The Seattle Sounders fell to the Columbus Crew in a “city” that no one knew had skyscrapers. It was muggy and it was humid in central Ohio, and the Sounders were feeling the heat. Saturday’s 3-2 loss saw the Sounders a bit too slow and a bit too sloppy, and a very talented Crew side made them pay.
We’re gonna lose sometimes. And in the middle of a long road trip, with two East Coast flights in the span of one week, losing to a good team is fine. Put Columbus in context: the Crew are a solid team and play especially strong at home. They field a magician in Higuain, and he pulled the strings and he kept connecting with stone-cold finisher Kei Kamara. Seattle usually does poorly against teams that can attack quickly, and we’ll need to be a lot better than we were Saturday if we see them again (which could only be MLS Cup). Sigi admitted not approaching the game the correct way tactically:
We gave them too much space, [we] might of gotten the tactics wrong, but that’s on me. That is something I have already thought about if we run into them again and how we may play them a little bit differently. We made a decision to play one way and maybe that was not the right decision, but on the same token, sometimes we were in position, but we were just a step slow.
We also just looked weary, as the defense came undone early in the second half. Our passing was far from crisp and there were too many sloppy turnovers. Ozzie had a very rare bad game, and yet, Saturday was only the second time this season we’ve allowed multiple goals. And Deuce kept being Deuce. Even on a bad day, this team can make it a dogfight. That is the hallmark of a champion.
I love cities and American history (and even used to teach high school history), but I know nothing about Columbus, Ohio. I found myself unable stop taking potshots at the “city” (see, I can’t help myself!). So I looked up some facts and learned Columbus has a population of 787,033 with 1.3 mil metro. Not too shabby Buckeye City.
I also learned that, unlike his eponymous state, George Washington actually tromped around the Ohio Country (as it was then known) for a land speculating concern called the Ohio Company. Yep, the father of our country was a capitalist land speculator. I liked him better growing hemp.
Ohio gained statehood soon after the US Army won the decisive Battle of Fallen Timbers near present-day Maumee, Ohio (where there is a delightful local chain restaurant called Fricker’s Chicken (where it is extremely hard to eat if one is a West Coast pinko liberal vegetarian)). Columbus, like D.C., was just a spot of wilderness before the local legislature decided to create a capital city. These cities have always baffled me. If the human animal didn’t choose to congregate on a chunk of earth due to natural advantages, water, resources, trade routes, etc., then why just make a city there? I honestly don’t get it.
Anywho, the Battle of Fallen Timbers is the capstone of a little-known chapter of American history when, as a sovereign nation, we first started slaughtering Native Americans for imperial gain. Shortly after winning the Revolutionary War, the fledgling United States, seeking to move into the Ohio River valley, met fierce resistance from the Western Confederacy, a large union of many Native American tribes. The fight between the US and the Western Confederacy lasted pretty much from the signing of the Treaty of Paris until Fallen Timbers (fun fact, a young Tecumseh escaped that battle and would later wreck havoc on the US from his outposts across the border in Canada. That is until a hale-and-hearty William Henry Harrison finally got the best of him during the War of 1812. Of course Harrison is the president who infamously died of pneumonia a mere month after taking office, so there’s that. Today Tecumseh is renown in both the United States and Canada as both a political leader and warrior).
So now I know a little more about Columbus, and so do you!