Sounder at Heart

Soccer From the Heart of the Sound

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April 26, 2018 12:01 UTC
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Will Bruin on LAFC: “Let’s go ruin their party”

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The early weeks of the season have proven that anything can happen in MLS. So Will Bruin wants to go wreck LAFC's housewarming party.

TUKWILA, Wash. – With a win under their belt, the Seattle Sounders' Wednesday training session at Starfire Sports seemed to be reflecting higher spirits thanks to the twin joys of victory and good weather.

Realio’s MUFC Ratings: Cristian Roldan plays every position well

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Cristian Roldan plays every position well. In one match.

Sunday saw a glimpse of everything that is good, or bad, with the Sounders, depending on how you look at the game. The first third was tremendous, showcasing a dynamic Seattle team that completely dominated and easily deserved the two goals they scored.

Major Link Soccer: Liverpool take charge in Champions League

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Also: Vote for the tallest man in the whole damn town


Calle Brown is up for Save of the Week
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All Aboard: The Nouhou train is full speed ahead | Seattle Sounders FC

Containing Cristian: Roldan's versatility, positional flexibility makes him nearly impossible to guard | Seattle Sounders FC

Youth: Reyna scores decider in U.

Valkyratings: Damage limitation, thy name is Michelle Betos

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A tired and shorthanded Reign team couldn't do much against the best side in the league, but there were some bright spots.

Seattle Reign FC had a short turnaround after their cold, rain-soaked game in New Jersey on Sunday, heading straight to North Carolina to face the league-leading Courage in their third match of the season on Wednesday.

Postgame Pontifications: Three points all the same

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The win wasn't as convincing as preferred, but it will definitely do.

SEATTLE — As Brian Schmetzer was only too happy to point out in Sunday's postgame press conference, there is no such thing as a "must-win" game in April. Hyperbole aside, though, the home game against Minnesota United got pretty close.

Michelle Betos returns to where it all began

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Five years later & the goalkeeper finally gets her wins as a Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper.

Good goalkeeping is a beautiful thing.

In the NWSL there is often not just a decline between the starting goalkeeper and the backup, but a cliff so steep even mountain goats would say "no thanks".

Major Link Soccer: What Toronto has to do to win CONCACAF Champions League

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Former Seahawk talks about second career, Luis Gil is back in MLS, and Morocco 2026 bid under scrutiny.


The Sounders picked up their first win of the season on Sunday. One of the photographers on the sideline was former Seattle Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones. He has taken up photography as a - he's pretty serious about it, and has shot a few Sounders matches over the last year.

Gustav Svensson: After win, Sounders will find it “easier to relax”

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The Swede thinks that Sunday's win provided many lessons— good and bad— for Seattle

SEATTLE -- Gustav Svensson gave the Seattle Sounders a big boost in their first win of the season Sunday, rocketing a shot from 25 yards out in the 23rd minute to open the scoring. After the match, the Swedish midfielder reflected on the match and what the three points would mean to Seattle after a dull opening month of league play.

Seattle Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Community player ratings form

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Goals from holding midfielders prove to be the difference.

On the heels of their first point of the season, your Seattle Sounders notched their first win. The 3-1 victory featured the Roldan brothers in attacking midfield roles and the return of Osvaldo Alonso to the starting XI.

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Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I challenged them at halftime a little bit. ‘You want to be a championship team? Championship teams are able to finish games out, close games out, get that third goal and make sure that the game becomes a little easier.'" -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Seattle Sounders FC 3 - Minnesota United FC 1

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Armando Villarreal

Assistants: Kyle Atkins, Apolinar Mariscal

Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica

VAR: Caleb Mendez

Attendance: 39,477

Weather: 55 degrees and partly cloudy


SEA - Gustav Svensson (Cristian Roldan, Osvaldo Alonso) 23'

SEA - Will Bruin (Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro) 25'

MIN - Christian Ramirez (Darwin Quintero, Sam Nicholson) 66'

SEA - Jordy Delem (Clint Dempsey) 90'+5'


SEA - Nouhou (caution) 58'

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (caution) 87'


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso - captain (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 75'), Nicolás Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan (Clint Dempsey 60'); Will Bruin (Jordy Delem 90'+2')

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Victor Rodriguez, Jordan McCrary, Handwalla Bwana

Total shots: 16 (C.

Inside Gustav Svensson’s 26-yard golazo

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The strike will justifiably get the attention, but the 22-pass buildup deserves some attention too.

SEATTLE — Gustav Svensson's 26-yard strike likely goes down in Seattle Sounders history as one of the team's most aesthetically pleasing goals. Svensson hit it so clean and so hard that you half expected it to rip through the back of the net.

Major Link Soccer: TFC continues to lose

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Also: water taxis on Lake Washington; standings in MLS, NWSL, USL


Seattle and Toronto won the past two MLS Cups -- why are they at the bottom of the league?
The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have won the past two MLS Cups, but are at the bottom of the table. Should they be worried?

Ozzie Alonso’s return sparks Sounders’ first win

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Haircut? Check. Attitude? Check. Midfield mastery? Check.

SEATTLE — The release of the starting lineup for the Seattle Sounders set off celebrations around the Puget Sound; Osvaldo Alonso was back, sporting his signature shaved head and ready to give the Sounders the adrenaline shot he has become known for injecting them with in his 10-year career in Seattle.

Sounders finally get their first win of the season

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The Sounders started off blazingly hot, but were forced to hold on a bit in the second half.

SEATTLE — There was plenty to like in the Seattle Sounders' first win of the 2018 MLS season, but there were also some frustrating lapses in a game that was probably closer than the 3-1 scoreline would suggest.

Rumor update: Were Sounders targeting Venezuela international?

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As the winter transfer window gets closer to closing, we try zeroing down on leads about a potential

It appears the Seattle Sounders were at least interested in a Venezuelan striker for a TAM-level signing that could have joined before the close of the transfer window. Less than three weeks ago, I received a call from source telling me there were a few MLS teams interested in Christian Santos and one of those teams was Seattle.