4:01 AM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014

4 months after bite, Suarez to face Real Madrid

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament. The last and most memorable image of Luis Suarez is the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder in a group stage match against Italy, a play that earned him a four-month suspension. All eyes will be on the 27-year old Uruguayan, even as his teammate Lionel Messi is one goal shy of the league's career scoring record, and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored 15 goals in eight...

Notes from the practice field: With a critical eye

In the immediate aftermath of Seattle's 2-2 draw with L.A. on Sunday, one in which it fought from two goals down in the final 25 minutes, the Sounders were buzzing. They dug into their mental reserves against a team that had its number in the past, keeping its narrow edge in the Supporters' Shield standings ahead of the season-finale rematch at CenturyLink on Saturday. The day off on Monday, however, allowed the Sounders to take a step back and look back on the game with a more critical eye. “After the game and flying home yesterday, I think we all had a good feeling about the comeback and...

Sounders’ training week built for freshness

The Sounders returned from LA in good health, took Monday off, returned for mostly regeneration work today and will be off again Wednesday before returning for Thursday-Friday work leading to their final game of the regular season at noon Saturday against LA. Coach Sigi Schmid talked about the health of his team and the week of preparation. “Came through healthy in LA,” he said. “I thought the team showed obviously good character in coming back, and so now we get them at home.” On keeping momentum: Just the spirit they have within themselves. I thought we were a bit unfortunately … ...

US tops Haiti to advance in World Cup qualifying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S women's soccer team is winning in a no-win situation. The United States completed Part I on Monday night with a predictable 6-0 win over underfunded, awe-struck Haiti to finish unbeaten — and unscored upon — in group play in the CONCACAF championship. Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Morgan Brian also scored for the Americans, who advanced to the semifinals to be played Friday at the Philadelphia Union's stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Americans are the overwhelming favorite to win the tournament, facing mostly small countries where...
Seattle Times Oct 20, 2014

Marco Pappa provides Sounders energy in draw with Los Angeles

Perhaps coincidentally, but Sounders score twice in three minutes after Pappa enters lineup.

The Day-After Report: Focus on the field

The lead-up to Landon Donovan's final regular-season home game featured the lead singer of Five For Fighting providing the soundtrack to a video montage, Boyz II Men belting out the national anthem and a Donovan-specific tifo courtesy of the home fans. The ceremonies didn't seem to affect Donovan once the match started -- he headed a shot off the crossbar just 10 minutes in -- but Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was less than thrilled about the distraction that has come from his midfielder's farewell tour. "I think we need to start focusing on playing," Arena said. "We are real pleased that the...

Monday afternoon MLS roundup: One to go

With 33 MLS match days down and only one to go, just a single playoff spot is still up for grabs. The all-Cascadia race for fifth place in the Western Conference will come down to the final weekend, as both Vancouver and Portland played out scoreless draws this past weekend -- though in far different circumstances. San Jose's final-ever match at Buck Shaw Stadium was a snoozefest, as it and the 'Caps combined on just four shots on target. Portland, meanwhile, barraged the Real Salt Lake goal throughout the second half of their Friday-night showcase, with only a combination of Nick Rimando...

Illegal drone use a growing issue at sports venues

UEFA President Michel Platini warned that the drone at the abandoned Serbia-Albania European Championship qualifier, where an Albanian nationalist banner ignited an on-field brawl, highlighted a "serious problem" for sport. The small device with four rotors hovered undetected over the Belgrade stadium before being spotted by players and television cameras broadcasting the UEFA match between the Balkan rivals globally. In recent weeks drones have also been appearing, seemingly undetected, over several English soccer venues: from Wembley to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Authorities and clubs...
Tacoma News-Tribune Oct 20, 2014

Two-goal rally keeps Sounders even with Los Angeles

After 2-2 draw, teams will settle Supporters’ Shield on Saturday in Seattle.

Evans: Tactically, Sounders’ “best game” in LA

Here’s a little more from the Sounders after their 2-2 draw against the Galaxy. MIDFIELDER BRAD EVANS On tonight’s game: “I thought that was tactically the best game we have had here against LA. They have always had our number especially here. We’ve had a couple of good results against them in Seattle but here they seem to always have our number. I thought tonight we did a great job of bottling up the midfield and keeping the ball to the outside and trying to keep [Robbie] Keane and Landon [Donovan] off the ball as much as possible … Read more »
Seattle Times Oct 20, 2014

Sounders FC vs. L.A. Galaxy, post-match quotes


Arena says second yellow on Gonzalez “a terrible call”

Here’s some of what the Galaxy had to say tonight after they gave up a two-goal lead at home in a 2-2 draw with the Sounders. HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA On the second half of the game: “It was certainly a disappointing ending; we could have done a better job protecting a two goal lead, no question about that.” On Omar Gonzalez’s second yellow card: “A terrible call, just a poor piece of officiating. We all play without players, the next guy will step in, but we haven’t made any decisions on what we are doing next … Read more »
Seattle Times Oct 20, 2014
Behind Dempsey and Neagle, Sounders storm back to a 2-2 draw against L.A. Galaxy

Behind Dempsey and Neagle, Sounders storm back to a 2-2 draw against L.A. Galaxy

Seattle maintains its tiebreaker lead over the Galaxy. With a win or a draw next week over L.A., the Sounders will win the Supporters’ Shield, the trophy given to the MLS regular-season champion.

Dempsey: “We keep fighting”

Here’s some of what Clint Dempsey had to say tonight after his goal started the Sounders on their way to a 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy: On his goal: It was a ball played in. Oba had a touch on it, and then just put it on target, put it on frame. On the match: We knew it was going to be a difficult game, that there was going to be a lot of energy in the crowd because of the importance of the game depending on the result. But after going two goals down, to fight back and … Read more »

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