Meet Your New 2017 Sounders

The MLS season is a long one, running a full 9 months from early March to early December. So before the ink was even dry on the papers forever documenting the 2016 Sounders MLS Cup win, the wheels of progress were underway to form the 2017 version. Many of the players who played a decent sized role in the title run found themselves trading their Ra…

A Few Thoughts About Sigi Schmid

It's the end of an era. Quite literally. The Seattle Sounders have only known one head coach in all their days. Through 250 MLS matches, a host of playoff games and some lengthy runs through the U.S. Open Cup and Champions League, Sigi Schmid has been the only man driving the bus. And now that ride has ended. While Sigi was alone in compiling…

Did the MLS Playoff System Work, to the Detriment of the Sounders?

This may be a stretch.. but I think the MLS playoff structure did its job in the Sounders vs FC Dallas series. - The Sounders had to field the best 11 they had for the last game of the season vs RSL, to ensure they made the playoffs. - By finishing 4th, they then had to play again that Wednesday in a winner take all match vs LA Galaxy, so they…

Trying to Decipher MLS Transfer Rules

Here's something about MLS I don't quite understand. DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Anderlecht of the Belgian League. A friend of mine who knows a ton about soccer asked this series of questions: Is this a big step up for Yedlin? I'm sure he'd get a raise, but I'm sure he could get a raise in MLS too. But in terms of advancing his career, does …

Soccer Supporters Groups Could Affect The 2022 World Cup – If They Cared Enough

Sports fans across the globe generally share a single problem - they really can't affect any change in the leagues or even their teams. ¬†Seattle Mariners fans may universally despise management for 10 straight years without making the playoffs, but they don't have a way to remove the CEO. Some people may hate the way Roger Goodell runs his footbal…

September 7 Will Be Chaos Downtown

I'm not sure how this is even possible, but my Google Calendar says it's true, so it must be right. Saturday Sept 7... The Mariners are at home for a game that starts at 6:10 (See proof here.) The Sounders play across the street at 7:05 (See proof here.) Mariners games usually take 2:45 - 3:00 hours. Sounders games by definition take 1:…

So What is the Next Xbox/Sounders Sponsorship Worth?

It's hard to think back to 2008, back before the Seattle Sounders officially existed in anything more than everyone's imagination. The Sounders were to become the 16th team in a league with a couple of marquee names in David Beckham and Landon Donovan. LA, DC and Toronto were the only teams to draw more than 18k fans a game. So when the So…