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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.

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  1. joel es latest soccer news

    March 23, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Seattle created a lot of buzz this week.
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  2. eplnfl

    March 23, 2009 at 11:23 am


    Would you believe that I was upset when he left. However, I have said to myself over and over again it would have been a disaster if he stayed. The thought of the Fire with Blanco and McBride going back and forth , east and west in Toyota Park, instead of attacking north and south in Toyota Park, all night is a nightmare to me.

    By no means do I think the Fire has a brilliant coaching staff, I am not knocking them either, but just happy the way things turned out.

  3. eplnfl

    March 23, 2009 at 7:48 am

    First let me say that Juan Carlos Osorio still believes that a 0-0 draw is a good result. Yet, he does well in the playoffs but I’m glad he is in NY and not Chicago.

    The real league leaders in MLS after week 1 are the Sounders fans. What a great job. If their are a group out their that are more active then the Fire fans it looks to be Seattle.

    Every MLS fan has to say thank you to the ownership group and fans for it’s efforts and the future of MLS is secure with owners and fans like in Seattle. Well done!

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      March 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

      Lou, I know you are bitter about Osorio leaving the Fire still. But Osorio never believed 0-0 is a good result. 1-1, now that’s a different story. Sigi Schmid is actually the guy who has disgracefully played for countless 0-0 draws in the past most recently at BMO last season with the Crew. The general level of coaching in MLS is still very low which is why NY with Osorio is always going to be dangerous. For that matter LA who has the best coach ever in this league and the best coach ever produced by this nation cannot be written off.

  4. Chief Sealth

    March 23, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Loved reading this. I chant in the ECS, and while our tifo may be second to none, we’ve still got a ways to go to match the likes of Barra Brava/Screaming Eagles and Red Patch Boys vocally.

    Give us a few games to tune the chords and test the pipes, and this stadium will roar. If you haven’t seen this video yet, it’s pretty cool.

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