Not much breaking news out of Sounders training today.
However, the match tomorrow against Colorado a Western Conference game, and it seems important for the Sounders to get three points. That would bring them up to 10 points for the season. That would move them past the Rapids and get them to the 2-points per game pace that coach Sigi Schmid points out is what you need to be in the Supporters Shield race. So that would be good. However, anything less would feel a bit disappointing, given the apparent quality of the team and with four of the first five games having been at home. (Also, with a bye next week, a win is just a much better result for heading into a 13-day break in the schedule.)
Here’s some of what Schmid and Brad Evans had to say about the early standings race:
“Right now, we’ve got seven points through four games. I’ve always said, a point and a half per game will get you into the playoff picture-you’ll be right there…If we can win this weekend we’re averaging two points a game. Two points a game puts you into the Supporter’s Shield category. Right now, things are going well for K.C., they haven’t had one injury, they’ve played the same lineup ever game, and they’ve picked up five wins. Outside of that, it’s the usual stuff in MLS, where every team is capable of knocking off anybody else.”
When we can pick up wins against Western Conference opponents it’s a six-point swing. So for us, these points are going to be vital. If we can get the ball rolling, I feel like we’re such a streaky team if we get wins going they seem to pile on. If we can get one victory here, we get a week off, we carry on. If we can get the ball rolling and start finishing out chances we’re going to be fine.
I’ll have more on the match later. For now, the Ross Fletcher scouting report above, from SoundersFC.com.