Fafa Picault scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, helping the Philadelphia Union halt Seattle’s MLS-record nine-game winning streak by beating the Sounders 1-0. The Union won for the fifth time in six games, The Sounders lost for the first time since dropping a 3-2 decision to Portland in Seattle on June 30.
Raul Ruidiaz scored twice and the Seattle Sounders ran their club-record winning streak to nine games, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Saturday night.
The Seattle Sounders beat up on the undermanned Vancouver Whitecaps in July to start what’s become a Major League Soccer-record eight-game winning streak. But the Whitecaps, with star midfielder Alphonso Davies back in the fold, haven’t lost since and will seek to spoil the Sounders’ bid for their first Cascadia Cup since 2015 Saturday and keep their own playoff hopes alive.
Raul Ruidiaz scored from the run of play, Nico Lodeiro converted a penalty kick and the Seattle Sounders took advantage of an own goal to beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Saturday in a game between two of the hottest teams in MLS.
The Sounders will aim for a league record eighth consecutive win in a single season Saturday as they face Sporting Kansas City, the squad they share that MLS mark with. Adding to the tension will be Clint Dempsey's retirement ceremony and the fact the Sounders are still barely clinging to a playoff berth.
Former U.S. national team captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey announced his retirement on Wednesday, effective immediately.
An own goal in the 76th minute gave Seattle a 1-0 victory over Cascadia Cup rival Portland on Sunday night, extending the Sounders’ club-record winning streak to seven games.
The Sounders and Timbers meet Sunday in Portland in a rivalry that has suffered from roster churn and a lack of critical matchups. But longtime protagonist Osvaldo Alonso has regained his form heading into a match where a win by either team could throw a serious crimp into the other's playoff plans.
The Sounders are now healthy and stacked with arguably the deepest lineup they've ever put on a field. And that's made it tougher for even highly-paid veterans to see significant field time.
Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey helped guide the team to its first MLS Cup title in 2016 and a return to the final last season. But his Sounders are only now pulling out of a third consecutive poor start to the regular season.
Harry Shipp had a goal and an assist and the Seattle Sounders rolled past the depleted Los Angeles Galaxy 5-0 for their club-record sixth straight victory. Chad Marshall, Cristian Roldan and Raul Ruidiaz also scored, and the Sounders were the beneficiary of an own goal. Seattle is 7-0-2 in its last nine games, tying the second-longest undefeated string in club history.
Even without star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Saturday, Sigi Schmid and the Los Angeles Galaxy still present a formidable challenge for a streaking Sounders team that has never had an easy ride when facing Major League Soccer’s premier franchise.
Newly acquired Sounders left back Brad Smith could start Sunday against Western Conference leading FC Dallas as the Sounders look to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games. Smith’s immigration paperwork arrived sooner than expected and coach Brian Schmetzer won’t waste time getting him on the field.
The Seattle Sounders have bolstered their defense heading into the final months of the MLS season by acquiring defender Brad Smith on loan from Premier League club Bournemouth. Smith spent the past two seasons at Bournemouth after starting his career in the youth system at Liverpool. Seattle used targeted allocation money to land the 24-year-old Australian.
Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson and Harry Shipp all scored their second goals of the season, and the resurgent Seattle Sounders ended New York City FC’s four-match win streak with a 3-1 win on. Seattle completed a busy eight-day stretch with its third straight victory.
Nicolas Lodeiro scored twice in the first half in the Seattle Sounders’ 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Seattle (5-9-5) extended its season-high unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2).
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.
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