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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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Sounders on CCL, Rosales trade, 49ers’ turf

A wide range of subjects came up today after Sounders training, including CONCACAF Champions League, the trade of former Sounder Mauro Rosales to Vancouer, and the 49ers replacing the turf at Levi’s Stadium, where the Sounders played the inaugural game Aug. 2.

Some highlights:

COACH SIGI SCHMID on GM Adrian Hanauer stressing the club wants to return to the CCL and win it: “The team misses that competition. You complain about the travel and everything else, but certainly the players like to play in the competition because they know what it ultimately leads to. But we know

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GM explains Sounders season-ticket changes

The Sounders are making some changes to their season-ticket package for next season, including the addition of one extra (19th) game, a price increase and a transaction fee increase.

Here’s how general manager Adrian Hanauer explained the changes:

We tweaked our package a little bit … a 19-package instead of 18. So same as this year: the regular-season and a friendly, and (the 19th game) will represent – fingers crossed – group stage of Champions League next summer – so both tickets, the 19th game would basically be a two-for-one. That’s Option A that we hope for. Option

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Here’s MLS’ explanation of “allocation money”

As the Sounders would receive “allocation money” for an international transfer of DeAndre Yedlin, here’s what the league has to say about it:

Allocation Money

Allocation money is a resource available to clubs in addition to their respective salary budgets.

A club may receive allocation money for:

(1) Failure to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs;

(2) The transfer of a player to a club outside of MLS for value;

(3) Expansion status;

(4) Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions League;

(5) Funds from purchased third designated player roster spots.

Each year the MLS Competition Committee determines the allocation amount to

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