Seattle Sounders http://www.kplu.org en 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