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Sounders vs. Chicago - Aftermatch Aftermath: A distraction

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Does your heart feel heavy after the Seattle Sounders lost to the Chicago Fire? Are you in need of a distraction to make you feel better about the world? You've come to the right place.

Ladies and gentlemen: your starting striker
Ladies and gentlemen: your starting striker
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I'm going to start out this article by admitting something: I didn't watch the Seattle Sounders lose to Chicago Fire 1-0 on Saturday. Mitigating circumstances prevented it, and though I had an opportunity, I thought to myself, "Hmm, Frank Yallop," and opted out. But I did follow on Twitter, which is both frustrating at the lack of visceral enjoyment but is also a blessing due to what I perceived was a woefully unenjoyable game.

Honestly, I feel like I dodged a bullet. But you didn't. You took that bullet, you took it for me, and for that I'm grateful. You should've seen this coming though, you can't be so naive. Any team that trots out Chad Barrett as their lone striker should lose, as winning would be an injustice to the soccer gods. This is an unfortunate reality in which we Sounders fans now live. Chad Barrett is our starting striker. Well done, fickle fate.

Whether this be a lesson in humility or a test of patience, it matters not. What matters is that we have another game coming this next weekend without a break from this reality. Chad Barrett will be rolled out there with Lamar Neagle as a support. The Sounders will struggle but appear competent. What should be an easy win will be a frustrating affair in which we may still win, defying the gods of soccer, but it'll be a nervy affair indeed.

In response to this past weekend's game, the upcoming one against Colorado, and the growing angst we now feel, I will take a sharp departure from the usual fares you find in these hallowed grounds. Losses are fleeting. We'll get past it. Until then, enjoy baby animals and enjoy your day, good friends. Sorry for the load time.

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