Sounders: Analysis

Stuck in the Middle

Many of the Sounders' difficulties may be attributed to midfield inconsistency. Choosing a scheme for the playoffs that fits the personnel, regardless of form and injury, may be key to a strong finish and a deep playoff run.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Defensive Meltdowns

The Vancouver and Colorado games were unprecedented, team-wide failures for the Sounders defense. Still, characterizing defense in the numbers outside of such extreme circumstances is often difficult.

Breaking Down The Breakdown, Part 1: Vancouver

A painful detailed re-enactment of the many. . many. . breakdowns that led to the Whitecaps' 4 goals.

The Middling of Marc Burch

Marc Burch has grown into a rotational role in left midfield with the Sounders, but is he a strong selection for the starting XI in a crown that includes Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle?

Role is Everything - What's Your Ideal XV?

Getting the most effective play from the Sounders' players depends upon using them in the best possible circumstances.

The future of the forward position in Seattle

When looking at the long-term future at the position, the right thing to do isn't always clear.

Who Will Replace the Sounders' Missing Starters?

Seattle will miss Evans, Gonzalez, Dempsey, Joseph, and Johnson. How will Sigi sort or the midfield and defense on Wednesday?

What is (or isn't) wrong with Mauro Rosales?

As far as performance may be measured by goals and assists, Mauro Rosales experienced a significant drought in June/July as well as a dry period to begin the season. Playing time has been more erratic than in previous seasons. Does he need the rest?

The Possession Drug

There are many different ways to play the soccer. Portland clearly values possession. Montreal is a defend and counter squad. Some play stop-start soccer ball. All of these have weaknesses. PTFC fell victim to the possession drug.

Who should play centerback for the Sounders?

What separates Ianni from Hurtado? What rates him on the Toronto and Houston games? Fortunately, for the sake of brevity, it’s the same answer.

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