It’s déjà vu all over again as your Seattle Sounders dispatch a pesky Dallas FC squad 2-1 on Kenny Cooper’s late game winner. Wow, the Sounders are the cardiac kids of Cascadia. Cooper’s 88th minute goal was the ninth result-earning goal Seattle has scored after the 75th minute. Four teams in MLS haven’t scored that many goals all season.
Maybe it’s early, but what other lofty records are the Sounders chasing? They have now won five consecutive games, which ties the franchise record. Seattle has scored 22 goals and earned 22 points through ten games this season. They are on pace for 75 points, that would not only win the Supporter’s Shield, but smash the current points record held by the 1998 LA Galaxy (68 points). If the Sounders keep up their offensive clip of 2.2 goals a game, they’ll finish with 74 goals, second only to those 1998 Gals (who scored a whopping 85!). Can any one beat Seattle? Maybe that vintage Galaxy is the only team that could stop these Sounders.
Real Salt Lake thinks they’re the team to stop the swaggering Seattle heroes. Beating Dallas creates some space atop the Western Conference, but RSL continues to lurk. And they have a streak of their own going, as RSL is without a loss on the season. The MLS marketing department would have gobs invested in a matchup between these two giants: the undefeated squad from the Wasatch and the magical team from the North Cascades. But when Seattle and RSL first face off May 31st, both teams will have players called into USMNT camp. I’ll write a longer post soon about the upcoming World Cup camp and what it means roster-wise and potential schedule wise for your Seattle Sounders.
Last question: Are the Seattle Sounders magical or are they magicaler?