Alright, I am on my third viewing of last night’s game. I was there in person with my wife and friends last night, and now am on my second viewing from the DVR (hey, I took the week off of work, can you think of a better way to spend my time?)
- Goose is the most important (relatively speaking) unsung hero of the Sounders squad. Aside from his goal last night (the only of his for the season,) the work he does in the midfield and defensively is astounding.
- Ruidiaz reminded me of Dempsey last night, “trying to do shit.” The bicycle kick, his attempts to ball control around defenders, etc. While he has yet to match Clint’s success for the club in that manner, Raul is much more active in tracking back and defending. Dempsey would come back to get passes and enable us to move forward, but rarely for extended periods of defending.
- So impressed with the squad stamina after all their minutes. Jordan was the most clearly gassed member, leading to his sub; but the stamina of the team was fantastic.
- Schmetz spoke in the postgame conference about how the plan had been for the Sounders to hold possession and… that didn’t happen. Hearing that that was the gameplan, and no acknowledgement of a change in strategy makes me question the strategic acumen despite our W.
- Rimando is truly one of the legends of the league. I won’t miss getting Rimando’ed. Without him, it feels like the Sounders could have won 6 – 0 last night.
- The Sounders defensive lineup were very solid last night, RSL never truly challenged and when they did our CBs did an excellent job of controlling it. Frei only made one save all night.
- The people trying to talk down the seriousness of the Luiz Everton tackle are crazy. That was a cleats up tackle that deserves more than just the red card he got in the game.
- Leerdam had a stellar game. Offensively, defensively, he was solid.
- Lodeiro was also playing fantastic last night. When he plays at that level it lifts the entire squad.
- Last night convinced me that we can win the cup so long as this is the team that shows up for the next two games, regardless of who we face. But I certainly hope it is the Galaxy and then Atlanta.
- That said, Schmetz, in his postgame interview talked about how the strategy was to hold possession — and yet the game turned out that we only had 40% of possession in the game. That makes me question Schmetz as the tactical leader for the club given how successful the counterattack strategy proved.
My awards for the night:
- Player of the game — Gustav Svensson
- Goal of the game — Gustav Svensson’s header
- Worst miss of the game — Jordy Delem wasting the pass from Cristian Roldan