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March
28th

No winner in Sounders’ match at Dallas

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It seemed like a match that neither team could win, and in the end, neither team did.

There were the Seattle Sounders on the road without Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Chad Marshall, Osvaldo Alonso and Marco Pappa – very possibly their five best players.

Yet there was FC Dallas, starting without stars Blas Perez, Moises Hernandez and Mauro Diaz, and then playing the final 72 minutes one man down.

After 90 minutes, the two wildly weakened teams walked off the pitch with a scoreless draw at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

It was the first match in Sounders’ history when neither team managed a shot on target.

The Sounders and their fans knew all week that they would be without Papp due to duty with the Guatemala national team, and Clint Dempsey due to injury, while there was hope that Marshall and Alonso would be recovered enough from their own injuries to return. However, what the club knew but its fans didn’t was that Martins had suffered an upper quadriceps injury Tuesday in the friendly against Club Tijuana. The club says his injury isn’t expected to be long-term, but he wasn’t close enough to ready this weekend to even board the plane.

The only injury news that broke the Sounders way was Tyrone Mears’ return at right back after a hamstring injury. However, that still left five of the 10 outfield starters to replace, and before the evening was out Victor Mansaray and Oneil Fisher would make their MLS debuts, Cristian Roldan would get his first MLS start, Aaron Kovar, Chad Barrett and Andy Rose would get their first starts of the season, and Zach Scott would make his first appearance of the season.

However, Dempsey and Martins were the only Sounders to score over the first two games of the season, and that remains true after the third. Seattle’s best chances came on Barrett shots sent wide in the 55th and 72nd minutes, and Andy Rose attempt from in front of goal tipped wide by a Dallas defender.

Dallas’ best chance came in the 29th minute when Michel semt a free kick off of the crossbar.

The Hoops came into the match as the only unbeaten and untied team in the league.

However, they also were weakened by international call ups. And their degree of difficulty rose considerably in the 18th minute when Kellyn Acosta was sent off after a high kick into Rose’s midsection.

The Sounders return home to meet the Houston Dynamo at 7 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

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March
28th

Saturday comes: Dallas-Sounders at 5:30 PT

logodallas-22Here is our preview story, and below some basics:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-1-0; 3 POINTS) AT FC DALLAS (3-0-0; 9 POINTS)
5:30 p.m., Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas.
TV:
Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 8-3-4 in all regular-season meetings and 3-2-3 at Dallas. The Sounders took the 2014 regular-season series 2-1 and eliminated Dallas in the 2014 Western Conference semifinals on its away goal. The teams will meet again June 13 in Seattle.
NOTES: Dallas is early MLS points leader and the only team to get maximum points from each match. This is the first time the Hoops have opened with three straight wins since 1998. … Seattle will be without midfielder Marco Pappa, who is away with the Guatemala national team. Meanwhile, international duty will force Dallas to play without Blas Perez (Panama), Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica), Kyle Bekker (Canada) and Moises Hernandez (Guatemala). … Seattle goals leader Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and All-Star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (groin) also are out. Defenders Chad Marshall (back) and Tyrone Mears (hamstring) are questionable. … Dallas leads MLS with six goals – all coming in the run of play. … Seattle has five goals: three by Dempsey and two by Obefemi Martins. … Seattle is 2-2-2 in road openers. … The Sounders are seeking a new Spanish-language radio partner after ESPN Deportes announced Friday that it would cease operations. … The referee is Kevin Stott.
QUOTE: “They have a lot of weapons, a lot of pace. Very good on free kicks and set pieces. And obviously now their confidence is high. We’re going to have to bring our A-game.” – Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei Read more »

March
27th

Sounders looking for new Spanish radio home

Here’s the word from the club:

Seattle Radio Group – the entity that operates ESPN Deportes 1490 AM – has ceased all broadcast operations, effective immediately. Seattle Sounders FC is currently in the process of finding a new Spanish-language radio home for the club. In the interim, Sounders FC matches and shoulder programming continue to live on its family of broadcast partners, including: Q13 FOX and JOEtv, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and ROOT SPORTS. Saturday’s match at FC Dallas (5:30 p.m. PT) is being carried regionally on Q13 FOX and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, with ROOT SPORTS re-airing the contest

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March
27th

‘Difficult game': Sounders face early MLS leader on the road

LogoDallasThe Sounders are in Texas today. I am not. And no press events planned.

However, some leftover quotes from Sigi Schmid on the 5:30 p.m. Saturday match at unbeated/untied FC Dallas.

On the match: It’s going to be a difficult game. They’re a team that’s in good form right now. It’s not dissimilar to what we faced last year when we went down there. And so we’re going to be prepared. Obviously we’re going to be without Clint, so we’re going to make our lineup adjustments and put the lineup on the field that will succeed. We know we have the quality. I think that showed in the Tijuana game that there are players that can play. It’s their opportunity because the door is open because of national team call ups with Pappa, Dempsey; and that means opportunities for others to show what they can do.

On both team’s personnel losses due to international call ups: It shouldn’t affect the match much at all. Both teams pride themselves on their depth, and the competition for places. It’s up to the guys who are on the field to do the business.
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March
25th

Nothing new on Dempsey, but other news good

The Sounders went through very light work this morning at rainy Starfire.

A few highlights from coach Sigi Schmid:

* There was no new news yet on the status of Clint Dempsey’s hamstring injury.

* However, the other injury news was good, as Schmid hinted that Osvaldo Alonso, Tyrone Mears and Chad Marshall could all be ready for Dallas on Saturday,

* Schmid said that several factors went into his decision to start Lamar Neagle at forward alongside Obafemi Martins in the Tuesday friendly draw with Tijuana, and that the lineup could be different in Dallas.

March
25th

Minnesota begins play in MLS in 2018

Here’s the word from the league:

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber today announced that Minnesota has been awarded an expansion team that will begin play in 2018. The new team will be owned by a Minnesota ownership group led by Dr. Bill McGuire and will play in a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

“We are proud to welcome Minnesota to Major League Soccer,” said Commissioner Garber. “The ownership group’s commitment to soccer and the community, the area’s growing millennial population and the region’s rich tradition of supporting soccer at all levels in Minnesota were key indicators

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March
24th

Dempsey feels hamstring ‘not that bad’

Before tonight’s friendly, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey talked about Clint Dempsey’s hamstring injury.

After the match, coach Sigi Schmid added this:

“I talked to (Dempsey) last night. He gets in tonight. He feels that it’s not that bad. I talked to (national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann) as well. Jurgen said he was definitely out tomorrow; thought he might be able to go the following Tuesday but didn’t want to push him with the national team right now, so that’s why he sent him home. So we’ll have him evaluated. He’s got the MRI with him, as well. We’ve

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March
24th

Wright-Phillips MLS player of week

Here’s the word 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 the third week of the 2015 MLS season.

In the Red Bulls home opener on Sunday, the 2014 MLS Golden Boot winner opened up his 2015 account with a goal and an assist in the club’s 2-0 win over Eastern Conference rival D.C. United.

Wright-Phillips brought the home crowd to its feet in the 25th minute when he settled a perfectly weighted long ball from Dax McCarty to score

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