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Strong finish to first half of season

Sounders’ 2-0 road win over Toronto FC makes them 6-2-1 since their focus turned to MLS play.

Montreal’s press gave Sounders’ fits

Sounders had a chance to close out a glorious homestand, but instead will head on the road needing results.

Seeds planted during early season rotation now beginning to bloom

Sounders continuing to get results despite injury crunch.

Fun to watch, but not much learned

Sounders showed they can hang with the league’s best, but we kinda already knew that.

Sounders seem to be hitting their stride at just right time

The Sounders showed they can win even without most of their first-choice players.

Big-picture assessment of Sounders season

There’s plenty to be optimistic about as the Sounders get a much-needed break.

Letting points slip

Sounders can’t afford to walk away from winnable games empty-handed.

Grindy win was just what Sounders needed

They also threw in a bit of excellence just for good measure.

Not perfect, but very encouraging

It wasn’t quite a must-win, but Sounders got a result they badly needed.

Time to get back to business

Playing at Starfire was a welcome distraction, but there are bigger prizes in play than the U.S. Open Cup.

If past is prelude, the Sounders will be just fine

This is not the league start any of us wanted, but there’s still plenty of time to fix it.

Sounders embody cálmate in CCL triumph

When the momentum was swinging, the Sounders needed someone to settle things down. Up stepped Albert Rusnák.

Learning to suffer

Sounders overcome a host of obstacles to move one step closer to history.

Never let your guard down

Loss was uncharacteristic but perhaps a useful wakeup call.

Unacceptable result, understandable reaction

There’s no good reason to lose to a team as bad as Miami, but let’s not overreact.

Built for this

The secret to Sounders’ success is every player believes they’re a potential "match-winner."

Not just winning, but doing it with style

Sounders are playing some of their most expansive soccer in their most important games.

Throwing their weight around

Finally fit, Sounders midfield looked very dangerous against Minnesota United.

What I think I know about Sounders after eight games

A lot of new faces have emerged that make this arguably the deepest roster in Sounders history.

Sounders have embraced the challenge of making history

The Sounders stood toe-to-toe with one of Mexico’s best teams and came out the unquestioned winner.

In case anyone forgot, Sounders know how to win

Galaxy were arguably the better team, yet Sounders never seemed to lose control.

The perfect appetizer

In their 3-0 dismantling of Club León, the Sounders showed they have all the ingredients to be a special team.

This is not how it was scripted

Sounders’ struggles seem to have carried over from last season, but it’s not yet time to freak out.

Mood dampened, but ambitions intact

This was not the regular-season opener the Sounders expected, but they don’t seem overly worried.

Blowout win was exactly what we needed to start the season

Sounders’ 5-0 romp showed we have good reason to be excited.

Cautiously satisfied

Sounders get a rare road CCL shutout but know they have work to do.

The puzzle was never completed

The Sounders ran out of ways to solve new problems.

Form matters until it doesn’t

By failing to win any of their final six, the Sounders’ vibes have been left in tatters, but they can still turn it around.

In need of a confidence boost

It was only a few weeks ago when Sounders were running rampant. One good performance can get them back there.

It has to get better ... right?

The scoreline was more lopsided than it should have been, but maybe it was a needed wake-up call.

Down but not out

Sounders have three games to get this season back on track.

Sounders show they can take a punch

Tie against Rapids show they can hang with anyone, even when not at their best.

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