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Five storylines to watch when Sounders visit Whitecaps

Five storylines to watch when Sounders visit Whitecaps

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Sounders can qualify for a 12th consecutive postseason with a win. Assuming all goes according to plan, the Seattle Sounders should be closer to full-strength than at any time in the past month when they head to Portland to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday. It’s not yet known how many minutes any of them will be available for, but Brian Schmetzer should at least have the option of using Raúl Ruidíaz, Gustav Svensson and Xavier Arreaga. Here’s some storylines to keep an eye on: Use those fresh legs It’s understandable, but the congested...
Sounder At Heart Oct 25, 2020
Realio’s Ratings: Bruin showed up in extra time but Nouhou brought his full 90.

Realio’s Ratings: Bruin showed up in extra time but Nouhou brought his full 90.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Bruin showed up in extra time but Nouhou brought his full 90. For the first half of the match against Portland, Seattle looked tired and the same creativity issues that plagued their previous matches persisted. Then some personnel changes and tweaks to positioning opened a few areas and Seattle dominated the latter half of the match. It ended 1-1 thanks to a stoppage time goal, but for much of the game the Sounders created many more and much better chances, just appearing too tired/unable to finish them. Portland was happy to get an early goal and bunker,...
Sounder At Heart Oct 23, 2020
Sounders vs. Timbers: community player ratings form

Sounders vs. Timbers: community player ratings form

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Rate your Sounders on their win loss draw with Portland. Coming back from a loss to salvage a point is supposed to feel like a win. And last night, the Seattle Sounders 1-1 home draw with the Portland Timbers did feel that way. But today, when I went to set up the form, I had it in my head that Seattle had lost, and was baffled by the scoreline I saw. So, what do you call a draw that feels like a loss that previously felt like a win? Note: Some readers are experiencing rendering issues with the form on this page, especially on iOS devices. Here is a direct...
Sounder At Heart Oct 23, 2020
Raúl Ruidíaz is back in Seattle

Raúl Ruidíaz is back in Seattle

Photo by Abbie Parr/ If doctors clear him, he can be eligible to return as soon as Tuesday. Raúl Ruidíaz is back in Seattle, putting him on pace to return to action as soon as Tuesday’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Ruidíaz announced his return to the Emerald City on Instagram. Raúl’s back! pic.twitter.com/3ni3qFjXR3— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 23, 2020 Ruidíaz had been quarantining in Peru since testing positive for Covid-19 last week. All indications are that he’s remained asymptomatic throughout. Assuming the Sounders medical team give him...
Sounder At Heart Oct 23, 2020
Sounders vs. Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

Sounders vs. Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports The Sounders remain in first place. Despite playing a third consecutive frustrating performance, the Seattle Sounders still managed to collect points from a hugely important match with the Portland Timbers. Will Bruin’s stoppage-time goal — the second latest decisive goal in the history of this rivalry — kept the Sounders in first place and assures that they’ll control their destiny for the top seed in the Western Conference. Stats MATCH SUMMARY Seattle Sounders FC 1 – Portland Timbers 1 Thursday, October 22, 2020 Venue: CenturyLink...
Sounder At Heart Oct 23, 2020
Talking Points: Sometimes the Bear eats

Talking Points: Sometimes the Bear eats

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Will Bruin gets off schneid to salvage a point. SEATTLE — About five minutes from the final whistle, the Seattle Sounders were facing their fourth straight home loss to the Portland Timbers and a second straight scoreless performance. Another result without scoring that would have raised questions about the suddenly malfunctioning Sounders attack — albeit with significant personnel absences. Some of those frustrations likely still linger, but Will Bruin’s late equalizer at least allowed the Sounders to end those ignominious streaks. Bruin gets his...
Sounder At Heart Oct 23, 2020
Major Link Soccer: Crystal Dunn is now a Portland Thorn

Major Link Soccer: Crystal Dunn is now a Portland Thorn

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Multiple teams were involved in a trade that brought the former NWSL MVP to the Rose City. Cristian Roldan is at a crossroads, the Colorado Rapids return to the field for the first time in a month and Crystal Dunn is now in Portland. Seattle “He’s been phenomenal,” said goalkeeper Stefan Frei, before lavishing some of the highest praise his ilk can offer by saying that he has “no qualms whatsoever” whenever Roldan is shifted back into defense late in games to help preserve a result. Cristian Roldan at a crossroads: How good can he be for Sounders,...
Sounder At Heart Oct 23, 2020
Sounders vs Timbers, recap: Will Bruin keeps Sounders in first

Sounders vs Timbers, recap: Will Bruin keeps Sounders in first

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Sounders salvage a point, snap three-game home losing streak to Timbers on 93rd minute strike. The Seattle Sounders played their way to a very frustrating 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Thursday night, needing one of the latest goals in the rivalry’s history to salvage that. The late goal was enough to keep the Sounders in first place of the Western Conference where they’re even on points with one fewer game played than the Timbers. Sloppy defending provided the Timbers with their opener, as no one picked up Andres Flores as he made a late run and...
Sounder At Heart Oct 22, 2020
Sounders vs Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

Sounders vs Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart FS1 at 7:30 PM; watch with us This is hopefully the last Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers match in 2020. Both teams are in fantastic form and can make an argument that they deserve the title of “Best of the West.” You have to imagine that both coaches are looking at this fixture as an opportunity to cement themselves as the first place team in the Western Conference, given that their remaining schedules feature favorable matchups for both teams. From a Sounders point of view, little motivation is needed to get up for this one. They are the better...
Sounder At Heart Oct 22, 2020
Three questions: Sounders vs Timbers

Three questions: Sounders vs Timbers

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Kyle from Stumptown Footy stops by for a lovely chat. In most seasons, the Seattle Sounders versus the Portland Timbers is top billing. I don’t necessarily blame you for being a bit tired of this matchup, considering this will be the fourth time it’s happened this season. I suppose the irony of this is that Seattle and Portland are currently level on points, with the Sounders holding the tiebreaker for the top spot in the Western Conference. I talked with Kyle Garcia of Stumptown Footy about his outlook on the Timbers. Sounder at Heart: The Timbers had...
Sounder At Heart Oct 22, 2020
Five things we’d like see in Sounders vs Timbers

Five things we’d like see in Sounders vs Timbers

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart We’ve played Portland a lot. Let’s make sure this is the last time in awhile. There’s no question the three previous encounters between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers this year have felt a little off. Without fans in the stands, one of the rivalry’s biggest selling points — the atmosphere — has been completely absent. The matches themselves have been competitive enough; even in the one the Sounders won 3-0, the match was close until late. But this game promises to have a bit more bite, if only because first place in the Western...
Sounder At Heart Oct 21, 2020
Understanding the Handwalla Bwana-Jimmy Medranda trade

Understanding the Handwalla Bwana-Jimmy Medranda trade

Peter G. Aiken Sounders flipped a promising Homegrown Player for some veteran depth and allocation money. When the reports first surfaced that Handwalla Bwana was being traded to Nashville SC, reactions were very clearly mixed. Without knowing a ton about who or what the Seattle Sounders were getting in return, it seemed odd that the they’d be willing to part with a young player who has flashed plenty of potential and been reasonably productive in limited minutes. As the full picture of the trade started to come into focus, though, it’s a bit easier to understand. In return for the...
Sounder At Heart Oct 21, 2020
Realio’s Ratings: At least Frei earned his clean sheet

Realio’s Ratings: At least Frei earned his clean sheet

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Sounders lack cutting edge in nil-nil draw. Seattle played a soccer game in San Jose last weekend. The final score was 0-0, a deserved result from a tedious, tepid affair wherein the visiting Sounders looked like they’d played a hard-fought midweek game, but of course they hadn’t. Seattle managed only two shots each half and one single shot on goal all match. The saving grace was San Jose’s nearly equal ineptitude, as they put only one shot on frame within 11 attempts. Without enough energy or creative presence on the field, this match was increasingly...
Sounder At Heart Oct 20, 2020
Stefan Frei is a living legend

Stefan Frei is a living legend

Please credit San Jose Earthquakes Digital Let’s take a second to appreciate all he’s accomplished during his seven Sounders seasons. Chances are, most of the players who participated in Sunday’s dreadful 0-0 tie between the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes will have forgotten about this game in short order. It wasn’t just that the game was scoreless, it was that neither team really even sustained any sort of pressure. The two teams combined for just 15 shots, collectively generated just .8 xG, and each goalkeeper was only forced into one save. The details will surely...
Sounder At Heart Oct 20, 2020
Sounders acquire Jimmy Medranda in Handwalla Bwana trade

Sounders acquire Jimmy Medranda in Handwalla Bwana trade

Shelley Mays/The Tennessean, The Tennessean via Imagn Content Services, LLC Versatile player has battled injuries for much of the past two seasons. It apparently wasn’t under the ideal circumstances, but the Seattle Sounders have arguably bolstered their depth and versatility through a trade with Nashville SC. The Sounders confirmed on Sunday that Handwalla Bwana is being traded to Nashville SC. On Monday, it was confirmed that Jimmy Medranda is the player the Sounders will be receiving in return. The Washington Post’s Steven Goff was first to report the news, and Sounder at...

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