It also isn't the worst loss. While they did not score a road goal, only going down a single goal gives hope for next Sunday. After several years of not having hope on the home leg of the Playoffs, this is alright.
Here's some key takeaways.
Seattle only has one goal in their three 2014 MLS Cup Playoff matches. That's pretty awful. Still, the team is creating chances, and in the last two games they are creating chances with only 2.5 players in the attack. Against the quality of defenses they are facing that is both good, and troublesome. Sunday, those chances need to fall, or the numbers game needs to switch.
Alonso and Neagle are important
They may even be back next week, but Seattle was not impotent without them. They could be back next week, but maybe not. But leg two has to be a team success.
"Both of those guys are integral parts of our team, but we've never been about one person. This entire year, guys have cycled in and out when there has been injuries or national team call ups," Zach Scott said postgame. "So we are excited to have Osvaldo and Lamar back, but that being said, we expect to put in a good performance regardless."
Chad Marshall is underrated
He could win the MLS 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and still be underrated. His value to the team is immense. His blocks and interceptions today were why Seattle had a chance at a draw. Marshall defended the ground and the air. And some people won't think he's the best defender because of the amount of goals Seattle's given up, but here's the thing, without Marshall this season is a disaster.
Bad refereeing happens in every sport. That's just the way of things.
"The officials made it clear that no one is getting sent off," Donovan said postgame.
And that was quite true. Both teams can be angry about non-calls, and I guess that means it is fair?
This is not enough
Let's open this section with a quote from Sigi Schmid, "Last time we were in this position, we lost here three-nothing so this is a lot better. We know we’re capable of stuff at home, our fans are going to be behind us, it’s going to be packed and I think that will help spurt us on."
We're greedy. No one is thinking about margins of improvement over past seasons. There's a third trophy out there and not a single person that can call themselves a Sounder does not want it.