Brian Schmetzer

Major Link Soccer: Michael Bradley might be a wrestling heel

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Also: MLS offseason updates, and US Soccer's power vacuum problem


This season there has been a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost we have one more home game!

After Seattle earned another clean sheet and scored two away goals in its 2-0 win in the first leg of the Western Division championship, FiveThirtyEight has upped the probability that Sounders will advance to the MLS Cup to 97%, best odds of any remaining team.

Major Link Soccer: Save the Crew unveil open letter to MLS leadership

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Oba's still doing Oba things


These playoffs have illustrated Clint Dempsey's immense desire for a MLS cup, and regardless of how Seattle's cup defense ends, he'll keep things interesting.

This may sound familiar: a crucial Obafemi Martins' strike has lead his team to a lead in the first leg of China's FA Cup final.

15 facts you must know as Sounders start their MLS Cup Playoffs campaign

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Trivia, statistics and more about this year's MLS Cup Playoffs

While the MLS Cup Playoffs start this week the Seattle Sounders get to watch. Their participation begins on Sunday (5:30 PM, ESPN). Seattle's season and history give us a moment to discover just a few more amazing things about the Sounders and coach Brian Schmetzer.

Oalex Anderson suffers setback on injured knee

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The speedy winger was apparently close to returning to full training.

Oalex Anderson suffered what appears to be a somewhat significant setback in his quest to return from a torn ACL he suffered the day before MLS Cup last season. The speedy winger had been training with the Sounders since at least May and was apparently close to being able to become a full participant at practices.

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.

Seattle Sounders

You no longer need reminders

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The Western Conference Finals finally start tonight

This community is unified by our love of the Seattle Sounders, our love of the Puget Sound. For 19 days we waited, struggling to remember that the MLS Cup Playoffs were still going.

For 19 days, the team trained, rested, scrimmaged.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/14/17

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Enjoy today's links

Philadelphia Union News

Bethlehem Steel FC's 2017 Success Tied to Brendan Burke's Growth as a Coach
Competing in the United Soccer League, one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, affords the opportunity for clubs to learn and compete at a high level.

Super Sciency MLS Cup Prediction

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You know those articles that use fancy numbers to predict things? This isn't one of those articles.

People like to say that the MLS Cup Playoffs are a crapshoot, where skill doesn't matter and luck reigns supreme. Those people have probably never won an MLS Cup, because now that the Seattle Sounders have, let me tell you, only the greatest team who ever existed is capable of winning the MLS Cup (until someone other than Seattle does, that is).

Major Link Soccer: MLS Playoffs start now

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


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.

Dempsey y Morris en el equipo ideal de Copa Oro

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A Jordan MORRIS y Clint DEMPSEY, les fue mas que bien en la Copa Oro que concluyó ayer con la victoria de Estados Unidos 2-1 sobre Jamaica para sumar su sexto trofeo de esta competencia desde 1991. A los delanteros de los Seattle Sounders FC los incluyeron en el equipo ideal del torneo. Bob BRADLEY, .

Why the Philadelphia Union’s season is not over

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Believe it or not, all is not lost.

Since losing to the New York Red Bulls in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night, fans have taken to social media claiming that the season is over. To claim that your season dictated by league performance is over due to exiting a regional tournament is a bit of an overreaction.

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.

New CCL rules keep the Sounders spot in 2018

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We have a little more clarity on the 2018 CONCACAF tournament.

We finally have a little clarity on when and how the Seattle Sounders will participate in CONCACAF Champions League. After winning MLS Cup, the Sounders received one of the four automatic bids. They will be joined by FC Dallas (US Open Cup), Colorado Rapids (Supporters' Shield runner-up) and the New York Red Bulls (best record in the East).

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Three Questions

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It cannot be stressed enough. The Red Bull way rules in Harrison.

It all returns Sunday (4 PM, FS1). There will be festivities and wonderment at the raising of an MLS Cup banner. We will again stand with our friends. The Seattle Sounders season returns in full with a home game against the New York Red Bulls, who are still searching for their Cup.

You got your own star, now get your own MLS Cup

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Not THE MLS Cup, mind you, but this miniature one is pretty darn cool.

Fresh of ensuring that fans can get championship stars on all current jerseys, the Seattle Sounders are about to start handing out MLS Cup. Seriously.

Want your own #MLSCup?

2016 Player Profile #4: Jordan Morris

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He's already won the Hermann Trophy, the MLS Rookie of the Year, the NCAA Championship and an MLS Cup. He's only 22.

It is easy to forget that at this time last year Jordan Morris was barely a professional soccer player. Just a year into his career, the Seattle Sounders forward has certainly put his stamp on the league, winning Rookie of the Year, Sounder at Heart's Young Player of Year, and an MLS Cup.

2016 Player Profile #9: Clint Dempsey

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All three of Clint's major club trophies came with the Seattle Sounders. He also won the Gold Cup twice.

Any discussion about Clint Dempsey's 2016 starts and stops with the heart issues that forced him to watch the Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, rather than take the field with them. There's great news on that front.

2016 Player Profile #21: Oalex Anderson

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Oalex Anderson won an MLS Cup in 2016.

Blessed with amazing speed, Oalex Anderson may be the best active player from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Just 21, the youngster will have to recover from a major knee injury suffered just prior to MLS Cup before he finds a new team, or returns to the Seattle Sounders.

New York Red Bulls

How to Watch MLS Playoffs: TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings, and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. New York Red Bulls versus Toronto FC: Toronto FC set the all-time record for points in a single season this year with 69 points over 34 games, but after being the losing team in last year's MLS Cup they know that regular season records only go so far.

Seven more reasons to go to the game on Sunday

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Get there early. There will be the largest opening day crowd in Sounders history.

Finally, we get to see the Seattle Sounders play at home for the first time this season after they opened up with two games on the road. Prior to the game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls, there will be tons of different things you can do to get ready.

MLS Cup banner will be raised at home opener

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Sounders expanding seating to home opener for first time in history to accommodate increased demand. You should be there.

Due to high demand more tickets are available for the home opener against the New York Red Bulls on March 19 (4 PM, FS1). The Seattle Sounders will have MLS Cup giveaways and are raising their first-ever MLS Cup banner into the rafters at CenturyLink Field.

FC Dallas

Sounders vs FC Dallas: Three Questions

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This is now a 4:30 PM game on FS1. Plan your day around it.

It's crunch time in MLS. Half the games are at 2 PM (Eastern Conference) and the other half are at 4:30 PM (Western Conference). There are merely two games left, for everyone. The MLS Cup Playoffs are just 10 days away. Seattle Sounders are 4th in the West, just a point above going on the road for the play-in round.

Sounders at FC Dallas, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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JOEtv, Univision-Seattle and MLS Live are carrying the 5 PM match. Watch with us.

Way back in March these two teams were expected to contend for the Western Conference title and MLS Cup. Then the season got in the way. Seattle Sounders FC started slow but is now in middle of a strong, but flawed, run.

Stefan Frei

Was Stefan Frei’s MLS Cup save ‘perfect’?

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Sounders goalkeeping coach Tommy Dutra thinks it was.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Tommy Dutra has watched "The Save" countless times. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeping coach makes a living finding faults in otherwise stellar plays. He looks for elements that could be better, a slightly sharper read of the play, a more efficient use of the goalkeeper's body, better control of the rebound.

2016 Player Profile #3: Stefan Frei

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The MLS Cup was his seventh major trophy. He was also the MVP of the game.

Stefan Frei's 2016 and MLS Cup performaces entered him into the United States goalkeeper picture. His citizenship is nearly finished and then he will make the switch. Now entering his fourth season with the Seattle Sounders, the 30-year-old is approaching the peak age period for high-end keepers.

Philadelphia Union

Major Link Soccer: Philadelphia Union to host a town hall

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Union hope to connect with fans, UEFA is going ABBA, and Schelotto is tied to LAFC.


MLS, thanks largely to the Sounders, have been tied to harvesting Boca Juniors for players, but now LAFC is tied to taking something else - a manager. Guillermo Barros Schelotto appears to be in the running to take the helm for the expansion club.

Bobby Wood injured, Messi brace and European recap: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/20/17

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Spring hopes eternal, as do the links.

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union: Improvement is needed from the midfield
The Philadelphia Union season has gotten off to a sputtering start as they sit at 0-1-2 through three games.

Post-match quotes: Union vs.

Major League Soccer

MLS Midweek Preview: Orlando City faces TFC, Sporting KC hosts Red Bulls

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The top two teams in the Eastern Conference will look to create some separation at the top of the standings during a rare midweek slate in Major League Soccer.

Orlando City tops the East after two months of play, but the Lions face their toughest test yet with a trip to BMO Field to take on MLS Cup runner-up Toronto FC.

More MLS Predictions

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Let's talk silver and prizes...MLS Cup Toronto FC def. PortlandGolden Boot1 - Fanendo Adi, Portland2 - David Villa3 - Jozy AltidoreDefender of the Year1 - Matt Hedges, FC Dallas2 - Jelle Van Damme3 - Roman TorresRookie of the Year1 - Ian Harkes, D.C. United2 - Jackson Yueill3 - Nick LimaNewcomer of the Year1 - David Guzman, Portland2 - Jonathan Mensah3 - (tie) Nemanja Nikolic & Alberth

The Rest

News roundup: MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland, more

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MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo, Western Conference Finals: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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For the Seattle Sounders to defend their MLS Cup they must beat the first team to eject them from the MLS Cup Playoffs. In 2009 it was the Houston Dynamo who were the mighty powers, recently with two MLS Cups and favored. It took until extra time in the second leg for the Dynamo to beat the upstart Sounders.

MLS Cup playoffs, Last Call at RFK, and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/27/2017

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Bill Hamid says goodbye, plus NWSL draft details

Woke up on the couch with this not done at 6:15am, thoughts of two extremely different MLS Cup playoff games rattling around in my head. Let's get to the links:

D.C. United's final game at RFK Stadium, in photos | Black and Red United
Caitlin Buckley took some pretty great photos on Sunday.

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: Sebastian Giovinco had a bad feeling about MLS Cup

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and U17 World Cup preview


Even though it's been almost ten months since the Sounders won MLS Cup, it's always nice to talk about the historic win. Apparently, Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco had a feeling Toronto would lose to Seattle.

Seattle is one step closer to hosting a match during the 2026 World Cup.

From Shield to Cup

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It's not lost on anybody in MLS that the US Open Cup and the Supporters' Shield are secondary to the MLS Cup. You can go ahead and add the CONCACAF Champions League title in as well. Winning the MLS title is what counts most, and that requires navigating the playoffs. It's also not lost on anybody in MLS that the playoffs often aren't reflective of regular season performance.

MLS releases playoff schedule, broadcasts, and MLS Cup Final date

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Major League Soccer released the date and start time for every match of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, and the Final to be hosted by the qualifying team with the best regular season record.

The MLS championship match will be played on Dec. 9 and kick off at 4:00 p.

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Roy Larner took on the trio because "I'm Millwall" also could Jordan Morris replace Romelu Lukaku?


One fan is breaking down how to get the boys back to the MLS Cup because right now, they are just average.


What do Romelu Lukaku and Jordan Morris have in common? They are strikers.

Behold! Your Defending MLS Cup Champions, the Reigning Kings

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The 2017 campaign is upon us.

To date, none of the poems to start a season were after winning MLS Cup. They were full of optimism, provincial thoughts and pride in Puget Sound. They've been wrapped in love, in greens, in blues and in shales. These opening season poems, whether metered, rhyming or free thought, were never about a reigning MLS Cup winner.

2016 Player Profile #5: Chad Marshall

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The Air Marshall has many trophies - three Defender of the Year awards, three Best XIs, four Supporters' Shield, one US Open Cup and now two MLS Cup.

If one were to look up MLS centerback in the dictionary they should find Chad Marshall. The Seattle Sounders have thrived with him there both in their up-tempo Supporters' Shield winning season as well as the gritty 2017 MLS Cup.

2016 Player Profile #14: Nelson Haedo Valdez

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The 2016 MLS Cup was Valdez' sixth major trophy.

Nelson Haedo Valdez turned 33 just prior to winning MLS Cup with the Seattle Sounders FC. In 2016 he was an all-effort forward who had difficulty scoring. Valdez left the Sounders to join Cerro Porteño, enabling Seattle to possibly sign a new DP.