The Sounders’ friendly turned ugly last season as Manchester United came in and skinned the MLS club, 7-0, with six of those goals coming in the second half when Seattle let its reserves experience playing against one of the world’s great clubs.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer indicated the obvious hope for a more competitive match against Chelsea tomorrow.
Schmid: “Obviously, we want to do well. Last year was a strange one for us and it came in the middle of a big stretch of games. What’s nice is we don’t have a game on the weekend after this one, so we can play guys some more minutes than we were able to play guys last year. It’s something we’re looking forward to. We hope they haven’t found their Champions League sharpness at this point. But as always, these international games for our players are a great opportunity and something that they always look forward to.
“… The lasting impact (of last season’s result) is you don’t want that to happen again.”
Hanauer: “We’re a proud team, and we don’t like getting beat by anyone, much less taking a seven-spot. Then again, we’re playing against empirically the best club team in the world, or the best club team in Europe, and they’re good. So we’re going to go out there and play and try to compete and try to win. But we’re up against a big, quality club and even in the Premiership that kind of thing happens in real competition. So it’s one of the beautiful things of the game: You never know quite how it’s going to end up. But for sure we’d like to make it competitive for our fans.”