Here's the thing about digging yourself into an early hole: you can always climb your way out.
Let's get this out of the way: the Sounders sucked monkey balls last night. Whether it was the moment being too big, lineup changes not working, or a Mormon curse put on them at the hotel, last night was the worst no-show in the team's MLS tenure.
But it's only halftime. And now they come to our house. This series is far from over.
Picture the scene Wednesday: 36,000 screaming fans, the Sounders back to playing our crisp, attacking style, and RSL under siege for 90 minutes. We can score on anyone, and we can score in bunches. If we get an early goal, the place is going to ready to explode and the tension will only grow.
Even without an early goal or break like an RSL red card, the deficit isn't insurmountable.
Are the Sounders likely to advance? Umm, no. Still, there's 90 minutes to play, and stranger things have happened. In last year's Europa League Fulham was down 4-1 after the first tie against Juventus and won 5-1 at home thanks to Clint Dempsey's wonder goal. In the 2009 Confederations Cup the U.S. needed a 3-0 win against Egypt to advance and got it. Deuce scored the clincher in that one as well.
We know Clint Dempsey isn't walking through that door. But I'm willing to bet that smart, hard play and unrelenting pressure are. Scoring three goals in 90 minutes can be done. Even if it's scoreless after 60. Even against a talented team. Even against a U.S. international keeper. Even if they're bunkering, playing rugby in the box and the ref sees no evil.
Look, it's only sports, and win or lose all our lives will go on (though a few will go on in Montreal and other places). We have time on our side, as well as the crowd, the great Kasey Keller and a team in need of redemption.
If this is the end of the line, it's been a season to remember. If it's not, I want to be there for the resurrection. Let's stand, yell, drink, sing, drink, and fight to the final whistle. WIn or lose the whole stadium will give it our all and send the boys out with a bang.