5:02 AM EST, Tue December 12, 2017
10 hours ago
2017 MLS Cup Photo Gallery

2017 MLS Cup Photo Gallery

The Seattle Sounders’ second consecutive trip to Toronto for the MLS Cup final could not have gone more differently than the first. Rather than repeating as champions, the Sounders were outplayed to a degree that was hard to fully understand. The Sounders came in confident but ultimately ended in tears. Follow Max on Twitter: @maxaquinophoto.
16 hours ago
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Community player ratings form

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Community player ratings form

Sounders make it to second straight MLS Cup Final, are unable to make it a second straight win. Well, that happened. The Seattle Sounders made it to a second straight MLS Cup Final, riding an ever-increasing shutout streak, and featuring an attack that was really starting to click. Then, over the course of 90 minutes, Toronto FC made us forget about all of that. Not to dredge up memories of Saturday, but it’s time for 2017’s final round of ratings. Note: Some readers are experiencing rendering issues with the form on this page, especially on iOS devices. Here is a direct link to the...
17 hours ago
Stefan Frei didn’t hold back on Sounders’ performance in Toronto

Stefan Frei didn’t hold back on Sounders’ performance in Toronto

The best player in rave green picked apart his team’s poor showing in MLS Cup loss TORONTO, Ontario — There were very, very few positives to take from the Seattle Sounders’ 2-0 loss to Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday night. But Stefan Frei’s monstrous performance in goal was one of them. He made nine saves, the second-most in MLS Cup final history. And even though he was eventually beaten, he was by far the best Sounder on the field. Often very open and willing to talk with media, Frei had a lot to say about his team and their poor result on Saturday. "I think we needed to push...
18 hours ago
Free standard shipping on Sounder at Heart gear

Free standard shipping on Sounder at Heart gear

Today only, you can save $4.95 on free shipping in the USA Our apparel partner, Web Community Tees, prints everything on demand. That means you can get the color, cut, size of choice without massive inventory on their end. It also means we can have funky, quirky designs. Finally, it means today is the last day to order and receive the purchase by Christmas without paying for expedited production. Just enter FREESHIP17 as a coupon code on checkout. We just released “I read the comments.” Our most popular designs over the years are: Puget Sound with Compass Rose and Star (The generic...
18 hours ago
Major Link Soccer: MLS Offseason already in full swing

Major Link Soccer: MLS Offseason already in full swing

Several trades have already gone down, including LAFC’s first ever Seattle The Sounders Alliance has released additional details on the move to SeatGeek as the club’s primary ticket distributor. Harry Shipp is getting a ring this week, following up a tough Saturday with an expectedly happier one: his wedding. Congratulations, Harry! The NHL has officially opened the expansion application process for Seattle. Although it was far from the desired result, Clint Dempsey’s return to MLS Cup was a reminder of just how far he has come. MLS The Vancouver Whitecaps wasted no time in...
Dec 10, 2017
Ozzie Alonso seems to be venting about the Sounders' Protected List

Ozzie Alonso seems to be venting about the Sounders' Protected List

He’s using a meme to take a shot at the Front Office, maybe. Sports can be a harsh business. Injuries and time take our players from us, and in American sports expansion drafts add to potential ways to lose players beyond just reirement, trade and purchase. The Seattle Sounders did not protect their 2017 captain. Osvaldo Alonso apparently took to social media in response. pic.twitter.com/a79TqGupWc— Osvaldo Alonso (@OzzieAlonso) December 11, 2017 He is retweeting and liking messages of support. He has not offered more original words beyond: I hate it when people use you for what...
Dec 10, 2017
Sounders expose Osvaldo Alonso to MLS Expansion Draft

Sounders expose Osvaldo Alonso to MLS Expansion Draft

Joevin Jones is only starter from MLS Cup final to be unprotected. Los Angeles FC will have a couple former captains to choose from the Seattle Sounders in the Dec. 12 Expansion Draft. Free agent Brad Evans being unprotected was expected. Slightly more surprising, but not entirely unexpected as seen in this year’s protectinator results, is that Designated Player Osvaldo Alonso is also on Seattle’s unprotected list. The complete list includes two free agents (Evans and Lamar Neagle), as well as Joevin Jones, who already transferred away on a free via pre-contract with Darmstadt. Tony...
Dec 10, 2017
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

“The final game is what matters most, and we didn’t come to play.” -Cristian Roldan Match Recap SUMMARY Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2 Saturday, December 9, 2017 Venue: BMO Field Referee: Allen Chapman Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson Fourth Official: Kevin Stott VAR: David Gantar Attendance: 30,584 Weather: Clear SCORING SUMMARY TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67' TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4' MISCONDUCT SUMMARY TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5' LINEUPS & STATS Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad...
Dec 10, 2017
Lessons from MLS Cup: Sounders must start reloading now

Lessons from MLS Cup: Sounders must start reloading now

Degree to which Sounders were outplayed needs to be a warning sign. TORONTO, Ontario — To say the Sounders were overwhelmed in Saturday’s MLS Cup final rematch may not quite do the situation justice. From almost the opening whistle until the bitter end, Toronto FC dominated. The 2-0 scoreline understated the degree to which they were the better team, as only several world-class stops by Stefan Frei kept it from getting completely out of hand. The core of the problem was an inability to hold and win the ball. A midfield that was dominant along much of the path to this final was outplayed...
Dec 10, 2017
One stat looms large over Sounders MLS Cup loss

One stat looms large over Sounders MLS Cup loss

Seattle were utterly dominated in 1v1 duels, an area in which they’ve excelled in all season TORONTO, Ontario — There’s no denying that the Sounders were outplayed on Saturday night against Toronto FC in their second consecutive MLS Cup final against the Canadian club. The 2-0 result was fair, and probably a bit generous considering how the Sounders played for most of the match. Other than simply accepting the dominance of Toronto FC, what can explain how out of their depth the Sounders looked in this match? Brian Schmetzer was asked that question in the post-game press conference,...
Dec 9, 2017
MLS offseason starts now

MLS offseason starts now

The Sounders are about to lose some players. Losing MLS Cup sucks. It’s about to be worse, because several players will no longer be Sounders by the end of the weekend. By 9 a.m. Sunday the Seattle Sounders will exercise their options and make bona fide offers on the players where those conditions apply. Seattle will also submit their protected list for the Expansion Draft at that time. This coincides with a half-day trade window where teams are trying to move minor assets as they prepare for “draft season.” That trade window is from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. All roster movement shuts...
Dec 9, 2017
Toronto FC vs. Sounders, MLS Cup recap: No repeat

Toronto FC vs. Sounders, MLS Cup recap: No repeat

Despite a world class Stefan Frei performance, Seattle couldn’t come up with the goals and are thoroughly outplayed. TORONTO, Ontario — Well, it was a good run. Toronto FC, quite possibly adding the final piece they needed to call themselves the “best team in the history of MLS”, dominated from end to end to win the franchise’s first-ever MLS Cup. The final score read 2-0 — with the second goal coming in the 95th minute — but that was deceiving. If not for Stefan Frei’s nine saves, the score would have been far more lopsided. The Sounders came into their second consecutive...
Dec 9, 2017
It’s cold at BMO Field

It’s cold at BMO Field

There’s even a tiny chance of snow flurries In what is becoming a recurring pattern, MLS Cup will be cold. The forecast is for low-to-mid-30s during the game, and a 15 percent chance of snow. Seattle Sounders practiced both in Toronto FC’s bubble at their facility and at BMO Field itself. Long sleeves, snoods and hoodies were popular. With the windchill — due to 8 mph winds — it is expected to feel like 28 at kick off. Unlike last year, though, there was no Grey Cup played at BMO prior to this game and the field has drawn solid reviews from players and coaches. Fans in the stands...
Dec 9, 2017
Sounders vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup Final, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

Sounders vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup Final, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

ESPN coverage starts at 1 PM. Watch with us. A rematch in MLS Cup is a great thing. Toronto FC has the storyline of revenge, merged with the possibility of being the greatest team in MLS history. Only one thing stands in their way. The Seattle Sounders aren’t interested in last year. They are unconcerned with history. To quote Gustav Svensson, "last year is last year...this year is just about this season and about winning this year." A legacy will be built over 90 minutes today (or 120, or maybe even penalty kicks). The winner becomes either a repeat champion or the first MLS treble. I...
Dec 9, 2017
Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Cup Final: Full coverage

Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Cup Final: Full coverage

It’s a rematch of Seattle’s first ever MLS Cup victory. Watch on ESPN, UniMás, TSN, TVAS, or MLS LIVE at 1 PM PT on December 9, 2016. The 2017 MLS Cup Final is a rematch of the 2016 contest that Seattle Sounders won, but the two teams are different. Toronto FC set the record for points earned by an MLS team with 69. They sit poised to earn the first treble in MLS history. They also added an MLS Best XI creative midfielder — Victor Vazquez. Wearing a star all of 2017, about a third of Seattle’s roster is different. Expected starters Will Bruin, Victor Rodriguez, Gustav Svensson and...