SEATTLE - Win the duels; win the game. It's a simple mentality that's led the Sounders to unprecedented success since Brian Schmetzer took over in 2016. It's also the mentality that won them the 2019 MLS Cup. For the fourth straight playoff match, the Sounders lost possession, had the lower passing accuracy, and still dominated in every area that really matters.
Brian Schmetzer opened up on the status of Clint Dempsey during his weekly interview with Dave "Softy" Mahler and Dick Fain from 950 KJR. After waxing poetic on duels won and other successes from the Sounders record tying 7th straight win against the Portland Timbers, the interview addressed the correlation between Seattle's unbeaten streak and the absence of arguably their biggest star.
TUKWILA, Wash. - Kelvin Leerdam ended last season with no goals and fives assists. That's not a bad haul for a fullback, but it's a mark that he's currently on pace to obliterate, at least in terms of goals scored.
Every good rivalry needs a rubber match. In the case of the Seattle Sounders versus Toronto FC, Round 3 is the deciding contest nobody saw coming. After both sides took one MLS Cup apiece from back-to-back finals matchups in 2016 and 2017, the embers from the two-way duel for MLS supremacy were largely smothered by historically great seasons from expansion sides Atlanta United and LAFC in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
TUKWILA, Wash. - Just over two years ago, the Sounders traded allocation money to the Montreal Impact in exchange for attacking midfielder Harry Shipp.
D ré Montgomery had a busy freshman year. While most college students spend their first months on campus dipping their toes into the proverbial pond, Dré was jumping in headfirst and getting involved. For him that meant school, but also student involvement and music.
To kickoff our first episode, we welcome Sounders legend Steve Zakuani to the studio. Steve takes us back to his roots in Tottenham to discuss how grime music, north London, and traveling the world as a youth footballer helped shape his style of play and his life.
The Seattle Sounders just won MLS Cup for the second time in four years. They beat Toronto FC both times and this time they were the better team, no matter what any national pundits would have you believe. Mark Kastner, Jeremiah Oshan and Casey Dunau discuss and debate this during the latest Sounder at Heart podcast.
We welcome Colorado Switchbacks player and Guamanian national team member, Shane Malcolm, to the show. From playing soccer with a water bottle as a kid in Jamaica to scoring goals as a pro for the USL's Colorado Switchbacks, Shane Malcolm's journey is as incredible as it is inspiring.
That could make for a lot of pressure, especially in taking on the weight of topics that possess far-reaching implications and high personal stakes-a fact that Lauren Denitizio readily acknowledges in her lyrics when lamenting, "So many questions get asked/So many times I don't have the energy I'd like to correct and react."
Some artists write songs about themselves, pulling facts from their lives in hopes of finding some mutual truths that can connect with their audience. Others create more from their imagination, searching for the universal within the abstract. Still even more operate in a sort of grey area between the two, filling in embellishing details when their concrete surroundings fall short.
Kanye West is crazy. Or so people like to say with a sort of flippant superiority. Only thing is, this time around on his highly awaited, hotly debated, and incessantly fiddled with latest album, The Life of Pablo, he's saying it, too. In three separate instances on the record, he declares instability.