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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
31st

Schmid says Sounders about where he expected … and might have been closer without GK injury

The Sounders’ long road trip has taken them to Texas, where they will meet FC Dallas on Sunday.

Once back in the States on Friday, coach Sigi Schmid took a conference call with local media, covering a wide range of topics. Some highlights below:

On if the team is where he wanted them to be at this point in the season) “We’re pretty much where I wanted to be or where I thought we’d be. If we hadn’t lost Michael [Gspurning] for that stretch of games I think we’d be in the hunt right now for the Supporters’ Shield, which

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Aug.
30th

Sounders react to win and CCL positioning

Alex Caskey in action Thursday against Caledonia. Sounders FC photo.

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 3-1 win in Trinidad:

Coach SIGI SCHMID
On the win…) “Getting six points was important to us because now we’ve put ourselves in a position where we need to win just one of our last two games. We’ve got one game at home and we’ve always said winning games at home is the key…but now we know if we win one of our last two then we win the group. It was a position we wanted to be in at the end of today.”

On the goals scorers) “They’ve done well for us and they were very timely goals. [Alex] Caskey’s right before halftime was a very important goal, a very timely goal because they had some chances before then. [Sammy] Ochoa scored his goal…it was well taken and got us up. Fredy’s goal was very timely because it came right after the PK, about two minutes after the PK at that point. It puts us up 3-1 and we were able to hold it from there.”

On if he was happy with how the team played regardless of the score…) “Yeah. Considering everything that we went through I was very pleased. It was a very difficult travel situation for us. The guys really had very little sleep on Monday night because we had to be at the airport at four o’clock…Our flights got delayed, we didn’t get in until way after midnight. It was another night of little sleep. It’s hot and humid. The field was not a surface you’re going to see in MLS—it’s a much different surface. They had to deal with all those things, and so I was very proud that the team was able to deal with that and come out with the result we needed.”

(On the defensive effort…) “I thought defensively it was better. I don’t like the idea that we keep giving up a PK, especially in this tournament, but I thought it was better than it was against Chivas in terms of marking people tightly in the box. They’re a big team, a physical team. They’re very dangerous on their set-pieces, so we had to make sure we matched up there and win in those aerial duals. I thought overall our team did all right there and for the most part defensively, even though they got behind us a couple times, we kept the game in front of us most of the time.”

(On controlling their own destiny for the rest of the group stage…) “It’s huge. Being able to control our destiny is really important. We can look at the next game when it comes up against Marathon in Honduras and we can decide where we’re at—where we’re at physically. Is that the game where we push and try and lock it up in that game because we’ve shown ourselves to be good on the road? Last year in the group stage we didn’t lose on the road…so we can push for that or we can say, ‘Let’s get ready,’ because maybe we need some points in league at that stage. So maybe we’ll play a little different team in Honduras and we’ll push for it when we play at home in the last week of the season. We can analyze a little bit and decide which game we’re going to push for that victory.”
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Aug.
30th

Sounders knock off Caledonia, 3-1

Sounders FC took a commanding lead in Group 4 of CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-1 win at Caledonia AIA tonight.

Seattle climbed to 2-0-0, Caledonia fell to 0-2-1 and idle Marathon remains as 0-0-1 at this stage of the four-game, home-and-away round robin.

A win in either of their next two games would be enough to put Seattle through to the knockout quarterfinals.

Seattle’s goals came from Alex Caskey, Sammy Ochoa and Fredy Montero.

As with the earlier game in Seattle, Caledonia’s lone score came on a penalty kick by Kareen Joseph.

Unofficial stats from Sounders: (SEA-CAL): Goals 3-1, Shots 16-16, SOG 7-2, Corners 6-8, Fouls 10-11, Off 5-4, Saves 1-2.

The Sounders return to MLS play Sunday at FC Dallas. Their next CCL match is Sept. 19 at Marathon.

Back with more later.

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Aug.
30th

Gameday comes: Sounders-Caledonia, 5 p.m.

The Sounders return to CONCACAF Champions League play today at 5 p.m., visiting Caledonia AIA of Trinidad.

Here’s our preview story from today’s News Tribune. Below, some basics:

SOUNDERS FC (USA)
AT CALEDONIA AIA (TRINIDAD)
5 p.m., Ato Bolden Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.
TV:
Fox Soccer. RADIO: None.
HEAD TO HEAD: Sounders FC won the first meeting, 3-1, at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 2.
NOTES: Seattle is 1-0-0 and Caledonia is 0-1-1 in group stage of CONCACAF Champions League. The other team in Group 4 is CD Marathon of Honduras (0-0-1), which played to a scoreless draw with Caledonia last week. The three clubs will play each other, home and away; and the group winner will advance to the knockout quarterfinal round. … Seattle qualified for Champions League by winning the 2011 U.S. Open Cup. Caledonia advanced to CCL for the first time by taking the 2012 Caribbean club champions cup.
QUOTABLE: “The big thing is if we can win our next two games we can hopefully make the (final) game meaningless. That’s where we’re at right now. If we can win the next two, then there’s no way Marathon or Caledonia can catch us. So, that’s our objective right now.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
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Aug.
29th

Johansson, Martinez called to national team duty

This in today from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC announced today that the Sweden National Team has called in defender Adam Johansson and the Honduras National Team has called in midfielder Mario Martinez for upcoming 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.

Johansson, 29, will join Sweden for one qualifier against Kazakhstan on September 11 in Malmo, Sweden. Johansson currently has 11 caps for Sweden.

Sweden is in Europe’s Group C with Germany, Ireland, Austria, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan. No European teams have played a qualifier yet. The top two teams from each group will advance.

Martinez, 23, will join Honduras

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Aug.
29th

Timbers hire Akron’s Porter as coach for 2013

Here are the basics from the Timbers:

The Portland Timbers today named Caleb Porter as the club’s head coach for the 2013 season. Porter will lead the Timbers after seven seasons at the University of Akron, where he has become one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. He also recently served as the head coach of the U.S. U-23 National Team. Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.

Porter, 37, will remain the head coach at Akron through the 2012 NCAA season. He will assume his role with the Timbers and be introduced formally as the club’s second MLS head coach at a news conference in Portland in December.

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Aug.
29th

Sounders in Trinidad for CCL match tomorrow

The Sounders have made it to Trinidad, where they will meet Caledonia AIA tomorrow in CONCACAF Champions League. (Brad Evans has been tweeting some interesting travel updates.)The Sounders won the earlier match 3-1 — but that was at home, and this kind of travel can make a real difference for the visiting club.

“It’s as far south as we can go in our confederation,” coach Sigi Schmid said before the club set off yesterday. “I thought we were going to play in the Sudamericana Cup because we’re right there. … (That’s) a long travel day, so we’ll see how we react to that, because our experience the first time around in CONCACAF wasn’t real good doing that. It’s something that we have to accept though, and we have to work through and deal with.”

Here’s a look ahead from the club:

Champions League Preview
In round two of this year’s CONCACAF Champions League group stage, Sounders FC travels to Trinidad for the away leg of the series with Caledonia AIA. Seattle beat Caledonia, 3-1, in Seattle on August 2 in the opening round. Sounders FC sits atop group four with three points in one game. Caledonia and Honduras’ Marathon are tied with one point after a scoreless draw in Couva, Trinidad last Wednesday. As the only team to have played two games, Caledonia faces possible elimination with a loss.

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Aug.
28th

Sounders off to Trinidad for Thursday CCL match

Travel, not training, today for Sounders FC, which is heading to Trinidad for it’s CONCACAF Champions League match at Caledonia AIA on Thursday.

Here are some notes from the club:

After a quick turnaround in Seattle, Sounders FC hits the road for a two-game, 11,150-mile road trip that spans across two competitions in two countries over a six-day stretch. The journey begins on Thursday when the Rave Green visits Caledonia AIA for round two of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. PT at Ato Bolden Stadium in Couva, Trinidad.

Sounders FC then

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