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April
16th

Sounders aiming for sixth straight over Chivas

LogoChivasNo Sounders training today, so here’s a look forward to Saturday opponent Chivas USA, provided by the club:

Dynamic Duos Meet Saturday
Two of the league’s most dangerous attacking pairs will face off on Saturday as Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins meet Chivas’ Erick Torres and Mauro Rosales. Dempsey leads the league with six goals and Torres ranks second with five. Similarly, Martins has recorded a league-leading four assists while Rosales is tied second with three. Martins has assisted on three of Dempsey’s six goals this season while Rosales has assisted on one of Torres’ five tallies.

Seattle Goes for Sixth Straight Win over Chivas USA
Sounders FC has won its past five games against Chivas USA, dating back to October 22, 2011. Seattle has outscored Chivas 17-6 in that span, including six multi-goal games. After dropping its first two contests against Chivas in 2009, Seattle has gone unbeaten in 11 (7-0-4) consecutive meetings. The two losses in the all-time series came on the road as Sounders FC is 3-2-2 at the StubHub Center. The seven all-time wins over Chivas marks the second-most in club history over one opponent (8 wins vs. Colorado). Seattle has also beat FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City seven times.
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April
15th

Not nominated for MLS goal of week, Schmid thinks Dempsey’s winner among goals of year

Clint Dempsey’s curling free kick from almost 30 yards is among the nominees for goal of the week in Major League Soccer.

But for all of the individual skill in that one, it was Dempsey’s other Saturday goal that was the talk of Seattle Sounders FC training today.

Much of the reason is because it wasn’t only Dempsey’s goal.

His was the last foot to strike the ball before the it went into the net and into the books as the game-winner in the 3-2 victory at FC Dallas. But several other Sounders contributed

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April
15th

Sounders turn attention to Chivas USA

LogoChivasThe Sounders return to training this morning for their next MLS match, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chivas USA.

I should have some notes and quotes after that session. For now, this look forward from the club:

Riding the momentum of consecutive come-from-behind road results, Seattle Sounders FC concludes a three-game road trip at Chivas USA on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

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April
14th

Dempsey voted MLS player of week again

This just in:

Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 6 of the 2014 MLS season.

Dempsey led Seattle to an impressive 3-2 road win against FC Dallas, handing the league leaders their first defeat of the season.

With FC Dallas leading 1-0 in the 22nd minute, Dempsey leveled the score on a spectacular, 35-yard free kick that bounced off the crossbar and into the net.

In the 75th minute with Dallas leading 2-1, Dempsey sent in a dangerous cross that

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April
12th

Sounders see work to do after windy win at Dallas

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say Saturday night after coming from behind twice for a 3-2 win at previously unbeaten Dallas:

Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid​
On the result…

I think the wind had an impact on the game, sort of made it a game of two halves. When they had the wind in the first half, it allowed them to keep some pressure on us. Second half, we had the wind behind us and it allowed us to keep pressure on them. Disappointed in the first goal we

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April
12th

Dallas credits Dempsey after season’s first loss

Here’s some of what FC Dallas had to say tonight after suffering its first loss of the season, 3-2, to the Sounders:

FC Dallas Head coach Oscar Pareja
Overall thoughts on the game…

It was a different night obviously with that result but the effort was great for the players and we’re very proud of them. We enjoyed a fantastic game full of talent and full of great players. There was a lot of energy. In the first half, for us and in the second half for Seattle.

During the second half Seattle did a good job.

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April
12th

Dempsey gets two more as Sounders dump Dallas

Seattle Sounders FC came from behind twice Saturday to hand FC Dallas its first loss of the Major League Soccer season, 3-2, at Frisco, Tex.

Clint Dempsey led the way with his league-high fifth and sixth goals of the season, including the game-winner in the 85th minute.

“It was great, but at the same time, we’re disappointed with our play,” Dempsey told JOEtv. “We gave them too many chances. We didn’t play well tonight. We played ugly. But at the same time, sometimes you need that.”

The Sounders fell behind on an odd goal in the 10th minute when the ball bounced high over goalkeeper Stefan Frei, and David Texeira tapped it into the open net.

Dempsey equalized in the 22nd minute, sending a free kick skimming under the crossbar.

Dallas regained the lead just before halftime, when Michel scored on a penalty kick after a foul in the box by DeAndre Yedlin.

However, the Sounders rebounded the second half when they played with a stiff wind to their backs.

They pulled even again in the 75th minute, on a Dallas own goal credited to Stephen Keel.

Five minutes from the end, Seattle produced the game-winner. Obafemi Martins sent a pass to Dempsey at the arc atop the penalty area. Dempsey knocked a pass wide to Chad Barrett, who returned it to Dempsey, who scored from 6 yards out.
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April
12th

MLS commissioner diagnosed with prostate cancer

This news just in from the league:

Major League Soccer announced today that MLS Commissioner Don Garber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has undergone a series of comprehensive tests and the cancer has not spread. Based on the stage of his cancer, his doctors expect he will have a full recovery. Garber will continue managing the league during treatment.

Garber has begun treatment at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, which will be followed by surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Both hospitals are located in New York City.

“Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer,” Garber

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