The best way to describe the Seattle Sounders (4-6-1, 13 points) deflating 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids (8-2-3 27 points) on Saturday at Century Link Field is like that old tired comic line that starts out with,”stop if you have heard this one before.” Jokes aside the Sounders loss to the first place Rapids is troubling at the very least.
The Sounders dominated every category but the one that mattered in both losses to the Rapids. That being the final score. April 23rd in Colorado it was 3-1 and Saturday night it was 1-0. With Saturday night being Armed Forces day, it fair to say the Sounders won the individual battles on the field but lost the war when the final whistle blew to end the contest.
” Obviously disappointed in the result, I can’t fault the guys in the locker room, I thing they gave every thing they had and I thought for the majority of the game we carried the game,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said after the game.”I thought we had some chances, goals change games, we did not finish some of the chances we had and that would have changed the game around.”
Saturdays defeat was a double heart break for the Rave Green because in addition the lack of finishing, the loss was due to some self inflicted wounds on the defensive end. After dominating possession after 40 minutes of play, ( 60% possession), outshooting Colorado 7-1, and completing 88% of its passes the Sounders found themselves down 1-0 after 43minutes of play due to the self inflicted wound.
Self inflicted wound number one was losing the ball in its half of the field. The result was a shot by Colorado’s Kevin Doyle that was saved by Seattle goal keeper Stefan Frei Colorado was awarded a corner kick and Sam Cronin’s right footed shot from outside the box was blocked.
Self inflicted wound number two was poor marking by the Sounders on the second corner kick. Colorado’s Axel Sjoberg was left free in the box all 6’6 of him for the header that gave the Rapids the one goal they needed for the victory.
” Winning is winning, there is no bad win, Colorado coach Pablo Mastroeni said after the game. ” It’s like knocking a guy out and saying I knocked the guy out but it was a bad knock out, this is not a beauty contest it is about winning.”
For the Sounders the loss to the Rapids snaps a four game home winning streak and makes it two losses in a row overall. The Sounders suffered a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday.The Sounders next game will be Saturday May 28th in Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution.