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Bad result was a one-off for Seattle, or sign of larger trouble?

May 27, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

Seattle's Sigi Schmid ... tangled up in all this. Getty Images

There seem to be schools of thought on the Seattle Sounders latest collapse at the Home Depot Center, a “house of horrors,” as they say for the team from

On the one hand, this Southern California suffering has become pretty routine stuff for the Sounders. Sigi Schmid’s team is 0-5-1 at the Home Depot Center against the Galaxy since 2010, not on the wrong side of a pretty hideous minus 11 goal difference (13-2).

Besides, Bruce Arena’s team is good at home, now 4-1-1 in Carson and holders of a salty 12-2 goal advantage. So, it’s not just the Sounders who struggle there.

So, it’s a hiccup, right? Schmid seems to believe so, saying more or less that his team played like pooh and indicating a faith in the one-off-ness of Sunday’s 4-0 loss. Said the only MLS coach the Sounders have had:

When you beat San Jose 4-0, that’s not going to say you’re going to win every game 4-0. And when you lose here 4-0, it’s not going to say you’re going to lose every game 4-0. You have to evaluate a body of work. You can’t react to an individual game or an individual 10 minutes or a half or whatever. There’s got to be some accountability, and we’ll address that. The guys know they’re a better team than that, than what they showed in the first half.

So the previously high-flying Sounders, who had won three in a row and were unbeaten in six before traveling south for Sunday’s late match, will get right back into the clobbering business, right.


There is another school of thinking that says … well, our very own Richard Farley put summed it up nicely within those 140-character parameters:


Osvaldo Alonso sat out with a groin strain – and he is clearly a central element in every Seattle arrangement. Brad Evans, Shalrie Joseph and Servando Carrasco all have their strengths, but none of them is Alonso.

But can that be it? Is the whole thing so rickety that one man’s absence – granted an important one, but still – can cause things to unravel so spectacularly?

And what of the discipline issues increasingly creeping into the Sounders’ effort? Eddie Johnson was lucky to escape a suspension two weeks ago, and Shalrie  Joseph was  correctly ejected late Sunday.

Either way, they’ll need to sort it out fast. Seattle plays Tampa Bay on Wednesday in Florida in U.S. Open Cup play, and then travel right back into Carson for a match against Chivas USA.

  1. ndnut - May 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    We sorely missed Ozzie last night. Our defense was in shambles from constant pressure. This comes from a midfield disconnect. Hence, no balls in the final third, while LA G takes shot after shot after shot.

    • Steve Davis - May 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      No argument here. But I think that’s the point: is the team such a house of cards that one man’s absence causes the thing to fall?

      • charliej11 - May 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Yes, do you remember last time he was out. Beyond brutal.

  2. talgrath - May 27, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Some teams have your number, unfortunately for the Sounders the LA Galaxy seem to be that team, for now; that’s the only explanation I can come up with.

  3. charliej11 - May 28, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    I thought that Sigi was just going to continue to float by with a good team supported by Seattle money. I am wondering if that is true now. Alonso goes down for too long….How many times can Arena hand Sigi a whoopin’ before management realizes, this ain’t gonna change ?

    Ps. Sigi the flick on header isn’t working….really.

  4. homebuenosairesblog - May 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    All of the criticism of Sigi is surely warranted. But is it his fault that Hanauer and Henderson only have one true midfielder on the team? Not only is there only one midfielder on this club, but in the off-season they used up a critically important DP slot on Shalrie Joseph in the hopes that he had enough left to play through the season. As for the fragility of the rest of the team, that’s also on Hanauer. He’s the one who built this roster of guys like Evans and Johnson who are as soft as a summer breeze, and as dangerous against actually skilled teams like the Galaxy as a group of junior high girls from Sister Mary’s School of the Meek. Why Jurgen called those two up to the USMNT camp is a mystery.

    What happened in LA is what has been happening to the Sounders all season. The team on the field is getting beaten both athletically and tactically. The athletic and psychological failures are 100% on Hanauer. The tactical failures are 100% on Sigi.

    Between the Captain and the guy whose job it is to man the deck and look for icebergs there is plenty of blame to go around as the SS Sounders sink.

  5. terrir3 - May 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Nothing against Shalrie Joseph, but watching him in the mid-field made me nervous. He just seems bulky and hesitant when he moves. He never seemed to have a plan when he got the ball and his first touches were sloppy…

  6. refuoe11 - May 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I wouldn’t call it a one-off because their performance Sunday was similar to others earlier in the season. They are clearly struggling and searching for consistency. This team actually reminds me of the 2012 Galaxy that, despite a talented lineup, struggled to find form (especially early in the season) and even after they did, were capable of getting blown out 4-nil to none other than the Sounders in August. The Sounders are a team that early on have suffered roster churn due to injuries and international call-ups. CCL proved an additional distraction (not qualifying for 2013-14 CCL will benefit their league play late in the season). I see their form improving as we get into the summer.

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