10:26 PM EDT, Wed October 01, 2014
Tacoma News-Tribune 10 mins ago

Speedy Lowe could dart from DL into Sounders role

First-round pick Damion Lowe ready to return to action in Reserve League match next week.
Columbus Dispatch 31 mins ago

Crew: Stingy defense leads drive toward playoffs

The Crew is forging a path to the playoffs on the merits of what is becoming one of Major League Soccer’s top defenses.
Seattle Times 1 hour ago

Sounders versatility comes in handy during long MLS season

Brad Evans is the Sounders’ key utility player, but Jalil Anibaba, Micheal Azira also give coach Sigi Schmid options.
Kip Kesgard / Oregonian 3 hours ago
Timbers Mailbag – Rumored changes to MLS will alter landscape for Portland Timbers

Timbers Mailbag – Rumored changes to MLS will alter landscape for Portland Timbers

With a slight break in the schedule, we open up the Timbers mailbag to talk about the playoffs, 2015 expansion, and some of the other topics about the Portland Timbers going on before their big match in San Jose on October 4.

Hitting the Sounders on the break and the 'counter-counter'

The two goals Chivas USA scored in the first half Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink were the eighth and ninth the Sounders had allowed in their last three games alone. And both came against the run of play with the Sounders caught in transition between attack and defense, both in midfield and in the back. Those spaces were closed down in the second half, as Seattle was able to batten down the hatches and squeeze out a 4-2 win on the back of its offensive firepower. “Obviously, the first half wasn’t our best half, but we sorted some things out tactically at halftime and I think we executed...
Schmid pitches Marshall for defender of year

Schmid pitches Marshall for defender of year

Asked today about how Chad Marshall stacks up against other central defenders in MLS, coach Sigi Schmid made a pitch for Marshall as defender of the year, an award he previously won in 2008 and 2009 with Columbus. “He’s got to be a guy who is considered for defender of the year this year,” Schmid said. “He’s got to be one of the candidates for that. He’s been one of the top defenders in our league, and he’s played the whole season: He didn’t miss for World Cup or anything like that. But his play I think definitely warrants that … Read more »

Off DL, top pick Lowe set for reserve duty

The Sounders took central defender Damion Lowe (hip) and forward Kevin Parsemain (knee) off the disabled list last week. It sounds like Parsemain still has some recovering to do, while Lowe appears ticketed for play in the Reserve League game at Colorado on Monday. “With Kevin it’s still a situation where he’s still working with coming back from his ACL injury, so he’s probably not game ready,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “He won’t play in the reserve game. But with Lowe, the reserve game on Monday is going to be very important. We want to see how many minutes he … Read...

RSL notes: Cassar fined, Sabo called in and playoff scenarios

Jeff Cassar’s wallet is about to be thinned a bit. How much? We don’t know. Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee announced Wednesday that Real Salt Lake’s first-year head coach was fined an undisclosed amount for “improper bench behavior” in the 90th minute of RSL’s 2-1 loss at Vancouver on Sept. 27. Referee Alan Chapman awarded two penalty kicks to the Whitecaps Saturday evening. The first attempt — in the final minute of stopp...

SKC honored & Schmid recalls White House tour

Sporting Kansas City visited the White House today and met with the president in honor of their 2013 MLS Cup. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid recalled the similar honor he enjoyed after the Columbus Crew’s 2009 championship. “Didn’t get one when we were with LA,” he said. “We did go when I was with Columbus, after I had left them. So I got to meet President Obama and shake his hand on that one. Funny video if you could ever find it, because (assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson) was there and Ezra was trying to shake his hand, and he keeps … Read more »

Revs partner up with Sporting Lisbon

The New England Revolution became the latest MLS team to align with a foreign club on Wednesday as they announced a strategic partnership with Sporting Lisbon, which boasts one of the world's most renowned academies. The international partnership is the first of its kind in Revolution history and is expected to result in shared expertise and promotion for both clubs. "We're very excited to partner with a club with such history and prestige as Sporting Clube De Portugal," Revolution president Brian Bilello said in a team release on Wednesday.

Players file lawsuit in Canada over World Cup turf

A group of elite players has filed a lawsuit in Canada challenging plans to play the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf. The women claim that playing the sport's premier tournament on fake grass amounts to gender discrimination under Canadian law. FIFA has appointed an independent examiner to make sure the turf at the six venues meets its strict guidelines for top-tier tournaments.
philly.com 7 hours ago

Union desperately seeking offense

The Union are entering their final playoff push needing to revive an offense that has recently gone dormant. They have be shut out in their last two Major League Soccer games, playing visiting Houston to a scoreless draw on Sept. 20 and the losing on Saturday, 1-0, at Eastern Conference leader D.C. United.
San Jose Mercury News 8 hours ago

Chris Wondolowski says Earthquakes playing for their jobs

'Every person is playing for their jobs,' says San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski, who is frustrated over possibility of missing MLS Cup playoffs again
Boston Herald 9 hours ago

MLS fines 2 players, Real Salt Lake coach

NEW YORK — Sporting KC defender Igor Juliao and Colorado Rapids midfielder Carlos Alvarez have been fined undisclosed amounts by Major League Soccer.Juliao was sanctioned for striking an opponent in the head with an open hand against the New England Revolution on Friday night. Alvarez was fined for coming onto the field as a substitute to celebrate a goal against the Earthquakes on Saturday.Also, Real Salt Lake coach Jeff Cassar was fined for improper bench behavior in the 90th minute against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sept. 27.

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