Making a Name With Defense

The Amoeba. Hydra. Call them what you will, but the Seattle Sounders make their name with offense. The only nickname thrown at the defense is maybe a$$h@/%$.

Surprisingly, so far this season Seattle is winning with defense. In the first four games of 2015, the Sounders have allowed just three goals. Only Colorado, DC and NYCFC have allowed fewer, and Seattle is tied atop the league table with a +3 goal differential. Granted, all three goals came in an ugly loss to the Quakes at home. But that means Seattle has held their opponent scoreless in three of their first four games.

Really?! Against San Jose?!

Really?! Against San Jose?!

The last time the Sounders kept three clean sheets in four matches was way back at the beginning of the 2013 campaign. After their really rough start, winless in their first five, Seattle righted the ship and starting knocking off wins. On April 20th they earned their first win 1-0 against the Rapids. After a bye, they drew the Union, 2-2, in Philly in a heated affair before shutting down SKC 1-nil and smashing San Jose 4-nil in the next 8 days (the Sounders won one more, 4-2, against Dallas before L.A. put four in the back of the net).

Remember all the red cards in that Philly game? Neagle was HEATED!

Remember all the red cards in that Philly game? Neagle was HEATED!

It has been 22 months since the Sounders had such a run. They played 66 MLS matches (including playoffs), and won 2 trophies in that span. The 2013 club was scoring with Mauro and Eddie and defending with Hurtado, Gspurning and a young kid DeAndre Whatshisname. And that season didn’t end well. 2014 was arguably the best squad Seattle ever fielded and they never played this tight in the back. If Clint and Oba can get their groove on with a little more consistency, L.A. better watch the throne.

 

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