7:22 PM EDT, Sat June 23, 2018
22 mins ago
Sounders vs Fire: Gamethread with live updates

Sounders vs Fire: Gamethread with live updates

JOEtv and Univision-Seattle have the match at 7:00 PM; watch with us. It is Pride Night in Seattle as the Sounders host the Chicago Fire. There will be a glorious celebration of love throughout the matchday activities. MLS Watercolorist will have a scavenger hunt for their amazing art. On the pitch, the Seattle Sounders will seek to return to the form and methods that earned them two straight MLS Cup appearances and powerful late season runs. Their midfield is the healthiest it’s been in months, though the forward situation is still dire. The Fire played midweek in Atlanta as they...
4 hours ago
Seattle Reign v. NC Courage: Gamethread and updates

Seattle Reign v. NC Courage: Gamethread and updates

Rumi Utsugi scored against the Courage last time at home. She’ll be key again in this match. Seattle Reign FC is back at Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a Pride celebration and battle against the top team in the league, the North Carolina Courage. Both squads enter the match with frustrating results the previous week—with Seattle playing to a scoreless draw against Washington and the Courage losing in the final seconds to the Utah Royals at home. The two sides also come into the match with injury issues. Jess Fishlock and Lauren Barnes are out for Seattle, while Sam Mewis and Abby...
6 hours ago
Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Three Questions

Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Three Questions

With the Chicago Fire coming to Seattle after a midweek match in Atlanta, the struggling Eastern Conference team is looking to steal road points from a Seattle Sounders side that is currently listless. Brian Schmetzer should have a fairly strong selection, but both teams still have significant injuries. Sounders Injury List QUESTIONABLENeagle - L groin strain OUTBwana - R midfoot sprainChenkam - R hamstring strainLeerdam - R hamstring strainMorris - R ACL tear Fire Injury List OUTDrew Conner – Right calf injury Michael de Leeuw – Left ACL reconstruction Patrick McLain – Right...
14 hours ago
How to watch World Cup Day 10: Mexico looks to avoid a letdown, while Germany regroups

How to watch World Cup Day 10: Mexico looks to avoid a letdown, while Germany regroups

Gustav Svensson and Sweden face a determined Germany team while Mexico looks to avoid a letdown against South Korea and Belgium plays Tunisia Friday’s schedule took some time to get going as Costa Rica was doing their most CONCACAF impression ever and slowing down and uglying up the game against Brazil plus an outstanding keeper standing on his head. It was working well until Brazil got a 91st minute goal and tacked on another for good measure in the 97th minute to win 2-0, eliminating Costa Rica. Nigeria put themselves in a good position to advance with a 2-0 win over Iceland while...
23 hours ago
Reign Report: No time for Courage

Reign Report: No time for Courage

It’s a battle between the top two teams in the league. It’s also Pride Night at Memorial! What You’ll Watch Seattle Reign FC return from a road trip adventure on the east coast for a home match against the top team in the league, the North Carolina Courage. This is the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. A depleted Reign FC squad fell 1-0 to the Courage during a mid-week match on the road in April. The Courage currently sit in first place with a record of 9-1-3 (30 points in 13 games played; 2.3 ppg) while Reign FC are in second with a record of 5-2-4 (19...
Jun 22, 2018
Stefan Frei speaks about rejected TAM contract

Stefan Frei speaks about rejected TAM contract

The Sounders goalkeeper feels the league should trust its various front offices on personnel decisions. TUKWILA, Wash. – After the news from The Athletic that MLS had rejected TAM-level deals between the Seattle Sounders and several players, including former left back Joevin Jones and current keeper Stefan Frei, confusion reigned. Why were clubs unable to use the funds, as issued by the league, for their stated purpose: “to add or retain players that will make an immediate impact on the field”? At training Friday, Frei offered his thoughts on the situation. “Without really going too...
Jun 22, 2018
What is the Schmetzer way?

What is the Schmetzer way?

As the team searches for a return to the identity that took it to MLS Cups, it is imperative that we understand just what that style is. Earlier this week on SportsRadio KJR head coach Brian Schmetzer said that the Seattle Sounders need to return to their style. If they are going to go on the improbable run needed to return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for a tenth straight time they will need to be Sounders again. Their identity this season does not match those of Schmetzer’s first year-and-a-half — not fully, at least — and yet it is the same foundation that won an MLS Cup — maybe even...
Jun 22, 2018
Valkyratings: Elizabeth Addo is a lot of fun in attack

Valkyratings: Elizabeth Addo is a lot of fun in attack

Seattle had some good chances, but quality defense on both sides kept the score sheet empty. Seattle Reign FC returned from the international break with a visit to the Washington Spirit, which saw neither side able to find the goal in a 0-0 draw. Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe had a huge role in helping her side to split the points, with some huge saves which earned her league Player of the Week honors. Both sides were dealing with some significant injuries; Seattle’s most notable was Jess Fishlock, who missed her second match of the season while dealing with a quad strain. Elizabeth...
Jun 22, 2018
Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Full coverage

Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Full coverage

JOEtv and Univision-Seattle have the Saturday, June 23 7 PM match. A tired but surging Chicago Fire team travel to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders. Seattle is coming off another bye week, hopefully in decent health, and knowing that their second-half surge has to start now if they have a chance at history. This match during the World Cup will feature a weakened Sounders side, which feels like a familiar refrain. Fire in brief Record: 5-7-4 -5, 7th in East, 15th in Shield Last Five: W-L-W-D-D with 8 goals scored and 8 conceded Top Goal Scorer: Nemanja Nikolic, 6 Top Assist...
Jun 22, 2018
Tactics and Trends: Missing identity

Tactics and Trends: Missing identity

The Sounders returned to a familiar style against D.C. United before starting from scratch again in New York. The Sounders played two games with two very different looks to close out their run of matches before the World Cup break. The first match, against D.C. United, was a return to vintage 2017 form with the Sounders deploying two central leaning outside midfielders, dominating possession, and scoring once from a set piece and once from a fullback’s cross. The second match, against New York Red Bulls, was an amalgamation of 2018’s many pitfalls that included questionable squad...
Jun 22, 2018
Major Link Soccer: World Cup ratings down

Major Link Soccer: World Cup ratings down

Also: Mexico fans are still reacting to their big win Seattle Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on M's bench in fake mustache disguiseJust who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie? The View from the Sidelines: Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign – Backline Soccer Sounders FC teammates Steve Zakuani and James Riley chat World Cup & making a difference | king5.comSteve Zakuani and former Sounders FC teammate/current Sounders FC broadcasting partner James Riley previewed upcoming Rising Leaders event and the 4th Annual Zakuani and...
Jun 22, 2018
Let’s watch World Cup Day 9 together: Set your alarm as Brazil vs. Costa Rica open the day

Let’s watch World Cup Day 9 together: Set your alarm as Brazil vs. Costa Rica open the day

A possibly historic day looms on Friday as Serbia could advance, Brazil could join Argentina in despair and everyone’s favorite Iceland is doing the Viking Clap Thursday’s schedule was looking particularly enticing at World Cup 2018 and boy did it not disappoint. Denmark and Australia played a 1-1 draw to open the morning then France advanced to the second round while eliminating Peru with their 1-0 win. And the highlight of the day was Croatia announcing their presence with authority as they beat Argentina 3-0 which started by a comically bad goalkeeper gaffe. Croatia has advanced...
Jun 21, 2018
Bruin thinks Sounders should try playing more direct against Chicago

Bruin thinks Sounders should try playing more direct against Chicago

The forward thinks the occasional ball over the top will stretch defenses With a league-fewest 10 goals for and as the only club in MLS averaging fewer than a goal per match, the Seattle Sounders are in need of an offensive spark. Going into a match against a fatigued Chicago Fire team that went 90 minutes on the road against Atlanta United Wednesday, Sounders forward Will Bruin thinks the right move for Seattle will be to go right at Chicago. “I think we need to get the ball wider quicker,” Bruin said at training Thursday. “We sometimes just need to play direct and send the ball over...
Jun 21, 2018
Scouting Report: Cooking with the Fire

Scouting Report: Cooking with the Fire

After all, they’re really more like embers, anyway. What You’ll Watch The World Cup break is over! That was a fun... oh, they’re still playing it? There’re a lot of games left still? Well, this is weird and kinda dumb. Nevertheless, MLS returns to action this weekend. The Seattle Sounders are back on the field after having 10 days off and will welcome the Chicago Fire to the Emerald City. This is the only meeting between the two teams this season. The Fire currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 5-7-4 (19 points in 16 games played; 1.19 ppg) while...
Jun 21, 2018
Chivas is interested in Sounders’ Alfaro, but not THAT interested

Chivas is interested in Sounders’ Alfaro, but not THAT interested

Other MLS players are higher on C.D. Guadalajara’s transfer list than the Seattle defender. There have been several reports linking center back Tony Alfaro with Chivas Guadalajara but his move to Liga MX is not likely to happen. Two diverse sources close to C.D Guadalajara have told me although Aflaro’s name has been “mentioned as an option”, the California State University Dominguez Hills product “falls at the bottom of a player list” designed to identify possible reinforcements for next season. This comes at a time of perceived chaos inside for El Rebaño. Manager Matias...