2:02 PM EDT, Fri October 24, 2014

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Preview Interview

This is it, last game of the regular season. For the final regular season game, the Portland Timbers have a much more difficult task than they did this time last year. Instead of a trip to play hapless Chivas USA (which the Timbers won 5-0), Portland flew from Tegucigalpa, Honduras to Dallas for the regular season finale. In their way is FC Dallas, winners of three of four including over Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy. If Portland is to reach the playoffs they'll need help from Vancouver Whitecaps and need to best the result of the newly crowned Cascadia Cup winners. So to find out where...

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Tacoma News-Tribune 16 hours ago

Galaxy shifts attention from Donovan to Supporters’ Shield

MLS goals and assists leader will play final regular-season game Saturday in Seattle.
Seattle Times 17 hours ago

Sounders countdown to ‘biggest game in club history’

The Sounders and L.A. Galaxy will play Saturday at CenturyLink Field in the final regular-season game of the MLS season, with one team emerging with the Supporters’ Shield.

Sounders look ahead to LA once again

The Sounders training mostly in light rain this morning, continuing preparations for the visit from the LA Galaxy at noon Saturday. A win or a draw clinches Supporters Shield and top playoff seeding for Seattle. Here’s some of what they had to say: Coach SIGI SCHMID On LA) a team that’s going to go after it obviously. I think they’re going to come at us and that’s my expectation. They know they’ve got to get a win in order to get the Supporters’ Shield, and we’ve got to react appropriately. Lessons from last weekend) There’s always lessons we can … Read more »

Sounders might have to deal USA call to London amid MLS playoffs

U.S. Soccer has announced that the men’s national team will play Colombia in the middle of next month in London. The game comes during a break in the MLS playoffs. However, coach Sigi Schmid was asked today if his hope is that his players aren’t called. “The Federation is always good about taking care of them when they go, making sure they have good accommodations when they go,” he said. “If Jurgen calls them in, that’s their responsibility and that’s their duty, and they have to go over there and play. I think travel is something that players in our … Read more »

Live chat with Sounders FC defender Zach Scott

Zach Scott will be available to answer questions about his career with the Sounders, the team's playoff chances and more in a live chat at 12:30 p.m. today. Join the chat here.

Sounders encourage early arrival Saturday

This just in from the club: Seattle Sounders FC is encouraging fans to arrive early ahead of Saturday’s pivotal, season-ending clash with the LA Galaxy. Saturday’s match, presented by SUBWAY® Restaurants of Western Washington, will decide the 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield, awarded to the team with the best regular season record in MLS. The Supporters’ Shield provides its victor home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs, including the right to host MLS Cup should Sounders FC advance to the League’s championship match. Either a win or a draw against LA on Saturday will...

Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer

The 1999 Women's World Cup final remains the highest-rated soccer game ever on U.S. English-language TV. When the United States beat China on penalty kicks at the Rose Bowl — and Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate — the ABC broadcast was watched in 11.4 percent of American homes with televisions. The last Women's World Cup final, when the Americans lost to Japan on penalty kicks in Germany in 2011, was watched by nearly 13.5 million people on ESPN on a Sunday afternoon. In the middle of a workday in the U.S., the match was seen by almost 4.4 million viewers on NBCSN,...
Seattle Times Oct 22, 2014

Sounders shifted their training regimen and that has helped

Routines can breed stagnation and after Seattle ended 2013 on a seven-game winless streak and another playoff ouster, a shake-up was necessary.
Tacoma News-Tribune Oct 22, 2014

New indoor soccer teams from different leagues to meet

Seattle Impact and Tacoma Stars prepare for seasons with friendly Saturday in Tacoma.

Matt Pentz' MLS power rankings, 10/22

The playoff picture comes into clear view in this version of the weekly MLS power rankings. Last week’s ranking in parentheses 1. Seattle Sounders (2) Still ahead in the standings, back ahead in the rankings. 2. L.A. Galaxy (1) Can regain top spot with win at CenturyLink Saturday. 3. D.C. United (4) Leaving no doubt in the Eastern Conference. 4. F.C. Dallas (3) Controls its own destiny for third-place finish. 5. New England Revolution (6) Locked up second seed in the East. 6. Real Salt Lake (5) FCD made it pay for negative tactics in...

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...
Tacoma News-Tribune Oct 21, 2014

Sounders generally pleased with defense in LA

Yedlin and company controlled the counter and shut out Galaxy’s big three.

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...

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