Seattle Sounders FC vs. Montreal Impact blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Sounders 1 – 4 Impact

What a way to open a new stadium right? Well if you live in Montreal I guess it was.

Not a good night at all for the Sounders as they got back into the swing of things in MLS action after three weeks off.

I was expecting a lot more from them especially after we saw how dangerous this team was in U.S. Open cup play the past few weeks. I know, they were supposed to destroy Atlanta and Cal FC, but the way they went about it was quite intriguing.

Maybe not so quick to score, but once they did, the flood gates were open. Five goals in just under a half hour against Cal FC is just unheard of in today’s game. Amateurs or not, Cal FC had won four games to get to that point, so they were no push over.

But I guess that was then, and this is now.

Montreal completely took control of the scoreboard early, and never looked back.  A pretty lousy way to come back from the break if you ask me.

The absence of Osvaldo Alonso seemed to wear at the Sounders defensively, and they just never were able to adjust to anything.

Love ’em

A man down goal

Late in the game, and down a man because of the disgusting red card on Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Eddie Johnson took a beautiful through ball off the foot of Freddy Montero right outside the box and put a perfectly timed toe poke past Impact keeper Donovan Ricketts.

This was pretty much the highlight of the game from the Sounders perspective, not much to love about a 1-4 beatdown away.

No smiling for the Sounders on Saturday night as the Impact won 4-1 (photo

Rose gets a shot

With the two game ban of Osvaldo Alonso still in effect, coach Sigi Schmid decided to place Andy Rose in Alonso’s central mid position. Though not the defender that Alonso is, I was excited to see how Rose would look in a different place on the pitch.

It was an interesting call I think, but I liked the gustiness of Schmid, instead of subbing Rose in for Brad Evans as he has in the past, he started him hoping to make an impact on the scoring sheet.

It back fired for sure, but it’s the calls like this from Schmid that make this team a dangerous one.

Hate ’em  

Red Card

For those of you who watched this game, you already know the disgrace the official put on Jhon Kennedy Hurtado‘s good name.

This probably would’nt even warrant a yellow from most officials. A bad call, that really put the Sounders out of the game a little prematurely.

The act of flopping is supposed to be addressed by FIFA and it’s governing board. But I guess they only care about the flops that occur in the box and affect penalty’s.

This was a terrible call, and hopefully this official will be fined by the league this week once the tape has been seen by the higher ups.

Shady defending

Talk about being lost, the Sounders tonight looked like a team that had had three weeks off, with or without scheduled Open Cup matches.

Bunching up doesn’t work inside the box very often, and it sure didn’t work tonight.

Though Bryan Meredith didn’t stand a chance on one of the goals, he was left out to dry on the other three.

Near post, far post, it didn’t matter. All the shots were coming from inside the 18 yard box, and the defense did everything except put the ball on net themselves.

Sigi will be having a very rough couple of practices lined up I believe this week.

As he should. His team was an embarrassment tonight. Not only to him, but to themselves, and to the city of Seattle.

We now have three days to get this fixed before we meet up with Sporting KC.

The winless streak is now at five, not something that we are too used to up here in Seattle.

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