Tag: Seattle Sounders

MLS Marginalizes Regular Season By Placing Emphasis On MLS Cup, Not Supporters’ Shield

Sometimes in the world of Major League Soccer, the only real candor you observe comes when the harsh reality of defeat sets in for a well-experienced head coach. Such was the case on Sunday night. Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, sulking in the shadow of what could have been, vented as the shattered dreams of the greatest campaign in MLS history were evaporating back into the ether. It was short, sweet, and sums up the feelings of many American soccer viewers. Schmid, on winning the Supporters’ Shield being a consolation: “The Supporters’ Shield is nice. It’s great because it’s a ... Read more

MLS Western Conference Finals Preview – LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders have been bitter rivals since Seattle was introduced as the leagues newest expansion team in 2007. The Sounders immediately made it known they wanted to be the biggest and most successful soccer team in North America, a designation the Galaxy had adopted when they brought in Landon Donovan and David Beckham and became a legitimate topic of discussion in sports circles around America. The rivalry will add another chapter November 23rd when the two sides meet in the Western Conference Finals 1st leg in Los Angeles. The Galaxy crushed Real Salt Lake in their Semi-Final series, ... Read more

FC Dallas’ Season Ended By Seattle Sounders; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders on Monday night was just what the doctor ordered after a weekend of relative blowouts in the other three MLS Playoff Conference Semifinals. If 0-0 draws can be considered classics, the Dallas and Sounders clash surely must qualify with its frantic pace, controversial calls (or non-calls depending on who you ask), and almost-goals. Despite winning the Supporter’s Shield, it was by no means a done deal that Seattle would edge out FC Dallas (despite the foregone conclusion Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman seemed to have already made during ESPN’s broadcast of Sunday night’s other Western ... Read more

Clint Dempsey Reportedly Chased By Aston Villa, QPR And Stoke City For Loan Spell

Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey is believed to be on his way back to the Premier League for a loan spell during the off-season in the MLS, according to a report published by the Mirror Online, The clubs in question, believed to be interested in bringing the American playmaker into their respective squads, are thought to be Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa and Stoke City. With both QPR and Aston Villa really struggling to stand out creatively at the moment, it is unsurprising that a player of Dempsey’s quality is being linked with a move. Dempsey is one of the ... Read more

Preview Of The MLS Knockout Round Matches

Major League Soccer wrapped up its regular season with one final weekend that saw teams eliminated from playoff contention and other teams cement their spot in the postseason. Before the league’s best get to play their first game in the postseason, the MLS Knockout Round must be held to finalize the field. Four teams will battle it out for the final two spots. In the Western Conference, FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps will meet in Frisco, TX on Wednesday night. Both teams are trying to return to the playoffs as neither qualified last season. FC Dallas qualified in 2011 and Vancouver ... Read more

3 Reasons the Sounders Will Win the 2014 Supporters’ Shield

The Seattle Sounders, after their brilliant comeback in Los Angeles last weekend to earn a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, need only a draw to win the Supporters’ Shield this Saturday (live on NBC at 2:30pm ET). It’s a been a long, arduous journey for the Sounders, and they’ve already added one trophy to their cabinet this season. But the club is far from perfect; too many mistakes have come back to haunt them, leaving it to the last match of the season to decide their Supporters’ Shield fate. Here are 3 reasons why the Sounders will produce a result this ... Read more

English Soccer Fan Travels to US to Watch MLS Games and Shares His Experience

I have been a reader of World Soccer Talk (formerly EPLTalk) for around the last 4-5 years and during that time have been one of a privileged minority. As a season ticket holder to Stoke City, I am on the British side of the pond, from a footballing perspective. I’ve learnt over this time that culturally we consume our sport relatively differently, have come to the conclusion that neither way is better or worse than the other. North American geography dictates that only the lucky few are able to physically attend the matches that the teams they follow are competing in. ... Read more

8 Celebrities Who Are True Hardcore Soccer Supporters

As soccer has become a truly global sport, it’s no surprise that so many celebrities have gotten in on the fun. For some celebrities, their fandom isn’t surprising, especially those from countries in which soccer is a huge deal. Some are also so vocal about their clubs that it’s common knowledge (*cough* Piers Morgan). Some celebrities are not so obvious about their allegiances, so here are a few that you might not have heard of: 1. Samuel L Jackson Contrary to what Mesut Ozil believes, the legendary American actor known for his roles in movies like Pulp Fiction and The ... Read more