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Abbott Smith

  • joined Mar 29, 2011
  • last login Apr 16, 2014
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Su Madre

Part of Gordon R. Dickson's Childe Cycle is the story Lost Dorsai. It involves a young military musician from a warrior caste who has chosen not to kill. During the climax of the story he is part...

The Spectacle of Changing the Guard

Sigi Schmid and the Sounders are counting on younger players to become veteran leaders. You can watch it happen.

Flying Under the Radar and Building Infrastructure

Other fanbases don't want to win an Open Cup? So what. Other fanbases would ignore the CCL? So what. Other fanbases belittle sending Academy prospects to top colleges? So what. In Seattle we call that planning for long term succes and we like it.

Just How Good Are The 2012 Seattle Sounders?

Injuries suck, but they also show us something. The Seattle Sounders could be better than they are at 2 Points Per Match.

Evaluating MLS Team Strength And The Injury Factor

The injuries striking the Sounders, and other teams, skew our ability to judge how good they actually are.

What was the Strategic Value of Playing for a Road Point?

Is Seattle's roster set-up to win defensive battles?

Converting an Impressive Loss into a Learning Opportunity

Yes. I was impressed by the Sounders' performance last Saturday against San Jose. Fielding a starting lineup cobbled together out of spare parts and held together by bubble gum and bailing wire, S...

Importance of the Sounders' Tactical Depth

Seattle has more options available to it than many thought.

Balancing Defense with Converting Chances

How well the Sounders convert their chances will determine their fate in 2012.

First Impressions: MLS Rosters and Opening Weekend

Some rosters look set, others need help.

There Is A Storm Gathering In Seattle Tonight - Can You Taste It?

There are moments during the tornado season when the air turns green. Suddenly you find yourself swimming through air the color of an antique glass bottle. The world turns still, anticipating the...

Roster Utilization Questions For 2012

With a roster essentially set the big question is how will it be used?

Betting On Yourself

The Sounders Brain Trust is betting on their skills and abilities to complete the potential of the Eddie Johnson trade.

Sounder Investments

Early in the classic baseball movie Bull Durham, there is a scene where the veteran catcher, Crash Davis, ends up out back of a bar with the pitching protégé he's supposed to be helping to...

Voodoo Economics: A Look at how the LA Galaxy Manage the Salary Cap

LA added a handful of high value players. How do they fit that in the cap?

MLS Roster Building is a Spectator Sport

Why are we so intrigued by offseason decisions?

Do Sounders Need More Creativity From Central Midfield?

The Sounders' one glaring hole is a truly creative force in the central midfield. The question is: Do they really need one?

Cue Music

Josh Mayers interviewed three of the new draftees about their first day in camp. He also just tweeted that Steve Zakuani appears to be practicing without restrictions. Now that is music to everyone's ears. : )

Sounders Roster Competition And Musical Chairs

Sigi Schmid could be looking at a "two-deep" that includes 25 players and adding four to five players purely for their futures.

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Sounders Acquire MF Andy Rose in Supplemental Draft Day Trade

Lost in the Supplemental Draft news was a post draft trade. The Seattle Sounders traded the rights to Leone Cruz for the rights to UCLA MF Andy Rose. Rose was selected by RSL as the 6th overall...

'Prospective': Final Thoughts on the 2012 Player Combine

A final look from the fan perspective at the MLS Combine.

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Thoughts on the Draft Combine through Day 2

Earlier today, Alexi Lalas described the Combine as 'great theater'. He was speaking both to the spectacle on the field and the drama happening throughout the hotel lobbies and bars as both MLS...

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Allocation Money as Injury Insurance

The current MLS rules regarding injured players and the salary cap, create a serious problem for the league. This week, the LA Galaxy lost the services of Omar Gonzalez for at least 4-6 months...

We knew they were good

According to MLS, the OPTA statistical analysis of the league had a good first year. Notable for Sounders fans are that Jeff Parke was among the league leaders in winning 50/50 battles and Mauro Rosales was among the league leaders in the category of Scoring Chances Created. Nice to see these skills quantified in a way that demonstrates the value of players beyond simply looking at basic stats such as goals and assists. Some interesting features of the article: 1. Over 80 percent of all 50/50 chances are contested on the ground vs in the air. 2. Less than 45% of all 'he should have scored' opportunities actually result in a goal. I would like to see how the Sounders players rated in this category. OPTA is still a young tool, but it is beginning to bear fruit.

Danish player may be headed our way

Sounds like the Sounders may have found another Scandanavian player. Near as I can tell he's another RB with an attacking mindset. If so, he potentially helps fill the last major hole in the Sounders line up.

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What Remains to Be Seen - Roster Depth

With 3 open roster slots what types of players should Seattle Sounders FC look to add?

Mauro signing named MLS Transaction of the Year

The Sounders signing of Mauro Rosales was named the MLS Transaction of the Year by the staff at mlssoccer.com. Kind of a no brainer, but nice to see none the less. MVP candidate for the league minimum will make the short list any year.

Own Goal you have to see to believe

OK. If this doesn't make you feel for someone, I don't know what will. This is going to be the prettiest goal this player ever scores. Too bad it's against his own goalie.

Montero leading scorer across all competitions

DeRosario may have won the Golden Boot, but he was not the leading scorer across all competitions involving MLS players. Montero won that distinction. According to MLS this is only the fourth time this has happened.

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Lamentation vs. Reading Between the Lines

There has been a significant quantity of hand wringing over the Sounders protected list.  The merits and perceived weaknesses of all of the bubble players both on and off the list have been...

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