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Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey ‘at peace’ with USMNT legacy even if international career is over

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Dempsey gives no indication he's itching for any sort of formal send off.

History will likely be very kind to Clint Dempsey's international legacy. If the game against Trinidad & Tobago turns out to be his final appearance for the Stars and Stripes, he'll finish with the third most caps in USMNT history, tied for the most goals and being the only American man to have scored in three World Cups.

Nos Audietis, Episode 240: The Boys are Back

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Sounders open training camp with some intriguing names.

Opening training camp as the defending MLS Cup champions has a certain ring to it, doesn't it? The Seattle Sounders did just that this week, and there were no shortage of storylines.

The most interesting was probably the health of Clint Dempsey.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: La Liga eyeing overseas matches in United States and China

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League leadership are looking at bringing season games beyond Spain, with China and the US as logical targets.

Seattle:

The Sounders FC Academy teams all kicked off their seasons in resounding fashion, going 4-0-0 on their opening weekend.

The joint USA, Mexico and Canada 2026 World Cup bid puts 41 cities and 44 stadiums into play, and per ProSoccer Talk's rankings, Seattle and CenturyLink Field are 15th.

Major Link Soccer: Manchester match postponed for "practice bomb"

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Also, Zlatan

Seattle

Local boy Bennett Lehner was named as one of Gatorade's Players of the Spring for his time with the University of Washington.

Through three home matches, the Seattle Reign are averaging over 4,000 per home match, good for fourth in the league.

Landon Donovan was in town for Steve Zakuani's charity match Sunday, and when asked about Copa America Donovan praised the soccer culture of Seattle in terms of setting a bar.

Freedom Kicks for 30 October 2014: MLS playoffs and USMNT

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We have a bunch of links for you this morning, so here we go!

So much soccer, so little time!

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd gives you a playoff preview as D.C. United waits to learn its opponent for Sunday's game.

FC Dallas vs.

Seattle Sounders

Major Link Soccer: Canadian Championship semifinals begin

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Toronto FC will look to defend their crown and win their sixth championship

Seattle

Seattle Reign FC's 1-1 tie over the weekend against the Orlando Pride saw them drop from number one in the NWSL Power Rankings in the Latest NWSL Power Rankings.

Once again, Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer is up for NWSL Save of the Week.

How to watch the Zach Scott Testimonial

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Scott's final match will be livestreamed.

Zach Scott will be suiting up one more time. The longest-tenured Seattle Sounders player will also be the first to get a testimonial match, which will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Tickets will be available at the gate.

If you can't be there, though, you are welcome to watch it here with us.

Zakuani's Charity Game was masterclass in soccer as joyful poetry

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Sure, Steve Zakuani's blue team won 7-6. That wasn't the point.

In a couple months West Ham is going to play the Seattle Sounders in a friendly, but it's a game that still matters a bit. The EPL side will be in preseason training focusing fitness and tactical changes. Sigi Schmid will have a few players trying to prove that they are ready for league time.

Steve Zakuani's post-playing career includes charity work and another book

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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.

This is why I'm going to the Zakuani & Friends Charity Match

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and you be there should too

Seattle Sounders broadcaster and former number one overall pick Steve Zakuani is hosting a charity game for the second straight year. The event at Starfire promises to be a lot of fun, light-hearted soccer. Adidas is helping host, and that explains some of the names you're about to see, but not all of them.

The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career

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The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds.

The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League respite from the furious MLS playoff race with a team of backups.

Timbers ax Alpha United in first ever CONCACAF Champions League match

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite a long-distance midweek trip and less-than-stellar playing conditions, the Portland Timbers opened their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on a positive note.

With head coach Caleb Porter opting for a more subdued lineup in preparation for this weekend's tilt against the Seattle Sounders, the Timbers coasted in a 4-1 victory over Alpha United in Guyana via goals fromSteve Zakuani, Maximiliano Urruti, Fanendo Adi and Alvas Powell.

Donovan Ricketts

Who Is Available in the Second Round of the Re-entry Draft?

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The second round of the MLS Re-entry Draft is coming up quickly tomorrow and there are still plenty of players ready for selection. The Portland Timbers do not have a strong history of taking players out of the Re-entry Draft -- Steve Zakuani in the first round in 2013 is the team's only selection to date -- but there are still plenty of intriguing prospects available, particularly now that teams are no longer able to sign or trade their own players that are draft-elligible.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Chivas USA (third match)

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We have complete player ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the team's dramatic 2 to 0 win over Chivas USA back on August. There are individual marks for all the players and various composite rankings for the Timbers coaches, the team, the opponent and the officiating.

Open Cup

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group D voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group D.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group C voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group C.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group B voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group B.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

2015 Sounder at Heart Moment of Year Group A voting

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With 20 moments that defined Seattle soccer in 2015 there will be four groups of five events. This is group A.

After about 100 games of local pro soccer, a few memories will stick with us forever. In 2014, the defining moment was Pappa purloining the Supporters' Shield. In 2013, we think back to Djimi Traore scoring to tie Tigres UANL in the CCL.

Team News

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC third match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers third match with the Seattle Sounders FC that resulted in a 4 to 2 loss for the home side. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared, plus rankings for the coaches, team, and officials.

Fanendo Adi nets brace for Portland Timbers, but Seattle Sounders tally four goals for victory

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The Portland Timbers returned home after winning their first CONCACAF Champions League match in Guyana, hoping to gain some traction in the Western Conference playoff chase in hosting the Seattle Sounders. While Fanendo Adi scored twice to give the home fans some great moments, the Timbers defense had issues in controlling Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey and the Sounders tallied four goals on the day to earn a 4 to 2 win.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers versus Seattle Sounders third match

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The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC renew their rivalry on August 24 when the Sounders visit for the second time in 2014. Seattle has the advantage with a draw in Portland back in April and a win at home in July, but the Timbers are a very different team from those previous matches. It should be a very entertaining, feisty battle in front of a national audience on ESPN2.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New England Revolution

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We have complete player evaluations from the Timbers' 1 all draw with the New England Revolution, including a composite rating for the coaches, team, and officiating.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers versus Los Angeles Galaxy (third match)

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The Portland Timbers are hoping to continue their winning ways against the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 2 in California. The Timbers come into the nationally televised battle winners of two in a row to give their playoff hopes a needed boost, but they will need to contend with the cavalcade of weapons possessed by the home side.

Portland Timbers player evaluations versus Colorado Rapids (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers big 2 to 1 win over the Colorado Rapids back on July 18 at Providence Park. There are individual ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus composite ratings for the coaches, team and other categories.

Portland Timbers continue to unravel in 2 to 0 to Seattle Sounders FC behind second half goals

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The Portland Timbers did battle with their fierce rivals from Washington for the second time in five days, although the stakes of the meeting were a little different. Meeting for the second time in three scheduled meetings, the Seattle Sounders used two goals in the final 20 minutes and an intensified offensive approach to defeat Portland 2 to 0.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. FC Dallas (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 all draw with FC Dallas from June 11. The ratings include marks for the coaches, officials and team plus individual marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers impressive 3 to 1 win over Real Salt Lake back on June 7 in Utah. Included are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, the officials, the Timbers coaches and a complete rating for the entire club.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (first match)

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We have complete player evaluations from June 1's Cascadia Cup battle between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, including a few new categories. We still have marks for each player plus coaches and team, but a few new ratings that will pop up on a regular basis.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New York Red Bulls

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers' comeback win over New York 2 to 1 back on May 24 on the road. The post includes composite marks for the team and coaches, plus a rating for each Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match.

Maxi Urruti brace gives Portland Timbers huge comeback road win versus New York Red Bulls

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The Portland Timbers have been showing signs of a turnaround on both sides of the ball over the past few weeks, but victories have been tough to come by. The Timbers didn't make that task easier after conceding a first half penalty kick, but Maximiliano Urruti rescued the day with goals in first half stoppage and in the 75th minute to lead his club to a 2 to 1 win on the road.

The Rest

Yes, Marshawn Lynch played in the Zakuani & Friends charity game

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And he kind of scored, but not really.

When Steve Zakuani announced that Marshawn Lynch would play in the third annual Zakuani & Friends charity game Beast Mode was retired. Since then Lynch unretired and joined the Oakland Raiders. Lynch still came to the game, and "played."

In the first half Marshawn strolled the sideline, chatting with people creating and giving big smiles.

Heather Stewart fans with two-poles

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Nearly 100 of them in fact.

Every body fans in their own way. Some sing, some march, some cheer, some write, some create two-poles. Heather Stewart is part of that two-pole group. Over the past three years she's created nearly 100 of the little supportive banners.

Back in April that number was 93 with six more already planned.

Zach Scott joins Sounders broadcast team

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Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson reprise their play-by-play roles, Jackie Montgomery returns to studio.

A few days before the Seattle Sounders take on the Houston Dynamo to begin their quest to repeat as MLS Cup champions, the front office has announced their 2017 regional broadcast lineup.

Keith Costigan and Matt Johnson will reprise their play-by-play roles on TV and radio, respectively.

Steve Zakuani’s goodbye to team is reminder he’s great at his current jobs

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As good as Zakuani was as a player, he's an even better speaker, analyst and philanthropist.

It feels odd to be writing about Steve Zakuani "retiring" again. One, he didn't actually come back. Two, he didn't retire from his actual jobs - analyst, motivational speaker, philanthropist. But a phase of his life is clearly done, again.

Nos Audietis, Episode 219: San Jose recap and Dave's interview with Steve Zakuani

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Jeremiah and Aaron talk about the win over the Quakes and we share Dave Clark's interview with Steve Zakuani.

Jeremiah and Aaron recap and discuss the 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes including thoughts about why that felt like Seattle Sounders FC best performance this season. Also included in the episode are excerpts from Sounder at Heart's Dave Clark interview with Steve Zakuani.

Chad Ochocinco Johnson just challenged all of Seattle to FIFA

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Since he retired from football last year, Chad Ochocinco Johnson has sort of made a name for himself by challenging random people to play FIFA, going to their house and "embarrassing" them. This is something that has happened as recently as January. Well, he's in town for Steve Zakuani's charity tournament -- yes, as a player -- and he's challenged you.

Steve Zakuani thinks Sounders still need a playmaker

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The Sounder sees an attack that is decent, capable of being good, but it will not be great until the club adds a major talent. He also thinks this is the best defense Seattle's seen.

When the conversation turns to soccer and the Seattle Sounders that he analyzes on TV or radio every week, Steve Zakuani is in his element.

Zac expects to be back, Edu says future out of his hands, Geiger controversy, more news

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MacMath and Edu on their futures with the Union. Geiger call decides Western knockout game, Eastern Conference knockout game tonight. Valcke says turf at men's World Cup coming "sooner rather than later." More.