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Category: First impressions
November 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

First impressions: Sounders 2, Galaxy 1 (L.A. advances on tiebreaker)

Juninho’s second-half goal proved decisive as Seattle won the night 2-1 but fell to the Galaxy on the away-goals tiebreaker, falling one step shy of the MLS Cup final on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. Here are my first impressions: – The away-goals rule giveth, the away-goals rule taketh away. Seattle survived its bare-knuckle Western Conference semifinal with…

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November 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

First impressions: Galaxy 1, Sounders 0

CARSON, Calif. – A 52nd-minute goal from Marcelo Sarvas was the lone tally as the L.A. Galaxy beat the Sounders 1-0 in the first leg of the Western Conference finals on Sunday at the StubHub Center. Here are my first impressions: – Seattle’s game plan worked – for a half Without Osvaldo Alonso, who was neither in the…

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November 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

First impressions: Sounders 0, Dallas 0

The Sounders played to a 0-0 draw with FC Dallas on Monday night at CenturyLink Field in the second leg of their Western Conference semifinal, a result that sends Seattle through on the away-goals rule to meet the L.A. Galaxy in the conference final. Here are my first impressions: – There were plenty of nervous moments … The…

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November 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

First impressions: Sounders 1, F.C. Dallas 1

FRISCO, Texas – Osvaldo Alonso’s second-half header answered a first-half penalty kick from Michel as the Sounders rallied from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against F.C. Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday night in Frisco, Texas. Here are my first impressions: – Everything can change in an instant For a half…

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October 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

First impressions: Sounders 2, Galaxy 2

CARSON, Calif. – Seattle will have to wait at least another week for its first-ever Supporters’ Shield. But a dramatic rally out of a two-goal deficit means it keeps the tiebreaker edge on L.A. ahead of next Saturday’s regular-season finale at CenturyLink Field. Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle each netted second half goals as the Sounders fought from…

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October 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

First impressions: Whitecaps 1, Sounders 0

Kekuta Manneh’s goal just before halftime was the lone tally as Vancouver topped Seattle 1-0 at CenturyLink Field on Friday night to clinch the Cascadia Cup for the second consecutive season. Here are my first impressions: – This is supposed to be the friendlier of Seattle’s two Cascadia rivalries Compared with the bile that rises whenever the Sounders…

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October 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

First impressions: Sounders 4, Rapids 1

Obafemi Martins scored twice and Marco Pappa and Clint Dempsey added a goal apiece as Seattle cruised to a 4-1 win in Colorado on Sunday to pull even with L.A. atop the Western Conference standings. Here are my first impressions: – Defense was optional Given the chances that flowed back and forth, the near misses and shots off…

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September 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

First impressions: Sounders 4, Chivas USA 2

The Sounders snapped a two-match losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday afternoon as Obafemi Martins broke the single-season club scoring record and Lamar Neagle and Clint Dempsey joined him on the scoresheet. Here are my first impressions: – The back line is a becoming a problem Yeah, yeah – taking care of business,…

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September 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

First impressions: FC Dallas 3, Sounders 1

Goals from David Texeira bookended another Lamar Neagle strike from distance and Blas Perez netted an insurance tally with two minutes remaining as FC Dallas downed the Sounders 3-1 on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas. Here are my first impressions. – Early goals against are becoming a pattern It wasn’t Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring in the very first minute…

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