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Archives: June 2013


Reign wins again; back home Wednesday

ReignFCHere’s the report from the club:

Seattle Reign FC scored three second-half goals to get their first home win of the season, 3-1, over the Chicago Red Stars. The win moved Reign FC out of last place in the National Women’s Soccer League, with Reign FC picking up seven points over the last seven days.

Seattle’s first goal came in the 51st minute as defender Kaylyn Kyle scored her first goal of the season when she converted a penalty kick earned by forward Kennya Cordner. Cordner was slotted through on a pass by midfielder Jess Fishlock and was brought down from behind by Chicago defender Sonja Fuss. Kyle drilled a shot to the left side of the goal as Chicago goalkeeper and fellow Canadian Erin McLeod dove the other direction.

Seattle continued their scoring spree six minutes later as Fishlock got on the stat sheet for the second game in a row. She received a pass from forward Christine Nairn, who won the ball off a Chicago turnover. Fishlock then took a shot from the top of the Chicago penalty box that soared over a diving McLeod into the upper-left corner of the net to put Seattle up 2 – 0.

Chicago kept it interesting as they started to press Seattle’s backline. They finally found a crack in the 84th minute when defender Megan Wenino scored a header goal off midfielder Julianne Sitch’s service into the box.

Though Seattle gave up the goal, both the backline and goalkeeper Hope Solo showed a performance worthy of player of the week, highlighted by Solo’s eight saves.

Despite Chicago’s goal, Seattle was able to capitalize on Chicago’s high pressure in the 93rd minute. A ball was cleared from the Seattle back line up to Nairn at midfield who turned up field with the ball and had a two-on-one with forward Megan Rapinoe. After taking it at the Chicago center back, she passed the ball off to Rapinoe who had a one- on-one with McLeod. After drawing McLeod off her line, Rapinoe slotted a finish into the right side of the goal, giving Seattle the 3 -1 lead.

Seattle will look to continue their win streak as they face Sydney Leroux and the Boston Breakers on Wednesday, July 3 at 7 p.m. at the Moda Pitch at Starfire Stadium.
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Sounders take light day of soccer-tennis; Yedlin delayed; status quo on Montero, Martinez

LogoSoundersThe Sounders are off the training pitch until Monday. They followed their intense Friday scrimmage with a light session of two-v-two soccer tennis.

“They worked hard yesterday on the intersquad scrimmage so this was just to get (regeneration work) in, have a little bit of fun and play some soccer tennis — for the team to have an easy day,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “Tomorrow’s off, and then we’ll get after it Monday and Tuesday — because we’ve had a lot of training days going into this (Wednesday) game against D.C.”

Osvaldo Alonso and Lamar Neagle went lighter still for fitness reasons, and DeAndre Yedlin Read more »


Sounders off, but lots of other MLS action

LogoMLSThe Sounders are training today, but otherwise are off this weekend.

However, that’s the exception in MLS where there is a good slate of games, including some East-vs.-West matches that give the Sounders and their fans a clear rooting interest.

Here are some previews from MLS:

Saturday, June 29

Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 10 a.m. (TSN)
· Real Salt Lake won their third consecutive match and moved into a tie atop the Western Conference following their 2-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium.

· Kyle Beckerman scored his second goal of the season to send RSL on their way and also committed two fouls, becoming the all-time MLS leader in fouls committed with 478. Beckerman, who has played 314 games in his 14-year league career, surpassed Jesse Marsch, who played in 321 games.

· Toronto FC weren’t able to secure back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly a year, but still extended their undefeated run to three games in the scoreless draw Saturday at the Houston Dynamo.

· Real Salt Lake have never won and never scored a goal at BMO Field. TFC has won by a 1-0 scoreline on three occasions, including the last game at BMO Field, Aug. 13, 2011. The teams have twice played to scoreless draws there.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN) Read more »


Reign back home Saturday after first win

Here’s a preview from the club:

Seattle Reign FC return home to the Moda Health Pitch at Starfire Stadium to play the Chicago Red Stars after getting their first win of the season and four points from their two-game, east coast road trip last week. Kickoff for the match against Chicago is set for this Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m.

Seattle’s (1-9-2, 5 points) first victory of the season did not come easy against the Boston Breakers on Wednesday. After a scoreless first half, Boston’s Mariah Nogueira headed in a corner kick just inside of the post to take

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Coach assesses scrimmage, updates personnel

The Sounders went through a sometimes-heated full-field scrimmage today at Starfire. (“Heated” in this case just means some words between Eddie Johnson and Patrick Ianni, with keeper Marcus Hahnemann joining in against Johnson. Bottom line didn’t seem much more than you’d see five times a day in pick-up games at the Y.)

Afterward coach Sigi Schmid shared his thoughts on the work and updated the status of some of his players:

On the scrimmage: When guys are emotionally involved it’s good. In Germany there’s a saying; “You need a spark to have a fire, and you always want a

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Schmid decisons for DC: Crutch, cane, cart?

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid back at practice three days after knee surgery.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid back at practice three days after knee surgery.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid returned to training today, three days after undergoing surgery for partial knee replacement. He was driven to and from the practice field in a cart, and got around otherwise on crutches.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

On how he feels: Good. The surgery went well, and the recovery has gone well so far. I’m trying to stay off all the pain meds so I don’t go psychologically crazy on anybody. But no, it’s been good; its been coming along pretty good.

On the timing of the surgery: I was trying to wait until the end of the season; that’s what I really wanted to do. But it just kept getting worse and worse, and it was just painful all the time. Even Read more »


GM explains Sounders metal-detection decision

Here’s what Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer had to say today about the club decision announced yesterday to have fans go through metal-detection procedures before entering the stadium for all future home games:

“Our No. 1 focus is on keeping our fans safe when they come to our games,” he said. “There’s a decent amount of craziness in the world these days, and our calculation is that 15 seconds or a minute or three minutes of inconvenience is worth the peace of mind for most of our fans and the organization to try to safeguard against anything crazy happening.

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