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Sounders happy, but not satisfied, with 2-0 win

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on March 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm with 6 Comments »
March 26, 2010 8:55 am

The sentiment is different in 2010. Two early goals, mixed with long stretches of sloppy play, certainly were under scrutiny Thursday night as the Sounders opened their second season with a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Union, an expansion organization.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid appeared relieved that the team scored both goals, especially considering what happened at the end of last season (scoreless in five of final six home matches) and in this preseason (six goals in six matches).

The Sounders fired off 12 shots Thursday, seven by forward Fredy Montero, who tallied one of the most bizarre and courageous goals you’re ever going to see by sticking his head out dangerously close to the left post of the Philadelphia goal right before halftime.

Here was his reaction:

“It was one of the toughest goals to score in my entire professional career,” Montero added. “The only option I had was to stick the ball in that little, small space. It was a fast ball. It bounced right in front of me. Luckily it went in.”

Asked how much room was between his head and the post, he grinned: “Two meters,” he said.

Montero had an assist with Steve Zakuani in a perfect display of crisp, quick-touch passing near the Union goal in the 12th minute. Zakuani finished it off with a cross to Brad Evans in the penalty box, and the midfielder got the game-winner on a 6-yard blast.

“Anytime he’s got the ball, there’s always a chance that it’s coming across,” Evans said. “I had my late run in the box, and it kind of skipped by two defenders. I caught it well with the inside of my right foot and put it to the far post.”

Yet, the action wasn’t always so fruitful. In fact, Schmid thought the performance was OK, not great.

“Overall, the good news for us, we can play a lot soccer than we played tonight,” Schmid said. “At times it was not our best soccer, for sure, but sometimes you have to win some games where you don’t play your best soccer. Today was a good win for us because we were able to get our nerves out, as well as their nerves. They’re coming in here with nothing to lose. They can play free and with abandon.”

For a second consecutive season, Seattle’s Kasey Keller notched an opening-day shutout. He helped blank New York, 3-0, last season. … Seattle’s Freddie Ljungberg (back) had to leave early in the second half with soreness on a foul by Toni Stahl in the first half that drew the first yellow card. Stahl was eventually ejected with a second yellow card in the 40th minute. … The 36,241 was a Sounders’ record for regular-season play in an MLS match.

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  1. blahbl4hblah says:

    Great game.. A little sloppy at times but still got the three points in the end.

    It was great seeing Le Toux getting a huge welcome back at Qwest!

  2. derekyoung says:

    I agree, loved the welcome for Seba. He deserved it.

    Very sloppy in parts but oddly nice passing in others. Strangely I thought we scored on our worst chances and wasted the best. My man Roger needs to bury those chances. Come on brother!

    Man of the match and the guy FO needs to pay to make sure he stays is Alonso. That guy rejected more dudes than Megan Fox. In fact MLS I’m letting you in on a tip. If you dribble the ball towards Alonso or Gonz… you’re going to look like a fool.

    Evans had a solid match to. He does clinic runs. The man is always on time.

  3. elmocatt says:

    Good first game of the season. Great to cheer for Le Toux again too!
    Given that the Union definitely looked like an expansion team out there, I am not going to get too excited about the results, but looks like the offense should be better this season.

    Roger needs to bury those chances. With Jacqua out for a while and Nkufo not yet here, this is his time to step up his game – don’t think he did last night.

    Too bad the match was not played on Wed night – what a lovely evening that was – or maybe in July. By the second half, was very cold and very wet. With Philly down to 10, knew they were not coming back from a 2-0 deficit. So, the second half was anti-climatic. For the first time ever, I thought about only giving 65 or 70, rather than the full 90. But ended up sticking around.

    Hoping for a slightly improved performance, and much improved weather, vs. NY a week from Saturday. Still, great that soccer is back!! And to think just last week, we were talking about the strike.

  4. joepublic says:

    It was not a thing of beauty but I was very impressed with the Sounders’ ability to kill the game off in the second half. Same situation last year you would have expected them to leak at least one goal, but here they held the ball more and seemed more collected and aware of the big picture.

  5. derekyoung says:

    Yeah, last year Evans’ goal probably doesn’t happen. Nice one touch passes, Zak running to the right spot, and Brad just flat out burying it. That’s what we need more of.

  6. Im gonna echo the sentiments of everyone else; glad to get the 3 points, but it was pretty sloppy for a while. The team’s gotta get better,as there are MANY more teams who are MUCH better then Philly in the MLS. Good first game, lets get better!

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