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Seattle Sounders first win of the season

Michelle Huitink - LA Galaxy/mlsfemale
Seattle Sounders Key Contributor

By Michelle Huitink // @mchuitink

Sunday, April 22: 3-1 Win

First and foremost, I am an LA Galaxy fan. But, it’s no secret that I have a crush on Jordan Morris, so I got these tickets for Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United back in early February when he wasn’t injured. I planned my trip to visit my friends who actually live in Puyallup right now.

My plan was to visit them and enjoy a city that represented the best of what Washington state has to offer, the only exception was the weather. After the game, we got oysters and wine, and went to Pike Place for clam chowder. It was a day to behold in downtown Seattle where it’s common to see people adorned in sports gear since the Seattle Mariners stadium is right there. Of course, the most common attire is the Seattle Seahawks, but the soccer culture there is one of the best in the league.

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Image: Michelle Huitink

CenturyLink is huge and I’m spoiled by StubHub Center where there’s not a bad seat in the house and I’m used to general admission where I can arrive early and be close to the players. So, I wanted to sit right by the tunnel.

Being the soccer ambassador I am, I brought my friend Megan to her second MLS game ever. Her husband, who follows soccer since he’s from Jamaica, and their daughter also came along with us this time for their first game. I didn’t see JMO, but it was an exciting event and a game the Sounders needed to win since they were on the verge of the worst start in league history.

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Image: Michelle Huitink

Watching their three-year old’s reaction had to be one of our favorite parts of the match. She was clapping and really seemed stunned by the number of people. We took turns holding her and picking her up so she could see over the fans who never sat down. I was definitely overwhelmed by the energy and capacity of the soccer fans.

During halftime, I went over to meet with fellow MLSFemale Official Reporter for the Sounders, Jennifer Denton, which as she put it, was finally nice to put a face to the name.

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Michelle and Jennifer finally meet in person. Image: Michelle Huitink

I’ll be back up in Seattle in the Los Angeles Galaxy section in August.

As the Official Galaxy Reporter, my editors said I could do a collaboration with Megan for this match and I’ll let her take it from here:

Michelle Huitink - Sounders game/mlsfemale
Megan and daughter. Image: Michelle Huitink

The typically rainy and gray city of Seattle shared its spring splendor of sunshine and crisp salt air this past Sunday, April 22nd, boasting blossoms from dogwood and magnolia trees along with the roar of sports fans in the distance. The Sounders did not disappoint either. They brought sunshine to the CenturyLink stadium winning 3-1 against Minnesota United. Doing so in style as they flaunted their Earth Day recycled uniforms.

The thrill of the stadium doesn’t just stop at the aroma of garlic fries and the booming of fireworks. Fans are the driving force, chanting and singing from their seats while waving fan gear and flags. You feel as if Chief Seattle and his tribe are there in spirit.

The players rush out to the field as youngsters line the guardrail in hopes of getting an autograph. In good company, surrounded by family and friends, I can say I feel like a real MLS fan, especially with this view 3 rows from the action. 

Michelle Huitink - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Our view. Image: Michelle Huitink

The few clouds in the sky start to part and the warmth of the sun starts to fill the stadium. Sloshing $9 beers in the stands as the Sounders bring in their first goal, delivered by midfielder Gustav Svensson. His teammate Will Bruin follows closely behind scoring back to back within minutes. It feels good to have your home team step up to the net, shoot, and score, there is no better way to feel the energy of almost 40,000 fans.

With the ball making its way from player to player, the intensity builds as Christian Ramirez scores one for Minnesota United. It was a solid effort and good fight from both teams the entire 90 minutes. It was the last 5 minutes that put the Sounders over the top with Jordy Delem scoring in the final moments of the match.

The sound of trumpets and drums filled the air as fans flooded out of the arena in good spirits, an outstanding first win of the season.

Featured image courtesy: Michelle Huitink 

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First point for Seattle Sounders

Abigail Gerken - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Abigail Gerken // @abigailgerken22

Sunday, April 15: 2-2 Draw

The Seattle Sounders went down to Sporting Kansas City for their first matchup of the year. Seattle’s forward Clint Dempsey was unavailable for this match because of his extra one-game suspension on his red card that occurred on March 18th. Less than 4 days before this game where he had to fulfill his suspension, the league announced this extra suspension. Also, outside back Kelvin Leerdam sat out this game due to a red card he picked up March 31st.

In the 34th minute, the Sounders conceived a penalty kick as Nouhou Tolo fouled Johnny Russell in the box. Ilie Sanchez slotted it away to put SKC up 1-0.

Will Bruin evened up the scoring in the 45+3rd minute with a tap-in off of a Chad Marshall header.

The Sounders then doubled their lead in the 73rd minute with a complete banger from Cristian Roldan.

All seemed well for the Sounders as they were set to pick up their first points of the season, until five minutes later when Graham Zusi scored and tied the game for SKC.

In the end, the Sounders got their first point, first and second goal, and some more confidence instilled in the team.

Some notes: This was rookie Alex Roldan’s first MLS start, he joined his older brother Cristian Roldan in the Sounders starting 11. He showed a lot of talent and promise in this showing.  Captain Osvaldo Alonso came off of the bench (when he did, Nicolas Lodeiro handed over the captains armband). This was his first appearance in 2018 as he is coming off of a quad injury that sidelined him for the start of the season.

The next game is against Minnesota United on April 22nd at 1 pm PT, you can catch it on ESPN.

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A month to forget for the Seattle Sounders

Jennifer Denton - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Jennifer Denton // @darkwynds

Sunday, March 4: 1-0 Loss

Sunday, March 18: 3-0 Loss

Well, let’s forget March happened for the Seattle Sounders.  The 1st two games of the season I would rather forget.  Losing 1-0 to LAFC and then losing 3-0 to FC Dallas.

Saturday, March 31: 0-1 Loss

It doesn’t help that the Sounders are losing players left and right to injuries, most notable Jordon Morris with an ACL tear in the 1st CONCACAF Champions League game against Santa Tecla FC.  From then on, every time a fan turns around someone else is hurt.  But even with all that, I had hope that the Sounders could find their way against Montreal ImpactNicolas Lodeiro and Will Bruin both came back from injuries.  Of course, Clint Dempsey was suspended due to a red card received in the FC Dallas game.

The first part of the 1st half wasn’t that bad.  There were moments of brilliance, then we get to the 40th minute.  Daniel Lovitz tackles Kevin Leerdam and then for some reason Leerdam loses his mind and slaps (lightly) Lovitz in the face.  Yeah, that was a red card, using VAR.  Leerdam’s red card is the 3rd red card in 3 games.  This puts the team behind the eight ball, again.

The Sounders make it to halftime with the game tied 0-0.  The Impact finally broke through in the 60th minute, when Jeisson Vargas puts one away around the six-yard box.  Still, the Sounders had chances throughout the rest of the game to tie it up, but it was not enough in the end.

It seems that most years, the Sounders have very slow starts to the season.  This year seems much worse.  It could be the red cards or the injuries, but these 3 games seem much worse.  I am not going to panic yet, but I am concerned for the rest of the year.

The Sounders have another week-long break.  On April 15th, the Sounders travel to Children’s Mercy Park to play Sporting Kansas City.

See you in the terraces!

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MLS Cup – Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

Jennifer Denton - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Sounders Reporter

By Jennifer Denton // @darkwynds

Here we are, the eve of the MLS Cup for 2017.  This year has been full of ups and downs.  Through it all, the Seattle Sounders have become stronger than they were last year.  It hasn’t been without injury and issues, but the team has risen above and made it to the promised land.

Last year was so special because it was our first.  I think this year can be even more special because we have the chance to repeat as the MLS champions.  Through the playoffs, the Sounders have defeated both the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Houston Dynamo, both in convincing fashion.

Again, the Sounders find themselves facing Toronto FC at BMO Field on what proves to be a very cold day.  Hundreds of supporters are making their way to Toronto.  There is a banner going that has the names of people who could not make this trip.  We are a family.  We will be in the stadium, in pubs, in bars, and in our homes, all over the world cheering our boys to victory.  This is our cup, and we will defend it.

This game will not be like last year.  Both teams have improved.  Both are stronger, faster but just as hungry as they were last year.  TFC still has the bitter taste of last year’s loss, during penalty kicks, in their mouths.  Seattle wants to cement our dynasty.  Seattle has added a number of players who have made a huge difference in the team’s play.

Both teams have injuries issues, with the Sounders being slightly worse.  At this time, Jozy Altidore is questionable with an ankle injury suffered late in the second leg of the Columbus Crew game.  Seattle will be missing Brad Evans and Ozzie Alonso.

Ozzie being out of the game hurts.  He is our captain and the heart.  Seattle will have Roman Torres back from suspension.  Jordan Morris is also at 100% and should feature.  No one is suspended for this game, and no one is on international duty.

Projected Lineups from mlssoccer.com

Seattle Sounders

(4-2-3-1, left to right)
GK: Stefan Frei – Nouhou, Chad Marshall, Roman Torres, Kelvin Leerdam – Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan – Joevin Jones, Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro – Will Bruin

Toronto FC

(3-5-2, left to right)
GK: Alex Bono – Chris Mavinga, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta – Justin Morrow, Marky Delgado, Michael Bradley, Victor Vazquez, Steven Beitashour – Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Referees

Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

4th Official: Kevin Stott

5th Official: Jason White

Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Dave Gantar

Game is December 9th at 1pm PT / 4pm ET on ESPN

#DEFENDOURCUP

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Seattle Sounders v Houston Dynamo Second Leg – Western Conference Finals

Jennifer Denton - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Sounders Reporter

By Jennifer Denton // @darkwynds

Seattle Sounders v Houston Dynamo

Tonight is the night.  The Seattle Sounders are playing for a spot in the MLS Cup finals to face Toronto FC.  Currently, the Sounders are up 2 goals to 0.  This is huge for us.

Tonight’s game is not a cake walk though.  Due to yellow card acclamation, the Sounders will be missing Roman Torres.  Hopefully, this will not throw off the backline too much.  Most likely Tony Alfaro will replace him tonight, but it is very hard to replace Torres.

While we won’t have Torres, there is a good chance we will have Stefan Frei (hamstring), Osvaldo Alonso (quad strain) and Jordan Morris (hamstring) all back from injury.  Mostly likely Frei will start but Alonso and Morris will come off the bench.  Although after the practice yesterday, Brian Schmetzer said that Morris could start.

Houston Dynamo, on the other hand, has some problems.  Both Jalil Anibaba (red card) and striker Alberth Elis (yellow card accumulation) will be suspended for this game.  With Elis’s suspension, Houston will have to look for goals from Mauro Manotas and Erick Torres.

The Sounders have only lost once at home this regular season.  The projected crowd tonight could be close to or over 50k.  Tonight is going to be loud and amazing.  Even with a 2 goal lead, I think most, if not all, the Sounders fans are very nervous for tonight.

Here is the projected lineup per mlssoccer.com:

(4-2-3-1, left to right)
GK: Stefan Frei – Nouhou Tolo, Chad Marshall, Tony Alfaro, Kelvin Leerdam – Gustav Svensson, Cristian RoldanJoevin Jones, Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro  – Will Bruin

Officials

Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Peter Balciunas, Corey Parker
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Edvin Jurisevic

The game is at 7:30pm Pacific Time on ESPN, ESPN Deportes in the US and TSN1 & TVAS 2 in Canada.

#DEFENDOURCUP

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Sounders Finally Won in Houston

Abigail Gerken - USWNT/mlsfemale
Sounders Key Contributor

By Abigail Gerken // @abigailgerken22

Jingle bells, Jingle bells.
Jingle all the way.
Oh what fun it is to see,
Seattle win away!
Is it a little early for Christmas music? Maybe. Is this song totally appropriate? Yes.

The Seattle Sounders took a 2-0 win in Houston in the first leg of the Western Conference Final. It was a very chippy game with many cards and fouls, but Seattle ended up on top.

The first goal came in the 11th minute when Gustav Svensson headed home a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick. That was the 2nd goal of the season for the Swedish international.

In the 27th minute the game went downhill for Houston. Defender Jalil Anibaba took Joevin Jones down in the box resulting in a DOGSO (Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity) red card and penalty kick. Lodeiro went up to take the kick, but goalkeeper Joe Willis guessed correctly and saved it.

However, in the 43rd minute Will Bruin doubled the lead and scored a header goal (assisted by Joevin Jones).

Fun facts about this match:
Will Bruin scored against his former team of 6 years. His 2nd time this year.
Clint Dempsey grew up about 2 hours north of Houston, so a lot of his family and friends were at this game.
Roman Torres will miss the next match because of yellow card accumulation.
We saw two former Sounders on the field with Dylan Remick and Jalil Anibaba playing.

Prior to this match, the Sounders were 0-4-4 in Houston, making this their first win in Houston.

The Sounders are heading into the second leg of the Western Conference Final with a 2-0 lead. The next game will be in Seattle on November 30th, the winner on aggregate after the 2nd leg will advance to the MLS Cup Final on December 9th.

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Western Conference Finals Leg 1 for Seattle Sounders

Jennifer Denton - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Sounders Reporter

By Jennifer Denton // @darkwynds

Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders

Tonight is the first leg of the Western Conference finals.  Of course, it has been what seems like a million years since the last playoff game against Vancouver Whitecaps.  This has been a welcome rest and a terrible one all at the same time.  It has given us time for our injured players to heal up.  Looks like Osvaldo Alonso and Jordan Morris might be able to make it back for part of the series.  Of course, this has given time for Houston’s players to heal up too.  The downside is that we have lost all the momentum we had coming off the Vancouver series.

During the regular season, Houston and Seattle split the series.  Sounders lost in Houston and won at home.  The game in Houston saw the return of Clint Dempsey. He scored in a 2-1 road loss that opened the Sounders title defense.  The Sounders still have not won a game in BBVA Compass Stadium.  The game in Seattle was a different story.  Will Bruin scored the only goal in a 1 – 0 win in June.

Houston is down a goalkeeper due to being suspended for off the field issues.  Also, three of their players were part of the Honduras National Team that made the trip to Australia for a World Cup playoff game.  Sounders just had Gustav Svensson go off for national team duty, traveling to Italy for a World Cup playoff game.

This promises to be a good game.  Houston and Seattle match up well in most positions on the field.  The Sounders will need to play up-tempo and keep the ball moving.  Sounders have players that are hungry to score.  Bruin wants very much to score on his old team.  Look for him and Dempsey to cause Houston a lot of trouble.

The game will kick off at 6:30 pacific time (most likely later due to national broadcast) at BBVA Compass Stadium.  The game will be broadcast on FS1 and Fox Deportes.  Ref for tonight is Chris Penso.

#defendourcup

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First Leg Whitecaps v Sounders

Christy Casas - Vancouver Whitecaps/mlsfemale
Official Whitecaps Reporter 

By Christy Casas // @nkstar9

Sunday, October 29: 0-0 Draw

After a record breaking 5-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes, the Vancouver Whitecaps faced the second seeded Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference semi-finals. First leg was played at home and resulted in a 0-0 draw. The game was frustrating and intense.

When the lineup was announced, you could tell we were playing defensively since away goals are weighted more than home goals in aggregate scoring. The Whitecaps had some really great chances. I sit near the away team’s support section and boy were they annoying =). Seattle also had their fair amount of chances including an almost own goal from our very own Kendall Waston.

The game was physical right away and the ref let them play. There was a lot of players “down”. Just to give you an idea, with a 0-0 draw the second half had at least 6 mins of extra time. 6 MINUTES. Most of this time came from a little kerfuffle in the 83rd minute, involving most, if not all, of both sides. It was a heated game with added frustration of playoffs. The ref wasn’t consistent, Seattle is defending the Cup, and these two teams have been rivals for a while now. Emotions were being felt.

Near the end of the game, we made some offensive changes bringing in Yordy Reyna and Nico Mezquida. Expect to see a more offensive lineup for Thursday, the 2nd game. Though, word on the street is that Reyna and Techera are still “touch and go’ according to the Whitecaps website. Seattle will also see the return of Clint Dempsey coming off a red card suspension.

Whitecaps lost 3-0 on their last visit to their rivals. Seattle is a hometown team who set a “franchise record this year for the fewest home losses in a season” according to the Sounder’s website.

One away goal from the Whitecaps could curtail the Sounders and pressure them to produce 2 goals. There are many scenarios that could play out in the second game, but one thing is certain, there will be only one team moving on. We need to, more now than ever, to #Riseupraincity

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2017 MLS Playoff Preview

A collaboration by official reporters of MLSFemale @MLSFemale

With Major League Soccer, there is no greater prize than the MLS Cup. Twelve teams, 6 from each conference, are vying for the chance to lift the ultimate prize of the league’s 22nd season. Here’s a quick rundown from our MLSFemale squad:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Cris Payne - Toronto FC/mlsfemale 

By Cris Payne // @crissypayne

Toronto FC: AND NOW YOU’RE GUNNA BELIEVE US, we’ve gone and won the league! Suffice it to say the city of Toronto is over the moon with our accomplishments this season and we are looking forward to what we hope is a great playoff run. Michael Bradley succinctly put our season in summation by saying “…we went after every game from 1 to 34 like it was the only thing that mattered.” (source)

I think they can be proud that they never really wavered on that goal and it paid off. As a member of the Kings in the North, one of the official protectors of the Supporters’ Shield during it’s stay in Toronto, I look forward to spending some time up close and personal with it.

Our playoff future looks bright; one is left hoping that we take that same winning mentality into the playoffs and consider every opponent and every game with care. Finishing off the regular season at Atlanta was also a good test for us to end on. Fresh to the league, they were the one team I felt we hadn’t had a proper chance to sound out back in April. Having seen their house and how they feel about our players (your hate makes them strong, our love makes them unstoppable), I now feel confident that Toronto FC has the arsenal to make a successful playoff run. And as Giovinco has shown, this team is ready for whatever is thrown at them. So bring on our second (okay fine, third) go at it, we’re here to win it all!

*NYCFC: Not gonna lie: this team gets measurably better every year. With head coach Patrick Vieira, the Pigeons have made it to their 1st MLS post season in style, with a bye for the knockout round. Legend David Villa and newcomer Jack Harrison, as well as the rest of the squad, are going to face their first opponents well rested and ready for a run. Just how far can the boys in blue go their first time out?

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By Nicole Hack // @nikhak

Chicago Fire: Nine months ago Fire fans were excited for the club’s new signings  – with Dax McCarty, Juninho, Niko, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, certainly the Men in Red wouldn’t finish last place again – would they?

By early June, fans knew that not only were the Chicago Fire going to dig themselves out from the bottom of the table, but the likelihood that they would be playoff contenders looked promising.

David Accam, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juninho, amongst others have been battling injuries, just returned from injury, or will return from injury for the playoffs. Is the squad recovering at the appropriate time? With key players on the bench over the last couple of months, other players gained experience – this will certainly help strengthen roster options when Veljko Paunovic looks to his bench for substitution options.

Who will get the nod for the goalkeeper position? Matt Lampson, who has been with the team since February of 2016 and a total of 34 games played for the Fire? Or will Richard Sanchez start in net after only recently signing with the Fire?

We supporters are excited for the playoffs, for the opportunities that lie ahead, and for a home game, but we’re also realistic, especially after the last two unfortunate seasons.

¡Vamos, Chicago!

Robyn Saghini - Atlanta United FC/mlsfemale

By Robyn Saghini // @robynsaghini

Atlanta United: Well, here we are…The new kids in the league are in the playoffs. A 4th place finish to the regular season is better than where I thought we’d be at the beginning of the season. This gives us home field advantage for Thursday’s knockout round game – and home field advantage in Mercedes-Benz Stadium could be significant. We’ve also won both games against Columbus (#SaveTheCrew!) earlier this season – although we did lose to them in the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup in February.

This team is much stronger now. They’ve now had an entire season to get to know each other. We have a solid starting lineup – even with a few subs because of injuries. And with over 70,000 people expected at the game on Thursday to cheer them on, I think Atlanta United has a really good chance at hoisting that cup in December.

The boys are ready for this. Atlanta is ready for this.

Atlanta wants the Cup.

Hilary - Columbus Crew/mlsfemale

By Hilary // @hils4crew

Columbus Crew:  In the middle of the season, the Crew was struggling and looked unlikely to make the playoffs, but Berhalter seems to have the magic touch with his team at the end of the season.  The tie against NYCFC took the Crew’s unbeaten streak to 10.  It kept the team in the 5th spot while a win could’ve put them in 2nd place. 

The team is dealing with a lot of distractions with a fan base who passionately loves them and is distraught that an owner would take them away.  (#savethecrew)  However, if the team can keep their form and absorb the passion the fans are showing them, they actually have a chance against Atlanta.  Although, it will be a tough away game.  The fans really need them to win, so we have a home playoff game to show how much we love the players. 

Sylvana Budesheim - NY Red Bulls/mlsfemale

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

New York Red Bulls: Whew! Just made it in under the wire. But RBNY is in the playoffs for the 8th season in a row. Always the bridesmaid, RBNY is the only MLS 1.0 team (originally the NY/NJ Metrostars) never to lift the MLS Cup. Coach Jesse Marsch has said that the team has been the favorite during the playoffs to no avail and that it’s time to be underdog.

I’m expecting a solid performance from Tyler Adams and the rest of the back line as well as more attacking from Daniel Royer. Defender Aurelien Collin has been working his way back to full health, and Jesse hopes to be able to bring him back into the 18. Dax McCarty and the Chicago Fire are the first obstacle in the knockout round, and another edition of the Hudson River Derby is practically guaranteed after that. It won’t be easy, but nothing worth having ever is. Fight Together.

#knockoutround
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WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Sheba Rawson - Portland Timbers/mlsfemale

By Sheba Rawson // @shebainpdx

Portland Timbers: It is not an overstatement to say that for the Timbers this Sunday’s game was the most important game of the year up to this point. The Cascadia Cup was on the line, as was the chance to win the conference and a first round bye.

With a Portland win, they have won the West and a first round bye. They also take back the Cascadia Cup, the coveted supporter-owned trophy awarded to whichever northwest team has the best finish among the three Cascadia-area squads. If Portland had tied or lost, Seattle would have taken the Cup, and Portland would almost certainly have dropped to third or fourth place, hosting a midweek knockout round game.

As I expected, Attinella remained in goal, with Vytas and Powell on the wings, and Mattocks up top as we wait for Fanendo Adi to be match fit. And with PTFC’s Mattocks being a former Whitecaps player there was plenty of opportunity for a knife-twisting match finish as he gave us the go-ahead goal to seal the deal. Now we wait to see who makes it out of the knockout round.

Jennifer Denton - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale

By Jennifer Denton // @darkwynds

Seattle Sounders: It is finally time to defend our cup.  This year has been such an up and down year.  There are days where we look like the team from last year’s run.  And then there are games where we look like a team that hasn’t even played together before. 

The game against FC Dallas gives me hope that maybe we are turning a corner.  With a win on Sunday gives us a much needed bye.  This will give the team time to heal up.  I can’t wait for this run at the MLS cup.  I really hope the top team in the East loses so we can host the cup this year!!

Christy Casas - Vancouver Whitecaps/mlsfemale

By Christy Casas // @nkstar9

Vancouver Whitecaps: The Whitecaps were able to pull themselves above the red line in a very decisive way, landing themselves in 3rd place in the Western conference after flirting with the top spot for a hot minute. They will meet the San Jose Earthquakes in the knockout round at home in Vancouver. This is a decided advantage for the Whitecaps, as BC Place has been a fortress for the team this season.

*Houston Dynamo: The Dynamo played VERY well at home this year, giving up only one game at home at BBVA during the regular season. And they have to be looking forward to the opportunity to take on Sporting KC again, having just beaten them at home less than two weeks ago and drawing them in Kansas City shortly thereafter. If they manage to pull it off, their next opponent will be one of the top two finishers in the West, Portland or Seattle.

kirsten-sporting-or

By Kirsten Arpin // @Kirsten_Hoogs

Sporting KC: I am not pleased with how this season ended, and I am not pleased that Sporting fell from 1st to 5th in the West over the last third of the season. If we’re going to make it anywhere in the playoffs we have to do one thing…score goals. It seems like that should be pretty easy, but obviously it’s not since SKC scored just 3 goals in their last 5 games.

If the Sporting team from the beginning of the season comes back then we could be in good shape, but the run will be hard since we have no home field advantage. Hopefully, with this being the third game against Houston in a two week span we’ll have them figured out. Sporting, don’t make this city regret all the energy you put into the US Open Cup. We need some of that magic for the playoffs.

*San Jose Earthquakes: The Quakes had a wild finish to the regular season, with the winning goal coming three minutes into stoppage time against expansion side Minnesota United. Now they travel to Canada on only three days rest for a single game elimination round. They may still manage the upset against a Whitecaps squad that is struggling to put games away at precisely the wrong time in the season.

If San Jose can pull it off, they will face Portland in a conference semifinal, a team they’ve beaten at home twice during the regular season.

(Teams marked with a * do not have an official reporter from MLSFemale. If you support any of these teams, find your inner reporter and contact us!)

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MINNESOTA’S HOPES AT GETTING A POINT GET BLOCKED LIKE THE SUN

Kaitlyn O'Rourke - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Seattle Sounders Key Contributor

By Kaitlyn O’Rourke 

Sunday August 20: 4-3 Win

The Seattle Sounders faced off against Minnesota United just 15 days after their 4-0 rout in Minnesota. This time though; it was a very different story. The Sounders had to fight for this one, they had to come from behind and keep pushing for their well deserved 3 points.

Stefan Frei

Kelvin Leerdam–Roman Torres–Chad Marshall–Joevin Jones

Ozzie AlonsoGustav Svensson 

Nicolas LodeiroClint DempseyCristian Roldan

Jordan Morris 

Seattle’s shutout streak ended at 421 minutes on a Minnesota goal by Ethan Finley in the 21st minute. Chad Marshall responded 10 minutes later on a cross from Nicolas Lodeiro to even the score at 1-1. The Sounders couldn’t grab a game winner before the 80th minute (this is Seattle after all) which carried the game into what I like to call ice-chewing-nervous-pacing-run-to-the-bathroom-500-times zone.

But, like what always seems to happen (this is Seattle after all) the Sounders got their shot at a game winner in the 94th minute. After a handball in the box, Clint Dempsey scored a PK to keep the unbeaten streak alive (9 games!!)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I love the Seattle Sounders but they WILL give me a heart attack one day. Evidence: this season Seattle has scored 5 goals after the 88th minute – 4 of those have been to tie or win a game, they’ve scored 3 (3!?) goals in the 94th minute.

Fun Facts and Notes:

  • The Sounders are in first place with 40 points!!
  • It’s Cascadia Week!! The Sounders play Vancouver Wednesday and Portland Sunday
  • I tried to come up with some eclipse humor for this but I couldn’t
  • I slipped and busted my hip while I was celebrating last night (Sounders fuzzy socks+hardwood floors=not great)

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