Liviu Bird

  • joined Mar 29, 2011
  • last login Aug 02, 2013
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Cascadia regional editor for Soccer Wire. Also contribute to a handful of other places, including Sounder at Heart.

Available for freelance work in all sports.

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Tactics Analyst: Rose exposes flat 'Caps defense


Seattle got off to a quick start against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday with Andy Rose's goal in the ninth minute. It was less of a well-worked goal and more of a defensive breakdown. SaH...

Tactics Analyst: Gspurning vs. Count Dracula


Sounder at Heart tactician Liviu Bird played goalkeeper in another lifetime. In this latest installment of Tactics Analyst, he takes a look at something the Sounders’ main man, a 6-foot, 5-inch...

Tactics Analyst: Sounders capitalize on shocking D


Obafemi Martins scored again on Saturday, but it probably never should have happened. Let's take a look at the many defensive breakdowns that led to a Nigerian flipping through the air.

Tactics Analyst: Offensive rockets Sounders to win


Seattle Sounders FC’s offense fired on all cylinders on Saturday, finally fulfilling the promise that a roster with its ability gives every time it steps on the field. Hometown hero Lamar Neagle...

MLS player salaries: Analysis, charts and tables


Major League Soccer salary numbers are out again, so it’s time to take a detailed look at them.

Tactics Analyst: Sounders escape Philly with point


After a week off, it was much of the same for Sounders FC offensively in its 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union. The style of play from early in the season is starting to become a pattern — at...

Tactics Mailbag: Tiki-taka, set pieces, selection


Sounder at Heart is nothing without its community. Every now and then, we will give you the opportunity to ask SaH tactician Liviu Bird anything you would like to know about Sounders FC and soccer...

Tactics Analyst: An ode to Ozzie


Osvaldo Alonso doesn’t get enough credit. With his new central partner, Shalrie Joseph, Alonso has been freed up to have even more of a major role for the Sounders, on both sides of the ball — and...

Tactics: New system shows promise against Santos

Having not won a match in league play, the Sounders shook up their lineup in a 1-0 Champions League loss to Santos Laguna. Sigi Schmid’s new-look team may not have won, but it took a step forward...

Tactics: Sexy set piece sinks Sounders in SLC


The Sounders barely missed out on a result last week in San Jose, but Real Salt Lake exploited the team’s weaknesses much more thoroughly. Despite pulling a goal back in the second half, Seattle...

Tactics Analyst: SJ vs. SEA not much to look at


The San Jose Earthquakes and Sounders FC reminded Major League Soccer critics of their main arguments on Saturday night. In a barbaric game, San Jose was lucky to have one of the many long shots...

Meola: Gspurning outstanding in '12, start of '13


Former United States national team shot-stopper Tony Meola was in town to do some promotional work and catch the first leg of the Cascadia Cup. Sounder at Heart caught up with him to discuss the...

Tactics Analyst: Errors, rust lead to boring tie

The Portland Timbers stole a point late from Seattle Sounders FC, tying 1-1 on Saturday. It was a fair result given the play, which Sounders FC saw the better of early, and Portland did the same...

Evans: It wouldn't matter if a teammate were gay


Brad Evans played with Robbie Rogers at the Columbus Crew, so Sounder at Heart asked him for his take on Rogers’ decision to come out and homosexuality in soccer.

Alaskan village thanks Sounders fans for support


Nenana Public High School has a team that competes in the state’s coed league, which includes other schools from small villages that don’t have the means to sustain full boys’ and girls’ teams. But...

Montreal center backs impact win over Sounders


The center back pairing of Matteo Ferrari and Alessandro Nesta has seen almost everything soccer has to offer between the two of them. On Saturday, they led their team to a win the way only...

Tactics Analyst: Sounders miss Alonso in loss


Experienced players know how to weather a storm on the road in a tough atmosphere. The Montreal Impact defended resolutely and attacked quickly on the counter-attack to defeat Seattle Sounders FC...

Gspurning: ‘I think we are absolutely ready'


After Seattle Sounders FC’s first training session of 2013 at CenturyLink Field on Thursday, goalkeeper Michael Gspurning spoke to Sounder at Heart about the start of the season and the newest...

Live preseason Q&A with Sounder at Heart


If you have questions about the 2013 MLS preseason, this is the place to drop them. Liviu Bird, Jeremiah Oshan and Dave Clark will be answering questions today (Monday) from 9 to 11 a.m.

Rumor: Obafemi Martins on Sounders short list

Former Serie A and English Premier League star Obafemi Martins is rumored to be on the Sounders FC radar. He hasn’t dipped much in form since his peak, as he plays for Levante in La Liga right now.

Shalrie Joseph joins Sounders as non-roster invite

The six-time MLS All-Star with 20 Grenada caps to his name showed up to Seattle Sounders FC training unexpectedly on Friday, looking for a club to revive his career after a shaky 2012 season....

Gulati indicates Seattle to host qualifier

United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, both verbally and non-verbally, confirmed that Seattle is being seriously considered for a World Cup qualifier on the road to Brazil 2014.

Farewell, Steve Kelley — soccer will miss you


With Seattle Times sports columnist Steve Kelley retiring, we lose a great advocate for the game and a man not afraid to hold Sounders brass accountable for everything they do — or don’t do.

Training Report: A light day before travel to AZ


Seattle Sounders FC convened on the grass field at Starfire for one final session before catching a flight to Phoenix and making the short drive to Casa Grande to begin its first phase of training...

The emotions and toil of preseason


During two-a-days, the season feels so close and yet so far off. Players battle soreness, mental fatigue and the uncertainty incumbent in a fresh start. They may wonder just why they do this —...

Training Report: Day 1 of fitness testing


Seattle Sounders FC training moved to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for fitness testing — the beep test — on Friday.

Supplemental Draft: 3 local players selected


Local collegiate players Ben Fisk, Machael David and Anthony Arena are on their way to MLS camps after being selected on Tuesday in the Supplemental Draft. All three played for Seattle-area clubs...

Josh Ford ‘really happy’ to be back with Sounders


With the Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper contingent slimmed down to three players, Josh Ford is set to have a more magnified role than last season. Recovered from injury, the UConn graduate started...

Angola, Morocco play to scoreless draw

What began as a 4-3-3 vs. 4-3-3 matchup turned into an interesting battle that showed a couple of different modern permutations of a classic formation. While this match ended scoreless, it was more...

Reign FC Drafts Four in NWSL College Draft

The Seattle Reign FC roster is up to 11 after the inaugural NWSL college draft in Indianapolis on Friday. Reign FC picked up Christine Nairn, Mallory Schaffer, Kristen Meier and Haley Kopmeyer.

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