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.
Clint Dempsey has looked far more active throughout Saturday's match, notably putting himself higher up the pitch than he has in most matches. It paid off in the 26th minute, when Dempsey hit a pass from Erik Friberg first time. The shot was from right around the penalty spot and was through a bit of traffic.
With several injuries to manage Sigi Schmid turned to long-time pro and former United States National Team member Herculez Gomez for his first start with the Seattle Sounders. Clint Dempsey and Nelson Haedo Valdez both are absent from the starting lineup. Oalex Anderson earned another start.
Andreas Ivanschitz shifts back to the point of the midfield in front of Osvaldo Alonso and Cristian Roldan.
Everything you wanted to know about Nicolas Lodeiro but were afraid to ask.
Playing in Argentina for Boca Juniors (previously with Botafogo and Corinthians in Brazil, Ajax in The Netherlands and Nacional in Uruguay) means that Nicolas Lodeiro is not a household name in English-language Seattle soccer homes.
A game-by-game look at where Clint has played, and how effective he's been.
Clint Dempsey was one of the main creators for the Seattle Sounders attack last season, at least when he was healthy and not suspended. He consistently put himself in dangerous positions, made runs that gave his teammates space, and linked up with attackers to exploit defensive weaknesses.
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.
"I thought we played well at times tonight and from there, the road gets easier and everyone can take a big sigh and a breath of fresh air." -Sigi Schmid
At times it felt like the Seattle Sounders were sure to score, and at times it felt like it would be another very frustrating evening at CenturyLink, but Andreas Ivanschitz dropped in a perfect ball from the corner, Clint Dempsey did what he had to do to score, and Seattle can finally put a few precious points in their 2016 bank account.
The Seattle Soundershad won theirlast four home matches but on Saturday night in front of41,028 at CenturyLink Field, the Colorado Rapids went on the road and, like they have all season, found a way to get the result.
The visiting Rapids converted their only shot on goal and walked away with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Axel Sjoberg's first-half header.
A dos meses de campaña y con nueve partidos encima, los Sounders de Seattle por fin pudieron demostrar de lo que son capaz y de lo que le debían a su fanaticada, con una victoria dominante de 2 0 sobre el San Jose Earthquakes frente a 39,570 personas en el CenturyLink Field. Eso, a [...]
In 2015, the Seattle Sounders could not catch a break against the San Jose Earthquakes, losing all three meetings by a combined score of 8-4. To add insult to injury, center back Roman Torres tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the third and final match, a 2-0 road loss.
All may not be right in the world of the Seattle Sounders, but things sure are looking a whole lot better. The Sounders closed out their two-game homestand with a second-consecutive win, this time beating the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Saturday. Even better, the Sounders got open-play goals from Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris.
Turns out Copa America Centenario will affect the Seattle Sounders a bit more than originally thought. Although MLS will take a break during the group stage, the United States is playing a trio of friendlies beforehand. MLS players are expected to be excused from the first one against Puerto Rico on May 22, but will be expected to participate in matches against Ecuador (May 25) and Bolivia (May 28).
Clint Dempsey is back in the Seattle Sounders starting lineup after getting a week off to rest an injury, but Sigi Schmid is still rolling out a depleted group for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew. In addition to the expected absences of Brad Evans (suspension) and Andreas Ivanschitz (illness), Erik Friberg and Nelson Haedo Valdez were also left out of the starting lineup.
Dempsey didn't train outside and Valdez went inside after feeling some tightness in his leg
The positive feeling that was hanging over Starfire in Tukwila on Thursday after Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid happily noted having an almost entirely healthy squad changed drastically on Friday.
Without Nelson Haedo Valdez the Seattle Sounders will turn to Jordan Morris as the starter at center forward. The rest of the attack is similar to the win over the Impact. Andreas Ivanschitz and Aaron Kovar are the wingers with Clint Dempsey back as a goal-scoring center mid.
The rest of the midfield and defense is as expected with Joevin Jones again starting after getting a bit of rest in the win.
Both teams only have one win, the game starts at 1 PM on ESPN. That's a lot of ones.
There was a time when a Houston Dynamo versus Seattle Sounders FC match would be an MLS Cup Playoff preview. Today is not that time. Both teams are below the red line. Few expect Houston to challenge in the West and Seattle is chock full of disappointment.
Keeping Clint Dempsey in check is crucial to the Dynamo's success against the Sounders, as well as two other important things.
The myriad struggles of the Houston Dynamo's embattled backline early this season have been well-documented, but when the Dynamo travel back to BBVA Compass Stadium to play against the Seattle Sounders—a team with multiple difficulties of their own—they will have an opportunity to correct the defense's misgivings.
SEATTLE Strange, but the most striking moment in the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over the visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday night was not Clint Dempsey's game-winning header in the 79th minute, a goal that ended the Sounders three-game, season-opening losing streak and that at least temporarily lifted a shroud of anxiety hovering over the nearly 40,000 in attendance at CenturyLink Field.
United States international Clint Dempsey scored the game's only goal as the Seattle Sounders finally bagged their first Major League Soccer win of the season with a 1-0 victory over a depleted Montreal Impact.
Dempsey headed home from a corner on 79 minutes to settle a hard fought encounter against a Montreal side still missing star striker Didier Drogba, who is nursing a knee injury.
Clint Dempsey is Sounders' only representative on USMNT.
Seattle got pretty lucky with the Copa America final rosters. Jordan Morris and Brad Evans were both left off the United States' roster that was announced on Saturday. Clint Dempsey headlines a striker quartet that lost Jozy Altidore from contention last week and includes fellow MLS forwards Chris Wondolowski and Gyasi Zardes.
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.
Real Salt Lake and Orlando City SC posted the two most impressive victories of MLS Week 5, and those victories are represented well in the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 5.
Following their win against Sporting Kansas City, RSL standouts Justen Glad,Luke Mulholland and Joao Plata earned honors for their performances, While SBI MLS Player of the Week Kaka is joined by a pair of teammates on this week's squad.
Sounders fans experienced ~25 minutes of a fully armed and operational 3-CM lineup in a win against Columbus, following a first half that conceded too many chances on goal. Seattle's 2016 may require a more defensive posture in the middle 3, or a transition back to the 4-4-2 of recent years.
Action maps are the worst means of assessing position on the field, except for all the others.
It feels good to wake up and rate the players in a victory, right? No one would call this a perfect performance, but some excellent defensive play kept a clean sheet, and a stop-and-go offense squeezed in a goal at the other end. It was certainly a match to build on.
We the raters get to consider a different-looking team this week.
There's no reason to pretend the start of this season has been anything other than totally frustrating. This game was a perfect example of why. The Seattle Sounders weren't awful, heck they were pretty good for long stretches, but couldn't score and gave up a goal on a corner kick that probably should have never even happened.
Despite having 66% of possession and 17 total shots, the Sounders couldn't find the net
The Sounders came into Saturday's match with the Rapids hoping to right the wrongs of their 3-1 drubbing a few weeks ago in Colorado. Seattle were thoroughly outplayed in that match and deserved the result; Saturday's contest was nearly the opposite.
These 11, 18, 28, these 41, these 100s in Rave Green, Sounder Blue, Cascade Shale, Olympic White and Pacific Blue with a ball, a couple nets, a few dozen coaches and dreams of trophies from U12 to Club World Cup.
The Freddeyain and Church of Fucito, the stunning Golden God that burst on the scene and the greatest expansion team in history.
"I thought at times tonight our soccer was as good as it's been this season. I thought we played dangerous and effective." -Sigi Schmid
The Seattle Sounders at times played their best soccer of the season. That, mixed with a bit of good fortune and more healthy depth led to a convincing, earned victory over the San Jose Earthquakes, a side that has given Seattle trouble at CenturyLink on recent visits.
Jeremiah celebrates being able to talk about a victory on the podcast, as he and Aaron recap the 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew.
Jeremiah finally records a show this year following a win! He and Aaron recap Seattle Sounders FC's 1-0 victory against Columbus Crew SC as well as discuss Cristian Roldan, the midfield lineup, Nelson Haedo Valdez, Clint Dempsey and the forward position.