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Sep.
30th

Sounders back training for Colorado on Sunday

New banner greets Sounders at Starfire.
New banner greets Sounders at Starfire.

The Sounders returned to training today at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukila, which was all decked out to greet them after their 2014 U.S. Open Cup win.

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say afterward.

On the return to training: Today was just we’re coming back into practice after two days off. It was good for everybody to get some time off with their family and so forth. So it was a little bit of an easier day for some guys still, guys who have played a lot in the last stretch. The other guys wanted to train a little bit. That was a little bit of fun, just a reaction game. It’s a reaction game offensively and defensively, because you can score on any goal. ‘Oh, shoot, I’m on defense; now I’m on offense.’ You’re constantly going back and forth. Just a fun little game.

On Zach Scott ankle injury: Nothing broken. Nothing out of the ordinary except for a bone-on-bone contusion, Read more »

Sep.
30th

Apam arrives, works on fitness, eager to play

Apam meets local media today after first training session with Sounders.
Apam meets local media today after first training session with Sounders.

Newly acquired defender Onyekachi Apam joined the team for training today. Afterward, we got a few minutes with him.

On his first day: It went OK. I’m just happy to be here.

On how he connected with the club: There was a discussion between the club and my agent. And when my agent told me, I was very happy, and everything went very well.

On his relationship with Obafemi Martins: We played together in national team. We have been good friends and we play together. … He told me a lot of good things about the club and about the people. It was so impressive what he told me.

About himself: I’m happy to be here and I’m glad to be here. I’m working toward my fitness. … Football game is a team game, it’s not individual, so first of all I need to get to know how the team plays. I’ll give it my best as an individual as well, but first to get to know the way they play and fitting onto the team.
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Sep.
29th

Galaxy back even with Sounders in points race

LogoMLSThe LA Galaxy mauled New York, 4-0, Sunday night to draw back even with the Sounders in the MLS points race.

Both teams have four games remaining including the final two against each other: Oct. 19 at LA and Oct. 25 at CenturyLink.

Before that, the Galaxy has a home game with Toronto on Saturday and a visit to Dallas on Oct. 12.

The Sounders visit Colorado on Sunday and host Vancouver on Oct. 10.

Seattle has two more wins than LA, which is the first tie-breaker. But Los Angeles has a staggering 15-goal advantage in goal differential, which is the second tie-breaker.
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Sep.
27th

Dempsey: “I thought we showed character”

Here’s more of what the Sounders had to say today after coming from behind twice to beat Chivas USA, 4-2.

Clint Dempsey – Sounders FC Forward
(On the game…)
“I thought we showed character in terms of coming back twice from being down. We just need to do a better job of during things up in the back, but I’m happy with the win and continuing our form at home, and keeping our position at the top of MLS.”

(On the defense…) “We had to shuffle things around a little bit, and sometimes it might just be the

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Sep.
27th

Schmid: We are in first place and people are chasing us

I have coach Sigi Schmid’s opening statement in the game report a couple of posts below. Here’s the rest of what he had to say today after the SOunders’ 4-2 win over Chivas USA:

On Obafemi Martins setting the single-season franchise record for goals…) “We’ve still got more games to go, so let’s not write it in yet. Clint is right there close to him as well, so we would like them both to get beyond what the old record was. I thought Oba played very well today, I thought he worked hard and it’s great. I also think it’s

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Sep.
27th

Chivas: Seattle among best in MLS, maybe best

LogoChivas[1]Here’s some of what Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera had to say this afternoon after his club lost two leads and fell to the Sounders, 4-2, at CenturyLink Field.

On the game…) “We came to play an even game, and it was a good game. The intensity was good. We created options and we scored two goals, but it’s sad that we ourselves deflected the ball in one occasion for them to generate the ball – in two occasions. In the second goal, it was a deflection coming from us, and in the fourth goal, another deflection, but it’s part of the game. They’re a very good team, they’re one of the top teams in this league, if not the best. At least no doubt with the mentality, with the intensity that the players put on the field, we watched and we enjoyed a good game.”
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Sep.
27th

Sounders charge from behind for 4-2 win

Sounders add fourth U.S. Open Cup to their collection.
Sounders add fourth U.S. Open Cup to their collection during pregame ceremony.

Sounders win 4-2 after having fallen behind 1-0 and 2-1. Ends two-game losing streak, and moved back alone to the top of the table, at least until Los Angeles hosts New York tomorrow.

“It’s been a long patch of games,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “To go on a 12-day road trip at this point of the season and play the amount of games that we have had to play in the last period of time is strenuous on our guys, and I was proud of their effort today. Especially, we put ourselves in maybe a difficult situation at the beginning of the game, and the ability to come back from that situation, I thought in the second half we managed the game pretty well. We could have had a few more. We were unlucky with Clint’s shot off the post, and a few more. But we were creating opportunites, we were controlling the ball, we weren’t giving much away anymore. And so I was pleased with that.”

Obafemi Martins establishes a new single-season club record with 15 goals, and Martins-Clint Dempsey establish new single-season tandem record with 28 goals between them.

Seattle returns to action Oct. 5 at Colorado.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.

Attendance: 38,713. Roughly five and half times Chivas’ home average of 6,942.

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Sep.
27th

Saturday comes: Sounders-Chivas at 1 p.m.

LogoChivas[1]The Sounders look to end their two-game losing skid at home against some nosediving Goats. Here’s our preview story, and below, a few basic:

CHIVAS USA (6-17-6; 24 POINTS)
AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (17-9-3; 54 POINTS)
1 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.
TV:
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HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 9-2-4 overall and 4-0-2 at home. Seattle has won seven straight in the series and is unbeaten over the last 13 meetings. This season, the Sounders have won 2-1 and 4-2, both at Chivas. Obafemi Martins scored for Seattle in both games. This is the last scheduled meeting.
NOTES: The Sounders are tied with Los Angeles for the most points in MLS. Chivas is tied with Montreal for the fewest. … Seattle has lost back-to-back matches. Chivas has lost five straight and is winless over its last 11 (0-10-1). The Goats have been shutout in their last three games and outscored by a combined 10-0. … Chivas is last in the 19-team league in goals (23), goals allowed (54), and goal differential (minus-31), as well as in shots and shots on target. … Forward Erick Torres has 14 of Chivas’ 23 goals. Martins leads Seattle with 13, one short of the club record. … Sounders midfielder Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) is questionable and defender Zach Scott (ankle) is out. … Chivas and U.S. national team defender Carlos Bocanegra is out due to concussion. Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is out due to red-card suspension. … Torres and midfielder Nathan Sturgis, a former Sounder, are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. No Sounders remain within one card of suspension. … The referee is Drew Fischer.
QUOTABLE: “Defense is everybody. You win as a team, you score goals as a team, and you defend as a team. It’s not just the four guys in the back, or the goalkeeper, or the two center backs or anything like that. It’s us as a team.” – Coach Sigi Schmid on the Sounders’ having allowed seven goals over their past two games. Read more »