Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer has praised the team effort after his team were unable to retain the MLS cup title. The club suffered a 2-0 defeat against Toronto, who have been one of the best teams in the division, to end up losing the title in the final. After the game, Schmetzer claimed that the Seattle Sounders outfit lost because of the duels that went in way of Toronto. Still, the club can be extremely happy with the outcome of the 2017 campaign, as Seattle were able to make up a lot of ground after an indifferent start to the season.
Seattle were extremely poor in the first few weeks of the season, but they were able to come in with a strong defence that barely allowed any goals to go in in the second half of the season. Some of the key players over the course of the campaign have been Clint Dempsey, Will Bruin, and Nicolas Lodeiro. However, one of the defining characters of Seattle Sounders the season has been the lack of goals. Manager Brian Schmetzer will have fewer reasons to complain about Toronto success, as they have been quite brilliant over the course of the entire campaign. The likes of Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore have helped Toronto to become one of the most potent attacking outfits in the division.
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Victor Rodriguez is excited to have made his comeback for Seattle Sounders during the MLS playoffs. The 28-year-old attacker missed the final match of the regular season as well as the semi-final in Vancouver last weekend with a right lateral quad strain.
The Barcelona-based forward netted two goals in his previous two matches prior to his injury, and he made his return as a second-half substitute against Vancouver on Thursday. The crowd at the CenturyLink Field were undoubtedly pleased with his arrival onto the field, and Rodriguez was delighted with the same. He said, “I would like to remember the feeling I had when I went onto the field and the ovation that the fans gave me,” Rodríguez said. “I still have goosebumps.”
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Clint Dempsey is reportedly in talks with Seattle Sounders over a fresh contract. The United States international has played an influential role for the Sounders, who reached the Western Conference final after beating Vancouver Whitecaps in a two-legged semi-final play-off.
According to FourFourTwo, negotiations are underway between Sounders and Dempsey for the 2018 season, although the club have declined to comment on the situation. The 34-year-old saw his career coming to an abrupt end after an irregular heartbeat was discovered last year, but he has overcome this problem to contribute 14 goals for the Sounders this term. Continue reading “Dempsey in talks over Seattle Sounders return”
Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer admitted that he did not have any preference when it came to the side that his team will face in the Western Conference Championship. Seattle Sounders manage to go through to the final by beating Vancouver Whitecaps by 2-0.
Brian Schmetzer said that he does not mind facing another team from Vancouver after beating the Whitecaps. He said that this stage all the teams are equal and that the players should be ready for a fight if they want to win the trophy. Continue reading “Schmetzer had no preference”
Summer signing Victor Rodriguez is prepared to feature in a more expansive role for Seattle Sounders following a hamstring injury to first-team regular Jordan Morris.
The 28-year-old was signed up in early August with a view to adding more quality to the Sounders attack.
Rodriguez was initially expected to play a backup role in the Sounders squad, but his position has been changed in recent days after it was revealed that 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris will be sidelined for weeks with a hamstring damage. The youngster suffered the injury during the 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy, and the impetus will now be on Rodriguez to contribute towards the attack.
“It’s unfortunate Jordan was injured but we’re a team with lots of good players. Obviously, he’s a very good player and it’s difficult to replace him but we have a lot of good players that adapt to challenges and a strong bench that we can call on many players to do that. I’m ready [to fill in] and I’m happy to be here. My teammates took me in, as well as the training staff, so that makes things much easier,” Rodriguez is quoted as saying on MLSsoccer.com after the Sounders’ practice on Thursday. Continue reading “Victor Rodriguez prepared for more expansive role at Seattle Sounders”
Seattle Sounders attacker Oalex Anderson could be out for an extended period after he suffered a setback in his quest to return from an ACL injury sustained last season. The speedy forward had been training with his fellow teammates since May and appeared close to making a first-team comeback before suffering another setback. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer is however optimistic that the winger will return to full fitness ahead of the 2018 preseason.
Speaking to reporters, Brian Schmetzer confirmed that Anderson is still sidelined after he twisted his knee awkwardly during a non-contact drill on Monday, he said: “He twisted his knee. It was his repaired knee, so obviously there’s some concern there. That’s why we had him come off the field. He was just by himself and landed funny. I feel bad for the kid because he’s super talented.” Continue reading “Seattle Sounders winger suffers injury setback”