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July
16th

Sounders coach on Tottenham’s Brad Friedel and USA’s “Mount Rushmore of goalkeeping”

Keller
Keller

The Sounders are off today. However, there were a couple of interesting topics from yesterday’s session that I hadn’t written about yet, so I’ll try to get those online today.

The first was related to Tottenham’s visit this weekend, which got Sounders coach Sigi Schmid talking about Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel, and beyond that about some of the great goalkeepers this country has produced.

“Certainly Brad, Kasey and Timmy Howard have been the Mount Rushmore of goalkeeping in the States,” Schmid said. “Those three guys have all done it though a lot of hard work. I feel very honored and privileged that I was involved with all three of them in their career: Brad at UCLA and Timmy with the under-20 teams, and Kasey obviously here in Seattle – Read more »

July
13th

Dempsey had a goal — and fun — in return

Here’s some of what Clint Dempsey had to say tonight after scoring the opening goal in the Sounders’ 2-0 win over Portland:

(On playing at home against Portland…) “It’s fun to be playing in front of a crowd like that, I think like 64,000 but it’s more fun when you win in front of a crowd like that. I thought the boys played well today, I thought the defense looked sharp. It was great that we were able to keep a clean sheet. I thought the midfield did a good job on connecting passes and helping with linkup play with

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July
11th

Clint Dempsey: “Recharged and ready to go”

Dempsey
Dempsey

Clint Dempsey returned to Sounders training today and then met with the media for about 15 minutes. Here’s the transcript:

On how how he feels: Nose is good, I can breathe now. A little crooked … good thing I’m married. … Glad to be back and excited about being back again. I just want to say how great the guys have done since me and DeAndre have gone. We just want to get back on the team and try to keep that going. … … I’ve only been out for a week, so I would still think that I would be in good shape. I was able to come out today, get some good touches, and it just feels good to be back. I get another session tomorrow, and I feel I’ll be ready to go. … It’s up to the coaching staff, but I’m back, I want to play. Anytime you can play in front of the fans that we have, and play against our rivals, in terms of the importance of the game, and 67,000 fans in there, you want to be a part of that. Hopefully I get to play a part.

On USA going out in round of 16: It’s good because this is two World Cups in a row that we’ve been able to advance out of the group and get to the knockout stages. But still it hurts to go out because you want to keep going and going as far as possible because you never know how many World Cups you can be a part of, and you want to be able to do something special and get on a good run. But we fought hard, we showed a lot of character and we just came up a little bit short.
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July
3rd

Schmid says Dempsey-Yedlin “for sure” back by Portland MLS match, possible for Vancouver

Here was what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about his timetable U.S. national team players Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin’s return to MLS play.

“We’ve talked to them and we’ll continue to talk,” he said. “They need some time off, so we’re going to give them a little bit of time off. Each of their timetables will probably be a little bit different: unique to them and to their situation. Possibility we might have one – maybe both – for this weekend, but less likely that that’s going to happen, then we’ll see about next week.”

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July
1st

USA’s World Cup run comes to an end; timing of Dempsey, Yedlin return uncertain

Dempsey
Dempsey

The United States’ run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup came to an end today with a 2-1 loss to Belgium, with all goals being scored in extra time.

Extensive coverage is available at U.S.Soccer, and MLSsoccer.com websites.

Clint Dempsey played all 120 minutes for the USA, while DeAndre Yedlin played 88 minutes in relieve of Fabian Johnson, who went off with a hamstring injury.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid didn’t give much information this morning when asked about their possible return should the USA be eliminated — Schmid said he hoped they stayed with the national team through the World Cup final.

But in an interview last week, Schmid had said the players would probably fly out of Brazil the day after elimination. However, he also indicated that he would allow the returning players some time to decompress before returning to play with the Sounders.

“Usually FIFA you’re out the next day on a plane,” Schmid said. “That’s the way FIFA usually is Read more »

July
1st

Schmid on World Cup: Possession key for USA; hopes Dempsey and Yedlin away a while

The Sounders are off the training pitch for another day, and off to the viewing party at CenturyLink Events Center. After the session, he spoke about both. Here’s what he had to say about the World Cup:

His keys to 1 p.m. USA-Belgium match: I think the U.S. has got to stay in the game, and the longer they stay in the game the better it is. But I think possession is going to be a little more important than it’s been in the other games so far, so they’re going to have to do a better job of keeping

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June
30th

Sounders to host USA viewing party Tuesday

This news in from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC, in partnership with The American Outlaws Seattle, will host a live viewing party at the CenturyLink Field Event Center for the U.S. National Team’s match against Belgium on Tuesday, July 1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT. Gates will open at 11 a.m. and admission is free.

The United States advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group G with a record of 1-1-1. The USMNT beat Ghana, 2-1, then earned a 2-2 draw with Portugal before falling to Germany, 1-0, in the final Group Stage match.

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June
30th

Yedlin 15-minute interview: USA “looking obviously to win” the World Cup

Yedlin
Yedlin

Sounders second-year homegrown DeAndre Yedlin met with Seattle-area media this morning, talking for about 15 minutes on his World Cup experience so far.

Here’s the start of the transcript:

Overview on his experience and how far he’s come: This experience has been amazing. I think it’s one of the things that every soccer player dreams of, to be able to be here now at a young age and to be able to compete with some of the best players in the world is a dream come true.

On USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s comments that the USA can’t win the competition: I think as players we didn’t really take a lot from that. We know that Jurgen has confidence in us. He’s been pushing us every day and really pushing us to be the best that we can be. We all know that he believes in us and we believe in ourselves. That’s really I think all we need. I think it’s shown in the group round. We’re not just a team that’s going to come in here and just get beat up on. We’re going to be a team that fights and that’s looking obviously to win this thing.
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