5:02 PM EDT, Mon September 01, 2014

The Day-After Report: Testing their patience

The frustration began to settle in around the 30th minute of Seattle's 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday at CenturyLink Field, sometime between DeAndre Yedlin's injury scare after a late Edson Buddle tackle and Obafemi Martins' turning shot off Marco Pappa's chip pass. The place of play slowed, but it was hard to put your finger on why -- the Sounders were still controlling the play and pinning Colorado back. But Seattle's attacks had lost their edge, and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid explained the reasoning after the match. “I think we pinched in too much wide," Schmid said, "so as a...

FC Kansas City wins NWSL title over Seattle, 2-1

(AP) — Amy Rodriguez scored twice as FC Kansas City won the National Women's Soccer League title with a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC at Starfire Stadium on Sunday. Megan Rapinoe capped a crazy sequence with a goal in the 87th minute for Seattle to make for a frantic final few minutes in which two attempts at an equalizer went just wide.

Neymar, Messi set up winner for Barcelona debutant

LONDON (AP) — Returning from his World Cup-ending injury, Neymar combined with Lionel Messi on Sunday to set up a winning goal for a teenage newcomer to Barcelona. Substitute Sandro Ramirez, a Barca academy graduate, had been on the field only 12 minutes when he scored in a 1-0 victory at Villarreal. The goal maintained Barcelona's perfect start to the Spanish league. In England, Liverpool convincingly beat Tottenham while Arsenal slumped to its second draw in three matches.

Countdown to noon: Reign-FCKC at Starfire

It is a mostly cloudy morning in Tukwila as we count down to the noon first kick of the National Women’s Soccer League match between Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City. The game will be shown on ESPN2. We’ll also keep this blog going from pregame to postgame, and we’ll have updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt. The game pairs the 1-2 teams from the regular season. It is the first finals appearance for each. The game also brings together Golden Boot winner Kim Little of Seattle and runner-up Amy Rodriguez of Kansas City. The Reign won … Read more »

Sounders coach wants Reign to take title today

Seattle Reign FC will meet FC Kansas City for the National Women’s Soccer League championship. First kick is noon at Starfire, and the game will be shown on ESPN2. Here’s our preview story. And below, a quote from Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid: “It’s fantastic,” he said. “Success — just like the Seahawks or in any sport for any team in our area – is fantastic. The women’s soccer team, we wish them on our behalf all the best and hope that they bring that title to our city.”

Seattle and KC play for NWSL title

The game can't be played at Memorial because of scheduling conflicts the Bumbershoot arts and music festival, and the only viable option was Starfire. The Reign have a talented roster that includes U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, along with Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe, along with midfielder Kim Little — who was named the NWSL Most Valuable player of the Year. "Not only is her knowledge about football just second to none, also her man management is probably is probably the best I've ever seen," Seattle midfielder Jess Fishlock said on a conference call this week with...
Seattle Times Aug 30, 2014
Sounders FC blanks Colorado Rapids 1-0

Sounders FC blanks Colorado Rapids 1-0

Only the lineup carried over from Seattle’s 4-2 win in Portland last weekend.

Dempsey credits Pappa on winning goal

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say today after their 1-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids: Clint Dempsey – Sounders FC Forward (On winning in a different way than last Sunday…) “Yeah I mean anytime you win it’s always a great feeling. It’s good for us to get on a little bit of a streak in terms of two wins in a row and it’s about keeping that going.” (On his goal…) “Great ball in from Pappa, just tried to make sure I had good connection on it and tried to keep it low and it … Read more »

Rapids explain surprise starter in goal, more

The Rapids arrived with a five-game losing streak, having given up 15 goals along that way. So, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid anticipated that they would play conservatively at Seattle, and that’s largely what happened. The Sounders and Rapids combined for 22 shots, just one more than the Timbers alone had taken six days earlier. However, for all the cautiousness of the Rapids’ game plan, they made one dramatic move that even Schmid admits he hadn’t seen coming: starting Joe Nasco in goal for the first appearance of his MLS career. Nasco is a 30-year-old rookie who walked away … ...
Seattle Times Aug 30, 2014

Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa to miss two weeks for Copa Centroamericana

The Sounders will be without midfielder Marco Pappa "for at least the next two weekends" while he goes on international duty with Guatemala, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid confirmed after his team's 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday.
Seattle Times Aug 30, 2014

Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids, post-match quotes

Sigi Schmid - Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach
Tacoma News-Tribune Aug 30, 2014

Clint Dempsey lifts Sounders past Rapids in 1-0 win

Clint Dempsey is scoring again for the Seattle Sounders.

Pappa honored to join Guatemala for Central American Cup

Marco Pappa got the winning assist today in Seattle’s 1-0 win over Colorado, and then he took off for the Central American Cup, which will cost him the next couple of weeks of MLS play. Here’s some of what he had to say afterward. On leaving on a high note: Happy to join the national team. For me it’s always special they think about me. But for sure before that I was thinking of Sounders. … Now for me I’ll miss the enxt couple of games with Guatemala hoping we can get our goal over there and then come … Read more »

Schmid happy Sounders ground out the win

Here’s coach Sigi Schmid’s opening statement after the Sounders’ 1-0 win over Colorado today: Every game is a little bit different – takes on a different personality. We knew that they were going to be somewhat cautious in the way they played. They tried to slow the game down for sure, make it difficult for us to get forward. I think in the first half we didn’t spread the game quite enough. I thought in the second half we spread the game more and we got in behind them more and got cleaner looks on goal, scored off the set … Read more »

Dempsey lifts Seattle past Colorado, 1-0

SEATTLE (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored off a corner kick in the 52nd minute and the Seattle Sounders beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday to extend their overall MLS lead. Marco Pappa's corner kick from the right side floated into the middle of the penalty area, Dempsey ran onto it and blasted a right-footed shot from 11 yards past goalkeeper Joe Nasco.

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