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ManU-Club America to meet at CenturyLink

Champions15Very interesting news in this morning. Here’s the announcement:

Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures – a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies – today announced that Manchester United and reigning Liga MX champion Club América will face-off on Friday, July 17 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle as part of the 2015 International Champions Cup North America Presented by Guinness. Kickoff for the contest is set for 8:00 p.m. PT.

“We are excited to welcome Manchester United and Club América to Seattle this summer,” said Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer. “Seattle is home to the top domestic soccer in North America, and CenturyLink Field has a rich history of hosting high-profile international soccer events. We’re excited to continue that tradition this summer, and to offer our fans the ability to watch two of the most storied clubs in international football right here in our community.”

Ticketing details are set to be unveiled at a later date, with general information on the 2015 International Champions Cup North America available via the following URL:
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Dempsey sends Sounders over Timbers, 1-0

Early entry for Timbers supporters in northeast corner of CenturyLink.
Early entry for Timbers supporters in northeast corner of CenturyLink.

Clint Dempsey has his share of success against most MLS teams, but he has become poison to the Portland Timbers.

Dempsey scored the lone goal Sunday, giving the Sounders a 1-0 win over archrival Portland at CenturyLink Field.

It was the fourth straight game that Dempsey has scored against the Timbers. It was his sixth over goal against them, the most by anyone since the series moved to Major League Soccer.

“It’s always good to score against your rivals,” Dempsey said. “I try to score every game. Anytime you can score goals, they always feel good, but it’s a little more special when you can score one against your rivals, and especially a game winner.”

The Sounders said they were surprised by how conservatively the Timbers opened the game. Still, Seattle had several good chances in the first half, but none found the net.

The breakthrough came in the 77th minute, when midfielder Andy Rose put a shot on goal. Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey blocked it but couldn’t control the ball, and Dempsey swooped in and touched it across the line.

“I was surprised that the ball was still fumbling around, but I was happy that it was,” Dempsey said. “I was able to sneak in and get a goal.”

The result moved the Sounders to 4-2-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Cascadia Cup competition. Portland fell to 2-3-3 in MLS play and 0-2 in the Cup.

The crowd of 41,451 moved the Sounders into the league lead with an average home attendance of 40,067,

Next, the Sounders head out for three straight road games. They will start Sunday with their first visit to Yankee Stadium and New York City FC before continuing on to Columbus and Vancouver. Their next home match is May 23 against Sporting Kansas City.

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Sounders announce Sunday prematch activities

Kasey Keller and Sigi Schmid.
Kasey Keller and Sigi Schmid.

Here’s the word from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced several matchday activities ahead of Sunday’s nationally televised match against the Portland Timbers (6:30 p.m. PT / FOX Sports 1). Head Coach Sigi Schmid and former goalkeeper and current broadcast analyst Kasey Keller are being honored pre-match for their National Soccer Hall of Fame inductions, while Seattle and Portland club owners Adrian Hanauer and Merritt Paulson are holding a town hall meeting with fans at THE NINETY. Sunday’s match also marks the conclusion of Sounders FC’s Impact Seattle Week, with 20 nonprofits in the CenturyLink Field North Plaza and the debut of GiveBIG’s 2015 promotional video featuring Lamar Neagle at halftime of the match. Additionally, the American Red Cross will be onsite accepting donations to benefit the disaster relief fund for the earthquake that struck this morning outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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ECS’ Brougham Block Party rolls around Sunday

Here’s the word from ECS:

The 2015 version of the Cascadia Cup clash is upon us already and the Emerald City Supporters (ECS) & Fuel Sports Bar in Pioneer Square are partnering again for the largest pre-match event in the country. This event will help Sounders fans reignite the flames of the Cascadia rivalry.

On Sunday, April 26th, the ECS will continue their ongoing tradition of hosting the Brougham Block Party at Fuel Sports Bar. Located at the corner of Occidental Avenue and South Washington Street, this 21+ event will feature a large beer garden, food and full bar, ECS

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Saturday comes: Sounders-Dynamo, 7 PT

logoHoustonHere’s our preview story, and below a few basics:

7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 4-3-2 in the regular-season series. The Sounders lead 4-0-1 at CenturyLink Field with a 9-2 goal differential. The visiting team has never won a game in the series. The teams will meet again Oct. 18 in Houston.
NOTES: Houston has allowed two goals this season – one an own goal. Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric has won three consecutive MLS Goal of the Week awards. He takes a 177-minute shutout streak into this match. … Houston also has scored two goals and has put the fewest shots on goal of any MLS team. … The Sounders have two shutouts in their first three matches. … Four Sounders who missed last weekend’s match due to injury are listed as probable: forwards Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and Obafemi Martins (quadriceps), midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (groin) and central defender Chad Marshall (neck). Midfielder Marco Pappa also has returned from international duty and said he is ready to play. For Houston, DaMarcus Beasley (hamstring) and Ricardo Clark (chest) are probable. … Under new coach Owen Coyle, the Dynamo has used 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 formations this season. Seattle right back Tyrone Mears played under Coyle at Burnley in England. … Midfielder Brad Davis is Houston’s all-time goals and assists leader. This season, Giles Barnes and former Sounder Nathan Sturgis have Houston’s two goals. … This is the 200th match of Sounders history. … The referee is Ted Unkel.
QUOTE: “They’re difficult to break down. They clog up the middle pretty well. At the same time, they’ve got players who can get you on the counter and can get goals. We have to be sure that we come out and put in a good performance, play our game, and make sure that we make this place a fortress that we’re always winning at home.” – Dempsey. Read more »


More Sounders tales from traffic nightmare


The day after the Sounders’ match was delayed 20 minutes by traffic troubles downtown, coach Sigi Schmid and goalkeeper Stefan Frei weighed in on their own experiences.

FREI: I got from my house to the Western hotel, five blocks took 45 minutes. I thought, ‘I’ve got to park the car.’ … I got a couple of tweets. They were like, ‘Oh, we just saw Frei run past us.’ It was a bit embarrassing. I’m actually lucky they let me into the stadium, because I came in through the north side and I had to go through security and they were like, ‘Slow down;’ and I’m like, ‘I’m a player, please let me in.’ … Brad (Evans) was nice enough to give me a ride (back to my car after the game). (The run to the stadium) was about as much running as a goalkeeper should be doing. That’s why I chose that position, right?

SCHMID: “I heard (Chad) Barrett walked from KeyArena to CenturyLink – which is a good warmup, it might not have helped his game. I didn’t have any traffic adventures because I came early. I know my wife said she came across the 520 in like 10 minutes and it took her an hour and 15 to get from there to CenturyLink once she had crossed over. So I guess it was difficult for a few people. I know the club made the decision early to push the game back at least 15 minutes, and I think that helped some people get there, which was important.
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Sounders struggled with traffic, too

Tonight’s Sounders-Tijuana match was delayed about 20 minutes to allow fans trapped in terrible Seattle traffic to get to the game on time. Even at that, the stands were unusually empty at first kick, before filling in as the evening went along.

Afterward, Sounders players also sounded plenty aware of the traffic troubles, some from first-hand experience:

Cristian Roldan: “Funny story, I think (goalkeeper Stefan Frei) had to park around the Westin and ran down here. I was in traffic for 45 minutes.”

Chad Barrett: “It’s kind of far away from August, but it was a break in our

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Sounders’ activities before Tuesday friendly

Here’s some info from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC today announced today its slate of matchday activities ahead of tomorrow night’s international friendly against Club Tijuana. Tuesday’s match marks the ninth international friendly in club history, and the second matchup against a Liga MX side at CenturyLink Field. Ahead of the 7:00 p.m. PT kickoff, Sounders FC and Club Tijuana are putting on a number of matchday events to celebrate the arrival of Xolos to Seattle.

Sounders FC and Club Tijuana are working together to put on a community clinic for 40-60

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