One of the first things you’ll notice when you meet me is that I like to talk. I talk quite a bit actually– probably too much. I can really speak to a variety of things and generally pretend I know what I’m talking about. This past week has been rough on me. If you are one of the 12 frequent visitors to the site, you may have noticed I’ve been rather sparse.
After the Sounders rather embarrassing defeat I kind of ran out of words to say. It’s almost as if there wasn’t anything left to say. They came out flat and they were beat rather handily by a squad that while good also put together their best possible performance.
It’s hard to look at this weekend and be remotely positive. It wasn’t that they lost, and I know I’ve repeated this about a dozen times, it was how poor they looked while losing. It was simply demoralizing and it’s been rough trying to figure out what to really say.
I want to be full of excitement and positivity (and I’ve got something kind of in the works) but right now I need to get all the negativity out.
I don’t care that the series is coming back to Seattle, I don’t care that we’ll be full strength, I don’t care that LA will be down a couple of very strong pieces. Everything rests on Seattle and it’s a lot to overcome in a very short period of time.
3 goals aren’t going to come cheap against a defense that (removing that 4-0 defeat back in August) has been rather tough against the Seattle attack over the past few years. Omar Gonzalez is former MLS defender of the year and in consideration for a spot on the US Mens National team as Carlos Bocanegra gets older and his skills decline– or at least Gonzalez should be.
The Galaxy are going to show up to finish what they started. I don’t question that for a moment. The question I do have at this point is whether or not the Sounders are going to do the same. Maybe 45,000+ fans show up and maybe we put a starting XI out there that is as talented as any in MLS, the problem is whether or not they are going to be consistent for a full 90.
The team asks us for our full 90 as supporters and it’s not hard to see guys like Brad Evans, Jeff Parke and generally the entire teams put for the effort. The problem is that their talent doesn’t always… how can I say this… it just seems like they are hit and miss with their efforts.
You can see the intensity is there on the pitch. But they just look to be missing something that can bring all the talent together, centralize the attack and even change it’s point when things aren’t needed. This past week we saw Michael Bradley do that for the United States on a national level.
Mauro Rosales is often that person for the Sounders. Christian Tiffert was suppose to be another piece that could help orchestra everything and be that pitch general we all want him to be.
Something needs to change. the Sounders need to have that perfect game just as the LA did and forgive my failing faith but I have such a difficult time seeing the possibility of it happening.
I love my boys and I love my soccer. I’ll have the game up on Sunday and you better believe I’ll be watching every minute. But regardless of the out come I’m prepared to call it a season. That seems defeatist and … well hell with it, it is. But, that’s just where I am.
This is the last I’m going to complain and whine and sound as if the game this weekend has already been played. It’s not over. The fat lady is 90 minutes from singing and this entirely up to us. This game is up to us, not them. Game 1 happened the way it did because of us and how we chose to allow things to happen.
Yes, it was the perfect storm for LA. Yes, they had some amazing performances. But, we allowed it to happen. Zach Scott performed poorly, Fredy had no help up top and we lost the battle in the middle despite having 5 midfielders and one of the very best defensive central midfielders in the game.
I believe the Sounders can throw up 4 or even 5 goals against this week and get to their first MLS Cup. I’m not completely without faith. There is a still a little bit of magic left in this season and though it’s hard and neigh impossible to see at this point. I’m just going to get over myself and my own disappoint with the current situation.
Forget all the talk about disappointment and how the Sounders continually fail in “crunch time”. I don’t think this team under performs in terms of season achievements. It’s just the way things went and while it’s not over, I’m alright with where things could possibly end. And if you are any thing close to a realist you should be too.