At least the death knell associated with CONCACAF Champions League is over. CCL quarterfinalists went 0-5-3 -7 on the weekend. Seattle Sounders were one of the losses, after FC Dallas crushed them 3-nil. Injury-riddled, exhausted, and frustrated, the Seattle Sounders couldn’t compete on the day.
There were mental errors, physical weaknesses, and a team that showed very little effort early in the match.
Coach Brian Schmetzer shouldered the blame. “Well, it’s not good enough, number one. We need to play better. I don’t mind if teams beat us and they play better than us, but before the red card, we didn’t play up to our potential. That’s something I have to take responsibility for, making sure the team comes out right, plays better, and away from home it’s always difficult.”
Cristian Roldan agreed, “We keep shooting ourselves in the foot, a little bit.”
The early goal broke them, again. There was little reason to think that the Sounders could win after the first goal. The defense is normally good, but an attack lacking DP Nicolas Lodeiro, TAM player Victor Rodriguez, highest-paid HGP in history Jordan Morris, and forward Will Bruin will always struggle. When Michael Barrios sped by Nouhou, it was clear that Dallas knew how to beat the defense too. A best case scenario at that point was probably 1-1. But it got worse.
Clint Dempsey has to quit swinging towards people’s nuts. Let’s give Dempsey every benefit of the doubt. Let’s say that the forward who once clearly tapped a dude in the nuts off the ball was only trying to gain separation with his right arm and didn’t connect below the belt. Let’s say that the left arm also didn’t connect below the belt. Still, why is a player like this getting another red for a nut tap?
The Sounders were already without four of their top six attacking players. After the VAR-decided Dempsey ejection, they lost another top attacker and player on the pitch. There was no way this team would come back from both a goal and player deficit.
- At least a majority of the team is off next weekend during the international break.
- Nouhou’s defense struggled...scratch that, the entire defense struggled.
- Dempsey’s nut tap.
- The substitutions. They were weird.
Frei; Nouhou, Marshall, Torres, Leerdam; Svensson, CRoldan; Bwana, Wolff, Shipp; Dempsey
Clint Dempsey sent off at 37’
52’ Lamar Neagle enters for Shipp
64’ Alex Roldan enters for Handwalla Bwana
74’ Kim Kee-Hee enters for Roman Torres
20’ Roland Lamah, Assisted By: Michael Barrios, Mauro Díaz
58’ Maximiliano Urruti, Assisted By: Roland Lamah
63’ Roland Lamah, Assisted By: Anton Nedyalkov
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