Seattle Sounders Only Manage a Draw in Victor Rodriguez’ Debut

Seattle Sounders were only able to secure a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps in the recent league match.


The club have been on a great run of form over the last few weeks, but the streak of three consecutive wins was brought to an end with the draw against Vancouver. Still, it was a positive result for the club considering that most of the table rivals were also dropping points. After having had a mediocre start to the campaign, Seattle Sounders are now pushing for a MLS cup title. The defending champions are unbeaten in the last 11 league matches. The club’s last defeat was away against New York City.

Victor Rodriguez was one of the new faces for Seattle Sounders in the game against Vancouver, as he came up with a strong debut. The Spanish midfielder was signed earlier this month and the 28-year-old winger was able to get a penalty. This was converted by Nicolas Lodeiro, but Seattle Sounders were unable to hang on to this advantage. Continue reading “Seattle Sounders Only Manage a Draw in Victor Rodriguez’ Debut”

Arsenal Sponsorship Deals: An Overview

We’re expecting an announcement soon that will confirm Arsenal dropping Puma as they shirt designers in favor of a £180m deal with Adidas to commence at the kick-off of the 2018/2019 season. Should the deal be completed it will nearly treble the club’s annual income paid for the right to design their team jersey, and take propel them much closer to the kind of income enjoyed by their top of the table rivals. While this is major news and yet further proof that the EPL leads the way when it comes to enhancing subsidiary income streams, it also provides us with the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the many other sponsorship deals they enjoy.

Emirates Remain The Key Partner
Arsenal and Emirates have enjoyed over a decade of partnership with the airline proving a key source of funding for the 60 000 capacity, £390m Emirates Stadium. A commercial partnership was crucial in order to get work underway, as the club was not granted any public sector funding and despite their best efforts only earned around £50m from careful player sales (an impressive sum for the times but only an eighth of the total cost, not including a new training ground). Continue reading “Arsenal Sponsorship Deals: An Overview”

Seattle Sounders sign Victor Rodriguez from Sporting Gijon

Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders have announced the arrival of Spanish winger Víctor Rodríguez from La Liga B club Sporting Gijon.


The 28-year-old had started training with the Sounders on Monday, but the move was kept on hold until all paperwork had been finalised. Rodriguez becomes the Sounders’ second recruit of the transfer window following the signing of Dutch full-back Kelvin Leerdam on July 1.

Rodriguez has spent his entire professional career in his home nation where he has racked over 230 outings for Badalona, Vilajuiga, Zaragoza, Elche, Getafe and Sporting Gijon. The Spaniard had been closely watched by sporting director Chris Henderson over the past 24 months, and club president Garth Lagerwey is pleased that the attacker has been added to the squad.

“[Rodríguez] is a player [Vice President of Soccer and Sporting Director] Chris Henderson has scouted for almost two years now,” Lagerwey said. “He’s seen him multiple times live and I want to give Chris a lot of credit because he really was dogged about this one. He had never been available and suddenly he was available and popped up and we thought, ‘Well, OK this is a guy we’ve been tracking for a while and are pretty excited about.’” Continue reading “Seattle Sounders sign Victor Rodriguez from Sporting Gijon”

Neagle Returns to Seattle Sounders (Again)

A new face arrived at CenturyLink Field this week but it’s an extremely familiar one as Lamar Neagle returns to the club for his fourth stint with the team. The midfielder links up with the side once again after the Sounders traded a fourth round pick in the MLS Super Draft with struggling DC United.

Neagle has spent eight years competing in the MLS and has spent five of them in Seattle colours. Brian Schmetzer was keen to add to his squad and the acquisition of Neagle can only help competition for places.

Seattle Sounders are on a terrific run of form with their most recent victory a resounding 4-0 success against Minnesota at the TCF Bank Stadium. Away successes are few and far between in the MLS but Schmetzer’s men put in the perfect counter attacking display with Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin both on the scoresheet. Jordan Morris is also back amongst the goals, which is a huge positive for the club. Continue reading “Neagle Returns to Seattle Sounders (Again)”

Seattle Sounders back in for Paraguayan midfielder

Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders are once again being linked with a summer move for Dynamo Kiev’s Derlis Gonzalez.


The MLS Cup winners had walked away from a deal due to Dynamo’s transfer fee demands earlier in the month, but it appears that the move is back on track. Paraguay radio station ABC Cardinal suggests that Gonzalez will link up with the American outfit following Dynamo’s Champions League two-legged tie against Young Boys. The Ukrainian giants clinched a 3-1 victory at home in the third qualifying round, and they will hope to maintain their lead in order to head into playoffs next month.

Should the report be true, the Paraguay international could be a game-changing signing for the Sounders, who have enjoyed a good run of form which has propelled them up to fifth in the standings. The 23-year-old has often featured as a left-sided midfielder, but he is also capable of taking up an attacking position. Gonzalez joined Dynamo from Swiss giants Basel back in 2015, and he has since bagged five goals in 35 league outings. Continue reading “Seattle Sounders back in for Paraguayan midfielder”

Seattle Sounders vs DC United Match Preview

Seattle Sounders sealed a comfortable 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids in the previous outing.


Goals from Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin gave the Sounders a first-half lead. Dominique Badji pulled a goal for Rapids in the second period but Dempsey completed the rout with his brace completed in the 85th minute. On the other hand, DC United succumbed to their third loss on the trot following a 4-2 defeat away at Dallas. Ian Harkes bagged the opener for United in the 30th minute, but four goals in the space of 14 minutes on either side of half time put Dallas 4-1 ahead. Deshorn Brown added the second for United in the 57th minute but it was no more than a consolation goal.

Seattle Sounders have had a mixed run in Major League Soccer of late, and this has pushed them outside of the playoff positions into seventh place. Their home form, however, makes for good reading with 10 points gained out of the last 15. Meanwhile, DC have had a dismal record over the course of the season, and they find themselves rockbottom of the Eastern Conference. With five defeats out of five away from home, they could expect another tough outing at CenturyLink Field. Continue reading “Seattle Sounders vs DC United Match Preview”