Simply put, Seattle Sounders FC deserved everything they got out of today’s match with the Portland Timbers — nothing.
Going into the match all of the stats, form and projections were in the Sounders favor, but all of that fell to the wayside when the two sides took the tiny pitch at Jeld-Wen field and 98 minutes later walked off it with Portland being the 2-1 victors.
The first half was no question the worst half of soccer we have seen from the Sounders this season and exposed, hopefully for the last time, some fatal flaws that several pliers posses. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid needs to have a guillotine ready in the club’s locker room set up for the heads of Brad Evans, Zach Scott and maybe the arm of Jeff Parke.
Evans has shown once again that he is useless in the midfield. His passes were nowhere near close, his missed header from three yards out was embarrassing and he was useless tracking back defensively.
Scott is just showing that he is an aged Sounder from an era gone by. His lack of pace, marking and clearance ability have shown in a few straight matches now. Basically we need Adam Johansson back now.
And finally Parke was partially to blame for the both the Portland goals, although the Kris Boyd goal was mostly on Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Parke was smartly taken off for Partick Ianni after a mystery injury occurred and Seattle didn’t allow a goal after that.
The first 45 minutes showcased a Timbers side that was aggressive, attacking, quick on the ball and efficient, none of which they are. The second half they were slow, defensive (although they were defending a two goal lead) and showed an inability to make the final pass. Seattle was the bestir team in the last 45, but couldn’t convert — the story of this seven match winless skid.
The stars of the match for Seattle were Mauro Rosales, Ozzie Alonso who was a beast and Eddie Johnson who will probably join Ianni on this week’s MLS Goal of the Week nomination list.
Finally I still don’t quite know what the Fredy Montero red card was given for. ESPN showed him knock into a player before the brawl, but it must have been something he said to the incompetent Ricardo Salazar who called the game to his normal low standards. Don’t expect a Seattle review of this red, one yellow would have given Montero five and a one game suspension anyways.
So basically the quick though on this one was that the Sounders played themselves out of three points, but maybe deserved one.
Madison is the Digital Media Producer at the Yakima Herald-Republic. Originally from Spokane, Madison is a die-hard Seattle Sounders FC and USMNT fan. Along with loving soccer, he has an affinity for tacos and good bourbon — heck, even bad bourbon sometimes.