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Hard times in Seattle; Sounders, Revs finish scoreless

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Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Seattle cannot score.

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: New England cannot score.

And stop us if you’ve heard this one before – although this little bit of negative narrative is far more recent: veteran MLS manager Sigi Schmid may be in trouble.

Truly, the Sounders may soon need some new ideas. That’s not to say “new ideas” in the form of a new manager – not just yet. But something has to shake loose soon, because the Sounders are in a very bad way right now.

Probably not the best time for Schmid to be guaranteeing victories, as he did.

Because his team is dead last in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference with a meager two points from five matches, including three at home. (One of those matches at CenturyLink Field was against bitter rival Portland – and you just know that’s a double-word score when fans and media begin tallying up the demerits.)

Saturday’s scoreless draw with New England at CenturyLink comes just days after getting bounced from CONCACAF Champions League action – a lesser indiscretion considering MLS teams routinely get bounced from CCL by Mexican sides. Still, stacked on top of one another, the pile-up of Sounders woe gets increasingly hard for the Emerald City supporters to stomach.

It should be noted that starting striker Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins are both hurt. Still …

(Favorite snarky comment while perusing the game thread at Sounder at Heart: “So we just need about 42 minutes of stoppage time [to score].” Hee-hee.)

The latest clunker from Seattle is obviously a better result for New England, whose midfield was no match for the Shalrie Joseph-Osvaldo Alonso combo that Schmid rolled out on a sunny Seattle afternoon. New England didn’t get a shot on target while a few opportunities did come and go for the home side, most with Steve Zakuani’s foot prints on them.

Revs manager Jay Heaps will take the point and begin looking ahead to another tough road test in seven days, at New York.

Highlights from Saturday’s match in Seattle:


Cisse arrested in sex tape investigation

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is embroiled in a bizarre investigation into the extortion of a sex tape.

The 34-year-old French striker has been arrested by French police who have confirmed that are investigating attempts to bribe another international footballer.

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Unconfirmed reports from France claim that the individual in question is France and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, a former teammate of Cisse at both Marseille and with the French national team.

According to Reuters news agency, Cisse was questioned because he was familiar with the people involved and in total four individuals were arrested as it is alleged they plotted to ask for money from Valbuena for the sex tape to not be released. It is unclear if the tape is of Valbeuna and his partner Fanny Lafon, or if other individuals are involved.

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Cisse won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and scored 24 goals in 79 games during his three-year stay at Anfield until 2007. He also had spells with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, while he is currently out of contract after being released by Ligue 1 side Bastia following nine goals in 41 appearances. Cisse is due to appear on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” in the coming months.

Further reports from France say that Cisse is expected to be “exonerated” and that the existence of the video is “not proven” at this point.

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?