Sounders Blog with John Zielonka
Monday, August 5, 2013 @ 6:24pm
Clint Dempsey discussed with the media the reasons for his return to Major League Soccer.
The current U.S. Men's National Team captain shared his views on the rationale to leave the English Premier League, what attracted him to choose the Pacific Northwest as his new home, and his fitness level.
Head coach Sigi Schmid provided their thoughts on Dempsey's potential impact on the club. General manager and minority owner Adrian Hanauer reviewed the two-year odyssey to obtain MLS' latest high-visibility signing.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 7:32pm
Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. Men's National Team, joined Seattle Sounders FC owner Joe Roth on the pitch prior to the MLS matchup against FC Dallas. Roth announced to the sold out crowd that Dempsey was the newest member of the club.
"This is a historic day for Sounders FC and our fans," Roth said. "Clint is a world-class soccer player who can take this club to a higher level. We have been consistent in our message to the fans that we will spare no expense to win trophies."
Dempsey will be MLS' highest player with an estimated four-year contract at $8 million per season. The 30-year-old returns to MLS after spending seven years in the English Premier League.
"I am very excited about coming back to the MLS and thrilled to be joining Sounders FC," Dempsey said. "Having recently played in Seattle with the National Team, I experienced the incredible atmosphere and the passion from the supporters first-hand."
Below is a video from several Seattle broadcasters and sportswriters commenting on Dempsey's move back to the Sounders and its impact on MLS.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 9:34am
SEATTLE--The Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 draw before 39,196 fans at CenturyLink Field.
Colorado's Drew Moor scored on a clean header from a Nick LaBrocca's corner kick to give the Rapids a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.
Seattle rookie defender DeAndre Yedlin equalized in the 64th minute of play. The tally was Yedlin's first MLS career goal.
Sounders FC goalkeeper Andrew Weber made his first MLS start since June 20, 2012. Weber is filling in for injured Michael Gspurning.
Head coach Sigi Schmid shared his thoughts on the match in his post match press conference. Yedlin, midfielder Mauro Rosales and Weber commented on the draw in their locker room interviews.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 6:32pm
Both Mexican head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre and Canada's Colin Miller entered Thursday's match with many detractors on their backs. In their previous CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, Mexico lost 2-1 to Panama; Canada loss to minnows Martinique (1-0) was even more surprising.
Mexico's 2-0 victory over Canada before 28,354 fans (90% of which supported Mexico) vindicated de la Torre. He shared his thought on the matchup and strong fan support during the Gold Cup competition.
Miller commented on the strong Mexican side, critics and a dubious penalty awarded by referee Joel Aguilar that led to Mexico's second goal.
Below is the video with the coaches' views on the match:
Thursday, July 4, 2013 @ 7:43pm
Seattle Sounders FC striker Obafemi Martins tallied goals in the 19th and 91st minutes of play. The Sounders' high-profile designated player led Seattle to a 2-0 victory over a struggling DC United side mired in last place.
The match in Seattle started with about half of the stands filled as the opening whistle blew. New security measures led to long lines outside the stadium that led many supporters to miss 30 minutes of the match.
In the video below, Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid and GM/owner Adrian Hanauer addressed the security issues in their post match comments. Ex-Sounders James Riley commented on the rousing reception he received from Seattle fans after the match.
Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 7:56pm
The US Men's National Team practiced on Monday for its Tuesday night World Cup qualifier against Panama in Seattle. Current players Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, and former USMNT player and current television commentator Alexi Lalas provided their thoughts on the match.
The soccer pitch in Seattle will be played on a grass on top of FieldTurf. Bradley openly criticized the field conditions as being less than ideal.
Kljestan fielded questions for a national stadium to host World Cup qualifiers rather than using different venues.
Lalas analyzed head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching style, his use of multiple lineups, Landon Donovan's potential return to the national team, and a prediction on tomorrow's game.
Below is the video I shot at today's practice.
Sunday, June 9, 2013 @ 10:31am
SEATTLE--Sounders FC forward Lamar Neagle scored the game winning tally late in the second half to lead the home side to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 53,679 fans, the MLS largest crowd this year.
Lamar Neagle (soundersfc.com)
Seattle midfielder Andy Rose scored his first goal of the year in the 9th minute to give the Sounders an early 1-0 lead.
Vancouver responded with two goals by forward Camilo Sanvezzo in the 10th and 26th minutes of play, respectively. Sanvezzo utilized headers on both goals give the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead heading into the second 45 minutes of play.
Referee Hilario called a foul on Vancouver when Neagle was taken down in the penalty area in the 69th minute. Servando Carrasco stepped up to take the kick and scored to even the score at 2-2. Carrasco earned his first ever MLS goal in 29 appearances for the Sounders.
Lamar Neagle's late goal
"It was a good build-up play down the right side. I saw [Obafemi Martins] one on one, so once he made his move toward the line to beat his guy I knew I had to get in front of my defender and it would be an easy pass right to the near post."--Lamar Neagle, Sounders FC forward
"He's just done really, really well. He got the assist on the first goal on the ball that he slipped in to Andy Rose and he scores. You can't ask a lot more of a forward than that."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach
Vancouver's set piece success
" I don't think it's something that happens all the time. I think we need to go back to the training ground, we need to work on our defending of set pieces because I thought we got some of the marking assignments wrong a little bit."--Sigi Schmid
Seattle's second half comeback
"I think we're disappointed tonight. We felt like we could have gotten more, especially going in 2-1 at halftime."--Martin Rennie, Vancouver head coach
"...we came in at halftime and said that we were going to come out the same way we did the first half, and that's exactly what we did. We created some chances and when we scored our second goal the fans were behind us and that really pushed us to a totally different level."--Servando Carrasco, Sounders FC midfielder
Camilo Sanvezzo's brace
"We have been training a lot. Kenny (Miller) and I have been working a lot together and he made a very good move which got me free. I just tried to stay in god position and make a good finish."--Camilo Sanvezzo, Vancouver forward
"Great balls in from Russell, as well. There's lots of things to build on from this game and obviously Camilo's goals and Russell's assists. Camilo also had a fantastic free kick that was rebounded that we really had a good chance to make that 3-1. At that point it would have been hard for them to get back."--Martin Rennie
Large crowd and atmosphere
"We love big crowds. We seem to do well. We don't want to send them away disappointed, so we want to keep the game exciting, keep the game close. We're able to showcase ourselves in front of people who don't normally get to come to our games. It was a great contingent of fans from Vancouver as well that followed their team. It had a tremendous atmosphere."--Sigi Schmid
"Well one of the big reasons why we are here is because the atmosphere is always tremendous here in Seattle. The support from the fans for their team is outstanding."--Jurgen Klinsmann, USMNT head coach (attended the game in preparation for the US' World Cup qualifier against Panama on Tuesday)
Saturday, June 8, 2013 @ 9:29pm
Seattle Sounder midfielder Brad Evans was the hero in the US Men's National Team win over Jamaica. Evans scored in stoppage time to seal the win.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann played Evans as a defender. Klinsmann's inclusion of the Seattle Sounder into the lineup paid off with Evans goal.
The team made the long trip from Jamaica to Seattle in preparation for Tuesday's match against Panama. Evans and Klinsmann held court with the media during halftime at the Seattle versus Vancouver MLS matchup.
Here is the video I captured:
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