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GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders

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Game Info

  • Date: October 1, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: ESPN - Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman, Reporter: Julie Stewart-Binks
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union have 3 wins, 4 losses, and 2 draws against Seattle Sounders
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Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, Chris Pontius; C.

There is no Ideal XI

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Trying to figure out the perfect starting lineup for the rest of the season ignores that it will change every game.

The concept of the Ideal XI is platonic. It's like a perfect triangle. It only exists in our thoughts, our minds. As we so carefully craft strawmen as simulacrums of real conversation, we continue to ignore that the Seattle Sounders have more playoff-quality starters than they do positions on the field.

Osvaldo Alonso injury update: Midfielder declares himself 90 minutes fit

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This could mark Alonso's first start since July 4.

Fresh off winning their fifth match in six games and running their unbeaten streak to eight matches, the Seattle Sounders could be getting even stronger. Captain Osvaldo Alonso has declared himself fully fit and appears ready to reclaim his starting spot.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Community player ratings form

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Rate the Sounders in their dominant home win over San Jose.

The Seattle Sounders exploded offensively in the second half of this match against San Jose Earthquakes, coming away with what turned out to be quite a comfortable win.

Thanks to several absences, Seattle lined up in yet another look for the starting XI, including Jordy Delem paired with Gustav Svensson in the defensive midfield, Cristian Roldan in a more free central attacking role, and the first start for new right back Kelvin Leerdam.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Highlights, Stats and quotes

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"The psychological advantage comes not only from our place in the standings, but also the way we're winning games. Winning always helps your confidence." -Brian Schmetzer

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 3 - San Jose Earthquakes 0

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Alan Kelly

Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Jeffrey Hosking

Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 43,528

Weather: 72 degrees and sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Cristian Roldan (Gustav Svensson, Kelvin Leerdam) 54'

SEA - Cristian Roldan 56'

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (Joevin Jones) 65'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SJ - Jackson Yueill (caution) 57'

SJ - Anibal Godoy (caution) 60'

SJ - Andres Imperiale (caution) 87'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Harry Shipp 84'), Román Torres - captain, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Jordy Delem, Brad Evans (Aaron Kovar 71'), Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones (Tony Alfaro 86'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Seyi Adekoya, Henry Wingo, Zach Mathers

Total shots: 19 (Roldan, 5)

Shots on goal: 5 (Roldan, 3)

Fouls: 5 (Five players, 1)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 8 (Jones, 6)

Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)

San Jose Earthquakes - David Bingham; Andres Imperiale, Florian Jungwirth, Victor Bernardez; Nick Lima, Jackson Yueill, Jahmir Hyka (Quincy Amarikwa 80'), Anibal Godoy, Tommy Thompson (Shea Salinas 71'); Chris Wondolowski - captain, Danny Hoesen (Vako 62')

Substitutes not used: Andrew Tarbell, Cordell Cato, Fatai Alashe, Simon Dawkins

Total shots: 12 (Hoesen, 3)

Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)

Fouls: 15 (Godoy, 4)

Offside: 2 (Wondolowski/Hoesen, 1)

Corner-kicks: 4 (Hyka, 4)

Saves: 2 (Bingham, 3)

POST-MATCH QUOTES:

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On the confidence of Cristian Roldan:

"You can tell when he came back from national team camp that that kind of energized him a little bit.

D.C. United surrender three goal lead, lose 4-3 to Seattle Sounders

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An epic, historical collapse saw United throw away their best half of the season

For 50 minutes, D.C. United looked like a team energized by the Gold Cup break, but after 90 minutes against the Seattle Sounders, normalcy was restored. Up 3-0 after Lloyd Sam's goal in the 50th minute, United conspired to throw it all away, conceding four goals in the final 40 minutes of the game, falling 4-3 at CenturyLink Field.

Stefan Frei takes home Save of the Week honors

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And, once again, it was Jozy Altidore he was robbing.

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei has a knack for make exceptional saves against Toronto FC. During MLS Cup, it was "The Save" against Jozy Altidore that kept them in the game and eventually led to the Sounders first ever MLS Cup.

Last week, Frei made yet another exceptional save on Altidore.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Community player ratings form

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Let's rate the individual performances in this feel-good home win.

The Seattle Sounders started the 2017 home series at CenturyLink Field off right with a 3-1 victory, and now it's time for us to break down the win to the individual performances.

There's plenty of interest for raters in this match.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal: Lineup includes former Impact midfielder Harry Shipp

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Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.

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.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Lineup includes Clint Dempsey

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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.

2017 MLS season preview and predictions

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The MLS offseason is drawing to a close, with opening day in Portland less than two weeks away.

After an exciting 2016 season, MLS sees two new teams join the league for 2017 with Atlanta United and Minnesota United making their debuts.

Here is a preview of the season to come as well as predictions on where the teams will finish in their respective conferences:

MLS WESTERN CONFERENCE

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2017 MLS season preview and predictions

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The MLS offseason is drawing to a close, with opening day in Portland less than two weeks away.

After an exciting 2016 season, MLS sees two new teams join the league for 2017 with Atlanta United and Minnesota United making their debuts.

Here is a preview of the season to come as well as predictions on where the teams will finish in their respective conferences:

MLS WESTERN CONFERENCE

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Roman Torres

Roman Torres says he’s fine after injury scare

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International break didn't turn out to be quite as busy for the Sounders as expected.

This international break was shaping up to be a busy one for the Seattle Sounders, with a record nine players called up to their respective national teams. In the end, though, it wasn't all that.

Only Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) started in two games, while Oniel Fisher (Jamaica), Roman Torres (Panama) Clint Dempsey (United States) and Jordan Morris (USA) were the only others to even start one.

Gustav Svensson's best role with Sounders is up for debate

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As the team approaches full health in defense, four writers discuss what should be done with Svensson

At the beginning of the year the Seattle Sounders took advantage of the changing rules in China to nab Gustav Svensson. At the time it seemed like he was merely a depth signing. Now, just over a third of the season has passed and the Swede is a key player on the team, with a role that is still evolving.

Roman Torres injury update: Hamstring, not knee cause for removal

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Seriousness of injury still undetermined, though.

The last time Roman Torres played at Avaya Stadium, he suffered an ACL tear that kept him out for nearly a year. Saturday's return wasn't quite as disastrous, but it wasn't exactly great either. (Editor's note: It turned out he played at Avaya last year in another 1-1 tie.

Atlanta United’s leading scorer will miss Sounders match

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Injury will keep the Josef Martinez out of action for over a month.

The Seattle Sounders have caught a bit of a break when it comes to slowing down Atlanta United's vaunted attack, as the timetable for Josef Martinez's return is weeks not days. The Venezuelan striker's left quad injury will hold him out four to six weeks, which of course rules him out for this weekend's match against Seattle.

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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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.

Cristian Roldan

Three Sounders called in to USMNT

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Dempsey, Roldan and Morris all called in along with six other Sounders for international duty.

It is a good thing Seattle Sounders FC aren't playing during the upcoming International Break. An MLS high nine players have been tapped by their national teams to take part in the upcoming set of World Cup Qualifiers.

Three Sounders called in to USMNT

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Dempsey, Roldan and Morris all called in along with six other Sounders for international duty.

It is a good thing Seattle Sounders FC aren't playing during the upcoming International Break. An MLS high nine players have been tapped by their national teams to take part in the upcoming set of World Cup Qualifiers.

Sounders are first team in MLS history to win a game after trailing 3-0

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They're also first team in MLS history to erase two three-goal deficits in a single season.

Through 50 minutes, the Seattle Sounders couldn't do anything right. Facing the worst team in the league at home, they were trailing 3-0 and had only managed to take four shots, none of which were on frame.

Nicolas Lodeiro

Clint Dempsey doubles Seattle’s lead

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Chad Marshall also earned his second assist of the season for his part in the set piece goal

Less than 10 minutes after the Sounders' opening goal, Seattle again punished Minnesota United's defense when Gustav Svensson picked up a short corner from Nicolas Lodeiro and fired it into the United box.

Gustav Svensson scores the equalizer in the 74th minute

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Sounders comeback culminates in Svensson's goal from Lodeiro's corner

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— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 20, 2017

I think we all saw it coming, but Gustav Svensson made it happen by finding the Sounders' equalizer in the 74th minute from a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick.

Brian Schmetzer

Sounders ready to use July break as “midseason reset”

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The Sports Science department is hard at work developing individual programs for every player on the roster

With only a few weeks to go until his one-year anniversary as head coach of Seattle Sounders FC, Brian Schmetzer is again looking for ways to boost his team into the playoffs and beyond in the second half of the season.

Sounders vs. Red Bulls recap: Celebrations all over

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What started with the MLS Cup banner reveal ended with a second-half full of goals.

Anyone still harboring concerns over the potency of the Seattle Sounders offense in this early part of the season can breathe a bit easier. An early penalty by Clint Dempsey was followed by second-half goals from Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp, as the Sounders earned a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: DeAndre Yedlin is back from injury

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Atlanta's stadium is delayed till September.

Seattle

The Tacoma Rainiers are getting some special new jerseys, designed by a fifth grader for Tacoma Public Schools night. It looks awesome and has all the iconic sights of the city. I'm not even joking, I want one.

Not a fan of the nickname "Goose" for Gustav Svensson?

Antonio Delamea earns first MLS Team of the Week selection

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The center back received much-deserved recognition from the league this week.

It didn't take long for Major League Soccer to notice Antonio Delamea.

In just his fourth MLS start, the Slovenian center back earned a spot on mlssoccer.com's Team of the Week beside Timbers defender Marco Farfan and Sounders defender Gustav Svensson.

The Rest

Sounders vs. Houston Dyanmo: Player Ratings

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Seattle won 1-nil, with defensive midfielder Gustav Svensson earning the Man of the Match from SaH player rater Realio. Chad Marshall earned the nod from the community.

The home game last Sunday night ended 1-0 to the good guys, and the Seattle Sounders dominated play for much of the game. The Houston Dynamo were contained by a strong Seattle defense that limited opportunities for the away side while creating its own chances throughout the game.

Onyewu signed, Union bits, MLSPU statement on travel ban, Expansion Bid Deadline Day, more

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Reaction to Onyewu signing and other Union news as the team heads to Florida. Steel signs Moar, transfers Akinyode. Players Union "deeply concerned" by Trump travel ban. Expansion bid submission deadline today. More news.

Sweden international joins Sounders

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Gustav Svensson will provide much needed depth at defensive midfield.

The one glaring hole in the Seattle Sounders' roster was filled on Monday when the team officially announced the signing of defensive midfielder Gustav Svensson. The 29-year-old gives the Sounders a veteran presence to offset what was starting to look like an exceptionally young bench

Svensson spent last year starting 28 of 30 matches for Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, who finished sixth in the most recent campaign.