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Archives: Aug. 2010


Sounders near pace for 45 pts., playoff safety

Several results across MLS went well for the Sounders’ playoff chances yesterday, most notably getting three points out of their match with Chicago.

As you can see from the standings above, Seattle is sixth in the MLS points race. That can be a deceiving number because the Sounders still have played more league games than most of their competitors. But 32 points 22 games puts them close to 1.5-points-per-game pace that adds up to 45 points over a 30-season and usually brings playoff certainty.

Here’s how coach Sigi Schmid scouted the race last night after the Sounders 2-1

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Sounders savor 2-1 win over Fire/Freddie

Here’s more Sounders’ reaction to their 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire and former teammate Freddie Ljungberg tonight at Qwest Field.

On the importance of the result:
“It was a very big goal. We’ve been dreaming about this situation: a goal so late in the game, giving us the three points, putting us closer to the playoffs.”

On scoring against Ljungberg’s team: “It’s a good team and one player doesn’t make an entire team.”

On being so open: “It was an excellent ball form Sturgis, so all the credit to him. It was a deserved

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Ljungberg praises fans in Qwest return

Here’s some of what Freddie Ljungberg had to say about his return to Qwest Field tonight and Chicago’s 2-1 loss to Seattle.

Overview of the game and reception: “Of course, it’s special to come back. I have a special relationship with the people of this city and the fans were amazing. Of course they booed in the game, but before the game and after the game they were cheering. I can understand that. It was a nice reception.

“About the game, of course we are devastated that we lost the game. Two marking misses and they scored two goals

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Update: Seattle wins in stoppage time

Ljungberg — white dot at right — greets former teammates.

Seattle wins, 2-1, with a stoppage-time goal by Montero … who scored both for the Sounders.

However, huge credit to Nate Sturgis who launched a perfect cross to Montero in front of the far post.

Seattle moves to 9-8-5 and 32 points, Chicago to 6-7-6 and 24 points.

“In this league when you go down a goal, you usually lose,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “So the ability to come back after going down on the penalty kick call … I’m pleased. I thought we kept our composure.”

After the game, Ljungberg stuck around to visit with some Sounders, then applauds Qwest crowd and signs some autographs at the rail before leaving pitch.

“We shook hands at the end of the game,” Schmid said. “We didn’t talk before the game, he was all business getting ready for the game. But we shook hands after the game. Not a problem. He’s a great player. I’ve always said that. I thought we kept him in check pretty well throughout the game. I know our fans were booing every time he touched the ball, and I didn’t think there were a lot of boos, so I guess he didn’t touch the ball much, which is good.”

I’ll add a couple of new posts above: one with Ljungberg reaction and one with more Sounders reaction.

Meanwhile, stats:

CHI — John Thorrington 1 (penalty kick) 28
SEA — Fredy Montero 9 (Tyson Wahl 1, Patrick Ianni 1) 36
SEA — Fredy Montero 10 (Nathan Sturgis 1, James Riley 3) 92+

Chicago Fire — Sean Johnson, Steven Kinney, C.J. Brown, Gonzalo Segares, Krzysztof Krol, Patrick Nyarko (Calen Carr 86), Logan Pause, John Thorrington, Baggio Husidic, Collins John, Freddie Ljungberg.

Substitutes Not Used: Mike Banner, Brian McBride, Marco Pappa, Deris Umanzor, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Andrew Dykstra.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Freddie Ljungberg 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1); FOULS: 18 (Gonzalo Segares 5); OFFSIDES: 3 (3 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Freddie Ljungberg 3); SAVES: 2 (Sean Johnson 2)

Seattle Sounders FC — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi (Steve Zakuani 62), Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis, Alvaro Fernandez (Roger Levesque 89), Fredy Montero, Blaise Nkufo (Nate Jaqua 82).

Substitutes Not Used: Tyrone Marshall, Zach Scott, Mike Seamon, Terry Boss.

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Fredy Montero 4); FOULS: 13 (4 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Blaise Nkufo 1, Steve Zakuani 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Nathan Sturgis 6); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3)

Misconduct Summary:

CHI — Steven Kinney (caution; Reckless Tackle) 22

SEA — Fredy Montero (caution; Reckless Foul) 24

SEA — Blaise Nkufo (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 43

CHI — Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Reckless Foul) 83

SEA — Nate Jaqua (caution; Reckless Foul) 90

Referee: Ramon Hernandez

Referee’s Assistants: -Corey Rockwell; Paul Scott

4th Official: Landis Wiley

Attendance: 36,386

Time of Game: 1:53

Weather: Clear-and-65-degrees

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Fire-Sounders tops busy MLS Saturday

I think my any definition, today’s MLS game of the week is the one in Seattle. Not only does it mark Freddie Ljungberg’s return to Qwest Field, but it’s an important one just through the pure playoff math implications.

However, it’s a pretty busy day across the league, and here’s a league-provided look at the other games:

FC Dallas at Columbus Crew, 1 p.m. (TeleFutura)
In strange twist of fate, FC Dallas can set the MLS record for longest road unbeaten streak this weekend in Columbus. The Crew hold the record along with FCD, going nine road games without a loss July 10-Oct. 16, 2004.

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Saturday comes: Chicago @ Sounders, 7:30

CHICAGO FIRE (6-6-6, 24 pts.) SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (8-8-5; 29 pts.)
7:30 p.m., Qwest Field.
TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
The clubs tied in both matches last season: 1-1 at Chicago, 0-0 in Seattle. The Sounders will visit the Fire on Sept. 25.
TEAM LEADERS: For Chicago – G 7, Marco Pappa; A 7, Patrick Nyarko; S 43, Pappa; SOG 19 Pappa; GGA 1.75. Sean Johnson. For Seattle – G 8, Fredy Montero; A 9, Montero; S 64, Montero; SOG 26, Montero; GAA 1.17, Kasey Keller.

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Ljungberg: Well-received in town … so far

Other than the contract dispute that drove him from town (cited in the post below) Freddie Ljungberg always said he loved Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and felt well received here.

He said that has continued so far, as he has returned to sip the local coffee as a member of the Chicago Fire, in to meet the Sounders tomorrow at Qwest Field.

Here’s some of what Ljungberg had to say this afternoon about his return to Puget Sound and the business at hand.

How does it feel to be here as a member of the visiting team?

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Update: Ljungberg cites contract dispute

We just got about a 15-minute interview with Freddie Ljungberg. He said that the break with the club came when he asked for a contract extension beyond this season. When he was told contract negotiations would have to wait until after the season, he protested and was eventually given permission to try and strike his own deal.

He says that he had interest from a major club in Europe, but that his present situation with the Fire is the same he viewed as unacceptable in Seattle: A contract that runs out in November.

Here are the parts of the interview

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