On Sunday night, the Seattle Sounders took a hard 3-0 loss to the LA Galaxy. After a streak-breaking loss to the Philadelphia Union last Wednesday, the Sounders failed to bounce back and add another 3 points to their playoff push. Things were looking up, as Raul Ruidiaz returned to the lineup after suffering a minor right ankle sprain. The Sounders moved to a 4-4-2 which is a switch up from their usual 4-2-3-1, which provided the Sounders with both Will Bruin and Ruidiaz up top.
The first goal of the game came off of a penalty kick in the 9th minute when Ola Kamara was talked down in the box by Sounders defender Brad Smith. Zlatan Ibrahimovic steps up and converts the penalty – his 501st career goal.
After what seemed to be an offsides cross from some fan’s perspective, LA scored to double their lead from a goal by OlaKamara in the 40th minute.
The Galaxy scored again, ultimately putting the game away in the 52nd minute with a goal from Emanuel Boateng.
Even after this 3-0 loss, the Sounders are still in good playoff contention as they are currently in 6th place, one point behind Real Salt Lake with one game in hand (as of 9/24/18).
They continue their push for the playoffs against the Colorado Rapids at home on September 29th.
On Saturday night, after a 2-1 Sounders victory against our rivals to the north, the Seattle Sounders winning streak continued to a new MLS record of 9 consecutive games. The 27 points in 9 games, has not only boosted the morale of the team and fans but has made a serious improvement in the playoff race. This streak and result from this game moved them into good playoff contention with arguably one of the easiest remaining schedules left.
Also, the Sounders officially clinched the Cascadia Cup trophy which is a fan-created trophy awarded to the team who does the best against the other Cascadia teams (Vancouver, Portland, and Seattle). This is their 3rd time winning it since all three teams entered MLS.
Raul Ruidiaz was exceptional for the Sounders as he scored a brace to lead the Sounders to their 9th consecutive win.
This miraculous winning streak came to an end as the Sounders lost 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night.
The Sounders suffered a couple first-half injuries to key players, which is not comforting as their fight for the playoffs continues. In the 35th minute, star striker Raul Ruidiaz came out with an ankle injury, later identified as a right ankle sprain. At the half, Chad Marshall was subbed off for Roman Torres due to a head-to-head collision that happened in the first half.
In the 65th minute, the away side scored a goal after a loss of marking off a cross from outside the 18. However, VAR was for once in the Sounders favor and disallowed it due to the goal scorer being offsides. (Seriously though it feels like the first time VAR has helped the Sounders and hasn’t hurt them!)
The Philadelphia Union were forced to go down to 10 men when Jack Elliot got a second yellow for a reckless tackle in the 89th minute.
The Sounders were battling to find the full three points with solid attempts on goal, however, in the 90+2nd minute, Philadelphia scored off of a bad clearance pass out of the back.
The Seattle Sounders have broken another MLS record. They have won 8 games in a row, the most in a single season in the post-shootout era. This is a massive turn around from their record earlier in the year. Before this historic run, they earned just 17 points in 18 games. This has completely changed the season for the Seattle Sounders, now they are in a good position to earn a playoff spot – now sitting in 5th place in the Western Conference.
Let’s see how this went down:
7/21 vs Vancouver– What better way to kick off a record-breaking, season-turning-around run than a 2-0 win over Seattle’s rivals to the north, the Vancouver Whitecaps! On Raul Ruidíaz’sMLS debut, the Sounders secured a solid 3 points. The goals came from a penalty kick due to a handball- which Nico Lodeiro converted and later he doubled his lead due to a long-distance shot & deflection that secured the lead.
7/25 at San Jose – Raul Ruidíaz scored his first MLS goal as the Sounders cruise past the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya stadium.
7/29 vs NYCFC– Cristian Roldan put the home side up 1-0 in the 36th minute. Shortly after the halftime whistle, Gustav Svensson doubled the lead with a rocket shot from outside the 18. Then, 17 minutes later the away side got onto the scoreboard. However, they could not find an equalizer before Harry Shipp sealed the 3-1 lead.
8/4 at Minnesota – Minnesota was up 1-0 for 70 minutes. The game took a dramatic turn as the Sounders were awarded a penalty kick in minute 90+1, which Nico Lodeiro converted. Then in minute 90+7, Will Bruin chipped the keeper right before the final whistle blew. Seattle stealing these three points show off Seattle’s “tough kids” and fighting mentality. This was a big confidence and morale boost for players and fans.
8/12 vs Dallas – Right before the end of the first half Chad Marshall put the home side up 1-0 with a header off a Nico Lodeiro corner kick. Only 7 minutes after half FC Dallas tied it up. In minute 68, Nico Lodeiro put the Sounders ahead. With help from a Dallas red card to Reto Ziegler in minutes 90+1, the Sounders held on to this 2-1 lead.
8/18 vs LA Galaxy– The Sounders rolled past LA in this huge 5-0 home victory. They tied the club record for the largest margin of victory at home and broke the club’s win-streak record with 6 wins in a row,. The goals came from (in order) Marshall (3’), Shipp (18’), Servando Carrasco – own goal (50’), Roldan (59’), Ruidíaz (67’). This victory brought the Sounders up above the playoff line for the first time in 2018!
8/26 at Portland – Another Cascadia victory for the Sounders as they defeat their rivals the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Providence Park. In the 76th minute center-back Kim Kee-Hee flew up the right side and powered in a cross – aiming for Raul Rudíaz, but resulting in a Timbers own goal. This win helped propel them in the standings, and lead them to the top of the coveted Cascadia Cup regional trophy table.
9/1 vs SKC – In the most recent game, the Sounders defeat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 at home. SKC didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, they led 1-0 after a 2nd-minute goal. Raul Rudíaz equalized for Seattle in the 12th minute. Then, in the 52nd minute, a cross from Harry Shipp deflected off of Graham Zusi and in to put Seattle up 2-1. Shortly after Nico Lodeiro added to the scoreboard after converting a penalty kick awarded for a handball on Ike Opara. The most controversial moment of the match was an 81st minute DOGSO (Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity) red card to Chad Marshall. It was a very skeptical call despite going to VAR to justify the PK.
I’ll let you guys decide for yourselves, I’m interested in your opinions. Comment your opinion if its a PK or not or tweet me your take @abigailgerken22
This Saturday’s game was pretty much the entire Seattle Sounders’ season so far in 90 minutes. There were great moments, moments that left me scratching my head, moments of yelling at the ref but in the end, again the Sounders lost the game.
The good parts. Yay, the Sounders scored a couple of goals, finally in double digits. The offense played as more of a unit than they have all year. Of course, with the good comes the bad. The defense is still having a lot of problems. We can’t finish most of the shots taken. Passing is still a massive problem, though better. But at the end of the game, the Sounders lost again. So let us go over the game in more detail.
Before the game, the Sounders announced our newest DP signing, Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz. Raul will not be able to start until July 10th. Currently still down Gustav Svensson and Roman Torres due to the World Cup. Also, Stefan Frei due to injury (grumbles about Alan Gordon). The first half was back and forth without a goal scored. There were moments of hope, but nothing came from them. Again, passing seems to be an issue still and set pieces.
Now the second half was a lot more exciting. In the span of 30 minutes, 5 goals were scored. Starting in the 48’ Portland’s Larrys Mabiala scores for Portland. Just 3 minutes later, Victor Rodriguez scored for the Sounders. In the 57’, Portland’s Samuel Armenteros scores to retake the lead. Less than 10 minutes later, Chad Marshall pulls the Sounders level. The game-winning goal was scored by Larrys Mabiala.
This game had a lot of ups and downs. There were moments where you could see the Sounders of the last 2 years. The window is rapidly closing on the playoffs for the Sounders. We will be getting back some of our injured players in the next few days/weeks.
Ruidiaz will be a much-needed addition. There are rumors that more moves are going to be made after the World Cup. Not sure when Roman Torres will get back since he had been injured during the final group stage game.
Sounders will play Wednesday, July 4th in Colorado.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
There it is! 👍
Will Bruin bags his first of the year to level things up in Kansas City.
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.
I’m very Happy! I was looking forward to this moment and it finally came, Want to thank my family and friends who supported me during all the time i was out of the field. Can’t wait to play again in front our amazing fans. Go @SoundersFC
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 Impact. Nicolas 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.
Despite a tough start to the season, the Sounders remain steadfast in the team’s ability to right the ship.
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.
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.
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.
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.