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.
The Sounders staff (and the fans) got a better look at how the squad is taking shape in 2017.
The Seattle Sounders played their first match of the 2017 preseason, and that's exactly what it looked like. A mixed squad with plenty of new players got up to real game speed and got to know each other better, all while putting in a respectable performance against the Timbers.
The midfielder brings yet another dynamic, creative presence to an already explosive attack
It took a couple matches for him to get there, but after Harry Shipp's performance in the Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the young midfielder is starting to look like the final piece to Seattle's attacking puzzle.
Sounders performance analyst happy with Dempsey's progress.
Seattle Sounders FC's annual beep test establishes baseline fitness. Getting a baseline maximum aerobic heart rate is more important than winning it. Since professional soccer players are involved, though, it becomes a competition.
Following his emotional exit from the Chicago Fire in the offseason, Harry Shipp turned in a remarkable performance for the Montreal Impact on opening day.
Shipp, who said he was almost brought to tears after receiving the news that he would no longer be a part of the Fire in 2016, assisted the Impact's first goal of the season en route to helping his side earn a crucial three points vs.
The future stars of Major League Soccer will be on display on Monday evening in the first annual MLS Homegrown Player game.
The 20-man MLS Homegrown squad will take on the Portland Timbers Under-23s on Monday night at Providence Park, kicking off the MLS All-Star Game festivities, and featuring some rising stars that could be suiting up for the U.
For the first 24 years of his life, Harry Shipp embodied Chicago soccer. Locally born, raised and trained, Shipp emerged as a fan favoritefor the Chicago Fire while developing a repuation as the local face of the franchise.
The relationship between player and hometown club ended last weekend, as Shipp was suddenly traded to the Montreal Impact.
True to the mission statement ofOTF, my recap of last night's United States vs. Mexico match will be a mix of analysis, insight and fluff. I'll mix it up by starting with some insight, followed by some fluff and a snippet of analysis.
Insight: Is a"Friendly" Ever Friendly?
The term "friendly" is a misnomer of sorts when the term involvesUnited State vs.
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's train wreck in San Jose...
After much deliberation since the final whistle of the Fire's 5-1 defeat at San Jose on Wednesday night, I concluded that a train wreck was a better description than a dumpster fire (and I used the dumpster fire after the Columbus road fiasco in May).
This weekend Fire Confidential broke the news that 3rd-year player andfan favoriteHarrison Shippwould be traded to Montreal Impact for General and Targeted Allocation Money.
As a Homegrown Player who spent his childhood and mostof his adult life in the Chicago area, Shipp was as devastated about the transaction,as were Fire fans who saw Harry asa sign of hopeinacity that desperately needed something to cheer about.
Harry shares the sports memorabilia in his old house. (via Chipotle's Being Homegrown)
Near the end of the Fire's third loss in a rowlast Saturday, Alexi Lalas doubled-down on his flattery of second year stand-out Harry Shipp by suggesting thathewas the Fire's only "real" DP, and further stating thatHarry may be"Too Good" to play for Chicago.
Fire Confidential has learned that midfielder Player Harry Shipp has been traded to the Montreal Impact in exchange for a combination of General Allocation and Targeted Allocation Money. In his third season with Chicago, Shipp has had some ups and downs since signing as the club's third ever Homegrown Player in 2014.
The Chicago Fire put on a display of powerful attacking capability en route to a 3:0 demolition of the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The soggy, miserable conditions at Toyota Park seemed to have a bigger effect on Montreal than on the home side. The Impact looked ready to pack it in by halftime.
The Fire announced today that nine players have had their options declined for next season. Among those are Adailton, Jon Busch, Razvan Cocis, Greg Cochrane, Jason Johnson, Alec Kann, Jeff Larentowicz, Lovel Palmer, and Chris Ritter. The loan deal for Daneil Cyrus has expired. In addition to those ten, there are also three players out of contract.
Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss continue to shape the 2015 roster with the addition of Indiana University defender Patrick Doody as the fourth Homegrown Player on the current roster. Doody joins Harry Shipp, Chris Ritter, and Collin Fernandez as HG players under contract going into 2015. Doody, a 6'-0" defender has made several appearances with the Fire Reserves over the last few seasons while playing collegiate soccer at Indiana University where he was a member of the school's 2012 NCAA Championship team.
College freshman with experience suiting up for the Philadelphia Union move into their dorms as they join upperclassmen Academy alumni prepping for the 2014 college soccer season.
A deadly Harry Shipp set piece kept Zach Steffen and Alex Shinsky from tasting College Cup victory at PPL Park in December, but both return to the University of Maryland Terrapins this fall looking for a repeat trip to college soccer's season-ending tournament.
It wasn't the prettiest goal, but the Sounders will take it
Not too long after the Sounders had stopped celebrating their go-ahead goal, Joevin Jones took a rather hopeful shot from outside the box that looked to headed right for Luis Robles. Luckily for the Sounders (and unluckily for Robles), Jones' shot hit his teammate Harry Shipp and deflected into the Red Bulls' near post and out of Robles' reach to make it 3-1 to the Sounders after 78 minutes.
This game could go a long way toward determining who makes the final roster.
With just two games left in their preseason schedule and a few days after their starters played significant minutes, the Seattle Sounders will be trotting out a lineup that will likely go a long way toward determining which players make the final roster.
Will one of these players have to pack his bags for Minnesota or Atlanta?
Atlanta United and Minnesota United will face an embarrassment of riches during Tuesday's MLS expansion draft, when the two clubs will build rosters from a list of more than 120 unprotected MLS players.
The list includes former MLS MVP Mike McGee, one-time Chicago Fire homegrown star Harry Shipp, 2016 MLS Cup Champion Andreas Ivanschitz and Revolution rookie standout Femi Hollinger-Janzen, among dozens of other accomplished names.
It was not a high scoring round, with just 10 goals scored across 8 MLS games, and half of those goals came in Sunday's two matches. With 71 points, Stockholm Syndrome is the leader for the round. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.1) wore the armband and scored 14 points on the strength of a goal scored.
Harry Shipp finished second among voters for the MLS Rookie of the Year award. The honor this season went to FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele. Both players finished with seven goals and Shipp had the edge in assists (6-3) and starts (26-18) but the perception that he hit the "rookie wall" late in the season after a hot start apparently hurt him.