Seattle Sounders

US Open Cup Preview

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Seattle Sounders face off against Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt US Open cup Final tomorrow, in Livestrong Park. Sounders have won the Cup the last three years running, the biggest criticism of their success is that is that they have played a majority of their US Open Cup matches in Qwest/CenturyLink or Starfire Sports Complex in front of their home crowd.

Montreal Impact Scouting Report: Fratricide

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Tomorrow's match against the Impact marks the beginning of the second dense stretch of games the Sounders will have to play this season. If Seattle manages to make the US Open Cup semifinal by beating the San Jose Earthquakes, they won't have a full week between games until after the July 18 friendly with Chelsea - a run of 10 matches in one month.

Time For Mullan To Face The Music

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The Ivar's Dog, you'll have to go across the street from CLink to Safeco to get it though

Colorado is in my hometown of Seattle this week to face the neon-green Sounders. Seattle has been a bit of a house of horrors for the Rapids. Over the last 3 years we've lost all 3 games at Qwest/CLink, being outscored 9-4 and the less said about the U.

Flashback: On the Sounders Debut

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Here's a thing I've decided to do, despite the fact that MFUSA is no longer a viable soccer blog; re-blog things I've written in the distant past. Sometimes they'll be MFUSA pieces from the 3+ years of the site's existence, and sometimes they'll be things I wrote for other outlets. In this case, I'm posting a column I wrote for the defunct (and no longer extant, so there's not even a link) MLS Daily on the Sounders debut in March of 2009.

Seattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew Scouting Report: Forward Issues vs Defender Issues

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The Columbus Crew as a franchise has been historically kind to the Seattle Sounders in their short MLS history. They've never beaten the Sounders, either at home or away, and their losses have been some of Seattle's most memorable wins. Last season, a 4-0 win over the Crew in Columbus was the most emphatic of the season.

Sounders knock off Monterrey in Mexico

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When FC Dallas made history last week by beating UNAM Pumas in CONCACAF Champions League play, becoming the first MLS team to win an official match in Mexico in the process, the question immediately became how long would it take for another MLS to pull off the feat.

It took less than a week.

The Monday After

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Full slate of games in Major League Soccer and WPS.  Before we get our regular look at attendance, here are a couple of other business stories from the weekend. One quick note. Special thanks to the folks at World Football Daily and American Soccer Show for having me on in the last couple of days to talk about some of the big business issues in American soccer.

Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids - Three Questions with Burgundy Wave

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Sure, the Colorado Rapids hold the MLS Cup and got to meet President Barack Obama at the White House, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking they are a good team. They come to this match merely average, much as they were last year. Yes, they've had some injuries that have reduced their effectiveness, as well as having them count on Tyrone Marshall for 14 starts and Sanna Nyassi for 5 starts.

MLS Highlights: Seattle Sounders 4-2 New York Red Bulls

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The Seattle Sounders enjoyed a 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls last night at Qwest Park.

Kitsap Pumas Owner Claims "Nobody Cares" In Seattle About Open Cup

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Seriously. While the majority of the story in the Kitsap Sun was concerned about how this game could move the needle on the other side of the Puget Sound, Waite said:

"Realistically for the good of soccer in the Puget Sound, this game should be played here," Pumas owner Robin Waite said.

New Playing Surface Likely Coming To Qwest Field In 2012

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It looks like there will be a new playing surface on Qwest Field in 2012, although the chances of it being grass are almost nil, according to comments Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer made to Don Ruiz of the News Tribune:

In the meantime, I think it's highly likely that we will speed up the process and regularity with which we would change the synthetic.

El Super Gol de Hassli arrebata victoria | Los Sounders FC 2 – 2 Vancouver Whitecaps

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HASSLI 29´p. (0-1), ROSALES 81´(1-1), ALONSO 84´(2-1), HASSLI 85´(2-2). El Derbi del Noroeste produjo noche drámatica en el Qwest Field de Seattle con un gol espectácular del delantero Eric HASSLI dos minutos después que Osvaldo ALONSO le había dado la ventaja a Los Sounders FC sobre Vancouver Whitecaps.

Hassli wonder goal splits points in Seattle

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What started out as a tight match with only a handful of goal-scoring opportunities turned into a goal fest as the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps slugged out a 2-2 draw. Â

In the second installment of the Cascadia derby, the Vancouver Whitecaps made the trip down to Seattle to take on its nearest MLS rival at the Sounders' Qwest Field.

Cascadia Cup - Vancouver Whitecaps The Other Team

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The other team in the Cascadia Cup rivalry is often overlooked. The Vancouver Whitecaps fans are just hard to hate. The Southsiders in their brief MLS history have conflicted with their front-office over seemingly small things, like who gets to travel here this weekend. In the USL/A-League era they, like Seattle, had a small but dedicated group.

RSL back to winning ways against Vancouver

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After having its home unbeaten run ended the week before by Seattle, Real Salt Lake recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps after goals Jean Alexandre and Fabian Espindola claimed all three points for the home side. Â

Alexandre put in a Man of the Match performance after turning from goal-scorer to provider for both goals on either side of the halftime whistle.

Steve's first blog about the injury

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Steve's first blog about the injury

Steve, all around great guy that he is, has written a long and heartfelt blog about his road to recovery. I believe he will continue to update us, but this gives us a look behind the scenes at a few things that we would not have otherwise known. The thing that jumped out at me the most is this quote:

"One of the people I always look to for advice concerning football issues is my former teammate and friend, Pete Vagenas.

UW Huskies Soccer Schedule Released

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On a busy soccer Saturday (Champions League Final, Mexico v Ecuador at Qwest, Sounders v Real Salt Lake) the University of Washington released its soccer schedule for the coming fall. It is a schedule that should help their RPI come tournament selection time with Dawgs playing 2010's #4 (Cal), #6 (SMU), #8 (UCLA), #21 (Tulsa) and #34 (Florida Gulf Coast) all ranked higher than they were.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Match Night Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders are at home at Qwest Field once again, and this time they'll be taking on one of the hottest teams in MLS in FC Dallas i a key Western Conference showdown.

Despite the loss of MLS MVP David Ferreira, Dallas has been riding a stingy defense and the goalkeeping of Kevin Hartman to a six match unbeaten streak.

Parke, El Mejor de la Semana

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El defensor de Los Sounders FC Jeff PARKE fue elegido como el Mejor Jugador de la Semana de la MLS se anunció esta mañana. PARKE anotó de cabeza el único gol del partido entre Sounders y Sporting Kansas City el Sábado pasado en el Qwest Field. A un minuto de sellar el 0-0, el Sporting [...]

Parke header earns honors

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Seattle Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Week 10 of the 2011 MLS season.

Parke headed home the game-winning goal in stoppage time to lift his team over Sporting Kansas City 1-0.

Parke is the first defender to win this award since Chad Marshall in Week 22 of the 2009 season, and he narrowly edged out Philadelphia striker Carlos Ruiz for this week's honor.

Parke hace olvidar 90 minutos | Los Sounders FC 1 – 0 Sporting KC

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PARKE 93´ (1-0). Se repitió la historia de hace una temporada. Empate a cero con el mismo rival, tiempo de descuento, Qwest Field, pelota detenida desde la banda derecha. Tyson WAHL envió un tiro de esquina hacie el centro del area grande, cerca del punto de penal. Ahi estaba Jeff PARKE el central que recuperaba [.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Sporting Kansas City: Jeff Parke Wins It With Stoppage Time Header

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The promised rapture came and went on Saturday with no appreciable of impending doom. Of course, there are probably some Sporting Kansas City fans who see it a little differently after Jeff Parke scored a stoppage-time goal to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win. It was the second straight time that SKC had lost at Qwest on a late score.

Schmid and Sounders prepared for "dangerous" Sporting Kansas City

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SEATTLE - After a week filled by the war of words between Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and Portland Timbers coach John Spencer, both managers were finally able to step out of the spotlight and focus on the MLS preparations for the weekend against Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew, respectively.

Real Madrid And Philadelphia Union Friendly Done, Per Philly.com

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According to Kerith Gabriel of Philly.com, and the Daily News, the friendly between the Philadelphia Union and Real Madrid has been finalized.

The Union will play Madrid on July 23 at Lincoln Financial Field, three days after the Union play English Premier League side Everton in a friendly at PPL Park.

Debating The Real Madrid Friendly: With Jonathan Tannenwald

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There's a line of thinking that developed out of the Seattle Sounders community called "trophies not friendlies" and has been trumpeted by the fine folks at Sounder At Heart for a long time now. The thought is that MLS needs to focus on enhancing its reputation and significance in order to gain media coverage, prominence and popularity.


Friday's TV: Multi-Game

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The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament continues with Honduras - Panama on Mun2 at 9pm and Mexico - Trinidad & Tobago on Telemundo at 11:30pm. Both games are also available on concacaf.tv. Seattle - Houston 10pm - NBC Sports Network Another look at the NBC Sports broadcast style, this time for a Friday night game at Qwest Stadium.

Jogo 0302/2011 - Amistoso - México 1x1 Equador

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Mais um jogo amistoso, foi disputado no dia 28/05/2011, na cidade de Seattle-USA, no Qwest Field, onde jogaram as seleções do México (28º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção do Equador (64º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Copa do Mundo
2002Miyagi 09/06/2002 MEX2:1 (1:1)ECU Group matches
Copa América
2007Maturin 01/07/2007 MEX2:1 (1:0)ECU First stage2004Piura 13/07/2004 MEX2:1 (2:0)ECU First stage1997Cochabamba 22/06/1997 ECU1:1 (1:1) 3:4 PSOMEX Quarter-finals1993Quito 30/06/1993 ECU0:2 (0:1)MEX Semi-finals
Guadalajara 04/09/2010 MEX1:2 (1:1)ECU
New York/New Jersey 07/05/2010 MEX0:0ECU 2008Phoenix 12/11/2008 ECU1:2 (1:0)MEX 2007Oakland 28/03/2007 ECU2:4 (1:1)MEX 2004New York/New Jersey 27/10/2004 MEX2:1 (1:0)ECU 2004Tuxtla Gutierrez 10/03/2004 MEX2:1 (2:1)ECU 2000San Diego 20/09/2000 MEX2:0 (1:0)ECU 1999Houston 27/10/1999 MEX0:0ECU 1999Monterrey 14/04/1999 MEX0:0ECU 1997Mexico City 05/02/1997 MEX3:1 (2:0)ECU 1996Oakland 23/10/1996 ECU1:0 (0:0)MEX

O árbitro desse jogo, foi: Edwin Jurisevic-EUA

O primeiro gol do jogo, foi de Jorge Torres Nilo, aos 7 minutos do primeiro tempo, ele que é jogador do UANL-MEX, seu primeiro gol pela seleção nacional.

FC Dallas

My Memorable Inaugrual MLS Season Moments

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Well, with a little time separating us from the season I thought I would take a little time to recount some of my favorite moments from the season, you know the ones that really stuck with me as a relatively new soccer fan. These are sequenced in order of my preference, and are subject to my personal memory at the time.

Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas - Three Questions US Open Cup Edition

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Are you familiar enough with FC Dallas yet? If not, here's some more info about who they are and how they will play as they enter Fortress Starfire and attempt to make history. These two sides have met in the US Open Cup before with the USL Seattle Sounders being the team that came up short, but that match was at then Qwest Field.

D.C. United

MLS Cup final at the higher seed's ground ... it's getting closer

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Sometimes I get these weird feelings, like something meaningful is about to happen.

It may be intuition. It may be linked to something that someone told me in confidence. Or, in all honestly, these "feelings" may just be the product of too much spicy food. You never know.

Either way, I'm getting a "feeling" these days related to MLS .

Seattle Sounders v DC United - Three Questions

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If the Seattle Sounders have an East Coast rival it would be DC United. The origins are from the strong words that the two front offices made leading up to the 2009 US Open Cup Final. The interaction between the two blogs on the network have been nearly as vicious as the games on the pitch. Although the crew at Black and Red United have never stomped on my stomach.

Major League Soccer

Jack Jewsbury and Portland Featured On ESPN Sunday at 3pm

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Having allowed the Portland Timbers to walk into Qwest Field (now CenturyLink Field) and come away with a 1-1 draw on May 14, Sunday's 3 p.m. (CT) rivalry rematch at Jeld-Wen Field is even more significant for the Seattle. Timbers Insiders calls it Love Fest '11

The All-Star First XI, as determined by the fans, will be announced during the ESPN broadcast of of the game Sunday.

Kasnas City new home overflows

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Attendance for 11 games in Week 13 exceeded the season average as Kansas City weclomed an overflow crowd for its first game at its new stadium and six other teams drew more 18,000 fans. For MLS attendance rankings ...

* After playing its first 10 games on the road, Kansas City moved into its brand-new Livestrong Sporting Park and drew 19,925 for a scoreless tie in a stadium whose capacity is listed as 18,467.

Gold Cup

What To Watch For: MLS Week 15

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While most of the soccer world or at least the soccer region around here will be fixated on the US-Mexico game in the Gold Cup this weekend, others will be watching the 10 Major League Soccer games schedule between today and Sunday. Yes, there are 10 matches left on the slate this week.

With so many games there will be plenty to talk about so let's not waste another moment here.

The Monday After

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Another busy soccer weekend here in the States, with MLS, WPS and Gold Cup action. Before we take a look at attendance, there are a couple of other stories worth noting. We'll start in Portland, where the Timbers have cut a great pair of commercials with their presenting sponsor Alaska Airlines.

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake - Three Questions

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Some of the luster is off of Real Salt Lake. They lost the CONCACAF Champions League 2nd Leg at home, they lost their MVP candidate and have drawn their last two matches. None of these mean that they are even just an average team. They are still quite good, but the Seattle Sounders have a few things going for them in that RSL has been hit by the Gold Cup already.

Nos Audietis, The Sounder At Heart Podcast: Episode 8 - Featuring Drew Epperley Of Big D Soccer

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It's a busy week in Sounders land with FC Dallas coming to town before the boys in rave green head off to Rio Tinto to face Real Salt Lake. Today's guest is Drew Epperley of WV Hooligan, SB Nation Soccer and (most applicable to today's episode) Big D Soccer, SB Nation's FC Dallas blog. Drew will talk about how FC Dallas has managed to keep rolling right along in the wake of losing reigning MLS MVP David Ferreria for at least the majority of the season and give some insight into what Dallas might be looking for out of this game.

The Rest

New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire: Live Game Thread

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Welcome to the New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire live game thread! Tonight will be the Revs' third match in seven days and their second straight at home before a cross-country trip to Qwest Field next weekend. The Revolution targeted six points from this home stand but will need a win here to salvage four over that two-game span.

Eric Hassli's goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver has plenty to cheer about as the Canucks could beat the Bruins this Wednesday to take the Stanley Cup. And Eric Hassli gave the city's soccer fans a delicious treat over the weekend scoring without doubt MLS's goal of the year. The stunned look of disbelief sweeping across Qwest Field says it all.

Covering the Coverage

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Full power tonight after some downed wires made posting impossible yesterday. Every so often, we take a look at how various media are covering soccer in the United States. We thought now was a good time to take a look at some mainstream sports outlets.

We'll start with Sports Illustrated, where the most recent edition of the magazine to hit the newstands included a four page spread on the Cascadia rivalary.