Brian Schmetzer

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Brad Evans ‘hasn’t gone anywhere yet’

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Brian Schmetzer gives at least some reason to believe Evans could return in 2018.

Brad Evans is a free agent and currently training with Sporting Kansas City. To hear KC head coach Peter Vermes tell it, Evans is likely to sign there if he can "get back to full strength." That doesn't seem to bode well for his future with the Seattle Sounders.

Sounders plan to play Jordan Morris at forward

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Brian Schmetzer says they hope to keep Morris at one position.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Perhaps the most notable tidbit to come out of the first official day of Seattle Sounders preseason was about a player who isn't currently with the team.

Coming off a sophomore season in which Jordan Morris slumped from 12 goals to three while battling injury and moving between forward and midfielder, head coach Brian Schmetzer said stability is the goal.

5 things we learned from MLS Cup 2017

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Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the five things we learned from MLS Cup 2017.

1. Toronto Claims Its Place in History

It hadn’t been the easiest of journeys through the playoffs for Toronto FC, but on Saturday evening at BMO Field, they left no doubt as to their place as one of the best MLS team ever assembled.

Brian Schmetzer leads Sounders towards history, second MLS Cup

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TORONTO Roughly 18 months ago, Brian Schmetzer was all but anonymous outside of Seattle. His playing and coaching career had largely kept him Washington-based and, after managing the USL version of the Seattle Sounders, Schmetzer became one of Sigi Schmid's top assistants with the MLS club. He wasn't pegged as an up-and-coming head coach or a top coaching prospect.

Sounders sense history coming, but they're focusing on Saturday's final

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The Seattle Sounders have a chance to do something few MLS clubs have been able to accomplish. They can become the fourth back-to-back MLS Cup champions with a win over Toronto FC on Saturday evening, joining D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo, and the LA Galaxy as the only teams to accomplish that feat.

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo, Leg one: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The messaging after the game was, ‘You cannot fall asleep for any, any moment in time in this league. This Houston team, Wilmer does a great job; it's not over yet.'" -Brian Schmetzer

A belated statistics and quotes recap post comes to you from the depths of a post-Thanksgiving coma. Let this be your opportunity to relive the Seattle Sounders' resounding victory at Houston Dynamo's BBVA Compass stadium, in which they took a 2-0 lead in the series, with a return leg at CenturyLink Field yet to come.

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.

MLS Cup

MLS Cup reflections

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Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer asked us to share this letter on his behalf.

Dear Sounder fans,

I salute you on a great season. Your support is critical to the success of the team and I will never stop appreciating the fans in Toronto over the weekend, the season filled with tifos, flags, faces painted green, voices heard and the celebrations winning the Western Conference.

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.

Major League Soccer

Victor Rodriguez may be the key to a Sounders MLS Cup win

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He's only been around since late August, but his impact is evident.

The beauty of this year's Seattle Sounders squad is the depth and danger at virtually every position. The hydra that has become synonymous with the Sounders attack now extends across the midfield — to help the team win and possess the ball — and along the back line, which is riding a 10-hour shutout streak during the MLS playoffs.

It’s official: Brian Schmetzer is horribly underrated

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Sounders boss finishes outside the Top 6 in MLS Coach of the Year voting.

Brian Schmetzer was not named MLS Coach of the Year. That honor goes to Greg Vanney, who guided Toronto FC to arguably the best regular season in MLS history. He beat out Tata Martino, who guided Atlanta United to arguably the best expansion season during the league's "mature" era.

Major Link Soccer: Michael Bradley might be a wrestling heel

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Also: MLS offseason updates, and US Soccer's power vacuum problem

Seattle

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.

Major Link Soccer: Save the Crew unveil open letter to MLS leadership

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Oba's still doing Oba things

Seattle:

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.

MLS

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.

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What we’ve learned from preseason so far

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With five games under their belt, the biggest takeaway is that Brian Schmetzer is prepping the Sounders for squad rotation.

Another phase of preseason wraps up as the Seattle Sounders return to the shores of Puget Sound. They have the 2018-19 kit launch party Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.

Sounders vs. Timbers, preseason recap: Another win as Seattle builds fitness

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Roldan and Bwana score in victory

Brian Schmetzer used this match to build endurance on about half the top end of his roster and to test a diamond 4-4-2. In this developmental game the Seattle Sounders triumphed 2-1 behind goals by Cristian Roldan and Handwalla Bwana. It was Bwana's second of the preseason.

Saying goodbye to a Seattle soccer institution

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The tale of Seattle's longest running soccer shop and the family behind it, the Schmetzers.

It was a seminal moment in the shared experience of Seattle area soccer history. To the casual observer it would've appeared to be American boys run amok. To Walter Schmetzer, however, it was the inspiration that would launch a business of 43 years and probably thousands of stories.

Osvaldo Alonso ruled out of MLS Cup final

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Midfielder has only made one substitute appearance since the end of September.

Osvaldo Alonso has failed his physical and won't be available for Saturday's MLS Cup final, head coach Brian Schmetzer told the media on Thursday.

The news is a bit of a blow, but not entirely surprising. There had been hopes that Alonso would be available after he was able to get through at least one full training session on Nov.

Take another chance to appreciate Harry Shipp’s assist

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It. Was. Perfect.

SEATTLE — Harry Shipp's season has not gone how he probably hoped it would. At one point, he went about two-and-a-half months without playing. After May 27, he started twice in a 20-game span. Through it all, head coach Brian Schmetzer repeatedly sung his Shipp's ability to continue working hard in training and help in any way he could.

Stefan Frei makes progress toward return

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Sounders goalkeeper gets through training session after missing first leg with hamstring injury.

Stefan Frei made a significant positive step toward making his return ahead of Thursday's decisive Western Conference finals match. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, who missed the first leg with a hamstring injury, was able to fully train on Wednesday.

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.

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.