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This can be a learning moment for the Supporters’ Shield

This can be a learning moment for the Supporters’ Shield

Mike Russell / Sounder at Heart After reversing decision on whether or not to award the trophy, the Supporters’ Shield Foundation must now codify a set of rules. I’ll be completely honest: When I first heard that the Supporters’ Shield wasn’t going to be given out this year, I thought it was the right decision. I had felt that way since at least late June, when the Casadia Cup was effectively called off. I even said as much at the time. My thinking was pretty straightforward: This is a trophy created and administered by fans. If they can’t safely participate in it, there’s no...
Oct 23, 2020
Sounders vs. Timbers: community player ratings form

Sounders vs. Timbers: community player ratings form

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Rate your Sounders on their win loss draw with Portland. Coming back from a loss to salvage a point is supposed to feel like a win. And last night, the Seattle Sounders 1-1 home draw with the Portland Timbers did feel that way. But today, when I went to set up the form, I had it in my head that Seattle had lost, and was baffled by the scoreline I saw. So, what do you call a draw that feels like a loss that previously felt like a win? Note: Some readers are experiencing rendering issues with the form on this page, especially on iOS devices. Here is a direct...
Oct 23, 2020
Raúl Ruidíaz is back in Seattle

Raúl Ruidíaz is back in Seattle

Photo by Abbie Parr/ If doctors clear him, he can be eligible to return as soon as Tuesday. Raúl Ruidíaz is back in Seattle, putting him on pace to return to action as soon as Tuesday’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Ruidíaz announced his return to the Emerald City on Instagram. Raúl’s back! pic.twitter.com/3ni3qFjXR3— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) October 23, 2020 Ruidíaz had been quarantining in Peru since testing positive for Covid-19 last week. All indications are that he’s remained asymptomatic throughout. Assuming the Sounders medical team give him...
Oct 23, 2020
Sounders vs. Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

Sounders vs. Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports The Sounders remain in first place. Despite playing a third consecutive frustrating performance, the Seattle Sounders still managed to collect points from a hugely important match with the Portland Timbers. Will Bruin’s stoppage-time goal — the second latest decisive goal in the history of this rivalry — kept the Sounders in first place and assures that they’ll control their destiny for the top seed in the Western Conference. Stats MATCH SUMMARY Seattle Sounders FC 1 – Portland Timbers 1 Thursday, October 22, 2020 Venue: CenturyLink...
Oct 23, 2020
Talking Points: Sometimes the Bear eats

Talking Points: Sometimes the Bear eats

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Will Bruin gets off schneid to salvage a point. SEATTLE — About five minutes from the final whistle, the Seattle Sounders were facing their fourth straight home loss to the Portland Timbers and a second straight scoreless performance. Another result without scoring that would have raised questions about the suddenly malfunctioning Sounders attack — albeit with significant personnel absences. Some of those frustrations likely still linger, but Will Bruin’s late equalizer at least allowed the Sounders to end those ignominious streaks. Bruin gets his...
Oct 23, 2020
Major Link Soccer: Crystal Dunn is now a Portland Thorn

Major Link Soccer: Crystal Dunn is now a Portland Thorn

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Multiple teams were involved in a trade that brought the former NWSL MVP to the Rose City. Cristian Roldan is at a crossroads, the Colorado Rapids return to the field for the first time in a month and Crystal Dunn is now in Portland. Seattle “He’s been phenomenal,” said goalkeeper Stefan Frei, before lavishing some of the highest praise his ilk can offer by saying that he has “no qualms whatsoever” whenever Roldan is shifted back into defense late in games to help preserve a result. Cristian Roldan at a crossroads: How good can he be for Sounders,...
Oct 23, 2020
Sounders vs Timbers, recap: Will Bruin keeps Sounders in first

Sounders vs Timbers, recap: Will Bruin keeps Sounders in first

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Sounders salvage a point, snap three-game home losing streak to Timbers on 93rd minute strike. The Seattle Sounders played their way to a very frustrating 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Thursday night, needing one of the latest goals in the rivalry’s history to salvage that. The late goal was enough to keep the Sounders in first place of the Western Conference where they’re even on points with one fewer game played than the Timbers. Sloppy defending provided the Timbers with their opener, as no one picked up Andres Flores as he made a late run and...
Oct 22, 2020
Sounders vs Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

Sounders vs Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart FS1 at 7:30 PM; watch with us This is hopefully the last Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers match in 2020. Both teams are in fantastic form and can make an argument that they deserve the title of “Best of the West.” You have to imagine that both coaches are looking at this fixture as an opportunity to cement themselves as the first place team in the Western Conference, given that their remaining schedules feature favorable matchups for both teams. From a Sounders point of view, little motivation is needed to get up for this one. They are the better...
Oct 22, 2020
What was the thinking behind not awarding the Supporters’ Shield?

What was the thinking behind not awarding the Supporters’ Shield?

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports We were able to construct a timeline behind the process by talking to the heads of the Supporters Shield Foundation. By now you’ve probably heard about plans not to award the Supporters’ Shield this year. The reaction to that decision by the Supporters Shield Foundation — a fan-run group entrusted with managing the trophy — has been mixed, to say the least. Although the Foundation has offered a few public statements explaining the decision, exactly how and when it was made has not been entirely clear. Even before this had all played out, I...
Oct 22, 2020
OL Reign bids farewell to Casey Murphy in three-team trade

OL Reign bids farewell to Casey Murphy in three-team trade

Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Pair of deals sends Crystal Dunn to Thorns, Murphy to Courage, and allocation money, international spot and draft pick to OL Reign. Back in August, there was chatter that USWNT star Crystal Dunn was going to be on the move from North Carolina Courage to the Portland Thorns FC. The NWSL Fall Series cooled down those talks, but at the conclusion of their run in the competition, Courage head coach Paul Riley said that a trade involving his club, while not naming a player specifically, was imminent. Today, OL Reign had a big hand in facilitating...
Oct 22, 2020
Three questions: Sounders vs Timbers

Three questions: Sounders vs Timbers

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Kyle from Stumptown Footy stops by for a lovely chat. In most seasons, the Seattle Sounders versus the Portland Timbers is top billing. I don’t necessarily blame you for being a bit tired of this matchup, considering this will be the fourth time it’s happened this season. I suppose the irony of this is that Seattle and Portland are currently level on points, with the Sounders holding the tiebreaker for the top spot in the Western Conference. I talked with Kyle Garcia of Stumptown Footy about his outlook on the Timbers. Sounder at Heart: The Timbers had...
Oct 22, 2020
Five things we’d like see in Sounders vs Timbers

Five things we’d like see in Sounders vs Timbers

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart We’ve played Portland a lot. Let’s make sure this is the last time in awhile. There’s no question the three previous encounters between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers this year have felt a little off. Without fans in the stands, one of the rivalry’s biggest selling points — the atmosphere — has been completely absent. The matches themselves have been competitive enough; even in the one the Sounders won 3-0, the match was close until late. But this game promises to have a bit more bite, if only because first place in the Western...
Oct 22, 2020
Major Link Soccer: Coutinho and Greizmann taking pay cuts

Major Link Soccer: Coutinho and Greizmann taking pay cuts

Photo by Denis Doyle/ The Barcelona stars are taking pay cuts in the short run. Champions League matches continued yesterday with Real Madrid getting blown out. Mesut Ozil is now fully an outcast at Arsenal. New owners at Angel City FC. And much more. MLS/USL Schantz has spoken to people in the LGBTQ community. He now understands the impact of his mistakes. Rick Schantz returns to the pitch bringing gay inclusion to soccer - Outsports The most lucrative transfers for MLS academy products, for both club and player, are to Europe. But there’s a new economy forming as MLS academies...
Oct 21, 2020
Understanding the Handwalla Bwana-Jimmy Medranda trade

Understanding the Handwalla Bwana-Jimmy Medranda trade

Peter G. Aiken Sounders flipped a promising Homegrown Player for some veteran depth and allocation money. When the reports first surfaced that Handwalla Bwana was being traded to Nashville SC, reactions were very clearly mixed. Without knowing a ton about who or what the Seattle Sounders were getting in return, it seemed odd that the they’d be willing to part with a young player who has flashed plenty of potential and been reasonably productive in limited minutes. As the full picture of the trade started to come into focus, though, it’s a bit easier to understand. In return for the...
Oct 21, 2020
Realio’s Ratings: At least Frei earned his clean sheet

Realio’s Ratings: At least Frei earned his clean sheet

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Sounders lack cutting edge in nil-nil draw. Seattle played a soccer game in San Jose last weekend. The final score was 0-0, a deserved result from a tedious, tepid affair wherein the visiting Sounders looked like they’d played a hard-fought midweek game, but of course they hadn’t. Seattle managed only two shots each half and one single shot on goal all match. The saving grace was San Jose’s nearly equal ineptitude, as they put only one shot on frame within 11 attempts. Without enough energy or creative presence on the field, this match was increasingly...