Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2017

Sounders at Philadelphia Union: Three Questions

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We talked to Eugene of Brotherly Game.

Coming off their first win in over a month, the Seattle Sounders pay a visit to the Philadelphia Union and Talen Energy Stadium. The Sounder' only previous win there is in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup, as they've gone 0-2-2 in four regular-season visits.

The Union come into this game having gone 1-3-4 in their past eight and sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference, while the Sounders are a point out of first in the West and have gone 7-1-7 dating back to mid June.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Player ratings

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A tireless Nico Lodeiro was back to his best against the ‘Caps.

For at least one game, the spacing I've been talking about for months was there. Guys had room to work, and boy did it work. Matched up with a very good Vancouver team that had won five of their last seven games to go first in the Western Conference, Seattle played them off the field.

Seattle Reign v. Washington Spirit: time, preview, how to watch

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Naho Kawasumi could tie or break the NWSL assist record today.

It's the time of year Seattle Reign FC fans dread: the end of the 2017 NWSL regular season. While the squad just missed out on a playoff spot, they'll hope to close out the season with an authoritative win on the road. Seattle concludes its season against the Washington Spirit on Saturday, with kickoff set for 4 p.

How to Watch MLS in Week 30, 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. Toronto FC has a chance to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday with a home win over the New York Red Bulls (4 PM, MLS Live). TFC are riding a two match losing streak from last week when injuries finally caught up to them, but Jozy Altidore will be back along with the bulk of their defense and Sebastian Giovinco might not start but looks to be close to returning and might be available as a substitute.

Was Stefan Frei’s stop of Fredy Montero’s free kick better than ‘The Save’?

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There's a heated debate going on about this very thing.

Stefan Frei makes challenging saves look simple and turns extraordinary into ordinary. When the Sounders keeper kept Seattle's one-goal lead with a monster save just before the half, it reminded everyone just how good he can be.

Fredy Montero, a Sounders legend in his own right, stepped up to hit a ball from about 30 yards out and looking to tie up the match.

Major Link Soccer: Bayern Munich fire Carlo Ancelotti

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No big-name replacements lined up yet. Also, Ignacio Piatti extends with the Impact, and Lifetime misses the mark with an NWSL promo.

Seattle

Jordan Morris has never let his Type 1 diabetes slow him down, and he used some of his free time to visit Seattle Children's to talk to kids who are just learning to manage their diabetes and answer their questions.

When flair meets function, Clint Dempsey is a monster

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For at least one game, the Sounders were fun to watch again.

SEATTLE — It has often been said over the past month or so that the Seattle Sounders simply weren't a fun team to watch. I've even said as much.

For even as the unbeaten streak stretched to an impressive 13 games, the Sounders weren't playing with any sort of flair.

Unrelenting offensive push creates Victor Rodriguez’s first Sounders goal

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LevyFilms captures the frenetic nature of the full buildup.

SEATTLE — The degree to which the Seattle Sounders had been struggling over the past month had probably been a bit overstated. There had been games where they'd played well and simply failed to find the back of the net. The last time the Sounders faced the Vancouver Whitecaps, for instance, looked a lot like this one, aside from the scoreline.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Community player ratings form

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Rate the Sounders as the look to start a new streak.

A midweek match against a Cascadian rival was exactly what the Seattle Sounders needed to get back to winning ways. The attack seemed more fluid and inventive, thanks in large part to Clint Dempsey featuring at striker, and an inspired, shoe-phone-worthy performance from Nicolas Lodeiro.

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

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"I just think it's one of those games where it clicked, it worked. Those guys enjoyed playing with each other." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders made some tactical shifts in the way they lined up against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and offensively they looked like a different team. With dynamic movement and aggressive play, Seattle created an impressive number of chances, putting away three of them in the end.

Major Link Soccer: Jurgen Klopp grants Make-A-Wish

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Also: MLS scores,

MLS

MLS had their first referee to publicly reveal that he gay. Assistant referee Matthew Nelson did it to "help others".

Atlanta United FC is still rolling. They have yet to lose a game in their brand new stadium and once again scored three goals in their 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, the Sounders' next opponent.

Sounders vs. Whitecaps, recap: That felt a whole lot better

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In their final Cascadia match of the season, the Sounders left no doubt.

SEATTLE — Needing a win in the worst way, the Seattle Sounders played one of their most complete games of the season. Victor Rodriguez, Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey all scored goals as the Sounders dispatched the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 on Wednesday.

Cristian Roldan doesn’t seem too worried about injury

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Sounders midfielder suggests he may not miss any games.

SEATTLE — Cristian Roldan has never been a player to shy away from contact. Over the past two games, though, he's been taking quite a beating. Against the Vancouver Whitecaps, he may have even suffered some genuine damage.

Roldan went down in a heap on the play Victor Rodriguez eventually scored the opening goal, stayed down for a couple minutes and eventually had his arm wrapped.

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

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Watch on JOEtv, ROOT Sports, or MLS Live with us.

Now in a five-game winless streak, and with the playoffs just four matches away, the Seattle Sounders desperately need a win. For added incentive, without a win there is no way way they can take the Cascadia Cup in 2017. Vancouver Whitecaps currently sit first in the Western Conference.

Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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This is Seattle's last chance to get the Cascadia Cup back, and even with a win they will need help. So their last regular season match against the Vancouver Whitecaps takes on a bit more importance. It is already a match between the 4th place Seattle Sounders and the first place ‘Caps. It is probably the most important of the remaining games.

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Player ratings

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The streak is dead. Time for a new streak.

We wanted a more exciting, upbeat game than the one in Dallas, and we definitely got that. Unfortunately, the continuous rain, altitude, and poor second-half play doomed Seattle to their first loss in 14 games. The Seattle Sounders had some good chances, but failed to finish.

OK, something is definitely wrong with offense

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After two straight scoreless games, something must change.

It's been coming for perhaps a couple weeks, but the day arrived when the Sounders unbeaten run officially became a winless streak. The Seattle Sounders' loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday was their first in three months, but it also meant they have not won in over a month as well.

Major Link Soccer: Fredy Montero Talks Seattle

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Also: soccer community support for disaster relief, and taking the fight to childhood cancer

Seattle

On the eve of the Whitecaps' only regular-season match at Seattle this year, Fredy Montero wrote a touching account of his journey back to Cascadia and his feelings about returning to play in Seattle.

Several Sounders voice support for protests during national anthem

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No indication whether they'll be doing anything of their own, though.

Protests during the national anthem became commonplace in the sports world over the weekend, sparked by, among other things, Donald Trump's call for NFL players to be fired if they kneeled during the national anthem. So far, the only soccer players to participate in similar actions were from the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City.

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in their streak-killing loss in rainy Sandy.

Well, after a dismal night in Sandy, Utah, the Seattle Sounders' 13-match unbeaten streak is no more. The defense held up for the first half, before Real Salt Lake found a breakthrough. The Sounders' attack, sticking with a recent trend, continued to look disjointed and anemic.

Major Link Soccer: Did Edinson Cavani get bought off?

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Also: Bradley not impressed with the Rev's new turf, and a quadruple save for the ages

MLS

Sounders fans aren't the only people who get crazy tattoos related to their team's results; we may have invented it, but Atlanta United fans joined in after a Jeff Larentowicz goal. Now some charity may follow.

Scouting Report: The Vancouver Whitecaps

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It's the last chance for Cascadia Cup points and a vital match for the standings

What You'll Watch

In the third and final episode of the Battle of the Peace Arch we find the Sounders looking to right the yacht after a bit of rough seas. Coming off their first loss in over three months, but also winless in their last 5, the Seattle Sounders will host the Vancouver Whitecaps in a mid-week match.

Megan Rapinoe among Seattle Reign, FC Kansas City players not observing the national anthem

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They join Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and LA Sparks by remaining in the locker room rather than kneeling.

With the protests urging racial equality and against police brutality thrust back into the spotlight by President Trump's comments about the NFL, several Seattle Reign players took the only position allowed by U.

Motherhood inspired Sydney Leroux to join anthem protest

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The former Seattle Reign forward wants to set a good example for her son.

Former Seattle Reign FC player Sydney Leroux is playing for more than herself now. She's playing for all her FC Kansas City and U.S. teammates, for the fans who follow her career, and most importantly, her son Cassius.

Reign FC lose home finale to FC Kansas City

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A Shea Groom goal eliminates Reign FC from playoff contention

A win would have kept Seattle Reign FC's improbable if not impossible hopes of returning to the NWSL Playoffs alive. A win would have also been the start of a storybook send-off to a Reign FC Original. Sometimes, though, the things we hope for do not become reality — as was the cast when Seattle Reign FC fell to FC Kansas City 1-0 at Memorial Stadium in their final home match of the 2017 season.

Major Link Soccer: Player who stomped DeAndre Yedlin suspended

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Atlanta United keeps winning with a flourish.

Seattle

Brighton forward Tomer Hemed is facing a three-match ban after stomping on Deandre Yedlin's calf during their match versus Newcastle. Brighton's manager is doing his best to avoid that from happening, reiterating that he believes it was an accident.

Reign FC vs. FC Kansas City: Photos

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Reign fall to FC KC in last home match of the season

With offense stumbling, let’s look at DPs that could have been

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All these rumors fell apart for different reasons, but some of them would have surely helped Sounders during current slump.

The last four potential Designated Players connected with the Seattle Sounders were all potent attacking talents that were meant to help the team score goals. They varied in age from the 23-year-old Paraguayan Derlis Gonzalez to former Japanese star Keisuke Honda at age 31.

Match preview: Seattle Reign v. FC Kansas City

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A win keeps Reign FC's playoff hopes alive.

Seattle Reign FC hosts its final 2017 home match on Sunday, and the squad will face a team that has caused them all sorts of trouble in previous years. The Reign kick off against FC Kansas City at 6 p.m. PT at Memorial Stadium.

The match remains a critical one for Reign FC, who still have a shot at squeezing into a playoff spot, as Orlando City drew with Portland this weekend.

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Better opportunities will come if you keep possession of the ball and move the ball around. We're just searching for that one guy to break us out of the slump." -Brian Schmetzer

In a chippy, rain-soaked match at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Seattle Sounders again failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake, recap: Streak ends in wet Sandy

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Two-nil loss is first multi-goal game against since July 19

Maybe you've watched a lot of games with the United States National Team with Nick Rimando riding the bench. He is often there because he is helping train for potential penalties. He is also there because he is quite good. He proved his quality again against the Seattle Sounders.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Watch on JOEtv or MLS Live with us.

There was a point when Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders met it was a key rivalry game between two upstart expansion sides with high quality and great ambitions. That time is back. Seattle is lead by Garth Lagerwey (formerly of RSL you may have heard) and Brian Schmetzer (Sounder for life) while Salt Lake is under Craig Waibel (a Husky) and Mike Petke (a Red Bull?

Sounders at Real Salt Lake: Three Questions

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Saturday's 6:30 PM game is between two teams that could make the Western Conference Finals. They are both that good.

Matt from RSL Soapbox answers Three Questions, none are about salad.

SaH: Is this now Petke's team?

RSLSB: You know, Dave, it is.

Sounders at Real Salt Lake: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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Real Salt Lake hosts the Seattle Sounders at 6:30 PM on Saturday night. The match features two of the hottest teams in the league. JOEtv will show this contest that could be a playoff preview.

The center referee for the match will be Sorin Stoica. Jon Freemon is manning replay.

Sounders are undefeated in their last 13 matches.

How to Watch MLS in Week 29, 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. Toronto FC has a chance to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday with a win at the New England Revolution (2 PM, MLS Live) and a draw or loss by New York City FC against the Houston Dynamo.

Elli Reed announces her retirement

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The Reign FC original has been a key member of Seattle's success.

Elli Reed is one of Seattle Reign FC's original players. She's been with the team since the inaugural 2013 season, but will be hanging up her boots at the end of the season. Reed plans to finish the remainder of the 2017 NWSL season with Reign FC before retiring as a professional soccer player.

Could Laura Harvey leave Reign for England national team?

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England native doesn't reject idea of replacing Mark Sampson.

No one person has become more symbolic of Seattle Reign FC than head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. The 37-year-old England native was one of owner Bill Predmore's first hires before the team's inaugural season in 2013 and has shaped the team very much in her image.

Sounders looking reasonably healthy ahead of Real Salt Lake match

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Jordan Morris and Brad Evans are both a ways off from returning, but everyone else is good to go.

Riding a 13-game unbeaten run, but also a four-game winless streak, the Seattle Sounders will head into Saturday's match at Real Salt Lake about as healthy as can be expected. Aside from the longer term injuries to Jordan Morris (hamstring) and Brad Evans (back), the Sounders are expected to have a full complement of players from whom to select.

Reign FC owner responds to report of ‘unsustainable losses’

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Bill Predmore re-asserts commitment to team and league while indicating team is looking for a new home.

Seattle Reign FC co-owner Bill Predmore acknowledged that turning a profit remains an "elusive objective", but also pushed back against a recent report that the club was taking "unsustainable losses" in an exclusive interview with Ride of the Valkyries/Sounder at Heart.

It could be the best of times, it could be the worst of times

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There are different paths the Sounders can take to finish out the season. Some lead to greatness. Others...

With five matches left to play, the Seattle Sounders are tied on points for second place in the West with two other teams. However, due to tiebreakers, they are actually in fourth place, and if the season ended today, would host the San Jose Earthquakes in the single-game knock-out round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Scouting Report: How to beat a Real Salty Club

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Seattle needs three points badly, and RSL isn't going to give them out easily

What You'll Watch

The Seattle Sounders stay on the road as they travel to Sandy, Utah to take on Real Salt Lake this weekend. This is second and final regular season meeting between the two teams. This is the Sounders' second-to-last road trip of the season.

Major Link Soccer: Hope Solo, USSF reach settlement over suspension

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Time will tell what's next for the ‘keeper. Mark Cuban wants to copy the FC Dallas academy for the NBA. Carlos Tevez slams Chinese player quality.

Seattle

Hope Solo and the US Soccer Federation have reached an agreement to settle her grievance over the way she was suspended from the USWNT last year.

USL admits player remained on field after getting two yellow cards, offers no recourse

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Game won't be replayed, but referee will be suspended.

The USL has acknowledged that a player should have been sent off after receiving a second yellow card in Wednesday's Sounders 2 match. While that may seem like grounds for some sort of replay of what turned out to be a 1-0 victory for Phoenix Rising, the only punishment handed down will be for the refs working the game to be suspended.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Player ratings

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Heat and fatigue combine for a Texas snoozefest.

After a very physical game against LA Galaxy, I looked forward to the return of upbeat, fast paced soccer. I was severely underwhelmed. This iteration of FC Dallas was nothing like what was expected. Gone were the quick, dynamic plays through the midfield.

Say goodbye to TicketMaster, SeatGeek partnership could be a boon for Sounders fans

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Technology company will be Sounders primary ticket seller starting next season.

There might not be a more despised brand in the sports world than TicketMaster, the company that controls ticketing for just about every major sports team and major venue in the country. The Seattle Sounders have been no different, much to the constant chagrin of fans who have been quick to complain about everything from TicketMaster's fee structure to issues with their mobile ticketing.

Major Link Soccer: Sporting Kansas City wins Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

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MLS scores and other soccer news.

Seattle

Take a look at RSL Soapbox's latest power rankings roundup after Week 28. The Sounders still find themselves in the top five.

MLS

Once again, Atlanta United FC put four goals on an opponent. This time, it was the LA Galaxy that fell victim to Atlanta's potent attack.

Seattle Sounders 2 v. Phoenix Rising: livestream, game time, and lineups

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It's the final 2017 home match for #TheFuture.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 (9-15-4) hosts its final home match of the 2017 USL season on Wednesday night. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium against Phoenix Rising FC (11-7-7), a team currently holding a playoff position — occupying seventh place in the USL Western Conference.

Leading edge sports scientist leaves Sounders for NBA’s Orlando Magic

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Dave Tenney is just the second of the 2009 coaching staff to leave the team.

Dave Tenney, the man responsible for putting and keeping the Seattle Sounders at the forefront of the soccer-data revolution, has accepted a job with the NBA's Orlando Magic. The Sounders are already looking for his replacement.

Roman Torres helping Panama try to qualify for first-ever World Cup

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Sounders center back called in for pair of upcoming qualifiers.

Roman Torres will be joining Panama for two decisive World Cup qualifiers. The centerback's call-up was officially announced on Wednesday, meaning he'll be joining Los Canaleros for their matches on Oct. 5 (at the United States) and 10 (vs.

Major Link Soccer: The U.S. Open Cup Final is Here

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Also: big-hearted Brad Evans, another milestone for Messi, and Pulisic is a True Belieber.

Seattle

With the Sounders' big road match against Real Salt Lake looming this Saturday Sept. 23, get in the mood with the Sounders' "RLS v. SEA 101."

Week 29 officiating crew assignments from PRO are out, and Sorin Stoica will be the referee Saturday night.

Seattle Reign FC v Orlando Pride: player ratings

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Some patented late-game Fishlock magic salvaged a point.

For the second week in a row, Seattle Reign FC faced an opponent dealing with the impacts of a hurricane. In this case rather than changing the match location, it was decided that they would face the Orlando Pride two days early, since fortuitously they had traveled directly to Orlando after their match against Houston in Dallas.

Clint Dempsey isn’t the problem

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Sounders forward could certainly be better, but the blaming is starting to get out of hand.

In the scope of a single season, 13 games is a pretty big chunk. In fact, it's nearly 40 percent of the season. So it almost goes without saying that a unbeaten streak that has stretched that long is impressive.

Major Link Soccer: The U.S. Open Cup Final is Here

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Also: big-hearted Brad Evans, another milestone for Messi, and Pulisic is a True Belieber.

Seattle

With the Sounders' big road match against Real Salt Lake looming this Saturday Sept. 23, get in the mood with the Sounders' "RLS v. SEA 101."

Week 29 officiating crew assignments from PRO are out, and Sorin Stoica will be the referee Saturday night.

Trouble in Harveyville?

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Should Laura Harvey the GM and Laura Harvey the Head Coach break up?

There are times in soccer when the head coach and the general manager find themselves on different pages. The needs of the team in the short term, usually the head coach, and the long term, usually the general manager, sometimes fall in contrast with each other and a change is needed.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in their latest draw, this time the scoreless one at Dallas.

The Seattle Sounders came away from their trip to Frisco, Texas with yet another single point. FC Dallas has a strong and dynamic attack, but it wasn't enough to break through Seattle's sturdy defense. On the other hand, the Sounders attack was just not effective, hampered by the lack of Jordan Morris and his speed.

Lessons from long unbeaten streaks of the past

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What, if anything, has this 13-match unbeaten run told us about 2017 Sounders.

Midway through Bull Durham, pitching protégé Nuke LaLoosh scrambles up the bus aisle, bellowing his newfound appreciation for learning. He's in the midst of a winning streak and finds it addictive.

"I love winning," he exclaims in the ear of mentor Crash Davis.

Nos Audietis, Episode 261: Garth Lagerwey reflects on transfer season

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Learn how to say his name right, too.

We're now three transfer windows into Garth Lagerwey's tenure as head of the Seattle Sounders' technical staff. All three have been reasonably active. About a month after the last one has closed, we're starting to get a better picture of just how effective this one has been.

Major Link Soccer: Jay Heaps is out in New England

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Also, the Danish federation doesn't want to call their women's team employees, and

MLS

There are a lot of cool things to read about with MLS, but before you get to those links here's some news, Jay Heaps is getting fired. Reportedly the Revolution boss is out at Gillette Stadium as the club continues to collapse.

MLS Awards season is just over a month away

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The major awards have some clear leaders.

It's not that I've locked in my votes yet. We are still over a month away from the voting period, but there are certain MLS awards where there are clear leaders. There is also a single team that is so good that it will flood the Best XI without winning an individual award.

Major Link Soccer: Deandre Yedlin reveling in Newcastle’s form

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Also, MLS stopped paying Marvell Wynne,

Seattle

Newcastle United have had a strong start to the Premier League season, currently sitting at fourth on the young season. Former Seattle spark plug Deandre Yedlin attributes this success in part to their team's spirit shining through in their play.

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

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"That's a good team. We were able to get a point. You look at a calendar at the beginning of the year and you think you can get a point from a really good team, you take it." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders are unbeaten in their last 13 matches, yet they find themselves slipping down the table as other Western Conference contenders pick up more points.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 must get a result against 8th place Colorado Springs.

Despite two losses and a tie in their last three matches, Seattle Sounders FC 2 have actually been playing quite well. If they play like they did against Reno last week, the team will almost certainly beat Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

Sounders at FC Dallas, recap: Refuse to win

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Unbeaten streak runs to 13 with boring 0-0 road draw.

As the Seattle Sounders extended their unbeaten streak to 13 straight games their attacking woes became more clear. There were only two shots on goal, with both being speculative, at best. The 0-0 score is fair, and frustrating. Dallas is now 9 games without a win.

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

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JOEtv, Univision-Seattle and MLS Live are carrying the 5 PM match. Watch with us.

Way back in March these two teams were expected to contend for the Western Conference title and MLS Cup. Then the season got in the way. Seattle Sounders FC started slow but is now in middle of a strong, but flawed, run.

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

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JOEtv, Univision-Seattle and MLS Live are carrying the 5 PM match. Watch with us.

Way back in March these two teams were expected to contend for the Western Conference title and MLS Cup. Then the season got in the way. Seattle Sounders FC started slow but is now in middle of a strong, but flawed, run.

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

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Coming off a three-match draw streak, the Seattle Sounders head to the road. Far from favorites, the opportunity for points exists as FC Dallas is running away from the MLS Cup Playoffs and into the dire lands below the red line. Seattle will be without Jordan Morris, Brad Evans, and Calum Mallace.

How to Watch MLS in Week 28, 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. Atlanta United are on game three of their six game homestand in their new home, Mercedes Benz Stadium. The first two matches saw them outscore their opponents a combined 10-0, including Wednesday's 7-0 demolition of the New England Revolution who ended the game with 9 men.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Player ratings

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Torres had a great game against LA, making his sending off even more unfair.

Seattle rarely has it easy against LA, and even though the Sounders look like the better team in the current iteration of the rivalry, we've struggled to score against the Sigi Schmid-led Galaxy. Last weekend Seattle peppered the opponents with shots, 20 to their 9, yet only managed one late goal to salvage a home tie.

Nicolas Lodeiro called in for Uruguay’s October World Cup qualifiers

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Call-up shouldn't affect availability for Sounders, who will be on a break.

Nicolas Lodeiro‘s influence on the Uruguay national team may be waning a bit — he didn't play in either of the most recent World Cup qualifiers — but he'll be called up again in October. Lodeiro was named to the 26-man roster for matches against Venezuela (Oct.

Major Link Soccer: Match dates set for 2019 Women’s World Cup

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Also, DC United supporters will keep their GA ticket prices in their new stadium, and the NASL tries one last time to stay together.

Seattle

Brad Evans makes the list of the 11 most in-demand soon-to-be free agents in MLS at the end of this season.

Major League Soccer

RSL Soap Box is back again with their Power Ranking Averages, and the top three are holding strong, with Atlanta United making moves right behind.

Sounders at FC Dallas: Three Questions

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JOEtv and Univision-Seattle carry Saturday's 5 PM game. This is the least you need to know.

When the season started, these were the two Western Conference favorites. Two runs changed both teams' fates. Seattle Sounders started the season mediocre, but are riding a 12-match unbeaten streak. Currently third in the West they can still target a first place finish.

Nos Audietis, Episode 260b: Garth Lagerwey talks about successful red card appeal

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As it turned out, Jeremiah had a chance to interview Garth Lagerwey the same day our normal show was released. We are planning to release that full interview next week. But as the interview was wrapping up, we got word that Roman Torres' red card had been rescinded.

Being that we already had Lagerwey on the record, it seemed like a good chance to get his thoughts on not only the successful appeal, but his thoughts on how VAR is currently being used.

Sounders win red card appeal, Román Torres available against FC Dallas

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Independent review board apparently disagreed with VAR.

Heading into another key Western Conference match, the Seattle Sounders will not be without Roman Torres after successfully appealling to the Independent Review Panel about the 89th minute red card against the LA Galaxy. The Panel unanimously agreed with the Sounders — Torres did not commit a foul that should be considered DOGSO.

Scouting Report: When the bull is weak, grab it by the horns

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To stay at the top, this is a must-win game.

What You'll Watch

The Seattle Sounders hit the road to take on FC Dallas this Saturday. This is the first of two meetings this season. Dallas is winless in their last eight games and Seattle is unbeaten in their last 12.

FC Dallas sits in sixth place of the Western Conference (37 points in 27 games played; 1.

Nos Audietis, Episode 260: VAR you entertained?

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We've got some thoughts on how video replay is being used.

It's been far too long since the Seattle Sounders last won a match and the fanbase is growing a bit restless. But that's not the only reason. There have been growing reports of stadium staff possibly overstepping some of their directives, further enflaming passions.

Major Link Soccer: Roy Hodgson named new manager of Crystal Palace

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It's time to get to know Brian Nana-Sinkam, and other news around the world.

Seattle

If you don't know who Brian Nana-Sinkam is, you might want to read up. The rookie is having a great 2017 season with S2, and he brings a wealth of versatility, experience to the USL squad.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recently opened up about an incident with the Las Vegas Police Department in August.

Appeal of Roman Torres’ red card focuses on DOGSO

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Sounders think they have a strong case based on video evidence.

There may not be much chance of success, but that isn't stopping the Seattle Sounders from appealing Roman Torres' red card from Sunday's game. Torres was shown a red card after fouling Jermaine Jones on a breakaway near the top of the penalty area.

Jordan Morris could miss rest of regular season, Sounders confirm

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Recovery will be measured in weeks, not days.

As expected, Jordan Morris' return from his hamstring injury is being measured in weeks, not days, putting in doubt his ability to play again during the final six weeks of the regular season. Morris suffered the injury in Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy when he pulled up with a non-contact injury when chasing a ball in the 61st minute.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in their 1-1 home draw against the Galaxy.

The Seattle Sounders continued their unbeaten streak against the La Galaxy, but in disappointing fashion. Fans watched another home draw that included an injury and a red card. The Sounders offense failed to click, with plenty of buildup and chances but only one goal through some very direct play and Lamar Neagle.

Five Seattle Reign players report for international duty

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Captain Corsie has a nice ring to it ...

The NWSL is taking a rest this week to honor a FIFA international break, which is good news for Seattle Reign FC, as five players have been called up to report for their respective national teams: Jess Fishlock, Rachel Corsie, Megan Rapinoe, Rebekah Stott, and Lydia Williams.

Major Links Soccer: The anti-Beckhams are coming

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Also: UEFA Champions League action, and MLS is looking more appealing to young English players

Seattle

Ever wonder what months the Sounders get their best results? Sounders FC breaks it down.

It is difficult to understate the importance of the Sounders' Saturday match at FC Dallas. The Sounders team site breaks down 10 things you need to know ahead of the game.

Is it 12 games unbeaten or 3 games without a win?

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It all depends on your perspective.

SEATTLE — There are a few ways to look at the Seattle Sounders' current form. The optimistic way is to see their franchise-record 12-game unbeaten streak as indicative of a team hitting their stride at the perfect time. The more pessimistic look sees them on a three-game winless run and at least four games removed from their last quality win.

Major Link Soccer: Crystal Palace sacks Frank de Boer

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The Dutch manager is out after four league matches.

Seattle

CenturyLink Field got a major facelift that you probably didn't notice, the Seahawks upgraded the video boards and control room to provide the best fan experience possible. The Sounders should get some benefit of that.

MLS

Soccer clubs prefer soft turf due to its predictability and that it slows the ball down more akin to traditional grass but NFL sides like hard turf that is easier to run and get speed on.

Roman Torres almost fully vindicated by LevyFilms footage of red card incident

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Shot from behind the play appears to show Torres making a clean play on the ball.

The TV replays seemed to make the case pretty strongly that Roman Torres did not deserve a red card in Sunday's match against the LA Galaxy. For whatever reason, though, VAR did not overturn the call.

But after seeing LevyFilms' replay of the incident (toward the end of the video above), the case for Torres being unjustly punished is even stronger.

VAR may complicate Sounders’ ability to challenge Roman Torres’ red card

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If they want to appeal, it has to happen soon.

UPDATE: Sounder at Heart has confirmed the team appealed Torres' red card, but apparently with little hope of it being successful.

It very well may not have influenced the ultimate outcome, but Roman Torres' 89th minute red card was arguably the most maddening moment of a match filled with them.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We've got to find a way to be a little bit more goal dangerous, have that last little bit of quality in the final third" -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders rescued a point late through a Lamar Neagle strike after the LA Galaxy led for most of the match thanks to a first-half Gyasi Zardes goal.

Sounders should know extent of Jordan Morris’ injury soon

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Morris scheduled to undergo MRI on Monday.

Frustrating as dropping two points at home and losing Roman Torres to a red card may have been, those two issues potentially pale in comparison to news surrounding Jordan Morris' injury.

The Seattle Sounders forward pulled up with a non-contact injury in the 61st minute with what has initially been diagnosed as a hamstring strain, an injury that will keep him out for a few weeks at a minimum.

Photo Gallery: Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy

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Don't let the frustrating result stop you from taking a look at some pictures.

Follow Max on Twitter: @maxaquinophoto

Sounders take just a single point from Galaxy on Sigi’s return

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An injury to Morris and red card for Torres made the unfortunate draw even worse

Sigi Schmid returned to Seattle as the head coach of a different team than the Sounders for the first time ever on Sunday. The LA Galaxy came to Seattle trying to save their season, while the home team's goal was to jump back on top of the Western standings after Portland leapfrogged them this weekend.

Major Link Soccer: La Liga eyeing overseas matches in United States and China

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League leadership are looking at bringing season games beyond Spain, with China and the US as logical targets.

Seattle:

The Sounders FC Academy teams all kicked off their seasons in resounding fashion, going 4-0-0 on their opening weekend.

The joint USA, Mexico and Canada 2026 World Cup bid puts 41 cities and 44 stadiums into play, and per ProSoccer Talk's rankings, Seattle and CenturyLink Field are 15th.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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FS1 is carrying the match at 6 PM. Watch with us.

The key storyline in this match is not Sigi Schmid versus Brian Schmetzer. It is not the rivalry between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders. It is not even first place in the West being again within reach.

The key storyline will be the starting lineup.

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Three Questions

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Sigi's backline is in disarray.

Results did not go the Seattle Sounders' way on Saturday. Portland beat NYCFC and so Seattle are merely second in the Western Conference. At 6 PM tonight, on FS1, they have the opportunity to retake first place. In their way are the LA Galaxy, now led by Sigi Schmid.

How to Watch MLS in Week 27, 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. Atlanta United finally move into their new home on Sunday when they host FC Dallas in the first ever match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta have played fewer games than any team in MLS with 24 due to their home schedule being very back loaded to take advantage of the new stadium.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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Clad in Pacific Blue kits adorned with Forza 7 logos, the Seattle Sounders host the LA Galaxy in a meeting between those that were the best and those on their way to taking that crown. It is Sigi Schmid and Brian Schmetzer's second meeting in MLS play. Their first was a 1-1 draw in LA.

Center referee for the match will be Drew Fischer.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Reno 1868 FC: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 look to avenge early season 6-0 loss to Reno.

When Seattle Sounders FC 2 went down to Reno to face Reno 1868 FC early this season, they came away licking their wounds after a devastating 6-0 loss. It was by far the worst performance of the year for the stalwart Rodrigue Ele/Sam Rogers center back pairing, with Ele particularly struggling.

Cristian Roldan pleased with USA call-up even if he didn’t play

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Sounders midfielder was the least-capped player to be brought up during World Cup qualifiers.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Don't tell Cristian Roldan that his recent call-up to the United States men's national team for a pair of World Cup qualifiers was a waste of time.

Like a runner-up for an Oscar, Roldan said was simply an honor to be called in, even if he didn't so much as make the bench in either game.

Major Link Soccer: SODO group releases all-new Key Arena proposal

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The city isn't interested, so far. The Bundesliga's first female referee debuts this weekend. Also, would it be good for the US to miss the World Cup?

Seattle

The SODO arena group (Chris Hansen's group) has come out with a brand new plan to renovate Key Arena into a venue with multiple stages and theaters, funded with private money, which would potentially help their argument for the SODO plan.

Scouting Report: The LA Galaxy are in a standings far, far away

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They only have four points in their last 11 games.

Who You'll Watch

The Sounders return from a much-needed break and welcome the LA Galaxy to Seattle for the one and only time this year. This will also be the third and final matchup this season between the two clubs. The Sounders took four of a possible six points in Carson this season.

Reign FC season still alive after 1-1 draw in Orlando

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Fishlock caps off 100 league appearances with season-saving header in the 94th

Tonight, in Orlando, the Reign FC took on the Orlando Pride and while they didn't get the win, the 1-1 result still keeps their season alive, but barely. And so once again, the Seattle Reign FC are in a position of needing to win to keep their hope of returning to the NWSL Playoffs alive.

Joevin Jones returns to training, Nico Lodeiro delayed in Miami

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Brian Schmetzer says Jones will have to prove "he is absolutely committed until the end of the season."

Waylaying fears that he may have been trying to force his release, Joevin Jones was back in Seattle Sounders training on Thursday after skipping out without permission a week before the recently concluded international break.

Seattle Reign FC v Houston Dash: player ratings

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The Reign got back to basics in a solid victory over the Dash.

Amid the chaos and recovery from Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas, Seattle Reign FC traveled to Frisco, Texas, for a match against the Houston Dash. Both teams were in upheaval, with the Dash dealing with a "home" game 200 miles away from their flooded city, and both made significant roster moves in the days leading up to the match.

Major Link Soccer: New York City FC Keeps the West Race Tight and Sounders Focus on Galaxy

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Plus USMNT performance concerns, broken deals, racist chants mar a qualifier, and a high profile MLS suspension

Seattle

"The Galaxy are the Galaxy." That truism from Ozzie Alonzo encapsulates why the Sounders are making sure they don't make the mistake of looking past their struggling Western Conference rival when they play their last match of the season against LA at Century Link Field Sunday.

Match preview: Seattle Reign v. Orlando Pride

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A win puts Seattle two points out of a playoff spot.

Due to the incoming Hurricane Irma, Seattle Reign FC's match against the Orlando Pride has moved up a few days and will kick off Thursday, September 7 at 5 p.m. PT. The game will stream on the go90 and NWSL apps and websites.

It is a match with huge implications, as Seattle looks to gain ground on the Pride and squeeze into a playoff spot.

Two frustrating losses see S2 all but out of playoff contention

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Both games last week could have gone either way, but S2 couldn't capitalize and came away with zero points.

This past week was a tough one for Seattle Sounders FC 2. They had two winnable games against Phoenix Rising FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Had they won both games they would have been right back in the playoff hunt, even four points would have had them in shouting distance, but they didn't manage a single point, and are now all but mathematically out of the race.

Tacoma Stars roster continues to build with five more veterans of indoor game

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Three of these signings are former Sounders Academy players including one-time S2 signee Duncan McCormick

Tacoma Stars announced some more signings prior to their tryouts in the lead up to their 2017-18 season. Adding defenders Troy Petersen and Chase Hanson, along with midfielders Derek "El Tigre" Johnson and Duncan McCormick and forward Alex Megson, GM-Coach Darren Sawatzky keeps core players with indoor experience.

Lindsay Elston announces her retirement

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She made 27 appearances for the Seattle Reign FC.

Former Seattle Reign FC midfielder Lindsay Elston announced her retirement from playing professional soccer today. She posted her retirement statement on Twitter, which you can see/read in full below.

Thanks for the beautiful memories soccer, but it's time to write my next chapter ✌️ #NWSL #SeattleReign #BostonBreakers pic.

Major Link Soccer: A USMNT Nailbiter

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Also, Sounders return home from international duty and it's Scarftember

Seattle

Jordan Morris managed to make another important contribution to the USMNT, earning a crucial assist on the 85th minute Booby Wood equalizer that salvaged a point against Honduras.

Gustav Svensson is back in Seattle and ready for the Sounders' next match this weekend against the LA Galaxy.

Seattle Reign match in Orlando moved to Thursday

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The game was rescheduled as Hurricane Irma is set to make landfall in Florida this weekend.

Seattle Reign FC's road match against the Orlando Pride has been moved due to Hurricane Irma, which is predicted to hit Florida over the weekend. Originally slated to kick off on Saturday, September 9, the game will now take place Thursday, September 7 at 8 p.

Tacoma Stars sign another former Sounder

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Danish midfielder Philip Lund returns to Puget Sound, now repping Tacoma.

The MASL Tacoma Stars added another former Seattle Sounders player today. Philip Lund, 28, returns to the Puget Sound after a playing the last few years in the Faroe Islands, Norway and Oklahoma City. Lund played for the Sounders in 2013 with 16 minutes in MLS play and 593 minutes in the USL with the Sounders Reserves (prior to S2 formally joining USL).

Roman Torres says he’s fine after injury scare

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International break didn't turn out to be quite as busy for the Sounders as expected.

This international break was shaping up to be a busy one for the Seattle Sounders, with a record nine players called up to their respective national teams. In the end, though, it wasn't all that.

Only Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) started in two games, while Oniel Fisher (Jamaica), Roman Torres (Panama) Clint Dempsey (United States) and Jordan Morris (USA) were the only others to even start one.

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

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The USMNT travels Honduras looking to bring back three points and a firm grip on a ticket to Russia. In all, nine Sounders are in action during this international window.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The United States Men's National Team currently sits third in CONCACAF's final round of qualifying (the Hex) with eight points.

Major Link Soccer: USMNT Face Crucial World Cup Qualifier versus Honduras

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With their World Cup Qualifying fate still in the balance, the USMNT face a crucial test in Honduras today.

Seattle:

If you're planning on attending the Sounders match versus FC Dallas on October 15, you might want to also check out the pre-match pub crawl featuring 5 local breweries.

MLS:

Another year, another expansion team comparison to the 2009 Sounders team, Awith Dirty South Soccer arguing that the 2017 Atlanta United team is the best expansion team in league history.

Major Link Soccer: Will Harry Kane be Ronaldo and Messi good?

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His national team manager seems to think so

MLS

Who are the best goalscorers in MLS History? The Best XI includes one former Sounders coach and arguably should have Oba Martins but doesn't.

The playoffs are approaching and while the Mariners have started to see their chances slip away, the Sounders haven't.

Merritt Mathias wonder goal keeps Reign FC’s season alive

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Seattle remains perfect against Dash in milestone win

If Seattle Reign FC wants to play in the 2017 NWSL Playoffs, they needed to get back on the winning side of things — and they did just that tonight, posting a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dash.

The match was relocated to Toyota Stadium, home of MLS side FC Dallas, because of what Hurricane Harvey did to Houston and surrounding areas.

Seattle Sounders 2 vs Phoenix Rising FC: live stream, game time, and lineups

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S2 head down to Arizona to face the Fighting Didier Drogba's

The Seattle Sounders FC 2 are coming of a very tough loss. They really should have won against Tulsa at Home but none of the shots quite found their way into the net. S2 probably need to average well over 2 points a game from here on out.

When Falcons Took Flight

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Geographically isolated, Seattle Pacific's powerhouse program of the 1980s and '90s went to great lengths to strengthen its schedule. Road trips of 8 games and more than 3 weeks were the norm each September. And they just kept winning.

It's been well over 30 years yet Peter Hattrup remembers rolling into a September 1983 practice.

Match preview: Seattle Reign at Houston Dash

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We've said it before, but three points are a must as Reign FC pushes for the playoffs.

On Sunday, September 3, Seattle Reign FC heads to Texas for a huge match against the Houston Dash. It's a game that could have significant playoff implications for Seattle, either positive or negative depending on the result.

Nicolas Lodeiro is still trying to get Luis Suárez to Seattle Sounders

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Creating a friend-squad seems to be a goal for Nico.

Nicolas Lodeiro and Luis Suárez happen to be good friends. They hang out when they can, like when both represent Uruguay in World Cup qualifying. As we know, Suárez rooted for the Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup and there should be little surprise that the Barcelona great wanted to see Nico's star.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Player ratings

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Cristian Roldan had yet another MOTM performance against Portland.

Portland Timbers games are never very fun for me; they're always dramatic, full of vitriol, and not a congenial rivalry. In this one, Seattle scored early against the run of play and then Portland scored right before the half.

There is no Ideal XI

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Trying to figure out the perfect starting lineup for the rest of the season ignores that it will change every game.

The concept of the Ideal XI is platonic. It's like a perfect triangle. It only exists in our thoughts, our minds. As we so carefully craft strawmen as simulacrums of real conversation, we continue to ignore that the Seattle Sounders have more playoff-quality starters than they do positions on the field.

Diego Valeri fined for diving in Sounders match

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Mark Geiger had, shall we say, a controversial match. Just one play was deemed worthy of official second-guessing, though: Diego Valeri's first-half dive.

Although Geiger deserves credit for not whistling this foul, he probably should have shown a yellow to Valeri who clearly embellished some very minimal contact from Nouhou.

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

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The USMNT travels to Red Bull Arena to take on World Cup Quarterfinalists Costa Rica. In all, nine Sounders are in action this weekend.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The United States Men's National Team currently sits third in CONCACAF's final round of qualifying (the Hex) with eight points.

Major Link Soccer: Houston teams pledge support for Harvey relief

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Also, the top 10 European transfers, Valeri is fined, and Xavi skipped MLS because it's too competitive.

Seattle

The Soccer Tour took a swing through Cascadia, and here is their take on the matchday experience with Sounders FC and the supporters groups.

Self-professed Clint Dempsey skeptic Btown Bomber wrote a fanpost looking at G-xG and PPG with Dempsey on the field to take a critical look at Clint's influence on the Sounders.