One of the things that most perplexes Americans not familiar with soccer is the draw. People are used to there being winners and losers and for them a draw isn't really a "result". Well, as we all know, there are draws and then there are draws. There are times when the ref blowing the whistle with the scores level seems like sweet salvation, when you can savor that point you earned when it could have very well been nothing. Tonight was not one of those nights for us. Tonight was the flip side of the coin, when the point you received seems paltry and tarnished because you know you had three in your hand and you threw two of them away.
The ironic thing, of course, is going into this game, many of us felt that a 2-2 draw in Sandy would have been a good result. Because of the altitude and various other factors, RSL has one of the best home records in the league and in most cases a team coming away with a point would have reason to feel good about themselves. The difference, of course, is that the Sounders had the three points for big chunks of the game, and but for some quite dire corner defense, could be flying home as winners.
There's no reason to panic, of course, because there are still a lot of games left to play and we don't need to finish first in the league, just eighth or better. But Sigi does need to organize his corner and set piece defense, because if we remain as confused and ineffectual as we are now, this will be a very difficult season to watch.