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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seattle Sounders v. Toronto FC Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Seattle's Kenny Cooper (left). Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
By STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor
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.
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.
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.