Rave Report: Pappa, Marshall make Team of the Week

For the second time this season, Sounders FC had two players represented on the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week after a 2-0 shutout of the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

Marco Pappa scored his second goal and Chad Marshall anchored the defense to its sixth shutout of the season to earn recognition, marking the second honor for Pappa and third for Marshall.

Pappa scored in the 86th minute to put away the match after Clint Dempsey netted an earlier goal. Meanwhile, Marshall combined with Zach Scott to limit Portland forward Fanendo Adi to just one shot in the match.

Pappa and Marshall were joined on Team of the Week by goalkeeper Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire); defenders Chris Korb (D.C. United), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) and Lovel Palmer (Chicago Fire); midfielders Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids) and Davy Arnaud (D.C. United); and forwards Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) and Jermaine Defoe (Toronto FC).

Sounders FC's representatives on Team of the Week have been:
Week 1: DeAndre Yedlin.
Week 3: Djimi Traore.
Week 5: Clint Dempsey.
Week 6: Clint Dempsey, Sigi Schmid.
Week 7: Obafemi Martins, Chad Marshall.
Week 8: Clint Dempsey, Sigi Schmid.
Week 9: Chad Marshall.
Week 11: Obafemi Martins.
Week 13: Marco Pappa, Sigi Schmid.
Week 14: Lamar Neagle.
Week 16: Gonzalo Pineda.
Week 18: Marco Pappa, Chad Marshall.

199 AND COUNTING

In 2009, Sigi Schmid became the winningest coach in MLS history and he has progressively added to that win total ever since, checking off various milestones along the way. With Seattle’s 12th win of the year on Sunday, his career regular season win total hit 199 as he narrows in on another milestone that will come with his 200th win.

Seattle’s next regular season match will be on July 28 at CenturyLink Field against the LA Galaxy, who are led by the league’s No. 2 man on the all-time wins list in Bruce Arena.

SOUNDERS FC FAN UP FOR LEAGUEWIDE HONORS

Last week, Major League Soccer announced the finalists for the MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo. The Grand Prize winner, as voted by the fans, will be awarded a $10,000 donation for the charity of their choice and a trip to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland.

Seattle’s representative is Terry Kegel, who has done extensive work to raise funds for “The Right to Play” through a film he produced in which all funds raised went into the program. “The Right to Play” is a program that provides sporting opportunities to kids who would not otherwise be given this opportunity. Kegel produced the film “I Speak Soccer” and used all funds from the award-winning movie to help those children in his community.

In addition, Kegel also organized the West Seattle Cup, a free, community-based soccer tournament that helped raise cultural awareness in the diverse populous of West Seattle.

Fan voting is open now through July 25 on the MLS WORKS web site: www.MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP. Fans may also vote by tweeting: “I vote for the @MLSWORKS @WellsFargo (insert club handle) #CommunityMVP” from 9 am PT on July 24 through 9 am PT on July 25. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on Friday, July 25 at 2pm ET via twitter by @MLSWORKS.

In addition to earning the chance to win the Grand Prize of $10,000 for the charity of their choice, Wells Fargo has pledged a $1,000 donation to each of the other 18 finalists’ charities.

ON THE AIR

This week on Seattle Soccer Talk on Sports Radio 950 KJR, Mike Gastineau will be joined by Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei and Emerald City Supporters co-president Aaron Reed. The weekly show will broadcast from the Fremont’s George and Dragon and can be heard on Sports Radio 950 KJR from 7-8 pm on Tuesday. It will also be available to hear via podcast after the conclusion of the show at www.sportsradiokjr.com/sst.

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