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Sounder At Heart Aug 16, 2018
Unlocking Raúl Ruidíaz’s potential key to fulfilling Sounders’ potential

Unlocking Raúl Ruidíaz’s potential key to fulfilling Sounders’ potential

The club wants to get Ruidiaz more touches, but not at the expense of success. TUKWILA, Wash. — Raul Ruidiaz had just 16 touches in the Seattle Sounders’ 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Sunday. It was the fewest he’s had in any of his four starts since joining the team. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer acknowledged that wasn’t enough following the match, but also noted Ruidiaz drew more attention from defenders. At training Thursday, Cristian Roldan agreed with the sentiment. “We need to do a better job of getting him the ball,” Roldan said. “As a striker it’s hard to get a...
Sounder At Heart Aug 9, 2018
Realio’s Ratings: Nico runs the show against Minnesota

Realio’s Ratings: Nico runs the show against Minnesota

Lodeiro puts on an attacking exhibition, converts the game-tying penalty, gets a yellow card, wins MOTM award. Seattle still isn’t playing great. Ask Cristian Roldan, or Brian Schmetzer, or Brett Hightower. What they’re doing is making great plays when they absolutely must. When earlier games desperately yearned for a tiny bit of magic to tilt the game in their favor, Seattle failed to produce. This game was different. They pounded incessantly on Minnesota for 98 minutes, forcing the home team to weather 23 shots, countless waves of possession and good chances. Then — magic! This...
Sounder At Heart Aug 3, 2018
Tactics and Trends: Absorbing and breaking pressure

Tactics and Trends: Absorbing and breaking pressure

A strong defensive shape and improved ability playing out of the back have launched the year’s first win streak. The Seattle Sounders have won three games in a row, and despite fair criticism from Cristian Roldan that the squad is still not playing up to their standard, the excellent string of results is no accident. The team is playing with the type of purpose and tactical identity not seen since their strong run of form to close out the 2017 season. One key area that has helped the Sounders reclaim their 2017 dominance is pass completion. In 2017, the Sounders finished 2nd in the...
Sounder At Heart Aug 1, 2018
Cristian Roldan perfectly happy not to have Sounders at MLS All-Star Game

Cristian Roldan perfectly happy not to have Sounders at MLS All-Star Game

We’re right there with you. One of the most refreshing things about Cristian Roldan is his willingness to be honest, even when it might not be in his best interests. When asked if not having any Seattle Sounders representation in the MLS All-Star Game for the first time since 2010 was something the team might use as bulletin-board material, Roldan went in the exact opposite direction. “There a lot of quality players, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also in the middle of a really hard summer window for us and honestly it’s better that we don’t, plain and simple,” he said following...
Pro Soccer USA Aug 1, 2018

Three takeaways from the Seattle Sounders’ home win over New York City FC

The Seattle Sounders came away with a 3-1 win over New York City FC Sunday. Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson and Harry Shipp all scored against the Eastern Conference’s second-place team as the Sounders won their third match in a row. Here are three takeaways from the afternoon: 1) Sounders much stronger in second half While […] The post Three takeaways from the Seattle Sounders’ home win over New York City FC appeared first on Pro Soccer USA.
Pro Soccer USA Jul 29, 2018

Seattle Sounders take down New York City FC, stretch unbeaten run to six games

The Seattle Sounders ran their unbeaten streak to six matches at CenturyLink Field Sunday, serving up a 3-1 win over New York City FC, while busting that club’s four-match winning streak. Cristian Roldan and Gustav Svensson each tallied their second goal of the season in front of a home crowd of 39,528. Sounders head coach […] The post Seattle Sounders take down New York City FC, stretch unbeaten run to six games appeared first on Pro Soccer USA.
Sounder At Heart Jul 26, 2018
Sounders vs. Earthquakes: Highlights, stats and quotes

Sounders vs. Earthquakes: Highlights, stats and quotes

“It’s a big result. It wasn’t the most attractive game in the first half, but sometimes winning away from home you can’t always win pretty.” -Brian Schmetzer Match Data SUMMARY Seattle Sounders FC 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 0 Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Venue: Avaya Stadium Referee: Kevin Stott Assistants: Michael Kampmeinert, Andrew Bigelow Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda VAR: Alex Chilowicz Attendance: 16,478 Weather: 72 degrees and clear SCORING SUMMARY SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz (Cristian Roldan) 62’ MISCONDUCT SUMMARY SJ - Luis Felipe Fernandes (caution) 38’ LINEUPS...
Sounder At Heart Jul 25, 2018
Scouting Report: Keeping the Quakes’ shirts on

Scouting Report: Keeping the Quakes’ shirts on

We’ll just pants them, instead. And knock their socks off. What You’ll Watch The Seattle Sounders hit the road for this mid-week clash at Avaya Stadium to take on the San Jose Earthquakes. This is the first of two meetings this season between the two clubs and the only one to be played in San Jose. Last time these two played, the Sounders won 3-0 in Seattle. Cristian Roldan scored two goals in two minutes and Kelvin Leerdam scored his first goal as a Sounder. If you think the Sounders have had a bad season, just be glad you aren’t Earthquakes fans. San Jose is currently at the bottom...
Sounder At Heart Jul 21, 2018
Tactics and Trends: Roldan and Delem smother opponents’ attack

Tactics and Trends: Roldan and Delem smother opponents’ attack

Cristian Roldan and Jordy Delem marched into three straight opposing stadiums and stole all the balls. The Sounders have gone undefeated in three matches for the first time this year. More impressively, every match in the team’s unbeaten streak has come on the road, with two of the results coming against a team in playoff position in the east, one of whom (our geographic opposite in the league) is a leading contender for the Supporter’s Shield. In terms of trends over that time, a few line-up choices have stood out. Most notable, at least in terms of omissions, has been the absence of...

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