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Sounders top Timbers 4-2; back atop MLS and Cascadia Cup race

Dorothy torches the Emerald City in Timbers Army tifo.
Dorothy torches the Emerald City in Timbers Army tifo.

Sounders win it, 4-2.

They move alone to the top of the MLS standings (14-7-3) and Cascadia Cup standings 2-1-2, although Whitecaps (2-0-1) still control their own destiny.

Timbers fall to 7-8-10, with two of those losses and one of those draws to the Sounders.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
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Game day comes: Timbers-Sounders at 2

TimbersredoBig game in a variety of ways. Here is our preview story, and below few basics:

2 p.m. Sunday, Providence Park, Portland.
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HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 5-4-4 over all competitions in the MLS era. In Portland, the Timbers lead the regular-season series, 2-1-2. The teams have met three times this season. The teams played to a 4-4 tie in Portland in April, while Seattle won two home matches in July: 2-0 in league play and 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. This is the final scheduled meeting this season.
NOTES: Seattle is in a three-way tie atop the MLS Western Conference. The Timbers are sixth in the West, one spot out of playoff position. … Portland is 3-2-7 at home, while the Sounders are 5-4-2 away. …This is Seattle’s final road game in the 2014 Cascadia Cup. Vancouver leads 2-0-1, followed by the Sounders (1-1-2) and the Timbers (0-2-1). The Sounders conclude Cascadia Cup play Oct. 10 against the Whitecaps. … Portland is 3-1-1 over its last five games, while the Sounders are 1-3-1. … The Timbers entered the weekend with a league-leading 11 goals from outside the penalty area. … Portland’s goals leader is Maximiliano Urriti (eight) and Diego Valeri leads in assists (eight). Midfielder Diego Chara entered the weekend leading MLS in tackles (108) and tackles won (93). … The status of Seattle midfielder Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) will be a game-time decision. … Pineda, DeAndre Yedlin and Portland’s Pa Modou Kah are one yellow card away from suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo.
QUOTABLE: “It’s a big game. It’s our rival. It’s important for us to get back on track, get back to our winning ways. It’s going to be a difficult game, but we’re looking to try to get three points.” – Seattle goals leader Clint Dempsey. Read more »


Dallas joins Sounders, RSL, SKC atop MLS

LogoMLSFC Dallas’ shorthanded 2-1 win over RSL on Friday moved them into a four-way tie atop Major League Soccer with Seattle, Salt Lake and Kansas City — and therefore a three-way tie atop the Western Conference.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said he watched the game, but not in the sense of scoreboard-watching in a sense of advantage to his team.

“All that’s important for the Sounders is to win our games,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what anybody else does. If we take care of our own business, we’ll be OK.”

The Sounders have at least one game in hand on all the others. SKC returns to action today against DC United.

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Sounders return to training for Portland visit

portland_100After an off day Thursday, the Sounders are back at training this morning. I should have some updates and notes around noon. Until then, here are some notes from the club in advance of their 2 p.m. Sunday match at Portland:

On the Road against Portland
Sounders FC has also found success on the road this season, securing the second-highest away point total (17) in MLS. Seattle’s five away wins rank second this season, already surpassing the season total from 2012 and matching the total from the 2009 and 2013 seasons. The 18 goals scored away from home ranks second this season – just six goals from Seattle’s club record of 24 road goals. Despite dropping its past three road outings, Sounders FC has strung together two impressive away streaks this season, going four games unbeaten from March 23-April 19 and three games unbeaten from May 24-June 28.

Portland has scraped for points at home this season, earning 16 points in 12 outings – the second-fewest total in the Western Conference. The Timbers began the campaign with a seven-game home unbeaten run from March 8 through May 17, and two of the team’s three home wins have come in the past two home games. Portland holds the all-time series advantage at Providence Park at 2-1-3, with Seattle’s win coming in the first-ever visit on July 10, 2011. Sounders FC has earned consecutive draws in the past two trips, including a late 4-4 draw on April 5.

2014 Cascadia Cup
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Sounders train on eve of Quakes match

The Sounders train this morning at Starfire, their last session before returning to league play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when the San Jose Earthquakes visit CenturyLink Field. (Here’s our TNT story looking ahead to this two-game week.) We should have some updates after that training session, but until then, these notes from the club:

Following a busy three-game week, Seattle Sounders FC returns to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of matches against Western Conference opponents, beginning Wednesday night against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.


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Reign-Spirit, KC-Thorns open NWSL playoffs

NWSLHere’s the news from the league:

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the complete match ups for the 2014 NWSL Playoffs. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2, continuing their coverage of the 2014 NWSL season.

U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder and 2013 NWSL Most Valuable Player Lauren Holiday leads FC Kansas City into the first match-up of the playoffs against Alex Morgan and the defending NWSL champions Portland Thorns FC on Saturday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET at Verizon Wireless Field in Kansas City, Mo.

The other semifinal kicks off on Sunday, August 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET when NWSL scoring leader Kim Little and her NWSL Shield winning Seattle Reign FC squad face off against breakout English international Jodie Taylor and the Washington Spirit at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Wash. Read more »


Another friendly likely next season … and maybe an MLS All-Star Game someday


Now that another Sounders’ friendly and another MLS All-Star Game have gone into the books, I had what is becoming an annual conversation about each with Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer:

On if the Sounders are interested in bringing an MLS All-Star Game to Seattle: Certainly it’s possible. We’ve discussed it. When we hosted MLS Cup we assumed we would go to the bottom of the list for the foreseeable future. Lot of new franchises, lot of new stadiums, and a lot of demand for those games. After every All-Star Game we get together and talk about whether it is something we want to take on. It’s certainly not profitable. It’s a lot of work, a lot of energy going into a period where we like to be focusing on the team and the stretch run. But for sure, seeing what I saw in Portland, fans enjoyed it, Portland did a fantastic job: Merritt and the whole organization were brilliant in terms of the energy procided to the city. Certainly it gets the wheels turning. But I anticipate with all the expansion that’s coming it’s going to be a heavy lift to get an All-Star Game anytime in the near future.

On if another international friendly is likely next season: I think we are inclined to do it again. Read more »


Keller: Spurs phenomenal club of great opportunity


Like DeAndre Yedlin, Kasey Keller is a Puget Sound native who went on to play with the U.S. national team, Sounders FC and Tottenham Hotspur. So as Yedlin’s transfer loomed, I asked Keller about USA players making the leap to Spurs.

“Tottenham’s a phenomenal club with phenomenal fans and a great opportunity to play for a club,” he said. “But with any big club, it doesn’t matter where you go, you understand that there’s a high level of competition for you to earn your spots, and I have complete confidence that Yedlin has the ability to have a long career – wherever, if it happens to be Spurs or someplace else. It’s a great opportunity.”

On whether the history of managerial changes at Tottenham also makes it a less stable place for players: Read more »