Sounders 0 – 2 Crew
In a match that the Sounders did almost everything right, the only thing that eluded them was a goal. Controlling the pace of the game for pretty much the entire match didn’t matter as the Crew put both of their shots past Bryan Meredith.
The win-less streak is now up to three for the Sounders, something they have not been accustomed to this season.
The second half of this game got extremely chippy, as both sides were trying to take control of the game. The Sounders trying to score, and the Crew trying to hang on to some possession for once.
Fouls were called every minute it seemed like, as there was no real flow to this game, especially in the second half. There were a number of players going down, but only one real injury.
For a team that has played from behind for three straight games now, the Sounders intensity in tonight’s game is something that us fans should be very proud of.
Not willing to give up, the team played just as hard in the first minute, as they did in the 95th minute. The score line definitely does not tell the same story as the final score does. We outplayed the Crew for almost 100 minutes, just came up short.
Sigi’s use of the bench
Though he hasn’t been on the scoring sheet since the beginning of the season, I love the fact the Sigi Schmid keeps David Estrada in the starting lineup.
His creative play will create more chances, and now that he is being utilized in the mid field role, it will open up the play of Eddie Johnson, and Freddy Montero that much more. It just didn’t happen tonight.
Mauro Rosales coming off the bench in these mid-week games makes sense too. It keeps him fresh for the weekend games, but also it adds that spark that only Rosales brings to this team off of the bench.
This game had a feel of a Phoenix Coyotes game. Every call went against the Sounders, it was quite embarrassing actually. There was no rhythm to the game, and the Sounders were flagged every time they even touched one of the Crew players.
With the exception of what should’ve been a foul on Montero, that ended up being a yellow for Carlos Mendes, the calls were all going Columbus’ way.
And things turned nasty. I can understand the players frustration with the way the game was going, but discipline is what wins games, not retaliation.
Not to take anything away from the Columbus Crew, but they were a lucky bunch tonight. Two goals on two shots is pretty damn impressive.
The first goal by Justin Meram was a thing of beauty. A header from a cross that he put right where nobody else was, his third in three games.
The second goal I think caught Bryan Meredith napping. Emilio Renteria chipped it in from about 20 yards out, and the fleeting Meredith could only get a finger tip to it, helping it into the back of the net.
Not blaming anybody, but this game should have went the other way. We outplayed them the entire match. But two lucky bounces were all it took for the Crew to finally secure a win against the Sounders.
Next up for the Sounders, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center against Chivas USA. Game time is 7:30, and can be seen locally on KING 5.
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