Brian Schmetzer

Major League Soccer

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This season there has been a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost we have one more home game!

After Seattle earned another clean sheet and scored two away goals in its 2-0 win in the first leg of the Western Division championship, FiveThirtyEight has upped the probability that Sounders will advance to the MLS Cup to 97%, best odds of any remaining team.

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Oba's still doing Oba things


These playoffs have illustrated Clint Dempsey's immense desire for a MLS cup, and regardless of how Seattle's cup defense ends, he'll keep things interesting.

This may sound familiar: a crucial Obafemi Martins' strike has lead his team to a lead in the first leg of China's FA Cup final.

15 facts you must know as Sounders start their MLS Cup Playoffs campaign

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Trivia, statistics and more about this year's MLS Cup Playoffs

While the MLS Cup Playoffs start this week the Seattle Sounders get to watch. Their participation begins on Sunday (5:30 PM, ESPN). Seattle's season and history give us a moment to discover just a few more amazing things about the Sounders and coach Brian Schmetzer.

Major Link Soccer: Is Mike Petke MLS’ best dressed?

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Go vote, keep Brian Schmetzer in the running through the first round. Get him past Caleb Porter.


Who is the best dressed coach in MLS? Mike Petke is probably a good vote, BUUUUUT you should go vote for Brian Schmetzer before voting closes at 11am PST. Just make sure he beats Caleb Porter.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders at Houston Dynamo Western Conference Finals leg one, recap: Early domination leads to cruise control

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Seattle scored first and didn't look back in the 2-nil win.

The Seattle Sounders did not sit back and accept Houston Dynamo pressure. Instead they possessed and pressured, setting a strong tone - playing more like Brian Schmetzer does at home. On their second corner of the match Gustav Svensson opened the scoring (11', assisted by Nicolas Lodeiro).

Despite road shutout, Brian Schmetzer wishes Sounders earned more in Vancouver

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In several ways, the Seattle Sounders got the job done on Sunday night. In Brian Schmetzer's mind, though, Sunday was a bit of a missed opportunity.

On the road and without several key players, the Sounders grinded out a 0-0 draw against the Whitecaps on Sunday in Vancouver. That result leaves it all to play for when the MLS Cup champions return to Seattle for the second leg, which is as much as many could ask for given the task at hand.

Sounders enfrían a los Whitecaps y tendrán que definir en casa

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Nada para nadie en el BC Place de Vancouver. Así terminó el primer partido de la serie semifinal de los playoffs de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS entre Sounders FC y Whitecaps. Un empate sin goles que cada quien interpretará a su mejor manera de cara al encuentro de vuelta en el CenturyLink Field .

Brian Schmetzer has passed his big test

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We wondered how he would handle the ups and downs of a full season. Turns out, he did just fine.

SEATTLE — Given the ups and downs of this season, it seems almost strange to see how the Seattle Sounders finished up. With their 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, the Sounders finished Top 2 in the West for just the third time in their nine MLS seasons and this is the highest they've finished since winning the Supporters' Shield in 2014.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats, and quotes

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"That's a pretty tough group, a pretty resilient group. So, yes, it's nice to have those extra couple of days. But at the same time, being in [the locker room], they want to play." -Brian Schmetzer

Despite losing Clint Dempsey to a red card in the first half, the Seattle Sounders took care of business at home, completing their 2017 regular-season campaign with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids that secures them a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"This franchise is committed to winning. And I think that shows in being now the only [active] club to make the playoffs nine years in a row." -Brian Schmetzer

After having trouble finding the right rhythm out of the gate, the Seattle Sounders got in sync, putting four unanswered goals on the board against FC Dallas and snatching a secure playoff spot in the Western Conference.

LA HORA DE SCHMETZER | El entrenador de los Sounders FC busca a su hombre gol de cara a los playoffs y con el líder Vancouver como próximo rival

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La racha invicta de los Seattle Sounders FC llegó a su fin el sábado pasado en Sandy, Utah, con la derrota 2 0 ante el Real Salt Lake. Terminó en 13 partidos y quizás se prolongó demasiado. Especialmente en su último trecho en que Seattle empató sus últimos 4 partidos con apenas 3 ... Seguir leyendo LA HORA DE SCHMETZER | El entrenador de los Sounders FC busca a su hombre gol de cara a los playoffs y con el líder Vancouver como próximo rival →

Sounders at Real Salt Lake, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Watch on JOEtv or MLS Live with us.

There was a point when Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders met it was a key rivalry game between two upstart expansion sides with high quality and great ambitions. That time is back. Seattle is lead by Garth Lagerwey (formerly of RSL you may have heard) and Brian Schmetzer (Sounder for life) while Salt Lake is under Craig Waibel (a Husky) and Mike Petke (a Red Bull?

Sounders vs LA Galaxy, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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FS1 is carrying the match at 6 PM. Watch with us.

The key storyline in this match is not Sigi Schmid versus Brian Schmetzer. It is not the rivalry between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders. It is not even first place in the West being again within reach.

The key storyline will be the starting lineup.

Joevin Jones returns to training, Nico Lodeiro delayed in Miami

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Brian Schmetzer says Jones will have to prove "he is absolutely committed until the end of the season."

Waylaying fears that he may have been trying to force his release, Joevin Jones was back in Seattle Sounders training on Thursday after skipping out without permission a week before the recently concluded international break.

Jordan Morris is finally scoring again for Seattle, even if he doesn’t have to

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With Will Bruin and Clint Dempsey in such good form, Morris' role on the wing is about more than just goals

TUKWILA, Wash. — When Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris returned from Gold Cup duty with the United States, the hope was that his excellent USMNT form would carry over to his club form.

Cristian Roldan is with the USMNT for Gold Cup Final

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While he won't play, US Soccer requested his release to honor his hard work at the beginning of the tournament

Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan is fresh off probably his best match ever in Rave Green this week, but he missed Wednesday's training session to be honored for a different role he recently played.

With Ozzie Alonso out, deciding who wears captain’s armband is complicated

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Brad Evans is still in line to be a captain again, someday

TUKWILA, Wash. — Some clubs let the players pick the captain. Seattle Sounders have done this at times. In other cases it is the coach who assigns the largely ceremonial role. Sounders do this currently, and most often through their MLS history.

Cristian Roldan credits national team experience for epic performance against San Jose

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The Sounders and USA midfielder said that adapting to the speed of international soccer boosted his confidence

SEATTLE — Thanks to international duty (and Osvaldo Alonso's injury), the last two Seattle Sounders matches looked rather dire as Brian Schmetzer was forced to experiment with his starting XI to compensate for the lack of players.

Brian Schmetzer is about to face tough lineup decisions

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"It's a good problem to have."

TUKWILA, Wash. — You may have noticed that the Seattle Sounders won a few games in a row despite losing several top players. When they play the LA Galaxy on Saturday July 29 (7 PM, ESPN) they'll have most of those players back. Only Osvaldo Alonso is a likely absence as Nicolas Lodeiro returns from suspension and Oniel Fisher, Clint Dempsey, and Jordan Morris return from the Gold Cup.

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.

D.C. United

Lamar Neagle returns to Sounders

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Sounders acquire Federal Way product for the fourth time, sending a fourth-round SuperDraft pick to D.C. United.

Lamar Neagle is coming home, again. The Seattle Sounders have acquired the Federal Way product in a trade with D.C. United on Monday. It's the fourth time the Sounders have either signed or traded for Neagle, who has spent five of his eight MLS seasons in Seattle.

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.

Sigi Schmid

Sounders at LA Galaxy, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN is carrying the 7 PM match. Watch with us.

With Brian Schmetzer facing Sigi Schmid for the first time since LA blew out the A-League Sounders 5-1 in the 2002 US Open Cup the Saturday night match on ESPN will bump the LA Galaxy versus Seattle Sounders rivalry up just another notch. LA is already the measuring stick to which all teams in the league are appraised, but their 2017 is bad.

Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey will travel to Los Angeles

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In-form Sounders may fit one or more of their Gold Cup stars into starting XI against Galaxy

TUKWILA, Wash. — Just two days after the USMNT's epic win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final--courtesy of Jordan Morris' late winner—the Seattle Sounders' US internationals returned to training with the club ahead of Saturday's away match against the LA Galaxy.

Sounders’ game plan against Galaxy not affected by Sigi Schmid hiring

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It may fan the rivalry flames a bit, but it doesn't change how the Sounders want to play.

The news that Sigi Schmid was named head coach of the LA Galaxy may have surprised Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer as he planned for this weekend's match at the StubHub Center, but he stressed that it doesn't change how he wants his team to play.

The Rest

Oalex Anderson suffers setback on injured knee

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The speedy winger was apparently close to returning to full training.

Oalex Anderson suffered what appears to be a somewhat significant setback in his quest to return from a torn ACL he suffered the day before MLS Cup last season. The speedy winger had been training with the Sounders since at least May and was apparently close to being able to become a full participant at practices.

Cristian Roldan doesn’t seem too worried about injury

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Sounders midfielder suggests he may not miss any games.

SEATTLE — Cristian Roldan has never been a player to shy away from contact. Over the past two games, though, he's been taking quite a beating. Against the Vancouver Whitecaps, he may have even suffered some genuine damage.

Roldan went down in a heap on the play Victor Rodriguez eventually scored the opening goal, stayed down for a couple minutes and eventually had his arm wrapped.

Sounders looking reasonably healthy ahead of Real Salt Lake match

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Jordan Morris and Brad Evans are both a ways off from returning, but everyone else is good to go.

Riding a 13-game unbeaten run, but also a four-game winless streak, the Seattle Sounders will head into Saturday's match at Real Salt Lake about as healthy as can be expected. Aside from the longer term injuries to Jordan Morris (hamstring) and Brad Evans (back), the Sounders are expected to have a full complement of players from whom to select.

Is it 12 games unbeaten or 3 games without a win?

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It all depends on your perspective.

SEATTLE — There are a few ways to look at the Seattle Sounders' current form. The optimistic way is to see their franchise-record 12-game unbeaten streak as indicative of a team hitting their stride at the perfect time. The more pessimistic look sees them on a three-game winless run and at least four games removed from their last quality win.

Sounders vs Sporting KC, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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JOEtv, Univision-Seattle, and ROOT Sports (outside of Seattle) are carrying the game live.

With first place on the line, if only until other league games are played, the Seattle Sounders have an advantage of knowing that Sporting Kansas City played a tough midweek game to advance in the US Open Cup.

Depth signings important for Sounders if they hope for a Cup repeat

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Players like Neagle and Mallace were brought in to help replicate the depth that earned Seattle silverware last season

TUKWILA, Wash. — Now that the excitement of the MLS summer transfer window has ended, the Seattle Sounders are taking stock of their team in preparation for the final stretch of the 2017 season en route to the MLS Cup playoffs.

Sounders hope good form follows them to LA on Saturday

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Even though LA has the worst home record in the league, Seattle must improve over 90 minutes

There are plenty of interesting notes and stats about the Seattle Sounders' recent three-match winning streak, but something particularly notable about the latter two is that they played much better in both matches' second halves.

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 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.

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.