This will not be a fun one to break down, but maybe it will be educational. The Seattle Sounders have certainly turned in some less-than-glorious performances over the years, but this may well be the worst. The team looked sluggish from the outset, didn't seem to find the game until they were already trailing and only came alive after going down 3-0.
The Sounders shouldn't be losing to any MLS team 4-1, but to do so against a team like the Montreal Impact is absolutely maddening.
The highlights are a total bloodbath of awful defending and missed chances. Not a single player on the pitch is totally free of criticism, but something absolutely has to be done about shoring up the defense. All four goals were really examples of missed assignments and a failure to communicate, two things we never saw happen early in the season.
A game like this doesn't convince me the Sounders are a bad team, but it does show how thin that line can be. There's still plenty of time to turn around and I believe the personnel on the roster can do it, but they absolutely have to figure out how to stop this current funk.
Goals by Period
Seattle Sounders FC
MTL - Felipe Martins (Patrice Bernier) 18'
MTL - Justin Mapp (Patrice Bernier) 51'
MTL - Andrew Wenger (Patrice Bernier) 58'
SEA - Eddie Johnson (Fredy Montero, Alvaro Fernandez) 61'
MTL - Lamar Neagle 87'
Seattle Sounders FC - Bryan Meredith, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Marc Burch, Mauro Rosales (Cordell Cato 71), Andy Rose, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez (Alex Caskey 62), Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson (Servando Carrasco 82).
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Weber, Mike Seamon, Roger Levesque, Sammy Ochoa.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Johnson 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Evans, Johnson 2); FOULS: 20 (Fernandez, Hurtado, Scott 3); OFFSIDE: 1 (Johnson 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Rosales 4); SAVES: 1 (Meredith 1).
Montreal Impact - Donovan Ricketts, Zarek Valentin, Matteo Ferrari (Shavar Thomas 33), Nelson Rivas, Jeb Brovsky, Davy Arnaud, Patrice Bernier (Bernardo Corradi 77), Felipe Martins, Collen Warner, Justin Mapp (Lamar Neagle 62), Andrew Wenger.
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi, Sinisa Ubiparipovic.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Martins, Neagle 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Neagle 2); FOULS: 18 (Warner 5); OFFSIDE: 2 (Wenger 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Martins 5); SAVES: 4 (Ricketts 4).
SEA - Jeff Parke (caution) 22'
SEA - Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (ejection) 56'
SEA - Eddie Johnson (caution) 70'
SEA - Fredy Montero (caution) 76'
MTL - Shavar Thomas (caution) 79'
MTL - Nelson Rivas (caution) 85'
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee's Assistants: Adam Wienchckowski, James Cowlee
4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivero
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly cloudy and 79 degrees
IMPACT MIDFIEDLER PATRICE BERNIER
On the team's performance...
We were very excited for the game and our first goal gave us some energy. A win like this is great in our new home with a great atmosphere, it was a special feeling. We can't ask for anything more than scoring four goals at home in a win.
On his own performance...
Things are going well for me now. I felt I had a good performance against Colorado, but the team lost. A victory like tonight makes it easier to appreciate a good outing personally because the most important thing is getting the three points.
IMPACT DEFENDER JEB BROVSKY
On the red card...
When that tackle on Collen Warner happened, we all came together and said; we've seen this three times now, so let's focus and make sure that we take care of things defensively and keep going forward.
On staying focused...
When they got a red card, we had to refocus. When they got their goal, we needed to refocus again because we wanted to finish strong and not lose the lead. We did a great job of coming together on the field; the subs came on and were fantastic.
IMPACT HEAD COACH JESSE MARSCH
On the game
Seattle is a good team, so it wasn't an easy first game. But I think that was the way you open a new stadium. We had a lot of good performances tonight.
On finishing strong ...
When we got the lead, it felt like we would have to get another as Seattle was pushing and they have a lot of talented players on that team. I still think we are learning to manage the game when we are up a man. It takes a lot of hard work and we did that tonight.
On Bernier's performance
He was very strong for us tonight. He balanced us and defended well. He did a good job of initiating the attack. Once he was able to link up with Collen and the attacking players, we were successful. I'm happy for him.
On the crowd
It was hard to communicate on the field, but there was a lot great energy. In the second half you could feel that's sense of pride. They started seeing some good things from our team, and tonight we showed them that we are a good team and we will continue to get better.
SEATTLE FORWARD FREDY MONTERO
About his 100th match with the Sounders...
It was the game number 100 for me and it was meaningful. I can't change what we did tonight. But we will have another opportunity Wednesday and hopefully we'll do better and get the three points.
About their goal...
I received the ball from Alvaro (Fernandez) and then played to Eddie (Johnson) and he went one on one to goalie and chipped the ball in.
SEATTLE DEFENDER ZACH SCOTT
About the game...
They were just better than us tonight. It's frustrating, it's not indicative of the team we are. It's embarrassing to lose like that, to be down a man and then start to play. It felt like they were playing with a couple more guys than us the entire game. But besides getting a man sent off, we didn't close down space, we didn't do what we were supposed to do.
About the team...
We've been down before, we know what it takes to come back and pull out a result. It's unfortunate, but we just need to get back on how we play successfully and not worry about what the other team does. We need to go back to what we're good at and play our type of possession soccer.
SEATTLE COACH SIGI SCHMID
About the game...
We need to play much better than what we did tonight. We gave away goals on a missed clearance, by throwing a ball in, opening up a counter for their team... And I didn't think our pressure was good enough on their third goal. We made three mistakes on one play. We have to eliminate that.
About his team on the road...
We are a good road team. Nothing that happened today is going to change my mind on that. But, obviously when you give 4 goals, that's an issue. If we can play 1 v 1 when we are playing a man down, then we certainly won't be losing 3-0 when we are playing either. That's not what we are all about and we got to change that the next game.
About the Impact...
They were opening their new stadium, so they played with enthusiasm and it sure helped them. They needed to be motivated, to play well and they obviously did. They fulfilled their obligations and we didn't fulfill our obligations of holding strong and battle.