The Seattle Sounder are Kings of Cascadia! In dismantling the table-topping Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 at BC place, Seattle earned a picture perfect victory (seewhatIdidthere?).
Winning the Cascadia Cup feels great. Sure it doesn’t mean as much as other silverware, but it is good to be king. I am proud of Cascadia and proud of Cascadian soccer. I wanted that cup dammit and it’d been far too long absent from the Emerald City.
The bigger implications of the victory are the 3 points earned and the 1.5 ppg Seattle is now averaging. Oddly, they are only 3 point out of the Shield lead. Though winning the Shield is a longshot, it feels nice to be back in the thick of things after a stone cold summer. The Sounders are now sitting very pretty at a firm 4th place in the West.
In the Cascadian massacre on Saturday night, the Sounders looked to be in top form. They look like a team that can make a ruckus come fall. Seattle possessed well when the Caps yielded and they defended well when the Caps pressed. This was no “we’re gonna ram the ball down your throat and get burned on the counter” game plan, but rather a disciplined, dare I say “champion-worthy”, performance.
Ivanschitz was the schitz. In the Austrian first start for the Rave Green, he provided a calming presence in midfield as he confidently moved the ball. He provided dangerous set pieces (a weakness of Seattle’s all year) and finished with a feather-soft first touch before hammering home the opening salvo from a very difficult shooting angle. Ivanschitz, Oba and Clint are starting to fire on all cylinders, but it is the supporting cast that could win us the Cup.
Gonzo was a stud on Saturday. I was surprised he got the call in midfield but he delivered. At times he felt he was slow with the ball on his feet, but he kept cycling the possession, looking for men in dangerous positions, and of course scores his first goal with a patient and powerful finish in the box. And Zach Scott was stellar at CB. His performance allows Brad to remain in a stacked midfield that easily handled a very dangerous Vancouver team.
It’s good to be king, but Seattle remains #hellagreedy. Bring on SKC.