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Bruin Brace Helps Sounders Stay Undefeated


Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Ashley Savage // @savage_hart

With the absence of Ruidiaz for the second straight week hanging over the Sounders starting XI like a pesky cumulonimbus cloud, Will Bruin came up huge bagging two goals as Seattle defeated Toronto 3-2 on Saturday.

Toronto rolled in to CenturyLink Field missing two of their starting defenders and starting goalkeeper, but with two of the highest paid DPs in MLS in Jozy Altidore (5m)  and Michael Bradley (6.5m) and the most talked about early season signing, Alejandro Pozuelo.


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Toronto and the Sounders are old friends at this point having split the success of two MLS Cups and showing no love lost after either of those games. Nearly 38,000 (another turnout on the lower end for the Sounders) turned out Saturday afternoon to watch the Sounders beat their old MLS Cup rivals off of a Will Bruin brace and a rocket by Cristian Roldan.

The game got off to a disappointing start for Seattle, who saw a wide open Jozy Altidore head home a cross from Pozuelo in the 13th minute. The crowd grew silent, aside from boos for the former/occasional US National Team striker. In the 24th minute, much to the joy of the Sounders faithful, Bruin slotted home a diving hider off a deflected cross from Brad Smith to bring Seattle even at 1-1.


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Starting the second half still deadlocked, Seattle found the advantage of possession and offensive pressure. In the 66th minute, the pressure paid off as Bruin knocked in another cross from Smith to put Seattle up 2-1. Two minutes later, Cristian Roldan roofed a laser finish to give the Sounders a two goal cushion of 3-1. Not to be quieted easily, Altidore and Pozuelo connected once more in the 70th minute to give Toronto their second and final goal, ending the game 3-2.


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First of Several Challenges

Toronto came in to CenturyLink undefeated and left with their first loss, but they were only the first of two undefeated teams the Sounders will face in April. Thanks to the genius that is MLS scheduling, Seattle faces LAFC two times in seven days both home and away. The Black and Gold have been extremely dominant to begin the 2019 season and are the only team ahead of Seattle in the Western Conference.

They also feature a star forward named Carlos Vela, who has been tearing teams apart all across the country the past month and shows no sign of slowing down. Bob Bradley has his team playing just how he’d like, except for a few injuries, and the results have been undeniably dominant. While the Sounders survived TFC at home, facing LAFC two times in seven days will be a real test.

Brad Smith is Really Good

Brad Smith is really good at soccer. I’m not sure if people nationally are noticing it, except for Stu Holden:

But he’s contributing both offensively and defensively like no other left-back in the league right now. A healthy Brad Smith could be just the key the Sounders need to make a solid postseason run.

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Seattle continue best start in franchise history with 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake


Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Ashley Savage // @savage_hart

It was El Capitan to the rescue once again in Seattle. Nicolas Lodeiro bagged the only goal of the game early in the first half to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win at home over Western Conference rival, Real Salt Lake.

The Sounders started the game with a lineup adjustment as Raul Ruidiaz was held out of the 18 due to a knock he sustained in the Vancouver game the previous week. Ruidiaz had been limited in training and head coach Brian Schmetzer had stated he would be a game-time decision. However, with 3 games on the schedule in only a 6-day span, Ruidiaz clearly needed the rest.


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MLS veteran (and new dad!) Will Bruin replaced Ruidiaz; he put in a solid shift frustrating the RSL defenders and contributing great give-and-go plays with his teammates.

After again pressuring heavily from kick-off—a season staple so far for the Sounders—both Jordan Morris and Victor Rodriguez had good looks at goal early. Appeals for a penalty
were shouted in the 10th minute after Rodriguez was taken down heavily, but referee Nima Saghafi would not be swayed.


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After 18 minutes of consistent attacking, it was the captain, Nicolas Lodeiro, who scored an absolute stunner with a thunderous volley that flew past Nick Rimando. Cristian Roldan also grabbed his first assist of the year on the service to Lodeiro.


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No highlight reel efforts graced either team the remainder of the game, and the Sounders held on to their 1-0 lead at home. They remain unbeaten as they prepare to face the Colorado Rapids on the road this Wednesday before greeting old MLS Cup rivals, Toronto FC, back at CenturyLink on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.

Another road game followed by a tough home match-up will be a solid test for the Sounders, especially with Ruidiaz’s status unclear and Victor Rodriguez being subbed relatively early the past few games as a precaution. With 13 points out of a possible 15 so far this season, the Sounders will definitely be pushing to continue building on their best start in franchise history.

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2-minute recap of Seattle vs LA

Abigail Gerken - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Abigail Gerken // @abigailgerken22

Sunday, September 23: 3-0 Loss

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 Ola Kamara 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.

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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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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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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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Oh, Happy Days

Jennifer Denton - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Jennifer Denton // @darkwynds

Tuesday, July 4: 1-3 Loss

It has been an insane couple weeks for the Seattle Sounders.  Two weeks ago we had that miserable game in New York, then the Orlando game that felt like a loss with the goal in the dying minute of the game.  Then we had the Portland game when we go down a goal, and a player, only to come back at the death – so a draw that feels like a win.  We come to last Tuesday, the 4th of July game. 

Colorado Rapids have not been the same since last year when the Sounders faced them in the Western Conference Final.  To start the night, Colorado was below us in the standings, both of us below the red line.  The Sounders started the game short-handed.  We only had 5 players on the bench due to international duty, injuries and suspension.  I would love to have a full roster at some point during this season, but that is a discussion for another day.  We have signed a new player but he is not eligible until July 10th

One would think this would be a horrible game, but actually, it was a great game… for the most part. 

The game starts fast, and the Sounders are moving the ball really well.  It seems like they have actually made progress.   This is a nice change of pace.    In the 6’, Clint Dempsey scores an awesome goal with the assist coming from Jovein.  From there, game goes downhill quick. 

In the 13 minute, Ozzie is taken down by a heavy challenge.  He needs help off the field and is replaced by Kovar.  It gets worse from there.  In the 22nd minute, Chad Marshall goes down hard and has to come out, with an ankle injury.  So even with having a goal lead and Colorado defense being less than stellar, I think all Sounder fans were really nervous.  But the Sounders seem to fight even harder as the game goes on.  Will Bruin gets a stunner of a goal in the 30th minute.  We head into halftime up 2 – 0. 

 

The Sounders come out fighting in the second half.  This has been the best the Sounders have looked in a long time.  Maybe things are turning around.  Kovar comes close to scoring.  Of course, with our patched together defense, can’t stop everything.  Colorado starts to push a lot and finally in the 78th minute they get a goal.  Stefan Frei then has a save that might give The Save a run for its money.  Finally, in the 85th minute, Dempsey scores an amazing goal that seals the game. 

Overall, this was a very good game.  There were ups and downs but, finally, we come home with 3 points and we are back above the red line. 

I am really glad we have 2 weeks off so our players can heal and be ready for a push to the playoffs.  The next game is Saturday, July 8 with a friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Next MLS game is July 19th at home against DC United

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