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Archives: Sep. 2013

Sep.
30th

Soundersless Open Cup final: RSL-DC on Tuesday

us-open-cup1For the first time in five seasons, the Sounders aren’t part of the U.S. Open Cup final.

Instead it will be Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United. Here’s a preview from MLS:

The first major trophy of 2013 will be raised on Tuesday night in Sandy, Utah, as Real Salt Lake hosts D.C. United in the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final (5 p.m. PT, Gol TV).

RSL name success in international competition among their top priorities, so capturing their first Open Cup title would not only add company for its 2009 MLS Cup, but also earn them a coveted berth in CONCACAF Champions League.

For D.C. United, winners of more major trophies (12) than any club in MLS history, the game is a chance to add to that haul. Already eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoff race, it’s also United’s shot at validation and victory during what has been a disappointing league campaign.
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Sep.
29th

Sounders say weather impacted game; Red Bulls coach says it might have helped his team

Tonight’s 1-1 draw between New York and Seattle was played in some of the nastiest weather is Sounders history: lots of rain, lots of wind.

Here’s what players and coaches had to say about it:

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid: The ball runs away from you a little bit. We got stretched a little bit in the second half. There were some passes that went past people, that went out of bounds, that if you’re dealing with a grass surface, or a non-wet turf surface, those balls are going to stay and guys are going

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Sep.
29th

Sounders see point gained … and two points lost

There’s already some Sounders reaction in posts below. Here’s more on their 1-1 draw against New York:

Midfielder BRAD EVANS
(On the flow of the game…)
“Not a very fluid game, just because of the wind and the rain and everything. Balls just get held up and intercepted. It was a little bit sloppy, but going into halftime with the 1-0 lead and we came out and had a couple chances. We kept pushing forward, they caught us on one, missed a couple tackles and a class finish by Cahill. We kept on pushing, pushing but final execution wasn’t

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Sep.
29th

Red Bulls concentrated on players here, not absent

Here’s some of what the New York Red Bulls had to say tonight after coming from behind for a 1-1 draw at Seattle:

Coach MIKE PETKE
(On the game …)
“I’m extremely proud of my guys. Not only to get a result here, but to play very good and to put pressure all over a phenomenal team like Seattle. And to have many scoring opportunities – and they had some as well. To come in and not be intimidated by this crowd and with the recent form of Seattle and in a very stressful environment – I’m very proud

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Sep.
29th

Schmid: “When we play at home we’d like to win”

Here is coach Sigi Schmid’s opening statement after tonight’s 1-1 draw with New York:

“I thought we were a little fortunate tonight. Obviously they hit the post a couple of itme sin the second half. I thought we had some good looks, some good chances; Robles came up with a couple of good saves. But I didn’t think it was our best soccer. I know we can play better than we did tonight. We still came out with a tie, so that’s something. We still got a point, we still have some games in hand. But obviously when we play

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Sep.
29th

Red Bulls remain atop MLS with drenched draw

Flags standing out straight as wind gusts at CenturyLink Field before Sounders-Red Bulls match.
Flags standing out straight as wind gusts at CenturyLink Field before Sounders-Red Bulls match.

New York and Seattle played to a 1-1 draw on a gusty night with occasional driving rain.

Red Bulls remain atop MLS with 52 points, while Sounders catch RSL atop West with 51 points and games in hand.

Seattle (15-8-6) returns to action Saturday at Colorado.

Some postgame notes provided by the club:

• Sounders FC is second in the race for the 2013 Supporters’ Shield with 51 points. Seattle has the most games remaining (5) in MLS.

• Brad Evans scored his fourth goal of the season, ranking fourth on Sounders FC. He has converted all seven career penalty attempts (all with Sounders FC). Evans is fifth on the club with 13 points (4 goals, 5 assists) this season. He also scored against New York in Seattle’s inaugural game on March 19, 2009.

• Seattle set the club record with at least one goal scored in the past 12 games, dating back to July 20. The previous record of 11 straight games was set from July 7 to September 22, 2012.

• Sounders FC holds the longest active unbeaten streak (5-0-2) in MLS, which is the longest of the season for Seattle.

• Sounders FC extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3), matching San Jose for the longest in MLS this season.

• Seattle’s 10 home wins and 34 home points leads MLS.

• Sounders FC is unbeaten in 48 straight games (38-0-10) when scoring first, marking the longest active streak in MLS and second-longest streak in league history.

• Sounders FC leads the all-time series with New York at 3-2-3.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
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Sep.
29th

Game-day comes: Sounders-NY at 6

LogoNYBig stars missing, but Supporters Shild lead on the line, maybe clinch a playoff spot.

Here’s our preview story. And below, some the basics:

NEW YORK RED BULLS (15-9-6; 51 POINTS)
AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (15-8-5; 50 POINTS)
6 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV:
ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 3-2-2 overall and 2-1 in Seattle.
NOTES: A Sounders win or Red Bulls win or draw would move them along to the top of the MLS points race. … The availability of Sounders designated player Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and defender Leo Gonzalez (groin) are game-time decisions. New York goals (9) and assists (8) leader Thierry Henry and 2010 MLS defender of the year Jamison Olave did not travel, at least in part due to the FieldTurf surface. … Seattle would become the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot with a win, combined with an FC Dallas loss to Columbus and a San Jose loss to Chivas USA. … New York has won four straight games, while the Sounders have a league-high six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1). Seattle also has a 13-game unbeaten streak (9-1-3) at home, while the Red Bulls are 5-7-3 on the road. … Seattle defender Zach Scott is out while serving a one-game red-card suspension. Defenders Djimi Traore and Gonzalez are one caution away from one-game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Kevin Stott.
QUOTABLE: “A team that’s probably going to play it a little bit close to the vest in terms of making it difficult for us to break them down. Maybe they come out in more of a 4-5-1 type of formation, more than a 4-4-2. But a team that’s very confident right now, has been playing well, and has been getting results.” — Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Red Bulls. Read more »

Sep.
28th

On verge of clinching, Schmid said he never doubted Sounders were a playoff team

Seattle can become the first MLS team to clinch a spot in the playoffs Sunday if they beat New York while FC Dallas loses to Columbus and the San Jose Earthquakes lost to Chivas USA.

Whether the achievement comes then or later, it would continue the Sounders run of five playoff appearances over their five seasons in MLS.

“It says a lot for the club and the organization for us to have started out well in our first year getting into the playoffs and then to stay there,” coach Sigi Schmid said today. “I think it’s only us, L.A. and

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