Whether on Twitter or on Facebook Steve Zakuani, current radio analyst and podcast host with Sounders FC, is trending on Twitter in Seattle. A former Sounders player himself, Zakuani isn't trending because of his play on the field, but because of his tweets regarding Saturday's 2-nil loss to NYCFC. Zakuani is critical of the current Sounders squad, and he is not alone.
These aren't keyboard warriors. These are three of the greatest players to wear the Rave Green as well as a former announcer for the team. Their thoughts mirror many of your thoughts.
Like the current team captain, Steve Zakuani suggests some of the current squad accepts losing.
I had bad games & went on bad runs. But we were never CONTENT with losing. Hated it. Even in training. Not sure present team hates losing!— Steve Zakuani (@Zakuani11) June 26, 2016
Unlike many fans, Zakuani is not blaming Sigi Schmid. For the former winger, the blame lies on certain players.
If you need a coach to tell you to bring effort, you're not a good pro. Effort should be automatic https://t.co/fcgvoZWtOe— Steve Zakuani (@Zakuani11) June 26, 2016
He is unwilling to hear people suggest that the Sounders' woes are because the team is too young. He was a young player for the Sounders once, playing along with other young players. They did quite well.
Fredy Montero read Zakuani's tweets, and he agrees with the overall theme. Ross Fletcher's critique focused on the forwards, who couldn't score against the worst defense in the league.
Two shots on target at home against the worst defence in @MLS about sums up @SoundersFC right now. Problems abound. #SEAvNYC— Ross Fletcher (@RossFletcher1) June 25, 2016
Eddie Johnson suggests there are deeper roots than just effort and failures at forward. EJ wants you to go back and listen to his time on Sound of Soccer and SonarFeed last month.
But mostly he's wondering why a DP forward isn't performing.
Valdez 1.4mil a year I was on 100k in Seattle if I went 2 or 3 games without scoring they killed me I haven't heard shh about him this game— Eddie Johnson (@eddie_johnson7) June 25, 2016
Things in Soundersville are not good. A team that was once playing decent and losing is now playing poorly and still losing. In many ways it is worse than the Dire Days. Last year the injuries and callups were massive. The holes in the starting XI and 18 were obvious and not fixable.
In 2016 the record is slightly better, but the proximity to the Ideal XI is close. Today's XI in the 2-nil loss only lacked Dempsey.
Like you, like all of us at Sounder at Heart, Steve isn't giving up his love of the Rave Green. He isn't quitting, but he is willing to be critical.
Still love and support @SoundersFC sometimes an honest assessment is needed. This season has been horrible in both performance & results— Steve Zakuani (@Zakuani11) June 26, 2016