SEATTLE - APRIL 09: O'Brian White #13 of the Seattle Sounders FC is congratulated by Steve Zakuani #11, Osvaldo Alonso #6, and Brad Evans #3 after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire at Qwest Field on April 9, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Just some quick notes from my perspective at the half line. Gorgeous day for a game there.
- We can put to bed the O'Brian White question for a while - At this point even the doubters have to admit that he's a target forward that's worth starting. He has a different game than Jaqua but he wins as many balls as anyone we've played in that position over the years. And he's probably the best header of the ball we've ever had.
- Chicago is going to win a lot of games this year - You can see the way the ball flows through and around the team quickly and with intent. They're a good team and I think they'll be in the playoffs unless there's some kind of collapse.
- Alonso and Carrasco are a wrecking crew - I'm on record as not liking it when we play two holding midfielders regularly. I think it stifles our offense too much. But late in games when we're holding a lead, that's a pairing I like. It's sort of a van Bommel/de Jong pairing that makes midfielders anxious about dribbling through.
- Ref Hilario Grajeda did a great job. He had a good eye for really dangerous play without falling for any shenanigans. MLS needs more like him.