9
Oct

One night only! Portland Timbers allow fans to root for rivals Seattle

By Kyle McCarthy 

Portland is in the middle of a tussle with Vancouver for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Every point matters as the season winds to a close.

The circumstances are so tense in Portland that Timbers fans might even need to do the unthinkable on Friday: root for their hated rivals from Seattle.

Luckily, club owner Merritt Paulson gave them permission.

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It isn’t by choice or design. Seattle hosts Vancouver in a potential six-pointer. If the Whitecaps somehow manage to collect all three points at CenturyLink Field, then they will leap over the Timbers in the standings.

So, for two hours, Timbers fans must swallow their pride and root for their bitter rivals, as difficult as it may be.

5
Oct

Clint Dempsey’s nifty backheel pass leads to Sounders goal

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Marco Pappa chipped in a lovely goal during the Seattle Sounders’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, but it was teammate Clint Dempsey’s cheeky set-up that was the real highlight on the play.

Backheel assists are special enough, but Deuce’s was extra special. A Zidane Turn - Backheel pass hybrid. Brilliant stuff.

17
Sep

DeAndre Yedlin runs faster than you (GIF)

imageDeAndre Yedlin is fast. Very fast.

You know this. I know this. We all know this.

But if you needed any more proof, check out what the Tottenham-bound fullback pulled off during the Seattle Sounders’ U.S. Open Cup final victory over Philadelphia Union on Tuesday night:

Woah.

Cristian Maidana of the Union (NOTE: also a professional athlete) had about a 10-yard head start on a breakaway and Yedlin still runs past him after a 50-yard sprint. That should be impossible. Unless you’re DeAndre Yedlin.

Conclusion: DeAndre Yedlin is stupid fast.

H/T Reddit

Image provided by USA Today

25
Aug

Portland Timbers unfurl epic ‘Wizard of Oz’ tifo ahead of Seattle Sounders clash

The Timbers Army is at it again.

As you would expect anytime the Seattle Sounders come to town, the fans in Portland conjured up an epic pre-match tifo to give their rivals a warm welcome to Providence Park for Sunday’s Cascadia Cup match.

This time, they really out-did themselves with a Wizard of Oz-themed tifo. A yellow brick road connected Dorothy holding a can of gasoline on one end, and a burning city of Seattle (appropriately known as the “Emerald City”) on the other. The message “There’s no place like home” hung right above it.

The tifo was absolutely brilliant. Their team? Well, the Sounders left Portland with a convincing 4-2 win over their bitter northwest rivals.

Check the tifo out in action, below:

Image provided by USA Today

11
Aug

Clint Dempsey gives child his kit for a couple of handfuls of popcorn

Clint Dempsey played 89 minutes against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday night, and as expected, was a little bit hungry after the match ended. Where could the Seattle Sounders striker find himself some food?

Aha! The small child sitting field-side with the giant bucket of popcorn. Surely he’d want to share with the USA star, right?

Well, there had to be something for the little kid to get in return for his precious popcorn. Clint gratefully obliged:

So Dempsey gets a stomach full of popcorn, and the little boy gets a sweaty, game-worn (and absolutely priceless) jersey. Seems like a fair trade.

But for real Clint, you’re the man.

(H/T SB Nation)

1
Aug

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper flies with the Blue Angels and blacks out

It seems that it’s some sort of odd goalkeeper’s tradition up in Seattle to hitch a ride with the Blue Angels. Back in 2009, Kasey Keller went for a spin in an F-18. Now this week, 42-year-old Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann took the plunge.

So of course, here’s a video of him passing out (don’t worry, he managed to hold onto his cookies):

"You got me!" Yes, Marcus, yes he did. The keeper even told us exactly how much it took to make him black out.

We all knew goalkeepers were just a little bit out of their minds — this just helps prove that theory.

19
Jul

Seattle Sounders made Xander Bailey’s wish come true and it’s beautiful

Xander Bailey had his Make-A-Wish dream come true in a big way on Saturday — and on his birthday, no less. The 19-year-old from West Virginia has been dealing with cystic fibrosis since he was a baby while also playing soccer for most of his life.

His dream? Meet his favorite soccer player, Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey.

His reality? Not only did Xander meet Dempsey, but he signed a contract with the Sounders, trained with the team and even spoke with the media. The Sounders pulled out all the stops.

But it didn’t stop there. As Seattle geared up for a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur, Xander was named to their active roster and started against the English club.

Hey, Brad Friedel, maybe give the kid a break and let that one slip through?

Even the fans got involved, creating a banner for their club’s newest signing. 

What an unbelievable few days for Xander and his family. Bravo, Seattle. Bravo.

19
Jul

Clint Dempsey earns spot on FIFA 15 Cover

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Seattle forward Clint Dempsey returned from the World Cup to find out he had landed another honor: a place on the cover of FIFA 2015.

Dempsey is the first American player to land on the cover of the game since Landon Donovan in 2011. He will share the duties with Lionel Messi when the game hits the shelves in September.

"It’s crazy," Dempsey said in a phone interview on Friday. "It’s really cool. I was a fan of the game growing up, playing with my friends. Going from playing the game with my friends to being able to play with my own player in the game and now being on the cover, it’s something that’s pretty special. It’s an honor."

It is also a sign of Dempsey’s cultural relevance in a World Cup year and the increasing influence of MLS on the whole. The popularity of the game — and the presence of the U.S. captain on the cover of it — offers yet another entry point for emerging fans. If Dempsey’s presence prompts more players to opt for MLS sides instead of Barcelona or Real Madrid, then it is exactly the sort of development that can help the league moving forward.

Those broader concerns matter in the long term for a league still seeking to expand its foothold among the general population, but the cachet afforded by Dempsey’s place on the cover reaps immediate benefits, too.  

"I’m super excited that Clint’s on the cover," Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin said. "I think the fans not only in Seattle, but throughout America will really like it and appreciate because Clint is such a familiar face in soccer, especially in America. I think everybody’s really going to like it. I’m excited to see the response."

Dempsey dons his Sounders FC alternate jersey on the XBox version of the cover (Seattle has the Xbox logo on the front of its kits) and wears his international jersey on the PS4 cover.

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Photos courtesy of EA Sports

25
May

Erik Hurtado makes defenders look silly

imageBreaking ankles is a move generally reserved for the basketball court, but Vancouver Whitecaps forward Erik Hurtado did so on the soccer pitch Saturday night.

In a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders, Hurtado briefly made it 1-1 on a superf finish from a tight angle, but not before twisting both Osvaldo Alonso and Djimi Traore into pretzels. Watch the goal below:

Ouch.

16
Jan

Seattle Sounders pick part-time rapper in MLS SuperDraft

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Break out the turntables, Seattle!

In the second round of Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft, the Sounders selected Jimmy Ockford out of Louisville, a promising central defender and…  rapper?

Yes, the 21-year-old prospect has built up a solid rap catalog along with his partner Dalton Carroll. The duo, who call themselves “Absolute Pursuit,” have posted ten songs on Soundcloud and amassed more than 6,000 likes on Facebook. Pretty good!

Or…not so good? Their Facebook page lists Asher Roth and Sam Adams among their influences. Hmm.

Of course, it’s no surprise Ockford was drafted by the Sounders, who already employ one part-time rapper:

Let’s hope that Dempsey… er, Deuce, can give Jimmy a few tips before they team up for the inevitable collab album.

Image via Instagram/Jockford