Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Is Seattle a team to watch, or team to beat?
by Ridge Mahoney, August 14th, 2013 3:48AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  mls, seattle sounders


[MLS: Playoff Push] The Seattle Sounders have been underachievers despite reaching the playoffs every season since they joined MLS in 2009. The signing of Clint Dempsey has revived title talk in Seattle, but first things first will be to translate its games in hand on the teams ahead of it in the Western Conference into points.

Record: 10-7-4
First 10: 4-3-3
Last 10: 6-3-1

THE STORY SO FAR. A three-game winning streak and the snag of Clint Dempsey have revived title talk in Seattle, though the Sounders have yet to reach MLS Cup, much less win it. After failing to win any of their first five league games, the Sounders have cranked out more points than any other team in the same number of matches.

RECENT MOVES. Shalrie Joseph was defrocked of his DP status to open up a slot for Dempsey after the changes of July: Mario Martinez’s loan ended and Sammy Ochoa was waived. (The loan of Fredy Montero and the status of head coach Sigi Schmid are off the front burner.)

STYLE POINTS. Rightly or wrongly, the Sounders have been labeled underachievers despite reaching the playoffs every season since they joined MLS in 2009. They do have an elite cast of players. DP Obafemi Martins leads the team with seven goals, Mauro Rosales has sharpened his game recently after fighting through a few injuries, and keeper Marcus Hahnemann has played the last two games in place of Michael Gspurning. Right back DeAndre Yedlin is one of the league’s most exciting young players, and Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans have established themselves on the U.S. national team.

NEEDS WORK. Dempsey joins a team that needs to pump up the attack; the Sounders have scored only 27 goals. Seattle’s last three wins are all against weaker teams -- Chivas USA, FC Dallas, Toronto FC -- and the last time it beat a team in the playoff tier was a 3-2 defeat of Vancouver June 8.

FINAL ANSWER. The ownership group can be lauded for breaking the bank on Dempsey and sticking with Schmid. Seattle might be the team to beat at the end of the season, but right now, it is absolutely the team to watch.

August 17: @Houston
August 25: Portland
August 31: @Columbus
September 4: Chivas USA
September 7: Chicago
September 13: Real Salt Lake
September 21: @LA Galaxy
September 29: New York
October 5: @Colorado
October 9: Vancouver
October 13: @Portland
October 19: @FC Dallas
October 27: LA Galaxy

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Georgia teen Reuben Nsemoh    
"My friends would always talk to me in Spanish and would teach me. I wasn't perfect, ...
U.S. Abroad: Pulisic rescues Borussia Dortmund    
Christian Pulisic came off the bench to set up one goal and score the tying goal ...
Lauren Holiday recovering after successful surgery    
Former U.S. national team star Lauren Holiday is recovering after having successful surgery at Duke University ...
What They're Saying: Jake Edwards    
"It'll evolve slightly for some of those teams over the coming seasons, I believe. We'll find ...
MLS Decision Day: What's at stake    
The 2016 Supporters' Shield and the final two playoff berths are on the line on Sunday ...
MLS Countdown: Donovan, Gordon are Galaxy wild cards    
Last weekend Landon Donovan started his first game since coming out of retirement yet it was ...
This week in women's college soccer    
Stanford junior Andi Sullivan and BYU senior Ashley Hatch made their national team debuts with the ...
This week in men's college soccer    
One of the most impressive streaks in recent years in men's college soccer is Denver's 32-game ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"I would love to do that, but there's still this thing, stigma, lack of respect or ...
CCL: FC Dallas rallies to clinch group title    
Needing at least a tie to advance, FC Dallas rallied from 2-0 down after 22 minutes ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives