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Evans: “I don’t think players were in the right mindset last year;” this team different


Sounders captain Brad Evans had some interesting things to say today about the mindset of the club now and last season.

“I don’t think players were in the right mindset last year,” he said. “We had a lot of rotation last year. We had a little bit of commiserating in the locker room when things weren’t going well, and this year’s a lot different. I think that we’ve stuck together as a team. And we know that now there’s a final tournament at the end of the year. We’ve achieved to trophies so far, which I think is phenomenal. I think we’re coming into the playoffs different than we were last year. … But last year at this point in the season I was saying the exact same thing: ‘We’ve got a big one this weekend.’ The matter of fact is tomorrow’s a big one, and that’s it.”

On if the team is more relaxed: There’s a little more calm around as opposed to last year. Last year we were going in and we hadn’t won for eight games or whatever. Then a played a team in Portland that was flying at that point.

On the team being hungry: I think we’ve achieved a lot this year, but think the guys are still hungry. … That’s a mindset that we’ve got to keep going. If we want to achieve something that a team’s never done it starts tomorrow.


Pappa player of week: “Feels great for sure”


Seattle midfielder Marco Pappa was named MLS player of the week today after scoring both goals Saturday in the Sounders’ 2-0 win over Los Angeles. The win clinched the club’s first Supporters Shield.

“It feels great for sure,” Pappa said today after training.

Here’s the report from the league:

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 33 of the 2014 MLS regular season.

Pappa scored both goals in the Sounders’ Supporters’ Shield clinching 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy in the final minutes of the game on Saturday.
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Sounders “all happy,” but want more

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say after they clinched Supporters Shield with a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy:

On the match:

“I am going to take what we just did today as a champion of the league. For the fact we know the MLS Cup Playoffs are soon so we have to continue to train as we normally do and get ready for the playoffs.”

On his assist on the Papa goal:
“When I hold the ball, you know I can see my teammates. He’s not really

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Sounders take place among Supporters Shield winners

Here’s the news from the league:

In front of a jam-packed crowd of 57,673 at CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders FC topped the Los Angeles Galaxy by a score of 2-0 to claim the 2014 Supporters’ Shield. The Supporters’ Shield, introduced by organized fan groups, is awarded annually to the supporters of the team with the best regular-season record in MLS.

This is Seattle’s first Supporters’ Shield in club history and the second major trophy this season after winning the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in September.

As the winner of the Supporters’ Shield, the Sounders claim home-field advantage throughout

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Saturday comes: Sounders-LA at high noon

lagSupporters Shield is on the line today as the Sounders and Galaxy meet in a high-noon showdown at fully opened CenturyLink Field.

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


Noon Saturday, CenturyLink Field.


HEAD TO HEAD: The Galaxy leads the regular-season series 6-3-5 overall and is unbeaten (3-0-3) in the past six meetings. L.A. also leads 3-2-2 in Seattle. L.A. won 3-0 on July 26 in Seattle, and the teams played to a 2-2 draw Sunday at Los Angeles.

NOTES: This game will determine the Supporters Shield winner. The Sounders take it with a win or a draw; while the Galaxy needs a win. It would be Seattle’s first Shield, or an MLS-record fifth for L.A. … The Galaxy is 8-2-2 over its last 12 matches. Seattle is 2-3-1 over its last six. Both teams are 2-1-1 over their last four. … L.A. has scored the most goals in MLS (69) and allowed the fewest (35). … A Seattle win also would establish an MLS record for most wins in a season since penalty shootouts were abandoned in 2000. … The Sounders are 11-4-1 at home, while the Galaxy is 5-5-6 away. … This is the final regular-season game for MLS career goals and assists leader Landon Donovan. … Robbie Keane leads L.A. with 19 goals, while Donovan leads the league with 19 assists. Obafemi Martins leads Seattle with 17 goals and 12 assists. … The Galaxy will be without defender Omar Gonzalez due to red-card suspension and defender Todd Dunivant due to a groin tear. … All Sounders regulars are expected to be available with the possible exception of midfielder Andy Rose (knee). … The full stadium will be open. Ticket sales topped 54,000 early in the week. A crowd of 62,841 would give Seattle an MLS home attendance record for the sixth straight season. … Seattle is 11-1-3 in MLS matches before home crowds of 40,000 or more. However, the lone loss came in their last home match against Vancouver. … The Sounders are celebrating fan appreciation day. The club encourages fans to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. for what the club is calling “a special pregame banner ceremony to commemorate specific Sounders FC accomplishments.” … The referee is Mark Geiger.

QUOTE: “In all my years of playing against (L.A. coach Bruce Arena), his teams like to get forward, our teams like to get forward. Usually it comes down to who finishes chances.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
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LA-Sounders draw, 2-2; Supporters Shield will be settled Saturday in Seattle

After eight months and 33 games, Seattle Sounders FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy remain even in the Major League Soccer points race.

The teams remained even Sunday, as the Sounders rallied from two goals down for a 2-2 draw before a crowd of 27,244 at StubHub Center.

But the tie will be broken and superiority settled starting at noon Saturday when the Sounders and Galaxy meet once again, this time in the final game of their regular-seasons and this time at CenturyLink Field, which will be open to its full capacity.

A win or a draw will give the Sounders their first Supporters Shield. A win by the Galaxy would return it to Los Angeles.

For long minutes on Sunday it appeared that the bar would be set higher for Seattle, as the Galaxy scored late in the first half and early in the second to go two goals up.

However, Clint Dempsey started the Sounders on their way back with his 15th goal of the season, and then Lamar Neagle of Federal Way got the equalizer in the 72nd minute.

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Evans credits off-season moves for depth … and U.S. Open Cup


Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say tonight after winning their fourth U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 extra-time win at Philadelphia:

Midfielder and captain Brad Evans
On being able to bring a guy like Obafemi Martins off the bench

I think its credit to what we did in the offseason. To be able to bring in guys like Chad Barrett and Kenny Cooper, and to bring him and Pappa on, it’s big pieces to the puzzle. Tonight we were fortunate to bring Oba off the bench and being able to wear a team down. When he plays with Clint it provides something that I don’t think any other team has other than maybe when Donovan and Keane are playing at their best — maybe then. Otherwise, probably the best combo in MLS.

On lifting a trophy for the first time as a captain
Phenomenal. It’s not something I ever thought about. I just try to show it on the field more than in the locker room. I’m not super vocal in the locker room, but on the field, I try to get guys going by leading by example with work rate. Like I said, though, the band could be on anybody’s arm and they’ll wear it with pride.

On trying to add Supporters Shield and MLS Cup for the league’s first treble
I think we’ll enjoy this victory and the reality is we’re in a great position to move forward. We were in the position last year, though. We had New York at home and we ended up tying. And then we picked up two points in eight games or something like that. So we learn from our mistakes and it will be another good test Saturday. I think we were a little bit lucky this game was Tuesday, especially with the overtime. The opportunity is there and now it’s up to us to push forward.
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