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Clint Dempsey really likes playing with Obafemi Martins

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"It was fun, playing with Oba is like playing pickup, just in terms of we just look for each other. We see the game the same. We like to link up and make those passes that create space for each other so that we can create chances for each other to get looks in front of goal. I really enjoy playing with him. He’s a great player and he has had a great career and he continues to play well."

Here's what Dempsey had to say after playing with Martins for the first time in two months.

Sigi Schmid saw Chris Penso's performance a little differently than Caleb Porter

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"I thought that was a red card. Maybe he thought Chara had been fouled earlier in the sequence. Pappa was probably fouled as well. He could have blown the whistle earlier. Maybe I’m older than Caleb but I’ve seen worse performances than that."

Sigi Schmid after being asked to assess Chris Penso's performance in Wednesday's Open Cup game.

Dempsey "thinks" he has a broken nose

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I think my nose is broken. I didn’t consider coming off, I just wanted to go on for as long as I could, but I had trouble breathing. I was coughing up blood a little bit from the back of my throat, but I felt fine and that I could keep going. I did feel a little bit tired towards the end, but hopefully I’ll be able to start breathing through my nose again before the next game.

Clint Dempsey in postgame comments.

Hot Time in Old Town previews the game. They aren't confident.

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Final prediction? I have to say Seattle 3-0. I really hope the Fire are able to slow down the Sounder's attack but I just can't see it happening. There will be tired legs in important positions and with the rest that the Sounders were able to have in between games will prove to be too much.

This May Not Go Well: Chicago vs. Seattle Sounders Preview, MLS #14 - Hot Time In Old Town

Crew Preview From Massive Report

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"We know that going there with the turf and the wet is going to be a little different, but I think if we play our game and focus on the things we've worked on and talked about, we'll be in good shape," Gehrig said. Berhalter admitted that they focused on playing into feet this week in practice as opposed to space because the turf - especially when wet - can cause the ball to skip and go long.

Massive Report took a look at how the Crew are approaching the game. One of the notable things is that Berhalter calls this match a measuring stick game.

Referee Assignment for Seattle at Montreal

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REFEREE: ARMANDO VILLARREAL AR1: Corey Parker AR2: Craig Lowry 4TH: Mathieu Bourdeau

PRO is back to work and announced the first assignments post-lockout.

What Ever Happened To ... Seattle Sounders original and fan favorite Roger Levesque

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"He didn’t want a lot. What he wanted was that opportunity to play and he’d be there for you every day. I think that’s one of the unique qualities that Roger had and it brought a lot of that connection to fans. He played from the bottom of his heart." - Sigi Schmid

Roger Levesque - Then & Now MLSSoccer.com's own Jeremiah Oshan takes a deep look at Mr Sounder where he was and what he's doing now.

Friberg v Pappa - National View via ProSoccerTalk

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But perhaps the most important (and most obvious) reason the 2011 versions of Pappa and Friberg many not be relevant: 2012 and 2013 happened. During that time, Friberg went to Malmö, was a regular starter on teams that finished third and first, and (last year) became a goal scoring threat. His six goals in 27 games were a career high.

Farley looks at why Seattle may pass on Pappa Lot's of references to SaH, but there's more to it than that.

Football lines

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"[Fans] should be prepared for a football field pretending to be a soccer field," Sounders general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer told reporters on Thursday. "It’s the unfortunate reality of a two professional-team stadium with the timing. We probably could’ve avoided this if we had done a little better job collecting points toward the end of the season."

Oshan wrote this at MLSSoccer.com It's all true. It is disappointing and sadly inevitable. It could have been avoided by merely earning two more points in the regular season. But there will be tens of thousands more at this game than any non-Sounders Playoff game. That's kind of cool.
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