The Seattle Sounders won in cardiac attack fashion tonight, tacking on the go-ahead goal in stoppage time over the New York Red Bulls. Though supersub Chad Barrett got the credit for the goal, Clint Dempsey created it. Even on night where he was, as Taylor Twellman said “quiet,” Deuce changes games.
This game needed changing for us Sounders fans. New York completely outclassed Seattle for the first 45 minutes and bossed the game at times. As discussed last week, Jesse Marsch has his club playing quality soccer. Though their recent run of form doesn’t reflect this, the Red Bulls’ were a quality opponent and their play was worthy of a result. But then Marco Pappa happened.
The mercurial career Marco Pappa continues. Sometimes Pappa “forgets” to defend, sometimes he gets so cute with the ball he bungles a promising attack, and sometimes he is the definition of brilliance. Many times throughout the game, he made poor decisions and drove me mad. I felt his goal on Wednesday had him feeling cocky and sloppy and so a hindrance on the pitch. Even on the play that ended in his equalizing goal, he probably made the wrong decision. Neagle and Deuce had the centerbacks tied up, giving Pappa multiple options. His best was Oba open in the box. His next was Andy Rose completely unmarked and ready to make a far post run.
Pappa opted to keep. A little fool headed, but he got the goal and that’s what matters (I’ll write a longer post on Pappa this week).
Tonight we were a tired team starting an atypical lineup, but we got all three points. With results like tonight, we can be a special team this season. The difference between a draw and win in May matters in October. We need to defend the Shield.