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Archives: June 2012

June
28th

Sigi picks Germany over Italy today

Germany and Italy will meet in Euro 2012 today, with the ESPN coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Asked about the match yesterday, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid picked Germany to win.

“Of course,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough game because Italy is always well organized and doesn’t give much up, and they’ve actually done very well in this tournament. But I think Germany really wants to get another shot at Spain. This would be the third major tournament that they’ve played Spain, and I’m sure they want that confrontation to change things around a little bit. I

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June
28th

Sounders U23 Weekend Preview (FRI/SUN)

@ Seawolves – Friday 7:30pm  /  @ Crossfire – Sunday 5:00pm

Mark Lee holds off a Crossfire attacker on June 8 (photo by Chris Coulter, SoundersPhotos.com)

Tacoma, WA – The Sounders U-23 will head north this weekend for the second and third matches of their late season, four-match, road trip. The Sounders U-23 will play the North Sound SeaWolves FC on Friday at Edmonds Woodway High School at 7:30 p.m. Then they will face the Washington Crossfire, Sunday evening at Redmond High School at 5:00 p.m.

After an impressive

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June
28th

Open Cup tickets delayed until game date official

Contrary to reports — like, say, the one that appeared earlier on this blog — tickets for the Sounders’ US Open Cup semifinal against Chivas USA will not go on sale this morning.

The Sounders just tweeted this explanation:

The date for the USOC semifinal match is yet to be confirmed. Updated ticket information and final date to be announced soon.

June
27th

Schmid discusses San Jose match and melee

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid held a conference call with local media today from New England, where his club will play Saturday.

However, the chief topics lingered over the 1-0 U.S. Open Cup win over San Jose last night, and especially the game’s ugly ending.

Here are some highlights I immediately tweeted.

Here are some direct quotes from Sigi:
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June
27th

Between regular-season Portland and USOC San Jose, Sounders won the more important game

Coaches and athletes aren’t crazy about the which-game-would-you-rather-win question. They almost inevitability must pick “the next game,” or are wired to say they will do all they can to win both.

Sportswriters not so much. I always thought – and still do – that if the Sounders were going to win one and lose one over on their recent two-games-in-three-days pairings against MLS Portland and USOC San Jose, that the Open Cup game was the one to win.

That, of course, is the way it turned out.

Losing to Portland certainly is painful to the Sounders and their fans. Bragging rights are important – especially against Rival No. 1. However, the fact of the matter is that nothing substantive need have been lost Sunday in the Rose City. By any objective definition, Sounders FC remains the better team and the better franchise. Win Cascadia Cup, win Read more »

June
26th

Sounders win 1-0; advance to semis vs. Chivas on July 10 at Starfire; tickets on sale Thursday

The Seattle Sounders found the cure for what ails them: the U.S. Open Cup.

Mired in a club-record seven-game winless streak in Major League Soccer, Sounders FC stretched its U.S. Open Cup unbeaten streak to 17 games Tuesday with a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

The difference was a 19th-minute goal by Cordell Cato. Then the Sounders made that stand up the rest of the way behind goalkeeper Andrew Weber, who played the previous three seasons in San Jose.

The win sends the three-time defending Sounders into the Open Cup semifinals against Chivas USA. The game will be played at 7 p.m. July 10 at Starfire Sports Stadium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Chivas advanced tonight with a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Eagles. The other semifinal match will pair Philadelphia and Sporting Kansas City.

The Sounders match got extremely rough as it wound down. San Jose’s Alan Gordon was sent off in stoppage time for knocking down Marc Burch. A lot of pushing and shoving followed the final whistle, much of it apparently involving Eddie Johnson.

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June
25th

Schmid says quarterfinal match against San Jose is probably most difficult Open Cup challenge

The Sounders have arrived in the Bay Area for their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against San Jose at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

And on the eve of the game, Schmid said something I’ve been thinking: That this is probably the Sounders’ toughest Open Cup challenge (although I would add the possible exception of the 2009 championship game in Washington DC). But regardless of which of those was tougher, this one is tough … due to the Sounders ongoing slump, the fact the San Jose is the current MLS points leader and a real Supporters Shield contender, the shorter rest for Seattle, the absence of their No. 1 keeper, and of course the road pitch.

Here’s what Sigi had to say:

On Tuesday’s Open Cup match…) “Obviously it’s a tournament we’ve done well in the past three years. This is probably our most difficult challenge, having to come back and play on just one day’s rest against a team that has two days rest. It is what it is. It’s a challenge we have to accept and we have to rise up to it.”

On San Jose…) “They’re a good team. They’ve built a team over a few years now, and Read more »

June
25th

LA’s Donovan voted MLS player of the week

Landon Donovan — who got my vote — was selected MLS player of the week.

Here’s the news release from the league:

LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan was voted Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for his performance in Week 16 of the 2012 MLS season. Donovan registered three goals and two assists in two games, including the game-winning-goal against Real Salt Lake on June 20, to earn the honor.

Donovan notched his first goal of the week in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s game against RSL. With his team down 2-0, Donovan intercepted a pass intended for RSL goalkeeper Read more »