Sounders: MLS Cup Playoffs

Sounders crash out of MLS Cup Playoffs to Portland

The final aggregate score looks respectable. Leg 2 was not. False hope was granted, but failure consumed Seattle in the first 45 minutes of leg two.

Sounders v Timbers - Leg Two 2nd Half Gamethread

Well now Seattle is down three goals with just 45 minutes of life left in their second season.

Sounders at Timbers - Playoffs Leg 2 - Gamethread

Portland enters the match with a one goal lead. The winner by total aggregate score moves on to the Western Conference Finals. These are the only 90 minutes that matter, or 120 minutes. That could happen too.

What Has Come Before and What Will Be

Nothing is certain. Not even a lead in the home leg of a playoff series.

Sounders at Portland Timbers - Leg Two Questions

Heading down for a road match down a goal Seattle will need to do what only one team has done to Caleb Porter's club in MLS play - win at the Glass House.

YNYA Films presents: I Do Not Fear. (video)

"I do not fear... for you are with me."

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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?

Second leg history of Sounders FC

Comebacks when down heading into two legs are not rare (they aren't really common either), as Joshua Mayers points out Sunday. Even better Seattle's pretty good in the second leg historically.

Sounders down only one goal at half. (Animated)

First half is over. Only one goal is the difference for the second half and with all to play for. Portland surely were heading into game two with a 2-goal advantage were it not for a late volley from Osvaldo Alonso to make the final 1-2.

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.


Sounders head to leg two down a goal

Eventually the season long issue of an offense that could not generate chances & was worse than league average at converting those would fall victim to that issue. SSFC lost to PTFC due to a defensive gaffe, a brilliant goal & a lack of conversion.

Sounders v Timbers - Leg One Gamethread

2013's MLS Cup Playoff run continues with one the grand spectacle of Portland v Seattle. NBC Sports Network has your TV. There is both national and local radio. Kickoff is shortly after 7:00 PM Pacific. The series is decided by total aggregate score

Strange Case of Dr Evans and Mr Burch

The Sounders may not be able to sustain the diamond 4-4-2 without the right personnel.

Football lines

"[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 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.

Sounders v Timbers - Playoffs 11 Questions

The two MLS Cup Playoff clubs are as familiar with each other as possible, yet they can still learn more. Saturday's first leg promises to have everything that makes for historic moments (national TV, rivalry, high stakes and a huge crowd).

Scarecrow Finds His Brain

Their reputation as a contender withered in the lingering fall light and the straws of their Supporter’s Shield hopes littered the pitch. The team returned to the Emerald City and the Scarecrow rediscovered the value of thoughtful play.

YNYA Films presents: Witness The Rise (video)

"The world will know who we are... and what we did."

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Evans and EJ goal us to the semi-final. (Animated)

Brad Evans scored the eventual game-winner but Eddie Johnson's late goal finally sealed the 2-0 win for the Sounders. Seattle, who played the last minutes of the game with 10 men, move on to play rival Portland Timbers in the conference semi-final.

Sounders advance behind Evans, Johnson

At times dominant, at times ineffective and at times down right frightening Seattle Sounders FC advanced in the MLS Cup Playoffs as Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson score. Gspurning and Hahnemann combined on an unconventional shutout.

Sounders v Rapids Playoffs - Gamethread

Tonight's 7:30 PM match is simply win and stay at home to compete. Lose and just start vacation early.

Scouting Report: Who Will Lead Them

We're back to the playoffs. And this time we're not leaving until the job is over.

MLS Fantasy Rolls Into the Playoffs

You can pick up to eight players per team, so feel free to go with your hunches in the MLS Fantasy playoffs

YNYA Films presents: S-MEN: Day of Playoff's Future (video)

It's sloppy, it's a mess. But it may hype you up. YouTube link Preview of Seattle v Colorado

Everything you need to know heading into the Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids Western Conference Knockout Round game from Andrew Wiebe and Jason Saghini.

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