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October 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz suspended for first leg of Seattle series

F.C. Dallas will be without one of its main attacking hubs for the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals against the Sounders on Sunday night. Midfielder Mauro Diaz has picked-up a one match suspension, the league announced Friday, after its Disciplinary Committee ruled that Diaz “violated the league’s policy on entering the field / leaving…

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October 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Former Sounder Steve Zakuani retires at age 26

Steve Zakuani’s career had two distinct phases. There was everything that came before that fateful day in Colorado: Zakuani was the No. 1 overall pick by the then-expansion Sounders in the 2009 SuperDraft out of Akron, the top MLS rookie in both goals and assists in his first season, the club’s joint-leading goal scorer with Fredy Montero in…

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October 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Notes from the practice field: A wary eye on the November qualifiers

The United States men’s national team plays a pair of friendlies in November: One against Colombia in London on the 14th and another against Ireland in Dublin four days later. And though the international break is squeezed in between the Western Conference semifinals and finals, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid confirmed Tuesday that a few Sounders were…

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October 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Sounders sign striker Obafemi Martins to contact extension

Talk about ringing in your birthday in style. Sounders striker Obafemi Martins, who turns 30 today, has signed a multi-year extension to stay in Seattle, the club announced Tuesday in a release – though, per MLS and team policy, the terms of the new agreement were not disclosed. Martins has scored 17 goals this season, the single-season…

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October 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Monday afternoon MLS roundup: Conference realignment edition

Chivas USA is no more. MLS confirmed Monday what had been the league’s worst-kept secret for months now: That the Goats will cease operations immediately, with the new ownership of a new Los Angeles franchise — one that will begin play in 2017 — to be announced Thursday. The league also announced the new 10-team conference alignments, seen here…

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October 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Marco Pappa named MLS player of the week

Marco Pappa would prefer to start the game on the field. “Of course I want to play,” the Sounders midfielder said. “That’s part of why I decided to come back to the league. But the coaches know what they’re doing.” Pappa came on as a substitute in both legs of Seattle’s season-ending home-and-home against the Galaxy. He provided…

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October 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

MLS releases full playoff schedule

The date and time of the first leg of Seattle’s Western Conference semifinal is set: Its journey to the 2014 MLS Cup final will begin next Sunday at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN2. The location — and the opponent — though, is still yet to be determined. Seattle will play at the winner of the Dallas/Vancouver fourth-/fifth-place play-in…

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October 25, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Western Conference playoff bracket set

Portland made it interesting, earning a 2-0 victory in Dallas on Saturday to put the pressure on Vancouver in the race for the fifth-and-final playoff spot in the West. It was ultimately for naught, however, as the Whitecaps ground out a 1-0 victory over Colorado at B.C. Place to set the Western Conference playoff bracket. Seattle earned the…

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