Sounders: Analysis

Case Study: Covering for an overlapping wingback

Obafemi Martins made an amazing run to prevent a breakaway. He wasn't covering for DeAndre Yedlin; he was recovering his own attempt at greatness.

Sounders vs. Chivas Tactics: Stopping Dempsey?

Chivas used a high line to deny Dempsey space, but Torres was left isolated. The red card and ensuing tactical decisions give Seattle the advantage.

Solving "fouls suffered problem" 1 goal at a time

Twice this season teams have set the record for most fouls against Seattle Sounders FC. What can the team do about this?

Sounders vs. Columbus Tactics: End-to-end

Columbus looked to get men forward and the Sounders tried to counterattack. The attacking style, Columbus' poor giveaways, and Higuain's movement were at the forefront until Traore's red card.

Stats: The Hows and Whys of Bus Parking

Seattle let Montreal shoot with impunity in the second half on Sunday? Is that a good idea?

Chad Marshall changes how the defense plays

Normally when a team acquires a two-time Defensive Player of the Year it would be huge news. Somehow bringing in Chad Marshall from the Crew was quiet and overshadowed. Against Sporting KC some of what he does changed the defensive structure.

Remick should be the Sounders starting leftback

The 22-year-old, a year out from his time at Brown University, was easily the most impressive player on the pitch Saturday and deserves consideration as the Seattle Sounders starting leftback moving forward.

Sounders Surpassing MLS Originals At Gate All-Time

This year, more people will have seen Sounders matches in Seattle over the last six years than have in 20 at some of MLS' longest-running locals.

Breaking Down the Breakdowns: Game One

A frame-by-frame look at some of the key plays in Seattle's 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City.

About Dempsey's Lack of Production

Clint Dempsey has only scored one goal since signing with the Sounders last summer. Is that indicative of what we can expect from him in the future or is there hope that his form will return in 2014 for both Seattle and the USMNT?


The Sounders May Start Slow, and That Is Okay

There has been some significant turnover from last season. Change is good, but it can take a while for change to take hold.

Bubble Battles - XI, 18 and roster

Despite all the attention given to which trialists are going to make the roster there are two other bubbles that are more likely to determine the success of the 2014 squad.

Sounders' impending varied offense

Joshua Mayers took a look at the variety offered by the 2014 offense. Let's look a little deeper.

3XI Depth Chart - Use of Time

After a few matches we can get a better idea of how certain players are viewed by the coaching staff. This look at the Depth Chart includes a look at trialists as well as which players on the roster look to be charging into the 18 from the fringes.

Potential Friberg acquisition not about the tacos

Acquiring Friberg is about making the team better than it is now.

How Tim Cahill explains Clint Dempsey’s possible rise in 2014

Will Parchman takes a tactical look at Cahill's struggles in his first half year and the parallels that Dempsey just had in Seattle. What he did here for TopDrawerSoccer needs both your eyeballs, now. It's not just a reason for hope, it's science* *science not included.

The enigma of Lamar Neagle

The 253 native had a breakout year for the Seattle Sounders. But the statistics say he is a complete enigma on the field. Which version should we believe in?

Kovar & Okoli signed, what are their paths to grow

This may be blasphemy in Soundersland, but not every Home Grown Player is going to be an All Star like DeAndre Yedlin in their first year. Some may need to develop. There are a few ways they can do that. None are guaranteed to succeed.

A case for a 4-2-3-1

It's not time to abandon our beloved Wide Attacking Midfielders just yet.

The Care and Feeding of Kenny Cooper

Kenny Cooper must be given the right position to help the Sounders in 2014.

The Sounders and the Required Diamond Creativity

The Sounders are looking more and more like they may move to the diamond midfield for next season. Do they even have the right personnel to make that formation work? Are there issues with creativity that need to be addressed?

Forecasting the Tactical Future of the Sounders

Looking back in retrospect at the few minutes the Seattle Sounders main attacking threats spent on pitch together and looking forward to the tactical prospect's of next season

Looking at Dempsey & other midseason acquisitions

Clint Dempsey didn't fare so well in his half season in a Sounders uniform, but a look around the league shows his impact wasn't much less than other players in the league.

Game State, Regarding Portland v. Seattle

Caleb Porter blamed Seattle's statistical strength in the first leg -apart from the scoreline - on strategy. Is he right?

Pace and Possession favor Seattle, still lose

This may seem like sticking the hand up the puppet of statistics, and maybe it is. But when a possession based team has their worst outing of the year by that measure just maybe Seattle Sounders FC did something right last night.

A Tale of Two Sigis

Seattle Sounders' supporters have laid witness to two coaches: The Sigi Schmid that dominates the regular season and racks up U.S. Open Cups and the Sigi Schmid that features outdated tactics and a penchant for losing big games.

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