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The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: Seattle Sounders FC

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

DC United Gives Eddie Johnson His Designated Player Contract, But is He Worth It?

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Eddie Johnson has been given his money.

Earlier this week, D.C. United announced that Johnson, acquired over the offseason in a trade with the Seattle Sounders, was given a contract extension that elevates him to Designated Player status.

Johnson, who had a fantastic 2013 season for the Sounders in which the forward scored nine goals, was being underpaid in and made it known with his now infamous post-goal "pay me" celebrationversus the Columbus Crew.

Dempsey ruled out of Sounders vs. Galaxy clash

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By DAN KARELL

Seattle Sounders fans will have to wait at least one more week to see Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, and Eddie Johnson all together in the starting lineup.

Dempsey was a late addition to the Sounders injury list on Saturday, being listed as out with a hamstring injury.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The dearth of attacking options on display on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center could be the strongest ever seen in one game in Major League Soccer history.

Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson, and the Seattle Sounders looks to retain their place atop the Western Conference, but they'll have to face Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, and a Los Angeles Galaxy side that has only lost twice at home.

Snapshot: Obafemi Martins Breaks The Space/Time Continuum…

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By Chris Wright

After scoring almost straight from kick-off in Seattle Sounders' 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake yesterday, Obafemi Martins celebrated so hard the universe momentarily went inside-out...

That's just begging for the photoshop treatment!

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Timbers Fall Short in Seattle

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Sounders were able to inch up the table Sunday night in front of a(nother) record setting crowd in Seattle. The fact that it came at the expense of their I-5 rivals, Portland Timbers made it all that much sweeter.

Portland fans, recently made aware of the finer points of MLS player acquisition, had high hopes of coming up and spoiling Clint Dempsey's home debut in front of 67,000+ fans.

Former Tottenham Hotspur Man Set For Home Debut in His Return to MLS

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Once the Seattle Sounders announced the acquisition of Clint Dempsey from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month only two other events have made the fans more anxious than the captain of the United States national team signing with the club, Dempsey's first appearance on the pitch and his home debut.

Red card to Sounders’ Alonso rescinded

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By DAN KARELL

With a number of players missing due to injury or suspension, the last thing the Seattle Sounders needed was one of their key players, Osvaldo Alonso, to be unavailable for their next match.

Luckily for the Sounders, they won't have to worry.

An independent review panel announced on Wednesday that Alonso's red card in the 95th minute of last Saturday's 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes had been rescinded, leaving the Cuban native eligible for this Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.

The Last Word: Introducing D.C. United Bingo

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After a few weeks of holding its own against mid- to lower-tier MLS teams, D.C. United met a good one on Wednesday night. They met a good one in the Seattle Sounders, and despite putting forth a pretty disjointed offensive effort, the Sounders still had no problem putting away United. Seattle prevailed 2-0 through two entirely avoidable Obafemi Martins goals and United's free-fall towards all-time worst MLS records continues.

Oba Martins Brace Beats DC United

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After a disappointing loss to RSL and a week off Sounders were more than ready for DC United, a cellar dwellar in MLS 2013, when they came to Seattle on the eve of Independence Day.

DC United were without Dwayne DeRosario, who was out with a hip flexor strain, and not available. DeRo has had notable success against Sounders, both with Toronto FC & DC United, and his absence ensures that Chris Pontius would receive the bulk of attention from the Sounders defense.

Seattle Sounders News: Obafemi Martins Impressed By Major League Soccer

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When the Seattle Sounders signed Obafemi Martins in March it was a huge moment for the club. It is not everyday a Major League Soccer club gets to sign an accomplished player like Martins. Martins has had an extensive career overseas playing for huge clubs like Internazionale and Newcastle United.

Red card recinded for Martins

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By DAN KARELL

Obafemi Martins will be available for the Seattle Sounders this Saturday when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps, thanks to an independent panel's review.

MLS announced on Wednesday that the red card Martins received in the 71st minute of last Saturday's 2-0 victory over Chivas USA had been rescinded, keeping Martins available for selection in the next match.

Lamar Neagle

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

FC Dallas have continued their flying start to the season but one of Major League Soccer's most talented teams stands in their way of staying undefeated.

Oscar Pareja's side welcomes the Seattle Sounders and their full compliment of Designated Players to Toyota Stadium for a showcase that should bring out the best in both sides.

Cómoda victoria de los Sounders en Montreal

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MONTREAL IMPACT 0 2 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC | PERKINS (AG) 8´, MARTINS 58´ |De los pies de Lamar NEAGLE y Obafemi MARTINS los Sounders FC lograron hoy su primer victoria en visita 0 2 sobre el Impact de Montreal en el Estadio Olimpíco de esta ciudad. El partido había sido retrasado 24 horas [...]

Seattle Sounders FC 1 – 2 Toronto FC | Fotos

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Archivado en: 2014, Fútbol MLS, Fotos 2014, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: Brad EVANS, CenturyLink Field, Chad MARSHALL, Clint DEMPSEy, Dylan REMICK, ECS, Gonzalo PINEDA, Júlio CÉSAR, Jermanine DEFOE, Lamar NEAGLE, Marco PAPPA, Michael BRADLEY, Obafemi MARTINS, Osvaldo ALONSO, Sigi SCHMID, Steven CALDWELL, The Brougham End, Toronto FC

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – 0 Real Salt Lake | Fotos

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Archivado en: 2013, Fútbol MLS, Fotos, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: CenturyLink Field, Clint DEMPSEy, John Kennedy HURTADO, Lamar NEAGLE, Mauro ROSALES, Nick Rimando, Obafemi MARTINS, Real Salt Lake, Sigi SCHMID

SBI MLS Best XI: Week 30

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sigi Schmid will have some tough decisions to make when he settles on a starting lineup with all his players healthy, and both Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle provided reminders why they should be key players down the stretch for the streaking Sounders.

Martins and Neagle combined to help Seattle dominate Real Salt Lake in last week's win, and both earned SBI MLS Best XI honors in the process.

Nunca jugaron mejor y por eso estan en el primer lugar. Martins y Neagle dominan al Real Salt Lake

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Seattle Sounders FC 2 0 Real Salt Lake MARTINS 3′ NEAGLE 38' El muy esperado encuentro entre los dos mejores equipos de la MLS se resolvió en poco tiempo. Al tercer minuto de juego Obafemi MARTINS anotó el gol mas temprano que Seattle ha hecho en el CenturyLink Field esta temprada. Al final, los [.

Sounders en la cima. Martins y Neagle dominan al Real Salt Lake

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Seattle Sounders FC 2 0 Real Salt Lake MARTINS 3′ NEAGLE 38' El muy esperado encuentro entre los dos mejores equipos de la MLS se resolvió en poco tiempo. Al tercer minuto de juego Obafemi MARTINS anotó el gol mas temprano que Seattle ha hecho en el CenturyLink Field esta temprada. Al final, los [.

Autogol de Segares regala triunfo a Sounders. Siguen invicto en casa

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Seattle Sounders FC 2 1 Chicago Fire Magee 25´ NEAGLE 40´ SEGARES 88´(Autogol) Los Sounders siguen sin conocer la derrota en casa y en sus últimos cuatro partidos gracias a un autogol de Gonzalo SEGARES en el penúltimo minuto de tiempo regular que les dio una victoria de 2-1 sobre el Chicago Fire.

Temprano y sin piedad, Sounders doblegan al FC Dallas

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Seattle Sounders FC 3 0 FC Dallas MARTINS 8 JOHNSON 22′ EVANS 90+ (p) La presentación oficial de la sensacional adquicisión de Clint DEMPSEY previo al partido contra FC Dallas, hizo encender la ofensiva de los Sounders de Seattle. Un mensaje a toda la liga de lo que se viene una vez que el [...]

Temprano y sin piedad, Sounders doblegan al FC Dallas

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Seattle Sounders FC 3 0 FC Dallas MARTINS 8 JOHNSON 22′ EVANS 90+ (p) La presentación oficial del nuevo jugador de la sensacional adquicisión de Clint DEMPSEY previo al partido contra FC Dallas, hizo encender la ofensiva de los Sounders de Seattle. Un mensaje a toda la liga de lo que se viene una [.

Whitecaps Weekly Update

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Previous Match Scoring Summary SEA 9′ Andy Rose (Lamar Neagle) VAN 10′ Camilo Sanvezzo (Russell Teibert, Lee Young-Pyo) VAN 26′ Camilo Sanvezzo (Russell Teibert) SEA 70′ Servando Carrasco (PK) SEA 81′ Lamar Neagle (Obafemi Martins, Andy Rose) Attendance: 53,679 (CenturyLink Field, Seattle) Here are the highlights from that match: Injury .

Neagle aniquiló a Vancouver en innolvidable Clásico Cascadia

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Seattle Sounders FC 3 2 Vancouver Whitecaps ROSE 9´ Camilo 10´, 26´ CARRASCO 70´(p) NEAGLE 81´ En uno de los mejores partidos del Clásico Cascadia, Lamar NEAGLE rescató al Seattle Sounders de un pálido empate ante sus vecinos y rival Vancouver Whitecaps con su quinto gol de la temporada al minuto 81.

Sounders Take Lead in Cascadia Cup

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Sounders got back to business in Seattle against the Vancouver Whitecaps after all the hoopla of the US Men's National Team and their win in Jamaica on Brad Evans stoppage time goal. There were several USMNT luminaries in attendance in advance of Tuesday's match in Seattle versus Panama to see the Cascadia Derby played out in front of 53,679 fans in attendance.

Seattle Sounders FC 4 – 2 FC Dallas | Fotos

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Archivado en: Fútbol MLS, Fotos, Seattle Sounders FC Tagged: CenturyLink Field, Eddie JOHNSON, FC Dallas, Lamar NEAGLE, Leo GONZÁLEZ, Obafemi MARTINS

Match Highlights: FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders

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Here are the highlights from this weekend's FC Dallas loss to Seattle Sounders.

Scoring Summary:
SEA – Eddie Johnson (Osvaldo Alonso) 16
SEA – Lamar Neagle (Brad Evans) 30
FCD – Kenny Cooper (Michel) 54
FCD – Michel 61
SEA – Eddie Johnson (Lamar Neagle) 62
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Brad Evans) 83

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, London Woodberry (Walker Zimmerman 85), Jair Benitez, Jackson, Michel, Je-Vaughn Watson, Kenny Cooper (Fabian Castillo 64), Blas Perez, Eric Hassli

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, David Ferreira, Andrew Jacobson, Stephen Keel, Bobby Warshaw.

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Spring groundbreaking for practice facility planned, on new draftees & Maidana, Valdes update, more

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Nick Sakiewicz says Spring groundbreaking for new practice facility is planned, club owners not looking to sell. More on new draftees, Maidana. Valdes update. More news.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Seattle Sounders

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Sean Johnson won't see Eddie Johnson in Seattle on Saturday night. He won't see Clint Dempsey either. But how many shots will he see? (photo: John Gress/Getty Images)

OTF's Jon Denham and Prost Amerika's Steve Clare get you ready for some ballin' in Sea-Town...

I made my way to Toyota Park last Sunday when Houston came to town.

Sounders notes: Martins scheduled for MRI; Schmid looking for road wins; and more

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By JASON MITCHELL

For the second time this season, injury is sidelining Obafemi Martins longer than initially expected.

Martins picked up an ankle injury in the first half against Toronto FC on Aug. 10 that forced him to leave the match after 30 minutes. The team initially characterized the injury as "day-to-day," but Martins has now missed two matches and was scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.

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Hack hopeful signings will be announced “very soon,” Le Toux ranked No. 1 MLS right mid by SA, more

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John Hackworth hopeful for signing announcements before the new year and says Carlos Valdes resolution is "close." Soccer America names Le Toux top right mid in MLS for 2013. More.

West Ham interested in winter loan for Martins

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Much of the talk since the Seattle Sounders' season ended has been about whether or not Clint Dempsey will secure an offseason loan, but he is not the only player on the squad that could make a potential move abroad this winter.

Casey: Union will “lay everything on the line,” HCI loses at home, USMNT breaks into FIFA Top 20

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Conor Casey says the Union expect three points on Saturday. Cristhain Hernandez scores but Harrisburg falls to Charlotte. US ranked 19th in world by FIFA. RSL v DC Open Cup final set. More news.

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Obafemi Martins Uses Football Shirts From His Many Former Clubs To Upholster His Dining Room Chairs (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Ever wondered why footballers are so desperate to collect up shirts at the end of every game? Well, their dining room chairs aren't exactly just upholster themselves now are they?

Take Obafemi Martins' ensemble for instance, with the ex-Reggiana, Inter, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan.

Obafemi Martins used his old shirts to upholster his dining room chairs

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Obafemi Martins is settling in nicely with six goals in 11 appearances during his first season with Seattle and appears he's making himself at home off the pitch as well with his unique set of gold, shirt-upholstered dining room chairs. Having played for eight clubs (Reggina, Inter, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, Birmingham City, Levante, Seattle, plus Nigeria) over his 13-year career, Martins can host a pretty large dinner party using a different shirt for each chair.

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Former Newcastle United Striker Punishes DC United

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It was a close call in Seattle all the way until the second to last play of the game. Obafemi Martins was able to put two goals past Joe Willis to cement another Sounders win. The Black and Red fought ferociously throughout the whole match but were unable to score. This lost puts DC United at 2 wins, 3 ties, and 13 loses for the season, and still in last place in the Eastern Conference.

United vs Seattle: Depleted United fall to Sounders 2-0

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Obafemi Martins scored both goals tonight as the Seattle Sounders took care of business in their 2-0 win over D.C. United at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. Once again United were powerless on offense getting shut out for the 11th time in 18th matches this season and the 7th time in 8 road matches.

Seattle Sounders 2-0 D.C. United - Everything went as expected.

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No referee to pin this one on; referee Allen Chapman actually had a pretty decent game. No, this loss is all on D.C. United being outplayed by a better opponent. Tonight, that opponent was the Seattle Sounders, who managed two remarkably similar goals through Obafemi Martins, one in each half. In the 19th minute, Seattle gained control of a D.

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Seattle Sounders Expecting Sizable Crowd Against Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Seattle Sounders welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to CenturyLink Field and expect a boisterous home support because as of Tuesday 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the match. The Sounders will be with their designated player Obafemi Martins after he got his red card overturned that he received in their previous match, a 2-0 win over Chivas U.

Obafemi Martins le da otro triunfo al Sounders

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Chivas USA 0 2 Seattle Sounders FC MARTINS 22´ De Luna (Autogol) Volvieron los Sounders al Home Depot Center una semana después de haber sufrido una de sus peores derrotas de su historia ante el Galaxy de Los Angeles (4-0). El otro equipo que comparte estadio con el Galaxy, el Chivas USA, sigue en [.