Okay, so I finally have stomached the gall from Sunday’s Debacle in Dallas Frisco, to write about the Seattle Sounders.
“Younger and faster” has been the mantra for President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey since he got here. Earlier this season (though I can’t find a link to the quote currently), Lagerwey specifically said that Dallas wins last season’s Western Conference semifinal matchup “ 9 out of 10 times” because Dallas was younger and faster. Well, the Hoops are still younger and faster. And they beat us again.
The problem is still the age of this roster. I’ve been saying this for a while, but age is great for experience and ability, but it stinks for availability. The minutes lost to sundry age-related knocks and bruises has been disastrous for this Sounders team. We went down to Dallas missing Brad, Ivanschitz and Valdez because of various aches and pains, not to mention Deuce’s ongoing medical situation. Add Ozzie’s hotheadedness and it was a shell of the Sounders.
Silver lining? That shell traveled, on short rest, to battle the class of the league to a near result, and–hell–almost a victory (#geigered).
We are getting “younger and faster.” Jordan Morris will only get better (before he gets his European work visa), Cristian Roldan has arrived, Lodeiro is already the man, and Joevin Jones played his best game in Rave Green Pacific Blue. We can also cheat and say Roman Torres is young’ish (turned 30 this year) for a centerback
If this sounds like I am backpedaling from all my unbridled optimism from last week, well… I am. 1 point from 2 games, and no dance card punched, isn’t exactly what anyone had in mind going into Decision Day. Hopefully we make the playoffs just to spite the Timbers and keep our record going, but MLS Cup… forget about it. Take the long view, we are rebuilding. And if the worst Sounders season in history still sees us in the playoffs, I’ll take it.