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.

2012 Sounders FC end of season awards

Michael Gspurning practice

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his post season awards for your Seattle Sounders FC. This is a fun column with awards that Clinton has named after some old Sounders greats from the NASL days. Maybe these names will be familiar with you, but for sure, the awards winners will be.

LA Galaxy vs. Sounders FC playoff blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Galaxy vs. Sounders

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Sunday night 2nd leg playoff match with the LA Galaxy. The Sounders team that we all love was out there finally tonight, but it was just a little too late. Yes, the Sounders won the game, but they lost the battle to the Galaxy, who now will go on to face the Houston Dynamo for the MLS Cup. A sad end to a great season, one that came prematurely once again.

Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy playoff blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Robby Keane

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Sunday night 1st leg playoff match with the LA Galaxy. I don’t know who was out there wearing the Rave Green tonight, but it definitely was not the Sounders team that I have watched all season long. What a mess of a game, sloppy on offense with nobody wanting to take chances, and just plain out played on defense. Now we have the task of winning at least 4-0 to advance to the MLS Cup.

2012 MLS Playoff preview: Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy

Freddy vs. Becks

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his 2012 MLS Playoff preview for the Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy 2nd round series. The Sounders won the season series against the Galaxy 2 games to 1, but this is the playoffs, and the Galaxy looked strong in their first round series. Seattle will have to find a way to beat Josh Saunders in the first game, to make the 2nd game at home an easier road to the MLS Cup. Michael Gspurning will have his hands full with the plethora of Galaxy shot takers.

Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake playoff blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

EJ

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Thursday night 2nd leg playoff match with Real Salt Lake. Sounders win!!! For the first time in their short history in the MLS, the Sounders will be advancing in the playoffs, and now will face off against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a two leg aggregate goal playoff series to determine who will represent the west in the 2012 MLS Cup Final.

Real Salt Lake vs. Sounders FC Playoff blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

This was the sight all night long for the Sounders as they couldn't beat Nick Rimando. Photo: mlssoccer.com

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Friday night 1st leg playoff match with Real Salt Lake. Once again the Sounders were foiled by excellent goal keeping, this time it was Nick Rimando of RSL who stymied the Sounders from the scoring sheet. The series resumes now in Sandy, Utah next week with the win or go home scenario.

2012 MLS Playoff preview: Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake (leg 1)

2012 MLS Playoffs: Real Salt Lake vs. Sounders FC

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his 2012 MLS Playoff preview for the Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake playoff series (1st leg). The Sounders will be without star striker Eddie Johnson for the first leg, so they will need to look to Freddy Montero and company to get the Sounders up in this two leg playoff series. RSL holds the season head to head with one win and two draws, plus they beat the Sounders last year in the playoff.

Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

With Eddie Johnson going down with injury, will this hurt the chances of finally winning a playoff series? Getty Images

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Sunday night match with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Three losses wrapped up in one is how this game went for the Sounders. First was Eddie Johnson going down with injury, second was the loss of the match itself, and third was the loss of second place in the final conference table heading into the playoffs. Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders was the man of the match, keeping out a multitude of excellent scoring chances by the Sounders.

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.

Real Salt Lake vs. Sounders FC Blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

The tackle that got Zach Scott sent of on Wednesday night in the 0-0 draw between the Sounders and RSL. (photo mlssoccer.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Wednesday night match with Real Salt Lake. Michael Gspurning is Clinton’s man of the match for posting yet another clean sheet for the Sounders, his third in a row in MLS competition. A point is better than nothing, yet the Sounders had a chance to claim second place in the Western Conference with a win.

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 […]