Sounders 2- 2 Revolution
As the winless streak continues, so does the injury toll.
Goalkeeper is one spot that the Sounders cannot be short at. Especially the way Meredith has been playing of late.
The Sounders did welcome back Adam Johansson, though he didn’t look nearly as good as he had before he went down with injury.
All in all, besides the two beautiful crosses to Eddie Johnson, the Sounders looked like a team without an identity Saturday afternoon.
With Freddy Montero missing the game due to suspensi0n, the injury to David Estrada, plus the fact that Alvaro Fernandez still isn’t ready for a full 90, the Sounders were playing a style that doesn’t suit them well.
Lot’s of sporadic passing, lax defense, and no field general on offense with Mauro Rosales playing forward more instead of his usual wide midfield role.
I wouldn’t even say they played good enough to earn the draw.
Lot’s of fouls, some bookings again, and the fact that the Revs had more than a few open chances inside the box that just sailed on the shooters.
With not one, but two absolutely wonderful goals off headers, Eddie Johnson ups his season goal mark to seven.
The first goal was all about Rosales. He kept possession through a sea of blue jerseys, only to turn, and flick a perfectly timed cross to the sprinting Johnson who put the ball right past the keeper.
The second goal wasn’t as pretty, but was just as effective.
With the ball being squeezed out wide, and Marc Burch giving chase, he grabbed possession, turned and fired a cross that Eddie Johnson was able to play off his ear for the go ahead goal.
After going down extremely early in this match, the Sounders were able to fight back and not only equalize, but grab the lead before halftime as well.
Both goals were from the head of Eddie Johnson, as mentioned above, but the fact that the Sounders were able to score two quick goals after going down early shows that the players are sick of not winning games.
And this is a good thing.
Just like in the game against the Timbers last week, the retaliation fouls have got to stop before more red cards are shown.
Besides just the retaliation fouls, there was a big time cheap shot by Rosales, plus the two yellow cards picked up by Andy Rose and Osvaldo Alonso.
Alonso is a player that plays with a lot of emotion, and the disciplinary actions will be taken by refs when the Sounders play, but to get a yellow so early in a game completely takes him out of his game, and when this happens, the Sounders get hurt defensively.
Rose is the same type of player. He plays with emotion worn on his sleeve, as most English footballers do. With both him and Alonso in trouble early, there is no way the Sounders can keep up the intensity through the midfield defensively.
3 points blown
After leading for over an hour in this match, it was a shame to drop the extra two points so late, especially since we’re going on two months without a win now.
Talk about waiting until the very last minute, the Revs scored the tying goal in the 4th minute of 4 minutes of stoppage time. This was a very deflating goal for not only Meredith, but the entire Sounders team.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Sounders as they are now off to Sandy Utah to take on Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
RSL is a very tough team to play, especially at Rio Tinto.
Video highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com