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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Sporting Kansas City

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

The Rest

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.

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 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. 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.