Clint Dempsey!

by A.J. Coltrane

Clint Dempsey! And I couldn’t be happier about it! The Sounders inked the #1 or #1a USMT player for the rest of this season and three years beyond it.

Grant Wahl, on how the deal got done:

…He was up for coming back to MLS, but the only teams he was interested […]

The MLS Expands…Again

By Iron Chef Leftovers

I almost spit out my coffee when I saw that the MLS wants to expand again and add another team in the New York City area. Here is a quote from the ever delusional MLS Prez, Don Garber:

“This market has 19 million people in the region and is soccer hungry,” […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Wembley

By Blaidd Drwg

I had given serious thought to doing a post on the NBA and Seattle or even the first active gay athlete in major professional sports in the US, but then I decided that, based on the happenings in the Champions League, that would be a more interesting post.

Will Bayern Munich […]

Attacking the Zone

By Blaidd Drwg

I have seen goalies play up late in the game to try to give their teams an advantage on the attack when they are behind, but this is brilliant.

The scene is set in the offensive end of the field and the attacking team’s goalie (the one in the yellow jersey) is […]

Brazil Preparing For World Cup

by A.J. Coltrane

From Sports Illustrated:

Prostitutes in one of Brazil’s biggest cities are beginning to sign up for free English classes ahead of this year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte, said Tuesday that 20 have already signed up […]

FIFA, the MLS and Popularity

By Blaidd Drwg with AJ Coltrane

Recently, MLS president Don Garber responded to FIFA president Sepp Baltter’s criticism of the MLS. Basically, Blatter was critical of the MLS for not promoting soccer enough in the US. I can understand where the comments come from – the United States is a rich market that FIFA would […]

Penalty Kickos!

By Blaidd Drwg

While Goat’s statement is technically correct, I do think it is somewhat inaccurate. From “Pearls Before Swine” on 9/30.

The Sounder’s Eddie Johnson Scores Two For The US

by A.J. Coltrane

There was a lot of surprised reaction last week when Jozy Alitodore was left off of the US squad for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers. To quote Wahl:

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann left forward Jozy Altidore off his squad for the U.S.’s two important upcoming World Cup qualifiers, a decision that may […]

The Election Is Near!

by A.J. Coltrane

No, not that one. To quote SI’s Grant Wahl:

What are your thoughts on how the Sounders are handling the vote to retain or fire GM Adrian Hanauer? — Matt Koppelman

I love it. The lowdown: On Oct. 7, Seattle season ticket holders will begin voting yay or nay in a vote […]

60,000 Free Haircuts

by A.J. Coltrane

Quoting the Sounders program: “For the third-straight year Sounders FC broke the MLS attendance record in 2011, averaging 38,496 per MLS home match. Seattle has sold out 60-straight MLS regular season and playoff matches.”

It goes on to point out that the Sounders 2012 attendance (39,527) would rank them 7th in the […]