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July
7th

GK Perkins says he’s ready if needed

Perkins
Perkins

We’ll probably learn more today about the status of the shoulder injury suffered Friday by Sounders starting goalkeeper Stefan Frei. However, indications are that he’ll miss at least the match at Chicago on Saturday. And if so, that means veteran Troy Perkins will get his first MLS start as a Sounder. Here’s some of what Perkins had to say at training Monday.

If he feels ready to start: I’m a veteran guy. I’ve played plenty of games. I know these guys a lot, I’ve trained with them every day. From Day One, it’s never been, ‘You’re the backup; go sit down.’ It’s the team, and the club and the coaching staff has always kept me involved, kept me into everything. It will be fun. It will be fun going forward to see how things work out.
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July
7th

LA’s Keane voted MLS player of week

MLSnew15Here’s the word from the league:

LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 18 of the 2015 MLS season.

Keane notched his third career hat-trick – the first in MLS this season – in the Galaxy’s 4-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday night. Keane is now just one three-goal performance behind former LA Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones for most career hat-tricks in club history. The Irish International joins teammates Jaime Penedo and Gyasi Zardes as Galaxy players who have earned Player of the Week nods this season.

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July
6th

Schmid updates GK situation, Friberg arrival

Frei
Frei

Here’s some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say today on the apparent shoulder injury to No. 1 goalkeeper Stefan Frei, and the availability of newly signed midfielder Eric Friberg from Europe.

On Frei: He feels much better today. It’s just a situation of range of motion and pain – how he deals with those things. For Chicago it’s probably a little bit touch and go, but we’ll see. But we don’t think it’s going to be a long-term thing. He had an X-ray this morning; we don’t have the results of that. We’ll wait until all that gets looked at.

On Troy Perkins stepping into starting role: That’s the reason we signed Troy. He’s an experienced goalkeeper, he’s been around the league. He’s played, so he knows what it’s all about. As with any goalkeeper, when you’re not getting a lot of games sometimes you have to work on your timing more and you can’t get that timing unless you’re in games. But his experience, his shot-blocking ability, his ability to read the games are certainly things he brings.
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July
4th

Schmid told Sounders the excuses have to stop

Mears
Mears

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say Friday after Tyrone Mears’ late goal produced a 1-0 home win over DC United:

Defender TYRONE MEARS
On scoring his first goal:

“Yeah I usually get one a season. No I think it was a good performance by us you know. Four losses on the run, so it was really difficult, we’re low on confidence and missing a lot of players. But the coach, Sigi said tonight the excuses have got to stop. We’re missing important players. Obviously, there’s young guys coming into the team, but it was a time to stand up and be counted. We’re still in a good position, we’re looking at probably another six weeks til those guys come back, and we’ve got to stay around there and we know we’ll finish the season strong with them.”

On playing a man up:
“Yeah, I think they worked really hard, you can see why they’re top of their division. They’re on a honest team and they worked really hard and made it difficult for us. But we had to keep believing, we knew that we only needed one chance. You know I thought it was really good defensively tonight. That’s what our seasons been built on: being good at the back and keeping clean sheets. In the last four games we’ve been all over the place. So we’ve worked in the week on keeping a good shape, and obviously taking our chances. It’s something we can build on now.”
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July
3rd

Frei has shoulder sprain, return uncertain

Frei
Frei

Here’s some coach Sigi Schmid’s update on goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s injury: “Frei’s is a left shoulder sprain. So we’ll see how it responds over the next few days. It’s always a tough situation when you’re a reserve goalkeeper coming into a game. So for Troy, I thought he did well. They’re a team that likes to lump a lot of balls in on free kicks, so they’re a little more difficult, especially when you haven’t played a lot of games.”

On if it could be a multi-week injury: “Yeah. It depends. It wasn’t a dislocation, it wasn’t a separation. Those are the injuries that you’re worried about. Read more »

July
3rd

DC coach ‘Proud as I’ve been in a while’

LogoDCHere’s some of what DC coach Ben Olsen had to say after his MLS leaders fell 1-0 in Seattle:

On how proud he is of his team despite the late goal:
“I’m as proud as I’ve been in a while. The effort they put, the way they looked out for each other out there, but in the end, it takes a wonder strike from them to get all three points. Saying that, we go down and tie it. The referee needs to learn how to hold his whistle a little bit longer and wait for advantage. Several times in the game, he decided to make the call and he doesn’t see the play out. One time we’re in a breakaway and the other time we score a goal. That’s what referees need to do. You can always come back. In the end, we deserve something out of this.”

On the Fabian Espindola red card:
“I haven’t seen it yet. I won’t comment on it.”

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July
3rd

Schmid on Sounders ending losing streak

Schmid
Schmid

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight as the Sounders snapped their three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over D.C. United:

Opening statement: Sometimes to get out of a little bit of a slump or the funk that we were in a little bit, a couple of things need to break for you, and it seems like it’s a struggle. It was a little bit of that tonight. But I thought we came out aggressively. When the numbers were even in the game early on I thought we were the better side. I thought we went after them at that point. When they received the red card, I thought we relaxed at little bit at that point and took out foot off the gas pedal a little bit and needed to keep pushing, which we tried to do when we came back in in the second half. We were a little bit fortunate with a couple of shots off the post. But I also thought we were around the goal the whole time. We had a couple of opportunities where maybe better quality on the crossing, maybe guys leaving their feet inside the box to get on the end of crosses might have resulted in another goal or two.
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July
3rd

Late Mears goal gives Sounders 1-0 win over DC

LogoDC

Seattle Sounders FC played half of the game without the only goalkeeper they’ve used since the start of the 2014 season.

D.C. United played more than half of the match with only 10 men.

For 87 minutes it appeared neither team would be able to take advantage of the other’s misfortune.

However, with about two minutes left in regulation, left back Tyrone Mears ran into space and fired a rocket into the back of the far netting from about 16 yards.

The defenders’ first MLS goal gave the Sounders a 1-0 win before a crowd of 40,410 at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle (10-7-2) snapped a three-game losing streak.
United (10-6-5) remains atop the Major League soccer points race, but suffered their fourth straight shutout against the Sounders.

The first half of that clean sheet was kept by Stafan Frei, who had played every regular-season minute for the Sounders since joining the club before the 2014 season. However, that streak ended at 4,725 consecutive minutes when Frei left the field with an apparent left arm or shoulder injury suffered several minutes earlier in a collision in front of the goal.

His departure brought on the regular-season debut of Sounders reserve keeper, veteran Troy Perkins.
Seattle once again began with a roster depleted by international duty (Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Marco Pappa) and injury (Obafemi Martins). However, All-Star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was back in the starting lineup for the first time since May 31 after missing five league matches with a left hamstring strain.

The teams played a rough first half, which took a toll on both teams.

In the 27th minute, United forward and assists leader Fabian Espindola raised his elbow in warding off Zach Scott and was given a red card, reducing D.C. to 10 men in the rest of the way.

Soon thereafter, Frei went down after a collision in front of the goal. He was tended to on the pitch, but tried to remain in the game. However, just seconds into first-half stoppage time he finally came off the pitch.

The Sounders return to MLS play July 11 at Chicago.

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