Depending on where you sit, the Seattle Sounders are either in desperate need of attacking talent or better off holding out for the perfect player, even if that means waiting until summer. A decent case can be made for either position, but it's looking like the Seattle Sounders may be more in the mind of waiting.
Tonight's 6 PM Pacific match between S2 and the Monarchs is more interesting for off-field reasons than those on the pitch.
When now Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey left Real Salt Lake they were in the process of setting up the Real Monarchs, their USL side. Since that time the Monarchs have signed a whopping 15 players from their Academy or last year's USL side.
Turns out Copa America Centenario will affect the Seattle Sounders a bit more than originally thought. Although MLS will take a break during the group stage, the United States is playing a trio of friendlies beforehand. MLS players are expected to be excused from the first one against Puerto Rico on May 22, but will be expected to participate in matches against Ecuador (May 25) and Bolivia (May 28).
The 1 PM game is on JOEtv (10/22/110) and ROOT Sports outside of the Greater Puget Sound.
Columbus Crew SC and Seattle Sounders FC will be forever connected. Seattle stole their coach and young midfielder Brad Evans (out this match). The Crew responded by winning the Supporters' Shield. The Crew lost the best defender to make MLS home (Chad Marshall) and then proceeded to start a new era of competitive soccer making the MLS Cup last year.
Following Week 7 action in MLS, the team at the top of the standings has reportedly received some bad news.
FC Dallas could be without centerback Matt Hedges for five-to-six weeks due to a torn meniscus. A report claims Hedges started feeling the problem after playing on the Portland Timbers' artificial surface at Providence Park, and the defender then missed FCD's home win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.
The Sounders' new look midfield trio is anchored by Erik Friberg's return from injury
The first half of the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday was a microcosm of their season to date. A deep, and at times staunch defense, was paired with a high anemic attack that ultimately failed to give the defense breathing room and the chance to reset.
Two preseason MLS Cup contenders battle to get above the red line and right their currently flawed seasons. Saturday's day game starts at 1 PM on JOEtv (10/22/110) in the Greater Puget Sound and ROOT Sports in the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Columbus Crew SC are a single point ahead of Seattle with a 2-3-2 -2 record.
The hometown hero has scored three goals in as many games, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Despite not scoring his first goal until Week 6 of the MLS season, Seattle Sounders rookie forward Jordan Morris has been on a bit of a hot streak in the last few weeks. His goal against the Philadelphia Union flicked a switch in Morris' game, as he's scored goals in both matches since.
A home win. Another goal by Jordan Morris. Beating the bitter Crew. Nothing could dampen my mood, right?
On Saturday the Seattle Sounders beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 in a game that won't be saved for posterity. It wasn't the prettiest game, with both teams missing plenty of opportunities to score until Jordan Morris put the ball into the back of the net with minutes to play.
Late May could see the Seattle Sounders without three of their best players. The preliminary Copa America roster for the United States includes Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans. Though Seattle avoided most international dates Jurgen Klinsmann is opening training camp on May 16th with the final 23-man roster announced on May 20th.
SEATTLE In the locker room after Saturday's match, the difference in Jordan Morris was plain. He had scored the first game-winning goal ofhis young career some 40 minutes earlier an 88th-minute, left-footed slap that deflected off defender Michael Parkhurst before finding the back of the net.
SEATTLE With his club facing another disappointing result in a season that has seen its share of disappointing results, rookie Jordan Morris delivered a late goal for the Seattle Sounders, lifting his club to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon.
Facing a talented but struggling Columbus Crew and having already dropped six points at home, the Seattle Sounders faced what was pretty close to a must-win game on Saturday. The first half was a bit of a struggle, as the Crew missed a couple great chances to take the lead. But the Sounders absolutely dominated the second half, bossing possession and putting the Crew on their back foot.
Clint Dempsey is back in the Seattle Sounders starting lineup after getting a week off to rest an injury, but Sigi Schmid is still rolling out a depleted group for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew. In addition to the expected absences of Brad Evans (suspension) and Andreas Ivanschitz (illness), Erik Friberg and Nelson Haedo Valdez were also left out of the starting lineup.
"It helps to get the monkey off your back. There's a lot of pressure to get that first one, so that felt good."
Seattle Sounders rookie forward Jordan Morris scored his second goal of the season and of his professional career. His first, a week prior at CenturyLink Field against the Philadelphia Union, felt like a huge release of pressure for a player whose hype followed him every time he stepped onto the pitch.
In another MLS match marred by horrific refereeing, the Seattle Sounders lose to the Colorado Rapids. The 3-1 scoreline ignores that Kevin Doyle scored from an offside position. Brad Evans was so outraged that he immediately earned a yellow card for dissent. Not seconds later he earned a second yellow card, also for dissent.
A Sounders team on an unbeaten streak takes on a tough Rapids side, fails miserably.
So much for streaks. So much for playing well. This week the mighty Seattle Sounders came crashing back down to earth after a promising stretch by losing on the road to the Colorado Rapids 1-3. This isn't the old Colorado team we are used to rolling over, though, this is a team that is 4-0 at home and has played strong attacking soccer all season.
"If we can continue to get 7 points every 4 games from here on out, we'll be in the playoffs."
Coming off the team's worst loss of the young MLS season, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was in a pretty positive mood on Monday after the team's first training session since Saturday's loss to the Colorado Rapids: "I think we've been in every game that we've played so far, and even though we lost the first three games I wasn't that disappointed in [the team].
Led by another finish from Jermaine Jones, theColorado Rapids earned their third win in as many games by toppling a fellow Western Conference contender.
Goals from Jermaine Jones, Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle proved enough to overcome a second-half finish from Jordan Morris, as the Rapids earned a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The 6 PM game is on Q13 Fox (13/113) and Univision-Seattle (50/51/51.1).
Playing at a mile's worth of elevation can be rough. It's part of why teams in Denver tend to have great home records. It's also why the Colorado Rapids are better in the final 30 than their opponents (+1). Seattle Sounders FC will need to survive the 5280 with a reduced lineup.
The Saturday 6 PM game between Western Conference foes is on Q13 FOX and Univision-Seattle. Colorado Rapids enter the match 4-2-1 +2 and are a perfect 3-0 at home this year. Seattle Sounders FC are 2-3-1 -1 and have yet to earn a road win. Former Sounder Marco Pappa is out injured. Both Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez are questionable in the game.
Both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact have emerged as contenders in their respective conferences, but the two sides will face stiff tests this weekend.
RSL, the league's last remaining unbeaten, travels to StubHub Center to take on the LA Galaxy, while the Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC in a match-up that should pit superstars Didier Drogba andSebastian Giovinco against one another.
The Saturday 6 PM game between Western Conference foes is on Q13 FOX and Univision-Seattle.
Off to a surprising start, the Colorado Rapids have 13 points in their seven games. They are all about stingy defense, grit and raw Pablo-monium. Even with a win the Seattle Sounders will not be above the red line.
"Soccer is a very different sport, it's the beauty of the sport."
Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has been around the game for a long time, long enough to catch the minutiae and details that most people won't even notice upon close examination. For his team, Schmid stresses the importance of making strong decisions, because every single decision made on the pitch has repercussions that affect the outcome of a match.
Dempsey didn't train outside and Valdez went inside after feeling some tightness in his leg
The positive feeling that was hanging over Starfire in Tukwila on Thursday after Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid happily noted having an almost entirely healthy squad changed drastically on Friday.
The former Sounders winger and current Sounders commentator had an engaging 30-minute conversation with our own Dave Clark. These excerpts focus on life outside of soccer and the 2016 Zakuani and Friends Charity Game.
Back when Nos Audietis hosted YachtCon15 Steve Zakuani said he still did not know what his future would hold.
With just a week until the primary transfer window closes the Seattle Sounders have yet to add any talent during the season beyond Herculez Gomez. That may be changing as word out of Chile is that David Llanos of Universidad Católica is reportedly coming to the United States to sign with an MLS team.
S2 crash to a 1-1 draw in waning seconds wasting an impressive Victor Mansaray move and goal.
Despite a first half that showed the potency of what Seattle Sounders 2 can be and can do it was the second half that confirmed the result. Tyler Miller flubbed a routine two-handed grab on a shot, it dribbled down his leg and Oklahoma City Energy FC's Rideout slammed in the leveling goal.
Folks may have a Black-and-Red rooting interest in Red, White and Blue.
It was announced today that D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum has made the 40-man preliminary roster for the United States national team in advance of this summer's Copa America tournament. This serves as more evidence that Birnbaum's place within the USMNT is fairly solid.
The Brotherly Game staff had a contentious debate over who was MVP of the match. The fan vote showed that Blake was yet again superior.
For the fourth time in six games, the Union fans selected Andre Blake as man of the match. Despite being caught off guard on Seattle's impressive second goal, Blake notched seven saves and his wizardry kept the Union in the game.