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Archives: May 2012


Sounders on beating aggressive Silverbacks

Here’s some of the Sounders’ reaction to their 5-1 win over Atlanta tonight in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup:

On his assist)
I got lucky on it. I was going to volley it and then I see Rose lining it up, so I was like I’ll give him the shot. It’d have to be a 1-in-a-100 shot for me to side volley it. I just took it off the chest and gave it too him. I thought he took too much time on it and then he poked it. It was a good goal

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Atlanta’s O’Brien: ‘To be fair, they’re better’

Here’s some of what the Atlanta Silverbacks had to say tonight after their 5-1 loss to the Sounders:

Midfieler Ciaran O’Brien of Federal Way
(On the game…)
“It was a bummer to give up a goal right before halftime. I think that killed us. And then right away, right when we came back in [they scored again]. To be fair, they’re better. They’re better on the ball. They’re more organized, touch, passing, every aspect they were better, and they definitely deserve it. They deserved to win 5-1. It wasn’t like the score line didn’t show what the game was like. Hats off to them. That’s a different level-different level than us and we couldn’t handle it in the second half.”

(On playing in front of home fans…) “It was amazing. I’m definitely jealous of these guys. I grew up around the team, and the fan support is unbelievable. It’s probably some of the best in the world even I think. They have something special going on. To come back and play in front of family and friends, and even that crowd, it was amazing.”

(On being familiar with some of the Sounders…) “I grew up with Roger and Zach, with Schmetz coaching. It was great to play against them, great to see those guys. They’ve literally-like I’ve said before-they’ve paved my way to where I am today. They helped me along the way, they were huge role models for me when I was growing up. It was cool to come back and play against them. Maybe someday we’ll be back on the same team again.”

Coach Alex Pineda Chacon
(On the game…)
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Sounders beat Atlanta 5-1 in Cup opener

Just before Open Cup kickoff at Starfire Sports Stadium.

Sounders FC took its first step in defending its U.S. Open Cup title tonight.

It was more of a leap, really, as the club clustered five goals over a 22 minute stretch on their way to a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks.

That’s the most goals the three-time defending champions have scored in Open Cup competition.

The win sends Seattle through to the fourth round against the winner of the Portland Timbers-Cal FC match, still playing tonight.

The visiting Silverbacks showed up at Starfire Sports Stadium looking like a team that figured if it’s going to travel 2,500 miles across the country, it might as well try to win.

With the NASL club rejecting any thoughts of a cautious approach, the two teams were almost constantly dangerous throughout the first half.

Seattle’s Eddie Johnson had three good chances. Alex Caskey smoked one just over the crossbar. Osvaldo Alonso almost had a goal for the ages, which launched from across midfield when Atlanta goalkeeper Joe Nasco got caught far out of the penalty area after getting knocked down by one of his defenders.

The Silverbacks also had several chances in front of the Seattle goal.

However, nothing registered on the scoreboard until the 44th minute, when Jeff Parke chested the ball down to the foot of Andy Rose, who sizzled it into the back of the net.

Suddenly, those good chances that had missed in the first half started going in.

Two minutes into the second half, the Sounders struck again. This time Cordell Cato slipped a ball into the box, where Alonso knocked it in, low and to the far post.

Atlanta cut it to 2-1 in the 53rd minute, when Reinaldo Navia fired one past Bryan Meredith.

However, Caskey struck back a minute later, creating another two-goal cushion for Seattle.

Then Sammy Ochoa put it away with back-to-back goals in the 62nd and 66th minutes.

The convincing victory went against the early trend of this tournament, when seven of the 14 MLS teams that played Tuesday were eliminated by lower-level clubs.

Announced attendance was 3,703.

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Before sun sets tomorrow: USA-Brazil, Sounders’ Open Cup, Sounders U-23, Sounders Women…

We’re heading into a pretty amazing buzz of soccer over the next couple of days.

Before the sun sets tomorrow, here are some of the prime game-watching options:

4:50 p.m. today: USA friendly vs. Brazil, ESPN2.

6 p.m. today: Sounders U-23 vs. Vancouver, Cheney Stadium.

7 p.m. today: Sounders FC vs. Atlanta Silverbacks, U.S. Open Cup, Starfire Sports Stadium.

7 p.m. Thursday: Sounders Women vs. Colorado Rush, Starfire Sports Stadium.

Here’s more detail on the Sounders-Silverbacks’ Open Cup match tonight:

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Match day: Sounders U-23 vs Vancouver

Tacoma, WA – The Sounders U-23 return home to Tacoma tonight for a showdown with the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 at 6:00 p.m. at Cheney Stadium. Before the match, fans will be able to meet and get autographs from players who play for the Sounders Women, including U.S. National Team star, Megan Rapinoe.

The Sounders U-23 and Vancouver Whitecaps find each other separated by just one point in the PDL Northwest Division standings with the Sounders U-23 in 3rd place with eight points and the Whitecaps U-23 in 4th with seven.


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Seven of 14 MLS clubs bounced from Open Cup; Sounders and Timbers join the party Wednesday

The third round of the U.S. Open Cup got off to a fascinating start tonight as 14 MLS clubs joined the tournament in the third round, and half of them won’t live to see the fourth round.

The results:

Richmond Kickers 1, D.C. United 2
Harrisburg City Islanders 3, New England Revolution 3 (Harrisburg advances on PKs.)
Carolina RailHawks 2, LA Galaxy 1
Michigan Bucks 3, Chicago Fire 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1, Colorado Rapids 3
Columbus Crew 1, Dayton Dutch Lions 2
Charleston Battery 0, New York Red Bulls 3
Philadelphia Union 3, Rochester Rhinos 0
FC Dallas 0, Charlotte Eagles 2
San Antonio Scorpions 1, Houston Dynamo 0
Sporting Kansas City 3, Orlando City 2
Real Salt Lake 1, Minnesota Stars FC 3
Ventura County Fusion 0, Chivas USA 1
San Jose Earthquakes 2, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1

Details available at and the U.S. Soccer website.

Two more MLS teams enter the tournament Wednesday: Portland Timbers, who will host Cal FC at 7:30 p.m.; and, of course, Sounders FC, which will meet the Atlanta Silverbacks at Starfire Sports Stadium at 7 p.m.

Here is something Sounders coach Sigi Schimd said earlier in the day when asked if MLS teams were taking the tournament more seriously:

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Tacoma’s Cox brothers — one Silverback, one Sounders U-23 — playing 25 miles apart Wednesday

Tacoma natives Raphael and Jamael Cox usually play their soccer about 2,500 miles apart: Raphael with the Atlanta Silverbacks and Jamael in Pierce County with Sounders U-23.

Wednesday they’ll play about 25 miles apart as the Silverbacks meet Sounders FC in a U.S. Open Cup match in Tukwila, while Jamael plays a PDL match in Tacoma.

Today, both players talked about their conflicting games.

Atlanta midfielder RAPHAEL COX
On playing so near to his brother at the same time)
I’m excited. I’d love to see his game. I know he’d love to see mine. It’s kind of bad timing. I hope he does well. I hope they win. And I hope we get a good result as well.

On playing so close to home) I wanted it to be in Atlanta – we’d have an advantage at home. But it’s also nice to come back and see everyone: family, friends. I know the atmosphere here is always amazing, so it’s a great opportunity. … It’s going to be amazing. I’m going to love playing in front of family and friends. You always get up playing (against) your hometown team. It has a little extra meaning. You try to get up for every game always, but it has a little extra meaning to play at home.

On which game his family will attend) I’m not sure what they’ve decided on, but I don’t play in Seattle much, so I think they might learn toward my way since he’s got a whole season here. Hopefully come people go to support their game as well. … It’s unlucky that both games are going to be at the same time – drawing a little crowd from each other.

Sounders U-23 midfielder JAMAEL COX
On the conflict) I was hoping to watch him play. But unfortunately we have the game. Hopefully I can catch some of his games down in Atlanta sometimes.

On the U-23s playing at Cheney Stadium) It should be pretty good. The first game ever at Cheney Stadium. It should be an experience for us. I hope it goes well.

On the U-23’s 2-1-2 start to the season) We have a lot of good players. We’re tying to get our barings right. We haven’t played with each other at all, but we’re trying to find that connection. It should be a fun season.

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