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Archives: Oct. 2009


Sounders sold out

This expected news just released by the Sounders:

The Sounders FC playoff match tonight at Qwest Field is sold out the team just announced.

The Sounders FC opened 3000 additional seats on Saturday, October 24 following brisk sales earlier in the day. These seats are located in the loge section in the upper level.

Tickets distributed for tonight’s match will be approximately 35,700.

The Sounders FC set all-time single match attendance record for league play on Saturday, October 24 with an attendance of 33,108.


Countdown to playoffs: Houston-Sounders; ESPN2

Tonight, the Sounders become to first MLS expansion club to play a playoff game since 1998. (Gametime is officially listed for 7, but I’ve heard that kickoff could be more like 7:20-25, and I notice that the Houston media is listing it that way.) And even though making the playoffs wasn’t easily accomplished, there wasn’t one day of the season that the Sounders weren’t among the top eight of the league standings, and therefore in playoff position.

“From the beginning of the season this was our stated goal,” Schmid said. “This is something we wanted to achieve as a team.

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Bear header at Woodland Park Zoo

Wednesday morning, the animals at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo were photographed playing with and kicking around soccer balls in honor of the Sounders’ playoff debut today. (Photo Credit: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo)


Early look at Sounders’ playoff opener

We got our last access to coach Sigi Schmid this morning before the Sounders’ playoff opener Thursday night against Houston.

This is what he had to say about the Dynamo:

“Obviously we played them a few times so we know what they bring us. We will look at video tape today just a little bit just to remind guys of what our games were like with them the last couple times we played them in the league and also where they are at because they have a couple of new faces and have made some changes since we last played

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Keller, Montero return to practice

Kasey Keller and Fredy Montero returned to practice this morning at Starfire. Keller seemed to be moving around fine on the sore ankle that caused him to leave practice early yesterday.

“They were both out there,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Kasey trained full-on and Montero trained today as well. We feel OK with both of them.”

Schmid added that he isn’t concerned that the flu-symptoms that kept Montero out yesterday aren’t a sign of anything contagious … so much so that he hugged him before practice.


Sounders world-class crowds eased MLS drop

When the Sounders FC set the MLS record for highest average attendance per game at 30,943 on Saturday, they also mentioned that average isn’t only No. 1 in MLS but would rank 50th in the world.

Here’s the top 10 from the list World Soccer Magazine list they cited (based on 2008-09 average attendance)

1. Manchester United FC 75,304

2. CF Real Madrid 74,895

3. FC Barcelona 73,913

4. BV Borussia Dortmund 73,802

5. FC Bayern Munich 69,622

6. FC Schalke 04 61,361

7. Arsenal FC 60,040

8. Celtic FC 57,670

9. AC Milan 57,066

10. FC Internazionale

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Sounders 4th in final MLS power rankings places Sounders FC fourth in its final power rankings of the season.

The top-ranked team is the defending champion Columbus Crew. The top-ranked team in the West is the conference-winning LA Galaxy.

The Sounders are rated directly behind Houston, their opponent in the first round of the playoffs, which begin Thursday.

Here’s a look at the full rankings.

And here’s a look at‘s breakdown of the Sounders-Dynamo series:

Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders FC, 10:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Deportes)

The first game of the MLS Cup Playoffs kicks off with a matchup of the newest

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Sounders finish work without Keller, Montero

The Sounders trained today at Qwest Field, but neither goalkeeper Kasey Keller nor forward Fredy Montero was around for the finish.

Montero was sent home immediately when he reported with what is described as a low-grade fever.

Keller started practice but went off the pitch with an apparent left-ankle problem.

“(Keller) just trained a little bit today, and was a little bit sore,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “And we said just go on in early and take care of it. So we feel fine. He’ll be ready to go on Thursday. His ankle was a little bit sore today.”


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