The positives from last night were that the Sounders played the type of game we like to watch in the first half. They were aggressive, crafty and for the most part defensively sound. That first half foretold a future that looks solid. With youth scattered everywhere we can see that there is skill and talent on the team that should help recreate a team that can challenge for major trophies.
Nate Jaqua, while not young, had a strong presence as well. His decent footwork led to some nifty attacks. But his height and threat of a header on goal created the indecision by Kevin Hartman on the Fredy Montero goal. Hartman initially moved to the far post sensing a greater threat there. He was wrong and Montero put an easy nod into the net.
Brek Shea's aggressive and reckless play eventually led to a flare-up, and while I thought it was going to be James Riley and he that tussled, instead it was young Miguel Montano. Whether the card should have been straight Red or not matters little. It was a moment that had been coming, and the Shea was in the Sounders heads. I honestly think that the team was destined to play down a man at some point. The call was made, and the Rave Green had to struggle for nearly 40 minutes to try and hang on. They couldn't.
Overall, the game left us with so much excitement, and potential. And yet this was certainly a draw that feels like a loss. It in ways reminds me of the first quarter of the season when the Sounders were good and didn't get results, rather than the second quarter of the season with bad Sounders, and worse results.
It also didn't leave much room for any attempt at a comeback on the season with the team averaging a mere point a game.
Stats and quotes after jump, deeper analysis after a rewatching.