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Sounders Roll Past RSL to Advance to 3rd Western Conference Final In 4 Years

Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Ashley Savage // @savage_hart

The 2019 season hasn’t been pretty for the Seattle Sounders. The team has been ravaged by injuries, often lacking an identity on the pitch, and hasn’t had back to back victories since April. But if there’s one thing Seattle fans are learning, it’s that pretty doesn’t matter in the new single elimination playoff format. Win and you move on. And that’s exactly what the Seattle Sounders are doing right now.

Photo Credit: Jill Peck

With a quick four day turn-around after playing 120 minutes last Saturday, the Sounders were fired up Wednesday night in front of a home crowd of nearly 38,000 fans. The first half played to a stalemate with Real Salt Lake maintaining the majority of the possession, but the Sounders managing several quality shots on goal.

When play resumed for the second half, the Sounders were forced to make an early substitution as Roman Torres, who has been a powerful presence since returning from suspension, injured his hamstring in the 49th minute. DP center-back Xavier Arreaga replaced the Panamanian. As the second half progressed, so did Seattle’s intensity, accuracy, and dominance.

After Victor Rodriguez replaced Joevin Jones in the 62nd minute, the substitute made an offensive impact immediately. Only 2 minutes later, Nicolas Lodiero swung in a near-post ball from a corner-kick and found Gustav Svensson’s glorious, Swedish head for a fantastic flick in to the back of Real Salt Lake’s net. The Sounders celebrated feverishly, as did the fans packed into CenturyLink Field.

Photo Credit: Jill Peck

Fifteen minutes later, in the final ten minutes of regulation play, Gustav Svensson played a beautiful ball down the wing to Raul Ruidiaz, who found a streaking Nicolas Lodeiro. Lodeiro hammered in this golazo:

The captain celebrated jubilantly, as did every Sounders player and fan, knowing that with less than 10 minutes left and up 2-0, they were moving on to the Western Conference final for the 3rd time in four seasons.

Frustrations boiled over several minutes later as Everton Luiz picked up a red card for a nasty tackle on Svensson. Players from both teams came together and while Luiz took his time to leave the field, walking through Seattle’s bench and through the towering flags of the ECS, the final whistle blew to secure the Sounders another home playoff victory. Seattle will face the winner of El Traffico, which will be played Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 PM. The Sounders would host LA Galaxy next Tuesday at 7 PM or travel to LAFC on the same date and time, depending on the outcome of the LA derby.

Saying Farewell To A Legend

Photo Credit: Jill Peck

While the Sounders’ win advanced them to the next round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, there was another historic event that occurred as referee Alan Kelley blew the final whistle last night. Nick Rimando, an absolute legend of both MLS and the position of goalkeeper, concluded his final match. Rimando retires as the league leader in wins, shutouts, saves, games and minutes played. He won two MLS Cups with RSL and featured throughout the years with the US Men’s National Team. And from an outside perspective, he also seems to be an absolute class act human being.

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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:

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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. 

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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.

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A DAY FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS

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

By Kaitlyn O’Rourke 

Wednesday, July 21: 4-3 Win

The Seattle Sounders played a historic game Wednesday night. The game started out less than ideally for Seattle, but in the end, the Sounders became the first team in MLS League history to overcome a 3-0 deficit v DC United and win in regulation. *this was also the first Sounders game I’ve been able to go to in over a year. Coincidentally, the last game I went to was a Sounders 2-0 win over DC United in DC last year.

The Sounders were missing Stefan Frei and Ozzie Alonso to injuries and Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey, both on duty with the national team. They lined up as follows:

Tyler Miller

Brad Evans, Roman Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones

Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan

Aaron Kovar, Nicolas Lodeiro, Harry Shipp

Will Bruin

DC United scored in the 8th minute on a goal by DeShorn Brown, then again in the 27th minute. The Sounders were playing good soccer, but weren’t getting attacks off, and their defense and midfield had some weak spots dropping back.

Five minutes into the second half, DC United sunk the Sounders ship a little more and made it a three goal deficit. But, Will Bruin and the mighty Sounders fought back, and in the 51st minute, Bruin made it a 2 goal deficit.

Now CenturyLink Field was excited. Everyone knew that the Sounders could come back. 11 minutes later Brad Evans closed the gap a little bit more. Seattle still had 28 minutes to play and had all the momentum going.

Gustav Svensson picked a great time for his first MLS goal and tied it at three in the 74th minute. Just 4 minutes later, Cristian Roldan showed Bruce Arena and the USMNT exactly what they were missing and scored the Sounders 4th goal on the night and sunk DC United’s ship into the Puget Sound.

*Nicolas Lodeiro picked Cristian Roldan up after he scored and it was adorable

Unfortunately, Seattle’s party was spoiled a little by Nicolas Lodeiro being sent off in the 89th minute with a red card for violent content. Lodeiro will miss the game against San Jose Earthquakes Sunday.

Fun Facts/Notes/Stats:

  • Seattle scored 4 goals in 27 minutes to complete their second half comeback
  • Seattle is above the red line(YAY!!) and tied for 4th in the west with PDX and Vancouver
  • The Sounders have a total of 27 points on the season with a record of 7-7-6
  • This was the largest comeback in club history
  • Will Bruin and Clint Dempsey now both have 7 goals on the season
  • Evans and Svensson both got their 1st of the season
  • Cristian Roldan got his 3rd
  • 5th time in club history that SFC has had 4 or more different goal scorers in same game
  • 3rd time in club history that Sounders have scored 4 goals in a half
  • Wednesday night marked the debut of new signing Kelvin Leerdam, a Dutch RB
  • Seattle’s first 3 goals were scored within 15 minutes of each other, the second fastest time between goals in club history
  • Stefan Frei was selected for the MLS All-Star game, no other Sounders players were selected

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