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Barrett, Sounders react to 2-0 win in BC

Here’s some of what the Sounders had to say today after their 2-0 win in Vancouver:

Chad Barrett
It’s a massive win. It’s the Cascadia Cup. It’s a Western Conference win. It’s six points and an away win. Everything about this just rings awesome in the ears. I don’t think I’ve seen such a calm game by us. I thought we really had ourselves together. I thought we were well-rested despite our travels to Columbus and New York. I don’t think I’ve seen the back four look so cohesive. The middle four did a great job, and Dempsey did

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Barrett brace sends Sounders past Whitecaps

Whitecaps-Sounders, moments before their MLS match with roof open at BC Place.
Whitecaps-Sounders, moments before their MLS match with roof open at BC Place.

Chad Barrett filled in for the injured Obafemi Martins and scored both of Seattle’s goals in a 2-0 win over Vancouver at B.C. Place.

They were Barrett’s first goals of the season.

The first was assisted by Clint Dempsey, who now has a goal or assist in 10 straight games.

The win moved Seattle (6-3-1) to within two points of the Western Conference lead.

The Sounders also moved to the top of the Cascadia Cup race: Seattle 2-0-0 (6), Vancouver 1-1-1 (4), Portland 0-1-1 (1).

With three straight road games now behind them, the Sounders begin a three-game homestand Saturday when Sporting Kansas City visits CenturyLink Field.

I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
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Saturday comes: Vancouver-Sounders at 4 PT

VancouverHere is our preview story, and here’s another by Gary Kingston of the Vancouver Sun, and from Marc Weber of The Provence.
Below are some of the basics:

4 p.m., B.C. Place; Vancouver, British Columbia
Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: The Whitecaps lead 4-3-4 overall, and 2-1-3 in Vancouver. The Sounders are winless over the last six meetings. The teams will meet again Aug. 1 in Seattle and Sept. 19 in Vancouver.
NOTES: The Sounders are expected to be without forward Obafemi Martins due to a leg injury. Martins has scored six of Seattle’s 15 goals this season. Clint Dempsey opens the weekend tied for the MLS lead with seven, and Lamar Neagle has the other two. … Dempsey has recorded a goal or assist in all nine matches he has played this regular season. … Vancouver’s leaders are forward Octavio Rivero with six goals and midfielder Pedro Morales with four assists. Rivero was named MLS player of the month in March. … The Sounders’ three-game winning streak ended last weekend at Columbus. The Whitecaps are 2-1-1 over their last four matches. … Vancouver is 3-2-1 at home. The Sounders are 2-2-1 away. This match concludes a three-game road run for the Sounders, who split the first two. … Vancouver is the two-time defending Cascadia Cup champion and holds the early lead this season: 1-0-1, to Seattle’s 1-0-0 and Portland’s 0-2-1. … Vancouver midfielder Mauro Rosales, who played in Seattle from 2011-13, is probable with a right quad strain. … This will be final game on this artificial surface. Installation of new turf is scheduled to start Sunday in advance of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. … The referee is Mark Geiger.
QUOTE: “They’ve got a lot of youth, they’ve got a lot of speed. They’ve bought in to the way they’re playing. … They’re a team that relies a lot on their energy. They rely a lot on Morales finding those long, accurate switching balls and through balls; and they’re looking to run behind your defense.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the Whitecaps. Read more »


Rosales: Cascadia rivalries top Canadian

1000px-Flag_of_Cascadia_400x400Veteran midfielder Mauro Rosales has seen the Cascadia Cup from a couple of angles: first through three seasons with Seattle, and now in his second season in Vancouver.

He said the rivalry is as big in Vancouver as it is south of the Peace Arch, and that games with the Sounders are bigger deals than even games against fellow-Canadians FC Toronto and Montreal Impact.

On the Cascadia Cup: We had the opportunity to win it last year, actually on Seattle’s field. And it feels very good. Here we are building a team that is getting stronger and stronger every game. We’re showing very, very good things. We work very hard in the preseason to become the team that we are, but we always know that we can learn more and more.
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Mixed message? Garber sorry about mishandling Cascadia Cup, but “it’s not that important”

MLS commissioner Don Garber met with media at halftime of the Sounders’ opener against Montreal last night.

Considering he had given his “March to the Season” press conference just days before there wasn’t really much knew to ask, except for the obvious local question about the league’s efforts to trademark “Cascadia Cup,” the supporters-created round-robin competition between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. So, that dominated the Q&A session … apparently beyond Garber’s use for the topic.

Some highlights from the first half of the interview:

First request for comment on Cascadia Cup trademark issue: “As I said over the last couple

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Derby day comes: Sounders at Timbers, 2 p.m.

The best rivalry in MLS plays out today in Portland.

I’ll be writing from Jeld-Wen Field around noon. But for now, here’s our TNT preview story from this morning; and below are the basics:

2 p.m., Jeld-Wen Field, Portland.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 5, David Estrada; A 4, Fredy Montero; S 68, Montero; SOG 25, Montero; GAA 1, Andrew Weber. For Portland: G 4, Kris Boyd; A 3, Eric Alexander; S 41, Boyd; SOG 17, Boyd; GAA 1.10, Troy Perkins.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the MLS series, 1-0-1, with the win coming last season in Portland. The Sounders return Sept. 15; and the Timbers visit Seattle on Oct. 7. Across all leagues, the Sounders lead the Timbers 40-27-9.
NOTES: The Sounders are defending champions of the Cascadia Cup competition between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. So far this season, the Whitecaps have drawn with the Sounders and Timbers. … Seattle is 0-3-3 over its last six games, Read more »


U-23s Pick Up 4 points from Opening Weekend in Canada – The Sounders FC U-23 picked up four points in their opening weekend of the PDL season. The Sounders played Friday and Saturday night in Canada. With most of the team arriving in the Puget Sound just a few days prior to the trip, the Sounders U-23 quickly organized themselves for a win and a tie on their travels.

The first match of the season was destined to be difficult for the Sounders U-23’s since players arrived from their various colleges in time for the weekend of games, but not much in the way of team training. Their

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