There was a time that a team needed to score multiple goals to beat Seattle Sounders FC. It was the Oba World Cup, the power of the hydra, Dempsey, Cooper, Barrett, Neagle. Now, the defensive issues still exist. Lacking a bit of speed and intelligence in the back is helping teams score against Seattle. Chris Wondolowski's perfect ball put Yannick Djalo in space where he could decide what to do to the extended Frei. He slipped it far post simply. That goal was enough.
In the last five matches Sounders FC have a mere three goals. They've managed to hold DC and Portland scoreless, but have given up game-winners to teams near the top of the table and near the bottom.
Seattle dominated a lot of things that are supposed to matter - shots, shots on goal, action in opposition defensive third, key passes, pass completion, possession, corners, stuff. They didn't dominate saves. Jon Busch did that. He did that really well. Wondo even helped him.
Core issues concerning an injury plagued defense that has the same problems as the healthy players but less skill are starting to get frustrating. More frustrating is that an offense that once featured two potential MVPs, both All Stars, is not finishing. It is rather anemic across several games.
I miss the hydra.
I also miss first place.
Losing to San Jose sucks too.
There are still games in hand, but if Clint & Oba can't score and the defense can't keep it clean those games don't matter. I want those games to matter. I'm in this for legends, not tragedy.