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Leaguewide rundown on MLS SuperDraft

Here’s the report from the league:

With the first draft selection in their club’s history, the expansion Orlando City SC chose Generation adidas forward Cyle Larin with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, held Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Larin becomes the second player out of the University of Connecticut selected with the first overall pick in as many years, and the third overall in the school’s history.

The second expansion club beginning play in 2015 in Major League Soccer, New York City FC, selected Oregon State University product Khiry Shelton with

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Tacoma Stars back at top level of indoor soccer; replace Seattle Impact in MASL

StarsMASLHere’s the word from the club:

The Tacoma Stars are headed back to the professional indoor soccer ranks. Effective immediately, the Tacoma Stars will replace the Seattle Impact in the MASL, representing the state of Washington at the highest level indoor league in the United States. Lane Smith, owner for the Tacoma Stars, purchased the rights to the team this week.

The Stars will continue in the WISL where they are 5-0-0 in league play and 8-0-0 in all competitions while also competing in the remaining games for the MASL season. The MASL Stars will make their debut Friday January 16 at 7:30 PM in the SMG-managed ShoWare Center in Kent against the indoor powerhouse San Diego Sockers. Tickets to Friday’s Stars-Sockers match are available online at All tickets are half price and the Stars invite fans to celebrate the sport of indoor soccer buy allowing kids 12 and under in free on Friday with a purchase of an equal number of adult tickets.

“We started something with our partners in the WISL and we plan on fulfilling this commitment. Our priority is to win the WISL Championship. The formation of the Stars merged two groups of individuals that all desired the highest level of sport. Our team is led by one of the sport’s very best in Darren Sawatzky and our staff has worked hard to create something special,” stated John Crouch, General Manager, “We really look forward to playing San Diego in the ShoWare Center this Friday.”
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Schmid: ‘I thought for sure that this could be our year to climb that mountain’

Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say tonight after the SOunders were eliminated on an away goal despite winning tonight 2-1 and being even 2-2 with Los Angeles on aggregate.

Opening statement: Difficult game for us today in terms of the result, because we came out and we won the game. Last week we advanced on away goals, this series we get knocked out on the away goal. The start of the game was theirs a little bit, but I thought for the last 20 minutes of the first half it was all ours. We got the

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Game day comes: LA-Sounders at 2 PT

MLSplayoffs14It’s been a long wait, but the Sounders and Galaxy begin their 1-vs.-2 series today at 2.

Here is our preview story, and below are some basics:

2 p.m., StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.
HEAD TO HEAD: The Galaxy leads the regular-season series 6-4-5 overall. The teams went 1-1-1 this season, including a 2-2 draw in their only meeting in California. The teams have crossed paths twice in the playoffs, with the Galaxy eliminating the Sounders in 2010 and 2012. Seattle lost the road legs of those series by a combined 5-1.
NOTES: This is the first game for the Western Conference championship. It is a two-game, aggregate-score series with away goals used as the first tie-breaker. The team that advances will play host to the New England-New York winner in MLS Cup at noon Dec. 7. … In the Western Conference semifinals, Seattle advanced past FC Dallas on a 1-1 aggregate score by virtue of its road goal. The Galaxy advanced with a scoreless draw at Real Salt Lake followed by a 5-0 win in the home leg. … During the regular season, L.A. scored the most goals in MLS (69) and allowed the fewest (35). … Robbie Keane led L.A. with 19 regular-season goals, while Landon Donovan led MLS with 19 assists. Obafemi Martins led Seattle with 17 goals and 12 assists. Keane and Martins are both finalists for the league most valuable player award. … If the Galaxy fails to advance, this will be Donovan’s final match before his home fans. … Los Angeles defender Leonardo (hamstring) and Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso are both expected to be game-time decisions. … The referee is Kevin Stott.
QUOTE: “You have to be aware of things defensively, stay compact and make it difficult on your opponent, try to limit the opportunity that they create. … But at the same time, we’ve got to have the confidence to go forward when we have opportunities to make things happen in the final third: be confident, be brave enough to take those risks and take those chances and try to score as well.” – Seattle forward Clint Dempsey Read more »


NPSL team introduced: FC Tacoma 253

FC Tacoma 253 was officially introduced Friday as a member of the National Premier Soccer League, the fourth division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid.

The team will play at Mount Tahoma High School.

An official announcement from the league is expected Friday.

Last season, NPSL teams played from 10- to 12-game schedules running from March to July.

Tacoma 253 will play in the Northwest Conference, which last season consisted of Gorge FC of Hood River, Oregon; Inter United FC of Tukwila; Spartans Futbol Club of Vancouver, Washington, and Seattle Sporting FC, which played in Bothell.

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Game day comes: Sounders at FC Dallas

logodallas-22Here’s our preview story, and below, some basics:

AT FC DALLAS (13-10-6; 45 POINTS)
6 p.m. Wednesday, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas.
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HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 8-2-4 in all regular-season meetings and 3-1-3 at Dallas. Seattle won both previous meetings this season by one goal. This is the final meeting of the regular season.
NOTES: The Sounders are tied with Los Angeles atop the MLS points race, while Dallas is fourth in the Western Conference. … Dallas is 1-3 over its last four matches including a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday. The Sounders’ four-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 4-1 loss at New York. … Dallas has won six straight home matches. … Seattle is second in MLS with 52 goals. Dallas is tied for fourth with 49. … Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo share Dallas’ goals lead with nine, followed by Michel (8) and rookie Tesho Akindele (7). Obafemi Martins leads Seattle with 13 goals and nine assists. He is one short of Eddie Johnson’s single-season goals record, while Clint Dempsey is two away. … Seattle midfielder Gonzalo Pineda is questionable with an ankle injury suffered Saturday at New York. … Dallas averages 16,786 per home game, about 2,000 below the league attendance average. … Seattle defender Zac Scott is one yellow card away from accumulation suspension. … The referee is Mark Geiger.
QUOTABLE: “They’re fast. … They’ve got good speed with Castillo. (Andres) Escobar has really come into his own. Akindele has done well with Bras Perez. They seem to have found a unit in the middle of the back with (Zach) Loyd and Hedges. So from that standpoint they have definitely solidified their lineup.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on FC Dallas Read more »


Pappa honored to join Guatemala for Central American Cup

Marco Pappa got the winning assist today in Seattle’s 1-0 win over Colorado, and then he took off for the Central American Cup, which will cost him the next couple of weeks of MLS play. It is expected that he’ll be back in time for the U.S. Open Cup final at Philadelphia.

Here’s some of what he had to say afterward.

On leaving on a high note: Happy to join the national team. For me it’s always special they think about me. But for sure before that I was thinking of Sounders. … Now for me I’ll miss the

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Porter wants to review game, but thought Timbers played better than the score

Here’s some of what the Portland Timbers had to say after their 4-2 home loss to the Sounders:

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter
On what he tells the team after a loss like today:

“I told them I needed some time to watch the game and dissect what just happened. Congratulations to Seattle. They took their chances well. Obviously, they have great players, a great team, a good coach and they were deserved winners today.”

On the backline’s performance today:
“Again, one of the reasons I want to watch the game is Seattle deserved to win,

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