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Newcastle, Sunderland want Obafemi Martins on off-season loan

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Unlike past seasons the rumors don't revolve around him leaving permanently, but instead just having some fun over in England.

In his three seasons with the Seattle Sounders, Obafemi Martins has scored 40 goals with 23 assists in MLS play. He also finished second in MVP voting in 2014. People noticed.

D.C. United, MLS streaming, and Freddy Adu: Freedom Kicks for 19 November 2015

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Despite it being the middle of the week before Thanksgiving, there is still plenty of news. Thanksgiving is already next week? Oh goodness. Anyways, here are the links!

Team America: Why the United States national team failed as a club | THE WORD | Go and read Pablo Maurer's article about Team America, a fun experiment in the original NASL.

MLS considering an end to Expansion Drafts

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A report surfaced that Major League Soccer is considering ending the Expansion Draft as a way for new clubs to acquire players. It's a good thing the Philadelphia Union got Sebastien Le Toux while they could.

Money is a thing many MLS clubs might not be used to. Or at the very least, no one knows how it feels to be the LA Galaxy.

What we learned from the losing 2015 MLS Cup conference semifinalists

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It's going to be an interesting off season for the losing teams in the MLS conference semifinals. Read More

2015 MLS conference finals set

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The 2015 MLS conference finals are set with New York playing Columbus in the East and FC Dallas vs Portland in the West. Read More

FC Dallas knocks off Sounders to advance to Western Conference finals

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For a little more than 80 minutes at Toyota Stadium, the storyline was simple. The Seattle Sounders were set to advance to the Western Conference finals after holding FC Dallas to a scoreless tie.

The plot thickened, though, and FC Dallas eventually walked away the victors after a 4-2 penalty kick shootout win in Frisco, Texas.

The knock on effect of firing Jason Kreis

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NYCFC's decision to part ways with coach Jason Kreis quickly setup scenarios all over MLS with teams in need of his skills. Read More

2015 MLS Playoffs: Conference Semifinals

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The 2015 MLS playoffs are well under way, as 8 teams are going head to head in the conference semifinals. Each team in the conference semifinals will play two games, with one game being played at a team's home stadium and the other match being played at the opposing team's stadium.

2015 MLS Cup semifinal results

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New York and Montreal won their openers in the East, with Portland and Vancouver drawing and Seattle beating Dallas in the West. Read More

MLS West Semifinal Preview: FC Dallas battle Sounders, Whitecaps meet Timbers

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The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers survived the intensity and drama of the first round of the MLS Playoffs.

Now, teams with explosive firepower and a week's worth of rest await.

The Western Conference Semifinals begin on Sunday with the first matches in a pair of two-legged series.

Seattle Sounders 3-2 LA Galaxy: Match highlights [VIDEO]

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Seattle Sounders 3-2 LA Galaxy: Match highlights [VIDEO]

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MLS Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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Playoff soccer is ready to kick off once again in MLS.

D.C. United hosts the New England Revolution in Wednesday's first first-round matchup (7:30 p.m., UniMas), while the Seattle Sounders welcome the LA Galaxy to CenturyLink Field later in the evening (10 p.

Sounders flash top form to rout RSL, clinch playoff berth

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SEATTLE It took a tired, listless, and shorthanded opponent, but the Seattle Sounders finally looked a semblance of themselves on Sunday night, cruising to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake and qualifying for the playoffs in front of 55,435 at CenturyLink Field.

Who will make the MLS 2015 playoffs?

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The MLS regular season is winding down as competition is starting to heat up for a spot in the MLS playoffs. This is the last week of games before the first round of MLS playoff games starting on October 28th. There are several teams who have locked themselves into the playoffs, but there are still teams who have to fight until the end to make the cut.

MLS Week 31: Western Conference

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Draws in the Western Conference during MLS Week 31 keeps the top of the table tight with teams staying in contention. Read More

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Pro prospects to watch in the NCAA Tournament

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The NCAA tournament kicks off today with 16 first round games. Here are some players to keep an eye on.

As the NCAA Tournament begins today, big name potential homegrown players like Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Brandon Allen (New York Red Bulls), Callum Irving (Vanouver Whitecaps), Bradley Bourgeois (Houston Dynamo), Mael Corboz (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Culbertson (Columbus Crew) and Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union) will be a major focus, but so too will a group of players who are likely to go the route of the MLS SuperDraft.

Sounders offer Morris largest Homegrown contract in MLS history

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In pursuit of Jordan Morris, the Seattle Sounders are more than prepared to pay out a record-breaking deal.

Sounders general manager Garth Lagerway announced Wednesday that the Sounders have offered the Stanford starthe richest Homegrown Player contract in MLS history. As things stand, LA Galaxy star and fellow U.

Report: Morris undecided on professional future despite Sounders offer

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward Jordan Morrishas long been expected to turn pro after his junior season at Stanford University, but a new report suggests he hasn't made up his mind yet. is reportingthat Morrishas yet to commit to the idea of turning professional after this season, even though the Seattle Sounders remain waiting with the highest homegrown offer in MLS history.

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Latino supporters' group disillusioned by Joe Roth's comments

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On the night that Joe Roth effectively handed over his controlling interest of the Seattle Sounders to Adrian Hanauer, the Hollywood producer went out with quite a bang. In between defending Sigi Schmid's coaching performance and bemoaning the existence of the away-goals rule and ties, Roth also made a highly insensitive remark about how Guatemala and Nicaragua are both "cocaine distributors.

Adrian Hanauer is now Sounders' majority owner

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Well this came out of left field: At the end of his opening statement at the Seattle Sounders Alliance Meeting, Joe Roth announced that Adrian Hanauer is the club's new majority owner. Details are sparse and it's unknown how much, if any, of the club's ownership Roth has retained, but Hanauer appears to be the undisputed top dog at the organization now.

Sounders FC Alliance business meeting: Updates, news and highlights

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Sounders owners will be addressing all sorts of questions and give updates on the state of the team.

Season ticket holders have another event to add to their calendar: Seattle Sounders FC will be holding their seventh annual Alliance Business Meeting on Nov. 12. Like last year it will be held at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle, and like every year it is expected to be hosted by Sounders FC owners Joe Roth, Adrian Hanauer, and Drew Carey (possibly via Skype.

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Sigi Schmid to remain Sounders head coach in 2016

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Despite falling short of the ultimate goal, the Seattle Sounders won't be making any drastic changes on the coaching front.

On Thursday,Sounders general manager Garth Lagerweyannounced that Sigi Schmid will return to the club as head coach.

Sigi Schmid returns in 2016

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President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey announced at the End of Year Meeting that the only coach the Seattle Sounders have known will remain the coach.

The decision to retain Sigi Schmid as the coach of the Seattle Sounders in 2016 was confirmed on Thursday night when Garth Lagerwey made the announcement during the Q&A session of the annual Alliance Meeting.

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This year was so close to being special ... until it wasn't

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We're now almost 48 hours removed from what I'm comfortable calling the most excruciating end to a Seattle Sounders season to date. It's not just that they were eliminated on penalty kicks for the first time, it's how the game even ended up there that is so rough.

I say this in all honesty: It still hurts to watch the highlights.

Allow yourself to remember the moment when all was good in the world

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The emotion lasted less than two minutes. But, man, those moments felt really good. The Seattle Sounders had scored in the 90th minute on a wonderful Marco Pappa corner kick and a pounding Chad Marshall header. The all-important road goal tied the score 1-1 and gave the Sounders a 3-2 lead on aggregate.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Soccer News: Designated players in the 2015 MLS Cup playoffs

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It was easy to spot the trend in the MLS playoffs, with the teams with high payrolls losing out in Monday's soccer news update. Read More

MLS Playoffs: FC Dallas, Sounders out for victory in decisive second leg

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The onus on Sunday is on FC Dallas. Not only will the club be at home, but it needs a victory. Anything less will result in anotherearly playoff elimination.The Seattle Sounders, conversely, are in the driver's seat. A win or draw would see them through, and so would any one-goal loss but a 2-1 scoreline.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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Three teams may have won during the first leg of the conference semifinals in the MLS Cup Playoffs, but only one side toppled Western Conference regular season winner FC Dallas.

Thanks to a spectacular free kick from U.S. international Clint Dempsey, the Sounders took a 2-1 advantage over FC Dallas in the conference semifinals of the MLS Playoffs.

Dempsey free kick caps Sounders rally over FC Dallas

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SEATTLE Maybe, just maybe, this is the year.

The Seattle Sounders have played two matches this postseason and have brought two ignominious, franchise-haunting streaks to abrupt ends. Just days after finally dispatching the LA Galaxy from the playoffs for the first time in four tries, the Sounders turned around on scant rest and won the first leg of a playoff series for the first time in club history.

Soccer News: MLS surprises in the knockout round

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The Eastern Conference playoff game ended in controversy and the Western has the defending champs knocked out in the soccer news. Read More

Erik Friberg wonder strike helps Sounders eliminate Galaxy from playoffs

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SEATTLE The only two clubs to reach the playoffs for the last seven years straight. Two of the league's biggest payrolls and glitziest rosters. Two of the most decorated coaches in the history of American soccer. Everything was in place for Wednesday night's knockout-round playoff match between the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders to deliver some memorable soccer.

Soccer TV: DC United vs New England and Seattle vs LA Galaxy

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DC United hosts the New England Revolution in the East and the Seattle Sounders play the LA Galaxy in the West on the soccer TV schedule. Read More

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Athens Derby cancelled

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After a player was hit with a flare from the stands, one of the world's most fierce rivalries was called off


Seattle Sounders FC Owner Joe Roth isn't always the most enlightening of speakers, but had some interesting things to say when talking to about turf, stadiums, and his fellow owners.

Seattle Soccer Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday gift-giving season is just around the corner. This is not just an excuse to plug ourselves, though we will. There are some pretty neat things that the Seattle Sounders, Seattle Reign, Tacoma Stars, etc., have out there. You love soccer. People you know love soccer. Get them soccer stuff.

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The hoodie starts at $40.

Joe Roth apologizes for comments at Alliance meeting

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Fans called for apology after Roth's flippant comments about Guatemala and Nicaragua

Seattle Sounders FC released an apologetic statement on behalf of owner Joe Roth after his comments during last night's Alliance meeting describing Guatemala and Nicaragua as "cocaine distributors."

Roth had mistakenly identified Marco Pappa as being from Nicaragua rather than Guatemala, and when corrected he noted offhand that both countries were cocaine distributors.

Copa America Centenario organizers 'want to be in Seattle'

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Don't go out and start making plans yet, but CenturyLink Field is very much in the running to be one of the hosts for next summer's Copa America Centenario. Seattle Sounders Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley said nothing was finalized, but gave strong indications that something could soon be during Thursday's Alliance Meeting.

New turf coming to CenturyLink Field in 2016

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It wasn't exactly unexpected, but the Seattle Sounders had put to rest any fears that they won't have new turf in time for the 2016 season. Sounders Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley made the announcement at Thursday's Alliance Meeting.

Bart Wiley says Sounders are getting new turf next year.

Major Link Soccer: Sigi Hashtags for All

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Let's all just enjoy a nice civil discussion about the future of the Seattle Sounders.


Things are starting to pick up in our annual fight polite conversation over the future of one Siegfried Schmid. To kick off today's conversation, I start with the completely predictable news.

Report: Obafemi Martins receives Nigeria call-up

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Just one day after helping the Seattle Sounders secure advancement into the Western Conference semifinals in the MLS Cup Playoffs, Obafemi Martins received some more good news.

Martins has reportedly received a call-up to the Nigerian national team, which is currently coached by Sunday Oliseh.