The trick is changing your perspective on what they should be.
I'll be the first to admit that I am not a big fan of friendlies. Prior to Saturday's game against Club Necaxa, the only other time I had attended one in person was the 2010 game against Boca Juniors.
Interestingly enough, that was the first Seattle Sounders match I had attended.
Lagerwey sees Atlanta's success as integral to the league's future
It might just be a few weeks into the 2017 MLS season, but expansion side Atlanta United FC has started so well that there has been some talk of the club being the best expansion team in MLS since, well, Seattle. The Sounders are no longer the fresh face of the league—they're the grizzled, honored veterans celebrating their first MLS Cup.
FoxSports 1 returns to the Emerald City for this 7 PM showdown between Seattle Sounders FC and Atlanta United FC. Both teams will have diminished rosters due to recent international action by their best players. Sounders have 4 pts with a +1 goal differential and are 6th in the West. AUFC are 3rd in the East with 6 points and a +8 GD.
The best expansion team in history hosts the organization trying to take away the title.
Once upon a time, there was an expansion team that changed how American sports professionals thought about expansion teams. The Seattle Sounders did everything right in 2009. Atlanta United is doing all of that, and more, at least to start 2017.
Columbus' longstanding rivalry with capos is now over. Also, Jeff Cassar's replacement will be named today.
The Alliance Council took moment away from updating their bylaws and reworked the Supporter's Group section with the SGs and the best interests for each side in mind.
Cyle Larin is quickly becoming a great goal scorer with Orlando City, but, if he is eyeing a move, he's getting some eyes back from a Merseyside club.
Christian Pulisic and Clint Dempsey continue their partnership in the 1-1 draw.
Drawing on the road in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is an adequate result. But the United States was capable of more. The 1-1 draw puts Panama at 3rd in the Hex with the United States a point behind with a 1-2-1 +1 record.
The USMNT heads to Panama to take on Roman Torres. Here is your Souder at Heart USMNT World Cup Qualifying Gamethread
Three Big Storylines:
Clint Dempsey had a hat trick and Christian Pulisic was a force of nature in attack with a goal and two assists (both to Dempsey) plus drawing the foul that Dempsey scored on a free kick and the shot that rebounded to Sebastian Lletget to open scoring against Honduras in the United States' 6-0 win on Friday.
Mostly for fun, but also to check on the health of key players.
On a team crowded with United States national team hopefuls, many of the Seattle Sounders will be watching the United States against Panama Tuesday night (7 PM, BeIN Sports, Telemundo). That includes the coaching staff, as assistant Djimi Traore explains "We watch all the games because our main guys are with the national teams.
Joevin Jones and Nicolas Lodeiro have big games tonight.
While a pair of Seattle Sounders will be facing off in the United States-Panama game, two other Sounders have big games elsewhere. Joevin Jones' Trinidad & Tabago probably need at least a point at home against Mexico to keep their hopes of a World Cup berth alive, while Nicolas Lodeiro's Uruguay need to take advantage of a weak Peru.
And if he keeps playing like this, it's going to stay that way through Russia 2018.
No player in United States soccer history has demanded as much attention as Clint Dempsey. Whether it's on the field where teams invariably have to be built around him or off the field where seemingly every marketing campaign puts him front and center, the team's style has been closely linked to Dempsey basically ever since he scored his first World Cup goal in 2006.
Injury will keep the Josef Martinez out of action for over a month.
The Seattle Sounders have caught a bit of a break when it comes to slowing down Atlanta United's vaunted attack, as the timetable for Josef Martinez's return is weeks not days. The Venezuelan striker's left quad injury will hold him out four to six weeks, which of course rules him out for this weekend's match against Seattle.
Been a fun week.
It's been an interesting couple weeks to be a Seattle Sounders fan. The Sounders, of course, won their first game of the year, a confidence-building win over the New York Red Bulls. The goals from Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp all doing their part to aid in the good feelings.
Bobby Wood was saved and Manchester United's kit leak is perfect for Photoshop
Minnesota United is doing everything they can to be one of the most well known expansion sides in MLS history - unfortunately it is because they might be the worst team of all time.
Adrian Heath was brought to MNUFC as some sort of "expansion guru" after not entirely failing with Orlando City SC (though he was fired fairly quickly.
May 28th Sac Republic and TSS Rovers visit Starfire in double-header.
It was announced today that Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Sounders FC U 23's will be having a doubleheader on May 28th. Both Matches will be played at Starfire. S2 will be the opening feature as they play host to Sacramento Republic FC in a match that will kick off at 2:00 pm.
Between injuries and international duty, Seattle may be forced into some squad rotation on Friday
The Seattle Sounders' 2017 season hasn't been particularly good or bad so far—4 points from 3 games is certainly better than it was at the same time last season. But as the fourth match of the season looms on Friday, things could get a little tricky for the Sounders when they host the most in-form team in the league, Atlanta United.