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Category: CenturyLink Field

March
15th

Sounders blame themselves for 2-1 loss; Defoe impresses … and impressed with Sounders support

I’ve got some reaction in the posts below, but here’s more from both clubs after Toronto FC’s 2-1 win over the Sounders today at CenturyLink Field:

Stefan Frei – Sounders FC Goalkeeper
On the game…)
“I thought we did alright in the first 10, 15, 20 minutes or so. We got in behind them a couple times, controlled the game pretty well. They had some corners too, but nothing too fancy. We kind of gifted them two goals a little bit, some breakdowns and quick turnovers. The quality that they have, they were obviously

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March
15th

DPs account for all goals as Toronto beats Sounders 2-1

It’s gone final: Toronto 2, Sounders 1.

The designated players made their mark: Two goals Jermain Defoe, one goal Clint Dempsey, one assist Obafemi Martins.

Reds go to 1-0-0 on season, Sounders fall to 1-1-0.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.

79′ Chad Barrett — remember him? — checks in as Sounders third sub; Neagle goes off.

68′ GOAL Sounders. More than that, GOAL Dempsey. More than that, GOAL Dempsey, assisted by Oba. Toronto, 2-1.

64′ Cooper becomes Sounders second sub, coming on for Pappa.

Second half: Is under way. No substitutions.

Halftime: Toronto, 2-0. Nighmare half for Sounders. Two goals by Toronto newcomer Jermain Defoe. Brad Evans out with injury.

Shots 7-5, TOR; on target 4-0 TOR; corners 5-1 TOR; possession 63.7% SEA.

28: Evans leaves with apparent right leg injury. Mexican international Gonzalo Pineda makes Sounders debut in his place. Schmid had spoken highly of Pineda’s ability to contribute after preseason.

24′ GOAL Toronto. Defoe again, this time finishing after terrible back pass by Pappa. Toronto, 2-0.

17th minute: GOAL Toronto as newcomer Jermain Defoe makes his mark, splitting Yedlin and Traore, and rolling shot wide of Frei. Toronto, 1-0.

First 15 mintes: Scoreless. Lots of Sounders possession in Toronto’s defensive third. But no great chances yet either way.

First kick: … has been struck. We’re under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Toronto in red/red. Fair number of empty seats at the start … especially in Hawks Nest.

Lineups: For Sounders: Frei; Yedlin, Marshall, Traore, Remick; Evans (C), Alonso; Neagle, Dempsey, Pappa; Martins. Reserves: Hahnemann, Anibaba, Pineda, Rose, Barrett, Okoli, Cooper.

For Toronto: Cesar, Bloom, Caldwell, Henry, Morrow, Jackson, Bradley, Osorio, Rey, Defoe, De Rosario.

Pregame: It’s a couple of hours before first kick, and they’re rehearsing the two national anthems that will precede today’s fascinating Sounders-Toronto MLS match. First kick is scheduled for 1:38 PT. We’ll keep the blog open here, with additional notes and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt. The game will be shown locally on Channel 13 and Read more »

March
13th

Sounders GM says third-year of this FieldTurf was compromise with Seahawks, who like harder surface

Part of today’s conversation with Sounders’ general manager Adrian Hanauer inevitably involved the decision to play a third MLS season on the existing turf, a decision that recently revived when Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen indicated that the poor quality of the turf could affect his lineup decisions on Satuday.

“I think (Toronto doesn’t) know, don’t really have any reason to have any expertise on our turf,” Hanauer said. “I agree with Sigi that turf is not preferable to anyone. But the reality is that we are partners with the Seahawks and we follow their lead in terms of

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March
13th

GM: Sounders expect another MLS attendance record

The Sounders set a club record for opening day attendance on Saturday, and general manager Adrian Hanauer said today that the club is on pace to set a sixth straight MLS attendance record this season. (The current recrod from last season is a 44,038 average.)

“I do,” he said. “I saw an article in the Seattle Weekly – I can’t remember who wrote it – but he unscientifically asked his season-ticket-holder friends whether they were still interested, and the answer was no. Our data does not correspond to his unscientific poll. We’re mid-34,000s in season tickets – we think we’ll

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March
12th

Michael Bradley “can’t wait” for Saturday in Seattle

Seattle-area media just got about 13 minutes on conference call with Toronto FC/USMNT member Michael Bradley in advance of his debut Saturday against the Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

“Really excited,” he said. “I think when the schedule first came out and everybody on our end saw that we were off the first week, certainly a little bit of disappointment. You get to the end of preseason and everybody’s just so excited to get going, everybody’s ready to step on the field to play for points. Everybody’s ready to start playing for real. I think for us at the moment,

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March
10th

Sounders Pappa, Frei react to new home turf

With the CenturyLink FieldTurf back in the news today, we asked a couple of new Sounders about their new home pitch.

Midfielder MARCO PAPPA: It’s no excuses, but you have to adapt to the turf for sure. The first touch you have to make with the ball is a little bit different, so you have to adapt in those kinds of things. At the end of the day, it’s the same game for everybody, but we’re always looking forward to be better, always.

Goalkeeper STEFAN FREI: I hope it’s going to be consistent. You have to figure out the bounce

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March
10th

After Toronto criticism, Schmid says CLink pitch no worse than other artificial surfaces

Totonto FC coach Ryan Nelsen said today that the CenturyLink Field FieldTurf is bad enough where it could figure into the selection of his roster when the Reds visit on Saturday. (The comment comes around the 6-minute mark in the video above.)

Coach Sigi Schmid was asked about the comment: “Let me say this first: Tell me which turf field is good in this league. There’s no good turf field in this league. Portland’s not a good turf field. Portland’s blades lay down; they don’t stand up anymore. They play women’s soccer there, they

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