The Seattle Sounders lost again in maddening fashion Saturday night to the Colorado Rapids. It was another late goal conceded to an underwhelming (I am really running out of adjectives here) opponent. Let’s be real, the Rapids stole a goal late.
We’ve now lost 5 of 6 and have tumbled down the table to 5th. Worse–we’re tied with Portland on points-per-game. Though Seattle was comfortably leading the West back on June 19th, teams like LA Galaxy (WWLWW), FC Dallas (DWWWW), and Sporting KC (WLWWW) have all been on a recent tear.
Surprisingly, the Sounders’ attack looked crisp for the first time in a long time. The second half saw Seattle’s best ball movement. The attack actually looked competent. Thomas had a solid shot on goal, and the Sounders constantly got the ball in dangerous places and bouncing around the box. Unfortunately, they couldn’t finish. Hopefully we are seeing the swan song of underachieving replacement starters. The Sounders will be getting healthy (Oba), match-fit (Friberg and Ozzie), and players returned (Deuce and B-Rad).
Friberg started slow and often times I lost him for stretches of the game. But when clicking, he brought solid possession-oriented flow to the attack. I said it last week, but Roldan is finally looking like a solid contributor. Too often in his earlier games he was easily dispossessed. He looked great against the Rapids, he saw the field well and completed 79% of his passes (he is improving) and the majority of his passes were in the attacking third. Micheal Azira was not in the 18. I know it is some schadenfreude on my part, but I am glad he got benched. I kinda imagine Sigi giving him a firm talking to (not that there is much Azira could’ve done better over the last month, he is what he is).
I would be remiss to not mention the playing conditions during the match. The chewed-up temporary sod surface laid on the FieldTurf made for a sloppy soccer match. Players were slip-sliding away like mad. This caused both promising Colorado and Seattle forays to falter. But again, late in the game, it was the Sounders who really fell down.