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Building soccer players in MLS

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Tony Edwards uses DeAndre Yedlin as the latest example of how young American players improve by playing in MLS. Read More

Seattle Sounders Monthly Recap

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Going into this season, most analysts and supporters knew it was going to take time to attain team cohesion. This was the first time in their six seasons that the Sounders roster had to be overhauled. Gone were club originals Steve Zakuani and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, along with fan favorite Mauro Rosales.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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Even last year's Western Conference Champions were no match for this year's Real Salt Lake

For the second straight week, RSL is topping this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after vanquishing the Portland Timbers last Saturday, 1-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ned Grabavoy scored his side's goal late but the clean sheet was preserved by an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Nick Rimando, keeping the Timbers off the board.

Guess Who’s Back?

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Former club captain and longtime fan favorite Shalrie Joseph rejoined the New England Revolution on Tuesday after he was acquired by the club via the waiver draft.

Joseph, 35, spent nearly 10 seasons (2003-2012) with the Revolution before he was traded to Chivas USA in August 2012.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 7: Top 4 stay the same

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Real Salt Lake remains the top team in the league, and Montreal Impact remain the worst.

There were plenty of draws this week in Major League Soccer, and so many of the positions on our power rankings stayed the same. However, the bottom has given out on one team's ranking, and two other continue to bounce along on the bottom of the barrel.

MLS Week 6: Another strong performance from Clint Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey had a strong week 6 in MLS, scoring twice in the Seattle Sounders' 3-2 win over FC Dallas. Read More

MLS Match Week 6: SBI Live Commentary

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The MLS Western Conference is shaping up to be a competitive dogfight in 2014, and the team that has jumped out to the early lead in the West faces a very tough test from another top West contender.

FC Dallas rolls into today's meeting with the Seattle Sounders boasting the best record in the league (4-0-1).

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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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.

Portland and Seattle raise the MLS game

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Portland and Seattle set a new standard for MLS games on national cable in week 5. Why don't we see better games on national TV? Read More

Clint Dempsey wins MLS Player of the Week

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Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey is MLS Player of the Week for week 5 after scoring a hat-trick against Portland. Read More

MLS Week Five: SBI Live Commentary

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It is rivalry week in Major League Soccer this week, as many of the league's most intense match-ups are on the schedule, led by the Seattle Sounders' visit to take on the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers are still searching for their first win of the 2014 season as they take on the same Seattle side they eliminated from the MLS playoffs last year.

MLS Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Dark green clouds of smoke billowing from the Timbers Army section of Providence Park will greet fans across the country tuning in to the first Cascadia Cup match of the season.

The struggling Portland Timbers are hoping to put their early-season problems behind them when they face their arch-rival Seattle Sounders.

MLS Match Week 4: Your Running Commentary

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U.S. Men's National Team teammates Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman will face off in a clash of top teams as Toronto FC visits Real Salt Lake in one of the marquee match-ups of MLS Week 4.

The unbeaten Columbus Crew will look to improve to 3-0 when they visit CenturyLink Field to take on a Seattle Sounders side still missing suspended star Clint Dempsey.

MLS Week 4: A Look Ahead

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The conversation about the merits of Michael Bradley over Kyle Beckerman will reach a boiling point on Saturday as Bradley's Toronto FC travel to face Beckerman's Real Salt Lake.

The highly-anticipated match will be the first occasion for fans to see the two American midfielders face each other since Bradley left the league after the 2005 season.

MLS Week 3: Draw for the LA Galaxy, win for the Seattle Sounders

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The LA Galaxy returned to MLS play with a point on the road and the Seattle Sounders also picked up a road win. Read More

Montreal 0-2 Seattle: Sounders’ Identity Becomes Clearer in Montreal

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At the end of the season, Sunday's match between Montreal and Seattle may be forgotten by many of us. For the Sounders, it will go down as three points against a team that may not be going anywhere this year. But what we saw was the Sounders identity becoming a little clearer.

This is a Sounders team that in its 6 year history has been known for making all the pretty passes, but sometimes lacked the grit that was needed to win on the road, and to win when your star was not there.

Do the Seattle Sounders have anything to worry about?

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The Seattle Sounders get players back in week 3 of the MLS season, but they might be without Clint Dempsey. Read More

Klinsmann expresses concern with treatment of USMNT players like Dempsey in MLS play

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The 2014 World Cup is fast approaching, and Jurgen Klinsmann's biggest fear has to be the thought of losing a key player to a serious injury. That would have made watching Clint Dempsey play last weekend against Toronto FC especially worrisome after, in Klinsmann's words, Dempsey was fouled repeatedly.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Jermain Defoe

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As far as debuts go, Jermain Defoe turned in one of the better MLS debuts in a long time.

The English striker scored a pair of goals to help lead Toronto FC to an impressive season-opening 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders, earning SBI MLS Player of the Week honors in the process.

MLS Week 2: Toronto FC beats Seattle, six goals in San Jose

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USMNT players Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey faced each other at MLS level with the Seattle Sounders ... Read More

Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC, Live at 4:30pm ET: Open Thread

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This weekend's marquee MLS game on NBCSN features Seattle Sounders versus Toronto FC.

It's the Canadian's side's first match of the 2014 MLS season, and not to put more pressure on the side that now features Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Julio Cesar, but the local Toronto papers exclaimed today that it's "Playoffs or bust" for TFC.

Report: Gilberto ruled out for TFC match vs. Sounders

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At least one Designated Player has been ruled out of Saturday's highly anticipated match between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders.

According to reports in Toronto, TFC will be without Brazilian forward Gilberto as he continues to recover from a hip flexor suffered in preseason.

Seattle Sounders v. Toronto FC Preview

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The big MLS game of the week is once again in Seattle, where the new Toronto FC will be baptized under the fire of raucous CenturyLink Field. The game is live from 4:00 EST on NBCSN on Saturday, March 15th, and also follow it on MLSsoccer.

Five Up, Three Down: Week 1

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We're a week into the 2014 season and there are already lots of story lines to discuss. But time for the weekly Five Up, Three Down series as we look at who is hot around the league and who is dipping in performance.

Just a reminder, there is no specific order to either list, just a running tally in my head.

MLS after week one

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Is it too early to draw conclusions about MLS after one week of soccer games? Maybe not as soon as you might think. Read More

Soccer News: Chad Barrett screams with Seattle

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Seattle Sounders forward Chad Barrett gets a unique MLS experience and the USMNT gets a documentary as we round up Monday's soccer news. Read More

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.

MLS Match Week 1: SBI Live Commentary

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The 2014 MLS season kicks off today, with seven matches from coast to coast.

Sporting Kansas City will begin defense of their MLS Cup title with a visit to CenturyLink Field to take on the new-look Seattle Sounders (3pm ET).

The evening's slate features some exciting clashes, with the Los Angeles Galaxy playing host to Real Salt Lake, the team that eliminated them from the 2013 playoffs.

Seattle Sounders vs Sporting Kansas City, Opening 2014 MLS Game: Open Thread

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Today's opening game of the 2014 MLS season between Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City kicks off at 3pm ET today on NBCSN.

It's one of the most highly anticipated MLS seasons in recent memory after a crop of big signings by the league, but now it's time for teams to do the talking on the pitch rather than off it.

3 of the Biggest MLS Games to Watch This Weekend On US TV and Internet

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With the MLS season set to kickoff this afternoon, below are three of the biggest matches of the weekend.

Seattle Sounders FC vs Sporting Kansas City, 3pm ET, NBCSN

Graham Zusi, and the rest of the MLS Cup defending Champions, travel to Seattle as they play a new-look Seattle Sounders FC at 3pm ET.

Sporting KC well aware of challenges ahead of MLS opener

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TUKWILA, Wash. — You could call Sporting Kansas City's opening stretch of five matches in 15 days a number of things. The team, however, will stick with "difficult."

The defending Major League Soccer champions kick off the regular season Saturday on the road against the Seattle Sounders in their home opener.

MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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The 2014 MLS season opens Saturday with a blockbuster matchup between defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City and the team that many expected to be hoisting the trophy, the Seattle Sounders.

And heading into the upcoming season, both teams are expected to be among the best in the league once again.

FC Dallas

MLS Power Rankings, Week 6: FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and Real Salt Lake lead

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Who shall reign supreme this week?

Another week, another edition of our MLS Power Rankings. D.C. United's two game winning streak sees them eek every slightly upward, while Clint Dempsey is single-handedly pulling the Sounders towards the top of the heap. But who shall reign supreme this week?

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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A week after pulling off an improbable two-goal comeback to tie the Portland Timbers at Providence Park, the Seattle Sounders continued their Road Warrior profile by traveling to Frisco, Texas and handing FC Dallas their first loss of the season.

The Sounders pulled off yet another road comeback, rallying from 2-1 down to beat FC Dallas, 3-2, a win that made Seattle the easy pick for SBI MLS Team of the Week.

FC Dallas can’t slow dazzling Clint Dempsey in 3-2 loss to Seattle Sounders

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FC Dallas'Seattle'sduring a Major League Soccer match at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on Saturday, April 12, 2014. (Mark M. Hancock / Special Contributor)

By ANDY FRIEDLANDER / Special Contributor

FRISCO — With salary and bonuses totaling almost $6.7 million, Seattle midfielder Clint Dempsey is the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.

Kenny Cooper

Kenny Cooper, former FC Dallas star, savoring experience with Seattle Sounders

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When FC Dallas acquired Kenny Cooper in a Feb. 2013 trade, everyone assumed Cooper, a Jesuit product, would deliver results similar to his first stint with FCD, when he scored 40 goals in 90 games before departing for Germany in 2009.

Neagle anchors Sounders’ win over Impact

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Apparently you can go home, even if you show up a day late.

Lamar Neagle, whose promising career with the Seattle Sounders has bookended a mostly forgettable 2012 season with the Montreal Impact, keyed the Sounders' 2-0 road win over his former team.

The Rest

Book Review: Distant Corners By David Wangerin

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As MLS and the U.S. Soccer Federation try to create a modern soccer history, complete with its heroes, stories, and even villains, they often set aside our nation's soccer past to complete their narrative. We often forget that the United States had an incredible soccer history before 1994. Before the Seattle Sounders won three straight U.

Portland Timbers 4, Seattle Sounders 4: Three things from Portland's draw (photos and videos)

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Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders took their supporters on a ninety minute roller coaster ride as they fought to a 4-4 draw in the first match of the 2014 Cascadia Cup.

Sporting Fall to Seattle Late. Again.

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It's becoming a bad habit for Sporting KC, allowing the Seattle Sounders to get a win on late goals. For the sixth time today Sporting allowed a goal in second half stoppage time that allowed the Sounders to take all three point. This time the goal came from Chad Barrett as he poked a shot home after a scramble in front of goal.