Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Portland Timbers Escape with Win Against Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Sounders FC's problems continued on June 24, losing 2-1 to the Portland Timbers. For the Sounders, it was their first loss against the Timbers since joining the MLS, extending their current regular season winless streak to seven games.

"We made a couple of mistakes in the first half," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the frustrating loss. "They scored a good goal on a set piece; we had already given away one off the post by [David] Horst. The marking was bad on [Kris] Boyd's goal - he was behind the ball, so he's not offside - and we put ourselves in a hole. It's tough; the last seven games we've played out of the hole every time and when you're constantly playing from behind, it makes it difficult."

Fortunately for the Sounders, they'll get to hold on to the fourth spot in the MLS Western Conference rankings.

The Timbers got off to a good start against the Sounders, scoring their first goal early in the match. Kris Boyd tipped a well-played cross past Andrew Weber, opening up the scoreboard in the 16th minute. David Horst doubled the Timbers' advantage nine minutes later, nodding one into the post.

The Sounders tried to fight back in the second half, and their offense played considerably better. Eddie Johnson brought them back into the game in the 58th minute, firing a shot past Troy Perkins from the top of the box. The Sounders had many more chances to equalize the game, but they couldn't find a way to get the ball into the net.

To make things worse for the Sounders, Fredy Montero was ejected during the final minute of regulation, after getting involved in a shoving contest. He'll automatically face a one-game suspension.

The Sounders' next game will be against the San Jose Earthquakes - currently the top team in the Western Conference table - on June 26. Seattle's goal to become the first team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles will be on the line when the two teams meet, and the Sounders will be in for an even tougher contest.

David has been a fan of the Seattle Sounders for the past 3 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.
 
Sources:
Joshua Mayers, "Zach Scott: "To let (the fans) down, to know that they're…"

Monday, December 1, 2014

Seattle Sounders FC Advance to US Open Cup Semifinals

The Seattle Sounders FC couldn't have figured out a better time to get their act together, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on June 26.

With the win, the Sounders' goal of becoming the first team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles remains a reality, and they're now two games away from completing their quest. They'll face Chivas USA in the semifinals of the tournament on July 10.

"It was an important win," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the game. "We overcame a lot of things today and that can help a team. Obstacles are there, but obstacles are there to be overcome and we can overcome those obstacles."

The Sounders struck first in the 19th minute of the match, thanks to 19 year-old Cordell Cato, who coolly fired one between San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham's legs for his first MLS goal.

"The last couple games it was difficult because we always had to fight from the back," Cato said. "With that goal, it brought confidence to not only me, but the whole team and we were able to push forward as a whole team."

The Sounders had a few more chances during the course of the game, but Bingham refused to concede a second goal.

Seattle's defense certainly deserves a lot of credit for the victory, shutting down the number one team in the MLS Western Conference. Sounders goalkeeper Andrew Weber stepped up his game during the final minutes of the match, preventing the Earthquakes from equalizing on a few close calls.

Besides positioning the Sounders two wins away from their fourth straight US Open Cup title, their victory will serve as a morale boost, given their recent struggles. However, their win was mired in controversy, as a melee involving Eddie Johnson broke out right after the match.

The Sounders will now get a few days to enjoy their victory, before heading out to face the New England Revolution on June 30.

David has been a fan of the Seattle Sounders for the past 3 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter.
 
Sources:
SoundersFC.com, "Sounders keep USOC hopes alive"

Late Goal Forces Sounders FC to Settle for Draw Against Revolution

After securing a spot in the 2012 US Open Cup semifinals with their win against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 26, the Seattle Sounders FC were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution on June 30.

For a majority of the match, the Sounders lead the Revolution, but their defense slipped up during the final minutes of the contest. The Revolution evened out the scoreboard during stoppage time, robbing the Sounders of their opportunity to secure three points in the MLS Western Conference standings.

"Obviously, it's a difficult game for us," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the match. "We play a ton of games, playing on Sunday and coming back and playing on Tuesday and then flying cross-country and playing here, it puts a big burden on the team physically. So I was very pleased with how we responded. I was pleased with how we responded in the first half, in the second half, and we did what we had to do."

The Revolution opened up the scoreboard during the 12th minute of the game, when Saer Sene capitalized on a nice pass from Blake Brettschneider.

Eddie Johnson evened things out 11 minutes later, nodding a cross past Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis. Johnson struck again during the 35th minute, heading another ball into the Revolution's post for his fifth goal of the season.

"It's just something we practice on, the out-back passing forward, back and then out wide," Johnson said. "One of our strengths is getting the ball out wide and serving the ball in the box. We've got guys who can score, who are dangerous on crosses."

The Sounders maintained their lead for the remainder of the game, and for a moment, it looked like they were about to snap their (then) seven-game regular season winless streak. Unfortunately for them, their defense failed them when it counted the most, allowing Diego Fagundez to head one in.

Things won't get any easier for the Sounders in their next outing, as they'll face Real Salt Lake on July 4.

David has been a fan of the Seattle Sounders for the past 3 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter.
 
Sources:
Joshua Mayers, "Eddie Johnson: 'It's frustrating. You look around the locker room…'"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Seattle Sounders Unable to Secure Win Against Real Salt Lake

The Seattle Sounders FC didn't particularly play well against Real Salt Lake on July 4, but they managed to escape with a 0-0 draw against their Western Conference rivals. With the results of the match, the Sounder's remain winless in their last nine MLS games.

"You guys [put] a lot of attention on it," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the match. "I think maybe our winless streak is as long as the Galaxy's one was and I know Dallas' is longer than ours, and so forth. ... But it's a thing that happens and obviously we have to get out of this streak and we have to start winning games. It will help our confidence, as well. You know, we thought we had one last week and if we had gotten away with that one, which we thought we should have, then we'd be okay right now."

Fortunately for the Sounders, they're not the only team in the Western Conference struggling right now. And they remain at the third spot in the conference standings, trailing the first place San Jose Earthquakes - who they eliminated from the 2012 US Open cup on June 26 - by 10 points.

Salt Lake dominated the encounter between the two teams, controlling the ball for the majority of the match. Fortunately for the Sounders, their defense showed up to play on Wednesday, and goalkeeper Bryan Meredith wasn't too shabby either.

The Sounders almost stole three points in the final minutes of the match, but Cordell Cato wasn't able to capitalize on a well-played cross by Mauro Rosales.

"It's simple. We got a counterattack and Mauro was bursting down the left side, so I was trying my best coming from the center of midfield to get there," Cato said after the game. "That's what happens sometimes man. I just got there a little late."

The Sounders inability to win games is certainly a cause for concern at this point, and it's about time they made some adjustments on the offensive end. They'll now get two days off before hosting the Colorado Rapids on July 7.

David has been a fan of the Seattle Sounders for the past 3 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter.
 
Sources:
Joshua Mayers, "Servando Carrasco: 'We told ourselves we were going to play to zero and we did.'"