A tie on the road against the best team in the league should feel satisfactory. But facing a third-string goalkeeper, drawing a penalty and generally outplaying the Los Angeles Galaxy for much of the match, the Seattle Sounders 0-0 tie does not feel as satisfying as it probably should.
The big reason for that is probably Fredy Montero's failed penalty. Give him credit for putting it on frame, I guess, but that seemed to be his only thought. He went left, but only barely. Brian Perk guessed right and was able to easily save it.
On the whole, the Galaxy probably had the better chances, but the Sounders seemed to control possession and flow for much of the match. They didn't create a whole lot of great chances, though, and Perk was rarely tested beyond his penalty save.
The Sounders did dodge a couple of bullets, most notably a shot from Juan Pablo Angel that hit the frame, but the Galaxy seemed to very much be a team that was ripe for the beating. Besides being forced to play a goalkeeper who had never played in a MLS match, they were without midfielder David Beckham for much of the match and lost starting right back AJ DeLaGarza in the 24th minute with an apparent concussion.
It's hard to shake the feeling this could have turned out better. From about the 75th minute on, the Sounders seemed more content with a tie than they needed to be. The attack slowed noticeably and the sense that this team would be content with a tie rose considerably.
It would be a mistake though, to ignore the positives. The point was the best MLS result against the Galaxy since 2009. The Sounders had entered the contest riding five-match losing streak -- including playoffs -- against the Galaxy and this was at least a step forward. It was also the Sounders seventh straight match without a loss. With 20 matches now in the books, the Sounders find themselves four points behind the Galaxy and claiming the third highest point total in the league. In their last 34 regular season matches, the Sounders are 18-6-10. Maybe it's a good thing that we're now disappointed with a tie like this.