8:51 AM EDT, Fri April 19, 2019
13 hours ago
Sounders best West Ham in GA Cup semifinals

Sounders best West Ham in GA Cup semifinals

By beating West Ham 4-0, Sounders are first MLS team since 2014 to advance to the finals. After squeaking through the group stage and the quarterfinals with extra-time winners, the Sounders Academy U17s soared through the GA Cup Champions Division semifinals with a resounding 4-0 win over West Ham United on Thursday at Toyota Stadium. Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez took a stranglehold on the Golden Boot race with a hat trick — putting his total at six goals — and the elimination of his closest competition in West Ham’s Kai Corbett. Academy centerback Elias Katsaros also turned in a star-making...
15 hours ago
Jasmyne Spencer out for season with torn ACL

Jasmyne Spencer out for season with torn ACL

Reign FC forward’s 2019 season ends just 20 minutes in. Reign FC opened their season last Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Houston Dash, but it came at a heavy price with an injury to forward Jasmyne Spencer. Today the club confirmed that Spencer tore her ACL, likely ending her 2019 season. The injury occurred in the 19th minute of the match and you knew it was bad given that it was a non-contact injury and Spencer had to be stretchered off the field. When Spencer returned from the locker room after halftime, she was briefly seen on the broadcast with crutches and a full leg brace, another sign...
15 hours ago
Valkyratings: Betos bails out the defense

Valkyratings: Betos bails out the defense

An uncharacteristically sloppy defensive performance made for a very busy day in goal Reign FC started their 2019 season with a road trip to face the Houston Dash, leaving with a point after a 1-1 draw. Overall, the game felt very much like you might expect for a season opener, with both teams looking a bit rusty, and Reign FC players in particular struggling to connect passes effectively and failing to move in anticipation of passes. Although the team only conceded one goal due to these errors, Houston had several other dangerous opportunities that were only denied by quality goalkeeping...
16 hours ago
Playoff time! Stars play Friday night in Kent

Playoff time! Stars play Friday night in Kent

A rematch with San Diego and five dollar beers await Nursing a one game lead with four games to go, the Tacoma Stars had to match Ontario’s record for the remainder of the season. After the Stars lost their home finale and Ontario dispatched both Turlock and El Paso, the Stars would need to win at least 2 of their remaining three and hope that neither San Diego nor Monterrey (Ontario’s final two opponents) felt like resting up for the playoffs. The Stars did their part of the bargain, defeating both Dallas and Turlock handily and putting up a good fight against Monterrey. After their...
16 hours ago
Brad Smith by the numbers

Brad Smith by the numbers

In his short time with Seattle, Brad Smith has not only shown he’s the right man for the job, he’s one of the best in league. There was a time when fullbacks were primarily, well … defenders. You might occasionally see one scamper up a flank to join an attack, but rarely both and never without a nervous glance backwards. Fullbacks were usually shorter, not dominant enough aerially to be deployed centrally. It was a position without glamour or fanfare. Now, they are some of the most in-demand personnel on the market. They command staggering transfer fees at the highest levels, and...
18 hours ago
Nos Audietis, Episode 295: Reds Dead ... Redemption?

Nos Audietis, Episode 295: Reds Dead ... Redemption?

That was fun. What a way to head into the first tricky portion of the schedule. The Sounders improved to 5-0-1 on the young season by beating previously unbeaten Toronto FC 3-2 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. It was easily the Sounders biggest test of the season and I’d say they passed with flying colors, especially when you consider they were missing Raul Ruidiaz. This sets up a pretty enticing matchup with LAFC on the weekend, who may well be unbeaten as well depending on tonight’s result. If they are, this will be the latest in a season since 2010 -- and the second latest all time...
19 hours ago
Sounders vs West Ham GA cup semi: How to watch

Sounders vs West Ham GA cup semi: How to watch

Sounders are one of the final four teams left in the GA Cup. The Seattle Sounders Academy U17s are having a historic run in this year’s GA Cup. Since the addition of international teams to the tournament the Sounders have only played in the top division — known now as the Champions division — once before. In 2014 they did not advance to the knockout round, finishing third in a group which included the New York Red Bulls, the Colorado Rapids and Flamengo. They have blown past that result and will now face the Premier League’s West Ham United in the semifinals. The Sounders are the...
22 hours ago
Major Link Soccer: Alex Morgan is one of the most influential people in 2019

Major Link Soccer: Alex Morgan is one of the most influential people in 2019

Sounders U-17 to face West Ham United in GA Cup semifinals, five teenagers leading the “play your kids charge’, US Open Cup second round pairings announced and more Seattle Sounders U-17s defeat Argentine powerhouse River Plate, will face West Ham United in Generation adidas Cup Champions Division semifinal | Seattle Sounders FC 'We can't be losing every game by three goals' - Tacoma DefianceSeattle Sounders FC President of Soccer Lagerwey isn’t willing to accept the early results as indicative of season long issues. Route Two Soccer: Houston and Reign FC fight out a fascinating 1-1...
Apr 18, 2019
Tacoma is ready for women’s soccer

Tacoma is ready for women’s soccer

And Reign FC has made it easier for Seattle fans to get to matches. When Reign FC announced their move from Memorial Stadium in Seattle to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, fans expressed a mix of joy and trepidation. Joy that the club finally had a long-term home, beer, Ivar’s, and new investors joining the table. Trepidation that they might not be able to make it to as many matches, and there could be others like them — causing attendance to suffer. As the club heads into their inaugural home match in Tacoma, all signs point to positive progress. There appear to be only 400-500 seats...
Apr 17, 2019
Reignbow Reflections: Not bad, but not the start we wanted

Reignbow Reflections: Not bad, but not the start we wanted

Reign FC notched a road point, but have plenty to improve upon. Starting the season on the road is never the most ideal scenario. Starting the season on the road with injuries to key players AND numerous others just returning from international duty is even worse. But that’s exactly what Reign FC was up against for its 2019 NWSL season opener — a road match against the Houston Dash without Megan Rapinoe, Steph Catley, Lydia Williams or Bev Yanez. Not to mention, Theresa Nielsen, Jodie Taylor, and Celia Jimenez Delgado traveled to Europe for international matches, with some only...
Apr 17, 2019
Realio’s Ratings: The Bear dances on ‘em

Realio’s Ratings: The Bear dances on ‘em

Will Bruin provided two clean finishes, helping Seattle on their way to another three points. Depending on how good you think Toronto is, this 3-2 Sounders win was either the best game of the year or a predictable home win. Seattle welcomed a previously unbeaten team into CenturyLink and gutted out a close match. The Sounders were more dominant on re-watch than live, only conceding four shots on goal, but they missed multiple opportunities to put the game away. Early last year, the Sounders would have dropped points in this kind of game; instead they took all three in a well-played home...
Apr 17, 2019
Roundtable: How should the Sounders handle the next four games?

Roundtable: How should the Sounders handle the next four games?

In this roundtable discussion, Jeremiah, Mark and Steve assess how many points the Sounders need and how they should manage minutes. Jeremiah Oshan: Back when the schedule came out, we identified May 11-June 5 as the first “tricky” part of the Sounders schedule. I think when most people looked at the schedule, they saw these first six (it was originally seven) games as being the softest portion. The team has handled that about as well as we could have hoped with 16 of a possible 18 points. But truthfully these next four are pretty tricky in their own respect. Over the next couple weeks,...
Apr 17, 2019
Sounders U17s best River Plate, advance to GA Cup semis

Sounders U17s best River Plate, advance to GA Cup semis

Extra-time goal from Alfonso Ocampo Chavez proves to be game-winner. Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez came through for the Sounders U17s, again. For the third straight GA Cup match, the Tacoma Defiance forward scored the Sounders’ only goal. This time it was an extra-time game-winner over three-time tournament champion River Plate, delivering another 1-0 win and putting the Sounders into a semifinal matchup with West Ham on Thursday. Almost as impressive as the win itself was how the Sounders did it. Although River Plate had their moments, the Sounders controlled large portions of the match and had...
Apr 16, 2019
Practice Notes: Sounders Prepare for a Big Week

Practice Notes: Sounders Prepare for a Big Week

Players are motivated to show last year’s results against LAFC were a fluke. The Seattle Sounders returned to training Tuesday, preparing for what could be a defining stretch of the season. Having passed their first test over the weekend with aplomb, the focus now turns to Los Angeles FC, currently at the top of the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings. LAFC have been killing teams, posting a +16 goal differential on their way to a MLS best 6-0-1 start. While the prospect of matching up with the top team in the league is obviously an intriguing one from a fan and media...
Apr 16, 2019
The Jordan Morris Show

The Jordan Morris Show

The Coolest Morris since Zack How could we possibly start the week off with anyone other than sweet, beautiful, swaggering Jordan Morris (pictured above)? I mean, just take a moment to behold this look; cherish it. On Saturday I said that this outfit was a “harbinger of goals,” and while they may not have come for him this week, he did create some nice chances and if Bruin didn’t get to the ball on his second goal, Morris is absolutely putting that through the net. I still think this outfit suggests a level of confidence that will serve Jordan well going forward. Honestly, I love...