Fearless predictions for the 2013 Sounders FC season

Eddie Johnson Sounders

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his 5 fearless predictions for the upcoming Seattle Sounders FC 2013 season. Clinton thinks that once Eddie Johnson is up top all alone, the goals will start coming, and that will make the loan of Freddy Montero to Millonarios that much easier for the fans. Also, a top eight spot in the CCL, a return to form in the Cascadia Cup, a changing of the guard out west, and the importance of adding Sharlie Joseph to this years squad, even if it meant losing an important DP role.

Five expectations for the 2013 Portland Timbers

The Timbers took home the Cascadia Cup in 2012, can they repeat the effort in 2013? (Photo: portlandtimbers.com)

NWSB Insider Jeff Budke gives you 5 expectations for the 2013 Portland Timbers’ MLS season. With quality play to build on from this long season, how will Merritt Paulson and the gang turn disappointment into success in the Rose City? A prediction. Last year’s first round pick only played in a few games, but the physicality Andrew Jean-Baptiste brought could really develop with a full offseason.

FC Dallas vs. Sounders FC blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

It was all smiles in Seattle on Sunday night as the Sounders defeated FC Dallas 3-1. (photo mlssoccer.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Sunday night match with FC Dallas. Brad Evans propelled the Sounders to victory in this one, taking home the man of the match honors with two goals, one of which came on a penalty. The win put the Sounders ahead of RSL on the goals scored tie breaker going into the final week of the season.

Portland can still claim Cascadia Cup glory

David Horst

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Portland Timbers and the Cascadia Cup. The Timbers must win this game, they cannot settle for a draw. Though a draw would give them nine points in the cup chase to tie the Sounders, the drubbing they received in Seattle was enough to give the Sounders an advantage in goal differential over the Timbers.

Portland Timbers: What went wrong in Seattle?

Portland fell victim to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night in front of 66,000+ at CenturyLink Field, walking away without the Cascadia Cup. (Photo: Portlandtimbers.com)

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the Timbers’ loss to the Sounders on Sunday night. Greeted by over 66,000 ravenous fans at CenturyLink Field, the Timbers failed to convert any of their opportunities as they lost to Seattle by a score of 3-0.

Locked, but loaded: The Timbers Army visits hostile territory

The Timbers Army did their part during Portland's matchup with the Seattle Sounders.

NWSB Insider and Portland Timbers blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on what he enjoyed about Sunday’s matchup between the Timbers and the Seattle Sounders. He reflects on the roudiness of the crowd, the singing of the National Anthem and the Timbers Army invasion of Century Link Field. This was not a game for victories from the Portland Timbers, so smaller victories have to be mentioned.

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Freddy Montero and Eddie Johnson led the Sounders to a huge win in the Cascadia Derby match on Sunday (photo mlssoccer.com)

Sounders 3 – 0 Timbers Finally the Sounders were able to beat their hated rivals the Portland Timbers on Sunday evening in front of a near record crowd pushing towards 70,000 at the XBOX Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Not only did the Sounders “chop” down the Timbers in a strikingly unapologetic way, but they did so in […]

Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

This pretty much sums up the battle during this game, but the Sounders did clench a berth with the draw. (photo mlssoccer.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Saturday night match, a Cascadia Cup tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Once again the Sounders let points get away. Several golden opportunities were missed, but at the same time, Vancouver had their fair share of chances to win the game as well. Michael Gspurning is Clinton’s man of the match for posting yet another clean sheet for the Sounders.

What’s next for the Timbers? Looking forward to 2013

Sounders vs. Timbers

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about what is on the horizon for the Portland Timbers. After an inaugural 2011 season that saw them fall just short of the MLS Playoffs, the Timbers’ hopes for 2012 would never be realized as the team struggled out of the gate and had a brutal July and August that essentially spoiled all hopes of an appearance in the 2012 MLS Playoffs.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sounders FC blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

For the second time in two months, the Sounders fell to the Quakes by a score of 2-1 Saturday night. (photo mlssoccer.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Saturday night match against the first place San Jose Earthquakes. Sounders let 3 points slip away once again, this time at home. Steve Zakuani finally got his first goal of his comeback campaign, tying the game at one early on. But Chris the Wonder boy Wondolowksi netted a wide open deflection to put the Sounders away for good.

Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Rodney Wallace nets the equalizer and dashes the hopes for Cascadia glory for the Sounders (photo mlssoccer.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Saturday afternoon Cascadia Cup match against the Portland Timbers. Sounders let an easy 3 points slip away on the road, leaving them winless in Portland this year. Freddy Montero had a beautiful goal to open the scoring in this highly competitive derby match. Eddie Johnson was booked and now will miss next weeks big game against San Jose.

Chivas USA vs. Sounders FC blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Forget the golden boot award, they should rename it the golden head for Eddie Johnson (photo mlssoccer.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Saturday afternoon match against Chivas USA. The Sounders did something Saturday that they have rarely done in their history, come from behind on an early goal and win the game. Man of the Match Eddie Johnson headed home two goals as the Sounders beat the Goats 2-1.

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