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Category: Day-After Report
November 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

The Day-After Report: Team defense

Much has been made about Seattle’s improved defensive performance in recent weeks — understandably so, given the unit’s rapid improvement. The Sounders finished in a tie for fifth in the Western Conference in goals against during the regular season, allowing 50 in 34 games. Down the stretch, they conceded first-half goals in nine out of 10 matches. Since falling…

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November 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

The Day-After Report: The many looks of F.C. Dallas

F.C. Dallas, as expected, coped with the absence of Mauro Diaz by shifting from the 4-2-3-1 formation it used in its play-in win over Vancouver to a 4-4-2 for Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal against Seattle. “Could it have been different with Mauro?” Dallas coach Oscar Pareja mused after his team’s 1-1 draw against Seattle on Sunday….

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October 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM

The Day-After Report: Focus on the field

The lead-up to Landon Donovan’s final regular-season home game featured the lead singer of Five For Fighting providing the soundtrack to a video montage, Boyz II Men belting out the national anthem and a Donovan-specific tifo courtesy of the home fans. The ceremonies didn’t seem to affect Donovan once the match started — he headed a shot off…

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October 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The Day-After Report: By any means necessary

All’s fair in love and rivalry matches. Friday night’s Sounders-Whitecaps showdown at CenturyLink was hot blooded from the start, elbows into lower backs and you better watch out for those ankles. “It was a playoff game tonight,” Seattle right back Brad Evans said. “A lot was on the line for them, so they were throwing bodies around.” Sounders coach…

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October 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The Day-After Report: Enjoy the ride

Early in Seattle’s 4-1 win over Colorado on Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Sounders center back Jalil Anibaba was caught in possession at the midfield stripe. The resulting chance came to nothing, as most Colorado attacks did yesterday. But on the JOEtv broadcast, Kasey Keller said that, while Seattle got away with miscue this time,…

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September 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The Day-After Report: Shutting off

First, let’s acknowledge what the Sounders did well Wednesday night at FC Dallas. They controlled possession and kept the field tilted in their favor for long stretches — from about the 25th to the 70th minute, maybe even longer than that. Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins combined well up top, keeping the pressure on a sharp Dallas…

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September 17, 2014 at 7:45 AM

The Day-After Report: Short memories

Top goal scorers have a short memory. “Those guys all have amnesia — the good ones do,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “They can’t remember (the misses). They’re on to the next play.” 10 minutes into Tuesday night’s U.S. Open Cup final at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., Andy Rose played in a low cross that dribbled across the…

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September 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The Day-After Report: Already clinched

Andy Rose’s 94th minute strike last night didn’t just settle a thrilling showdown between Western Conference contenders or widen the gap between the first-place Sounders and third-place Real Salt Lake to eight points. His strike, the game-winner in Seattle’s 3-2 victory over RSL at CenturyLink Field on Friday night, also clinched a playoff berth for the…

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