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Seattle Sounders FC

The original Seattle Sounders were a U.S. professional soccer team. Founded in 1974, the team belonged to the North American Soccer League where it played both indoor and outdoor soccer. The team folded after the 1983 NASL outdoor season.

The Seattle Sounders came back in another life, however. Sounders FC is an American professional soccer club that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Sounders FC was established in November 2007 as an MLS expansion team,  making it the 15th team in the league. Fans chose the Sounders name through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer club to share the moniker.

The club’s majority owner is Hollywood producer Joe Roth,  and its minority owners are Adrian Hanauer, Paul Allen and Drew Carey.  Sounders FC home matches are played at CenturyLink Field.

Sounders FC played its inaugural match on March 19, 2009, winning 3–0 over the New York Red Bulls. Seattle has qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs in each of its first four seasons. In 2009, Sounders FC became the second expansion club in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup,  and in 2010 became the first ever MLS club to repeat as Open Cup champions. Sounders FC won a third consecutive Open Cup in 2011, defeating the Chicago Fire 2–0. In 2012, the Sounders went to their fourth consecutive open cup final. However, they lost to Sporting Kansas City on a penalty shootout when regulation time finished with a 1–1 score.

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Tweet from @SoundersFC: Bonjour Stade Olympique de Montréal

MONTREAL, Canada – The weekend match between Seattle Sounders FC and Montreal Impact has been pushed back a day due to weather conditions in Quebec.

Officials in Montreal have announced the match will be played Sunday March 23rd and will now air live on JOEtv in Seattle starting at 1:00 p.m. PST.

Sounders FC has the second-best road record in Major League Soccer over the last five years.  However the club’s away record in 2013 fell below the standard set over the first four years.  With this match in Montreal, the team looks to begin to regain the form of earlier seasons.

“It comes and goes,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid.  “Everything comes in ebbs and flows and last year wasn’t maybe our best year on the road, but in general we’ve always been a good road team.”

Snow fell in Montreal Thursday and forecasters are calling for 6-8 inches Saturday.

“Going on the road by itself is the normalcy of our existence.  We have to do that all the time.  This one is going to be a little bit different with the snow in Montreal,” Schmid said.

The match was originally set to air on Q13 FOX Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PST.  It will now air on JOEtv Sunday at 1:00 p.m. PST.


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Sounders FC To host Tottenham in friendly

RENTON – Seattle Sounders FC announced Monday it will host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, July 19 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

TottenhamThe match is part of the Sounders FC full 18-match season ticket membership. Fans can also guarantee seats for the Tottenham Hotspur match by purchasing a half-season ticket membership prior to the public on-sale of individual tickets on March 10.

Because it is a World Cup year, it is not certain if popular starters will play in the match.

This will be the third U.S. Tour in five seasons for Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs will also face the Chicago Fire on July 26 at Toyota Park. A host of supporter events will be planned in both cities.

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Q13 FOX and the Seattle Sounders FC announced a formal partnership Monday that would bring 21 Sounders matches, live in HD to Q13 FOX and JOE tv for the 2014 season.

Sounders FC President Peter McLoughlin said “We are proud to broaden our partnership with Q13 FOX/JOEtv to air the majority of Sounders FC matches next season. “Q13 FOX and JOEtv are terrific brands and we are excited to work together on producing new and creative programming for Sounders fans.”

Q13 FOX and JOEtv are also the official home of the Seattle Seahawks.

“We are thrilled that the Seattle Sounders will be joining our line-up of stellar sports programming,“ said Pam Pearson, SVP/General Manager, Q13FOX/JOEtv. “We look forward to televising the exciting matches and providing the amazing Sounders fans with more team coverage.”

An official schedule will be released soon.


Schmid the right man to lead Sounders, owner says

SchmidSEATTLE — The Seattle Sounders will keep head coach Sigi Schmid on as the team’s head coach for the 2014 season.

Sounders owner Joe Roth released this statement Thursday morning:

“Adrian Hanauer and I met to review all team aspects of the organization. After a thorough evaluation, there is no question that Sigi Schmid is the right man to lead our club. While we are not happy with the way we finished, Sigi’s resume and accomplishments speak for themselves. We have been to the playoffs five-straight years, one of just three teams to have done that.  Once you make the tournament you give yourself a chance to win the MLS Cup. Sigi has won two MLS Cups and it won’t be long before he does it here in Seattle.  We continue to strive for excellence and we will do everything we can and give him all the resources possible to make that a reality.”   

Seattle ended the regular season 15-12-7, but tension in the locker room was present, some players said.

Schmid has led the team to the playoffs each of the past five seasons.


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SEATTLE — Sounders FC ousted the Colorado Rapids 2-0 Wednesday night in the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, setting up a rivalry bout with the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference Semifinals beginning Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle got a first-half goal from Brad Evans and clung to the lead, even when playing down a man for the final 10 minutes of play when goalkeeper Michael Gspurning was sent off for handling the ball outside the box.

Gspurning had played well through 85 minutes, making saves on both Colorado shots on goal, but a high arching ball from the midfield pulled him off his line and he fielded the bouncing ball just outside the box, drawing the red card.

Marcus Hahnemann subbed into the match and was forced into immediate action on the ensuing free kick, but held the Rapids off the board and Eddie Johnson added a stoppage-time goal to put the Sounders through to the next round.

Sounders FC was the early aggressor and in the third minute Adam Moffat ripped a shot off a pass from Johnson, but Clint Irwin made the stop and cleared the loose ball before Clint Dempsey could get to the rebound.

The pressure finally paid off in the 28th minute as Evans gave Seattle the 1-0 lead.

Later, Johnson broke through, slotting his shot past Irwin for the 2-0 lead.

Seattle will face the Timbers in the two-leg, aggregate-scoring series starting Saturday at CenturyLink Field.


Sounders: Knockout playoff round tonight

Clint Dempsey introduce to the media


The Seattle Sounders shutout the Portland Timbers 1-0 Sunday night in front of the largest soccer attendance in Seattle history.

A crowd of 67,385 packed in CenturyLink Field to witness Clint Dempsey’s home debut.  It was the second largest stand-alone match in MLS history.

A goal in the 60th minute by Eddie Johnson was enough for the Sounders as they earned three points.  The win leaves the Sounders level on points with FC Dallas and ahead on the tiebreaker, moving Seattle into the last playoff spot in the West with the club still holding at least two games in hand on the rest of the conference.


Sounders’ Johnson shines in USMNT friendly


SEATTLE – Sounders FC players Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans made the trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina for the U.S. Men’s National Team friendly match Wednesday. Johnson and Evans got the nod, starting the match. The U.S. fell behind quickly in the first half, trailing 2-0. Johnson had the first American goal in the 55th minute. It’d be the first of four U.S. goals as Jozy Altidore finished off the hat-trick good for the 4-3 win.

Johnson played 62  minutes before being replaced by Aron Johannsson. Evans went 88 minutes before Bobby Wood took over.

The United States has increased their winning streak to 12 matches. Altidore has scored in five straight appearances, a first for a U.S. player. Johnson overtook DeMarcus Beasley for the most U.S. appearances in 2013. They both sat at 12 before this match. Beasley didn’t make the trip.

Today’s victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina marks the first time the U.S. has come back to win a game in Europe.