Sounders Blog with John Zielonka
Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 9:48am
Seattle forwards Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle tallied their eight goals of the year in the 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake. The win before 55,107 fans was Seattle's fifth in a row and put them at the top of the Western Conference standings and first place in overall points.
Courtesy of Jane Gershovich
With Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson starting the game on the bench due to their National Team commitments, Martins and Neagle showcased Seattle's offensive depth. Dempsey and Johnson eventually entered the game in the second half.
"With the minutes that Clint (Dempsey) had played and the minutes Eddie (Johnson) had on Tuesday... we decided, 'Hey, we've been in a good run and they are a little bit tired, let's use them off the bench today,'" Schmid said. "We knew they would participate and help us. Clint was unlucky with a couple of good chances and Eddie was almost in there as well a couple of times...It just shows the depth of our team."
Seattle notched their fifth win in a row and holds a single point edge over Real Salt Lake with two games in hand. The Sounders extended their home unbeaten streak to to 13 games (10-0-3).
Below is the video from the post-match press conferences with Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis and Schmid:
Sunday, September 8, 2013 @ 2:38pm
Lamar Neagle tallied his seventh goal of the year in the 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. The Fire struck in the 25th minute on Mike Magee's shot inside the post. The former Galaxy player's 15th goal of the year maintained his status as the MLS' scoring leader.
Lamar Neagle (Wikimedia Commons)
The game remained tied until the 89th minute of play. Zach Scott's cross was redirected by Gonzalo Segares past a surprised Sean Johnson. With the win, Seattle extended its home unbeaten streak to 12 games (9-0-3).
Neagle's strike in the 40th minute was his seventh MLS goal of the year, tying him with forward Eddie Johnson for the team lead.
The Sounders last minute victory took place without the services of Johnson, Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans. All three were selected for the US Men's National Team matches against Costa Rica and Mexico. Evans stayed in Seattle to recuperate from a calf strain suffered in last weekend's match against Columbus.
Seattle forward Obafemi Martins returned to action and led the Sounders with four shots, two of which were on goal.
Friday's matchup in Seattle against Real Salt Lake positions the Rave Green to take Western Conference lead. The Sounders have two games in hand and are within two points of first place Real Salt Lake.
Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 5:23am
Clint Dempsey, the Sounders' newest and priciest acquisition, made his first home appearance in front of 67,385 on Sunday night. His debut added to the Cascadia derby intensity against long-time rivals, the Portland Timbers.
Forward Eddie Johnson scored the lone goal on a header from midfielder Mauro Rosales. His tally provided the margin to send the Sounders into fifth place in the Western Conference.
"The ball got out wide to Mauro and I just had to attack," Johnson said. "I knew it was going to be a frustrating game, but for me I wanted to use my experience and when the opportunity came rise to the occasion."
Dempsey took his fair share of lumps from Portland's defenders. He noted the physical nature of MLS in his post-match press conference.
"It's going to be physically played. It's a man's game," Dempsey said "You just have to keep getting up and try to figure out ways to avoid challenges and try to get good looks-try to play people through, try to get shots on goal."
Despite failing to score in his third match as a Sounder, Dempsey remains optimistic.
"I'm happy with the way things are going," the former English Premier League player said. "I feel like I'm getting stronger every game in fitness and my quality of touches, and the looks that I'm getting, and it's only a matter of time before it starts falling in the net for me."
Below is the video of Portland and Seattle supporters in action, and some of the pre-match festivities.
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.
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