April 2016

Download or print it for the match
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/29/16

Whether you are attending Saturday’s Seattle Sounders match against the Columbus Crew SC or just following along from home, you can go ahead and download your match day program now to find out all of the details about the game. The match begins at 1:00 PM on the Century Link field, but coverage starts at 12:30 if you want to start tuning in from home, work or wherever you will be while the match is on. There are several places you can watch or listen to the game, from JOEtv and ROOT Sports or KIRO 97.3 FM and El Rey 1360AM. Is it your first time using the digital PDF program? It runs 33 pages... Read More
Everything you need to know about Saturday’s match
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/28/16

Saturday’s match is quickly approaching. Are you ready to see the Seattle Sounders take on the Columbus Crew on April 20 at the Century Link Field? The match starts at 1:00 PM PT but officials say that it is a very good idea to get there early due to traffic and festivities if you want to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the match. That is one piece of news that fans should keep in mind as they prepare to don their Rave Green and head to the field this weekend. Something else they should think about, however, is that Sounders Captain Brad Evans will be notably absent from this match.... Read More
Would you like to be a member?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/27/16

Have you or someone you know ever wanted to be a member of the Sounders FC Alliance Council? Established in 2008, the Council members “will serve as a liaison between Alliance members and the ownership group and represent Alliance members in matters impacting their match day experience.” The duties do not require a huge time commitment every month, but they do demand time management skills as well as the ability to be discreet about sensitive and confidential matters within the council that may not be available to the public. You can only nominate a person for council if you are a season... Read More
Posted by jschario on 04/27/16
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It's almost as if we have seen this played out before, and that is because we sort of have. Both of Madrid's top soccer teams looked impressive in their Champions League semifinal firt leg matches this week, although only one comes away with an aggregate advantage.  Playing in their friendly confines of the Vicente Calderon on the banks of the Rio Manzanares in the Spanish capital, Club Atlético de Madrid played as anyone would expect them to. They closed the gaps on Bayern Munich, who altough maintained possession for a majority of the match, found little chances to score. Diego Simeone has... Read More
An important part of player recovery
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/26/16

Gone are the days when players were expected to be back on the field immediately following an injury and a couple of rounds of physical therapy. Today professional athletes are given much better care before, during and after the season, with extra care for recovery from injuries. From cleaner, leaner diets to Eastern-inspired workouts, many athletes have a whole body and mind connection as a goal while they tone up and heal. Everyone from LeBron James to Patrick Peterson swears by yoga as a healthy part of a fitness practice. The Seattle Sounders, for example, are now known for their yoga... Read More
Team works with Washington Green Schools
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/24/16

While the Seattle Sounders may have suffered a loss this past weekend in terms of a bust of a match, they did happen to score a win for the environment. As a part of Impact Seattle, “a collection of events that focus on supporting the greater Seattle community,” they hosted the MLS WORKS Greener Goals Week of Service. All 20 teams in the US are working together to help make their communities more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, and the Sounders started in on the project this past weekend. Working with Washington Green Schools, the Sounders worked on planting at B.F. Day Elementary... Read More
Final score is 3-1
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/23/16

The Seattle Sounders took on the Colorado Rapids at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Saturday and lost. Although Jordan Morris was able to score his second goal of the season and his career, the team failed to score again and lost 3-1 to the Rapids. Morris’s goal occurred during the 63red minute of the game.  The Sounders are now 0-2 for on the road games and back to losing after just winning or drawing for their past four matches for the 2016 season. Two of the Rapids’ goals were scored by Jermaine Jones and Luis Solignac. The former scored in the 20th minute... Read More
Posted by jschario on 04/23/16
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This next week will prove to be a formidable test for the Spanish league’s top three teams. All three are playing match midweek and over the weekend, testing their fitness just in time for the stretch run. For Madrid’s top two teams Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, adding to their fitness challenge will be their semifinal Champions League matches against Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively. The team they are both chasing, Barcelona, somewhat fortunately do not have to worry about another competition, especially after they have had fatigue issues of their own in recent weeks.... Read More
Rookie makes his rounds
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/21/16

Over the past week, Jordan Morris has been making his rounds around the community, being seen and heard as a new Seattle Sounders player while meeting his fans. On Wednesday morning, for example, he spent some time at the KeyArena celebrating WE Day Seattle. WE Day is an annual celebration that highlights how local youths make a difference in their communities though volunteerism, community service and other projects, and this year he was accompanied by WNBA legend Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm team. More than 15,000 teachers and students were in attendance during the event on Wednesday when... Read More
How Seattle is stacking up for this weekend’s match
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/20/16

The Colorado Rapids are on a roll this season. At third place, they outrank Seattle by five, which is a pretty big turnaround from last year when Seattle was in a more successful spot while Colorado trailed behind. Will this weekend’s match help Seattle move a bit forward? Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid says that Colorado is pretty self-assured right now. They’re a team obviously that’s very confident right now. They’ve won all their home games, so they’re a team that’s very confident. They’re at a different end of the table than they’ve found themselves over the last couple of years... Read More
Plus Roldan Meet and Greet
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/19/16

Have you earmarked at least five Sounders matches to attend this season? If you have, why not use a discount and get each ticket at a cheaper rate than you normally would? There are 5 Match Packs on sale at the Seattle Sounders website now for just $125. That is only $25 per game, which is a big steal! All of the games take place at the CenturyLink Field. The 5 Match Packs do have some minor restrictions. For example, you are limited to six tickets per purchase, so if you buy more than that, you will not receive the discount. You are also limited to one order per person, so you will have to... Read More
Lose sole possession of first place
Posted by jschario on 04/18/16
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Just when you thought Barcelona might be facing the perfect opponent for getting back on their feet, they went from on their knees to lying flat on their faces. Facing a team that is crawling out of a downward spiral of their own in Gary Neville's Valencia, the Catalans gave up three points, losing 2-1. Not all was negative, as Lionel Messi ended his scoreless drought by scoring Barcelona's only goal. Fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano turned in a fine defensive performance, although it was not enough to keep a cross from deflecting of Ivan Rakitic's foot and into goal. Messi scored his 500th... Read More
A second solid victory for the season
Posted by SeattleHockeyInsider on 04/17/16

The Seattle Sounders celebrated a big victory on Saturday. The match was against the Philadelphia Union and it took place at the CenturyLink Field. The final score was 2-1. Nearly 40,000 fans were in attendance of the match. Chad Marshall scored again and fans were just as ecstatic about the goal as they were the previous match. Rookie Jordan Morris also successfully scored his first MLS goal and was beside himself with excitement over the momentous day in his career. Philadelphia’s single goal was made by Sebastien Le Toux. When asked about his first big moment on the team, Morris said, “I’m... Read More
Enjoy your next match in style
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/16/16

Have you ever been a Sounders FC full season suite owner for a match or even a full season? There are so many perks to be had by when you choose premium seating at a Seattle Sounders game. Fans cite the great views of the game as the main reason why you should purchase suites, but there are lots of other reasons why, too. You get complimentary reserved parking passes, which means you don’t have to leave early to get the best spots like most fans have to do. You also get exclusive club level access as well as the lofts and your own private entrance to your suite. Suite owners get invited to... Read More
Wear your gear to get free goodies
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/15/16

If you have visited the Seattle Sounders website this week, you know that there are all kinds of things happening. From charity events to excitement over the next match, there is news every day in the Emerald City. One piece of news that you may be interested in, especially if you are the parent of a soccer loving kid, is that Chipotle is offering youth who play soccer freebies this weekend. On April 16, Chipotle is supporting the youth who love soccer across the country by providing them with buy one, get one free deals. All you have to do is have your child wear his or her team uniform to... Read More
Plus Champions League thoughts
Posted by jschario on 04/15/16
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Spain's top three teams get back to work domestically this weekend, although leaders Barcelona were reluctantly forced back into focusing on their domestic trophy ambitions. Luis Enrique still has the Copa del Rey and La Liga championships to motivate his men, after they lost their quarterfinal match up against Atletico Madrid, who sit just three points behind them in second. Things are on a downward trend around the Camp Nou, Lionel Messi has not scored a goal in five consecutive matches, and Neymar has been fairly pedestrian since he was included as a Ballon D'Or finalist.  Even so, they... Read More
Brad Evans, Roger Levesque and Erik Friberg are up for the challenge
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/14/16

It’s that time of year again. Every spring, it’s time to get out your kilt and enjoy the weather, right? Well, maybe not for everybody, but this year Brad Evans, Roger Levesque and Erik Friberg are all entering the Men in Kilts charity event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska. One of the area’s favorite charity events, it runs from April 6 through 22, 2016. To participate, all you have to do is vote for your favorite man in a kilt from all of the contests and donate $10 per vote. In addition to the members of the Seattle Sounders listed above, you... Read More
Both Madrid teams through to semifinals
Posted by jschario on 04/13/16
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Wow, what a turn of events in the Champions League and for Barcelona. The defending cup champions and La Liga champions suddenly find themselves out of the runnings to defend their Champions League crown, and having to actually fight to defend their league title. In the last three weeks the only match Barça has won was the first leg of their Champions League match up with Atletico Madrid, an Atleti side that had only 10 men. And even then they did not look impressive. On Wednesday Barcelona's dream of repeating a treble ended at Atletico completed their remontada and overcome a 2-1 deficit to... Read More
How did he do?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/12/16

Could a pep talk from Head Coach Sigi Schmid have led to the big draw over the weekend? Fans are chalking it up to substitutions made in the middle of the game, but it sounds like Schmid had some choice words to use for the Seattle Sounders. “Halftime talk was just simply that we didn’t come out to play in the first half. We’re rested, we are fit … I said there was no reason not to put in the effort. I challenged them and obviously, as a team, they responded,” he said. Wow. I don’t know about you, but “I challenged them” sounds like “I let them have it!” To be a fly on that locker room wall…... Read More
Sounders squeeze in a goal at the last second
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/10/16

It’s not the best news, but we will take it: the Seattle Sounders tied with the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at the last minute, avoiding the impending loss that was surely looming over the day. Fans cheered on Chad Marshall’s final kick of the night, a kick that saved the game for the Sounders and made the score 1-1. It was Marshall’s first goal in 55 games. The Dynamo’s point was scored by Giles Barnes during the 35th minute of the game. Seattle’s defenses were down to the point of some reporters even calling the team asleep during the moment. Most are also blaming the weak half of the game on... Read More
Barcelona loses again, has not won in 3 matches
Posted by jschario on 04/10/16
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What was once thought to be a done deal has now opened itself up to be one of the more exciting championship races in soccer. FC Barcelona had a stranglehold on the La Liga title race, with as much as a 10 point lead as recently as three weeks ago. They seemed unstoppable, carrying a 39-match unbeaten streak into last weekend's El Clásico match against rival Real Madrid. But my, how things have changed. In their domestic slate, Barça has not won their last three matches. They tied 2-2 with Villarreal before the international break March 20, then lost 2-1 to Real Madrid and lost 1-0 to Real... Read More
Did Schmid’s changes ensure a win?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/09/16

When a team wins a game, lots of different fans choose to thank different people. Some thank their god, just as several athletes are wont to do. Some thank the athletes themselves, who are the ones who actually scored and put in the defense for the game. But then there are those who want to thank the coaches for dreaming up a strategy that ensures a win, and that is what some fans are doing right now in regards to the Seattle Sounders’ first victory of the season against Montreal last weekend. The thing is, the changes that Schmid made were not that wide at all. While sometimes the tiniest... Read More
Tiny tot sings Dempsey song to go to sleep
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/07/16

If you are a Seattle Sounders fan, you know the drill. Clint Dempsey scores a goal and what do you sing (or scream)? "Deuce upside your head, Deuce upside your head,” of course. We had a great reason to sing that song over the weekend when the Sounders broke their line of losses to finally win their first game of the season. The win also happened to mark Dempsey’s first goal of the season, inciting a round of the song. Fans across the country enjoyed the celebration, but some were smaller than others. Case in point: tiny fan Taylor Hackmeister, whose parents caught singing as she fell asleep... Read More
First leg produces a (somewhat) unlikely upset
Posted by jschario on 04/06/16
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Wednesday is nearly over, which means that the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal round is in the books. With all teams having completed their games, all but one took care of business as expected. That team would be Real Madrid. After winning in impressive fashion their La Liga match up with Barcelona in El Clásico on Saturday, they failed to show up on Wednesday in Wolfsburg. Or was the result to be expected? Anyone who has followed this edition of Galaticos knows that they are prone to thinking their recognizable names win the match instead of their play. Therefore after... Read More
Some fans say yes
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/05/16

According to Paul Carr of ESPN, back in 2015, there were 90 red cards issued in total during the regular MLS season. But at the rate we are going in the current season, there will be 133 issued by the end of 2016. What gives? We know that the refs are trying to really crack down on abuse in the game and make a cleaner playing field, but are too many red cards being issued? Many fans are saying that there are too many largely due to the fact that many of the calls seem as if they are blown out of proportion. When Oniel Fisher was issued one and taken out of the opening match for the Seattle... Read More
Dempsey leads team victory
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/04/16

After losing three games in a row at the start of the season, the Seattle Sounders have finally chalked up a victory for the 2016 season. The victory, against Montreal Impact, occurred at the Seattle CenturyLink field on Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 PM. The final score was 1-0. It also marked forward Clint Dempsey’s first goal of the season. The goal was scored during the 79th minute of the match. Dempsey made it off a corner kick by Andreas Ivanschitz, securing the win for Seattle. It may have been Dempsey’s first goal during a regular game for the season, but it was actually his third from all... Read More
Proves Zidane's project is working
Posted by jschario on 04/03/16
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They may be down, but they are certainly not out. Real Madrid gets back into league play and make a statement to the rest of Europe. That statement: They are for real and Barcelona is beatable. That last part will be music to the ears of Madrid's other team, Ateltico Madrid as they prepare for a Champions LEague date with Barcelona on Tuesday at Camp Nou. Barcelona had carried a 39 match unbeaten streak into Saturday's Clasico, and had not lost to Madrid in league play since 2012.  The final score line was 2-1 with Real winning behind goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Gerard... Read More
MLS Launches annual anti- discrimination campaign
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/03/16

The professional sporting world has been one full of diversity for many years, but it wasn’t always that way. It took years of struggle and major policy changes to level the field for equality to take place in most sports. Even today there remain disparities in sports, as has been demonstrated by the women’s national soccer team’s recent lawsuit for equal pay. Just for some perspective, the WNBA is only turning 20 this year; it has only existed since 1996. To combat discrimination and create a more inclusive environment in the sport, the MLS has launched its annual campaign called Don’t... Read More
Plus details on Saturday’s match
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 04/02/16

Last week we had some great news regarding the Under-23 team. The draw the team experienced was great news in terms of moving forward toward Rio. Sadly, this week’s news was not as good—the Under-23 team will not be playing in the 2016 Olympic Games. Colombia will be advancing instead after beating the American team in a narrow victory of 2-1 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. This will be the second time in a row that the team will be missing the Olympic Games. Seattle Sounders player Jordan Morris was a member of the team. Morris was able to log 62 minutes in the game but that was the... Read More
The hateful 8
Posted by jschario on 04/02/16
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Opening Day for baseball is Sunday, but baseball isn't the only thing kicking back up next week. After a nearly three week lay-off, Champions League soccer gets back at it. In between we have some good soccer to tide us over, World Cup qualifiers, El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid and Leicester City chasing an improbable English Premier League title. However now we get back to the creme de la creme. Funny how the English league is the league that generates the most money and widely regarded as the best in the world, yet has only one team left in the final 8, Manchester City. The... Read More