Sounders 2 – 2 Red Bulls
They couldn’t keep their old friend off the score sheet, but they did come away with a point in a very tough place to play, against a the new found French connection of Le Toux and Thierry Henry.
The best thing about football is, one week removed from a franchise worst nine game winless streak, the Sounders now find themselves in the middle of a four game unbeaten streak.
With the friendly against Chelsea coming up on Wednesday, then the All-Star game the following Wednesday, the Sounders can take this two weeks to rest some key players who have had a lot of extra minutes logged with the two-a-weeks the past month.
Sigi Schmid is still tooling with his lineups, and the sighting of Michael Gspurning in New York can only bring hope to the fans as we move into the final stretch for the playoff hunt.
Sure it worked out for us, as Brad Evans supplied a beautiful ball for Montero just minutes after his entry to the game, but when down a goal, why take off the best playmaker on the field?
It would have made a lot more sense to take off Andy Rose at that point, and drop Rosales into the mid since Schmid was planning on subbing Rose anyways for Leo Gonzalez, a defender.
But I guess you don’t find yourself at the top of the MLS wins list for not knowing what you’re doing, so keep it up Sigi, let’s get to the Cup final this year.
Flacco gets another
Just a week removed from netting his first goal of the season, Alvaro Fernandez started off the scoring once again for the Sounders.
He very well could have added another, but just couldn’t keep his header on target.
Whatever was said last week by Sigi Schmid to Fernandez must’ve worked, because he has looked like a new man the last two weeks.
Instead of falling to the ground every time he gets the ball, he has been finishing his dribbles, making runs, and finding himself in the right place at the right time.
Fast pace to start game
As was the case in the game against Colorado last week, the Sounders came out hungry once again, controlling the ball for the first 20 minutes.
Now if only we can keep up that intensity after we score a goal, maybe we will be able to put string some wins together.
Scoring chances were piling up, and the only action Bryan Meredith saw was the occasional ball played back by the defender.
Recreating the hand of God
Thank God this went unseen by all four officials, because this could have put the Sounders away for good.
Osvaldo Alonso was marking Thiery Henry inside the box when a cross came in just to the right of the goal. There was no way to get the ball on net even if Henry could have corralled it, but Alonso took a swipe at the ball with his hand.
Could be he was trying to swat Henry’s foot out of the way, or maybe he was really trying to knock the ball out with his hand, regardless, this was one of the dumbest plays I have ever seen anyone do, especially a player with the talent and knowledge of Alonso.
A penalty at that point in the game would have taken the sails right out of the Sounders. Stupid play by a great player.
The ability to hold a lead
Once again, the Sounders lax defense and midfield play let a lead slip away within minutes.
This is no way to maintain pace with the Western Conference leaders, frankly, I think we are lucky to be sitting where we currently are.
Good teams find a way to win, not find a way to draw.
Something has to give here, I know there is a lot of talk about Eddie Johnson and Freddy Montero being able to coexist, but what about the countless combinations of the back four that Sigi has used this year.
Maybe the Sounders are just blessed with too much talent, I agree that it is hard to keep Adam Johansson off the pitch, but same can be said about Hurtado.
Next league game for the Sounders is at Colorado on the 28th, game can be seen on KONG at 6:00 p.m. local time.
Don’t miss the Sounders take on the European Champion Chelsea this Wednesday at 6:30 on ESPN2.
Just mute the TV so you don’t have to listen to the pompous know it all Taylor Twellman, that’s what I do!
Video highlights courtesy of MLSSoccer.com