The First Round of the US Open Cup is (mostly) in the books. Here is a recap and commentary of our pick'em picks, how certain teams fared, and certain pick'em teams fared.
The latest Levy Films video showcases the first match of the 2013 Cascadia Cup, following Sigi Schmid and the Sounders through the day and night of the game on March 16. The video features just under 6 minutes of footage.
Reports have emerged that the Seattle is targeting Argentinian teenager Luciano Vietto, currently with Argentina's U-20's and Racing Club in Buenos Aries. Seattle may be in a bidding war with CSKA Moscow, and Vietto could be our first youth DP.
The Sounders FC have re-signed Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni, and have confirmed news regarding a few other players
How fun can a win be if it lacks drama? The Sounders have set themselves up for a game worthy of a Hollywood movie, now they have to go out and be Big Damn Heroes, and give us that Hollywood ending we've sought these past four years.
Since July, Seattle teams have done extraordinarily well at CenturyLink Field. Many have taken to calling this the Power of Tanzania. That Power may be key to a Seattle Sounders road playoff victory.
Zach Slaton, as a contributor to Forbes and blogger over at A Beautiful Numbers Game, has made his calculations, and his numbers indicate that the Sounders are the least likely team to reach the MLS Cup Finals, much less win it. Read here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/zachslaton/2012/10/30/mls-knockout-round-and-mls-cup-predictions In fact, if I'm reading it correctly, neither the Sounders nor the Whitecaps won the final in any of his 10,000 Monte Carlo simulations. Now, I question the robustness of a model that so heavily discounts random chance that results in a simulation where 10% of the participants never win, but there is some indication that it works, as it has done a pretty good job of giving the highest odds to the winner. But there's precedence for a team to "break" the model, as the model gave the 2005 LA Galaxy only a 0.0% chance to win it all, but they did indeed go on to win the whole kit and kaboodle. And NYRB made the finals in 2008 after having a 1.7% chance to win. I'd take it all with a grain of salt, as the playoffs are a notoriously small sample size, but is food for thought, even if that food makes you a bit queasy and upset.
There hasn't been an off topic thread in awhile, so why don't we chat about all the goings on that are not directly related to our beloved Sounders.First off, I had a wonderful beer last night, the...
You are a Sounder. You will bathe them in a thunderous storm of your noise. Be proud of who you are and let them hear you.
Sounders owners Joe Roth and Drew Carey gave interviews to Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times recently about the upcoming GM vote.
While our own LikkitP has created some immortal Sounders gifs, I happen to be of the belief that the more gifs, the better. And browsing Tumblr this evening, I stumbled across a new source of gifs...
I am not sure how familiar Arsenal fans are of Steve Zakuani, former Arsenal youth, but he has recently returned from injury for the Seattle Sounders FC and just released this track, "Hometown Freestyle." On the track he raps about London City, "repping always." He's got an EP coming out Nov. 1st, with proceeds benefiting his charity, Kingdom Hope. His ultimate goal with Kingdom Hope is to establish soccer academies, beginning in London and eventually reaching the States and his home country, DR Congo. If you like the track, watch for the EP and consider donating to Kingdom Hope.
Adrian Hanauer is a fantastic GM. Arguably the best in MLS. But is that good enough for Seattle? Could we have someone better? Adrian has had his fair share of missteps, some which may have held Seattle back. This is the case for Hanauer Out.
Apparently soccer can be dangerous in Iran. Especially when someone throws an explosive device onto the pitch.
The USMNT takes on Jamaica in a key 2014 World Cup qualifier, on a very significant date. Come discuss the game in our gamethread.
What makes Klinsmann’s set-up different is that he’s throttled back from the openness of the Bob Bradley years, and shied away from the balance of the Arena years. Defensive-minded players crowd the midfield, sending a simple message: "We dare you to beat us from the flanks." Mexico took that dare, attempting 39 crosses in the 1-0 loss; a year previous in the Gold Cup final against Bradley’s U.S., they’d attempted only 10. Yes, El Tri dominated possession both times, but against Klinsmann’s scheme they didn’t really trouble Tim Howard until the altitude took its toll in the final 10 minutes.What is American Soccer?, from the new soccer magazine Howler by Matthew Doyle This fantastic article breaks down the story of the U.S.'s tactical development from 1990 to today, and really is a must-read ahead of tonight's match. Can Klinsmann get it together? Is the U.S. forever destined to be a defense-first, counter-attacking team?
What explains why the Olympics are so enjoyable and popular and why a soccer match is so fun? The crowds. Once there is a critical mass of fans, go ahead and try to not get caught up in the excitement.
The scoreline was not particularly flattering, but that's not what mattered about last night's friendly between the Seattle Sounders FC and Chelsea FC. It was about the storylines: Roger's testimonial and Fredy's brace to name two.
Now, therefore, I, Dow Constantine, Executive of King County, do hereby proclaim July 18, 2012 to be Roger Levesque Day...King County proclaims today to be Roger Levesque Day It's great to see Roger getting recognition by the wider community. Dow Constantine mentions Roger's charity work, his goal celebrations, and the many other things he has given to the Sounders. Today truly is all about the #48seconds. (direct link to proclamation)
#TheTrialist has been playing more like a trialist. Perhaps that is harsh, but a fall from form is likely a large part of the Sounders' struggles this year.