in Minnesota

The Seattle Sounders put out one of the strongest lineups they've been able to all season and played away at Minnesota United FC, a new expansion team that has struggled greatly at times this season. The 4-0 result in Seattle's favor speaks for itself, but Minnesota did have a few good chances and put the Sounders under pressure at times.

Jordan Morris is finally scoring again for Seattle, even if he doesn’t have to

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With Will Bruin and Clint Dempsey in such good form, Morris' role on the wing is about more than just goals

TUKWILA, Wash. — When Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris returned from Gold Cup duty with the United States, the hope was that his excellent USMNT form would carry over to his club form.

Derlis Gonzalez’s agent seems to think transfer is dead

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Paraguay international appears set to remain with Dynamo Kiev.

By now, Seattle Sounders fans should probably be accustomed to the on-again, off-again nature of negotiations for high-profile transfer targets. That doesn't make what's going on with Derlis Gonzalez any easier.

The latest bit of chatter isn't great news, either, as Paraguayan reporter Wilson Gonzalez says he's been told by the player's agent that negotiations are over and that Dynamo Kyiv have decided to keep the 23-year-old midfielder.

Midseason(ish) Ratings Review

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While some Sounders impressed in the first half of 2017, others are in desperate need of improvement

‘lo there. We have come to the halfway point, midseason, Gold Cup break...???% of the way through the season, so logically its time to do a little recap of how the boys are doing so far in the first 22 games of the season (through the 0-0 draw with the LA Galaxy on 7/29).

Major Link Soccer: VAR’s debut reviewed

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A breakdown of VAR's usage in its debut weekend and a list of MLS transactions

Seattle

If you race hydroplanes, you likely still need a day job to go with it. In the case of Seafair Champ, Jimmy Shane, it's at Blue Origin. Racing may be like rocket science, but his job is actually rocket science.

Dempsey and Lodeiro named to Team of the Week

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Dempsey had a brace and assist in Seattle's 4-0 win over Minnesota United

While it was a team effort by the Seattle Sounders in their 4-0 win away to Minnesota United, two performances were deemed to be a cut above the rest. Major League Soccer named both Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro to their latest Team of the Week, after the former bagged a brace and an assist, while the latter also had an assist in an all-around excellent showing in Minnesota on Saturday.

Lamar Neagle returns to Sounders

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Sounders acquire Federal Way product for the fourth time, sending a fourth-round SuperDraft pick to D.C. United.

Lamar Neagle is coming home, again. The Seattle Sounders have acquired the Federal Way product in a trade with D.C. United on Monday. It's the fourth time the Sounders have either signed or traded for Neagle, who has spent five of his eight MLS seasons in Seattle.

Sounders’ remaining schedule setting up nicely

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Only three teams have an easier run of games to finish out the season.

Why hello, Sounders at Heart! I hope you're all in as good of spirits as I am, because the last few weeks have been pretty good to us. The Seattle Sounders set a record for a comeback, signed a few reinforcements, and have strung together three and a half games of shutouts with a +11 GD.

The curious case of Seattle Reign FC’s attendance

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Some people go to Reign FC matches, some don't. We wanted to know more about those who don't.

On Saturday, July 22, 4,464 fans were at Memorial Stadium and experienced the NWSL's version of a summer blockbuster movie. The Seattle Reign FC and Sky Blue FC combined for nine goals. The match could have playoff implications for both teams, as well as possibly becoming a playoff match-up in the not-too-distant future.

Major Link Soccer: Christian Pulisic opens Bundesliga scoring

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The American star did his part for Dortmund in their Supercup match versus Bayern, opening the scoring of the match (and the new Bundesliga season)

MLS:

In case you were wondering why the University of Minnesota logos have remained on the field for almost all Minnesota United matches (including the 4-0 Sounders victory this weekend), the reasoning can be traced back to a deal the school set up with the Minnesota Vikings when they had been using the stadium.

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

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Back in Tukwila, S2 look to right the ship against RGV FC.

After many weeks spent comfortably in a playoff position, a 5 game losing streak has sent Seattle Sounders FC 2 plummeting down the table. It is kind of shocking how quickly S2 has gotten themselves in a dire position. While they are only 3 points out of the 8th spot, all of the teams between S2 and the playoffs have a minimum of 2 games in hand.

Dynamo Kiev may have overplayed their hand on Derlis Gonzalez negotiations

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They reportedly asked for a bigger transfer fee at last minute and now risk getting nothing.

There's a rather high-stakes game of international poker being played right now. The Seattle Sounders and Dynamo Kiev are basically heads up, with a 23-year-old Paraguayan being used as the stakes.

Although Gonzalez appears to have effectively agreed to personal terms and the Sounders thought they had an agreement on a transfer fee, Dynamo Kiev has apparently reneged and are now asking for more money, according to Paraguayan journalist Wilson Gonzalez.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Although the score line looks 4-0, that game was not just 4-0. That game was tough. It was hard to play." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders dominated the scoreline with a pair of goals in each half against Minnesota United FC, but they are the first to admit they were under some significant pressure in phases throughout the match and were lucky not to have conceded once or twice.

Will Bruin opens scoring for Sounders at Minnesota

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Sounders forward started the attack and finished it perfectly in the 10th minute

The Seattle Sounders' first ever match against Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis has been wide open, but the away side struck first in the 10th minute through Will Bruin. The Sounders forward kicked off the attacking sequence with a pass to Clint Dempsey, who held off the defense to put Bruin in on goal.

Jordan Morris makes it 3-0

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After a dicey first 25 minutes in the second half, the Sounders get back to scoring

The first 25 or so minutes of the second half of the Seattle Sounders' first ever match against Minnesota United were rough, as the Loons had a number of chances to get back into the match. But in the 71st, Seattle turned the tide and added to their 2-0 lead with a goal through Jordan Morris, who latched onto an excellent Nicolas Lodeiro through ball and slipped it into the goal past Bobby Shuttleworth.

Dempsey picks up brace against Loons in 73rd

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Minnesota barely had time to recover as Sounders make it 4-0

Barely a couple minutes after the Sounders scored their 3rd goal of the night through Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey scored his second goal of the night to put the scoreline at 4-0 after 73 minutes. Joevin Jones picked up a pass on the left and bombed down the left flank, passed it to Dempsey at the center of the box, turned his defender inside out, and shot it low and past Shuttleworth.

Clint Dempsey doubles Seattle’s lead

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Chad Marshall also earned his second assist of the season for his part in the set piece goal

Less than 10 minutes after the Sounders' opening goal, Seattle again punished Minnesota United's defense when Gustav Svensson picked up a short corner from Nicolas Lodeiro and fired it into the United box.

Sounders at Minnesota United, recap: Early goals lead to easy win

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Seattle dominate Loons as unbeaten streak extends to seven games.

The goals are suddenly flowing and the Seattle Sounders are suddenly cruising. Clint Dempsey scored a pair, Jordan Morris ended a 10-game goal-less drought and Will Bruin added his eighth of the season as the Sounders beat Minnesota United 4-0 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games.

Recap: Seattle Reign fall to NC Courage with depleted lineup

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Good news, though: Jess Fishlock is back!

Facing the North Carolina Courage just two days after the final Tournament of Nations match, Seattle Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey opted to rest U.S. international Megan Rapinoe and Japan's Rumi Utsugi. That resulted in an adjusted lineup that did a decent job absorbing North Carolina's pressure, but couldn't manage to create many opportunities in their offensive third.

Sounders at Minnesota United, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Seattle takes on the Loons. Q13 and Univision-Seattle are carrying the game live.

In their first trip to Minnesota since 2008, the Seattle Sounders are poised to continue a multi-game road unbeaten streak. Minnesota United is an average home team that will be without their best attacking player, as well as a few of the defenders that helped them recover from their horrid start.

Jordan Morris really, really likes living with his parents

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He also beat Jimmy Conrad in a skills challenge.

Jordan Morris may be one of American soccer's rising stars, but he's still just 22 years old. Like many 22-year-olds, he's perfectly fine with the fact that he still lives at home.

Even when facing questions from certifiable soccer "legend" Jimmy Conrad, Morris wasn't about to show even a little bit of embarrassment over continuing to enjoy the benefits of living with his parents.

Sounders at Minnesota United: Three Questions

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The Loons aren't as bad as their record.

The Seattle Sounders look to extend their six-match unbeaten run on a trip to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Minnesota United is no longer the pushover they were to start the season. Their 6-12-4, -16 record looks particularly poor because they only took a point in their first four matches and were outscored 18-7.

Sounders vs Minnesota United Loons: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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Q13FOX and Univision Seattle are carrying the Saturday August 5 match at 5 PM. Seattle Sounders only list Osvaldo Alonso as questionable. No players are out, though Victor Rodriguez is unavailable as the club waits on paperwork. Minnesota United will be without Anor, Burch (Groin), Davis (R Foot), De Villardi (L Achilles), Greenspan (Head), Schuller (L Thigh), and star Christian Ramirez (R Hamstring).

Seattle Reign v. North Carolina Courage: Preview, schedule, how to watch

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Can Megan Rapinoe continue her incredible form?

NWSL soccer is back! After taking a week off for the FIFA international break, Seattle Reign FC (6-3-6) is back in action on Saturday, August 5. The squad returns to Cary, North Carolina, for its second match against the North Carolina Courage (9-5-0) this season.

Scouting Report: Uff da, the Minnesota Loons are sinking in Lake Wobegon

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potentially missing their best offensive weapon will send everyone to The Curl Up and Dye

Who You'll Watch

The Sounders will finish up their brief two-game road trip when they travel to the Twin Cities to take on Minnesota United FC for the first time ever. This is the first of two meetings this season and the only one in Minnesota.

A Wet Night in the Windy City: Observations from the MLS All-Star Game

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One of our own takes advantage of a trip to Chicago by catching the ASG at Soldier Field. It doesn't go well.

Realio's Log:

2:30 p.m.: I wake from a nap refreshed and excited to go watch some live soccer in a football stadium!! Outside it looks overcast. My app assures me that rain is 0% chance until 11 p.

Major Link Soccer: Will promotion/relegation in the US have its day in court?

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Miami FC is getting serious about it. The Sounders U16s won the Youdan Trophy! Meanwhile, Zach Scott gets snubbed.

Seattle

The Seattle Sounders academy is scooping up trophies across the pond:

The winners of the u16 #YoudanTrophy are @SoundersAcademy!

S2 will play a 34 match regular season in 2018

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In addition to the two extra matches the season will take place over four more weeks.

The United Soccer League Board of Governors have announced that the league's regular season will be expanded from 32 to 34 matches. The move is prompted by the expected addition of teams in Fresno, Las Vegas and Nashville.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Player ratings

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Solid and organized, Stefan Frei earned the clean sheet and MOTM in the LA draw.

Going into LA on a five-game unbeaten streak while the opponents were on a five-game losing streak gave us pretty high expectations. While the defense had a pretty good game, the offense failed to put any goals on the board and the game ended a mundane 0-0 tie.

USA v. Japan, live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch USWNT online

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There'll be two Seattle Reign players to watch in the final Tournament of Nations matches.

The final Tournament of Nations doubleheader kicks off today, and two Seattle Reign FC players will go head-to-head on Thursday evening: Megan Rapinoe with the U.S., and Rumi Utsugi for Japan. The match between the U.

Sounders packed with confidence as they head to Minnesota

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Forward Will Bruin: "When we're at full strength and healthy, we're one of the best teams in the league"

The Seattle Sounders head to Minneapolis this weekend, to face MLS expansion club Minnesota United for the first time ever. Even though anything can happen in this league, it's fair to say that the Sounders have the upper hand against a club that likely would have chosen a much different inaugural MLS season.

Victor Rodriguez “didn’t think twice” when accepting Seattle’s offer

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The new Sounders signing thinks the club fits perfectly with his playing style—and his ambition

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Even though it was teased earlier this week when the paperwork had yet to go through, the Seattle Sounders officially signed Spanish winger Victor Rodriguez on Wednesday. The newest Sounder spoke to the media after the training session through a translator.

Major Link Soccer: Lionel Messi sends Neymar heartfelt message

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Transfer rumors and final day of the Tournament of Nations

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The MLS All-Stars took on Real Madrid last night. Real Madrid won 1-1 (4-2). Stefan Frei played the final 45 minutes plus penalties.

D.C. United have been bad this season. Really bad. They lost to Minnesota United FC 4-0 last weekend, and now things have come to a boiling point.

Adding an international roster spot isn’t as hard as you probably think

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The harder part of getting Derlis Gonzalez will be convincing Dynamo Kiev to sell.

By signing Victor Rodriguez on Wednesday, the Seattle Sounders have filled their allotment of eight international spots. Yet, rumors persist that they are still trying to sign Paraguayan Derlis Gonzalez. How is that possible?

Sounders seriously pondering future without Xbox as main sponsor

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Club hires agency to help find potential new partner after gaming-console's deal ends following 2018 season.

Xbox has been an almost synonymous part of the Seattle Sounders ever since the team joined MLS in 2009. The Microsoft-owned video game console has their name splashed across the Sounders' jerseys and CenturyLink Field's playing surface, as well as on various promotions.

MLS All Stars vs Real Madrid, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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FS1 and Univision are carrying the match that will eventually feature Stefan Frei.

The MLS All Star Game is in its 13th straight year featuring a group of the league's best taking on an international club. In 2017 it is Real Madrid that flies to Chicago to get their marketing buzz against captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and a bunch of World Cup veterans.

MLS and adidas continue their partnership through 2024 in massive new deal

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adidas will continue exclusively supplying MLS and its teams with gear, kits, and equipment in a deal that highlights the growth of the league.

Today Major League Soccer has announced a new contract extension with sportswear juggernaut adidas, cementing their partnership through the 2024 season.

La Liga veteran signs with Sounders

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Sounders use Targeted Allocation Money to add Victor Rodriguez.

In what is shaping up as an active summer, the Seattle Sounders made their second signing of the transfer window. As had been expected, La Liga veteran Victor Rodriguez was officially announced on Wednesaday. He had been training with the Sounders since Monday, after rumors of his imminent signing surfaced last week.

Missing Osvaldo Alonso isn’t the disaster it used to be

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Sounders have gone 2-0-1 without their captain.

Expectations are a funny thing. It wasn't so long ago that getting a point from a road game against the LA Galaxy was one of those things you accepted, no questions asked. Prior to last season, the Seattle Sounders had only beaten the Galaxy on the road once— back in 2009 — and only earned three ties.

Major Link Soccer: Why does Eden Hazard own a NASL side

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Hazard is part of a larger trend of foreign stars buying lower division US clubs.

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The All-Star game is coming up tonight, so let's count down the top 30 MLS players. Three Sounders made the list and I can't really argue but...I want more.

The match will be all stars, but not the league's best - at least the best this season, like Joevin Jones.

VAR goes live this week: Here’s what you need to know

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We spent an hour watching MLS's VAR seminar so you didn't have to.

Major League Soccer is about to enter a new era of officiating. Yes, after much discussion and hype, video replay will come online in live games this weekend. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is being launched with the hope of fixing obvious, game-changing mistakes.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players on their scoreless draw at the StubHub Center.

Still dealing with key absences and integrating Kelvin Leerdam into the starting lineup, the Seattle Sounders managed to come away with a draw in their match against the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

Both teams had somewhat dangerous moments, but the game was more of a defensive stalemate than anything.

Major Link Soccer: Benching Andrea Pirlo

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The calls for benching Pirlo are growing louder, and Freddy Adu was called "an old vacuum"

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DC United is gearing up to move into a new stadium by losing a bunch of games. One way to get some fan excitement besides winning (that seems hard) is selling a portion of the team; the 35% portion formerly owned by Will Chang.