Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.
Nine starters from the MLS Cup win, plus Clint Dempsey
In their first competitive match since winning the MLS Cup the Seattle Sounders have changes at right back and in the attacking band. Clint Dempsey is returning to the field. Gustav Svensson, as the third right back option, replaces now-Atlanta-United defender Tyrone Mears.
After missing a preseason match and having a few practice sessions reduced, Jordan Morris is confident he will travel to Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo (Sat. March 4, 5:30 p.m., Q13 FOX). Asked directly about his ankle, the Seattle Sounders forward responded, "It feels really good.
Marshall left Wednesday's training session early with unspecified injury, did not train on Thursday
Heading into Saturday's home match against the Colorado Rapids, the Seattle Sounders hope to earn a much different result than that of Week 7's 3-1 loss in Colorado. Head coach Sigi Schmid recognized the threat that the Rapids present to the Sounders: "I think it'll be a good game, obviously Colorado is on top of the table in the West.
And just like that, it seems, the good feelings and positivity over the past couple weeks are gone. No, it wasn't anything as extreme as being played off the pitch. Rather, it was the simple act of the Seattle Sounders losing for the second time in their past seven. Confidence is a funny thing like that.
The Seattle Sounders find themselves trailing early after Chad Marshall was whistled for a penalty and Mauro Diaz converted. It wasn't exactly an egregious penalty, but Marshall made it tough on himself by grabbing Walker Zimmerman in plain view of referee Ricardo Salazar.
In a vacuum, it's the kind of penalty that is probably going to get called more often than it won't.
The 1 PM game is on JOEtv (10/22/110) and ROOT Sports outside of the Greater Puget Sound.
Columbus Crew SC and Seattle Sounders FC will be forever connected. Seattle stole their coach and young midfielder Brad Evans (out this match). The Crew responded by winning the Supporters' Shield. The Crew lost the best defender to make MLS home (Chad Marshall) and then proceeded to start a new era of competitive soccer making the MLS Cup last year.
Los Sounders han encontrado en su forma de ganar demasiado sufrimiento. Con mas ocasiones de gol que en los partidos pasados, con sus atacantes enchufados, con un hombre mas en la cancha y asediando sin cesar a la portería del Philadelphia Union, el triunfo de 2 1 es un mezquino reflejo de lo que pudo ser comodamente un resultado mas amplio.
We analyze the heartbreaking last-second goal from Seattle's Chad Marshall that robbed two points from the Houston Dynamo.
There was some good and some bad to take from the Houston Dynamo's draw with the Seattle Sounders on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The attack was promising (at least for part of the game) and the defense looked fairly solid, but the Dynamo gave away a couple points at the bitter end when Chad Marshall—one of the many Seattle players stationed around the box—scored a goal on the last kick of the game.
Chad Marshall punishes Joe Willis in the 94th minute to level the game 1-1.
A frantic final few minutes gave Chad Marshall the opportunity the Seattle Sounders needed. Rather than suffer through another loss late goal earned Seattle a 1-1 draw. Houston Dynamo lead early due to a Giles Barnes goal in the 35th minute.
Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.
There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.
Morris will be the Sounder closest to goal in today's formation
With Clint Dempsey away with the US Men's National Team, the task of leading the Seattle Sounders attack falls to the forward trio of Herculez Gomez, Jordan Morris and Aaron Kovar.
The only unit that comes into this match entirely healthy is the midfield, but what a midfield it is: Andreas Ivanschitz, Osvaldo Alonso and Erik Friberg are three names that can make some beautiful music together.
The Sounders will be without three first-team attackers for the upcoming two-match stretch, but Chad Marshall is expected to make the trip.
Having come off two deflating losses to the most in-form teams in all of MLS, the Seattle Sounders will be hoping to turn their fortunes around on their two-game East Coast trip that starts at the New England Revolution on Saturday.
Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Chad Marshall are the only Seattle players short listed.
No Seattle Sounders are nominated for the prestigious awards of MVP, Defender of the Year or Keeper of the Year. Instead, the team itself and Chad Marshall are each short-listed for the "Fair Play Award", with just half a season Nicolas Lodeiro still earned a nod as potential Newcomer of the Year, and Jordan Morris joins Keegan Rosenberry as the Rookie of the Year favorites.
In an ad campaign in some ways similar to Scarf Seattle in '08/09 the Seattle Sounders have re-entered Seattle's neighborhoods with a poster campaign unique to each community.
The players are literally giants in the community. The towering figures of Jordan Morris, Chad Marshall, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey are running through neighborhoods with a ball at their feet, storm clouds on the horizon and call to lose your voice, but not your passion.
Rate the players in the exciting 2-1 win over Philly.
From Oalex Anderson getting his first start to Chad Marshall taking the golden boot lead for the team to Jordan Morris scoring his first goal there were many notable performances in the 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. With the win the Seattle Sounders are 2-3-1 -1, but this post isn't about the club's performance instead you get to focus on the individual players.
A badly needed win at home feels good. If not for a superb game from Philadelphia keeper Andre Blake, this match could have been lopsided. As it was, Chad Marshall finds another, Jordan Morris nets his first for Sounders FC, and Seattle continue to build an unbeaten streak.
Morris switched something on
From the outset, Jordan Morris looked like a different player.
It is now mathematically official. With the Chicago Fire's midweek loss to Seattle and DC United's win over Columbus, the Fire cannot possibly make the playoffs. With four matches to spare the feat comes later in the season than last year but that is not much of a consolation.
It's always frustrating when many good performances don't add up to a win, or even a goal. These players know the fans expect more, but it's hard to point to a really bad outing for any of the Sounders in their loss to Colorado. While no Sounder made your jaw drop, there was plenty of attacking play to be excited about, and Jermaine Jones was effectively contained in the midfield.
Chad Marshall will miss his first game of the season after suffering a right hamstring strain in training this week. In his place will be Zach Scott, who will get his fourth start of the season. We'll also see Clint Dempsey and Erik Friberg in the midfield together for the first time this season.
Although the lineup is listed as a 4-3-3, with Aaron Kovar and Andreas Ivanschitz in the forward band it will more likely play like a 4-2-3-1 or possibly even a 4-4-2 with Dempsey effectively slotting in as a withdrawn striker.
The draw didn't cover up any poor play. Poor play still existed, but poor play can get points in MLS.
Chad Marshall's goal was a wonderful moment. With it the Seattle Sounders are now on a loss-less streak, undefeated in two games. But there are a few problems that are as evident today as they were prior to game, maybe even more so.
The Air Marshall has many trophies - three Defender of the Year awards, three Best XIs, four Supporters' Shield, one US Open Cup and now two MLS Cup.
If one were to look up MLS centerback in the dictionary they should find Chad Marshall. The Seattle Sounders have thrived with him there both in their up-tempo Supporters' Shield winning season as well as the gritty 2017 MLS Cup.
The Sounders defender leads one way on the field, and another way in the locker room
Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall is no shrinking violet on the pitch—he's loud, he's tough, and he'll fight for every single tackle for 90 minutes straight. Teammate Herculez Gomez said that Marshall has a "nasty" side, but it's only ever seen on the pitch.
Chad Marshall's fourth goal elevated him into an elite group of Seattle goal-scoring central defenders, including one who led Sounders in scoring.
Down through the years, Seattle certainly can claim its share of goal-scoring central defenders. Beginning with David Gillett driving home a corner kick in '74 and renewed through Chad Marshall's flick to the far corner versus Chicago, the big backline boys have often proven the difference between victory and defeat, at both ends of the pitch.
Seattle Sounders are creating chances via set-pieces. Eventually they were going to get a goal from them, if only via forcing an LA Galaxy error. Jelle Van Damme loses his mark on Chad Marshall, and instead heads the ball into his own goal tying the match at 1-1 in the 35th minute.
With Torres, Fernandez and Marshall as targets Seattle should be able to earn more opportunities from similar schemes later.
No red cards this week, Vancouver gets crushed by DC, Seattle comes back, and more this week.
The Sounders came back and scored just as the final whistle was about to blow thanks to Chad Marshall. Still last in the West, but comfortably not in last across the league, Seattle sits with the rest of Cascadia below the magical red line.