Seattle Sounders Start Their March to The Sea

The Seattle Sounders finally got off the schneid! And they did so with style, logging their biggest win of the 2015 campaign, 4-0 over Orlando City SC.

Alrighty folks: exhale. The Sounders are back. Let’s be honest, all of us have been fantasizing, waiting for the day the Sounders become THE Sounders again. We’ve suffered for two long dreary months for Seattle to start their march to the sea and win every game by an absurd scoreline of 3-nil and 5-nil. Well hell people. Dream no longer, that day is finally here!

Yesterday the switch was flipped, as the Sounders looked confident and creative all afternoon. Seattle had 21 shots on goal (21!!) with 12 on target. The recuperated Obafemi Martins was the big man up top and recent signing Erik Friberg was the catalyst in the middle, but nine different Sounder had at least one shot on goal. The Hydra is back baby.

The Rave Green faithful got to enjoy a bumper crop of new Sounders. Shiny new DP Nelson Haedo Valdez slammed home a goal in his Sounders debut making him the first Sounders DP to do so. Fredy Montero had a goal in his first game (Seattle’s inaugural MLS game t’boot), but that was before he re-signed as a DP. Flacco has a goal in his second game in Rave Green, and Oba in his third. Valdez is already squarely in the running for highest-impact DP ever. Frankly, I didn’t know much about him and all the scouting reports said, “ He is a competent scorer, but not a prolific one.” Here’s hoping they’re wrong. Even Roman Torres got in on the box score, feeding Thomas for the cherry-on-top goal.

Hopefully we get used to winning again. We’re sitting on only 35 points (just 1.4 ppg), and models have us finishing with only 45 points and missing the playoffs. Granted that will come to pass if we play our next nine games like we played the previous nine. But yesterday was a rvelation, and we don’t even have Ozzie, Deuce and Ivanschitz in the selection yet. 27 points are sitting there, waiting for us. Take ‘em all.

 

  • pacjake

    What a great, great start to the last third of the season. If things go as we hope, this would be the first year the Sounders start peaking going into the playoffs, rather than in April or mid-season.

    Neagle is so much more tolerable to watch as the worst of our starting players than as the best. Playing with better teammates makes him much better, but he didn’t do much to improve the younger players around him the past few weeks.

    • http://www.ravinggreen.com Brent Schaeffer/ RavingGreen

      For sure, let’s hope last week was an auspicious start to the final stretch of the season.

      Neagle was a rockstar against Orlando. When team’s can focus on him, he easily shut down. But boy oh boy, when Oba or another quality attacker gets a D to forget Neagle, he sure can be dangerous.

      2010 is the last time Seattle surged into the playoffs. We were 5-8-4 with 13 games left before signing Blaise Nkufo and Flacco. Then we went 9-2-2 to end the year. Let’s hope this year’s DP crop has similiar immediate effects!

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