Sounders 0 – Earthquakes 1
During the first two games for the Sounders, they were able to score 5 goals, yet couldn’t manage a single one Saturday night.
Let’s hope this isn’t their form to come while suffering through all of the injuries the team has sustained so far this season. (The Sounders currently have six players out with injuries.)
If not for a weak penalty call, the Sounders could have managed a point in this match, but like I said earlier, the season is still fresh, and points will be hard to get in this ever improving MLS.
Control of the game early
Despite the injuries to a couple of starters, the Sounders were able to control game play early. A thing they certainly lacked at the beginning of the Houston game the week before.
The defense seemed to be calm and collected, waiting for the exact moment when they had the Quakes drawn up, before they would send the ball forward.
Three games in, and we have seen three different offensive approaches so far from coach Sigi Schmid. Definitely a strong point for the Sounders, playing to their opponents strengths and weaknesses.
Sivebaek, wtih his best Mauro Rosales impersonation, played well in his first start for the Sounders. Not quite the same speed as Rosales, but his creativity on the ball is just as special.
He had a couple of good crosses, but just came up short from finding a head to put the ball in the net. To me, a good cross is just as exciting as a penalty kick, and to have a good supplier is key to this game.
Once again, keeper Michael Gspurning was huge in net for the Sounders. I’m really beginning to love this signing by the Sounders. He has done everything right so far this season. Even his aggressiveness on the penalty kick was something to be proud of.
The early yellow card given to Osvaldo Alonso really took him out of his normal role of mid field aggressor. Alonso is the glue that keeps the mid field and defense together, and with him unable to defend aggressively, the Sounders were definitely lacking strength.
As mentioned before, if not for a weak penalty, the Sounders could have earned a point in this game. As San Jose forward Steven Lenhart was running through the box, he ran into Marc Burch, and immediately went into flailing convulsions trying to draw the penalty.
It worked, and the Quakes scored.
There is no replay in soccer, yet, and these kind of calls are part of the game. Some times they go the good guys way, others, like Saturday night, go to the foes.
It’s unfortunate to lose a game on such a bad call, but so is the way of the beautiful game.
Sounders look to bounce back next Saturday against the DC United at RFK stadium. Game is at 4:30 local time, and will be aired on KONG.