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Vancouver Whitecaps

News roundup: Dre to stay, Union hire coaches, MLS activity

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Also: Schweinsteiger back with the Fire, Andrew Jacobson retires, which soccer leagues you should be watching

Major Link Soccer: Darlington Nagbe heading to Atlanta?

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MLS Expansion draft and MLS Cup ratings.

Seattle

We can take one small victory over losing MLS Cup this past weekend. Ratings rose 75% from 2015, the last time ESPN aired the final. So, take that.

MLS

A lot of change is going on with the Portland Timbers. First, it was Caleb Porter and the Timbers parting ways.

Regresa Dempsey y sus dos goles ponen a los Sounders en Final de Conferencia

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Los goles que faltaron en el BC Place de Vancouver el domingo pasado, Clint DEMPSEY se los tenia guardado para esta noche. No uno, sino dos. Y con eso, los Sounders FC han vencido al rival Cascadia de Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0 en semifinal de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS. Ahora deberán esperar ... Seguir leyendo Regresa Dempsey y sus dos goles ponen a los Sounders en Final de Conferencia →

Sounders will face Whitecaps in Western Conference semifinals

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This will be the first time the longtime rivals have met in the MLS Cup playoffs.

The road to get back to MLS Cup will start in Canada, where the last one ended. The Vancouver Whitecaps thrashed the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Wednesday, setting up a Cascadia clash with the Seattle Sounders that will start on Sunday at 5:30 p.

Major Link Soccer: New York Red Bulls rout Chicago Fire

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Also: Fredy Montero scores in the playoffs, and tattoos!

Seattle

With the playoffs officially under way, a poll was conducted on "Who would you like to see host MLS Cup". So far, Seattle is leading the way.

Love them or hate them, tattoos are a big thing. Take a look at some Seattle Sounders and their tattoos.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Watch on JOEtv, ROOT Sports, or MLS Live with us.

Now in a five-game winless streak, and with the playoffs just four matches away, the Seattle Sounders desperately need a win. For added incentive, without a win there is no way way they can take the Cascadia Cup in 2017. Vancouver Whitecaps currently sit first in the Western Conference.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 7

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Week seven of the MLS season is wrapped up and it held good news for the Chicago Fire up front and Sporting Kansas City in the back.

The Fire's Nemanja Nikolic and Bastian Schweinsteiger make the cutfor this week's SBI MLS Best XI, as Nikolic's brace and Schweinsteiger's goal led to a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"We've got to figure out ways to not let teams off the hook when we dominate them in some of the other stats that don't mean as much as the scoreline" -Brian Schmetzer

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

Friday, April 14, 2017

Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field

Referee: Kevin Stott

Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Kevin Stott

Fourth Official: David Gantar

Attendance: 22,120

Weather: 50 degrees and mostly cloudy (indoors)

SCORING SUMMARY

VAN - Fredy Montero (Cristian Techera) 65'

VAN - Fredy Montero (Kendall Waston) 80'

SEA - Will Bruin (Nicolás Lodeiro) 89'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

VAN - Sheanon Williams (caution) 26'

SEA - Nico Lodeiro (caution) 37'

SEA - Harry Shipp (caution) 44'

VAN - Fredy Montero (caution) 53'

VAN - Tim Parker (caution) 90'+2'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Oniel Fisher (Henry Wingo 78'), Gustav Svensson, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Osvaldo Alonso - captain, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey, Harry Shipp (Will Bruin 65'); Jordan Morris

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Alvaro Fernandez, Seyi Adekoya, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 15 (Dempsey, 7)

Shots on goal: 6 (Dempsey, 2)

Fouls: 10 (Alonso, 5)

Offside: 1 (Jones, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Lodeiro, 9)

Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)

HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On what he said to Montero after the match:

"Good.

Montero's brace propels Whitecaps over Sounders

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From 2009 to 2012, Fredy Montero was leading the Seattle Sounders line netting 47 goals with the club in that span. On Friday evening, it was Montero'stwo goals that helped put away his old club in a Western Conference showdown.

The Vancouver Whitecaps earned their second victory of the Major League Soccer season, holding off Seattle 2-1 at BC Place.

Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Cascadia Cup round one starts at 7 PM Friday night on Q13 FOX.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are now able to focus on MLS play alone. But their CCL run cost them talented players, points on the table and their first week in purely league play is against their oldest rivals - the Seattle Sounders.

New-look Whitecaps not to be underestimated

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This includes Fredy Montero, who Brian Schmetzer calls a friend—except for 90 minutes on Friday

With just a few days to prepare for the next match, the first Cascadia matchup of the season away to Vancouver, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer downplayed any notions that their opponent would be an easy one.

Fredy Montero won’t celebrate if he scores against Sounders

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Montero also defends himself against Brad Evans' tweet.

Opinions have been pretty well split over Fredy Montero's signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

On one side, there's people — frankly, like myself — who think Montero has a right to return to MLS and be close to his family. Plus, the Whitecaps are not the Portland Timbers, or even the LA Galaxy, in terms of the intensity of the rivalry.

Back in MLS, Fredy Montero ready for pressure of being Whitecaps' go-to scorer

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Fredy Monteroscored his last MLS goal with the Seattle Sounders on Oct. 7, 2012. Fittingly, that match was against the Portland Timbers in a 3-0 win.

The loss eventually led to theTimbers missing out on the MLS playoffs, with the Sounders qualifying as third-place finishers in the Western Conference.

We deciphered Fredy Montero’s first interview as a Whitecap

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His mouth may have been saying one thing, but his heart was saying another.

Fredy Montero loves Seattle, there's no question about that. He married a local woman, moved his family here and even continues to own a home in Bellevue. In the past, he's indicated that he'd like to play for the Seattle Sounders again, someday.

Bayern thrashes Arsenal, Vancouver signs Fredy Montero: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/16/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Union scrimmage Orlando City SC as second Clearwater camp opens
The Union arrived in Clearwater, Florida to open their second Sunshine State preseason camp yesterday, February 14. Following an evening training session, the team got back on the field Wednesday afternoon in a closed-door scrimmage against Orlando City SC.

MLS Ticker: Kljestan named Red Bulls captain, Davis to retire with Dynamo, and more

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The New York Red Bulls needed a replacement for Dax McCarty in the captain position, and it has been filled by one of his former midfield running mates.Sacha Kljestan was given the armband for the 2017 season on Wednesday.

Kljestan helped guide the Red Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season in 2016.

Vancouver signs Fredy Montero on season-long loan

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One of the most efficient scorers in Major League Soccer over the last decade is returning to the league, with a rival of the club that gave him his big break. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Wednesday that they signed Fredy Montero on a season-long loan from Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League.

Seattle Sounders

Major Link Soccer: Goodbye Ronaldinho

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Also: Fredy Montero leaves MLS again, and is a Premier League transfer in the cards for Christian Pulisic?

Seattle

The Sounders' move to sign Handwalla Bwana to a Homegrown Player contract is one of the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the last week. Read why.

Sounders Academy product Trey Muse has decided to return to Indiana University for his sophomore year instead of going pro, where the Sounders were interested and could have signed him as a Homegrown Player.

Major Link Soccer: MLS Playoffs start now

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Also: Sounders FC Humanitarian Awards, and Liga MX nears the playoffs as well

Seattle

FiveThirtyEight gives Seattle the best chance in MLS of making the conference championships, and the second best likelihood of both advancing to the MLS cup and winning the MLS cup.

Jordan Morris was still not ready to suit up in the regular season finale against Colorado, but he made an appearance on the field when he received a Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year Award for his T1D Playmakers program and work with Seattle Foundation's 2017 GiveBIG Campaign.

Fredy Montero appears close to joining Cascadia rivals

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Whitecaps are rumored to be interested in former Sounder.

Gross as it may be, there's some pretty plausible-sounding rumors that Fredy Montero could return to MLS with one of the Seattle Sounders' biggest rivals. Colombian paper El Heraldo is reporting that Montero is close to joining the Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS Ticker: Montero linked to Whitecaps, Crew sign young Brazilian and more

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Fredy Montero has been linked with a return to MLS with a surprising club named as the reported frontrunner.

According to El Heraldo, Montero is close to a move back to MLS as a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Montero, who played for the Seattle Sounders during his six-year MLS stay, currently plays for Tianjin Teda in China.

Fredy Montero scored a pair of insane goals this week

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One came off a volley, the other was a completely blind header.

Fredy Montero hasn't dominated the Chinese Super League to quite the degree we thought he might, but the former Seattle Sounders forward is having himself a pretty solid season with nine goals in 24 appearances.

Two of those goals came in Tianjin Teda's most recent game — a 4-1 win — and both were mighty impressive.

Fredy Montero scores brace for Chinese Super League team

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Fredy Montero is on another one of his patented hot streaks. The former Seattle Sounders forward scored a brace in Tianjin Teda's most recent match, giving him four in his past five games.

Neither of the goals were especially pretty, but Montero showed a striker's instinct in getting on the end of a pair of left-footed efforts and finishing confidently both times.

Stefan Frei

Stefan Frei’s stop of Fredy Montero wins MLS Save of the Week

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Let's take a few more moments to appreciate one of the best saves of the season.

Stefan Frei's sprawling stop of Fredy Montero's free kick last week has officially been named MLS Save of the Week. It would, of course, have been an absolute tragedy if it had failed to win. So rather than celebrate the winning of a frankly meaningless award, I'm choosing to use this news as an opportunity to watch this absolutely amazing save again.

Sounders fall 2-1 in first Cascadia Cup match of the year

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Seattle finds the back of the net late but fall to the ‘Caps after Montero finds the net twice.

In the most bittersweet way, Seattle fell to their Canadian rivals 2-1 at BC Place. Both goals came from former Sounder and Rave Green all-time leader in goals and assists, Fredy Montero. He just slipped away from defenders twice in the box to head it past Stefan Frei, breaking Seattle hearts.

Sporting Kansas City

Digging into Clint Dempsey’s 50 Sounders goals

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Sounders also run their shutout streak to club record 400 minutes.

SEATTLE — By now, we've grown accustomed to Clint Dempsey getting into a hot run of form. After scoring the game-winner in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City, the Seattle Sounders star has six goals in his past four games.

Five quick numbers that explain Sounders’ 1-0 win over Sporting KC

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The only stat that matters is goals, but here are a few others to ponder.

In a match with the top of the Western Conference standings at stake, the Seattle Sounders managed a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, courtesy of a 36th minute Clint Dempsey goal.

As usual, the scoreline is the most important number in soccer—but here are a few other stats that help paint the picture of this match.

Vancouver

Sounders’ backup defenders shine in LA victory

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Tony Alfaro and Jordy Delem have two clean sheets from two starts this season

When the Seattle Sounders headed down to LA to face the Galaxy last weekend, they were coming off of a tough away loss to Vancouver. In that match, former Sounder Fredy Montero scored twice against them, and the Sounders only pulled one back despite having stat advantages in possession and shots.

MLS Week 8: Nagbe’s show for Portland

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Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute.

Nelson Valdez

Nelson Valdez ensured himself a proper place in Sounders lore

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The forward deserves to be remembered as more than a DP flop.

To say the Seattle Sounders have a somewhat spotty record when it comes to Designated Player signings is probably fair. For every Obafemi Martins, there's been a Christian Tiffert. For every Fredy Montero, a Shalrie Joseph.

By any reasonable metric, Nelson Valdez probably belongs in the "flop" bin.

Nelson Valdez turned down Chinese payday to remain in Seattle

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Perhaps the biggest story of this transfer season has been the influence of the Chinese Super League, now flush with cash after a $1 billion TV deal and only allowed to have four foreigners on their roster. Fredy Montero is among a litany of relatively young European-based players who have accepted well over-market-rate salaries and transfers to make the move.

Sporting CP

Sporting CP Update

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Sporting Clube de Portugal were able to maintain their lead for first place in the Portuguese Liga for another week following their 3-2 win over Academica. But as the scoreline suggests, the victory didn't come easy, as Sporting needed a late goal from Fredy Montero in the 84th minute to secure their latest trio of points after doing down early in the first half.

Fredy Montero is latest player to transfer from Europe to China

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It would appear as though Fredy Montero's game-winner on Saturday was a bit of a parting gift for Sporting CP. Reports out of Portugal and Colombia are independently claiming Montero has been transferred to Chinese club Tianjin Teda, a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season. The Chinese Super League's campaign roughly mirrors MLS, starting in March and ending in November.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: VAR’s debut reviewed

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A breakdown of VAR's usage in its debut weekend and a list of MLS transactions

Seattle

If you race hydroplanes, you likely still need a day job to go with it. In the case of Seafair Champ, Jimmy Shane, it's at Blue Origin. Racing may be like rocket science, but his job is actually rocket science.

Your 2017 SaH contributor squad

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and their favorite goals.

As a new season begins, the Sounder at Heart team is ready and as excited as you are to see the Sounders take the pitch again as depending champions! As such, here is an introduction to our team by way of our favorite goals that we've ever witnessed in person. We've listed our role within SaH and some chose to share twitter handles and personal information too.

News roundup: USMNT uniform drop, Ayuk’s future, Union scrimmage, more

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Eric Ayuk falling down the depth chart, new red USMNT jersey introduced, Vancouver and NYC announce big signings, more news.

Fredy Montero’s in Seattle, but don’t expect an announcement

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Alternate headline: Local man visits family.

I'm not going to lie, writing this story feels a bit weird. It was only a few days ago that I wrote about how I wasn't really buying the Fredy Montero-to-Sounders rumors. But I find myself revisiting this after Montero himself Tweeted out a photo of he and his family hanging out at the Seattle Roastery with a not-so-subtle message:

Wow .

Talking through this Fredy Montero rumor

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Some Twitter account says he's leaving China and possibly heading for the Sounders.

Fredy Montero was, undeniably, one of the most talented players to ever wear a Seattle Sounders uniform. His 47 goals and 34 assists still rank as franchise records, despite his having not played a game here since 2012.

Open Flavor Thursday, and Happy Thanksgiving

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Talk among yourselves, avoid family political arguments.

On this Thanksgiving Sounder at Heart offers you 11 ways to change the subject from politics to soccer family table.

  1. Ask them if Nicolas Lodeiro is the best #10 in Sounders history. Most have forgotten Freddie Ljungberg, so prepare to remind them about his Best XI performance in 2009.

Osvaldo Alonso reaches 250 matches played

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Alonso becomes Seattle's first to reach the milestone at top flight and is still going strong

Beyond the spectacle of it all–the crowd, the goals, the unlikely outcome–many of us came away from then-Qwest Field that brisk March night seven years ago believing we had found our next Mr. Sounder.