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Sounders look to learn from missed opportunities

fredy montero 1 Sounders look to learn from missed opportunities

Fredy Montero hopes for better success in front of goal in Houston

The Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo played a highly contentious match on Thursday evening to a 0-0 draw. A capacity crowd of 35,807 at Quest field in Seattle saw a match that contained 6 yellow cards (3 for each side) and countless missed opportunities on both sides.  Although the ferocity of the game earned many of the headlines, the story for the Seattle Sounders was one of wasted opportunities.

As was the case so many times this season, the Seattle Sounders main impediment on Thursday evening was the fact that they were unable to convert upon the chances that the team earned. Their best chance coming off a Patrick Ianni header was cleared off the line by Dynamo defender Brian Mullan in the 14th minute. The main culprit of this lack of finishing was Seattle’s Colombian forward Fredy Montero, who was anemic in front of net. Montero’s best chance to score came in the 61st minute, with a beautiful turn in front goal that beat Houston defender Geoff Cameron. The Sounders striker found himself one on one with Houston Goalkeeper Pat Onstad, but pushed the effort just wide. In addition to the lack of the finishing, Montero quickly found that in the playoffs MLS officials are far less willing to call fouls than in the regular season, as the striker’s attempts to draw a foul were unheeded.

Following the match, Sigi Schmid had this to say about his embattled forward, “Fredy was sick on Tuesday. He trained Wednesday, but was still feeling the after effects. I said give me as many minutes as you can.” However, Schmid was optimistic about the Sounders chances to break the Houston defense, “They were tight and pressured us. Maybe we need to get into the spaces behind. Roger (Levesque) got in behind them three or four times and that’s where the space is. If we can put the ball behind them, it creates problem,” said Schmid.

In order to become the second expansion franchise to qualify for the Conference Finals, the team will need a big game  from the club’s pair of Fred’s Ljungberg and Montero if it is are going to win the biggest match in the club’s short history. Seattle will not be provided many chances against a Houston team that was 7-2-6 at home this season, which included a hard fought 1-1 tie against the Sounders on August 23rd. Speaking after the match, forward Nate Jaqua was defiant about his team’s chances going into Robertson Stadium.

“We had a few chances that we could’ve put away. But we have been good on the road. We are confident going down to Houston and getting a win down there.”

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15 Responses to Sounders look to learn from missed opportunities

  1. Joey Clams says:

    Is Mr. Montero wearing lip gloss?

  2. Lovin Seattle says:

    no, but that pig you sleep with is..now go make Dick Cheney a sandwich you lowbrow moron

  3. BC says:

    In looking at recent stories from this week, me thinks MLS Talk might be developing a West Coast bias….

  4. Joey Clams says:

    For years I argued that Seattle was the best, most obvious city for expansion. Careful what you wish for, I suppose. The fans there are insufferable. Their way of scoring points during a forum discussion is to accuse those who are smitten with them of being neo-cons or Cheneyites. They don’t have to explain why such associations are damning because we all know that criticism of them betrays the sort of backwardness that we all know is typical of certain conservatives. Anyone who asks for clarification is, of course, stupid because the truths that Seattle fans promote are self-evident. That’s our Pacific Northwest / American Hipster / Denationalized elite neo-logic: convince through superior argumentation when things aren’t as you wish them to be, then consider having to defend your preferred status quo through reasonable argumentation annoying; become indignant when others playfully employ ad hominems then realy on those ad hominems when you have what you want. The fact of the matter is that Seattle and its fans are guilty of the sort of overwrought artificiality that those less desperate to impress find laughable. But who am I, anyway? I’m just a New Englander who prefers to show up to games without spiked hair. Your brand of fanaticism may work for you and I encourage you to continue to enjoy it. But where I’m from people don’t define themselves by trying too hard in public. You go about your business – even attending a ball game – with dignity and you don’t consider a sporting event an exercise in hipness. Have your fun. Just don’t think that that many people are impressed with you, especially since your way of having fun is to obnoxiously promote yourself and sneer.

  5. Joey Clams says:

    For years I argued that Seattle was the best, most obvious city for expansion. Careful what you wish for, I suppose. The fans there are insufferable. Their way of scoring points during a forum discussion is to accuse those who aren’t smitten with them of being neo-cons or Cheneyites. They don’t have to explain why such associations are damning because we all know that criticism of them betrays the sort of backwardness that we all know is typical of certain conservatives. Anyone who asks for clarification is, of course, stupid because the truths that Seattle fans promote are self-evident. That’s our Pacific Northwest / American Hipster / Denationalized elite neo-logic: convince through superior argumentation when things aren’t as you wish them to be, then consider having to defend your preferred status quo through reasonable argumentation annoying; become indignant when others playfully employ ad hominems then realy on those ad hominems when you have what you want. The fact of the matter is that Seattle and its fans are guilty of the sort of overwrought artificiality that those less desperate to impress find laughable. But who am I, anyway? I’m just a New Englander who prefers to show up to games without spiked hair. Your brand of fanaticism may work for you and I encourage you to continue to enjoy it. But where I’m from people don’t define themselves by trying too hard in public. You go about your business – even attending a ball game – with dignity and you don’t consider a sporting event an exercise in hipness. Have your fun. Just don’t think that that many people are impressed with you, especially since your way of having fun is to obnoxiously promote yourself and sneer.

  6. Lovin Seattle says:

    You must be joking. You come from the land of the Red Sox and their belief that everyone in America should love them and you’re criticizing our fans!?!?!?!?!? I have a ton of friens form New England, who are transplants to Seattle and love the Sounders and their fans. But I’ve seen them support their New England teams. You are so freakin’ full of it. God, you’re worse than a neo-con. You’re a pompous *ss. So what if people spike their hair. I met Minnesota fans in Seattle who went to games dressed in purple pimp suits. They were great! At least we don’t wear cheese on our heads like Green Bay. You must be the most BORING person to go to a sporting event with. You who dresses up the most for the Sounders? DO you know who makes up a HUGE percentage of the crowd? LITTLE KIDS. With dyed hair and painted faces and their Sounders gear. Stay in New England and play on your hash marks with your anemic fan base. You do, most definitely, SUCK IT!

  7. Joey Clams says:

    Lovin Seattle: What said that I was a Red Sox fan?

  8. post-game burritos says:

    I’m sort of obsessed with the writing on this site. Like, am I the only one who sees that there’s something glaringly wrong with a sentence like, “As was the case so many times this season, the Seattle Sounders main impediment was the fact that they were unable to convert upon the chances that the team earned on Thursday evening”?

    So all season they were hurt because they couldn’t convert the chances they had on Thursday? What about games on Monday? Were they hurt by not converting the chances they had on Thursday then too?

    You can say I’m a nitpicker or a Grammar Nazi or whatever, but I don’t see these problems on, like, I don’t know, Deadspin, Grant Wahl’s blog or Soccer Insider or wherever. Don’t get me wrong–I want to like this site, but sometimes I’m just not that stoked on the writing. A copy editor could take this post and make it sing in a few minutes though. When is that gonna happen?

    Okay, now vote me down.

    • Robert Jonas says:

      I think the author was on to something with that sentence about Seattle lacking a finishing touch on Thursday. If you look back on the 2009 schedule, Seattle lost all three of their previous Thursday games by identical scores of 1-0. Including the playoff contest, the Sounders are now scoreless in four straight Thursday matches. As for Mondays…

  9. Steven says:

    Although somewhat silly, I guess the impassioned comments on this blog are a good sign for the MLS. They show a clear link between civic identity, and the Sounders in Seattle, much like other fans in other cities fiercely identify with an NFL or MLB team. The MLS needs people to care about the product, when a lot of soccer fans in the US don’t care about their local team or watch the MLS.

  10. Artesian says:

    Salazar totally screwed the pooch. Regardless of Montero’s immaturity at times this season, Onstad fully deserved his card, and justifiably could have been shown red, while Fredy’s yellow for being plowed over by the lunatic jackass Gynamo goalkeeper was so undeserved it belies belief. I’m not talking about Salazar’s FULL 90 minutes of terror on everything sane and just, just that single episode. MLS is a freaking joke in regards to their officiating. That single episode was criminal incompetence on the part of that addled, but typically corrupt/moronic MLS ref.

  11. Charles says:

    For Joey Clams only ( everyone else please ignore):
    The Seattle fans are the best in the league there is NO doubt. The Sounders will most likely draw 40,000+ fans per game next year.
    Yoiu should be more grateful, it is a league that it owned collectively, and inspite of being there since the start, New England and its fans don’t really contribute anything meaningful to the league.
    The amount of revenue the Sounders will contibue next year will probably be 4-5 years worth for your pathetic fans/franchise.
    Rather than blast Seattle and its fans, you should worship them. You shouldn’t make them angry, you should make sure they are happy.

  12. Berlin says:

    That’s enough Seattle.

  13. jayoh says:

    After an entire year of people either praising or berating the sounders and their fans, it seems to me that sounders fans constantly have to defend themselves for showing up to games and getting especially impassioned about their team. As a transplant from Chicago to Seattle, one thing people don’t seem to get about Seattle and the northwest in general is that they kind of have the second city mentality, everyone here seems to think that everyone across the rest of this country is out to get them and their teams…clearly with unsuccessful teams like the mariners and the recently departed sonics, and the abysmal showing of the seahawks the past two years, people here are desperate for excitement and something to cheer about. Enter the sounders. A team fans could instantly connect with and support. Soccer out here has always been somewhat readily supported. The fans took well to the sounders and it seems like the rest of the country either reviles their success or is loudly applauding it. @Joey, comments like yours are not at all helpful, give it up already, people out here are just excited and passionate about their team, let them/us have our fun and enjoy the season that has been essentially what every other mls team could only dream of. Even if the sounders don’t win it all (which I hope they do), it has been the most successful season in mls franchise history, and the rest of the mls needs to get over the fact that while they have just as passionate fans as anywhere else, they don’t have near the numbers of sounders support. I couldn’t agree more with steven, this is great for the mls, we need more fans, and more passionate fans who will bring others into the fray of the sport. I hope soccer blows up here in the states within the next 5 to 10 years…its exciting and a great time to be a fan, no matter where you are.

  14. Rex says:

    Robertson Stadium will be rocking on Sun. Expect our 4th straight 30,000+ playoff game.

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