The first Cascadia Cup of the 2017 MLS season between Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers averaged 554,000 viewers on the FOX network and FOX Deportes combined on Saturday, May 27. With a scheduled kick-off time of 3:10pm ET, the match immediately followed the 2016/17 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea. While the FA Cup final averaged 836,000 on the FOX network, the Seattle-Portland match had 472,000 viewers on the same network and 82,000 on the Spanish-language FOX Deportes. The drop-off in numbers on the FOX network between the 836,000 for the FA Cup final and the 472,000 for the ... Read more
Los Angeles (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders’ defense of the Major League Soccer championship got off to a rocky start on Saturday as they fell 2-1 to the aggressive Houston Dynamo. Houston, who finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference, gave no quarter to the defending champions. Their aggressive play led to an early goal from Erick Torres and they held on for the home win. Torres scored his first goal since playing for Chivas in 2014 as his free kick in the 20th minute from just outside the penalty box eluded the outstretched arms of a ... Read more
Los Angeles (AFP) – United States forward Clint Dempsey has been given the all-clear to return to football following a six-month layoff due to an irregular heartbeat, US Soccer confirmed. The Seattle Sounders striker, who had not played since last August, has already played 30 minutes and a full 45 minutes during pre-season action for the reigning champions of Major League Soccer. “Right now the focus is getting through this year, playing (well) again and making an impact on the field,” Dempsey said on the Sounders website. “The minutes will keep going up and I’ll keep pushing in training.” Dempsey, ... Read more
The Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC on penalties on Saturday night to win MLS Cup 2016 at BMO Field. Here are the ten things we learned from the final. 1. The Strangest of Victories After putting together some of MLS’ best-ever teams, year in and year out, it took the season in which the Seattle Sounders fired their coach midseason, lost Clint Dempsey, and registered zero shots on goal in their last game to finally lift MLS Cup. Were MLS Cup a lifetime achievement award, the Sounders might have been crowned a long time ago. As it stands, however, this ... Read more
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders were crowned champions of Major League Soccer for the first time in the club’s history after defeating Toronto FC 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out. Seattle’s Roman Torres on Saturday struck the winning spot-kick at a frigid BMO Field to shatter Toronto’s hopes of becoming the first Canadian winners of the MLS Cup. The match had gone to penalties after finishing deadlocked at 0-0 after extra-time.
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – Saturday’s title-deciding MLS Cup final brings together two of Major League Soccer’s best supported and best financed clubs, Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders, each in search of a first ever championship. Both clubs are playing in their first MLS final but their ‘barren runs’ have been of starkly different character. Until this season, the Sounders were consistently the bridesmaids while the Canadians simply risked becoming the league’s laughing stock. Seattle, who average a league-high 42,000 fans at each home game, have made the playoffs in every season since entering the league in 2009 but never made ... Read more
Commerce City (United States) (AFP) – Jordan Morris scored a second half goal on Sunday as the Seattle Sounders defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to reach their first MLS championship final in franchise history. Morris scored in the 56th minute on a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez as the Sounders took the semi-final series 3-1 in aggregate scoring. The Sounders won the first game of the Western Conference final 2-1 on Tuesday and needed only a tie to move on. Seattle will play Toronto or Montreal on December 10 for the league title. Toronto hosts Montreal in the second leg ... Read more
For the series of Seattle Sounders against FC Dallas games, FOX Sports 1 saw a dramatic decrease of 25% in TV viewership for the 2016 MLS Conference Semifinals compared to last season. Not one of FOX Sports 1’s MLS Conference Semifinal games between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders exceeded 200,000 viewers. In fact, the series averaged only 147,000 viewers over both legs. In 2015, FOX Sports 1’s four Conference Semifinal matchups averaged 229,000 viewers, which also included both legs of a Dallas-Seattle series. That one, however, averaged 220,500 viewers. Meanwhile on ESPN, the Conference Semifinals saw only a 1,000 drop ... Read more