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Category: Day-After Report
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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August 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

The Day-After Report: Testing their patience

The frustration began to settle in around the 30th minute of Seattle’s 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday at CenturyLink Field, sometime between DeAndre Yedlin’s injury scare after a late Edson Buddle tackle and Obafemi Martins’ turning shot off Marco Pappa’s chip pass. The pace of play slowed, but it was hard to put your finger…

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August 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The Day-After Report: Wide open

The first of Seattle’s four goals in its 4-2 defeat of the Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday didn’t have the visceral thrill of the second one scored on the counter, the slow-burn build-up of the third or the individual brilliance of the fourth. The first may have even been the least aesthetically pleasing of the four. But it…

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August 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

The Day-After Report: All about Oba

Chad Barrett supplied the finish to Seattle’s lone goal in its 1-1 home draw against San Jose on Wednesday night, but Obafemi Martins created it. Martins pounced on an Earthquake giveaway less than a minute into the second half and paused long enough to allow Barrett’s run to gather momentum. Martins slid the ball into Barrett’s path…

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August 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

The Day-After Report: The Chad Marshall effect

Chad Marshall didn’t take very long to remind the Sounders what they had been missing with him off the pitch. Seattle lost two straight matches in his absence, allowing four goals during the losing streak. Houston probed for an early weakness Sunday night. Barely a minute into the match, a long ball was launched forward toward the Sounders goal. Bulky…

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July 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

The Day-After Report: Gonzalo Pineda takes responsibility

Defensive midfielders rarely get the credit they deserve when things go well. The plaudits go to the goal scorers and the more advanced attackers, the creators freed up by the dirty work behind them. Defensive midfielders also rarely get saddled with the blame after losses, with the fingers being pointed at the more direct targets on…

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