Some games teach you something. They give you an idea of a team’s quality, what they’re capable of, which direction they’re heading. Some games are 3-0 drubbings that are best forgotten with a stiff drink.
It’s a weekend of meaningless international friendlies in MLS, and the Sounders are off until a big “Monday Night Football” showdown with the LA Galaxy, so it seems like a good time for a midseason progress report.
The first, a 1-0 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps, will soon be forgotten – a bump in the road in an otherwise excellent first half of the season.
The Sounders’ match against the Chicago Fire was the team’s last before the World Cup break. It also immediately followed a stunning, 4-0 demolition of Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field.
After watching the league-leading Sounders dismantle previously undefeated Real Salt Lake, in a 4-0 rout, it might be tempting to hit the caps-lock key and make exclamations like this:
In addition to any Canadian candy bars the team may have purchased on its trip north (Coffee Crisp is my personal favorite), the Sounders should also have declared themselves fortunate when talking to border guards on the trip home following their 2-2 draw with the Whitecaps at BC Place.
Before you continue reading this recap, please watch this GIF of Obafemi Martins’ game-winning golazo at least 100 times.
To keep this recap of the Sounders’ trip to New England brief: Holy hell that was an abomination.
On Saturday, the Seattle Sounders waited until the 84th minute to pull ahead of the Philadelphia Union, thanks to a Chad Marshall header.
Some fans like nail-biters. Close matches that leave your stomach churning with anxiety for 90+ minutes.
Starsky & Hutch. Hall & Oates. Peanut Butter & Jelly.These are some of the great duos of our time. One to add to the list: Obafemi Martins & Clint Dempsey.
High times in Frisco will be tempered quickly with the arrival of Clint Dempsey’s Seattle Sounders.
It was a 4-4 draw that saw a hat trick from Clint Dempsey, and the Sounders fight back from a two-goal deficit to escape Portland with a point in what very well could end up being the most entertaining (read: heart-attack-inducing) match of the MLS season.
First, the important thing: The Sounders’ third “pitch black” kit, which they wore in their 2-0 victory against the Montreal Impact, looked, well, maybe Herculez Gomez said it best:
Through two games, the Sounders have suffered 50 fouls, a full 13 more than the next most hacked team, Portland. That’s enough to anger a player. A player like Clint Dempsey, for example.