7:00 PM EDT, Tue April 20, 2021
21 mins ago
Henry Wingo wins another European league title

Henry Wingo wins another European league title

Former Sounder has now won league titles in Hungary and Norway. Henry Wingo just keeps winning league titles. The Seattle native and former Sounders player just added his third title in as many years as Ferencvaros TC clinched the Hungarian league title with a 3-0 win over Ujpest on Tuesday. CHAMPIONS pic.twitter.com/rZfGyy35ug— Ferencvárosi TC (@Fradi_HU) April 20, 2021 Wingo had previously won a title with Norway with Molde and played for the Sounders during their 2019 MLS Cup-winning season (although he had transferred partway through it). Wingo did not play in...
5 hours ago
Cascadia Cup rules still being mulled

Cascadia Cup rules still being mulled

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Supporters from Sounders, Whitecaps and Timbers are still assessing options. With travel restrictions still in place, the Vancouver Whitecaps unable to play games in Canada and even home attendance limited, the Cascadia Cup Council recently announced that they remain undecided on how to award their annual rivalry trophy. The decision might not come until summer, they wrote in a joint release: As the 2021 MLS season begins, representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council are still working through the details on how to award the 2021 Cascadia...
8 hours ago
Josh Atencio had a very promising starting debut

Josh Atencio had a very promising starting debut

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart The Bellevue product looked perfectly at home in the Sounders midfield. As starting debuts go, Josh Atencio had his work cut out for him. Not only was he matched up against one of the top midfield units in the league — one that featured the dynamic Emanuel Reynoso — but he was also effectively filling in for Seattle Sounders captain Nicolas Lodeiro, who was missing the game with a quad strain. Just to round out the pressure, the Sounders were also playing their first game in front of home fans for the first time in over a year. The...
9 hours ago
Major Link Soccer: The European Super League is Super Hated

Major Link Soccer: The European Super League is Super Hated

Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU,PAUL ELLIS,DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS,ISABEL INFANTES,TIM KEETON,JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO,ODD ANDERSEN,MARCO BERTORELLO,ISABELLA BONOTTO,PACO SERINELLI/AFP via The only people defending this seem to be the owners themselves, not even their players or coaches. I just want to bask in the glory that is Jose Mourinho being sacked, again. I do want someone to answer me this, if the Super League is full of Super teams and Super teams are always good, then why do they need guaranteed spots? Could it be the Super team aren’t so Super? Maybe they know they...
19 hours ago
Three takeaways from OL Reign’s home opener

Three takeaways from OL Reign’s home opener

Nikita Taparia Bottom line: we’re not drawing any conclusions after one match. While OL Reign’s 2021 Challenge Cup opener last Friday didn’t get the club the three points they wanted to start the year, there were some positive things to take away from the match. The team earned a point and kept a clean sheet against the Houston Dash — the 2020 Challenge Cup winners — and showed promising options in the attack in the second half. With the caveat that one game is not enough to draw conclusions from, here are three things we observed in OL Reign’s first match...
Apr 19, 2021
Sounders dominating MLS weekly recognition

Sounders dominating MLS weekly recognition

Raúl Ruidíaz holds up two fingers, one for each member of the MLS full team of week to open the season. | Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Raúl Ruidíaz, João Paulo, and Josh Atencio all earn respect from national pundits. After their dominating win over Minnesota United FC, the Seattle Sounders are collecting weekly recognition. After his brace, Raúl Ruidíaz headlined the Team of the Week. He was also a finalist for Player of the Week. That award went to Chicharito, the other two-goal scorer on opening weekend. In that voting Ruidíaz came in 25.5%, with Chicharito...
Apr 19, 2021
Dzsenifer Marozsán and Sarah Bouhaddi to join OL Reign this summer

Dzsenifer Marozsán and Sarah Bouhaddi to join OL Reign this summer

Damien LG/Olympique Lyonnais/OL Reign The duo are the first players to make the Lyon to Tacoma move. The news much speculated on and wished for in the NWSL is now official — German international midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán and French international goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi are finally coming to the league. OL Reign announced today that the midfielder and goalkeeper will be joining the club in early June, on loan for the remainder of the 2021 NWSL season. When OL Groupe acquired the Reign in December 2019, it seemed inevitable that talent from Olympique Lyonnais...
Apr 19, 2021
Major Link Soccer: The sports are back in town!

Major Link Soccer: The sports are back in town!

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart MLS and NWSL have officially returned to action in the Puget Sound. OL Reign and the Seattle Sounders kicked their respective seasons off on Friday night with fans in attendance for the first time in over a year. MLS had its first week of action with plenty of highs and lows, particularly down in Miami where David Beckham’s club have been found to have violated the league’s roster rules. Over in Europe the official announcement of a proposed super league has sparked debate over the future and the should of the sport. Seattle/Tacoma The...
Apr 18, 2021
Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Minnesota United

Photo Gallery: Sounders vs Minnesota United

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Scenes from the opening of the 2021 campaign Follow Max on Twitter.
Apr 17, 2021
Sounders vs. Minnesota: community player ratings form

Sounders vs. Minnesota: community player ratings form

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart An ugly first half gives way to a joyful second. In the first half of this match, the Seattle Sounders looked like a team playing a new formation in their first match of the season, without their creative linchpin. It was ugly, sloppy, and a certain player who I won’t mention by name (so as not to place my thumb on their ratings scale) consistently found himself trapped along the left sideline, looking totally befuddled. The second half looked very different. João Paulo scored a banger, Raúl Ruidíaz got to finish a couple slick...
Apr 17, 2021
Small crowd, important atmosphere

Small crowd, important atmosphere

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Having fans back in the stands was a welcome change. SEATTLE — At some point last year, it was a common dream to imagine a sort of V-Day moment. A day when we’d all collectively celebrate the end of this pandemic with a parade, fireworks, hugging everyone we saw on the street and, heck, maybe a soccer game. It was fun to imagine, a sort of light at the end of a very dark tunnel. But almost as soon as the reality of the pandemic set in — when we realized that this wouldn’t be just a two-week pause while the world settled down — the...
Apr 17, 2021
João Paulo’s golazo is SportsCenter’s top play

João Paulo’s golazo is SportsCenter’s top play

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Hey, that’s cool! Given that it was just the second game of a MLS regular season that will include more than 400 of them, it’s hard to imagine that João Paulo’s 25-yard volley will stand up as the Goal of the Year. Still, it will be a deserving candidate. In the shorter term, he can at least lay claim to having SportsCenter’s Play of the Night. It was, to be sure, an absolute banger and quite possibly one of the most technically skilled goals in Seattle Sounders history. What’s equally amazing is how easy the Brazilian made it...
Apr 17, 2021
Five things we liked from Sounders’ 4-0 win over Minnesota United

Five things we liked from Sounders’ 4-0 win over Minnesota United

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart Not a bad way to start the season. SEATTLE — The Sounders started their 2021 campaign with a lot of questions for a team defending a Western Conference title. Over the offseason, they lost several key veterans, suffered injuries to two invaluable starters, and also decided to utilize a new formation. Additionally, given the team’s salary-budget constraints due to a lower-than-expected salary cap, the Sounders weren’t able to reinforce as they might have preferred. To top it off, their preseason was truncated due to some Covid-19...
Apr 17, 2021
Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

Sounders vs. Minnesota United: Highlights, stats and quotes

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports Sounders open season in impressive fashion. There were some signs of rust and the formation is still a work-in-progress, but the Seattle Sounders opened their season in high style with a 4-0 win over Minnesota United, one of the teams many expect to challenge for Western Conference supremacy. After a first half that included a seemingly ominous miss from the penalty spot by Raúl Ruidíaz, the Sounders dominated the second half with four goals. Two of those came from Ruidíaz, with both João Paulo and substitute Fredy Montero...
Apr 17, 2021
OL Reign play Houston Dash to scoreless draw

OL Reign play Houston Dash to scoreless draw

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Rusty in the first half, but slowly settled in and showed attacking potential. 566 days. That is how long had passed since the last time OL Reign played a match at Cheney Stadium in the presence of their fans. That was so long ago that back then the club was known as Reign FC. It was a gap no one could have ever imagined, but finally, OL Reign welcomed fans back to Cheney Stadium as they began their 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup campaign against the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup champions, Houston Dash. The result was a scoreless draw for their first...