Seattle Sounders FC

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Can Sounders Stop Slide and Make the Playoffs?

Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, center, calls to teammates to position his defense during a match against D.C. United on July 3, 2013, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary

The Seattle Sounders play FC Dallas in Texas on Saturday. It’s yet another chance for the team to clinch a playoff berth. They’re running out of chances. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a lot has been going wrong for the Sounders recently.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Sounders Limp into Second Half of Season

The Sounders' Eddie Johnson, center, heads the ball during a match against D.C. United on July 3 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Sports with Art Thiel weekly commentary (recorded over the Internet)

The Seattle Sounders host the Colorado Rapids Saturday to begin the second half of the season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team is far from full-strength.   

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Cool heads urged as Sounders fans prepare for payback for 'vicious hit'

Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani writhes in pain after a tackle by Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan in April 2011 in Denver. Zakuani is still recovering from the injury as Mullan and the Rapids make their first trip to Seattle since the hit on Saturday.
Ed Clemente

It's payback time. That's what a lot of Seattle Sounders FC fans are saying about Saturday's matchup with the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field.

It's the first time they will be able to voice their opposition to Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan's vicious tackle last season of one of the Sounders' best players, Steve Zakuani. The hit left Zakuani with a broken leg as well as muscle and nerve damage from which he's still recovering.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Sounders fans have a right to be angry and a right to voice that anger on Saturday - but he warns against going too far.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Preview: Advice for Sounders fans looking for payback

The most hated man among Sounders fans? Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan returns to Seattle Saturday for the first time since he broke the leg of the Sounders’ Steve Zakuani last season.
Jack Dempsey AP Photo

A controversial sports figure comes to Seattle Saturday. Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan will appear before Sounders fans for the first time since breaking the leg of popular midfielder Steve Zakuani last season.

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Sports
7:55 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Seattle Sounders win, but not by enough to advance in playoffs

Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran (2) and Kyle Beckerman, center, celebrate a play as Seattle Sounders' Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, left, and Fredy Montero, second from right, react. The Seattle Sounders won the game 2-0, but were knocked out of the playoffs.
Ted S. Warren AP Images

They won the game but lost the chance to advance to the next round of the playoffs. That was the situation for the Seattle Sounders and their fans Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field.

The Sounders beat Real Salt Lake 2-0, but it wasn’t enough. Real Salt Lake advanced to the Western Conference final with a 3-2 aggregate victory in the two-game series, after winning the first match 3-0.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

MLS Cup could be within Sounders' grasp this season

Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller holds the U.S. Open Cup as he celebrates with his teammates this month in Seattle, after they won the Open Cup for a third year in a row. Will the team's first MLS Cup be next?
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

They've won the U.S. Open Cup for the third year in a row. They've moved on to the next round of a major international competition. And now, the Seattle Sounders have set their sights on winning their first-ever Major League Soccer Cup this year.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it would be the logical end to a spectacular season.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Preview: Sounders FC going for it all in playoffs

Seattle Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso applies a defensive header near the goal during an Oct. 8 match against the Philadelphia Union in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders begin playoff play on Saturday night against Real Salt Lake in Utah. The Sounders (18-7-9) earned the second-best record in Major League Soccer this season and are expected to go far in the playoffs.

In fact, the team is expecting to go all the way, after winning the U.S. Open Cup for the third year in a row.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Sounders FC, Vancouver renew soccer rivalry

Seattle Sounders FC fans cheer during a MLS match against the Portland Timbers, May 14, 2011 in Seattle. Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity but will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Ted S. Warren AP

Think of them as the nice cousins who live up North. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says of the Vancouver Whitecaps. They’re coming to Qwest Field in Seattle Saturday night to play the Sounders FC in the first Major League Soccer match-up between the two teams.

While the match will renew a longstanding regional soccer rivalry, Art says it’s hardly the same as the fierce rivalry Seattle has with its neighbors to the South – the Portland Timbers.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:45 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Preview: Sounders FC to host Vancouver

Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity as with the Portland Timbers, but it will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Associated Press

Another Major League Soccer regional rivalry match takes place Saturday at Qwest Field in Seattle, when the Sounders FC host the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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