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New look Thursday for Sounders Insider blog

Starting Thursday all of The News Tribune sports blogs — including this one — will have a new look.

The blogs are being moved into the main site from our blog platform. We are aiming to go live with the new site around 11:30 a.m.

To readers, the postings and stories will look largely the same and look better on mobile.

The main difference is in how you comment. You will need a Facebook account through which to sign in so you can comment on the blog. Otherwise, the content you’ve come to expect will be the same.


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Extra meaning as Sounders U-23 visits Kitsap

Sounders-U-23-PDL--logo_124x124Here’s a preview from the club:

The Sounders U23 play the Kitsap Pumas on Wednesday night, July 15th at Gordon Field in Bremerton with the game having some extra incentive for both teams. The Sounders U23 (7-3-1) are currently tied with the Portland Timbers U23 (6-2-4) at 22 points with Portland holding the tie breaker. If the Sounders U23 tie or win the game at Kitsap, the Sounders U23 would take the NW Division 2nd seed into playoffs and host the Portland Timbers U23 this Sunday, July 19th. If the Sounders U23 are unable to gain points from the game at Kitsap, Portland holds the rights to the home game this weekend.

The game Wednesday night offers the opportunity for a Cup final as the Kitsap Pumas lead the Ruffneck Cup standings with 15 points followed close behind by the Sounders U23 with 12 points. Ruffneck Scarves is an official partner for the Sounders U23 and continue to support local soccer with the Ruffneck Cup.
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USA ends group play with draw; Dempsey goes 45, Evans sits

GoldCup15Here’s a game report from U.S. Soccer:

After already winning Group A with its 1-0 win over Haiti, the U.S. Men’s National Team concluded group play in the 2015 Gold Cup with a 1-1 draw against Panama in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,467 at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

Panama was the first to strike with Luis Tejada working to find Blas Perez for the game’s opening goal. The U.S. responded early in the second half when Alejandro Bedoya crossed to Michael Bradley, who buried the game-tying goal, which was his second against Panama in 2015. The U.S. dominated possession following the goal and threatened with a number of opportunities, but had to settle for a share of the points.

The U.S. MNT has won its group in 12 of the 13 Gold Cups and with this draw improves its all-time record against Panama to 12-1-3 its Gold Cup record against Los Canaleros to 5-1-2.

The tournament continues for the MNT on Saturday, July 18, with the Quarterfinal match at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, against the third place team from either Group B or C. The game will be broadcast live FOX and Univision. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
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Dempsey does it again in USA 1-0 win

US SoccerHere’s a game report from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Men’s National team clinched the top spot in Group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with its win 1-0 against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Clint Dempsey buried his second consecutive game winning goal to lead the team to victory.

After a scoreless first half, MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann subbed in Gyasi Zardes, who got right to work, assisting on Dempsey’s game winning strike in the 47th minute.
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Rapinoe to throw first Mariners pitch Sunday

ReignFCHere’s the word from Seattle Reign FC:

Fresh off her FIFA Women’s World Cup title as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday’s Seattle Mariners game at 1:10 p.m. against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

Rapinoe, 30, appeared in six games for the USWNT during the World Cup, scoring two goals in a 3-1 group play win against Australia on June 8. The Redding, Calif. native and Seattle resident has 108 caps, and 31 goals in her international career. Rapinoe earned her 100th cap with the USWNT on April 4 of this year and became the 31st women in USWNT history to achieve the century mark.

Prior to the start of the World Cup, Rapinoe appeared in three matches for Reign FC. During the season opener on April 13, the forward netted her first-ever career hat trick in a 5-1 victory of the Western New York Flash.
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USA opens Gold Cup tonight vs. Honduras

GoldCup15CONCACAF Gold Cup begins this evening with Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and the USA meeting Honduras at 6:30 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1.

Here is what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say Monday: “Obviously our team and Mexico are probably the two favorites. I know this Gold Cup is important to qualify for the Confederations Cup. I think our chances are good. (Coach Jurgen Klinsmann) brought a strong team; Mexico brought a strong team as well. The competition begins. Honduras is a difficult opponent because physically they’ve got some good strength and size, but I think the U.S. is capable of winning for sure.”

Below is extensive pregame information from U.S. Soccer:

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
International Friendly
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
July 7, 2015

U.S. MNT’S QUEST TO KEEP THE CUP BEGINS IN DALLAS AGAINST HONDURAS: The United States Men’s National team’s journey to defend its title in the 2015 Gold Cup begins against Honduras on July 7. The game will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.
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Schmid on Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup

US SoccerWe also got Sounders coach Sigi Schmid’s take on a couple of international soccer issues:

On the U.S. Women’s World Cup championship yesterday: I thought it was a great result for our women’s team. They saved the best for last. They played stronger and stronger as the tournament went on. Any time you can get a 3-0 lead in 15 minutes, that sort of relaxes you a little bit and you can enjoy the game a little bit. It was a great accomplishment for them.

On the U.S. men heading into CONCACAF Gold Cup tomorrow: Obviously our team and Mexico are probably the two favorites. Read more »