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New look Thursday for Sounders Insider blog

Starting Thursday all of The News Tribune sports blogs — including this one — will have a new look.

The blogs are being moved into the main site from our blog platform. We are aiming to go live with the new site around 11:30 a.m.

To readers, the postings and stories will look largely the same and look better on mobile.

The main difference is in how you comment. You will need a Facebook account through which to sign in so you can comment on the blog. Otherwise, the content you’ve come to expect will be the same.


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Sounders U-23 bound for postseason

SoundersU23Here’s a report from the club:

The Sounders U23 team needed a win against Crossfire to solidify a playoff spot for the 2015 post season. The game started as planned for the boys in green with an early goal by Florian Valot as he ran behind the Crossfire defense to hammer home an Alex DeCarolis assist. The game continued in the Sounders U23 favor with flurries on goal and possession mainly in the Crossfire half of the field.
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Tacoma 253 bound for NPSL playoffs

Here’s a report from the club:

OSA FCT played their last regular season match Sunday, defeating the Portland Spartans FC 2-0.

The win pushed Tacoma into the postseason, which was an incredible accomplishment for the first-year club. They had already competed in the U.S. Open Cup and now have the opportunity to play against the NPSL’s best.

OSA FCT was able to defeat Spartans FC thanks to goals from Gianmarco Peressini, who was playing in his last game with the team. Assists came from Gianfranco di Julio and Steve Pirotte with all of

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Sounders U-23 wins at Calgary; home Thursday

SoundersU23Here’s the news from the club:

The Sounders U23 team bounced back from two losses in the past week to take a valuable three points at Calgary Foothills on Sunday, June 28th in Alberta. For the past two games, the Sounders U23 team has taken shots and played well but the shots were not hitting the back of the net.

After losing to Portland on Friday 0-2, the young men in green fought back in Calgary on a quick turnaround in games to take three points and score some great goals. The game was played in very hot weather at Hellard Field.
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Neagle: ‘Everybody going to take responsibility’


There is from Sigi Schmid and from the Timbers below. Here’s more from the Sounders after their 4-1 loss Sunday at Portland:

Seattle Sounders FC forward Lamar Neagle
On if this is a game where every player needs to self-assess…

“Yea, I think so. Everybody is going to take responsibility for what happened in the game. I had one that I could have finished as well. Goals change games and that could have been the difference. You don’t want to dwell too much, but you want to learn from it for sure.”

On if he felt the team deflate after Portland’s two quick goals in the second half…
“Yea, I mean it’s tough to transition after two quick consecutive goals, especially when we felt like we were in it at the beginning of the second half. So it was tough. Obviously we’re going to fight to the end, no matter what. It’s just unfortunate we lost a couple in transition that were in dangerous positions and [Portland] finished them.”
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Sounders-U23 vs. Timbers U23 tonight in Tumwater

SoundersU23Here’s a preview from the club:

The Sounders U23 hosts the Portland Timbers U23 this Friday, June 26th at Tumwater High School in Tumwater, Washington. The two teams met this past week in Vancouver, Washington in the first of two games this week between the MLS affiliates. The Timbers took the first meeting 1-0 despite the Sounders U23 outshooting the Timbers U23 16-10.

The Timbers U23 are currently in second place in the highly competitive NW Division in the Premier Development League (PDL) with a 5-1-2 record and 2 points behind division leaders, Kitsap Pumas. Ben White leads the Timbers U23 with 4 goals following by Foster Langsdorf with 2 goals and 1 assist.

The Sounders U23 come into the game Friday with a 4-2-1 record good for 3rd place currently in the division and looking for points this weekend against teams they are fighting with for playoff contention.
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South Sound hosts league leaders in Lakewood

SSShockYou can make it a TV/in-person double-header today, as the Sounders game will be done by the time the South Sound Shock takes the pitch this evening.

Here’s a preview from the club:

South Sound FC takes on league leaders Vancouver Victory FC Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 pm at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood. Vancouver with 22 points holds a narrow two point lead on South Sound at 20 points, which makes this match one of the most important of the season.

Vancouver held a perfect 7-0-0 record up until their last two matches. A loss to Wenatchee and a draw vs Seattle have brought first place back into the grasp of South Sound, starting with Wednesday’s match. Vancouver will be without one of its top goal scorers. It was announced on Monday, June 22, that Borce Atanasov signed with USL PDL side Kitsap Pumas. Atanasov scored 5 goals for Vancouver and was last week’s EPLWA offensive player of the week. Atanasov played with Kitsap in a few pre-season matches, but could not sign with the club until he finished out his school year at University.
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Sounders-Timbers in Open Cup at 7:30 PT

us-open-cup1The four-time champion Sounders open their defense of the U.S. Open Cup tonight at Starfire. Here is our preview story, and below, the basics:

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.
NOTES: This is a fourth-round match of the 102nd U.S. Open Cup, the national club championship involving all levels of U.S. Soccer. The Sounders are four-time champions and the defending champions. … This round marks the entry of the 17 United States-based MLS teams. This is the only fourth-round match that pairs MLS teams. … The Sounders and Timbers have met three times in the U.S. Open Cup, with the Sounders advancing each time. Last season, Seattle advanced at home in extra time. The teams also met twice in Portland before the Timbers joined Major League Soccer. … In league play, the Sounders top MLS with a 9-4-2 record. Portland is fourth in the Western Conference at 6-5-4. The teams met April 26, with the Sounders winning 1-0 at CenturyLink Field. Additional regular-season matches are June 28 at Portland and Aug. 30 in Seattle. … Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (hamstring) is out. Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) is questionable. … The Sounders reported Monday that “an extremely limited number of standing-room tickets” remained. … The Sounders 2 USL team also plays Tuesday, visiting Real Salt Lake of MLS. The winner of that match will advance to the fifth round against the Los Angeles Galaxy-PSA Elite winner.
QUOTE: “Any of them that end in a title are all great. … The first U.S. Open Cup we won here was important. Getting three in a row at that one point was fantastic. Last year was good because we sort of felt a little hard done the year before, so to come back and win it was certainly a really satisfying feeling.” – Schmid on his club’s four U.S. Open Cup championships. Read more »