A diminished Seattle side saw Sigi Schmid start Mauro Rosales in place of the injured Fredy Montero. By most measures the results from the switch were good. Rosales created early pressure both offensively and defensively. He sprung quickly through the defensive line of San Jose to threaten and eventually lead to the first goal. Brad Evans slotted that first goal into the net.
The other Seattle goal was by another derided player, as O'Brian White does what a target man should do and put his head on the ball and into the net. While he didn't score on every cross into the 6 yard box, he scored one. The potential that we have seen in the first 3 games was realized.
In all the Sounders on offense were what we expect them to be. They mixed up play. Some long balls. Some wide-center-wide, others center-wide-center. The number of shots Seattle put on goal were again impressive. They put the pressure on Jon Busch and this week the opposing keeper will not be in the best XI for the week.
Normally a 2-2 draw on the road would be a positive result, but tonight it felt against like Seattle deserved more. There were goals left on the pitch. Another wonderstrike against occurred, and Seattle gave up the lead twice. But, again, the team showed what it is capable of doing.
On foreign pitch, with injured stars, it didn't just draw, but played well. The difference between the 2 points in 4 matches and 6 points in 4 matches are random fluctuation not problems of tactics nor technique nor of talent. Against two clear MLS Cup contenders and two likely playoffs teams the results aren't what fans want them to be, but the schedule so far is tougher than average. Seattle will be in contention for a non-Wild Card playoff spot this season.
This was the team we wanted. This is the team we deserve.