MLS Match Week 1: SBI Live Commentary


The 2014 MLS season kicks off today, with seven matches from coast to coast.

Sporting Kansas City will begin defense of their MLS Cup title with a visit to CenturyLink Field to take on the new-look Seattle Sounders (3pm ET).

The evening’s slate features some exciting clashes, with the Los Angeles Galaxy playing host to Real Salt Lake, the team that eliminated them from the 2013 playoffs. In Portland, the Timbers take on an improved Philadelphia Union side.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s action so please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):


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108 Responses to MLS Match Week 1: SBI Live Commentary

  1. Rory says:

    I feel it’s a put-up or shut-up season for Dempsey.

  2. Paul6 says:

    Let’s go!!

  3. NASL to el paso tx says:

    Who has better atmosphere, sounders or seahawks?
    Will sounders ever get their soccer stadium, before a new nba arena with hockey because if miami and nycfc can get a stadium, why not sounders.
    By the way, MLS should doing the star bangle banner and just for MLS cup. Its not like england, italy or even mexico play.their national anthem. MLS get it.right.

    • Shawn says:

      seahawks cause earthquakes

    • Paul6 says:

      Who cares what other countries do? This is America and I damn well love doing the national anthem before sporting events.

    • PSU says:

      Why would the Sounders build a stadium? They already have one of the best atmospheres and have a stadium in a great location. It’s not perfect, but you could argue they have the best stadium situation in MLS. It’s a nice stadium that they come close to filling and is within walking distance of downtown. If only there was a little less rain so they’d use real grass.

      • Tom says:

        I believe they play rent free as well, since the owner owns the Seahawks and has the lease thru them.

    • UclaBruinGreat says:

      Pathetic. “Other countries do it that way so we need to do it just like they do.”

    • David says:

      Also, the name of the song is the “Star Spangled Banner”. The banner is spangled with stars. There are no bangles in the song, or the flag. Though I bet the Bangles would do a great job on the national anthem.

  4. kara kartal says:

    Why is dempsey not starting?

  5. Ralph says:

    Took 16 minutes for the league leading cheap shot artist to get carded.

  6. Ralph says:

    Collin should be gone.

    Such a filthy piece of sh*t.

  7. Yukon says:

    Good to see A. Collin continue with his dirty ways. That should have been a second yellow.

  8. Shawn says:

    yedlin is class

    • Darwin says:

      Maybe its me, but it seemed like Jacob Peterson schooled him up and down the right side of the field.

      • John says:

        It’s not just you.

        Yedlin gives off the appearance that he’s a good player but he’s poor tactically and very naive in his positioning. He’s done well in space to get crosses into the box but that’s not very encouraging since any professional player should be expected to deliver a good cross when he has time and space to look up.

        • Shawn says:

          i smell hate. What i see is a clean sheet, and they barely created anything down his side.

  9. Shawn says:

    are they chanting what i think they are

  10. ben says:

    TAP IT OVER TO NEAGLE FOR AN EASY GOAL!!! Was that cooper? Already making a bad impression. Theres nothing i hate more than a player who is selfish or doesnt have the ability to loom up i. The box and make a simple pass for a tap in goal.

  11. Ralph says:

    This guy is a uefa champions league ref?

    That explains Collins and Cooper actually being punished for their nonsense.

    • Dustin says:

      Collin is the most yellow carded player in the MLS wasn’t he? So what did this guy do that was any different than what MLS referees do? He gave the yellow and ignored a potential second yellow. Looks like he’ll fit right in.

  12. Travis says:

    Whole lots of fouls so far in this game. KC has been extremely lucky with some big calls, they should have had a penalty called against them and Collin could easily have seen a second yellow. Both teams created chances, Seattle would have a goal if Cooper had hit a wide open Neagle.

    • Ralph says:

      Know Martino made a big deal on that but the pull happened as Sapong was going down and the ref was shielded by Evans body. Definitely a penalty but one that the official needs the lineman to tell him it wasn’t just a coming together.

      • Travis says:

        You are correct, from where the ref was (he was in the right spot) there is no way he could see the shirt pull. The AR should have been the one to make that call honestly.

    • beachbum says:

      KC fouls a lot, on the road too

      Cooper ruled offsides so pass or not to Neagle it wouldn’t have counted

      • Travis says:

        He wasn’t ruled offside, play continued for like 30 seconds and eventually went out for a goal kick, not sure why the announcers said he was ruled off, he wasn’t

        • beachbum says:

          you’re right, not ruled offsides. the AR raised his flag but once KC won possession the ref seemed to play on, bang bang

          I have the volume muted

  13. Falsify says:

    SKC has been dominatin possession, and has had better chances than Seattle. SKC looks sharp in the first half.

  14. Coke says:

    Too many bad passes. Too many fouls. Too much rain. Too many long balls. Overall the referee has been the best part of this game.

  15. Birgit Calhoun says:

    Great refereeing!!!

  16. Darwin says:

    The replacement ref will be the story of MLS open kick 2014.

  17. Ralph says:

    Bad passes and traps everywhere on this nasty field.

    • beachbum says:

      and when it’s wet, like most times, it’s worse, like today. the field is a joke, even Sigi talks about its state these days. No bias, just reality…that field sucks for soccer

  18. Coke says:

    This game just reminded me why I don’t watch MLS.

    • Increase0 says:

      I want some on KC to get a red card…. I mean they are trying really hard to earn one.

    • goredbulls says:

      Why even make a comment like that? We’re all here because we love MLS and have been waiting for months to enjoy it again. We don’t want to read through your negative commentary. You are free to leave.

      Also…I watched the crystal palace-southampton game this mornning, as well as the Cardiff win. I don’t think this is much worse, especially considering it’s the first game of the season.

    • Chris says:

      This comment reminded me why I don’t read comments here.

  19. Increase0 says:

    Why didn’t Yedlin cross the ball… Instead he decided Dempsey needed to try to beat 3 people. What a gift.

  20. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    Pro Tip: Dont Go On LockOut When Your Replacements Are Better.

    • Cliff says:

      Refs can’t “go on lockout.” They were locked out by MLS. Refs can go on a strike, but they can’t lock anyone out. LOL.

      • MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

        Whatevz. You get my point

        • Cliff says:

          I get it, but it’s dumb because the refs didn’t choose to be locked out. Your joke implies the refs should’ve thought twice about being locked out because one ref who officiated one game in Germany five months ago is “better.”

          Waaah waaaaaaaaah.

          • Kmac014 says:

            Actually they kind of did bc they could have accepted the terms of mls. This is a two way street and both want different things. They did choose to not agree terms yet knowing a lockout would happen so yes the refs and mls both went on lockout

            • Gerard D. says:

              No, that’s how the world works. You’re effectively saying MLS can extort whatever they want.

              MLS/PRO was lowballing the referees on the contract situation.

              It is the PRSA’s absolute right to negotiate in their best interest–per US law.

              MLS/PRO chose instead to essentially end all of their jobs than compromise on the offers.

              So no, they kind of didn’t cause a lockout. They negotiated within the law. MLS/PRO chose to take the ball and go home.

    • Dustin says:

      The referee Alan Kelly had a decent game (his assistants weren’t great though) and that’s expected because he’s an Elite European Referee. You mentioned “Replacements” plural, well he’s one referee. A lot of the other refs couldn’t make it into the MLS yet or have been kicked out for failing fitness tests. You might just end up eating your words by the end of the day man.

      • Increase0 says:

        Apparently the MLS hired him in 2013, interesting….. Maybe they did it so they have a “big game ref.”

        • The Other Jeff says:

          He was hired to help train MLS refs, not to ref games himself. From what I saw today, I hope the MLS refs listen and learn.

  21. Pace says:


  22. goredbulls says:

    Good effort from Dempsey. Great win for Seattle.

  23. ben says:

    HAHAHAHA OMFG I CANT BELIEVE IT. Sporting kc has to absolutely HATE the sounders. I seriously cant believe it. Thats 5 stoppage time winners vs KC in the past 3 years. Seriously look it up.

    Fucito 3 years ago.
    Someone on a corner the next year.
    2 goals in stoppage time the next year i think rosales
    Traeore with a goal last year
    And now today. Crazy

  24. Griff says:

    okoli with some great crosses
    definitely made an impact on the game

  25. milbo says:

    A Record amount of fouls against Seattle and KC goes down in the final minutes.. AGAIN

  26. John says:

    Dempsey with a chance to be the hero on opening day puts it off the bar, but at least Seattle has Chad Barrett

  27. MikeG says:

    Sounders game. Last few seconds: Seattle had 3 players run into the box and a cross was sent and the result was a goal. Get people in the box with the ball and more goals will happen. That is the best time to send in a cross (with numbers in the box). Otherwise, go right down the middle and get numbers in the box. The method of passing or dribbling is not required: only the ball into the penalty area with forwards and midfielders getting into the penalty area. I hope to see a MLS wide phenomenon with getting into the penalty area with numbers and the ball. It will quickly turn into a awesome league.

  28. byrdman says:

    I really grow tired of Feilhaber. He whines incessantly. He has never lost the ball without being fouled. I probably just need to ignore him, but every time I see him play, I see the spoiled brat at the local high school. He has great touch and vision, but appears as if he has never matured as a professional. Forgive my rant… its over.

  29. Cliff says:

    Good game to open the MLS season. Wish there were more nationally-televised games on today.

  30. NASL to El Paso tx says:

    Omg chad hits the winner :) lol
    By the way, sounders r loaded with forwards and have a weak defense.
    Sounders need a type of Bruce arena or some intelligent soccer head to manage this team, too much talent and zero tactics.

  31. Shawn says:

    watching 2 or 3 more games today

  32. Travis says:

    Really hope Okoli gets some PT this year, he had a couple nice moves and crosses during his limited time on the pitch. Dempsey looked fairly good today I thought, better than last year at least.

  33. Shawn says:

    lol dc united still sucks

  34. Gerard D. says:

    DC United is terrible. Jesus.

  35. Gerard D. says:

    Eddie Johnson is for sure getting a suspension for that.

  36. Gerard D. says:

    I’m getting my resume prepped with soccer-related activities. There’s going to be an MLS coaching spot open after tonight and as evidenced, they’re just pulling people off the street!

    Crossing my fingers.

  37. Brad says:

    Where’s Henry?

  38. Gerard D. says:

    And that was a pretty clear stomp on Arrieta’s thigh. Second suspension coming?

    DC United is an absolute travesty right now. Joking aside, this is probably the worst, most undisciplined team in the history of modern American professional soccer. And then they added Eddie Johnson.

    Sorry, United fans.

  39. Gerard D. says:

    Parkhurst was easily the MOTM for me. You can see why he was scooped up by a Bundesliga club. Class above most of the field tonight.

  40. Benjamin says:

    Two quality goals by Bruin early. Bad defending on the first and lazy giveaway on the second, but that doesn’t change the fact Bruin finished twice with aplomb.

  41. Gerard D. says:

    There are so many goals being scored right now. I love it.

  42. Ben says:

    Replacement Refs >>>> Regular Refs

    • Gerard D. says:

      Turns out a few of these replacement refs are elite european guys–champions league officials.

      It’s a shocking difference actually. Look at the scoring too! Can’t be a coincidence.

  43. thatkidnandez says:

    Shame we didn’t see brian span today

  44. P€ni$ Envy says:

    as a long suffering red bulls fan…. can we please poach Vancouver’s front office? they’re the new South American signings look incredible. I know Morales is a dp so didn’t take too much sitting savvy to find a La Liga regular, but the two Uruguayans – Fernandez and Mesqueda (sic) – arel tremendous and young. Vancouver looks legit Tiebert, Mattocks, damn.

    I don’t know Morales’ dp wages but something tells me they’re about 1/10th of someone like cahill. and nothing against Cahill but why can’t we sign a 500k/yr attacking midfielder? every dp pickup doesn’t have to be an established brand name ( Henry, Marquez, Cahill).

    • P€ni$ Envy says:

      grrrr auto-fill makes my word selection appear drunk.

    • redbullfan says:

      And can we find one that has no problem playing on turf?

    • Increase0 says:

      FC Dallas did it too. It’s the current thing to do. Pick up moderately good very young South Americans who aren’t quite good enough for Europe and make them the play makers.

  45. Shawn says:

    jack mac is scoring again

  46. Neruda says:

    Shades of the infamous ref couliby in the RSL LA game most especially by the linesman. RSL should have won 2 nil. That first goal being waived off was straight couliby style reffing. Then the penalty at the end was pathetic. Keane may have decided to kick it rimando on purpose because he knew it was a piss poor call. Of course I’m kidding but it was awesome to see rimando block keanes penalty. RSL out to prove all the naysayers wrong.

    Jordan Allen getting a look at the end and was pretty smooth with the ball. And who would have thought Aaron maund would look so good against LA. Great and a most deserved win by RSL.