Seattle Sounders

MLS LogoRemember all that gloating we had last month at the World Cup when the USA advanced out of the Group of Death while England was sent home early? How the progress of the national team was a sign of his far Major League Soccer has come? Well last night was reality check for the league as MLS sides went head to head with five Premier League sides and the results were not pretty.

In the five games, MLS managed one draw, scoring five goals and conceding 18! If you add in Seattle‘s 3-3 draw with Spurs last week, MLS is 0-5-1 in the six game tournament so far.

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SKC-MLS-CupThe new MLS Power Rankings are out and the Seattle Sounders stay in the number one position. What amazes me is that after losing seven games in a row, that the New England Revolution are viewed as only the third worst side in MLS. How bad are Houston and Montreal?

1: FC Dallas
Xander Bailey. Enough said.

Last Week: Bye
Last Five: W-W-W-L-W
Next MLS Game: July 28 vs. LA

2: Sporting Kansas City
Don’t usually get wound up about All-Star snubs, but to say Benny Feilhaber wouldn’t help vs. Bayern is bonkers.

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clint-seattleThe Seattle Sounders 2014 schedule has been released and we have tickets to every big Sounders match, both home and away this season.

Seattle Sounders 2014 Schedule
May 24 3:00 ET Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders FC – Buy Seattle Sounders Tickets

Jun 1 3:00 ET Seattle Sounders FC v Real Salt Lake- Buy Seattle Sounders Tickets
Jun 7 8:30 ET Chicago v Seattle Sounders FC – Buy Seattle Sounders Tickets
Jun 11 11:00 ET Chivas USA v Seattle Sounders FC – Buy Seattle Sounders Tickets
Jun 28 7:00 ET DC United v Seattle Sounders FC – Buy Seattle Sounders Tickets

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seattle-sounders-fansMajor League Soccer has announced its complete 2014 regular season schedule, and just as it did during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, MLS will take a two-week break between June 12-24, when the 2014 World Cup is taking place in Brazil.

The league’s 19th season will begin on Saturday, March 8 in Seattle, where the host Sounders will take on Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field, followed by seven matches that evening and one on Sunday, March 9. The regular season will end on Oct. 26 before the MLS Cup playoffs begin the following week.

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seattle-sounders-fansUnless you live in the Denver area, or are a diehard Colorado Rapids fan, last night’s 2-0 win for Seattle in the Western Conference knockout round gave us the match-up we really wanted to see: Portland v Seattle in the Western Conference semifinals. Seattle got Seattle got goals from Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson to beat the Rapids.

The stakes have never been higher in the history of a fierce rivalry between Portland and Seattle that goes back 38 years to the old North American Soccer League. The first leg is in Seattle on Saturday, with the second leg of the aggregate-goals series at Jeld-Wen Field on Nov. 7.

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clint-seattleHow excited are Seattle Sounders fans about the signing of USA star Clint Dempsey? The Sounders announced today that Dempsey’s home debut on August 25 against rivals Portland had sold out. Seattle fans have snapped up 6,000 tickets in the last week, meaning close to 67,000 fans will see the match.

Interest is so high in the game that the Sounders have opened up 400 bleacher seats plus offering standing room only tickets for the first time in club history for an MLS match.

The Sounders say. Dempsey could make his debut for Seattle on Saturday at Toronto, but he sat out training on Tuesday with an illness.

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Clint-Dempsey-Spurs2A huge deal by Major League Soccer as the Seattle Sounders have bought Clint Dempsey from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported $9m. That just about equals the £6m that Spurs paid for Dempsey last summer when they signed him from Fulham.

NBC Sports is reporting that the Sounders have guaranteed Dempsey $32 million over the next four seasons. Dempsey’s base salary is the largest base salary commitment a player has ever received from an MLS franchise. The $9m transfer fee is also an MLS record.

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Major League Soccer has released its 2013 schedule and it has a new wrinkle this season: Rivalry Week.

Eight of the nine matches in Week 3 (March 16 weekend) will pit regional rivals against one another, with the NBC Sports Group on board to air three live matches that weekend showcasing some of the league’s premier rivalries.

Rivalry week games include:

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The beginning of the 2012 Major League Soccer season is right around the corner and the folks over at MLS Soccer have released their first preseason power rankings. As expected the LA Galaxy are on top, while the New England Revolution get no love, as MLS Soccer ranks them below the expansion side Montreal Impact.

What do you think of the rankings?

1: LA Galaxy
Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Mike Magee, David Beckham … holy crap this team is going to score a lot of goals. Chances are, though, that they’ll concede a few more than in recent years thanks to the departure of Juninho and the injury to Omar Gonzalez. Still, Bruce Arena has to be salivating over the talent at his disposal this season.

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The folks over at MLSSoccer.com have update their weekly power rankings. No surprise that Real Salt Lake is in first place. The Portland Timbers are one of the big winners moving up to four places after a week that consisted of two home games, seven goals and six points.

Major League Soccer Week 5 Rankings

1. Real Salt Lake
No. 1 in the MLS power rankings, and fighting to be No. 1 in CONCACAF as well. The next 10 days will determine whether this RSL bunch go down as a great team, or a truly legendary one. Win or lose against Monterrey, this is still the best team in MLS until someone proves otherwise.
Last Four: WWWW

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