9:57 PM EDT, Sun September 23, 2018
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Sounders at LA Galaxy: Gamethread with updates

Sounders at LA Galaxy: Gamethread with updates

FS1 starts their coverage of the match at 4 PM; watch with us. There was a time when the LA Galaxy were the best in the league. They dominated as few have in MLS. That time is four coaches ago now. Instead of bossing the league, LA is flailing about wondering how to resurface into relevance. Now coached by Dominic Kinnear (their second former Sounder as a head coach in a row), the Galaxy don’t have an identity beyond Zlatan. Seattle Sounders do have an identity — strong defense, grit, willpower and taking the first half of the season to figure things out. Though they are no longer in a...
8 hours ago
Scouting Report: Time to dim the lights on Tinseltown

Scouting Report: Time to dim the lights on Tinseltown

Sundays are for soccer. What You’ll Watch The Seattle Sounders will look to do something that they have not had to do in almost three months, bounce back from a defeat. The Sounders will travel to Carson, CA to take on the LA Galaxy this Sunday. This is the final regular season meeting between the two clubs. Seattle defeated the Galaxy 5-0 last time they faced each other. LA currently sits in eighth place of the Western Conference standings with a record of 10-11-8 (38 points in 29 games played; 1.31 ppg) and the Sounders remain sixth place with a record of 13-10-5 (44 points in 28 games...
22 hours ago
S2 easily bested by the Toros

S2 easily bested by the Toros

Potentially serious injury to Sam Rogers biggest story from an awful night in south Texas It was a bad Saturday night for Seattle Sounders 2. Near the Mexican border S2 lost 3-0, and possibly lost a promising prospect. Rio Grande Valley FC dominated them early as S2 floundered in an unconventional 3-4-3 diamond formation with no wingbacks. The Toros feasted on the globs of space in midfield to easily score two goals in the first half. While S2 improved in the second half, with a particularly bright performance from Marlon Vargas, a third Toros’ goal was ultimately too much for the young...
Sep 22, 2018
Harry Shipp joins the injury report

Harry Shipp joins the injury report

Seven total Sounders listed in game notes. In an ideal world, the final match in a double-game week would feature some squad rotation. Several of Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer’s options will be limited. Harry Shipp has a hamstring injury and did not travel to Los Angeles with the rest of the team. Per Brian Schmetzer, Harry Shipp has picked up a hamstring injury and won’t be traveling to LA. #Sounders https://t.co/00za4yVk5Z— Miki Turner (@turneresq) September 22, 2018 Shipp joins Jordan Morris (ACL tear), Felix Chenkam (herniated disc) and Henry Wingo (concussion) as...
Sep 22, 2018
S2 at RGV FC: Gamethread

S2 at RGV FC: Gamethread

S2 players look to earn their places against the Toros After having their home unbeaten streak broken by Phoenix last week things shift a bit for Seattle Sounders 2 this week. As the First Team enters the final push for the playoffs, S2 embarks on a push of their own. Now officially eliminated from USL playoff contention the purpose of S2, the future, becomes a bit clearer for everyone, especially the players. While they still must play as a team they are very much fighting as individuals; fighting to climb up an array of different depth charts and open new doors for themselves with their...
Sep 22, 2018
Sounders at LA Galaxy: Full coverage

Sounders at LA Galaxy: Full coverage

Sunday’s match is at 4 PM on FS1. The “new coach bump” powered the LA Galaxy to a 5-3 loss against Toronto. Dominic Kinnear now leads LA as they host the Seattle Sounders. Seattle is 3-0-3 in their last six against LA, though the Galaxy lead the series. Seattle’s injury list has four out (Morris, Chenkam, Shipp and Wingo) and three questionable (Marshall, Neagle, Ruidiaz). Galaxy in brief Record: 10-11-8 -5, 8th in the West, 14th in Shield Last Five: D-L-D-L-L with 8 goals scored and 19 conceded Top Goal Scorer: Zlatan, 17 Top Assist Leader: Zlatan and Ashley Cole, 8 Top xG+xA: Ola...
Sep 22, 2018
Sounders at LA Galaxy: Three Questions

Sounders at LA Galaxy: Three Questions

Sunday’s 4 PM match features Zlatan and the team he allows to play with him. A month ago the Seattle Sounders crushed the LA Galaxy. A few things have changed since that 5-0 thrashing. Zlatan Ibrahimivic plays at home, but not on turf. Sigi Schmid quit/was fired. Dominic Kinnear took over. LA no longer looks like a team capable of making the MLS Cup Playoffs. FS1 will get what they want for their 4 PM match Sunday — lots of goals. LA has eight matches scoring 3 or more goals and ten games giving up 3 or more goals. Seattle is unbeaten in their last six matches against the Galaxy. Mike...
Sep 22, 2018
Realio’s Ratings: Seattle unable to convert in midweek matchup

Realio’s Ratings: Seattle unable to convert in midweek matchup

The streak is over. Time for a new streak. The Sounders were bound to lose again this year, but I expected a midweek game against Philadelphia to produce points. The stoppage time winner from the away team saw a 0-1 result that not only ended Seattle’s nine-game winning streak but also raised some questions about a team that had a fragile ego as recently as a few months ago. I was really generous with ratings on a few players, based on a team that played much better than the scoreline, yet somehow cannot seem to remove that last bit of doubt about it’s play. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei –...
Sep 22, 2018
MLS Week 30: Open thread

MLS Week 30: Open thread

Check out our Three Big Storylines, national TV and streaming listings and from a Sounders point of view Three Big Storylines With the midweek games this week, MLS has largely balanced the schedule at long last. Every team has five or six games to play in their 2018 MLS season. The San Jose Earthquakes lead the ‘race’ for the first overall draft pick with 20 points from 29 played and have recently fired their manager Mikael Stahre. Interim manager Steve Ralston had the Earthquakes up 3-1 in the 58th minute on Atlanta United in his debut on Wednesday. But in a sort of reverse goonies...
Sep 21, 2018
Postgame Pontifications: Don’t worry about Stefan Frei

Postgame Pontifications: Don’t worry about Stefan Frei

The Sounders goalkeeper owns up to his mistake, but is well equipped to move past it. SEATTLE — Stefan Frei understands as well as anyone that his position has virtually no room for error. As good as he’s been over the past five seasons and as many massive saves as he’s made, he surely remembers the handful of costly mistakes even more than the countless times he’s bailed out his teammates. More than just about anyone else on the team, though, he’s always willing to own up to his errors. So it was little surprise that he made himself available following Wednesday’s loss in which...
Sep 21, 2018
Sounders know must move on after having win streak snapped

Sounders know must move on after having win streak snapped

Will Bruin still ruing the team’s missed opportunities. TUKWILA, Wash. — There was no shortage of missed opportunities in Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia Union, something laid bare by recent film sessions. But the Seattle Sounders know they don’t have much time to dwell on that if they are to complete the run that started with their history-making nine-game win streak and 12-game unbeaten run. The Sounders now turn their attention to Sunday’s road game against the LA Galaxy. “It’s not fun to watch film when results like that happen, but we did it and we move on,”...
Sep 21, 2018
Three Reign FC players receive best-of-year honors

Three Reign FC players receive best-of-year honors

Megan Rapinoe earns her first Best XI honor, while Seattle’s Aussies make return appearances on the Second XI. Three Seattle Reign FC players feature on the 2018 NWSL Best XI and Second XI teams, which were announced yesterday. Forward Megan Rapinoe was named to the Best XI for the first time in her NWSL career, to go along with Second XI accolades from 2013, 2015 and 2017. Rapinoe finished the 2018 season with seven goals and six assists, surpassing Kim Little to become the club’s all-time leading scorer. Rapinoe’s seven goals were good for second-most on the team behind Jodie...
Sep 21, 2018
Neither Chad Marshall nor Raúl Ruidíaz appear to have serious injuries

Neither Chad Marshall nor Raúl Ruidíaz appear to have serious injuries

Marshall doesn’t have a concussion and Ruidíaz’s ankle was well enough that he was jogging around the training pitch. That sound you heard from Sounders training was a massive sigh of relief. Although they both remain questionable for Sunday’s game against the LA Galaxy, the Seattle Sounders don’t seem too worried about Chad Marshall or Raúl Ruidíaz missing extended time after both were pulled early from Wednesday’s match. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer confirmed that Marshall was not in concussion protocol after coming out at halftime and seemed to downplay the...
Sep 21, 2018
MLS may eliminate third DP after 2019

MLS may eliminate third DP after 2019

Targeted Allocation Money spending would increase in its place. There could be some significant changes coming to the way Designated Players are used after the 2019 season. According to MLSsoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal, the league is floating the idea of eliminating the third Designated Player spot or putting a hard cap on it, possibly as low as $1.5 million. The changes would likely coincide with the new CBA and start in the 2020 season, and would be accompanied by an increase in Targeted Allocation Money spending. I've been told by multiple sources that MLS is discussing either...
Sep 21, 2018
Nos Audietis, Episode 285: All good things

Nos Audietis, Episode 285: All good things

That win streak sure was fun while it lasted. Now, we panic. The Seattle Sounders made a nice bit of history, but that didn’t stop this week from feeling a bit like a bummer. The loss to the Philadelphia Union took us by surprise, and not just because of how it went down. In the end, though, the Sounders are coming off a 10-game stretch in which they’ve claimed 27 of 30 possible points and a 13-game run in which they amassed 32 of 39 potential points. Consider that they started this run 11 points out of a playoff spot and tied for the second fewest points in the league. That first-round...