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Archives: April 2011

April
30th

Both sides react to Sounders 3-0 win

Here’s our game story, and one from the Toronto Sun.

Here’s some of the reaction after Seattle’s 3-0 win over Toronto FC tonight at Qwest Field:

Seattle coach SIGI SCHMID
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“I thought we played well. I thought we were a little bit unfortunate to only be ahead by one at halftime. We got the second goal – we said the first 15-20 minutes of the second half would be important: We got that second goal early into the second half, so that established our rhythm and we came close a couple of other times. Obviously

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April
30th

Sounders roll over Toronto, 3-0

No. 11 posters being handed out tonight in honor of injured Sounder Steve Zakuani.

With Seattle’s top two goal-scorers out due to injury, the Sounders needed someone to step up.

That someone was Brad Evans, who figured in all three Seattle goals as the Sounders ran past Toronto FC, 3-0, before a Qwest Field crowd of 36,287.

Evans assisted on Seattle’s first goal before scoring the final two for the first multi-goal game in his five-season MLS career.

But actually, there were plenty of Sounders who stepped up, as Seattle dominated from the opening minutes. Toronto, meanwhile, behaved like it was playing in a foreign country.

Here was the early reaction from coach Sigi Schmid:

“First off I want to say to Steve Zakuani and O’Brian White that we miss you, we want you guys back with us as soon as possible, and the effort the guys put out tonight was a tribute to you as much as it was our team. So, we really miss you guys.

“I thought we played well. I thought we were a little bit unfortunate to only be ahead by one at halftime. We got the second goal – we said the first 15-20 minutes of the second half would be important: We got that second goal early into the second half, so that established our rhythm and we came close a couple of other times. Obviously we had to change our formation a little bit, play a little bit differently but I thought the guys responded really well. I thought we did a good job in the first half of disrupting the type of passing game that Toronto wants to establish. I was very pleased with how our team played. We made Kasey work for the shutout at the end. I guess they felt they didn’t want to give him a free one.”

For the first time this season, the Sounders (3-2-3) are on the 1.5-points-per-game pace that coach Sigi Schmid considers the safe zone for playoff qualification.

The result pushed the Sounders’ unbeaten run to six straight games.

They return to action with a couple of road games next week: Wednesday at D.C. United and Saturday at Columbus.

Here’s our game story, and one from the Toronto Sun.

By the numbers:

Scoring Summary:

SEA — Alvaro Fernandez 2 (Brad Evans 1, James Riley 1) 9
SEA — Brad Evans 2 (Fredy Montero 2, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 1) 52
SEA — Brad Evans 3 (penalty kick) 75

Toronto FC — Stefan Frei, Dan Gargan, Dicoy Williams, Adrian Cann, Danleigh Borman, Julian de Guzman (Nathan Sturgis 57), Maicon Santos (Mikael Yourassowsky 46), Jacob Peterson, Javier Martina, Alan Gordon, Alen Stevanovic (Matt Gold 62).

Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora, Ty Harden, Joao Plata, Milos Kocic.

TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Javier Martina 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Javier Martina 1, Mikael Yourassowsky 1); FOULS: 12 (Dan Gargan 3, Alan Gordon 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Alan Gordon 1, Mikael Yourassowsky 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Nathan Sturgis 3); SAVES: 7 (Stefan Frei 7)

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Alvaro Fernandez, Fredy Montero (Mike Fucito 66), Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 72), Erik Friberg (Servando Carrasco 80).

Substitutes Not Used: Leo Gonzalez, Lamar Neagle, Jeff Parke, Terry Boss.

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Brad Evans 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Brad Evans 3); FOULS: 13 (Osvaldo Alonso 3, Fredy Montero 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Mike Fucito 1, Nate Jaqua 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Erik Friberg 4); SAVES: 2 (Kasey Keller 2)

Misconduct Summary:
SEA — Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Persistent Infringement) 45
TOR — Julian de Guzman (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: -Peter Manikowski; Jeff Muschik
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
Attendance: 36,287
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-56-degrees

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April
30th

Looking ahead to Toronto-Sounders, 7 pm

It’s been a tough week for the Sounders and their supporters, and it seems everyone will be happy just to get back on the pitch and think about the sport rather than the injury list.

However, there will be no avoiding thoughts of those who aren’t there. To some degree that is by design — the club and fans will publicly honor and support Steve Zakuani. Beyond that, of course, the he and O’Brian White will be missed on the pitch.

However, the opponent and location — Toronto, at Qwest — certainly seems to allow the possibility of three points,

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April
29th

New looks add mystery to Saturday match

The Sounders have completed their final training session before taking the Qwest Field pitch tomorrow night against Toronto FC. Sigi Schmid’s chief topic seemed to be the mystery surrounding the game. Toronto is making a lot of chances under new coach Aron Winter, while Seattle will have to adjust to the losses of offensive threats O’Brian White and Steve Zakuani.

Some highlights from Schmid:

On a possible new shape for the Sounders) It just forces us to change a little bit because there are not many players in our league who can do what Zakuani can do in term

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April
28th

Sounders: Suspension won’t bring Zakuani back

Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer and Colorado managing director Jeff Plush were heard from regarding the 10-game suspension to Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan for his reckless tackle that injured Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani. (See posts below.)

However, the because the ruling from the league came down today before the Sounders concluded their training session at Qwest Field, we also were able to get reaction from some of the players and coach Sigi Schmid. The general reaction seemed in line with Hanauer’s: resignation that no punishment will bring Zakuani back to health any quicker.

I talked first to defender Tyson Wahl, who’s

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April
28th

Gag: Rapids ‘stongly disagree’ on ruling

Here is a statement from Colorado Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush regarding the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee’s decision to suspend Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan 10 matches for the tackle on Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani that resulted in the breaking of Zakuani’s right tibia and fibula.

“First and foremost, on behalf of our entire organization and our supporters, I want to wish the very best to Steve Zakuani and send him heartfelt wishes for a full and speedy recovery from this injury. Brian Mullan has offered his public apology to Steve for the injury he sustained. As a person

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April
28th

Mullan suspended 10 games for reckless tackle

This just in from the league. We’ll add Sounders reaction as soon as possible:

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan for his tackle on Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani in the 3rd minute of the game on Friday, April 22. Mullan received a red card for the challenge, which resulted in the breaking of Zakuani’s right tibia and fibula.

The Disciplinary Committee determined that Mullan’s challenge was reckless, egregious, and showed utter disregard for the safety of his opponent. Mullan will be suspended for a total of 10 games and fined

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April
28th

O’Brian White undergoes leg surgery

Big news just in from the club.

The Sounders are training this morning, so we’ll likely get more details soon, and of course I’ll be back with that as soon as possible. But no doubt this is disappointing timing for White, who clearly wanted to play this weekend against Toronto.

Seattle Sounders FC announced today that forward O’Brian White underwent surgery on Wednesday in Seattle to remove a blood clot in his left leg.

A vascular specialist performed the surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center, where White will remain for several days. He will be out of action indefinitely.

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