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Archives: June 2012


Sounders react to draw: “A difficult game for us”

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after giving up the lead in the closing seconds of a 2-2 draw at New England:

Obviously, it’s a difficult game for us. We play a ton of games, playing on Sunday and coming back and playing on Tuesday and then flying cross-country and playing here, it puts a big burden on the team physically. So I was very pleased with how we

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New England reacts to late point against Sounders

Here’s some of what the New England Revolution had to say after their 2-2 draw with the Sounders tonight:

Coach Jay Heaps
I think the game was an emotional game, obviously. And what we did, when we came out we changed up, obviously, you could see what we did tactically and took advantage. And we scored and I thought we could have scored again. I thought we could’ve had two, three goals in the first couple of minutes. And then we made two mistakes and they scored two goals, and the rest of the game was trying to get

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Stoppage time goal continues winless run

The Sounders were nursing a lead deep into stoppage time, when Diego Fagundez split a pair of Seattle defenders to head home the heart-breaking equalizer about 15 seconds ahead of the final whistle.

Not only did the Sounders’ club-record winless streak grow to eight games, but so did their habit of giving up early goals.

This time it came in the 12th minute, when New Englands Saer Sene puts New England took a pass in front of the Seattle goal and beat Andrew Weber from close range. Sene appeared to be offside, and replays appeared to confirm that. However, the goal stood, and with it the Sounders streak of eight straight games surrendering the first goal.

Seattle rallied after that on a pair of goals by Eddie Johnson – his team-leading sixth and seventh of the season.

The first came in the 23rd minute, when Johnson headed in a cross from Mauro Rosales.
The next came in the 36th minute. That one began on a Rosales cross that ran left-to-right through the penalty area. However, Marc Burch caught up to it outside the box and sent it back in toward the far post, where Johnson headed it past New England keeper Matt Reis.

That put the Sounders ahead, 2-1, and that score remained almost until the final whistle. However, both clubs had near-misses they will live to regret.

Sene put at least three shots over the crossbar. And Seattle’s best chance may have come in the 69th minute, when Johnson send a cross in front of the box that teammate Osvaldo Alonso headed high.

The Sounders were still nursing their one goal lead in the final minutes of stoppage time, when the same linesman who seemed to miss the offside call on the first goal frustrated them again.

This time, he called a foul on Alvaro Fernandez, who seemed to have been dumped from behind while wasting time along the touchline.

With possession instead returned to New England, the Revs began their final push, which ended with Fagundez finding room between Burch and Zach Scott and sent his header past Bryan Meredith, a halftime substitution for Weber (groin).

And things don’t get easier. Next up for the Sounders, an Independence Day date at Real Salt Lake.

I’ll add postgame notes and quotes in new posts above.
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Saturday comes: Revs-Sounders at 4:30

Here are the basics:

4:30 p.m., Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 5, David Estrada and Eddie Johnson; A 4 Fredy Montero; S 70, Montero; SOG 26, Montero; GAA 1.50, Andrew Weber. For New England: G 7, Saer Sene; A 3, Shalrie Joseph and Chris Tierney; S 36, Sene; SOG 21, Sene; GAA 1.33, Matt Reis.
HEAD TO HEAD: The series is even, 3-3. The Revs lead 2-1 at home. This is the only scheduled meeting this season.
NOTES: The Sounders will look to break a club-record seven-game MLS winless streak (0-4-3). The Revs are 2-2-3 over the same period. … Seattle has followed its 10-game road unbeaten streak with back-to-back road losses. New England is 4-1-2 at home, including a five-game unbeaten streak. … The Revs average 11,819 per home Read more »


Sounders U-23 5-0 North Sound SeaWolves

Edmonds, Wa. – The Sounders U-23 defeated the North Sound SeaWolves FC Friday night 5-0 in an impressive performance. Goals by five different Sounders U-23s, paired with solid play at the back, helped earn the victory.

Much of the match was played in the SeaWolves defensive third as the Sounders U-23 dominated possession. SeaWolves goalkeeper, Claudio Lazar was the busiest man of the match, facing 10 shots from Sounders U-23 attackers.

“We’re pushing because at this time of year it’s time to start getting ready for the post season, we’re not there yet, but guys are fighting for minutes, and

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USA women vs. Canada on NBC Saturday

There is some good soccer on TV over the 24 hours or so leading up to the Sounders’ match at New England at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

At 5 p.m. today, NBCSN will show the Chicago Fire match at Sporting Kansas City. SKC is only a point out of the lead in the Eastern Conference … and still looms as a potential Sounders’ opponent if they advance to the U.S. Open Cup final. Game preview here.

Then at 11 a.m. Saturday, NBC will show the USA women’s national team take its final pre-Olympics match, meeting Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium

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Sounders-Chivas USA Open Cup semifinal shifts to July 11; tickets on sale this morning

Here’s the updated news from the club:

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PT for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match between Seattle Sounders FC and Chivas USA. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PT.

Tickets are available at the CenturyLink Field box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting Tickets are general admission and priced at $20 for covered grandstand and $16 for uncovered bleachers.

The match will be streamed live on, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Sounders FC is vying to become the first team in the 99-year history of the tournament to win four consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles. Seattle beat the Atlanta Silverbacks, 5-1, in the third-round and ousted Cal FC, 5-0, in the fourth-round before defeating the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0, on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals.

Chivas USA beat Ventura County, 1-0, in the third-round and defeated the Carolina Railhawks, 2-1, in the fourth-round. Chivas scored a stoppage-time winner on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals to advance past Charlotte, 2-1.
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