The Roundup — Apr. 21

Sounders Get Wrecked in LA

Harry Shipp gets his first goal of 2019 as lone scorer for Seattle

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the Sounders dream of going 10 – 0, and when looking at this LAFC game I wrote the following:

Thankfully the team has a week off to rest and recover, otherwise this game could be ugly. LAFC scare me. Carlos Vela scares me. Bob Bradley is one of the keenest tactical minds in US soccer, he scares me. I will be thrilled to leave this game with a draw.

That was written assuming we had a healthy roster. The Sounders did not have Ruidiaz, nor did they have Will Bruin. So they were forced to put JMo up top. But even more impactful was that we were without Chad Marshall as one of our center backs. LAFC sliced us up and proved they are the best team in the league.

Today was not a good day at the office for Seattle, but Wednesday is another chance as the Sounders are at home against San Jose. But even that won’t be a cake walk if we continue to be short handed and given that the Quakes just managed a 4 – 1 win over SKC. And then, regardless of how it goes and because MLS front office is awful at scheduling, we have round two against LAFC on Saturday. It’s going to be a rough week that tests our depth and our resolve.

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Reign Get a Draw in First Game at Cheney

Balcer scores in the 21st minute to equalize against Orlando

The Reign began their new era in Tacoma with an exciting draw over the struggling Orlando in front of over 5,300 fans. Had it not been for a bicycle goal by Alanna Kennedy in the 6th minute, the Reign would have earned their first win of the season when Bethany Balcer tied it in the 21st minute.

Despite lacking some key players from the roster, such as Megan Rapinoe and the still‐on‐loan Jess Fishlock, the Reign looked solid. I don’t know why Megan didn’t play, but she was in stadium and I can only guess they are being very cautious with her before the World Cup.

I was quite impressed by the performances of Shea Groom, Celia Jiminez Delgado and Michelle Betos. The team is shaping up well, and they just felt the absence of their roster as their season gets going. Next week Reign FC travel to Chicago Red Stars, who share the same 0 – 2‐0 as the Reign.

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Defiance Continue Slow Start With Depleted Roster

Defiance lose 4 – 0 in Phoenix, their third loss in a row

Tacoma Defiance are in a new age, new branding, but they are still the same squad. S2 was about development, and as our academy program has gotten going they are the final piece of the development machine to be fully powered. It’s about development and not about dominating the USL. But losing three games, giving up a combined 13 goals is a very bitter pill to swallow. In fact, were it not for the interim roster of Sounders players, the Defiance would likely be winless since their season opener.

In the case of the recent few games, it must be noted that the Defiance were hit hard by the U17’s competing in the Generation Adidas Cup. But even with those notable absences the team should be better than they are. They need to be better. They need to be better both for competition and also for the Sounders and Rainiers combined business effort to be successful. Can they be better during this season, or is it a more long term effort?

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Baby Sounders Defeated Valencia to Win Premier Division of GA Cup

The U‐17 squad defeated Valencia 1 – 0 off of a goal by Ray Serrano

The Generation Adidas Cup is not a new tournament, but they recently redid it to make it more enticing to academies from outside the MLS. This year it included West Ham, Valencia, River Plate (Argentina), Flamengo (Brazil), Dinamo Zagreb (Ukraine) among others.

At the end it was the Sounders facing Valencia in the finals. Valencia had beaten Seattle in the group stage, but they found themselves rematched and it was an exciting match with end to end play, close chances, and in extra time an extraordinary goal that kept it from going to penalties.

This win is another exciting step towards the Sounders mission of building a robust and world class academy to feed into the team.

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Published by Trick Jarrett

Sounders fan. Spurs fan. Reign fan. Barcelona fan. Soccer fan.

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