Seattle Sounders: Expansion Team With Bite
I needed a couple of days to take the foot that got shoved up my rear end of seeing that wonderful performance from Sigi Schmid and his Seattle Sounders on ESPN 2 this past Thursday night. It was wonderful scenes that evening when you saw everyone following Drew Carey towards Qwest Field marching into the stadium and a sea of green holding up their scarves as well as the big Sound Wave marching band continuously playing their music during the match with a band leader.
So many flags of green and blue waiving around the stadium to make this the best atmosphere in the league. Qwest Field has officially become one of the best home fields for MLS right now. Players like Freddy Montero, Sebastian LeToux, Freddy Nyassi, showed explosiveness so quickly that it looks like they will be a tough side to handle, but yes it’s only the first match of their MLS Season.
But while the Sounders were showing great football that evening, I have to be honest and say that my club showed absolutely no energy or passion that night. I was disgusted to see a 4-5-1 formation when it looked like that Juan Carlos Osorio took a a page from the NFL and used the prevent defense. Which means it prevents you from winning & after the sixth minute RBNY lost all their momentum. Montero’s first of two goals was a brilliant strike as Kevin Goldthwaite was lazy and never put any pressure was wide open and begged for the ball, got it. All it needed was a firm strike and sadly Golthwaite got there late and hopped up to stop the ball & Danny Cepero just couldn’t make the save.
RBNY’s wing backs and defensive midfielders failed to mark their men and got beat so many times in both halves that it looked like the scoreline should’ve been ten goals to nil for the Sounders. I was very disappointed in RBNY for their disgusting performance on a new season that was suppose to be promising but even though it’s only the first match of the season, I have seen alot of un-inspired matches from this club last year.
But let’s get back to what this story is about. A fabulous performance from the Seattle Sounders and to all the fans of Seattle that filled up Qwest Field for their first historic win in Major League Soccer. In past expansion sides entering the league from the 1998 season when the Chicago Fire & Miami Fusion came those were simple expansion sides, even though the Fire won their first double with the MLS Cup & US Open Cup. They never had a club that was truly built with the quality that the Sounders have on their roster from top MLS players in the expansion draft to the players that came over from their USL-1st Division roster and the transfers they got outside North America. Adrian Hanauer, Joe Roth, Paul Allen & Drew Carey have to be commended for not just being happy that they are in the league for their first year. They want to win right now and so far the clubs first match against Red Bull NY showed it.
If some of you who aren’t familiar with the Pacific Northwest assumed that this was done by the presence of David Beckham, not so. The people up in Seattle have always supported the game ever since the NASL was born and the original Seattle Sounders came. It doesn’t matter if it was in the NASL, A-League/USL-1st Division & now in MLS the Sounders are truly supported and I hope they will have a strong season in 2009.