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Gustav Svensson ruled out for season finale

Gustav Svensson ruled out for season finale

Jordan Morris and Osvaldo Alonso are also unlikely to be available. While the Seattle Sounders are going into the final game of their season treating it like a playoff game, that doesn’t mean they are going to be rushing any of their injured players back onto the field. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer confirmed that Gustav Svensson won’t be participating after an MRI revealed a “slight strain” in his left hamstring. The chances of Osvaldo Alonso or Jordan Morris suiting up for this game also seem remote, at best. Schmetzer was unable to give any sort of timeline on any of the...
22 hours ago
Don’t do to Columbus what the NBA did to Seattle

Don’t do to Columbus what the NBA did to Seattle

It’s not too late to stop the relocation madness. Sometimes a community is blessed with a local owner, or an out-of-towner, who truly loves them. They don’t just spend the money, but they live the culture that is captured when sports and cities connect. Seattle has been blessed with that at various times. With the Seattle Sounders both Joe Roth and Adrian Hanauer do this fairly well. The opposite end of this spectrum is something we are too familiar with — the Seattle SuperSonics’ situation. Now, in MLS that sports travesty seems ready to be repeated. Anthony Precourt held...
Oct 19, 2017
Major Link Soccer: Landon Donovan for US Soccer President?

Major Link Soccer: Landon Donovan for US Soccer President?

Also: Hamid is leaving DC United, and the goalposts have not been kind to Seattle this year Seattle Steven Zakuani knew where he wanted to be as the 2009 MLS SuperDraft approached. He also learned to be happy one day at a time. MLS As more news comes out about Columbus Crew SC relocating, it’s important to remember that teams moving in the United States is not unheard of (though that doesn’t really make it any easier for the fans, of course). Massive Report put together an article on how to deal with this Columbus Crew SC grief on possible relocation. Brian Straus feels that the...
Oct 18, 2017
This might be Clint Dempsey’s last chance to set Sounders’ franchise record for goals

This might be Clint Dempsey’s last chance to set Sounders’ franchise record for goals

Sounders can finish as high as second or as low as fifth depending on how Decision Day plays out. Season-finales can be a bit tricky, especially if a playoff spot has already been secured as is the case for the Seattle Sounders. The over-arching goal needs to be getting healthy, especially since the Sounders are already dealing with several injuries. But they’ll need to balance that desire with the reality that they still have plenty to play for both as a team and as individuals. The biggest of these things is, obviously, playoff positioning. Although the Sounders can’t finish atop the...
Oct 18, 2017
Sounders 2 moving to Tacoma for 2018 season

Sounders 2 moving to Tacoma for 2018 season

S2 will play in Cheney Stadium as stadium quest continues. Seattle Sounders FC 2 (S2) is moving to Tacoma for the 2018 season, Sounder at Heart has learned from multiple sources familiar with the team’s plans. The USL team will play in Cheney Stadium with the Tacoma Rainiers taking over the business operations while the Sounders run the technical side of things. S2 and the Academy will continue to train at Starfire Sports Complex. This hybrid relationship is what USL teams Rio Grande Valley FC and Reno 1868 operated under in 2017. It also brings S2 up to D2 standards while a more...
Oct 18, 2017
Major Link Soccer: End-of-Season MLS Drama

Major Link Soccer: End-of-Season MLS Drama

Also: U.S. advances to U-17 World Cup Quarters Seattle Well, it is almost here. The last game of the regular season against Colorado Rapids is Sunday. The stakes are still high. SoundersFC.com breaks down everything you need to know. Gustav Svensson has been called up by Sweden in the last two windows, and, with a World Cup appearance on the line, the Sounders expect him to be called up for Sweden’s critical matches against Italy scheduled for Nov 10 and 13. Luckily, those dates shouldn’t interfere with the MLS playoff schedule. However, some of that will depend on how the Sounders...
Oct 17, 2017
Brad Evans out for 2017, future uncertain

Brad Evans out for 2017, future uncertain

Herniated disk will force Evans to focus on 2018 return. Brad Evans will not play again in 2017 and may have made his final appearance for the Seattle Sounders. After not suiting up since Aug. 5, the decision was made to focus on a 2018 return, Evans recently told Prost Amerika. Although his back injury had previously been reported by Sounder at Heart about a month ago, Evans had been holding out some hope he would be able to return this season. But with just one game left before the playoffs, any hopes of being able to be match fit were likely deemed unrealistic. Brad Evans helped...
Oct 17, 2017
Nos Audietis, Episode 263: Nine is a pretty fine number

Nos Audietis, Episode 263: Nine is a pretty fine number

Sounders qualify for a ninth straight postseason. The Sounders are officially back in the playoffs, making it a perfect nine for nine. In fact, you can go back to the USL era and the Sounders have qualified for the playoffs in 11 straight seasons and have made it all but one year of the Adrian Hanauer-Brian Schmetzer era, which dates to 2002. This is no small feat on its own, but was punctuated nicely with a 4-0 win over FC Dallas. Say what you will about their recent struggles -- and they are significant -- beating anyone by that margin should give us some confidence. It was especially...
Oct 17, 2017
What the heck is Cristian Roldan showing Victor Rodriguez?!?

What the heck is Cristian Roldan showing Victor Rodriguez?!?

We asked readers to help us out with a Photoshop Challenge. After annihilating FC Dallas in a 4-0 shutout at home that (finally) secured our team a playoff spot, our boys had plenty to celebrate. But one particular photo taken in the happy aftermath seemed to be perfect fodder for my favorite type of social media challenge. Photoshop challenge! What is @CristianRoldan holding that is making him and Victor so happy? pic.twitter.com/OfEIQsbj0n— Emily Cummings ⭐️ (@emilyrcummings) October 17, 2017 With a little help from Cristian, the entries started pouring in. This is great....
Oct 17, 2017
Major Link Soccer: Will Columbus become the Austin Crew?

Major Link Soccer: Will Columbus become the Austin Crew?

Also: player safety hits a new low, and Cork City need a good contractor MLS DC United was busy getting blown out by the Portland Timbers, but in the build to the final goal Steve Birnbaum was knocked unconcious in front of, and then ignored by, Mark Geiger. If PRO isn’t careful players are going to get hurt if the refs don’t start paying attention. FC Dallas isn’t in control of their playoff chances after losing in Seattle. Fans of the Texan side have been left wondering, do they even want their side in the playoffs? Red Bull Arena is soon going to be hosting two clubs, the Red Bulls...
Oct 16, 2017
Stefan Frei makes Sounders history in Dallas win

Stefan Frei makes Sounders history in Dallas win

Frei’s 12 clean sheets in a season is a club record The Seattle Sounders’ epic 4-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday was big for a lot of reasons. It clinched their trip to the MLS Cup playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, got forward Will Bruin back in scoring form, and it showed that the club is fully committed to defending their first Cup title. But the result was significant for another major reason that got a little lost amongst the hubbub: Stefan Frei recorded his 12th shutout of the season, a Seattle Sounders franchise record. The Sounders ‘keeper was humble, as usual, when...
Oct 16, 2017
Sounders’ nine straight postseasons is a modern-MLS record

Sounders’ nine straight postseasons is a modern-MLS record

Four of the Galaxy’s 10 straight postseasons came in years 80 percent of teams qualified. SEATTLE — Nine straight postseasons. It’s easy to take for granted when you’ve literally never known an MLS season without qualifying, but what the Seattle Sounders have done is nothing short of remarkable. The only team to have qualified for this many consecutive postseasons was the LA Galaxy from 1996-2005. Their record of 10 straight, though, came at a time when qualifying for the playoffs was much less of an accomplishment. In each of those seasons, no fewer than two-thirds of MLS teams...
Oct 16, 2017
Will Bruin’s brace comes at the perfect time

Will Bruin’s brace comes at the perfect time

Neither his goals nor his game were high on style points, but that’s what the Sounders need right now. SEATTLE — Will Bruin needed this. You could sense it in his play, in his body language, in his voice. The Seattle Sounders forward’s job is to score goals and he hadn’t done so in more than two months. Breaking out with a brace — no matter how sloppy — in the penultimate game of the regular season was the near perfect time. “For me personally it’s been a while so it feels good to get back to the scoresheet,” said Bruin, who hadn’t registered a goal or an assist in his...
Oct 16, 2017
Major Link Soccer: Kaka thanks Orlando City FC fans in last home game

Major Link Soccer: Kaka thanks Orlando City FC fans in last home game

The Brazilian legend bid farewell to Orlando in his last home match for the club Sunday. Seattle With their 4-0 victory over FC Dallas last night, the Sounders now hold the longest active playoff streak in the league with 9 consecutive appearances: With today's win, your Sounders are headed to the Audi @MLS Cup Playoffs for the 9th consecutive year, the longest active streak in MLS! pic.twitter.com/fW4pZJaBEb— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) October 16, 2017 The winners of the 2017 Washington State Book Awards have been announced. MLS With the regular season’s end fast...
Oct 15, 2017
Sounders vs. FC Dallas, recap: Will Bruin brace seals playoff spot

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, recap: Will Bruin brace seals playoff spot

Sounders will have a first-round bye if they can beat the Rapids in their season finale. SEATTLE — Will Bruin may not score pretty goals, but he doesn’t mind scoring important ones. The Seattle Sounders forward scored a pair of goals, both off rebounds, to lead the way to a 4-0 romp over FC Dallas on Sunday. The Sounders clinched a playoff spot for a ninth straight season and will earn themselves a first-round bye if they can beat the Colorado Rapids at home in their season finale. Victor Rodriguez and Lamar Neagle opened and closed the scoring, respectively. The Sounders were coming...