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Archives: July 2011

July
28th

Schmid hasn’t been contacted … but interested

We just got a few minutes with coach Sigi Schmid from Houston. The conference call had been scheduled for discussion about the Sounders game against the Dynamo on Saturday. However, that ended up taking the back seat to the news that Bob Bradley has been fired as coach of the U.S. national team.

“I’m just reading it now,” Schmid said. “Obviously coaching the national team is a difficult thing. Bob had a run here of just under six year, five years, and it’s difficult. I don’t know what U.S. Soccer is going on with their thought process, what they’re

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July
28th

Bradley out as coach of USA national team

This just in from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced today that Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years,” said Gulati. “During his time as the head coach of our Men’s National Team he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now was the right time for us to make a change. It is always hard to make these decisions, especially

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July
27th

Keller makes brief appearance as Man U wins, 4-0

Kasey Keller came on in the 83rd minute tonight as Manchester United defeated the MLS All-Stars, 4-0, at Red Bulls Arena in New Jersey.

Man U got two goals in the first half, two more in the second against goalkeeper Tally Hall of Gig Harbor and the Houston Dynamo. Then Keller came on for his farewell All-Star appearance in what will be his final professional season.

Those South Puget Sound goalkeepers will become opponents again Saturday, as the Sounders and Dynamo meet at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

Here’s some All-Star coverage from MLSsoccer.com.

July
27th

Sounders Women Reach Semifinals

courtesy SoundersFC.com – Matt Gaschk

Starfire plays host to the W-League Championship, with the Sounders women facing the Ottawa Fury on Friday.

Earlier this month the US Women’s National Team captivated the country with their run in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  They exuded perseverance to reach the championship match even while battling back from deficits throughout the tournament and coming up big in a shootout win over Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Virtually coinciding with the start of the World Cup, the Sounders Women started a six-match unbeaten streak to close out their

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July
26th

Sounders: We have to show ability to come back

Here’s some Sounders’ reaction after their 1-0 loss to San Francisco FC tonight in Panama:

Coach SIGI SCHMID
General comments)
“It’s 1-0 at halftime. It’s important for us to come back and win this thing at home, and it’s great preparation for the MLS playoffs. We have got to show our ability to come back and score some goals.”

On team offense) “We had a lot of good chances, [Pat] Noonan’s header off the post. Good effort. Flaco [Alvaro Fernandez] came in the left side and I think he did good. [Mike] Fucito obviously off the throw-in.

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July
26th

San Francisco up 1-0 after opening match

A first-half penalty kick was all San Francisco FC needed to take a 1-0 advantage tonight first-leg of its aggregate-score two-game series against Sounders FC.

In the 28th minute, a Jeff Parke pass was intercepted at the top of San Francisco’s attacking zone, and when the Monks worked the ball into the penalty area, Parke slipped on the wet turf, and his hand brushed the ball.

A penalty kick was awarded, and Roberto Brown drove it home past goalkeeper Kasey Keller for what would prove to be the only goal of the evening.

San Francisco will try to protect that one-goal advantage one week from Wednesday, when it visits Seattle for the concluding leg of the series – in effect, the final 90 minutes of a 180-minute competition to advance into group play of CONCACAF Champions League.

The wet field at Estadio Rommel Fernandez was a factor all evening, as players from both teams repeatedly had trouble staying upright, and both teams struggled to maintain any offensive flow.

In general, Seattle seemed to do the better job of controlling the ball. But San Francisco managed to get four shots on goal to two by Seattle.

Despite that statistic, the Sounders had several good chances to equalize in the second half.

In the 55th minute, Fredy Montero buried a shot into the side netting. A few minutes later, an apparent handball in the box by San Francisco went uncalled. In the 85th minute, substitute Pat Noonan put a header off the far post, and the rebound when to Alvaro Fernandez, who couldn’t finish.

Finally, in the final moments, substitute Mike Fucito had a chance from in front of the goal, but couldn’t finish or sweep the rebound across the line.

Tomorrow, all but one of the Sounders will fly directly to Houston, where they will resume MLS play Saturday against the Dynamo.

The exception is Keller, who is traveling to New York, where he will represent the Sounders at the MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United.

They will settle their Champions League preliminary round series with San Francisco at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at CenturyLink Field. If the Sounders win that game by two goals or more, they will advance into Group D. If San Francisco wins or draws, they will advance.

If Seattle wins by one goal, road goals will be used as the first tie breaker. If that doesn’t settle it, the teams will play 30 minutes of extra time and then, if still even, the series will be settled by penalty kicks.

I’ll add quotes in a new post above. Here are the stats:

Scoring Summary:
SFR – Roberto Brown (penalty) 28′

San Francisco FC – 16-Eric Hugues, 3-Rolando Algadona, 5-Manuel Torres, 6-Martin Gomez, 11-Eybir Bonaga, 13-Felipe Olivardia, 19-Johan de Avila (7-Jose Graces 71′), 20-Eduardo Jimenez (22-Edgardo Panezo 44′), 25-Amir Waite, 32-Roberto Chen, 77-Roberto Brown (9-Jefrey Diaz 80′).

Substitutes Not Used: 1-Miguel Torres, 8-Fredy Arizala, 40-Jose Pimentel, 48-Pedro Jeanine, 51-Alexis Gondola.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Brown 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 players 1); FOULS: 15 (Panezo 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (2 players 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (2 players 1); SAVES: 2 (Eric Hugues 2).

Seattle Sounders FC – 18-Kasey Keller, 7-James Riley, 4-Patrick(2 players 1 Ianni, 31-Jeff Parke, 12-Leo Gonzalez, 10-Mauro Rosales, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Erik Friberg (25-Pat Noonan 75′), 27-Lamar Neagle (15-Alvaro Fernandez 59′), 17-Fredy Montero, 24-Roger Levesque (2-Mike Fucito 59′).

Substitutes Not Used: 29-Josh Ford, 20-Zach Scott, 23-Servando Carrasco, 21-Nate Jaqua.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Montero 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (2 players 1); FOULS: 20 (Gonzalez 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Rosales 2); SAVES: 3 (Keller 3).

Misconduct Summary:
SFR – Roberto Brown (caution) 17′
SEA – James Riley (caution) 25′
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 70′
SFR – Edgardo Panezo (caution) 73′
SEA – Alvaro Fernandez (caution) 78′

Referee: David Espana
Referee’s Assistants: Ronaldo de la Cruz; Cesar Ruano
4th Official: Oscar Reyna
Time of Game: 1:50

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July
26th

Sounders in Panama for CONCACAF prelim

A quick preview of today’s match:

SOUNDERS FC AT SAN FRANCISCO FC (PANAMA)
5 p.m., Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama.
TV:
Fox Soccer Channel.
NOTES: CONCACAF Champions League is the club championship of teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The winner represents CONCACAF in the FIFA Club World Cup. … The Monks qualified by winning the Panamanian Clausura championship. The Sounders qualified by winning the 2010 U.S. Open Cup. … This is the first match of a two-game, aggregate-score, home-and-away series in the preliminary round. The second match will be played Aug.

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July
25th

Former Sounder Nyassi MLS player of week

Former Sounder Sanna Nyassi has been named MLS player of the week after recording a hat trick in Colorado’s 4-1 win over New York.

Nyassi was a Sounder in 2009 and 2010, then went to Vancouver in the expansion draft and was traded to the Rapids.

Here’s is the release from Colorado.

His selection ended a two-week streak of Sounders taking the honor: Mauro Rosales last week and Fredy Montero the week before.

I cast my first vote for Nyassi, my second for Kei Kamara of Sporting Kansas City.