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Three Big Storylines:
- Don't look now, but there is an MLS team averaging 2.5 points per game. Orlando City has only played six games due to a snow out in New England and the inexplicable early season MLS bye but they have five wins in that span.
They might be backups, but they're coming off their second clean sheet of the season
For the second match in a row, the Seattle Sounders will likely be scraping the bottom of the defensive depth barrel as they face the New England Revolution at home. Luckily, their 3rd and 4th-choice center back and 3rd-choice right back have combined with starting left back Joevin Jones for the team's only clean sheets of the season so far.
They will be the Sounders third official youth club partner from outside of their catchment area.
The Seattle Sounders are about to sign their third Official Youth Club Partner outside of the state of Washington. The club will be signing a deal with Merced Atlas Soccer Academy on Sunday. This is the same day that Merced's academy will be celebrating Dia del Niño, Children's Day, a widely celebrated day in Latin America.
New England's DP striker is staying home with his wife as they await the birth of their child.
Kei Kamara is reportedly staying back in New England with his wife, awaiting the birth of their child, and will miss the Revs match in Seattle.
Kei Kamara (wife expecting child) did not travel with New England squad to Seattle for tomorrow night's game at CLink, per #MLS source.
Can Boston break its streak at the bottom of the league table?
For the last two seasons, the Boston Breakers have sat at the bottom of the NWSL table. If early results in 2017 are any indication, this might be the year the Breakers break that pattern. Last week, the New England side played to a 1-0 win against Sky Blue FC, the same team that dominated Seattle Reign FC the opening weekend.
Despite playing 5 of 7 away from home, Sounders' numbers are strong.
Through seven games, the Seattle Sounders are on nine points. That's just two more points than they had at the same point last year — a start most considered to be a near disaster — that served as foreshadowing for a particularly tumultuous summer.
The CB's trophies are stacking up. The Revs lose out on their latest Boston stadium location. Plus, more FIFA investigations!
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The Kraft Group has hit a big roadblock in their search for a more Boston-y home for the New England Revolution. Talks have broken down on moving to a site on the UMass Boston campus, so the Rev's will keep looking.
Sam Rogers scored his first professional goal and 15-year-old Azriel Gonzalez made his first S2 appearance in 3-2 loss.
Despite losing the game 3-2 Seattle Sounders FC 2 put in an excellent performance against San Antonio FC. They were the better team throughout the match and it was really only 90 seconds of play that lost them the game.
Despite the relatively slow start, the Sounders' leading goalscorer is pleased with his team's progress.
The start to the 2017 MLS season might not have gone as well for the Seattle Sounders as they would have liked, but there have already been plenty of positives. Chief among those is the return of Clint Dempsey from his irregular heartbeat issue; he's played in all seven of the team's matches thus far.
Coming home from another stretch of road games the Seattle Sounders are playing just their third home game of 2017. Their 2-2-3 +3 (5th West, 12th Shield) record is not a reflection of their play, but the 2nd hardest schedule in the young season. New England Revolution are off to a strong start by points (2-2-3 +0, 8th East, 13th Shield), but that is influenced by their four home games.
This was the third time this week that Evans had trained and the second time he was fully involved
Going into this season, Brad Evans seemed to have the inside track on the starting right back job. After all, Tyrone Mears had been effectively traded to Atlanta United and Evans was highly thought of enough that he had been invited to the United States national team training camp.
There are more attacking options than there are bench spots. That will help substitutes change the tactical structure of the team.
It took two months, but the Seattle Sounders attack is nearing full health. Long-ish injuries to both Aaron Kovar and Brad Evans are close to resolution. On Saturday against the New England Revolution, the club may have a full selection for the first time in 2017.
This Revolution will be televised, but the good guys are here to quash it. Who You'll Watch
The Seattle Sounders finally return home from a three-game road trip that saw them go up and down the West Coast and brought home four points out of a possible nine. This week, they welcome the New England Revolution to CenturyLink Field.
Portland is adding 4,000 seats, and two Sounders make the top 10 deals in MLS.
Our neighbors to the south are adding some seats so that when there is a national TV game, you can actually hear their fans. It is a cool idea, though I wouldn't go so far as to call it a soccer cathedral as they are.
There's no place like home—but it gets a little loud here.
The Seattle Sounders, who played five of their first seven matches of the 2017 season on the road, get to come home for the first of two straight matches at CenturyLink Field this weekend. They're set to face the New England Revolution, hoping to replicate the form they had in LA last week.