Just three weeks ago, the Seattle Sounders had what looked like a breakout win over the San Jose Earthquakes. The breaks went their way, they beat a playoff-contending Western Conference team and were back to .500. So much for that.
The Sounders lost their third straight game, this time falling 2-1 to a pretty awful New England Revolution. There were some bright spots, as their have been in each of these games, but the end was result was utterly depressing.
It started well enough for the Sounders, who jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute on Aaron Kovar's first career goal. Kovar did a wonderful job collecting a rebound from a Bobby Shuttleworth punch, wriggled free of a defender and hit a right-footed shot off the bouncing ball that found its way inside the far post. It was an impressive piece of skill and gave the Sounders their first lead in three games and ended a scoreless drought that was nearly 200 minutes long.
Any good emotions didn't last long though. About 20 minutes later, the Sounders gave up yet another highly questionable penalty. This time it was Zach Scott attempting to clear only to hit it into the Erik Friberg. Replays appeared to show that it struck him in the midsection. That was of little solace, though, as the referee pointed to the spot. Stefan Frei guessed the right direction, but couldn't stop Lee Nguyen's equalizer.
The Sounders had a couple decent chances to retake the lead, with the best coming when Erik Friberg found some space just outside the box and put in a ball that looked to be a cross that was just outside the reach of Herculez Gomez.
The Revolution, for their part, had plenty of strong buildup play, but as you might expect from a team with just two wins, their final ball wasn't there. At least until the 80th minute. That's when Femi Hollinger-Janzen found himself with a clean look from about 22 yards out. Despite falling over the ball, the Sounders gave him enough time to get up and space to hit a mostly uncontested shot that beat Frei to the far post.
And just like that an easily winnable game became another loss in a season that is quickly slipping away. The Sounders have now lost three straight, all by one goal and yet to be seriously outplayed. That's of little solace right now, as the Sounders need to start finding ways to get points and fast. They'll have a chance on Wednesday at D.C. United.