Aaron Kovar

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Open Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The one stat that sticks out is we won 57.6% of our duels, so the guys battled and they worked hard and that's all I could ask for." -Brian Schmetzer


Seattle Sounders FC 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 2

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Venue: Avaya Stadium

Referee: Nima Saghafi

Assistants: Chris Elliott, Eric Ehrhardt

Fourth Official: Joseph Dickerson

Attendance: 13,442

Weather: Clear and 60 degrees


SJ - Shea Salinas 6'

SEA - Aaron Kovar 48'

SJ - Danny Hoesen (Jackson Yueill) 84'


SEA - FranciscoNarbón (ejection) 35'

SEA - Will Bruin (caution) 82'

SJ - Anibal Godoy (caution) 90'+2'


Seattle Sounders FC - Tyler Miller; Nouhou, Tony Alfaro, Samuel Rogers, Henry Wingo (Will Bruin HT); Joevin Jones, Ray Saari (Oniel Fisher 87'), Francisco Narbón, Aaron Kovar; Irvin Parra (David Olsen 90'), Harry Shipp

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Brian Nana-Sinkam, Rodrigue Ele, Zach Mathers

Total shots: 4 (Shipp, 2)

Shots on goal: 2 (Kovar/Bruin, 1)

Fouls: 8 (Bruin, 2)

Offside: 1 (Parra, 1)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Kovar, 2)

Saves: 5 (Miller, 5)

San Jose Earthquakes - Andrew Tarbell; Nick Lima, Andrés Imperiale, Kofi Sarkodie; Shea Salinas (Cordell Cato 90'+2'), Jackson Yueill, Aníbal Godoy, Jahmir Hyka (Danny Hoesen 77'), Kip Colvey; Tommy Thompson (Victor Bernárdez 90'), Chris Wondolowski

Substitutes not used: David Bingham, Matt Bersano, Shaun Francis, Thomas Janjigian

Total shots: 20 (Salinas/Thompson, 4)

Shots on goal: 7 (Salinas, 2)

Fouls: 13 (Imperiale/Godoy, 3)

Offside: 1 (Colvey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Hyka, 5)

Saves: 1 (Tarbell, 1)



Overall thoughts on the game:

"Well, it's unfortunate that the guys worked extremely hard, going down a man—again—and being able to manufacture a goal and then giving up a second goal.

Portland Timbers Lose 2-1 to Seattle Sounders in US Open Cup

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The Portland Timbers brought eleven T2 players, seven first team players, and no starters to Starfire Sports Complex on Tuesday night and it showed in the side's 2-1 loss to a marginally less piecemeal Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders opened the scoring early in the match, striking in just the 3rd minute of play.

Scouting Report: Suppressing the New England Revolution

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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.

Sounders health update: Oniel Fisher ruled out for Necaxa match

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No real updates on other players, though Aaron Kovar did do light fitness work for the first time on Friday

Despite only being a few weeks into the 2017 MLS season, the Seattle Sounders have already had to deal with a handful of injuries to first-team players. Brad Evans has yet to feature for the club this season after suffering a calf injury in training.

Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Quick turnaround, but there is a break looming after that so give it all you got. I mean, we have to start digging ourselves out of this hole. [It] is starting to be a bit too deep for my liking, so we really have to start climbing the table again." -Stefan Frei

The Sounders extend their losing streak with another loss on the road, this time to New England Revolution.

Clint Dempsey returns to short-handed Sounders lineup vs. Crew

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Clint Dempsey is back in the Seattle Sounders starting lineup after getting a week off to rest an injury, but Sigi Schmid is still rolling out a depleted group for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew. In addition to the expected absences of Brad Evans (suspension) and Andreas Ivanschitz (illness), Erik Friberg and Nelson Haedo Valdez were also left out of the starting lineup.

Aaron Kovar repeats as beep-test champion

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Winner winner! Way to go, @aokovar pic.twitter.com/VzSwPjgMTW

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 25, 2016

Aaron Kovar is the winner of this year's Seattle Sounders beep test, repeating a feat he shared with former S2 player Duncan McCormick last year.

Aaron Kovar training with Preston North End

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We don't think it's anything to be too worried about, though.

Jordan Morris isn't the only Sounders Academy product to be doing some overseas training. Like he did last offseason, Aaron Kovar is going to England ahead of the Seattle Sounders season. This time, Kovar will be training with Preston North End, a team that currently sits 15th in the 24-team English Championship.

2015 Player Profile #23: Aaron Kovar

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The former Stanford student and Sounders Academy product is entering his third year. It's time to break out.

Seattle's less known Stanford attendee, Aaron Kovar was either the second or third ever Homegrown Player. He is now the longest tenured HGP as both Yedlin and Okoli are no longer in Seattle.

What's next for Seattle's Homegrown Players?

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Garth Lagerwey gives updates on Kovar, Mansaray, and Jones

Seattle Sounders had three players with the Homegrown Player (HGP) designation last season, but all three failed to make much of an impact on the Seattle first team. Aaron Kovar, Victor Mansaray, and Darwin Jones all played significant minutes for S2 and impressed staff in training, but they were unable to be make more than a handful of appearances for the Sounders.

Consider this the first step toward understanding a painful offseason

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Big changes are on the way. Or, at least that's what the Seattle Sounders have been preparing us for. What that actually means is very much a "remains to be seen" issue, but given what we know, we figured we'd at least take a guess at the status of each player on the Sounders roster.

The Sounder at Heart staff classified each player as "keep," "drop" or "fence.

CenturyLink Field

Sounders vs. Atlanta United, live stream: Game time, lineups, TV schedule and lineups

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FoxSports 1 has the 7 PM match on TV. Kick will be later than that.

With the international break over the Seattle Sounders return to MLS action. They host Atlanta United at CenturyLink Field on FoxSports 1 (7 PM). A contest between a team that defined being an expansion side and one that is trying to redefine that will be slightly dampened by a few absences, but still features two strong offenses.

Kovar se luce en empate con Xolos

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2 2 CLUB TIJUANA XOLOIZCUINTLES NEAGLE 14´, MORENO 21´, RUÍZ 28´, ROSE 92´. Mas que amistoso, el partido de hoy de los Sounders FC fue para prepararse para la Liga de Campeones Concacaf en la que participarán a partir de agosto de este año. Y el Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles no pudo [.

Clint Dempsey

Second day practice observations

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Yes, we have your daily Clint Dempsey update too

Day two in Soundersville started out much the same as the first, except without the number of fans at Starfire. Warmups were done in lines and players' preferred groups began to emerge. It will be interesting to see what happens when the missing players return.

The rise, fall, and rise of the 4-3-3

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Sounders fans experienced ~25 minutes of a fully armed and operational 3-CM lineup in a win against Columbus, following a first half that conceded too many chances on goal. Seattle's 2016 may require a more defensive posture in the middle 3, or a transition back to the 4-4-2 of recent years.

Action maps are the worst means of assessing position on the field, except for all the others.

Sounders vs. Montreal Impact: Community player ratings form

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It feels good to wake up and rate the players in a victory, right? No one would call this a perfect performance, but some excellent defensive play kept a clean sheet, and a stop-and-go offense squeezed in a goal at the other end. It was certainly a match to build on.

We the raters get to consider a different-looking team this week.

Jordan Morris

MLS Draft 2017: Sounders add another Stanford product with 22nd pick

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Brian Nana-Sinkam was centerback when the Cardinal won the NCAA Champoinship.

With the final pick of the first round the Seattle Sounders selected a champion to join their squad. Brian Nana-Sinkam is a 6'0" tall, 180-pound center back that won the NCAA tournament with Jordan Morris and also played with Aaron Kovar.

Sounders at New York Red Bulls, recap: Mike Grella's brace destroys plan

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Seattle loses 2-nil in a match where for the first sixty minutes they dominated all facets that aren't a goal.

With New York Red Bulls playing a high-press throughout the night there was the opportunity for the Seattle Sounders to get out on the counter. They did well, for the first 55 minutes or so.

LevyFilms' slow-motion footage shows us karmic nature of game

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Sounders v Crew Highlights by LEVfilms from LEVYfilms on Vimeo.

As tends to happen whenever LevyFilms shoots a Seattle Sounders game, we get a little better appreciation for some of the match's finer points. Saturday was no exception.

Perhaps the most telling moment came on the Jordan Morris foul that wasn't.

Here's proof Sounders are serious about trying to beat Club America

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Based on the group that traveled, the Seattle Sounders are going into Estadio Azteca prepared to give it their best shot. Among those present at Tuesday's open training session were all 11 starters from last week's first leg against Club America as well as just about every other key player.

Here's the full list of players at training according to photographer Max Aquino: Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, Nelson Valdez, Darwin Jones, Joevin Jones, Osvaldo Alonso, Dylan Remick, Aaron Kovar, Tyler Miller, Charlie Lyon, Andreas Ivanschitz, Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Oneil Fisher, Stefan Frei, Erik Friberg, Oalex Anderson, Zach Scott, Cristian Roldan and Nathan Sturgis.

Darwin Jones

Open Flavor Thursday, and Happy Thanksgiving

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Talk among yourselves, avoid family political arguments.

On this Thanksgiving Sounder at Heart offers you 11 ways to change the subject from politics to soccer family table.

  1. Ask them if Nicolas Lodeiro is the best #10 in Sounders history. Most have forgotten Freddie Ljungberg, so prepare to remind them about his Best XI performance in 2009.

Several S2 prospects could make MLS leap next year

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These six were all signed to USL contracts in 2016.

One of the promises of Sounders 2 was bringing players into the first team. A few players have earned their way from USL to MLS. They've done so as draftees (Tony Alfaro), Homegrown Players (Aaron Kovar) and international discoveries (Oalex Anderson).

Sounders U23 sign three Academy Alumni

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The Sounders U23s are stocking up on talent as Sounders Academy Alumni join defenders Mark Lee, Chris Brundage, and Steve Mohn who previously signed on for the club's upcoming season and US Open Cup run. These first Academy signings are not expected to be the last.

Today's release from the U23s also indicates that Darwin Jones as a UW Husky.

Sigi Schmid

Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We've got to score goals. It's a matter of continuing to go to the practice ground, continue to work on our finishing, but a lot of it is just the confidence of the players." -Sigi Schmid

In a match full of golden chances for the Seattle Sounders, their opponents were the ones who made their shots count.

Andreas Ivanschitz's role change highlights tactical tinkering in Sounders' win over Montreal

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Even after Sigi Schmid highlighted that the Sounders clash against the Montreal Impact might feature some changes to their new tactical makeup, it was unsurprising to see how little changed for the Seattle Sounders. While their first half was much of the same-old same-old we've seen the first three games, some small changes paid huge dividends in the second half.

Practice round up: Roster taking shape, preparations for Club America

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After returning from Southern California the Seattle Sounders focus is on Club America and the shift to their version of the 4-3-3. This means that while most teams focused on roster decisions at this point of preseason Sigi Schmid and his assistants are concentrating on the XI and 18 for a near must-win on Tuesday.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 1-0 Sounders

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Eli and Greg's postgame wrap. Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Interviews with Brian Sylvestre, Brian Carroll, and Zach Pfeffer. Postgame quote sheet.

New England Revolution

Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution: Community player ratings form

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With the holiday weekend and the short turnaround, there's not much time to rate the Sounders in their loss at New England. Though this form is belated, we invite you to go back in time a few days and tell us who deserves credit and who deserves blame.

Aaron Kovar played a full 90, Tony Alfaro was forced into duty, and Zach Scott once again filled in at centerback.

New England Revolution vs. Sounders: Another one-goal loss

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This time the Sounders blew an early lead.

Just three weeks ago, the Seattle Sounders had what looked like a breakout win over the San Jose Earthquakes. The breaks went their way, they beat a playoff-contending Western Conference team and were back to .500. So much for that.

The Sounders lost their third straight game, this time falling 2-1 to a pretty awful New England Revolution.

Revolution 2, Sounders 1: Revs enter Copa America break with a win

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Lee Nguyen continues his good form as the Revs win 2-1.

The New England Revolution will enter the Copa America break with a win after defeating the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Saturday night. Aaron Kovar's early strike was negated by Lee Nguyen's penalty and Femi Hollinger-Janzen's long-range shot to give the home side three points.

Chad Marshall

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Community player ratings form

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It's always frustrating when many good performances don't add up to a win, or even a goal. These players know the fans expect more, but it's hard to point to a really bad outing for any of the Sounders in their loss to Colorado. While no Sounder made your jaw drop, there was plenty of attacking play to be excited about, and Jermaine Jones was effectively contained in the midfield.

Watch Aaron Kovar and Chad Marshall play a little 1-on-1 basketball

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There's a whole list of things that players aren't supposed to do according the newly released MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement. Although it doesn't explicitly list "playing basketball barefooted or in sandals", it probably should.

Still, it was pretty cool to see Aaron Kovar (listed at 5-foot-10) and Chad Marshall (listed at 6-foot-4) going after one another on the pickup courts in Tucson, Ariz.

The Rest

Zach Mathers converts penalty, makes it 2-1

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Portland had equalized before halftime, but Seattle is back in it

Despite an equalizer by Portland in the first half, the Sounders came roaring into the second half. Not long after Aaron Kovar had a nice chance saved by the goalkeeper, Felix Chenkam's hard work in the box forced a handball by a Portland defender, earning his team a penalty.

2016 Player Profile #18: Aaron Kovar

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Aaron Kovar earned a lifetime treble with the MLS Cup victory in 2016.

Aaron Kovar was Seattle's first Homegrown Player that won Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year. He was in the Academy for a couple of years, and then went to Stanford. Now, he is a young champion, regularly getting invites to training in the UK.

Sounders at LA Galaxy lineup: Repeating XI from Vancouver win

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These two XIs should lead to several goal-scoring opportunities for both sides. LA will be able to have success on the flanks, while the Sounders can go right up the gut.

Head Coach Brian Schmetzer goes with no changes to the XI that earned the win against the Whitecaps. Against an LA Galaxy team that is better at goal prevention they'll need to top the 1-nil from last week.

Joevin Jones starts as left wing against New York Red Bulls

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The forward line is Joevin, Jordan Morris and Aaron Kovar as the Seattle Sounders face New York Red Bulls on FS1 at 4:30 PM.

Without Clint Dempsey Sigi Schmid will look to Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris to continue their goal scoring magic. Those two are listed as forwards in the 4-3-3 with Aaron Kovar on the right.

Revolution Player Ratings: Farrell, Caldwell Stifle Sounders in 2-1 Win

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How did the Revs fare vs. Seattle Sounders FC? Check out our analysis of all 14 players who appeared for the home side—and vote for your Man of the Match.

On the heels of a disappointing 4-2 loss to FC Dallas, the Revolution defense found its form, guiding the home club to a much-needed win over Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC.

This Week In Sounders Gifs: Three > Zero

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The Seattle Sounders FC defeated Montreal Impact 1-0 and what better way to revisit the match than through animated gifs.

"Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three.

Maidana update, Amobi says, Pfeffer gets props, Bradley & Defoe to TFC confirmed, more news

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Maidana update. Amobi on not getting a USMNT callup. Pfeffer gets props. Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe moves to Toronto confirmed. More news.