Seattle Sounders http://www.kplu.org en 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited http://www.kplu.org/post/its-about-be-greatest-time-4-reasons-seattle-fans-should-get-excited <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159161637&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>From Seattle Sounders players shining at the World Cup to four Mariners in the All-Star game, to the Seahawks winning best team in sports at the ESPY Awards, Seattle sports fans have lots of reasons to smile lately.</p><p>And come September, says&nbsp;KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, those smiles may turn into tears of joy. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17793 at http://www.kplu.org 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team http://www.kplu.org/post/sounders-head-world-cup-break-top-two-players-national-team <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153004579&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle Sounders are on top of the Major League Soccer standings heading into Saturday’s game against the Fire in Chicago. Then they’re off for three weeks while the World Cup is played in Brazil.</p><p>Two Sounders players are on the men’s national team, which has taken them away from MLS play recently. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders have sufficient depth on their team to handle it. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16976 at http://www.kplu.org Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove http://www.kplu.org/post/after-rocky-start-sounders-star-and-rapper-dempsey-finally-finds-his-groove <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounders star midfielder Clint Dempsey has made headlines recently. He scored his first-ever hat trick two weeks ago against Portland. Dempsey has scored a total of five goals in the past two games,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://sportspressnw.com/2183270/2014/dempsey-named-mls-player-of-week-again" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">earning back-to-back Player of The Week awards from Major League Soccer.</a></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says things are finally coming together for Dempsey and the Sounders.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Finally, it's happening. The investment is bearing fruit," Art said.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16115 at http://www.kplu.org After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove Many New Faces As Sounders Make Fresh Start http://www.kplu.org/post/many-new-faces-sounders-make-fresh-start <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle Sounders FC host Toronto FC Saturday at </span>CenturyLink<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Field. </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sports commentator Art </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thiel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the team has undergone an “extreme makeover,” with new players making up half of its 2014 roster.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 14815 at http://www.kplu.org Many New Faces As Sounders Make Fresh Start Top 5 Seattle Sports Stories Of 2013 http://www.kplu.org/post/top-5-seattle-sports-stories-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From a blockbuster baseball signing to talk of the Super Bowl, there was a lot for Seattle sports fans to smile about this year. </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sports commentator Art </span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> names his top five sports stories of the year.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 12008 at http://www.kplu.org Top 5 Seattle Sports Stories Of 2013 Sounders' Season Over after 2nd Loss to Portland in Semifinals http://www.kplu.org/post/sounders-season-over-after-2nd-loss-portland-semifinals <p></p><p>The Seattle Sounders’ season has come to an end after a second playoff loss to Portland Thursday night. The Timbers beat the Sounders 3-2 in Portland to win the two-game, aggregate-goal semifinal series 5-3.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;Thiel&nbsp;says the game was an embarrassing end to the Sounders’ rocky season.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10892 at http://www.kplu.org Sounders' Season Over after 2nd Loss to Portland in Semifinals High Hopes for Sounders with Star Acquisition http://www.kplu.org/post/high-hopes-sounders-star-acquisition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle Sounders took a big step toward establishing themselves as a world-class team with this week's acquisition of Clint Dempsey, the captain of the U.S. Men's National Team.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;Thiel&nbsp;says this is a big deal.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 9563 at http://www.kplu.org High Hopes for Sounders with Star Acquisition Sounders, fans hoping they can dig out of big hole http://www.kplu.org/post/sounders-fans-hoping-they-can-dig-out-big-hole <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle Sounders FC stunned Sporting Kansas City Wednesday by scoring late in stoppage time to win 1-0 in dramatic fashion. It was a thrill that fans haven't experienced that often this season.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel&nbsp;points to the team's recent roster change as a factor.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 8722 at http://www.kplu.org Sounders, fans hoping they can dig out of big hole Sounders hope to break winless streak in Portland rivalry match http://www.kplu.org/post/sounders-hope-break-winless-streak-portland-rivalry-match <p>The Seattle Sounders limp into Portland Sunday for a big rivalry match against the Timbers. They&#39;re experiencing their longest winless streak since their expansion year of 2009.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders need an attitude adjustment if they hope to beat Portland and move one step closer to the coveted <a href="http://www.thecascadiacup.com/">Cascadia Cup</a>. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 5364 at http://www.kplu.org Sounders hope to break winless streak in Portland rivalry match Preview: Sounders slump into Cascadia Cup rivalry with Timbers http://www.kplu.org/post/preview-sounders-slump-cascadia-cup-rivalry-timbers <p>The Seattle Sounders are winless in their last six Major League Soccer matches, playing to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night against Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.</p><p>That&#39;s not the best record to bring into a heated regional rivalry with the Portland Timbers on Sunday, as both team vie for the coveted Cascadia Cup.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will have more on this tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 5356 at http://www.kplu.org Preview: Sounders slump into Cascadia Cup rivalry with Timbers Sounders start season with crowd, controversy http://www.kplu.org/post/sounders-start-season-crowd-controversy <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958264.mp3</p><p>The Seattle Sounders FC started the 2011 season this week with a record crowd and some unwelcome controversy. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:56:40 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 1019 at http://www.kplu.org Sounders start season with crowd, controversy Wednesday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/wednesday-mornings-headlines-13 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Going Back to College Could Get More Expensive</strong></li><li><strong>Higher Ed Bills Drawing Fresh Faces to Olympia</strong></li><li><b>Arson Attempt at Olympia Police Station</b></li><li><strong>Sounders Drop MLS Opener</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Bill Would Hike Fees For College Returnees</b></p><p>If you plan to go back to college you could end up paying a lot more in tuition. A budget-saving proposal in Olympia would apply to people <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/home/index.html">who already have a degree</a> and then go for extra training at a community college, reports The Seattle Times&#39; Queenie&nbsp;Wong:</p><blockquote><p>SB5868 would require students with a bachelor&#39;s degree who attend a community or technical college to bear the entire cost of instruction - the price of regular tuition plus the share that the state pays.</p></blockquote><p>That means it could affect current university students who take extra time and credits to get their degree.&nbsp;&nbsp;State Senator Rodney Tom of Bellevue tells Wong that during a tight economy, government has to prioritize.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s important to help students attend college, he says, but not for extra training.</p><p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:07:29 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1008 at http://www.kplu.org Wednesday morning's headlines