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Archives: March 2013


Sounders: Soul searching in the locker room

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after their 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake dropped them to 0-3-1 on the season.

On coming out with such a strong lineup in advance of CCL match Tuesday:
“Guys should be able to play two games in a week. If they are not able to do that then maybe there is something wrong with what we are doing fitness-wise or with what they

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Salt Lake drops Sounders to 0-3-1


After watching his team fall behind by two goals in the first half, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked by a TV interviewer what he was going to do at halftime.

“I’m going to go yell at them,” he said.

The yelling seemed to do some good, as the Sounders played better over the final 45 minutes. But it couldn’t change the result as Seattle lost to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, tonight before a sellout crowd of 20,359 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The result drops the Sounders to 0-3-1 on the season, the worst start in franchise history. Combined with their 1-0 loss at San Jose the week before, it marked the Sounders’ first back-to-back losses since March 2011, ending what had been the longest such streak in MLS history.

RSL (2-2-1) dominated from the start and broke through in the eighth minute when Seattle’s midfielder Brad Evans tried to clear a ball in the box, but it smacked into teammate Osvaldo Alonso. Salt Lake’s Robbie Findley beat goalkeeper Michael Gspurning to the deflected ball and threaded it into the goal.

That lead doubled in the 35th minute, when Ned Grabavoy chipped a short corner back to Luis Gil, whose header beat Gspuring to the far post.

Salt Lake had other chances, but the score remained at 2-0 when Schmid gave his halftime interview in which he called his team’s performance “horrible, absolutely horrible.”

The Sounders came out with more intensity in the second half, and it almost paid off quickly as Evans slipped a pass into the penalty area just ahead of forward Eddie Johnson.

Seattle finally halved the lead in the 57th minute when Mauro Rosales touched a DeAndre Yedlin cross back to Evans, who scored off the post from 8 yards.
Both teams had goal opportunities after that, but the score did not change.

Designated player Obafemi Martins made his first start as a Sounder, playing 62 minutes. However, DP Shalrie Joseph was not on the 18-man roster.

The Sounders now turn their attention to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Santos Laguna, which begins Tuesday at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle’s next MLS match is April 13, when the New England Revolution visits.

I’ll be back with quotes as they arrive.

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Saturday comes: RSL-Sounders, 6 p.m.

Here is our preview story from today’s paper, and below are some basics on the game:

6 p.m., Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah.
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Salt Lake leads the regular season series 3-2-4 overall, but the clubs are 1-1-2 at Rio Tinto. RSL eliminated Seattle from the 2011 playoffs, while Seattle eliminated RSL last season. The last eight regular season meetings have been decided by one goal or fewer. Last season, a total of two goals

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Sounders Academy locals join UW for spring soccer

This just in from UW:

Three student-athletes will join the UW men’s soccer team for the spring season head coach Jamie Clark announced this week. Local players Darwin Jones and Dom Dismuke join the team along with New York native Brad Jacobson.

“We’re expecting a lot of goals from these three young men,” said Clark. “They are all players with great pace and an appetite for running at defenders. These are the type of attacking players that are fun to watch and a nightmare for the opposing defenses. Adding them to our roster for spring quarter gives them time to

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Sounders finish training, head for Utah


The Sounders have concluded their final local training before flying out for Salt Lake City this afternoon for their 6 p.m. Saturday match with RSL.

A few small personnel matters emerged today.

* Midfielder Mario Martinez did not make it back for today’s session, as his plane out of Honduras was delayed. He is reported en route again. However, that seems a relatively minor matter as coach Sigi Schmid indicated yesterday that Martinez probably wasn’t in the mix for RSL anyway.

* Recently signed midfielder Philip Lund has returned to Denmark to get his P-1 visa.

* Finally, coach Sigi Schmid wasn’t at training, choosing to leave for Utah ahead of the team. First assistant Brian Schmetzer ran things in his absence and afterward gave this assessment of RSL, which is off to a 1-2-1 start this season Read more »


Johnson and Martins train, on target for Saturday

Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins are back from international duty and trained together for the first time today. Coach Sigi Schmid said both could be ready to play not only Saturday at Real Salt Lake, but also Tuesday in the CCL opener against Santos.

Mario Martinez did not train today, but Schmid said he is on his way back to Seattle.

Schmid also said Sharlie Joseph and Brad Evans continue to train well and there could be a role for each Saturday and Tuesday.

SCHMID: “Obviously Mario played both (Honduras) games pretty much in their entirety — I think he

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Sounders U-23 Sign 3 Academy Alumni

Nick Raskasky (left) / Aaron Kovar (center) / Darwin Jones (right) (Photos by

TACOMA, Wash. – Following Open Tryouts for Sounders FC and Sounders FC U-23, which saw nearly 200 participants fighting for a spot in rave green, the Sounders FC U-23 have announced the signing of three Sounders Academy products, Darwin Jones, Aaron Kovar, and Nick Raskasky for the 2013 PDL Season.
Top players from the Sounders FC Open Tryout will be called back to trial with the Sounders FC U-23 in attempt to earn

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Short film spotlights Sounders Women

This news in from the club:

The Seattle Sounders Women in partnership with Highart Reel have released a Documentary Short Video (12:14), profiling the Sounders Women first W-League match of 2012.

The video is a stylistic portrayal of a single match, on March 31, 2012 against the Colorado Rush. The documentary, starring Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Veronica Perez amongst other Sounders contains no dialogue, but is instead accompanied by match sound effects

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