Good morning fellow readers at Sounder-at-Heart. Last week was action packed with 11 MLS games with many of them played under less than ideal conditions. This included the Seattle Sounders game against the Philadelphia Union. The Sounders managed to fight back from a 1-0 deficit to claim an important point on the road in a sloppy, rain-drenched affair.
Philly Union Talk gives a shout-out to all the hardcore supporters who came to the game (also props to one of the loudest and most articulate You Suck .... chants in MLS). The video feed of the game showed plenty of empty seats, but the chants from the supporters section came through loud and clear. Photos of the water-logged game are available on the team website along with match highlights and post-game interviews. More photos of the Sounders battling the Union and the rain are available here.
Riley Talks with Prost Amerika: Right back James Riley sat down for an interview with Jon Danforth right before leaving for the Union game. He talks about working with his new teammates Mauro Rosales and Erik Friberg as well as working late on practice days.
More after the jump:
New MLS Site Near Completion: The MLS has just launched a beta version of their new website (click through the link to get Jeremiah Oshan's review). The new site has plenty of new features included a search function and expanded statistics on players and teams. It's still missing many of the components that hardcore fans have been asking for such as deeper data on players and stats for players whom have left the league (no stats on Blaise Nkufo for instance).
Spencer Overjoyed at First Portland Win: New head coach John Spencer talked with the press after the Portland Timbers first win in MLS and his first win as head coach. The mood was jovial as Spencer kicked back with a Corona (no lime) and compared the win with the birth of his children. The children won out preventing what probably would have been a celebratory night on the couch for the triumphant coach.
Leonardo Might Be Out for the Season: LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena indicated in the post game interview from Sunday that central defender Leonardo may miss the rest of the season. Leonardo played the through the weekend game with the Chicago Fire, but will undergo x-rays on the team's return to LA. This would be a big hit to the team's depth on the back-line.
Leading Innovation in an Unlikely Location: Sporting KC may be the most innovative ownership group currently in MLS. The front office has just completed a new stadium and is literally giving away the naming rights to local cancer charity Livestrong. They also gained plenty of media attention by inviting NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to training camp and undergoing a re-branding. Regardless of my thoughts on their recent efforts...it's clear the new, local ownership group of Sporting KC intend to do things differently.
Journalists Detained in Qatar: Two Swiss journalist were recently detained, fined and deported while filming a report on the 2022 World Cup host. I expect we'll here more of these types of reports. The Qatari leadership made many promises about press and fan freedom during the World Cup bid process, but these will likely become a distant memory for both FIFA and the middle eastern emirate now that the bid has been won.
Goal From 83 Yards Out: Colombian goalkeeper Quinonez Wilson scored what might be a record setting goal from deep in his own half. It was an impressive kick to catch the opposing keeper off his line.