On the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the end, the Seattle Sounders found vengeance in dispatching the Colorado Rapids 4-1. It was just a single game, and one they should’ve won, but with memories of last year’s collapse and the constant pressure from Los Angeles, the Sounders needed to respond like winners. They did.
A year ago yesterday in Colorado, the Seattle Sounders, holding the Supporters Shield lead and vying for seeding, fell apart. The Rapids hit them early and often finishing with a 5-1 result that left Seattle rudderless as their 2013 sputtered towards an ignoble playoff exit at the hands of their hated rivals, the Portland Timbers. If ghosts, as us media types keep saying, haunt the Sounders, it didn’t show yesterday.
Seattle enjoyed a dominant performance by MVP-candidate Obafemi Martins, who finished with two goals and an assist. Martins now has 17 goals and 10 assist on the season. The other highly paid DP in green, Clint Dempsey, chipped in his 14th goal of the year, and Marco Pappa finished off the scoring. But the prettiest chance the Sounders had was by defensive midfielder Ozzie Alonso who unleashed a near 40-yard howitzer that Clint Irwin, Colorado’s keeper, barely parried. Colorado’s poor defending yielded these Seattle fireworks all afternoon.
Seattle had a week off to scheme and train, and it showed in their defense efforts. They still yielded a goal (jeez a clean sheet would be nice), but for the most part, the back looked cool, calm and collected. A refreshing change after the last few run of games when Seattle yielded eleven goals in three. Hopefully the defense stays tight moving forward.
The win puts Seattle back atop the table at 60 points, and clinched a club-record 19th win on the year. The Sounder are one win away from setting the MLS record at 20 in the non-shootout era. It was their first game in October, but Seattle, unlike last year, has yet to turn into a pumpkin.