Brian Schmetzer

Seattle Sounders

Meet Henry Wingo, the next available right back

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A lot of players aren't available for the next two games.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Right back may be the Seattle Sounders version of the Spinal Tap drummer. Brad Evans was supposed to start the season there but injury, and now a red card, took him away quite often. Now, entering an Open Cup match against San Jose Earthquakes and a road game to Colorado Rapids head coach Brian Schmetzer will have to test a sixth, yes sixth, right back just halfway through the season.

Sounders at Portland Timbers: Three Questions

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Let's sit around a bonfire and talk about soccer teams.

The latest round of the Cascadia Cup is just a bus trip to Portland. The Seattle Sounders will look for only their third road win in MLS play over the Portland Timbers. The Rave Green are nearing full health. According to Brian Schmetzer, the injury situation is "getting better, everybody's available.

Little mistakes doom Sounders in rain-filled loss to NYCFC

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Ozzie Alonso could barely recall a game quite as rain-soaked. There was a game in Cuba that sprung to mind many years ago, one impacted by downpours nearly as much as Saturday's. Cristian Roldan recalled a game in Los Angeles where he was drenched throughout the 90 minutes.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Tonight was a tough match. They worked hard. It was a sloppy field, it wasn't easy to play so the mentality was there, we just need the soccer part to be a little better." -Brian Schmetzer

Well that was somewhat similar to a soccer match. The Seattle Sounders traveled to Yankee Stadium just in time for a torrential downpour that made their 2-1 defeat to New York City FC more a game of lucky and unlucky bounces and sloshes than anything else.

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I thought some of the heads went down after a couple of mistakes and for guys that haven't been playing a lot or guys that are getting their chance sometimes confidence is a big deal." -Brian Schmetzer

With a severely reduced lineup, things weren't looking good for the Seattle Sounders heading into the match against Columbus Crew SC.

Sounders at Columbus Crew, recap: This is a bad road team

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Crew win 3-nil after goals by Higuain, Meram and Ola Kamara

In their past three road games, the Seattle Sounders lost all three with a -9 goal differential. Wednesday's loss was partially due to call-ups, injuries and a lineup gamble that failed. Columbus Crew SC exploited the spaces where Jordy Delem and Oniel Fisher played in scoring their first two goals, and then coasted to a 3-nil win.

Sounders at Columbus Crew: Three Questions

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Prepare for tonight's match at 4:30 PM on Q13.

Over the life of this one-way rivalry (it's HatWeek for a reason), the Seattle Sounders have dominated Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium (3-1-1, +5). Due to a series of injuries and national team call-ups, it will be difficult for Brian Schmetzer to extend that dominance another season.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. The Once And Future King?

The Seattle Sounders held off the Portland Timbers to win the first meeting of the storied rivals in 2017 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 13 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 13 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. The Once And Future King?

The Seattle Sounders held off the Portland Timbers to win the first meeting of the storied rivals in 2017 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

Brian Schmetzer was a Seattle sports fan long before he was a player or coach

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Like many of you he loves Seattle and Seattle sports.

When you talk to Brian Schmetzer about Seattle and the fans he smiles. This is home. Before he was a player, and long before he was a coach, he was a Sounder. He remains a Sounder. He's been a fan of this club for quite some time.

It started, like so many stories of fandom, with his dad.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"You've got to figure out a way to make sure you can believe you can score. That will start a chain reaction and hopefully get us some results." -Brian Schmetzer

A familiar storyline repeated itself again Wednesday for the Seattle Sounders. The team played one very good half and one very poor half against Sporting KC.

Full health in attack opens up Brian Schmetzer’s tool box

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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.

New-look Whitecaps not to be underestimated

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This includes Fredy Montero, who Brian Schmetzer calls a friend—except for 90 minutes on Friday

With just a few days to prepare for the next match, the first Cascadia matchup of the season away to Vancouver, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer downplayed any notions that their opponent would be an easy one.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I think there were a few guys who might have been a little hesitant to pull the trigger – we can't micromanage what they do because they are such talented guys, but we need to get a few more shots on target." -Brian Schmetzer

A scoreless draw at home is never an ideal result, and head coach Brian Schmetzer didn't exactly look pleased post-match.

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

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"It was kind of a trap game in the sense of, ‘Are you going to get carried away thinking about last year?' The referee blows the whistle and all of a sudden you have to switch gears and say, ‘OK, we're 0-1-1.'" -Brian Schmetzer

Now it feels like the Seattle Sounders are getting into the higher gears.

This Sunday is for celebrating—but it’s also for winning

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Brian Schmetzer wants his players to soak in the home opener excitement—until the whistle blows

The Seattle Sounders are set for a historic home opener on Sunday at CenturyLink Field against the New York Red Bulls. The match is not only important because they get to unfurl their MLS Cup championship banner at home, but also because it mirrors their first ever MLS home opener exactly eight years later.

Brian Schmetzer keeps pressing the right buttons

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All three substitutes have positive influence on Sounders' come-from-behind draw.

It's tough to know what to make of a 2-2 road draw in which the Seattle Sounders needed a pair of late goals to pull out a point. On one hand, there were some frustrating defensive lapses and the Sounders got burned on the counter, again.

En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

Gustav Svensson

Sounders ready to use July break as “midseason reset”

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The Sports Science department is hard at work developing individual programs for every player on the roster

With only a few weeks to go until his one-year anniversary as head coach of Seattle Sounders FC, Brian Schmetzer is again looking for ways to boost his team into the playoffs and beyond in the second half of the season.

Gustav Svensson's best role with Sounders is up for debate

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As the team approaches full health in defense, four writers discuss what should be done with Svensson

At the beginning of the year the Seattle Sounders took advantage of the changing rules in China to nab Gustav Svensson. At the time it seemed like he was merely a depth signing. Now, just over a third of the season has passed and the Swede is a key player on the team, with a role that is still evolving.

Roman Torres injury update: Hamstring, not knee cause for removal

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Seriousness of injury still undetermined, though.

The last time Roman Torres played at Avaya Stadium, he suffered an ACL tear that kept him out for nearly a year. Saturday's return wasn't quite as disastrous, but it wasn't exactly great either. (Editor's note: It turned out he played at Avaya last year in another 1-1 tie.

Sounders vs. Red Bulls recap: Celebrations all over

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What started with the MLS Cup banner reveal ended with a second-half full of goals.

Anyone still harboring concerns over the potency of the Seattle Sounders offense in this early part of the season can breathe a bit easier. An early penalty by Clint Dempsey was followed by second-half goals from Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp, as the Sounders earned a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Portland Timbers

Sounders need to be more consistent on both sides of the pitch against Portland

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Head coach Brian Schmetzer thinks his team has played well, but they need to be better if they want to improve their season.

TUKWILA, Wash.—In the soccer world, there are pros and cons to the kind of fixture congestion that the Seattle Sounders are facing this week. Three matches in eight days is not ideal in terms of fatigue, travel, and general stress, but it does allow the team to get right back onto the pitch in an attempt to redeem themselves.

DeAndre Yedlin on training with Sounders: ‘It’s my favorite club’

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The Newcastle defender is training with his hometown team at Starfire this week.

As the Seattle Sounders prepare for their home test against the Portland Timbers this weekend, they were joined at Starfire Sports by a familiar face: former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin. Fresh off his club Newcastle United's English Championship trophy and subsequent promotion to the English Premier League, Yedlin joined up with Seattle this week to keep his fitness up for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers with the US national team.

Harry Shipp

We finally get to see Brian Schmetzer use squad rotation

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With three games in eight days the Sounders will need to use their healthy, but not fully-fit players in a rotation.

During last year's miracle run to win MLS Cup, Brian Schmetzer's changes to the starting XI were nearly always due to player health. He rode the squad hard, and it paid off. Most changes this year are also due to player health.

Harry Shipp already looks perfect for Seattle’s attack

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The midfielder brings yet another dynamic, creative presence to an already explosive attack

It took a couple matches for him to get there, but after Harry Shipp's performance in the Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the young midfielder is starting to look like the final piece to Seattle's attacking puzzle.

San Jose Earthquakes

How the Sounders process heartbreaking results

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San Jose's injury-time equalizer was like a gut punch for the Sounders—but they have to move on.

Even though Saturday's match between the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes kind of felt like an inevitable draw, Nicolas Lodeiro's late goal for the Sounders seemed like the perfect snatch-and-grab by the away side.

Sounders want to shake things up in San Jose

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The Earthquakes have historically been a problem team for Seattle, and Brian Schmetzer wants to change that.

Four games into the 2017 season and the Seattle Sounders currently sit in sixth place in the West with five points. Considerably better than their 2016 start, but a little short of the expectations that come with winning the MLS Cup last season.

The Rest

Sounders injury update: Chad Marshall should be available against D.C. United

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The defender returned from his foot injury much quicker than anticipated.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Seattle Sounders center back Chad Marshall gave fans quite the scare when he had to be substituted in the first half of their last MLS match on July 4 in Colorado, but it looks like he'll be available for selection against D.

Gonzalo Pineda will serve as head coach against Eintracht Frankfurt

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Brian Schmetzer is at a coaching seminar this weekend and put Pineda in charge in his absence.

TUKWILA, Wash. — When Seattle Sounders assistant coach Gonzalo Pineda was first told by his boss, head coach Brian Schmetzer, that he was going to be leading the team out in this weekend's friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt, Pineda thought it was a prank.

Sounders can ‘add any player we like,’ GM says

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Garth Lagerwey suggests at least two players are likely to be added in summer transfer window.

There won't be any significant changes made to the roster before the summer transfer window opens in July, but the Seattle Sounders continue to give very strong indications that some significant additions will be made over the summer.

‘Players coming’ in summer, Brian Schmetzer says

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Reinforcement are on the way, but Sounders have a lot of work to do before then.

The primary MLS transfer window closed on May 8 without the Seattle Sounders making any moves close to the deadline. Considering they have several open roster spots — including two on the senior roster that are still technically counting against the salary cap — it was a little surprising to see so little action.

Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City - Aftermatch Aftermath: The Pineapple Paradox

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After his Seattle Sounders lost 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City, head coach Brian Schmetzer gets a call he was dreading.

Brian Schmetzer sits down at his desk at Starfire, his window overlooking the quiet Duwamish amidst a day filled with some greys and blues. He sighs, exhausted after a week of travel and some less than stellar performances from his boys in the Rave Green.

Sounders vs. Toronto FC, recap: Controversial penalty, ineffective offense combine for frustrating result

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In a fairly even match that could have gone either way, referee Jair Marrufo became the deciding factor in Toronto's 1-0 win.

SEATTLE — In a game set up perfectly for the Seattle Sounders to get their season back on track, they instead turned in one of their most frustrating performances of the Brian Schmetzer era.

Sounders’ backup defenders shine in LA victory

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Tony Alfaro and Jordy Delem have two clean sheets from two starts this season

When the Seattle Sounders headed down to LA to face the Galaxy last weekend, they were coming off of a tough away loss to Vancouver. In that match, former Sounder Fredy Montero scored twice against them, and the Sounders only pulled one back despite having stat advantages in possession and shots.

Playing out of the back is hallmark of Brian Schmetzer's Sounders

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It is one of the significant tactical changes the Seattle Sounders are undertaking this year.

Beating the New York Red Bulls' press is not easy. They want teams to clear the ball, or, even better for them, making a bad short to medium pass and turn it over. But the Seattle Sounders did not have those problems.

Where the Union stand

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We are three weeks into the MLS season. What fate lays in store for the Philadelphia Union?

Watercolor Recap: the Bruin charge

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When a tie feels like a win

In last weekend's road match versus Montreal Impact, the Seattle Sounders came back from the half ready to go for broke for some points. Brian Schmetzer is bold and cunning, bringing on the bear for a center back (!) as the final sub.

With stoppage time coming to a close, best friends Jorstian Mordan create a super dangerous chance, and the new guy is there to clean it up nicely.