Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem had made only six starts and was often a healthy scratch or substitute for a Sounders team that had paid targeted allocation money (TAM) to sign him in the off-season.
The Sounders this season have largely given away bragging rights to having the league’s toughest home fortress in CenturyLink Field, with places like Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta now laying claim to that throne. But for the Sounders to salvage their season, they’ll have to practically win out at home.
No designated player addition in Sounders history has faced the immediate pressure that will be on newly added striker Raul Ruidiaz on Sunday in Atlanta. He faces the challenge of turning a 4-9-4 team around in time to salvage their fading playoff hopes.
With just 16 points at the halfway mark, the Sounders have run out of leeway when it comes to turning their season around. They need to figure out which players will help them steal some unexpected victories against top-flight opponents the final 17 games if they're to make the playoffs.
Matt Turner recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the New England Revolution played to a scoreless draw with the Seattle Sounders. Turner made one save for the Revs and Stefan Frei needed one save in his clean sheet for the Sounders.
The Sounders will try Saturday to win consecutive MLS matches for the first time all year. But they'll need to do it at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a place they haven't won since 2011 and where some of their worst road experiences ever have taken place.
Will Bruin scored twice and Stefan Frei made a spectacular save to help the Seattle Sounders to their second win in their last eight games, 2-1 over the Colorado Rapids. It was Seattle’s second straight win over Colorado on the Fourth of July. The Sounders are 7-3-1 all-time at Colorado.
Larrys Mabiala scored off of two corner kicks, the second the winner in the 74th minute, in the Portland Timbers’ 3-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders. Samuel Armenteros also scored, and Diego Valeri assisted on all three goals to help the Timbers extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Raul Ruidiaz walked into Sounders training on Friday touted as a goal-scoring savior. But his teammates will need to figure out how to outscore the opposition in a handful of games remaining before he makes it on to the field.
Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer knows Saturday’s upcoming match against Portland might have more than just a rivalry at stake. The Sounders may irreparably harm their playoff chances if they can’t manage a home victory against the Timbers given how the playoff math is shaping up.
Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the season to match the Seattle regular-season career goals record, helping the Sounders tie the Chicago Fire 1-1. Dempsey tied the club record for regular-season goals with 47 set by Fredy Montero from 2009-12. It was Dempsey’s 57th goal across all competitions for the Sounders, three away from Montero’s overall mark.
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei muses about missed opportunities for victories, a higher payday and the desire of players in their 30s like him to make the most of things because “Who knows when it will be done?”
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 10th goal of the season in the second half and the New York Red Bulls beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1. The home team has won the last five meetings in the series.
Depending on how recent you want to take recent history, a second half go-ahead goal by their Saturday night opponent could have left the Sounders either downcast or slightly optimistic.
Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer agrees his team must start winning games in a hurry if it’s to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time.
Sounders left back Nouhou and newly-added striker Felix Chenkam both hail from the same port city in Cameroon, a rarity for Major League Soccer teammates. They are part of an ever-growing and somewhat controversial pipeline of Cameroonians to MLS that the Sounders have been active participants in.
Sebastian Saucedo launched a shot that found the upper right corner in the 61st minute in Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
Sounders defender Kim Kee-hee says he likes physical play and can take whatever opponents throw his way, be it broken noses, cuts to his eyes or a bloody scalp.
Sebastian Blanco broke out his Chucky mask for a goal against the rival Sounders. In a nod to his nickname back home in Argentina, Blanco donned the mask in celebration after scoring in the 86th minute in the Portland Timbers’ 1-0 victory over Seattle on Sunday.
The salvos were being launched well before Sunday’s rivalry game between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders.