Brian Schmetzer

Seattle Sounders

SKC, Seattle both left disappointed with Sunday's result

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Draws are fickle things in soccer. Sometimes a team is happy to scrap out a point against a superior opponent on the road. In other instances, a team will feel they played well enough to earn a point and will leave the pitch disappointed.

Neither Sporting Kansas City nor the Seattle Sounders were exactly pleased with how Sunday's 2-2 draw against each other turned out.

Sounders at Sporting KC, recap: First point earned in 2018

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Will Bruin and Cristian Roldan score in 2-2 draw.

Seattle Sounders waited until matchday four to score and to earn a point. They did it on the road against the best team in the Western Conference while a DP and two TAM players were unavailable. Brian Schmetzer had to count on youngsters Alex Roldan and Handwalla Bwana for vital minutes, but it was the core of the remaining team that earned the two goals and held on for the 2-2 lead.

Only 21 players available for selection

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Between injury, official suspension, and unofficial suspension, the roster remains depleted.

Brian Schmetzer should have a couple of his most important players back when the Seattle Sounders face the Montreal Impact on Saturday night (7 PM, JOEtv). Nicolas Lodeiro is fully healthy. Will Bruin is only listed as questionable, as is Henry Wingo.

Diego Capel draws positive reviews, but is currently injured

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Chris Henderson also suggests team is hoping to have a Designated Player signed over the summer.

TUKWILA, Wash. — After his identity was discovered rather quickly, the Seattle Sounders have now openly acknowledged that former Spain international player Diego Capel has been training with the team since last week.

Sounders at FC Dallas: Living gamethread

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JOEtv/Univision-Seattle at 2 p.m.; watch with us.

FC Dallas hosts an exhausted and damaged Seattle Sounders squad at Toyota Stadium on what should be a cool, cloudy evening in Frisco, Texas. Both teams are no longer in the CCL. Dallas fell to Tauro FC of Panama in the Round of 16. Seattle's trip to Chivas Guadalajara meant losing a starting quality forward in each round of the continental championship.

Sounders ride dominant second half to CCL quarterfinals

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SEATTLE It wasn't always the prettiest of two-legged ties, but the Seattle Sounders eventually routed El Salvadoran side Santa Tecla on Thursday night, advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory.

The Sounders won the series 5-2 after dropping the first leg 2-1 last week in El Salvador.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Seattle Sounders

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SEATTLE "I went on a cookie binge, which was needed. For about a week."

That chased with a week on the beach in Mexico was the rather wholesome way Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei processed perhaps the most humbling loss in club history, a 2-0 drubbing at the hands of Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup.

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.

Sporting Kansas City

Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"For the guys that put in all of that effort and all of that work – it stings a little bit. But it gives them some good incentive for the next game." -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data

SUMMARY

Sporting Kansas City 2 - Seattle Sounders FC 2

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Venue: Children's Mercy Park

Referee: Drew Fisher

Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Jeffrey Greeson

Fourth Official: Dave Gantar

VAR: Geoff Gamble

Attendance: 18,508

Weather: 30 degrees and clear

SCORING SUMMARY

SKC - Ille Sanchez (penalty) 34'

SEA - Will Bruin (Chad Marshall, Nicolás Lodeiro) 45'+3'

SEA - Cristian Roldan (Will Bruin, Alex Roldan) 73'

SKC - Graham Zusi (Jimmy Medranda) 78'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA - Jordan McCrary (caution) 24'

SEA - Cristian Roldan (caution) 44'

SKC - Roger Espinoza (caution) 53'

SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 85'

SKC - Jimmy Medranda (caution) 90'+7'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 88'), Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Handwalla Bwana (Osvaldo Alonso 68'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem, Lamar Neagle, Henry Wingo

Total shots: 10 (Bruin, 4)

Shots on goal: 3 (Bruin, 2)

Fouls: 7 (Tolo / Svensson, 2)

Offside: 5 (Bruin, 3)

Corner-kicks: 0

Saves: 6 (Frei, 6)

Sporting Kansas City - Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Matt Besler - captain, Jimmy Medranda; Roger Espinoza, Ile Sánchez, Yohan Croizet (Cristian Lobato 74'); Johnny Russell (Gerso Fernandes), Khiry Shelton, Daniel Sallói

Substitutes not used: Adrián Zendejas, Seth Sinovic, Emiliano Amor, Jaylin Lindsey, Diego Rubio

Total shots: 11 (Three players, 2)

Shots on goal: 8 (Zusi / Sanchez, 2)

Fouls: 13 (Espinoza, 4)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Russell, 2)

Saves: 1 (Melia, 1)

Post-Match Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer

Thoughts on the match.

Sounders at Sporting KC: Living gamethread

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ESPN has the match at 1 p.m.; watch with us.

Over history this matchup between two of the West's stronger sides goes Seattle's way. The Seattle Sounders are 8-5-3 +1 against Sporting Kansas City, largely on the back of late winners. But in 2018 it is the Sporks with the better record (4-1-1 +3 vs.

Time off a chance for Sounders to rest, refocus, recharge

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The league bye affords Seattle's players a rare two-day rest ahead of preparations for Sporting KC.

After a tumultuous start to 2018, the Seattle Sounders will have a chance to rest and reassess this weekend. After club training Saturday, the team will take Sunday and Monday off before it begins preparations for Sporting Kansas City.

Montreal Impact

If you have two starting left backs, you don’t have a starting left back

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A deep dive into Sounders most unsettled position — Nouhou vs Francis.

There's no question outside backs are vital to the Seattle Sounders attack under Brian Schmetzer. In fact, when asked what the team looked to do offensively in the week leading up to the Montreal Impact match, the coach outlined in clear terms, "We need to be true to ourselves.

Cristian Roldan: Sounders looked “lackadaisical” in Montreal loss

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Neither the midfielder nor skipper Brian Schmetzer were happy with what they saw on film.

As the Seattle Sounders are learning to their chagrin in the early phases of the MLS season, game film from periods of playing with only 10 men is all but useless from a tactical standpoint. Cristian Roldan and Brian Schmetzer also didn't much like what they saw in the 40 minutes of usable footage generated from Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact.

Sounders vs Montreal Impact: Full coverage

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Before you watch the game on JOEtv or YouTube TV read everything you can about the match.

Things are not good in SounderLand. Jordan Morris is out for the season. Clint Dempsey is out for this game. There are a few other injuries as well. The Seattle Sounders sit with zero points in league play, staring up at the red line, an all too familiar early season sight.

concacaf champions league

S2 about to start new, younger era in Tacoma

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The youngsters on Sounders 2 Tacoma can look to Henry Wingo, Handwalla Bwana and others to see their own future.

TUKWILA, Wash. — While the First Team is getting ready for their next match in CONCACAF Champions League, their future is preparing for its first season in Tacoma. Sounders 2 has a final preseason match Saturday night and then opens their USL season against Timbers 2 Friday March 16 at 7:00 p.

Scouting Report: Thursday's path to victory

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Seattle is gonna have to do some work to move on against Santa Tecla.

It's a big week: Seattle's fate in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 will be decided, the 2018 MLS season kicks off on Sunday, and of course the team will be looking to do everything it can to wipe the haughty smile from Bob Bradley's face in his first match back in the league.

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.

Major League Soccer

Gonzalo Pineda knows what to expect from Chivas

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The former Sounder — and Chivas player — has a level of familiarity with both clubs that Brian Schmetzer has called a big help in scouting.

Sounders assistant coach Gonzalo Pineda knows better than most what the Seattle Sounders can expect from C.D. Guadalajara in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday night.

Shot at CCL glory important to Sounders, MLS

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Another year, another shot at international immortality.

TUKWILA, Wash. — For MLS fans and clubs alike, the CONCACAF Champions League remains the elusive grand prize for a league looking to expand its influence and prestige. For the Sounders, who open their competitive season Thursday in El Salvador against Santa Tecla FC, it is another chance to pursue the eternal bragging rights of being the first MLS club to win the title in its modern format.

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.

The Rest

Brian Schmetzer issues violent conduct ultimatum

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"If the mistakes don't stop happening, then guys don't stay on the field."

SEATTLE — Three games, three losses, three red cards. The Sounders' early season has been nothing short of a disaster, a statement that could easily be applied to just the losses. But when you pile on the fact that a player has seen red in each of those?

Sounders vs. Chivas: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The expectation is that the next player has to step forward and fill the shoes of the player that is injured, but there were a lot of quality players that we didn't have on the field, and that made it tough for us tonight." -Brian Schmetzer

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - C.

Major Link Soccer: Chivas manager’s seat heats up

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The Sounders come into the second CCL leg against a reeling Chivas side with a manager to match. Plus, a look at all of the MLS week action.

Seattle:

It's no secret that the Sounders core is getting older, and we should expect Brian Schmetzer to address their age with tactical innovation.

If the constant "throwing fish" cutaways in NFL broadcasts irk you, maybe don't look into this study that notes 72 percent of Europeans think the Seattle Seagulls are an NFL team.

Brian Schmetzer saved his most potent players for Chivas de Guadalajara

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Leg two could even see both Kelvin Leerdam and Victor Rodriguez.

Injuries and squad rotation are near their end. Talking to Dave ‘Softy' Mahler on Sports Radio KJR, Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer made it clear that he rested top talent against LAFC because of the organization's goals.

YachtCon Prime was a lot of fun

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And you can help make it an even bigger success.

YachtCon Prime was a blast for us. As far as we were concerned, it was better organized, more refined, and frankly more fun. We sincerely hope all of that came across to people in attendance and those who watched the livestream (you can still watch it above!

Jordan Morris reportedly out 6-9 months

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The Sounders forward has torn his ACL.

Jordan Morris is likely finished for the year before it had really even started. The nightmare scenario was revealed on Saturday when the Fox Sports' Stu Holden shared the news on Twitter that the 23-year-old had torn his ACL. The typical timeframe for recovery is six to nine months, which means there's only a small chance he'd play again in 2018.

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.

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.

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.