May 2016

Ronaldo clinches it on penalties
Posted by jschario on 05/29/16
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Heading into the Champions League final Saturday, all that was certain was that the trophy would be going to Madrid, it was only a matter of if it would see Plaza Cibeles or Plaza Neptuno the next day. And throughout the game no one could really say which team looked destined to pull it out, one could lean toward Atlético Madrid, but Griezmann missed from the penalty spot which would have put them equal with Real. Luckily Yannick Carrasco bailed his teammate out, authoring a brilliant goal that seemed to give los colchoneros the momentum. However they could not convert their advantages in... Read More
Battle in the midfield
Posted by jschario on 05/28/16
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What a way to start off Memorial Day weekend, another all Madrid Champions League showdown in Milan. Two rival clubs playing at the full strength of their powers in the biggest club championship in soccer. Yet although they come from the same city, they featurea complete contrast in organizational philosophy and playing style. For Real Madrid, their midfield is set and the opponent knows what to expect from them. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale on the wings, spearheading the attack. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric bring the ball forward to those all world wingers, and the young Brazilian... Read More
But does it make up for missing out on the Champions League
Posted by jschario on 05/25/16
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Barcelona may have sputtered in April, but they knew how to finish strong to bring home two trophies to the Camp Nou. It took more than the normal 90 minutes, but the azulgranas edged past Sevilla and some incredible goal keeping to bring home the Copa del Rey Sunday night at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, where they ironically lost out on their chance to compete for an unprecedented back-to-back treble season. Sergio Rico did all he could in front of goal for Sevilla, and despite conceding two goals to lose 2-0, one could argue he was the Man of the Match. Rico fended off shots from... Read More
Who can argue no?
Posted by jschario on 05/19/16
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Which country has the best league? It is a debate that is raised every year. But it is a legitimate question, which country has the best soccer league? Obviously, the best league has to come from Europe, I mean, is there any debate? Therefore, it is down to either England, Germany, Italy or Spain. Italy has enjoyed a decent un, getting into last years final before getting the guillotine last year with Juventus getting brushed aside by Barcelona. Germany have the most watched league in the world, but apart from Bayern Munich's roster, no other team in Germany can even remotely touch the star... Read More
Barcelona are champions again
Posted by jschario on 05/15/16
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Jornada 38 is in the books and so is the 2015-16 edition of the Spanish Primera Division competition. It produced an expected result, albeit in an unexpected fashion. Barcelona won, as anyone not trying to sell newspapers thought certain they would. Playing on the road against Granada, a team only three points clear of the bottom three of the league table, Barcelona easily dispatched them to end the season as champions for the second consecutive year. Luis Suarez closed out the year in spectacular fashion, scoring three goals to bring his total to 40 in league play, thus securing the Pichichi... Read More
Seattle loses 2-0
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/14/16

After performing so well for the past couple of weeks, the Seattle Sounders were unable to defeat FC Dallas in Frisco over the weekend. FC Dallas was able to score two goals at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, sending the Sounders off the field without much to show for their efforts. Seattle’s stats have now dropped to -5-1 on the season and 0-3-1 on the road. Stefan Frei did make some saves that were impressive to watch, and were the highlights of the game for most fans. Prior to the match, Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid not only said that he was planning on making some lineup changes,... Read More
Three men pose for Ville Magazine
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/13/16

It’s not every day that you see one of the Seattle Sounders taking off his clothing for a magazine shoot. This week we saw not one but three of the men from the team pose for the cover. Tyrone Mears, Zach Scott and Nelson Valdez all posed for the Ville Magazine Health and Fitness issue. The magazine is now at newsstands across the country and you can get a copy wherever you purchase Ville Magazine. The big difference between this photo shoot and, say, seeing any of the men without a shirt on is that they actually posed nude for the shoot, a new experience for the men. Both Scott and Valdez... Read More
Comes down to the country's two biggest teams
Posted by jschario on 05/12/16
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It was not supposed to end this way for either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Not back in March, when Barcelona was in the middle of a 36-match unbeaten streak while their bitter rivals Real Madrid sat in third-place, 13 points behind the blaugranas. Fast forward through the spring and Barcelona maintains the top spot in La Liga, although it's Real Madrid that have all the momentum, winning 15 of their last 16 matches in all competitions and now just one point behind the Catalans. Madrid has not lost since their cross-city rivals Atlético Madrid beat them in their last derby. Due to Atleti's slip... Read More
Sigi Schmid gets special crutches
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/11/16

You might wish it to someone as an expression, but a broken leg is never something to take lightly. It’s even worse as you get older, so while a rookie might recover from it pretty quickly, someone like Sigi Schmid may take longer to heal. And that is exactly what has happened to the Seattle Sounders head coach, but luckily he had some help from his friends in the MLS world. We have been seeing Schmid favoring his broken fibula for weeks now and while he still looks strong and capable, he sure as heck didn’t look very comfortable. So his buddy Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the U.S. National... Read More
Just Real Madrid and Barcelona now
Posted by jschario on 05/08/16
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Now for Atlético Madrid, all their eggs are the Champions League title basket. Their loss to lowly Levante saw them fall three points behind leaders Barcelona and two points behind city rivals and Champions League final opponents Real Madrid. Traveling on the road, Atleti seemingly fell victim to overconfidence, something very uncharacteristic of a Diego Simeone coached team. Levante are sure to be relegated after the season, as they sit at the bottom of the table, even after their 3-2 win over los rojiblancos. The American-born Italian international Guiseppe Rossi scored the game winner for... Read More
Check out their video
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/08/16

Did you get your mother some Seattle Sounders gear to wear this year? Some members of the team say that their moms love wearing their jerseys so much that they plan on giving their moms some Rave Green merch for the holiday this year! The team made a fun video to wish all moms who are Sounders fans a very happy Mother’s Day this year. Have you taken a look at it? If your mom is a fan, you might want to pass it along for her to see today. Some Sounders made the point that they are far from home and they are really thinking of their mothers today, and some shared some of the best lessons they... Read More
Final score 2-0
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/08/16

The Seattle Sounders are on a roll. Last week, we saw a victory against the Columbus Crew with a 1-0 victory. This week the Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes with an even wider margin of victory with a score of 2-0. It was Clint Dempsey’s second goal of the season, but it was Jordan Morris’s fourth in as many games, impressing his fans in Seattle even more than last week’s victory. Morris, too, is on a roll. Dempsey made the first goal during the 26’ with assists from Erik Friberg and Jordan Morris. Morris sent the ball into the penalty area and Friberg sent it to Dempsey for the shot,... Read More
The whole team will turn out Saturday
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/07/16

Great news from the Emerald City: the entire Seattle Sounders team is healthy, well and ready to play this Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. Although we don’t know if he will return to the field or not, Andreas Ivanschitz is finally back from his thigh strain recovery that prevented him from playing in the last match against the Columbus Crew SC as well as celebrating the victory that occurred during the match. Ivanschitz was certainly bummed out about missing that golden opportunity, but he is now healthy and ready to play again. Will he be on the field Saturday? While that remains... Read More
What are your favorites?
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/06/16

If you are a fan of the Seattle Sounders and Spotify, you will enjoy this cool news. Mitchell & Ness, the athletic company from Philadelphia, is making a bunch of playlists for some of the coolest MLS stars in the franchise. Guess who they picked from the Sounders team? You guessed it—Stefan Frei. Not only is Frei one of the coolest players in MLS, he is also known for wearing Mitchell & Ness. In fact, he was photographed wearing the brand last year right before the playoffs, looking pretty awesome. If you are interested in the playlist that was made for Frei, you can listen to it... Read More
Something must be in the water
Posted by jschario on 05/06/16
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Another year, yet another Champions League final featuring a Spanish team. Although this year we have two Spanish teams, and both from the same city to boot. But wait, haven't we seen this story before? Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid facing each other in a Southern European country. Yes we have, in 2014 we saw the Madrid derby played in Lisbon, now we get to see them in Milan, Italy for the 2016 Champions League title. Gareth Bale continued his fantastic run of form, scoring the game's only goal. Cristiano Ronaldo came back from injury to provide a boost, almost scoring a goal in the process... Read More
A comprehensive agreement has been made
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/05/16

If you have anything to say about Seattle aside from how beautiful the city is, how kind its people are and how delicious the food is, it’s bound to be how much the city loves its sports teams. From the Seattle Sounders to the Mariners, the Storm to the Seahawks, there is a sport here for everyone who ever picked up a bat or ball. We may not have an NHL team, but our Thunderbirds fans are pretty serious, too. Our fans take their sports seriously, so when you hear about scheduling issues you might start to worry. It’s actually good news, though, that the Sounders, Seahawks and Mariners have... Read More
Next game is May 7
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/04/16

If you don’t already have your tickets yet for the Sounders game against the San Jose Earthquakes, you had better nab them now because the next game is rapidly approaching. On May 7th the two teams will be at the Century Link Field at 7:00 PM. If you cannot make the match, you can always tune in with several options: Watch on Q13 Fox, Univision Seattle, or listen via KIRO 97.3 FM and El Rey 1630 AM. It’s a Western Conference matchup that is not to be missed. The standings right now include Sounders (3-4-1, 10 pts., 9th in Western Conference), Quakes (4-2-3, 15 pts., 5th in Western Conference... Read More
What does Real Madrid need to do to get in themselves?
Posted by jschario on 05/03/16
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Atlético Madrid ended the Champions League hopes of yet another Barcelona man Tuesday, dispatching former Barça player and manager Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich based on aggregate total. Bayern won the second leg 2-1, but with the aggregate ending at 2-2, Atleti goes home the victor thanks to scoring a crucial away goal forcing the tiebreaker. Them getting through makes it Atlético's second Champions League final in three years, an unprecedented run of success that includes a La Liga championship as well. Diego Simeone has had los rojiblancos competing for trophies ever since he arrived,... Read More
Is he ready to take over for Cristiano Ronaldo?
Posted by jschario on 05/01/16
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When Real Madrid paid over 100 million euros to bring Welshman Gareth Bale from Tottenham to the Spanish capital, I have to admit I was skeptical. Bale never exhibited the same dominance in the Premier League for a sustained period of time on a top club like Manchester United. Unlike the world's previous most expensive player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Since his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2013 he has racked up goals, but has not had the same impact that Ronaldo did when he completed his dream move in 2009. However he has had his moments, such as the goal he scored to win the Copa del Rey... Read More
Morris scores only match goal on Saturday
Posted by SeattleSoccerInsider on 05/01/16

During Saturday’s Seattle Sounders match against the Columbus Crew SC, fans cheered hard as Jordan Morris made his third goal in as many games, winning the match with a final score of 1-0. It was a late match goal after a long period of no goals from either team, and the tension felt by the crowd was palpable once it was finally scored. Fans also went wild over the goal on social media. Be sure to check the Sounders website for a full recap of the highlights of the match, featuring comments from Sigi Schmid, Jordan Morris, Steve Zakuani and Marcus Hahnemann. Analysts are saying that it is... Read More