10:55 AM EDT, Sat May 23, 2015

S2 signs Brazilian midfielder Sergio

Here’s the announcement from the club: Seattle Sounders FC 2 has signed Brazilian midfielder Sérgio Mota Mello, the club announced today. Known simply as Sérgio, the 25-year-old international has seven years of Brazilian domestic league experience, playing for seven clubs, including a São Paulo side that finished at the top of the Serie A table in 2007 and 2008. Per league and club policy, specific terms of the deal are not being disclosed. “Sérgio gives us the ability to adjust our style of play when needed, and control the tempo of a game,” said S2 General Manager Andrew...

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S2 gets rough road win at Portland

Here’s a report from the club: Seattle Sounders FC 2 (6-3-1, 19 points) recorded its first-ever road victory against Portland Timbers 2 (3-4-2, 11 points) with a 2-0 win in a match that saw four yellow cards and one red card. Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon recorded his second professional shutout, recording four saves to keep a clean sheet. S2 defender Damion Lowe opened the scoring in the 38th minute. Jimmy Ockford flicked-on an Aaron Kovar corner, which found Lowe at the face of goal with only T2 goalkeeper Jake Gleeson to beat. Lowe made no mistake and put S2 on the … Read more »
Seattle Times 17 hours ago

Sounders prepared for physical play vs. versatile Sporting Kansas City

But when push sometimes literally comes to shove, Kansas City will employ any means necessary to escape CenturyLink Field with a result Saturday night when it takes on the Sounders for the first time this season.
Seattle Times 18 hours ago

Sigi Schmid: The U.S. Open Cup “ain’t working the way it’s going now”

The Sounders will face the Timbers in the U.S. Open Cup for the second consecutive season on June 16, and that matchup no coincidence. The Open Cup is currently paired by geography to limit travel costs  — and Seattle coach Sigi Schmid thinks that format is limiting the competition’s reach. Below are Schmid’s comments in full […]
Tacoma News-Tribune 18 hours ago

MLS Preview from The Sports Network (ET)

A pair of teams in good form will clash on Saturday as Seattle Sounders FC welcome Sporting Kansas City to CenturyLink Field in a Western Conference battle.
Schmid talks open draws, derby finals and U.S. Open Cup daring to be brilliant

Schmid talks open draws, derby finals and U.S. Open Cup daring to be brilliant

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was asked today about the U.S. Open Cup draw that will pair Seattle and Portland in the fourth round. He had plenty to say: Interesting. Two MLS teams have to play each other in that round. The only thing that’s sad for me – I’ll probably get in trouble with U.S. Soccer again – but the only things that’s sad for me is one of the great things about the FA Cup and some of the cups even in other countries is you can end up with a derby as the final game. You can … Read more »

Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

The "list" is officials who are deployed to about 800 World Cup qualifiers as a FIFA representative, enjoying several days of luxury travel and hospitality. When Blatter pledged before his unopposed re-election in 2011 that it would be his last term, UEFA president Michel Platini emerged as the favorite to succeed his one-time mentor. When it became clear Blatter would renege on his pledge and stand again, Platini ducked out of a duel but remains a critic from the sidelines. The presidential election is Platini's proxy war, with his London-based communications advisers orchestrating Prince...

FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president

Blatter has never been implicated in personal corruption, but FIFA has often seemed relaxed about wrongdoing linked to senior officials. Ahead of Blatter's bid for a fifth term on May 29, here are some of the ways soccer's governing body has earned its reputation: The FIFA executive committee's choice of Qatar as 2022 World Cup host was the explosive event of Blatter's third term and dominated his fourth. Few think Blatter voted for Qatar, whose victory raised Bin Hammam's status six months before the 2011 FIFA presidential election. Qatar has retained its 2022 hosting rights after a FIFA...
Tacoma News-Tribune May 22, 2015

Seattle-Portland soccer rivalry ricochets across competitions

Sounders-Timbers paired in U.S. Open Cup, while S2-T2 face USL and USOC matches.

Sounders host Timbers in Open Cup fourth round

The draw for the U.S. Open Cup fourth round was held today. The key issues of local note were MLS Sounders and MLS Timbers being paired at 7:30 p.m. June 16 at Starfire, and the third-round S2-T2 winner going on to Real Salt Lake. Here’s some of the post from U.S. Soccer: U.S. Soccer unveiled the potential Fourth Round pairings and hosting scenarios for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Fourth Round, scheduled for June 16-17, marks the opening stage of the tournament for the 17 domestic Major League Soccer (Division I) clubs, joining the 15 … Read more »
Seattle Times May 21, 2015

Sounders will open CenturyLink Field to full capacity for four games

Says owner Adrian Hanauer: “We’re hoping to average 60,000-plus.”
Seattle Times May 21, 2015

Sounders to host Timbers in fourth round of 2015 U.S. Open Cup

For the second straight year, there will be a bonus Sounders-Timbers match. The Seattle Sounders have been paired with the Portland Timbers in the fourth round of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, which Seattle will host at Starfire Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on June 16. The Sounders eliminated the Timbers 3-1 in extra time in […]

Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Calling FIFA a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter, presidential candidate Luis Figo dropped out of the election race on Thursday. The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year said in a statement sent to The Associated Press that he refuses to go along with an election process that is designed "for the delivery of absolute power to one man" — indicating Blatter, the current FIFA president. Figo's announcement came hours after another candidate, Dutch soccer federation president Michael van Praag, also withdrew from the May 29 poll of 209 FIFA member...

Schmid on juggling S1, S2, players, competitions

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid talked a bit today about juggling the first-team and S2 rosters, through U.S. Open Cup and their respective league competitions. Open Cup rules mandate that once a player is one one team’s 18-man roster — such as Victor Mansaray last night with S2 — he can’t jump to the other team at any point in the tournament. “There were a few guys that we needed to play for their team as well,” Schmid said. “We can’t play everybody with us. By the time we enter the competition, sometimes there’s one game. Sometimes depending on the … Read more »

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