March 2016

U.S. Team Files Action
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/31/16

Did you know that there is a huge difference between the amount of money that the U.S. women's national soccer team and men’s team make? You could argue that there are glaring disparities between all men and women’s sports; the NBA versus the WNBA is a huge example. But according to USSF's 2015 financial report, the women’s team actually brought in a whopping $20 million more than the men’s team. Yet the women continue to make four times less than the men. For example, if the women’s team emerged victorious after 20 friendlies, they would make $99,000. For the same work, the men’s team would... Read More
Real Madrid is 10 points off the lead, but it does have more than pride to play for
Posted by jschario on 03/31/16
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The second edition of El Clasico for the 2015-16 season is coming up this Saturday between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, but with Barcelona up 10 points on third place Madrid, and nine poinits clear of second place Atletico Madrid, does this match mean anything? Is Real Madrid playing for anything more than pride? The answers are yes, and yes. For the first question, this edition is the first for Zinedine Zidane as the head honcho for Real Madrid. Therefore Saturday will be crucial for setting the tone for the rest of his tenure as manager of Madrid and to test his practices against the... Read More
Plus a big win over Guatemala
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/30/16

Not only did the United States National Team have a huge victory over Guatemala in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, but that victory was massive. The final score was 4-0, much to the celebration of U.S. fans. Sounders fans were especially excited to see this match because Clint Dempsey made his 14th career goal in World Cup qualifying matches, an historic goal scored during the 12th minute of the match. What Seattle fans are especially excited about is that Dempsey’s goal puts him even closer to the all-time high for the USMNT. He has a... Read More
International spot opens up
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/29/16

The Seattle Sounders announced some big news today. Tyrone Mears, the English professional footballer who is a right back on the Sounders team as an international player, is no longer such a player. He now has a green card. Mears started in 33 games for the Sounders last season, scoring a single goal and making three assists. He has made 35 appearances on the team in all. Although he was born in Stockport, England, he is no longer considered an international player on the team—which means that the Sounders now have a spot open for another international player. So the question is, who will... Read More
Rematch on Tuesday
Posted by jschario on 03/27/16
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With leagues around the world taking a break for World Cup qualifiers, a fair share of big time national teams stumbled against supposedly inferior opponents. Starting close to home, the US Men's National Team lost to Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier for the first time ever. Right out the gate, the Americans were not as sharp as they needed to be, allowing two goals within the first 15 minutes of play. After that they were never able to recover and ended up losing by those two goals, 2-0.  Somewhat luckily, the US immediately have another shot at Guatemala, with a rematch set for Tuesday... Read More
The team wishes their fans a happy holiday
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/27/16

The Seattle Sounders didn’t have a match this weekend, but plenty of the athletes raised their heads to express fan appreciation or to wish everyone a happy Easter holiday weekend. The Seattle Reign FC, on the other hand, DOES have a match this Easter Sunday so be sure to check in if you’re not already attending the game in Portland. The Seattle Sounders wish them luck and we cheer them on as well. Dylan Remick simply tweeted “Happy Easter!” but he followed his message with two cute rabbit emojis and an Instagram photo of himself with his family. It’s always fun to see what the players do off... Read More
Team breaks the Internet with cute dog pics
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/25/16

Every now and then you have to laugh at the goofy antics of our favorite athletes. It’s no surprise that the men of the Seattle Sounders love their dogs; Brad Evans is even well known for his deep love of animals. He and his wife are big animal welfare enthusiasts. Evans himself hosts the Putts for Pets benefit each year to benefit Seattle Humane, which won him the Humanitarian of the Year Award last year. On National Puppy Day, the Sounders took to social media to celebrate their love of furry four-legged creatures. They did the same thing last fall during National Dog Day, but these are all... Read More
Hercules Gomez is back
Posted by InsideSeattleBa... on 03/24/16

Seattle Sounders fans, who remembers Hercules Gomez? He has not been a player in the Seattle area for 13 years now, so the younger fans may not recall the player. He has played for 13 clubs, including international clubs in Canada and Mexico. Gomez is celebrating his return with fan photos, social media exuberance and lots of fun, which Seattle can frankly use right now after a series of losses. Gomez sounds pretty excited about being back on the team. He says, “It’s good; it’s nostalgic. I was 20 last time I was here.” Well, this does seem to be the year of nostalgia, so maybe he is just... Read More
Final score is 2-1
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/22/16

Even though the Seattle Sounders were once again the team to dominate the field for most of the day on Saturday, and even though it seemed as though the match was easily in their hands, they lost to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC with a 2-1 loss. As close as it was, it ain’t horseshoes, and no one is pleased to report that it’s the third match in a row that they’ve lost, resulting in a pretty dismal start to the season. Sigi Schmid is in the front of the line of disappointed people. “Not pleased with the result. I thought we controlled the majority of game. I thought we were the team that was on... Read More
Real Madrid able to close gap
Posted by jschario on 03/20/16

Just when you were wondering whether or not FC Barcelona would drop points in the final 2 months of the Spanish domestic league season, Villarreal come in and take a point away. Playing on their home field, Villarreal were able to to battle back from a 2-0 halftime deficit, ending the match in a 2-2 tie. Ivan Rakitic and Neymar's "Panenka" penalty kick gave the visitors an early lead, but Villarreal battled back with a goal from Cedric Bakambu. Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu shot himself in the foot so to speak, allowing Villarreal to tie the game by committing an own goal. Villarreal have... Read More
Will you be there?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/19/16

Today is the day: the Seattle Sounders are set to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at the CenturyLink Field. While the Seattle Sounders have been posting videos about “moving mountains” on social media regarding today’s game against the Whitecaps, some fans sound pretty bitter and pessimistic about the game. On social media, some even told the team to not get too far ahead of themselves and to just focus on at least scoring once during the game. Ouch. Others have taken to mocking Head Coach Sigi Schmid from the perspective of other teams, saying things like, “Oh, is Schmid still your coach?... Read More
Sounders team up with Special Olympics
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/18/16

Chances are that you know someone in your life that has a different set of abilities than you do. That does not make this person any less of an athlete than you are; in fact, many of the best athletes in the world today have disabilities, ranging from intellectual delays to physical impairments and many conditions that combine the two. Sports and fitness are for people of all abilities, shapes and sizes, and the Seattle Sounders are setting out to prove it this month. The men of the Sounders are teaming up with Microsoft and the Special Olympics for a special event called Upgrade Your Game.... Read More
Seattle Sounders FC Academy is on a roll
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/16/16

All four Seattle Sounders FC Academy teams are on a roll lately. Perhaps their winning luck will rub off on the Sounders themselves this weekend and break their losing streak. So far, the teams have a combined eight wins and one draw for a total of nine excellent games played very well during this season. The teams are unbeaten so far and if they keep it up, many of them will end up becoming Homegrown Players someday and play for the Sounders FC MLS team. The U-14 and U-15 sides are doing the best so far, with five wins in five matches, while the older Academy players have had three wins and... Read More
Where will you be on Saturday?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/15/16

It has been a long, drawn out week already, but there are still three days to go until the next match for the Rave Green. Do you have Seattle Sounders tickets for this Saturday’s game? It will be against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at the CenturyLink Field. The game starts at 7:00. You can get seats as low as $30 a pop in the 100 Level Seating. Club seats (with club access) are $71 per ticket and the family section is $43 per ticket. Remember that there is no alcohol allowed in this section. The 200 level seats also cost $48 and General Admission is just $39. Don’t forget that there are... Read More
Barcelona, up 2-0 likely to get through Wednesday
Posted by jschario on 03/15/16
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This week marks the second week of the second leg matches for the Champions League round of 16. Real Madrid was the first Spanish team to get through to the quarters, with another 2-0 win over Roma, albeit an unconvincing one. Atlético Madrid won on aggregate after surviving a 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven Tuesday. Barcelona is the last team to play their second leg, but they have not lost a match since October, are up 2-0, and will be playing in the friendly confines of the Camp Nou. Basically, it's a done deal they will be joining the Madrid teams in the quarterfinals. Real Madrid have had... Read More
Luckily most are not very serious
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/14/16

After the many injuries that the Seattle Sounders have already suffered at the beginning of the season, this is not the kind of news you want to hear. And it’s especially distressing because it is none other than midfielder Erik Friberg with an MCL strain in his right knee. Most fans agree that the Rave Green is especially vulnerable in the midfield right now and this news just thins out what strength we have there already. His injury occurred during the 14th minute during last weekend’s match against Real Salt Lake during a tackle after Jordan Allen. Sometimes you have to wonder at a yellow... Read More
Final score is 2-1
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/12/16

After losing their first home match of the season last week, the Seattle Sounders have another loss for the 2016 season under their belt as of today. Real Salt Lake took this victory at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, with Jamison Olave scoring the winning goal during the 85th minute of the game. RSL’s Sunny scored the first goal. Seattle’s only goal was scored by Osvaldo Alonso, and while many are asking why it took him four years on the team to score a goal, you have to remember—we used to have Martins and Dempsey doing the majority of that. Would you agree that Dempsey is... Read More
Buy tickets for the May game
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/11/16

Former Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani is known for many things, but the annual Zakuani & Friends Charity Match is one of his most current achievements. Zakuani hosts the event at Starfire Sports. He says, "When I played for the Sounders, I loved playing at CenturyLink Field, but a game at Starfire was always special. It's a more intimate environment, the crowd is right there near the field.” That is one of the many reasons why fans should get tickets to the game, which will be occurring on Sunday, May 15 this year. Another great reason to head to the game is to see the soccer stars you... Read More
Sounders add in Tony Alfaro
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/10/16

Back in January, the Seattle Sounders announced that they signed on Tony Alfaro as their first MLS Draft pick. Alfaro, 22, the 27th overall draft pick of the season, is now being added to the team’s roster, playing center back for the Sounders. Sounders GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey says that the move is a strategic one. “We’re pleased to add a talented player like Tony to our roster as the 2016 season gets going. He’s obviously a player we liked in the draft when we selected him and we’re looking forward to continuing his development.” The team says that Alfaro’s center back... Read More
Opener ends with score of 0-1
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/09/16

After weeks of nonstop buildup and buzzing excitement, Sunday’s loss was a heavy one for Seattle Sounders fans on so many levels. In eight MLS season openers, the Sounders have only lost three times, making it feel unlucky right off the bat. After defender Oniel Fisher was given a red card, the entire match just blew apart. The Sounders were able to stay in the game, giving it what they had to give, but Sporting Kansas City made the only goal of the day when defender Nuno Andre Coelho scored with a right-footed shot, winning the game for SKC during the 72nd minute of the game. He scored just... Read More
Barcelona scores 4, Real Madrid 7
Posted by jschario on 03/06/16
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None of the top three in La Liga faced each other this weekend, and they are all tuning up for another week of Champions League matches, this being their second leg. League leaders FC Barcelona showed no signs of slowing down with four goals against Eibar, second-place Atlético Madrid went down to Valencia and puled out a 3-1 win and finally Real Madrid started out the weekend fun with a whopping seven; with four coming from Cristiano Ronaldo. Starting with the leaders Barcelona, who traveled to Basque Country to face Eibar. Eibar while traditionally a team with a small budget and swining... Read More
How to get the goods
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/06/16

Whether you are planning on going to the opener today, you have season tickets for the entire year or you just want to make good on the one game you have tickets for, there are always Seattle Sounder promos to be had. If you want a deal on a pizza, haircut, French fries and lots of other things in the Seattle area, be sure to incorporate these fun promos with your ticket stubs. At Great Clips, you can get a free haircut any time the Sounders score three goals during a home match. Make sure your location is participating before you try to bank in on the deal. Museum Quality Framing is offering... Read More
Tips, deals and Sounders info for season opener
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/05/16

Going to the big season opener tomorrow against Sporting Kansas City? It’s going to be at the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field at 4:00 PST. If you can’t be there (and it WILL be the place to be tomorrow afternoon), rest assured that you can still listen live via a number of stations, including FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, KIRO Radio 97. 3 FM and El Rey 1360 AM. The Sounders have released a few tips for fans attending the game, including the advice to get there early! Between pre-game festivities (the pre-party at THE NINETY, complete with wine and beer sales, will start at 1:30) and fans in... Read More
Sounders announce the move to NY Cosmos
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/04/16

It’s not his first time, either. Jimmy Ockford was just sent to the New York Cosmos as a loaner for the season again from the Seattle Sounders. This will be Ockford’s third time being loaned to the Cosmos, leading fans to question whether he should just join the team. In some ways, after all, it seems as if New York has seen more of Ockford than Seattle has. Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese said that he was pleased about the loan. “His energy and competitiveness make him a great option for us defensively. Jimmy fit in well with this team a couple seasons ago, and we’... Read More
Oalex Anderson joins the team
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/03/16

Remember when Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid and company cut a huge chunk of the team last year to go leaner and meaner? Well, maybe not so much leaner and meaner, but definitely younger and hungrier. Well, the Powers That Be are continuing that trend as they scramble to meet the salary cap requirement following the sudden departure of Oba Martins. They have selected Oalex Anderson to join the team. Anderson, 20, signed on with S2 and is now joining the MLS just six days before the big home opener on Sunday. Born on November 11, 1995, Anderson is from St. Vincent and the Grenadines... Read More
The 2016 season begins on Sunday
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/02/16

Fans are feeling a bit blue rather than rave green today due to the Sounders loss in Mexico earlier today. Some are wondering where, exactly, the focus went, while others are woe is me-ing it up over the lack of Oba Martins, who just left the team a week before the season begins. Yes, we lost 3-1 in a matter of moments, but we did hang in there and the team was able to show off its new format, which will hopefully become a refined and well practiced move well before the end of the season. And speaking of the season, there is something to look forward to around the corner. On Sunday, the... Read More
How you can help the Sounders
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 03/01/16

The Seattle Sounders are not only loved for their prowess on the field, but also their heart. They are huge philanthropists and inspiring members of the Seattle community, but that generosity extends much farther than Seattle. While many fans enjoy how the team uses Seattle Street Soccer, among other programs, to benefit the community by engaging with and aiding homeless youth in the Seattle area, they may not be aware of the fact that the team participates in similar programs outside the country to continue the inspiration and support. Sounders Director of Community Relations Roger Levesque... Read More