Harry Shipp

Seattle Sounders

Sounders at Columbus Crew, recap: This is a bad road team

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Crew win 3-nil after goals by Higuain, Meram and Ola Kamara

In their past three road games, the Seattle Sounders lost all three with a -9 goal differential. Wednesday's loss was partially due to call-ups, injuries and a lineup gamble that failed. Columbus Crew SC exploited the spaces where Jordy Delem and Oniel Fisher played in scoring their first two goals, and then coasted to a 3-nil win.

Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders Preview Interview

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It is rivalry week for the Portland Timbers as they head north to take on the Seattle Sounders in this weekend's Cascadia clash. The Sounders might be mired in a post-cup malaise, but they are still a difficult side to beat at CenturyLink Field, particularly as they look to scrap their way up above the red line.

Sounders snap losing streak against shorthanded Real Salt Lake

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SEATTLE It was a discombobulated, unlikely thing, the goal that snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon as the Seattle Sounders defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 in front of 40,588 at CenturyLink Field.

After the Sounders dominated the first half, Harry Shipp delivered the game's lone goalin the 42nd minute on a play that saw no fewer than three deflections.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Community player ratings form

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Another unsuccessful performance by a makeshift lineup for your rating pleasure.

This time the Seattle Sounders took their show on the road, treating the Chicago Fire fans at Toyota Park to a great show. The traveling supporters in green, though, had to settle for disappointment again. Despite an energetic start, Seattle fell apart in the last third of the match for a 4-1 loss.

Seattle Sounders vs. Club Necaxa, recap: Friendlies don’t mean much

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Alvaro Fernandez scores Seattle's only goal in a 1-1 draw.

Facing Club Necaxa with a depleted roster, the Seattle Sounders took a one-nil lead but failed to hold on to it in the last minutes of the match. The 1-1 draw in a friendly means little. It was the Rave Green veterans that showed the best form in the game.

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.

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:

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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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Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, Desert Friendlies: Highlights, stats and quotes

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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.

Chicago Fire

Harry Shipp “feels good” about second Chicago homecoming

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Now that the midfielder is settled and happy in Seattle, returning to the Fire feels much more bearable

It's no surprise that Seattle Sounders midfielder Harry Shipp feels somewhat bittersweet going into this weekend's road match at Chicago Fire. Not only did Shipp grow up in nearby Lake Forest, but he also grew up a fan of the Fire.

The importance of going local

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The Chicago Fire's trade of hometown boy Harry Shipp is a potential cautionary tale for other MLS clubs, including Philadelphia Union, to heed. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Shipp ready to go all-in with Impact following 'shocking' Fire trade

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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.

Paunovic calls on Fire players to step up in wake of 'difficult' Shipp trade

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The Chicago Fire caused major waves this past weekend by dealing fan favorite Harry Shipp, but head coachVeljko Paunovic insists that both the club and player will be better for it.

Shipp was traded to the Montreal Impact on Saturday, yielding general and targeted allocation money.

MLS Ticker: Perez-Rosales trade, Timbers, Fire and more

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Two MLS veteran are switching Western Conference clubs this Tuesday, while the MLS Cup champions are close to adding another winger.

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the acquisition of Blas Perez, signing the 34-year-old Panamanian striker to a one-year deal.

Report: Fire trading Harry Shipp to Impact

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A new era is beginning for the Chicago Fire, and Harry Shipp is reportedlynot going to be part of it.

A report by ChicagoNow.com is claiming the Fire have dealt the Fire homegrown standout to the Montreal Impact, in exchange for General Allocation Money and Targeted Allocation Money.

“Dos a Cero”, Remember the Alamo, But Don’t Forget Your Raincoat

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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.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (0) at Los Angeles Galaxy (2)

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Robbie Keane welcomes primetime MLS television viewers to the 2015 season.

It's too late to say anything overly positive or overly critical, so OTF's Brian Howe Battle does both.

"Yallop was once asked if he might be tempted to roll out a 4-3-3 and he replied, wryly, 'You can call it whatever you like, but you already know what it will be.

Clint Dempsey

Harry Shipp already looks perfect for Seattle’s attack

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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.

Clint Dempsey passes fitness test with flying colors

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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.

Montreal Impact

After leaving Fire, Harry Shipp impresses in Impact debut

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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.

Fire trade to Shipp to Montreal

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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.

Fire Put Crushing Blow on Montreal Impact

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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.

OTF Roundtables

OTF Roundtable: Shipp’s Sale

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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.

OTF Roundtable: Do the Chicago Fire Deserve Harry Shipp?

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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.

Chris Ritter

Fire changes continue - 9 player options declined, 4 renewed

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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.

Fire add Patrick Doody as Homegrown Player

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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.

Parchman

Soccer Morning (4.10.15) Will Parchman

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Will Parchman.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

On the show, Parchman discusses a variety of MLS topics including LAFC, Haji Wright, Harry Shipp.

Soccer Morning (4.10.15) Will Parchman

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Will Parchman.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

On the show, Parchman discusses a variety of MLS topics including LAFC, Haji Wright, Harry Shipp.

The Rest

We finally get to see Brian Schmetzer use squad rotation

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With three games in eight days the Sounders will need to use their healthy, but not fully-fit players in a rotation.

During last year's miracle run to win MLS Cup, Brian Schmetzer's changes to the starting XI were nearly always due to player health. He rode the squad hard, and it paid off. Most changes this year are also due to player health.

Harry Shipp scores his first Seattle goal to make it 3-1

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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.

Sounders roll out reserve-heavy lineup vs. Atlanta United

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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.

Major Link Soccer - Sacramento’s Chaotic Bid

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Previously seen as a sure thing, MLS to Sacramento may now be in question.

Seattle

Harry Shipp doesn't know where he will be playing on the field, but he knows that he wants to be there for a while.

Sacramento

Sacramento to MLS seemed completely inevitable right until the moment the bid all but fell apart.

3 Revolution Players Who Could Depart During the MLS Expansion Draft

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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.

The Kids Are Alright: The Chicago Fire are the New Cubs

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Afterwhat was a pretty successful leaguerun for the first decade or so of their existence, Chicago'sstill-young franchise had begun to stall.

It was a newcenturyandthere was a clear need for change. The ownerousted theirmanager (a beloved former player) and the vacuum that remained caused an even further dip in performance.

Shipp Praises Caldwell’s Work

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There weren't a plethora of positives for the Revolution to take from Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Fire, but one of the game's central figures singled out praise for the locals' central midfielders.

Fire midfielder Harry Shipp, who scored the game-winner and assisted on the equalizer, said that his squad was given a stiff challenge by Jermaine Jones and Scott Caldwell during the first half.

PRIME YOUR FIRE PUMP: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Early season race to the bottom in store for Sunday

OTF'sJon Denham returns to get you ready for the first Eastern Conference fixture of 2015...

Come on, you men in red!

Quite literally, that is. Come ON. You. Men In Red.

I have not seen a distinct lack of effort so far in 2015.

Fantasy Focus: Accommodating Visitors

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Boo this man.

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.

Shipp loses out on Rookie of the Year award

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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.