February 2016

Fans calling for everyone's head
Posted by jschario on 02/29/16
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After such a storied history, and just after winning the long elusive tenth European championship, "La Decima," it must be especially hard to be a Real Madrid fan for the past two seasons. Immediately after reaching the pinnacle of European soccer, they sunk back into their definition of mediocrity. It should be noted that their medicrity is finishing second in the domestic league and reaching the semifinals of the Champions League. They've gone through a couple coaches, come up trophyless, been disqualified from their domestic cup competition and have failed to attract the big name "Galatico... Read More
Seattle soccer has brief but rich history
Posted by hawksinsider on 02/29/16
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The Seattle Sounders 2016 season is right around the corner. This article will highlight the teams brief but successful past and present. The Sounders team, or MLS soccer in Seattle, has been a dream since 1994. However, at the time, a suitable home for soccer in Seattle was not to be had.  Paul Allen eventually came along with interest in being part owner of a soccer team. He was in the process of beginning his ownership of the Seattle Seahawks NFL team, and was vital in securing the field that the MLS so desired. That is what is now their home Century link Field. With the issue of a field... Read More
Posted by jschario on 02/28/16
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It has been an eventful last few weeks for US Soccer, players rising, players falling and the Copa America draw among other goings on. Even some of the US of A's brightest and best players took a tumble on their foreign club teams, which would have been unthinkable if you managed to even read a headline during the last World Cup. That player who took said tumble is none other than the Secretary of Defense, goal keeper extraordinaire, Tim Howard. Howard fell victim to injury, with his knees ailing him and causing him to miss time starting at the beginning of February. Spanish 'keeper Joel... Read More
Plus new Sounders Facebook frames
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/27/16

As the start of the 2016 season nears, there’s lots of Seattle Sounders news flying around. Following the departure of Obafemi Martins last week, hopefully we’re in for some good news. For starters, CHI Franciscan Health has a cool series out called NW Healthy, and the first episode has been posted. It covers what players need to be fit before the season begins. You hear about how the men are tested throughout the season aerobically, as well as their speed power testing. It’s interesting to learn about how each player is rated (such as how Kovar has gone up every year) and how players may “... Read More
Does it matter?
Posted by jschario on 02/27/16
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Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid square off in another edition of the Madrid Derby, but with both teams barely within sight of Barcelona it begs the question, does it matter? In recent years the match had championship implications as well as pride. Now however it has been reduced to simply pride and a race for second.  Atleti sits eight points behind Barça and Real Madrid nine. The La Liga race is pretty much decided and right now both Madrid teams are playing for simple vanity at this point, as their best hope for a league town rest on the Catalan side falling victim to a sudden rash of... Read More
Shock and sorrow are no surprise
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/25/16

It does not come as a surprise to any Seattle Sounders fan that the loss of Obafemi Martins only ten days before the season begins has hit the Northwest hard. Some are saying that there is neither recovery for the team nor any hope for this season with Martins leaving on the heels of so many Sounder veterans. Some fans are calling Martins irreplaceable while others are miffed, believing that he sought greener pastures when he asked for a raise and was denied. Others say that he simply refused to follow the orders of Head Coach Sigi Schmid, with whom fans harbor strong ambivalent feelings.... Read More
Goodbye to Obafemi
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/23/16

If Sounders fans saw this coming, they probably would have been screaming at their TVs and computers as soon as they received wind of the news: Obafemi Martins, the Nigerian soccer star and crowd pleaser known for his incredible goals and even more spectacular reactions, has left Seattle for good. The speedy forward is now a member of the Chinese Super League, playing for the Shanghai Greenland Shenhua team. He is also still a member of the Nigeria national team—but he is no longer an official Sounder. He officially signed with Shanghai on February 18, 2016. Martins says that it’s all about... Read More
What they need to win the Champions League
Posted by jschario on 02/21/16
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It's fun to dream, which is exactly what Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid's title hopes are now. Or pipe dreams of you want to qualify them even further. Really it has been that way since Barcelona took the top spot in the league standings a few months ago, but now the burial plots has been picked and dug out. All they're waiting for are the bodies. Midweek Barcelona played an extra game to put them on par with the rest of the league. Thus their lead increased to six over second-place Atlético. Then Saturday Barcelona traveled to the Canary Islands for a match against Las Palmas, who are... Read More
Designs available by Stephen Frei
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/19/16

You already know Stefan Frei as the goaltender for the Seattle Sounders, but did you know that he also has a huge creative side? If you are a longtime fan, you probably already know that. Last year, he designed a beautiful match day poster for the Sounders game against San Jose. Dubbed Posters by the People, the design was hailed as a fun and playful piece with a dark twist that fit the teams perfectly. Although he created the piece digitally, he is also talented with simple pencil and paper. Frei is also known for his incredible tattoo work, where his body is his canvas. This year, Frei has... Read More
Primary and third kit photos available
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/17/16

The Seattle Storm is not the only team bringing out style changes this year. The Seattle Sounders have announced their new kits for 2016 and they are very stylish. Did you know that adidas does not create the uniforms all on their own? They receive input from the teams and ask for ideas, thoughts and opinions to begin a collaborative process. Then prototypes are made, modified and finalized. This year, there is a classic soccer silhouette contrast sleeve on the jersey. An embossed “S” runs across the entire panel to show texture and an “iconic legacy,” according to adidas. The “S” stands for... Read More
Meet the team at Queen Anne Beerhall
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/16/16

The Seattle Sounders are a big deal no matter where you are from. Between four championships, some of the best players in MLS and a team that really cares about the Seattle community, it’s no wonder why any fan would love to spend time with the men on the team. Now is your chance to meet up with the Rave Green when they host a meet and greet opportunity at Queen Anne Beerhall. It is a fun promo to help highlight the team’s new mobile app. Here’s how it works. You download the Sounders FC mobile app, which has a bunch of benefits on its own. You can download and print tickets from it, share... Read More
Three La Liga teams try to get past the quarterfinals
Posted by jschario on 02/16/16
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It's been a while since we have had some top flight European competition to enjoy, but that changes this week. Tuesday marks the start of the quarterfinals stage of the UEFA Champions League competition with three Spanish teams looking to advance. Spain's top three teams Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid play PSV Eindhoven, Arsenal and Roma respectively. Real Madrid kick off the Spanish slate of the Champions League, traveling to Rome where they face a Roma team starting to recover from a terrible start. In Real Madrid, Roma drew the toughest opponent, as Zinedine Zidane's men are... Read More
Enter to have a chance to volunteer with the team
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/13/16

As a Seattle Sounders fan, you already know how much good the team does for the community without even mentioning tourism and sports. The team is always doing amazing projects to help improve the area and make the world a happier, healthier place—whether it’s aiding Seattle Humane with programs like Putting for Pets or helping out at the Ronald McDonald House Charities. During the Sounders FC Champions League quarterfinal match versus Club America, the team will be working on community building activities once again, and they are offering fans a chance to get involved, too. They will be... Read More
Posted by jschario on 02/13/16

US Soccer is a strange scene right now, with many of the national team's stars coming back stateside to play in the MLS, even with offers from big European clubs on the table. On the other end of the spectrum, young American stars are leaving the MLS for big time opportunities in Europe. Case and point, established men's national team stars Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey came to the MLS from a couple of Europe's biggest clubs in the world's top flight leagues. Bradley came to Toronto FC from Roma in Italy's Serie A, and US team captain Dempsey was playing for London outfit Tottenham FC... Read More
Join Brad Evans in this fun charity event
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/12/16

When Brad Evans comes to mind, what do you immediately think about? Probably soccer. Maybe the Seattle Sounders. But what about humanitarian? It should come to mind for fans who know Evans well. He was voted Humanitarian of the Year by the Sounders in 2015, and he was a runner up for the same award throughout the entire MLS. Evans is widely known for his charitable efforts, particularly those surrounding animals. He and his wife are self-described animal lovers and they believe in speaking for creatures that don’t have a voice of their own. That’s why they both hope that the people of Seattle... Read More
Posted by jschario on 02/11/16
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Last weekend should have been one that produced a whole entire SportsCenter Top 10 plays, as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid were playing against two sides that will be lucky to stave off relegation this campaign. However it turned out the two power clubs largely played down to the level of their opponents, both escaping with a win although with slimmer margins than expected. Both squads were on the road with Barcelona in Andalucia to play Levante and Real Madrid also in the province to play Granada.  League leaders Barcelona went up early thanks to a fairly lucky goal that deflected... Read More
Are you ready?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/08/16

The Sounders are gearing up to take on Mexican side Celaya FC tomorrow. The game will be live streaming from Tucson, Arizona on the Sounders website, so you can watch from anywhere with wifi. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine a day when it was easy to miss a game just by not being home, traveling or even having the TV out. Rave Green is going for its first game of the official season in just about two weeks, so this will give us a chance to see how the team is really stacking up with so many newbies on board. It will be the team’s third preseason game. It also sounds like we may get to see... Read More
Find out who’s no longer on the team
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 02/06/16

After the drastic number of cuts the Seattle Sounders made last fall, it’s easy to breathe deep and think that your favorite player is now safe and sound with training well underway. That said, any fan knows that cuts can be made any time—even during the training season. And it is with a heavy heart that many fans received this news: Anthony Wallace and Ben Speas will not be returning with the Sounders this season. S2 player Sergio Mota was also cut. Anthony Wallace, an MLS Cup winning defender, and Ben Speas, an NCAA champion midfielder, will both be missed on the team. Fans will remember... Read More
Posted by jschario on 02/06/16
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To the naked eye, this weekend's soccer slate in Spain may lack the drama and storylines we have seen in past weeks. La Liga's top three teams face teams of seemingly lesser quality. League leaders Barcelona face bottom dwellers Levante, Real Madrid travel south to face a Granada side they have absolutely dominated in recent years and Atlético Madrid face Eibar at home. Although of the three, second-place Atlético will surely face a stiff test from an Eibar team that has surprised many behind a staunch defense.  In recent weeks Diego Simeone's team surely have suffered a shot to their... Read More
A-Z guide with players to watch for
Posted by hawksinsider on 02/05/16
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The 2016 schedule is underway with the Sounders currently playing some exhibition matches in preparation for the 2016 season. The Rave offer plenty of soccer superstars to behold and have added some exciting players as well... Here is the 2016 current Sounders roster: Tony Alfaro- Defender (unsigned) Emir Alihodzic- Midfielder (unsigned) Osvaldo Alonso #6- mid Andy Craven #99- Forward Clint Dempsey #2- for (designated player) Brad Evans #3- def/mid Michael Farfan #12- mid Oniel Fisher #81- mid/def Stefan Frei #24- Goalkeeper Erik Friberg #8- mid Andreas Ivanschitz #23- mid Darwin Jones #17-... Read More
Mega-club Chelsea picks up American Matt Miazga
Posted by jschario on 02/03/16
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It's now February and the January transfer window has closed, but not without some big-time transfers taking place in the closing days. Major League Soccer came out net zero almost, losing a rising star to the English Premier League, while bringing in a European international from Italy's Serie A. First the departure, NY Red Bulls 6-foot-3 defender Matt Miazga was bought for an undisclosed amount by EPL giant Chelsea. Just 20-years-old, Miazga had a breakout year in 2015 making 30 appearances for a Red Bulls team that made a deep run in the MLS playoffs. Born in Clifton, NJ Miazga was a "home... Read More
Seattle Sounders FC 2016 Roster and Scedule
Posted by hawksinsider on 02/03/16
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Photo contributed by flickr/creativecommons After a solid 2015 campaign, the Sounders look to come back with a vengeance in 2016. Just missing the Western Conference Championship certainly leaves a bitter taste in the player's, and fan's, mouths. In the end of the 2015 regular season, the Sounders finished with 44 gf, 36 ga, and 51 overall pts. This left them in 4th place in the Western conference, but they were as hot as any team going into the playoffs. Their road came to an end at the hand of FC Dallas in a very heated back and forth contest. It took regular time, an extra period, and... Read More
Is CR7 back?
Posted by jschario on 02/01/16
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La Liga had its biggest weekend of soccer thus far in the second half both on and off the pitch. First, the January transfer window closed Sunday without any of the big teams making any sort of splash. Unless you consider Real Madrid loaning out bench player and Russian international Denis Cheryshev out to Valencia as a splash. Other big news off the pitch as it pertains to former Spain international and Barcelona manager extraordinaire Pep Guardiola. Monday morning it was announced that Guardiola would be headed to the English Premier League to coach Manchester City. Chilean Manuel... Read More