Seattle, you are something else in American Soccer
You know what's a good problem to have? Not being able to tell which is more entertaining: your fans or your team. Seattle hosted its first World Cup qualifier for US Soccer in 37 years, and it was one to remember.
SEATTLE- As much as you can argue it was always a sure bet, and there wasn't that much risk involved, U.S. Soccer gambled when it chose Seattle as a venue for a World Cup Qualifier. Not because Seattle isn't an amazing soccer city, but because of the lack of a permanent grass field at the city's top soccer venue, and because of the travel it would involve for the national team in the middle of a qualifying campaign.
The Cascadia Cup rivals once again did not disappoint Saturday evening as the Seattle Sounders ousted the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 courtesy of a late winner by Lamar Neagle. In front of a packed crowd at CenturyLink Field, Seattle jumped out to the early lead after a successful counter attack. Neagle played a perfectly timed ball to a streaking Andy Rose who then converted back post.
The Seattle Sounders have had nowhere near a full squad for much of this Major League Soccer season. Due to injuries, international call-ups, and other factors the Sounders have not been at full strength for long periods of the season. The Sounders started the season badly, coming up winless in their first 5 games.
This weekend Major League Soccer offers only four matches with only two of which are crucial for either team.
The most interesting and entertaining match-up is between Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The game will take place at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at 9:30 p.m. The team in the better position is Salt Lake.
Obafemi Martins will be available for the Seattle Sounders this Saturday when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps, thanks to an independent panel's review.
MLS announced on Wednesday that the red card Martins received in the 71st minute of last Saturday's 2-0 victory over Chivas USA had been rescinded, keeping Martins available for selection in the next match.
If you weren't paying attention to soccer in America this weekend, you missed a couple of spectacular own goals. The first came Saturday in Major League Soccer. With Chivas USA already trailing 1-0, Seattle Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales floated a [...]
After last week's 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, many wondered if the Los Angeles Galaxy could recreate that offensive performance without striker Robbie Keane and against a defense that had recorded back-to-back shutouts.
On Sunday, the defending champions' performance looked more like their midweek U.
Sporting Kansas City and the Montreal Impact are both eying the top spot in the MLS Eastern Conference and tonight's match-up at Sporting Park will offer us some evidence of just which of them is the more likely challenger to fellow East powers Houston and the New York Red Bulls.
The Seattle Sounders are currently missing some of their top players. Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans are on international duty. Osvaldo Alonso is injured at the moment. All of these players are key contributors to the Sounders. Things just got even worse with Shalrie Joseph being suspended an extra game due to an altercation he had with L.
It took 76 minutes for Robbie Rogers to make history on Sunday night.
The midfielder had to wait until the 77th minute to become the first openly gay male athlete to play in a professional men's team sport in North America. Rogers came on as a substitute late in Sunday night's match against the Seattle Sounders, which turned out to be an easy night for the Galaxy.
While the calendar may say it's Memorial Day weekend, the pair of high-profile playoff rematches on the docket will be giving MLS fans a tantalizing taste of November soccer.
After having their 36-game home unbeaten run ended by Sporting Kansas City earlier this month, the Houston Dynamo will look to return the favor with a road result of their own at Sporting Park in a key clash for the crowded Eastern Conference.
Editor's note: Each week, the Soccer Perspectives MLS Expert Panel will rank Major League Soccer's 19 teams from best to worst. FC Dallas kept the top spot this week despite losing 4-2 at the surging Seattle Sounders. The New York [...]
New England Revolution right back Andrew Farrell has had a solid start to his professional career, and he continued it was a 90 minute effort against the Houston Dynamo last Saturday, in a 2-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.
A first half hat trick from Robbie Keane helped see the Galaxy to a 4-0 thumping of the visiting Seattle Sounders. Sean Franklin opened the scoring for LA in the 12th minute, finishing a ball from Keane after some great combination play.
The Los Angeles Galaxy had lost three of their past four matches, and limped back home to face a red-hot Seattle Sounders side that had won four of five and put together a six-match unbeaten streak heading into Sunday night. Their clash had all the makings of a mismatch.
Maybe a lot is made out of a team's record coming off a loss, but considering how much FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman talks about character, how his side responds on Saturday night against San Jose at FC Dallas Stadium could say a good deal about how this team will be playing as the calendar gets ready to flip to June.
FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)
In the 64th minute of Saturday's 4-2 loss at Seattle, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman made an interesting decision when he decided to bring off Kenny Cooper, who had scored in the 54th minute for Fabian Castillo.
The young Colombian normally enters a game to provide FCD some pace at a time when the legs of the opposition could be tiring a bit.
The U.S. Men's National Team, surrounded by doubt as recently as mid-March, arrived riding a string of impressive results and almost casually dismissed Panama to seize first place in CONCACAF's final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Emerald City Supporters members, Seattle Sounders player Roger Levesque, and Sounders announcer Ross Fletcher taste test Redhook Brewing Company's No Equal" Amber Lager (made for the Emerald City Supporters SG)) and Widmer Brother's Brewing Company's "Green & Gold" Kolsch (made for the Timbers Army SG).