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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.

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.

Sounders vs. Atlanta United, recap: No goals, but lots of fun

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Sounders hit the post twice but can't find the back of the net.

A game that was robbed of much of its star power due to the recent spat of international games still turned out to be an entertaining — if scoreless — affair. The Seattle Sounders probably created more and better chances, hitting the woodwork twice, but couldn't find the back of the net in a 0-0 tie against Atlanta United.

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.

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.

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Cristian Roldan’s goal needs to be seen in slow-motion to be fully appreciated

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There were at least 15 touches on Sounders' goal.

SEATTLE — Soccer is a game where randomness can sometimes decide the outcome. Rarely was that more on display than on Cristian Roldan's opening goal in the Seattle Sounders' 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

The extent of that randomness was captured perfectly by LevyFilms (video above).

Dempsey and Lodeiro named to Team of the Week

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Dempsey had a brace and assist in Seattle's 4-0 win over Minnesota United

While it was a team effort by the Seattle Sounders in their 4-0 win away to Minnesota United, two performances were deemed to be a cut above the rest. Major League Soccer named both Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro to their latest Team of the Week, after the former bagged a brace and an assist, while the latter also had an assist in an all-around excellent showing in Minnesota on Saturday.

Sounders at Minnesota United, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Seattle takes on the Loons. Q13 and Univision-Seattle are carrying the game live.

In their first trip to Minnesota since 2008, the Seattle Sounders are poised to continue a multi-game road unbeaten streak. Minnesota United is an average home team that will be without their best attacking player, as well as a few of the defenders that helped them recover from their horrid start.

Sounders at LA Galaxy, recap: Road point bolsters playoff position

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Seattle now unbeaten in last six matches

A slogging chess match for most of the game, the Seattle Sounders were given the opportunity to play 11 v. 10 for the final few minutes when Jelle Van Damme cleared through Nicolas Lodeiro. It was Van Damme's second yellow of the night. Seattle could not take advantage of the weakened LA Galaxy, though, and settled for a 0-0 draw.

Cristian Roldan credits national team experience for epic performance against San Jose

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The Sounders and USA midfielder said that adapting to the speed of international soccer boosted his confidence

SEATTLE — Thanks to international duty (and Osvaldo Alonso's injury), the last two Seattle Sounders matches looked rather dire as Brian Schmetzer was forced to experiment with his starting XI to compensate for the lack of players.

Brian Schmetzer is about to face tough lineup decisions

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"It's a good problem to have."

TUKWILA, Wash. — You may have noticed that the Seattle Sounders won a few games in a row despite losing several top players. When they play the LA Galaxy on Saturday July 29 (7 PM, ESPN) they'll have most of those players back. Only Osvaldo Alonso is a likely absence as Nicolas Lodeiro returns from suspension and Oniel Fisher, Clint Dempsey, and Jordan Morris return from the Gold Cup.

Sounders draw Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 in midseason friendly

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Clint Dempsey scored Seattle's only goal, just before halftime

With Major League Soccer kicking off its break for the group stages of the Gold Cup, the Seattle Sounders played a friendly against German club Eintracht Frankfurt to keep players fresh and give fringe/S2 guys a chance to impress against a top opponent.

Will Bruin opens the scoring against Orlando

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A great pass by Lodeiro and an even better finish by Bruin

Wednesday's match between the Seattle Sounders and Orlando City was pretty even in the opening 20 minutes, but it was the home side that struck first at CenturyLink Field. Nicolas Lodeiro put in a killer ball from left midfield, and Will Bruin took advantage of a defensive slip by Jonathan Spector to grab the ball and fire it past Joe Bendik to make it 1-0 to Seattle in the 18th minute.

Nicolas Lodeiro’s sixth minute shot was closer to being a goal than you think it was

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Nick Rimando is amazing and so is science.

In the sixth minute Nicolas Lodeiro nearly opened the scoring for the Seattle Sounders in Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake. He had a free kick from a horrible angle about 12 yards from the endline and wide of the 18. Like any confident goalscorer he shot at the near post side of the wall, forcing a brilliant save by Nick Rimando.

Numbers agree, Clint Dempsey and Nico Lodeiro work magic together

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Their slow start to 2017 is nothing to get worked up about.

It doesn't take a tactical genius or a statistical whiz to suss out that the Seattle Sounders play really well when Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey are on the field together. One need only look at the four times they suited up together last year to see what the fully operational battle station looks like.

En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact, recap: Something out of nothing

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Sounders create a miracle at the Big O and draw 2-2 in the 94th minute.

Will Bruin turned a nearly certain road loss into an incredible road draw. His goal in the 94th minute earned the Seattle Sounders their first point of 2016, securing a 2-2 draw. Seattle has yet to lead on the young year, has given up two goals before scoring in both games, and yet magic clearly exists.

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.

Previewing Dynamo vs. Sounders with Sounder at Heart

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We spoke with Dave Clark at Sounder at Heart to talk Will Bruin, Nicolas Lodeiro, and what to expect from the Seattle Sounders this season.

It's game day (finally) and MLS is back in action! The Houston Dynamo are hoping to prove last season was a fluke as they look to avoid a fourth consecutive season where the club misses the playoffs.

Carolina Challenge Cup is Sounders final phase of preseason

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With the season rapidly approaching there are a final few games in Charleston, South Carolina to evaluate the roster. The Seattle Sounders will face the Charleston Battery, Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC before returning to Starfire.

There are less than three weeks left in the Seattle Sounders preseason before the MLS season opens on March 4.

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.

¡¡¡SOUNDERS CAMPEONES!!!

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• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .

LOS MOMENTOS QUE MARCARON EL CAMINO A LA FINAL DE LA COPA MLS

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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

Sounders compensated for Atlanta’s signing of Paraguayan playmaker

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Sounders apparently had a discovery claim on Miguel Almiron.

Atlanta United made another big signing on Monday, officially revealing that Paraguay's Miguel Almiron will join the expansion team on a Youth Designated Player contract for the 2017 season. United reportedly paid around $8.5 million to complete the transfer of the 22-year-old from Argentina's Lanus.

MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: Western Conference Finals Second Leg

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There have been some blowouts in this year's MLS Cup playoffs, but coming into the final set of matches before the Final both conference finals are tight as can be. Both high seeds come into today's matches down a goal, but with away goals in hand a breakthrough will put them in good position to advance.

A sufrir en Denver. Los Sounders con ventaja momentánea en final de conferencia

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Los Sounders chocaron esta noche no solo con la incesante lluvia sobre el CenturyLink Field, se enfrentaron al Colorado Rapids, el segundo mejor equipo de la temporada regular de este año en la MLS. Y a pesar de superarlos 2-1 con un tiro de penal de Nicolás LODEIRO en el minuto 60, la realidad deberá asentarse en la mente de cada uno de los jugadores .

Goals from Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro help Sounders rally past Rapids

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SEATTLE Forgive Seattle Sounders fans if they thought they were watching a rerun: "Nicolas Lodeiro Delivers"is anepisodethat has been on repeat since midsummer in the Emerald City. The Uruguayan midfielderwas at it again on Tuesday night, drawing a second-half penalty kick and converting the ensuing attempt to give the Sounders a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in front of 42,774 at CenturyLink Field.

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Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United fans use Pulse tragedy as trash talk

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MLS is back, and the first half of the Gold Cup semifinals are set.

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In case you forgot already, the Sounders scored four goals in 27 minutes to come from three goals down to beat D.C. United 4-3.

Sadly, Nicolas Lodeiro will miss the next game because of the red card he picked up late in the game.

Martinez, Lodeiro, Ciman headline MLS players set to join their national teams

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The international break is here, and a slew of MLS stars are set to step up and contribute to their respective national teams in a variety of competitions.

While North and South America focus on World Cup qualifying, Europe and Africa take on friendly matches during the March break. In total, 52 MLS players earned call-ups heading into the international window, representing 15 different nations.

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Alonso completes Seattle comeback with late equalizer

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With just minutes to go, captain Ozzie made it 3-3

Just minutes after Will Bruin made it 3-2, the Sounders charged down the pitch and continued their relentless attack. Nicolas Lodeiro curled the ball in from the right flank and Osvaldo Alonso headed it down and past Cody Cropper to make it 3-3 in the 88th minute.

Deflected Lodeiro shot finally gets Seattle on the board

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After nearly 75 minutes of constant attack from Seattle, one finally stuck

Despite having most of the possession and 20 shots after nearly 75 minutes, the Sounders weren't able to stick one in the net until Nicolas Lodeiro latched onto a cross near the top of the box. His shot bounced off a Revolution defender and past a diving Cody Cropper to make it 3-1 in the 75th minute.

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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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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.

Musket Rounds: CONCACAF trio to make “historic announcement,” plus more daily links

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Here's what we're reading today.

During a busy weekend of soccer, the U.S. women trounced Russia, Nicolas Lodeiro scored a mind-boggling volley and the Revs blanked Cubo Torres and the Houston Dynamo. Yet this morning, everyone's talking about the 2026 World Cup.

Join them, and check out these other stories worth reading:

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Revolution tame Dynamo in 2-0 win / The Bent Musket

Second-half goals from Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo helped the Revs stay undefeated in three straight.

Trinidad & Tabago vs. Mexico live stream: Lineups, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifier online

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Joevin Jones and Nicolas Lodeiro have big games tonight.

While a pair of Seattle Sounders will be facing off in the United States-Panama game, two other Sounders have big games elsewhere. Joevin Jones' Trinidad & Tabago probably need at least a point at home against Mexico to keep their hopes of a World Cup berth alive, while Nicolas Lodeiro's Uruguay need to take advantage of a weak Peru.

Nicolas Lodeiro called up for Uruguay’s World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

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Nico shouldn't miss any competitive matches for the Sounders.

Nicolas Lodeiro will have to miss out on the Rave Green friendly against Club Necaxa after being named to Uruguay's 24-man World Cup Qualifying squad. Nico's call-up was widely expected as he has been a regular with his national side but the roster release confirms it.

What tactics to watch for in final phase of preseason

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There are just two games left in preseason. Wednesday the Sounders face Atlanta United at 4:30 PM and Saturday they take on the Columbus Crew at 1:30 PM.

Last Saturday, the Sounders ran out as close to a first team lineup as they have had this preseason against the Charleston Battery. While the game finished as a 1-1 draw, the Seattle Sounders deployed a very fluid 4-2-3-1 formation that focused on the talents of Nicolas Lodeiro.

Sounders Soccer is a clean sheet and a goal; that won’t change

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TL;DR version: You play to win the game

Heading to Commerce City, Colorado (1 PM, ESPN) the Seattle Sounders have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. This is their best ever lead just a match away from the MLS Cup. Any result where they win or draw means that they advance. A loss by just one goal if they score at least one means that they advance.