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Archives: Aug. 2012


Three nights of CCL on TV begin tonight

There’s a steady diet of CONCACAF Champions League on cable this week starting at 5 p.m. today, continuing tomorrow, and culminating with a double-header on Thursday.

All games can be seen on Fox Soccer.

Here’s the lineup:

5 p.m. today: Santos Laguna at Toronto FC.

7 p.m. Wednesday: Puerto Rico Islanders at Los Angeles Galaxy.

5 p.m. Thursday: Sounders FC at Caledonia AIA.

7 p.m. Thursday: Houston Dynamo at CD Olimpia.

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Knee injuries end season for SKC’s Bunbury

This just in from Sporting KC:

Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury suffered a torn ACL and damaged LCL in his left knee during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls, the team announced on Monday. Bunbury will undergo surgery on Friday under the care of the team’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Luallin and is expected to miss six to eight months.

The injury occurred in the fourth minute of last night’s match in a collision with Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette as Bunbury set up Kei Kamara’s goal.

Bunbury, 22, has five goals and one assist this season in 22 regular season matches to increase his career totals to 21 goals and six assists in three MLS seasons (including playoffs) since being selected fourth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft out of Akron. Bunbury’s 21 goals in MLS competition (including playoffs) are the most among all active MLS players 23 years of age or younger.

After contributing five goals and two assists in his rookie campaign, Bunbury led Sporting KC in scoring last season with 11 goals in MLS competition (including playoffs).
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Crew forward — not Montero — wins MLS honor

It’s usually pretty simple: Get a hat trick, win a prize — meaning MLS player of the week honors.

Except it didn’t work out that way today for Sounders forward Fredy Montero, who recorded a hat trick at Chivas USA on Saturday, and then finished behind Columbus forward Federico Higuain in player of the week voting today. (I went all Sounders: Montero — three goals — No. 1, Mauro Rosales — three assists — No. 2).

Here’s the release from the league:

Columbus Crew forward Federico Higuaín was voted Major LeagueSoccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 25 of the 2012 MLS season.

Higuaín scored three goals while setting up another last week, leading the Crew to 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Wednesday and a 4-3 win over New England on Saturday.

This award is the first of Higuaín’s MLS career, having been signed as a Designated Player from Colón of the Argentinean Primera División one month ago on July 27. He is the third Columbus player to be voted MLS Player of the Week this season, joining Emilio Renteria (Week 12) and Jairo Arrieta (Week 21).
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Montero hat trick: Space behind new-look Chivas

Chivas USA went into last night’s game with the fewest goals in MLS. They took on a new offensively aggressive attitude last night, but paid a price with a 6-2 loss to the Sounders. Three of the goals came from Fredy Montero, who recorded the fourth hat trick in Sounders history. (Joining Blaise Nkufo, Lamar Neagle and David Estrada.)

Here is was Montero had to say about his goal opportunities: “[Chivas USA] was going forward and left

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Schmid: Midfield was good offensive, but …

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say after their 6-2 win over Chivas USA last night:

Thoughts on the match:
“We knew it was going to be a strange game just because of where they are at on the standings. We knew that we would have to take some risks and go forward, and one thing we talked about was the desire to go forward, we knew it was going to present us opportunities, which it did. We were very fortunate that they didn’t get more goals, we made some desperation saves. I thought

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Chivas keeper: Could have tied Sounders 6-6

Here’s some of what Chivas USA had to say after the 6-2 home loss to the Sounders last night:

Thoughts of the game:
“The attacking side was really, really good tonight. I thought we created a ton of opportunities, we could of scored a number of goals. The defending group did not play very well, a lot of individual mistakes or collectively not dealing with counter attacks well enough, but that’s what happens when you play against a good team, you give them opportunities and they are going to score goals. The other side of

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Sounders rout Goats behind Montero hat trick

Fredy Montero recorded the fourth hat trick in Sounders FC history in leading Seattle to a 6-2 win over Chivas USA tonight at Home Depot Center.

“I just want to say thank-you to the team because they have a really good performance today,” Montero told television station KING after the game. “I got the opportunity to score three. I’m very happy, and hopefully I will keep scoring goals.”

The goals were Montero’s ninth, 10th and 11th of the MLS season, moving him even with Eddie Johnson for the club lead.

He joins Blaise Nkufo, Lamar Neagle and David Estrada as the only Sounders to score three goals in a game.

The Sounders also matched their club record for goals in an MLS match. The other six-goal game came almost exactly a year ago – Aug. 27, 2011 – against Columbus.

Mauro Rosales had three assists, climbing to a club-high 13 on the season and tying his own club record.

The win moved Seattle to 12-6-7 on the season and into a tie with Real Salt Lake for second place in the MLS Western Conference. Sounders have two games in hand on RSL and also took the lead in the goals-scored tie-breaker.

However, Seattle remains seven points behind San Jose in the Supporters Shield race, as the Earthquakes beat Colorado on Saturday night.

Montero’s goals were clustered over a 40-minute stretch: the 27th minute, 34th minute and 67th minute.

Brad Evans put the Sounders ahead in the 10th minute.

After the first two Montero goals pushed Chivas (7-10-6) three goals behind, the Goats rallied to within one. Their first goal came on a Juan Agudelo penalty kick after Jeff Parke was called for a handball in the area. Miller Bolanos cut it to 3-2 in the 64th minute.

Seattle put it away behind Montero’s final goal, a Sammy Ochoa header, and a late Chivas own goal.

In the closing minutes, Honduran midfielder Mario Martinez made his Sounders debut.

And behind him came Steve Zakuani, who played the final six minutes in what was his second league appearance since suffering leg fractures on April 22, 2011, in a game at Colorado.

The Sounders resume CONCACAF Champions League play against Caledonia AIA at 5 p.m. Thursday in Couva, Trinidad.

Seattle’s next MLS match is Sept. 2 at FC Dallas.

We’re expecting some quotes within an hour or so, and I’ll add those in a new post or two above when they arrive.

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