National perception held the Seattle Sounders below both Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution. After this weekend, any one jabbering about how, despite sitting atop the table, the Sounders were not as good are now eating crow. New England stumbled to lowly Montreal and Seattle demolished Salt Lake. The Sounders took that chip off their shoulder, dipped it in guacamole and scarfed it, while proving on the pitch who’s the better team.
Four-nil Sounders is a helluva score line. Few expected a rout, but it feels good. IT FEELS GREAT! And all my post-traumatic jabbering about the team showing cracks, or losing “spirit” (as Coach Sigi Schmid said postgame) has been vindicated and absolved. In a deeper karmic and narrative sense, we just “equalized” the New England debacle. On a practical level, I am glad for the following (in this order): a) won; b) kept a clean sheet; and c) helped our overall goal differential. This last point gets esoteric, but I want every possible edge come playoff qualifying. Portland nipped the Western Conference from Salt Lake last year with one more point. I want Seattle to have an ironclad resume come fall.
These Sounders continue to impress. Our recent run of form san-Dempsey puts us in position to sit pretty going into the World Cup break. With one more win next week against Chicago, Seattle would be at 32 points (though a draw and 30 is fine) through 14 games, thus averaging over a righteous 2 points per game. We’d get an MLS breather knowing Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are storming back with maybe the possibility of signing an international after the World Cup (and yes with Djimi Traore’s injury it sure looks like we need a centerback). I am cautiously giddy of fabulous things to come from this team. I want the treble. The Open Cup, the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup.
Keep your eyes on the prize Seattle. Yes we can make headlines with Super Bowls, legal drugs, progressive nuptials and a socialist minimum wage, but, this city has a soccer destiny. To fulfill it we must win soccer silverware come November.
Chad Barrett continues to impress. He wrested a starting spot from Kenny Cooper and was a killer Saturday.
Gonzalo Pineda got a second penalty kick goal in as many weeks. He is cool as a cucumber, and it’s nice to have such a commodity in that role.
Marco Pappa get off the schneid. He has been playing fabulously and was deserving of his first goal in Rave Green. That free kick was just nuts. The quality of soccer we’ve been treated to this season has been unreal.
Zach Scott started his third straight game and looked solid. The man just improves with age.
Excellent job Rave Green! If you’re not excited to be a Sounders fan right now, get your blood pressure checked and don’t eat my brain ‘cause you must be a zombie!