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Archives: July 2011


Reaction to Dynamo’s best game of season

Here’s more reaction to Houston’s 3-1 win over the Sounders Saturday night … a game that Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said might have been his team’s best of the season.

On the physicality of the game…

“You can point to a packed schedule, but we aren’t going to point to a packed schedule. The game was allowed to be played in a very physical nature, which suits them a little more than us because they are bigger than our team is and a little stronger. I think we were looking for

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Keller says 3-1 loss spotlights lingering problem

Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller had an especially candid and interesting take on Seattle’s 3-1 loss tonight at Houston:

“I think we’ve been a little bit shaky defensively for a few weeks now. We finally got to a stage where we couldn’t outscore the opponent. You give away too many of those kinds of chances from 6 yards out, you’re going to lose some ball games. We’ve got to clean that up in our game. We’ve been talking about it for the last several weeks, and today we got punished because of it. It was a long trip, and you

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Schmid says Houston was the better team (3-1)

Clubs take pitch … cluster of Soundres fans at upper right.

The Sounders’ nine-game MLS unbeaten streak came to an end tonight with a 3-1 whipping at the hands of Houston.

Sigi Schmid’s quick reaction:

“I thought Houston was better. I thought Brian Ching showed his leadership abilities – I thought he carried that team, man of the match without a doubt. We looked mentally tired, made some mistakes. You can’t make those kinds of mistakes. Obviously we talked about those things in the locker room: They were going to come out with a lot of intensity, we’ve got to match it. But you have a chance to score a goal early and you miss it. A poor clearance right away and it creates a chance for them. That’s not starting off the game well.”

The Sounders gave up two goals in the first 23 minutes, seemed to regain life briefly after an Alvaro Fernandez PK, but their uncommonly wobbly defense tonight just couldn’t hold that one-goal margin for long.

All three Dynamo goals came from within 7 yards or so.

It was Seattle’s first league loss since May 25 at Dallas. But more ominously, it was their third consecutive loss of any kind: building on the 7-0 loss to Man U and the 1-0 loss to San Francisco FC of Panama.

Seattle falls to 10-5-8 on the season. Houston climbs to 6-7-9.

I’ll add quotes in new posts above. Meanwhile: stats:

HOU — Colin Clark 3 (unassisted) 7
HOU — Brian Ching 2 (Geoff Cameron 4, Brad Davis 10) 23
SEA — Alvaro Fernandez 6 (penalty kick) 36
HOU — Brian Ching 3 (Colin Clark 2, Hunter Freeman 2) 71

Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Alvaro Fernandez (Mike Fucito 78), Fredy Montero (Pat Noonan 68), Roger Levesque (Nate Jaqua 57).

Substitutes Not Used: Servando Carrasco, Leo Gonzalez, Zach Scott, Josh Ford.

TOTAL SHOTS: 4 (Alvaro Fernandez 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Alvaro Fernandez 1); FOULS: 9 (Alvaro Fernandez 2, Mauro Rosales 2); OFFSIDES: 4 (Mauro Rosales 2); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Mauro Rosales 6); SAVES: 6 (Kasey Keller 6)

Houston Dynamo — Tally Hall, Hunter Freeman, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Colin Clark (Alex Dixon 89), Geoff Cameron, Adam Moffat, Brad Davis, Brian Ching (Jason Garey 87), Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 31).

Substitutes Not Used: Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor, Tyler Deric.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Brian Ching 4, Adam Moffat 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Brian Ching 3); FOULS: 10 (Colin Clark 2); OFFSIDES: 4 (4 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Brad Davis 3); SAVES: 0

Misconduct Summary:
HOU — Cam Weaver (caution; Reckless Tackle) 34
SEA — Alvaro Fernandez (caution; Tactical Foul) 38
HOU — Brad Davis (caution; Reckless Tackle) 76
SEA — Mike Fucito (caution; Dissent) 87

Referee: Niko Bratsis
Referee’s Assistants: -Peter Manikowski; Anthony Vasoli
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 18,465
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Clear-and-90-degrees

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Sounders sign Gambian teenage midfielder

Here’s the news from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC has signed Gambian midfielder Amadou Sanyang, the team announced today.

Signed at age 17 by Toronto FC, Sanyang made his debut on his 18th birthday, August 1, 2009, playing 14 minutes as a reserve versus New England. His first start came two weeks later in midfield versus D.C. United. He went on to play in 20 regular season games over two seasons, starting 15.

Sanyang, 19, was a free agent. Toronto had declined to exercise an option on Sanyang on December 3, 2010.

“Positionally, Amadou is a good fit for

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Saturday comes: Sounders at Houston, 5:30 p.m.

I have arrived in Texas … and it is hot. I can’t imagine it won’t be a factor in this game. On one hand, I’m here straight from Puget Sound, while the Sounders are coming from Panama … which probably helps by comparison. On the other hand, no one gets use to this kind of heat. I can’t imagine even the Dynamo is used to this heat. In fact, I used to live in South Texas … and you just don’t get used to this heat.

In any case, a quick look at this evening’s match:

SOUNDERS FC (10-4-8, 38

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Schmid looks ahead to Dynamo in hot Houston

A few quotes provided by the club from coach Sigi Schmid, looking ahead to the Sounders game tomorrow in Houston:

On Houston Dynamo) “Obviously they are a team that is very good on set pieces. Brad Davis leads the league in assists and he serves probably the best ball in the league and he is somebody that is very, very dangerous. And then they got big bodies, [Geoff] Cameron, [Bobby] Boswell and [Andrew] Hainault and [Brian] Ching and Will Bruin or [Cam] Weaver, whoever is out there they got big bodies. So we got to make sure we limit

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Klinsmann named coach of U.S. national team

Big news, but no big surprise, as Jürgen Klinsmann has been named to succeed Bob Bradley as head coach of the U.S. national team.

Here’s the word from U.S. Soccer.

I would have loved to have seen what Sigi Schmid could have done with the team, and I think his career achievements merit that ultimate honor. But when U.S. Soccer promised an announcement today, and Schmid was in Houston with the Sounders yesterday, well, that indicated that Bradley’s successor was already settled.

And speaking of Sigi, here’s what he had to say today, courtesy of the club:

On Jurgen

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Boss not with team after concussion vs. Man U

Sounders No. 2 goalkeeper Terry Boss isn’t with the team on its long trip due to an apparent concussion suffered July 20 against Manchester United, when six second-half goals whizzed past him.

Coach Sigi Schmid gave this explanation when asked by conference call today if the Man U performance altered the club’s faith in Boss.

“Terry right now is not on this trip because he has concussion-like symptoms, and he actually – the injury occurred in the Man U game on the first goal,” Schmid said. “So maybe if Terry was a little more honest with himself, maybe he

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