In the video from earlier this week, Sounders FC midfielder Gonzalo Pineda discusses his recent success, MLS versus Liga MX and outlook for the second half of the season.

USMNT captain and Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey returned to Seattle. He met with the media to discuss his World Cup experience, reactions since his return and his focus on the upcoming match against the Portland Timbers.

In the video below, I captured his comments and thoughts on the above.

DeAndre Yedlin discussed his three World Cup appearances in Brazil with the USMTN. Head coach Sigi Schmid is confident that Yedlin would maintain an even attitude as his global profile has risen.

Below is the video I captured with Yedlin's and Schmid's comments:

In his latest video, Alan Hinton shared his views on Eddie Johnson's exclusion from the World Cup 30-man squad. He also discussed Sounders FC's De'Andre Yedlin chances of going to Brazil, Hinton's own WC disappointment with England and the distractions.

In the video below, Seattle soccer icon Alan Hinton shared his thoughts on the Sounders FC and a Ring of Honor dedicated to soccer at CenturyLink Field.

Hinton named a number of current and former Sounders players, coaches, current GM/owner Adrian Hanauer and supporters for inclusion.

The Sounders are considered to be co-tenants at the downtown stadium. In the lead-up to fund the the stadium, soccer fans were actively pursued to support a positive vote.

Clint Dempsey's scored six times in four games to start the 2014 MLS season. In 2013 he recorded one goal in nine appearances.

Dempsey opened up to the media earlier this week, and noted the challenges he faced last year. They included:

  1. A limited preseason training time with the Sounders
  2. His fitness
  3. The attention and scrutiny he received as a DP
  4. Nagging injuries

Below is the video I captured with Dempsey and head coach Sigi Schmid on what's different this year with Seattle's highest profile designated player

Alan Hinton, long-time Seattle soccer icon and analyst, reviewed the problems with the MLS salary cap. He identified the monetary issues it created between Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey as one of the factors that led to Seattle's disappointing 2013 season.

Dempsey's high-profile and astronomical salary made Johnson a disruptive presence and resulted in his offseason trade to D.C. United.

In the video below, Hinton provided his thoughts on the salary cap and how it led to the internal dysfunction between Johnson and Dempsey.

Alan Hinton is a soccer icon in the Seattle area. He's played in the English Premier League, and was a player/coach with numerous professional leagues in North America.

Hinton provided his opinions on the upcoming Major League Soccer season, the EPL's final standings and a World Cup prediction.

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John Zielonka

John Zielonka is a lifelong fan of soccer. He previously lived in Detroit and attended numerous NASL matches featuring the Detroit Express. John follows the local soccer scene and is the Seattle correspondent for, where he writes about the Seattle Sounders and MLS for Internationally, he's viewed matches at the World Cup, Confederation Cup, England's Premier and Championship leagues.
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