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Sep.
22nd

Sounders in Texas preparing for FC Dallas

Sounders follow training in Texas by trying to kick balls into trash can beside practice pitch.
Sounders follow training in Texas by trying to kick balls into trash can beside practice pitch.

The Sounders beat the worst of the Texas heat with a morning session in Friso today, which ended shortly after noon. I have included some updates on specific topics in posts below. Here’s some of the general stuff left over from our interview with coach Sigi Schmid:

On the session: It’s good to get back at it and train. Yesterday was a long day with the flight, and getting here. We just did a little pool re-gen instead of getting on the field and knocking the ball around is a good thing. … Getting back on the field is something they want to do. This group is obviously disappointed in the performance on Saturday night. It doesn’t matter who played, they’re disappointed in the performance. And we’re looking at putting in a normal Seattle performance on Wednesday.

On health of the team: It’s doing better. (Gonzalo) Pineda definitely took a knock (Saturday at New York). I don’t know how that wasn’t a yellow card: It was a tackle from behind. So he’s the only one who wasn’t able to train today.
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Sep.
22nd

MLS honor follows hat trick vs. Sounders

This just in from the league:

New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 28 of the 2014 MLS regular season. It is the player’s second honor of the season.

Wright-Phillips notched a hat-trick in the Red Bulls’ 4-1 home win against the Seattle Sounders FC. Wright-Phillips’ three goals brings his count to 24, just three shy of the MLS single season record.

Wright-Phillips got the scoring started early when he powered a shot past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei in the

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Sep.
22nd

Dempsey & Oba wanted in, even with Red Bulls up 3

The Sounders are expected to return to a more conventional lineup Wednesday when they return to action at Dallas, even though it is once again a two game week — the last one.

“This is the last of our two-game weeks, and after that it’s one week and every weekend we play games from then on,” coach Sigi Schmid said today. “I think it’s a mental approach to get through it, and I thought the cumulative effect of trying to play some guys against New York probably would have ruled them out of this game here. So we decided to

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Sep.
22nd

New defender expected aboard by weekend

Newly signed Sounders defender Onyekachi Apam was not with the team today in Texas as training began for the Wednesday night match at FC Dallas.

“We’re hoping he’ll be joining up with us at the end of this week,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We’re hoping everything gets cleared. I think he has his appointment today, so I haven’t heard the results yet, but that should be out pretty quickly. He’s got pace – which is one of the things that we’re looking for a little bit. He can play multiple positions in the back – he can play

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Sep.
21st

LA catches Sounders in MLS points total

Here are the MLS standings as they start a day that won’t do anything to change them as far as the Sounders are concerned. The only league game today is Chivas at Toronto, which started at noon.

A game that very much affected the Sounders came last night, when Los Angeles came from behind to defeat Dallas, 2-1. The win brought the Galaxy even with Seattle at the top of the MLS standings, although the Sounders have a game in hand. Seattle also has the first tie-breaker: wins. And they’ll want to keep it that way, as LA

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Sep.
20th

Sounders say early goal hurt; turn attention to Dallas

Here’s more from the Sounders after their 4-1 loss at New York:

Defender Jalil Anibaba
On how the quick first goal changed their game plan

Obviously the early goal was rough. Felt that the final 25 to 30 minutes of the first half we responded well. We just tried to stay focused.

On defending Bradley Wright-Phillips
He knows where to be at the right times, and he got fortunate on the early finish on the first goal.

On bouncing back from this game
It’s just a matter of staying positive. We’re still in a great

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Sep.
20th

Red Bulls savor “huge, massive result;” admit Sounders’ lineup a surprise

Here’s some of what the Red Bulls had to say tonight after their 4-1 win over the Sounders:

Coach Mike Petke
On the match:

It was a huge, massive result for us. I mean listen Seattle’s the best team in the league right now. It shows in points and the way they play, so I’m very happy with the result and that’s it.

On if he was surprised when he saw Seattle’s starting lineup:
We prepared for a lineup this week and obviously it was a little different when they gave us the paper, but I mean

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Sep.
20th

Schmid: “We didn’t play well,” but unrelated to Open Cup

Here’s some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say after his team’s 4-1 loss at New York:

On the match:
Obviously we didn’t play well in my mind. Giving up that early goal was bad. We talk about it all the time, that off the kick off we want to put the ball into the other team’s end of the field and then start the game from there. It started off badly for us there. The penalty kick in the second half killed us. [Kenny] Cooper has a great chance in the first half, we could’ve come

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