Wednesday, September 12, 7:30pm
Bazi Bierbrassiere, 1522 SE 32nd Ave
Free to the public (21+)
(Attendees are encouraged to make a $5.00 donation at the door to OPI or bring a pair of new or
slightly used men's, women's, or kids soccer cleats.)
There will also be an OPI raffle with amazing items from:
Collins Lake Resort, Ski Bowl, Rack Attack, Portland Timbers, Bazi, TA No Pity Van, Green Flag, The
BeerMongers, Snowrider PDX, Underdog Sports Leagues, Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story, XI
Quarterly, Dave Knows Portland, New Deal Distillery, Gigantic Brewing Company, Steven Lenhart
Photography, Disklandia Poster Art, Douglas Zimmerman Photography, Author Alon Rabb, Green Drop
Garage, Pele Sports, The Garden Spout.
Steven Lenhart: the most polarizing character in the league? I have a friend who happens to be an
MLS fan, and he recently swept through town on business. He is from Seattle and is, predictably, a
Sounders fan. All of the well-worn tropes you just snapped to in your mind about Sounders fans?
Most apply here.
Soccer-lite. That sums up the US men's national team performance against Jamaica yesterday. As
if the players had been sinking Bud Light while the Jamaicans were hitting the hooch. The US
performance was thin and weak. And it is time for coach Jurgen Klinsmann to flush it away before it
is too late.
Teams around MLS at the first third of the season were worried about the forward pairing of
Thiery Henry and Kenny Cooper. They were as good as can be. It was a big-small style of pairing
with Henry playing behind Cooper and doing it as well as couple be done. Then emerged Chris
Wondolowski and his duel pairings.
The Chicago Fire returned home from San Jose and resumed training Tuesday morning, shaking off
the late equalizer provided by Steven Lenhart as the team now puts the Western Conference in the
rear-view mirror, facing only Eastern Conference foes for the remainder of the season.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee had plenty of incidents to sift through from this past week, and
three more players have received bans for harsh fouls.
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Gershon Koffie, Montreal Impact defender Hassoun Camara and San
Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez were all suspended for a game and fined an undisclosed
amount for their actions.
There was no late match heroics for San Jose this time around, as they built themselves too big
of a hole to come back from thanks to a two goal defecit. After falling behind early, Montreal
charged back, scoring three unanswered goals, and winning their fourth consecutive home match 3-1
at Stade Saputo on Saturday.
It sure didn't take long for the San Jose Earthquakes to climb back atop the ladder.
More late heroics gave San Jose a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, pushing the
Earthquakes back to the No. 1 spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after they had been
dethroned the week prior by the Houston Dynamo.
That was certainly not how the Seattle Sounders imagined this week going. Losing to both
Sporting Kansas City and the San Jose Earthquakes would have been bad enough, but doing it in the
way they did makes it almost unfathomable.
The more depressing loss was the penalty shootout on Wednesday, but the way the Sounders lost
2-1 on Saturday was just pouring salt on the wound.
While few could've predicted how it would happen, it would be hard for anyone to be surprised by
what the San Jose Earthquakes pulled off Saturday night.
In what has become the latest in a series of astonishing late heroics by San Jose, Steven
Lenhart scored a 93rd-minute winner to stun the Seattle Sounders and earn the Earthquakes a 2-1
victory at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Seattle Sounders FC managed to pull even with the San Jose Earthquakes in the 92nd minute when
Fredy Montero poached a goal on a long throw-in. Unfortunately for the Seattle side that had
weathered so much pressure with a reduced lineup the game lasted just over a minute when Steven
Lenhart worked his late game set-play magic and gave the 'Quakes the 2-1 winner.
San Jose is an odd team. They actually give up more goals early in the game. They and the
Sounders both score more often in the second half, but tonight with Seattle being exhausted from a
compact schedule they could push for an early goal well as fresh as they can be and sit back. This
kind of cynical tactic is rarely used by Sigi Schmid, but today it makes sense.
Saturday night's 7:30 PM KONG televised game between the Seattle Sounders FC and the San Jose
Earthquakes could be Seattle's last chance at the top of the Western Conference. With the one game
in hand, two games against the 'Quakes and only seven points difference, this is the chance that
any team asks for within their season.
Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of
the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Brian O'Connell and Sean Donahue contributed
rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team.
I was ready to let Saturday go. I really was. The breaks are the breaks. Head referee Chris
Penso called for 5 minutes of extra time in this past weekend's Chicago Fire vs. San Jose
Earthquakes game but Chris Lenhart was able to score a goal in the 98th minute of play anyway. I'm
sure somewhere down the line the Chicago Fire will benefit from a time keeping error (perhaps this
was even cosmic payback for a mistake in the past).
For more than 90 minutes on Saturday night, Sean Johnson was a wall the San jose Earthquakes
simply couldn't get past. The Chicago Fire goalkeeper was enjoying a dream game and looked like he
was on his way to another shutout win.
An inordinate amount of stoppage time, and San Jose's penchant for late goals spoiled the night
for Johnson and the Fire.
Coming in to last night's game against the San Jose Earthquakes, nobody was really sure which
Timbers team would show up. Would it be the team that battled and earned wins against the likes of
Sporting Kansas City and the Seattle Sounders or the confused group that was torched for three
goals only three days before by the Colorado Rapids?
The San Jose Earthquakes were the ones making a major statement in Week 17, knocking off the
resurgent Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3 in front of a massive crowd at Stanford Stadium. On a night where
the promise of fireworks helped swell the gate to 50,391. Steven Lenhart opened the scoring for the
Quakes in the 7th minute, with David Beckham equalizing in the 31st.
With the All-Star break on the horizon, conversations tend to steer towards who the best players in
MLS are and who deserves the call up. However, now the those questions lend themselves to the
follow up of which team in the league deserves the title of "best".
A week after coming back from a two-goal deficit to post a vital victory against Real Salt Lake,
the LA Galaxy found themselves on the wrong end of such a comeback, with the San Jose Earthquakes
finding yet another way to pull off a late-game result.
The Galaxy jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first-half of Saturday night's California Clasico,
but San Jose responded immediately to forge a comeback.
We take our eyes off the MLS for a week and this happens (aka Steven Lenhart Wig Night)? For
goodness sake, it isn't like we haven't got enough to deal with already. Image: Thearon W.
One of the more insignificant downsides of Saturday's draw, I was a mere seconds away from being
able to make a Tony Robbins reference in the headline of this post. I actually saw them preparing
the coals for this. They were burning them on a bridge downtown. That's what you get for being
stupid enough to listen to Tony Robbins, San Jose.
Remember when I said this week was gonna be hectic? Well here's your proof. It's a few hours from
game day and I'm just not putting up my preview interview form earlier this week. This also means
that tonight we'll use an abbreviated match thread.
In any case, I was lucky enough to interview Robert Jonas of fellow SB Nation blog: Quake,
Rattle and Goal to help us figure out exactly who this San Jose side is, and why they're so damn
good right now.
Feuerstein's Fire #116 Tuesday, September 4th 8PM EDT – 5PM PDT Guests: Blake Compton of the
Hudson Street Hooligans discusses the Crew's new acqusitions Steven Lenhart of the Timbers Army
discusses the new hire for 2013 Caleb Porter NASL Segment: ...
Good morning and welcome to this Monday edition of Musket Rounds. We have kind of a meager
lineup for you today, but that doesn't mean the quality of the news has dropped; far from it. It's
just Monday, and it's right after yet another ugly New England Revolution loss, so perhaps
our hearts just aren't in it today.
Their Words "Whether it is the first minute or the last minute, we are playing hard and creating
chances. We are playing for each other and we are having success. That shows at the end of games."
San Jose forward Steven Lenhart. Other Sources Though painful to watch, Mexico's success helps the
U.S. national team - from Goal.
With the whirlwind that was yesterday and the close of the transfer window behind us, it's time
to look forward to tonight's game. Unfortunately I didn't hear back from the Quakes blog editor for
a 3 questions exchange. Instead, I am here this morning to bring you a preview with a few things I
will be looking for in tonight's match up.