Seattle Get Late Winner over Vancouver Whitecaps to Reverse Losing Sequence

Seattle Sounders were able to grab a crucial victory over Vancouver Whitecaps to arrest a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions. This was also the first victory for Seattle since beating Orlando City in the middle of May. Brian Schmetzer was coming under pressure owing to this disappointing form since the start of the campaign. As a result, the two Los Angeles teams have been able to make substantial inroads into the top of the Western Conference table. LA Galaxy have a two-point advantage – after having played a game more – while LAFC have been able to open up an eight-point advantage after having played the same number of matches as Seattle.

In such a situation, the game had to go in favour of Seattle, who were playing in front of their own supporters. Just when it seemed that the match was to end in a goalless draw, Kelvin Leerdam was able to come up with a winner in the sixth minute of injury time. This was almost the last kick of the game. Seattle had put in an impressive performance, but manager Schmetzer says that he expected a victory for Seattle after the substantial improvement shown in the second half. The first half was a dull affair with both teams struggling to break the opposition.
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Seattle Sounders’ recent match against Los Angeles was a test of resilience for them and they came out with absolute flying colors.

Seattle was slightly on the back-foot ahead of the game because they had locked horns with LA only a few days back and had got absolutely hammered by four goals to one. But they seemed to be pumped up to avenge that as they took the pitch on Sunday and dramatically managed to get a lead in the very first minute of the game, leaving LA shell shocked.

However that happiness turned into anguish pretty soon as not only the visitors managed to level the proceedings just a couple of minutes later, Seattle thereafter went one man short too as Cristian Roldan received marching orders from the referee for a foul.
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Seattle Sounders Lose Alonso to Minnesota United

Seattle Sounders have lost a major part of the squad after Osvaldo Alonso has decided to quit the club for Minnesota United. Alonso is the all-time leader in the Seattle Sounders history when it comes to the number of starts, appearances, and minutes spent on the pitch. He has been part of the Seattle set up since 2009 and he was also the last member of the original team that debuted in that season. Brian Schmetzer has been able to see Alonso from close up for almost a decade and he says that the player remains an icon in various aspects.

Alonso has had an immense impact at Seattle Sounders due to his drive and determination, which was apparent even in training, according to the manager. After having been able to claim the MLS Cup title by beating Toronto FC, Alonso has now been able to leave on a high. The Cuban has been able to win the team MVP on five occasions and he was also named in the MLS All-Star team on four occasions. He is only 13 appearances behind Zach Scott for the most number of appearances for Seattle Sounders across all competitions and this record goes back to 1974.
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Schmetzer Agrees New Contract with Seattle Sounders

Brian Schmetzer has been able to silently agree a new contract with Seattle Sounders. The confirmed that the manager is now under contract for a few more years. The formal announcement has not come about due to a personal request by the manager, who has often been reluctant to get credit for the successes achieved by the team. His policy of staying under the radar is once again evident from this move.Schmetzer claims that he is delighted to be part of an organisation that has been able to give him a lot of freedom to work in the best possible manner.

Schmetzer came to Seattle Sounders on an interim basis in 2016. He came to the club when Seattle were going to aim tough period of time, but he has been able to get a 47-25-23 record with the club. This translates into a return of 1.73 points per match. He has also been able to achieve a 7-3-3 record in the play-offs. This translates into one of the best career record for an MLS coach aside from Gerardo Martino, who has been able to achieve 1.82 points per match. Crucially, Schmetzer has an excellent record when it comes to the MLS Cup since he has been able to take his teams to the competition more often than not. The 2018 campaign is the first year in which Schmetzer has been able to achieve this feat.
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Seattle Sounders boss responds after playoff disappointment

Seattle Sounders boss Brian Schmetzer has literally no complaints following the team’s playoff exit to Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers. The Sounders suffered a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the playoffs on the road but they managed to level the aggregate in the reverse leg where five goals were scored in just 29 second half minutes.

With the scores level, progression had to be decided on a penalty shootout and Timbers eventually prevailed to reach the Western Conference finals, where they are scheduled to face Sporting Kansas City. Speaking after the game, Schmetzer said that he has no words to describe the result and believes his side gave everything they could to turn the result in their favour.
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Brian Schmetzer happy to see Seattle break MLS winning streak

Seattle Sounders were able to claim eight consecutive victories for the first time in MLS history after the 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City. This was the longest streak achieved by a club since the post-shootout era. As a result, Seattle are now in a good position to overcome the poor start made to the campaign. Just like in the last season, Seattle may be coming up good in the business end of the season. Brian Schmetzer congratulated the team after the milestone victory and he stated that fans should be revelling in the moment as much as possible.

The improved result of results is likely to help Seattle make a push for the top two places once again. Now that the record is in the books, Seattle how to try and extend the even further, according to goalkeeper Stefan Frei. The goalkeeper says that the team record is much better than an individual record. Now, there is a danger of the club being extra cautious when it comes to avoid losing the run and this may be counter-productive to their push for the top two places. Brian Schmetzer says that the international break will provide a great opportunity for Seattle to try and maximise their points from the current trend.
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