You ever feel really dumb after doing something really dumb? Like, you do something and instantly you know what you did was really dumb. That’s what losing to this LA Galaxy team feels like. Not the end of the world. Not something to really think too much about. But, really dumb nonetheless.
The Legend of Harry Shipp
I wrote this on Wednesday night:
It’s no secret that Harry Shipp was playing well while the Sounders were streaking. But just how well was that? In Harry Shipp’s last 13 starts, the Sounders were 11-0-2. In the last 13 games where Shipp didn’t start, the Sounders are 2-8-3, including last night’s loss. We can debate all day about his goal and assist numbers, but when the Sounders are playing well, he’s a part of it.
I think he’ll start on Sunday.
That last little part was written before anyone knew he was ruled out for this game. Harry Shipp didn’t start and the Sounders are now 2-9-3 in the last 14 games he hasn’t started in.
Please start Harry Shipp. Also, please get healthy Harry Shipp.
The LA Galaxy
They won the game 3-0. So, they’re winners.
GrAsS iS aLwAyS BeTtEr tHaN TuRf pic.twitter.com/CqFJGAckBg— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 23, 2018
Potentially the only thing that received a worse beating last night than the Sounders was StubHub Center’s grass field. It’s almost like it’s difficult to play football and soccer on the same grass field. But, what would we know?
Optimism, But Not Hope
Losing 2 games in the span of 4 days can really dampen the mood around here, can’t it? In particular, losing a game on a fluke mistake (against Philly) and losing a game by being played off the park by an inferior team (LA Galaxy). I believe in momentum and gut punches in soccer. I can’t quantify that with any sort of stat or anything, but this week was one big gut punch. The Sounders get to choose whether or not it’s a blip on the radar or a real problem. The Sounders get to choose whether or not they’ll respond well. Not a lot to be optimistic about right now, so instead, we hope in things we can not see yet.
We hope in a W against the Colorado Rapids.
Not because I can’t think of anything else. I just don’t want to. I’m putting this week behind me and never thinking of it again. I suggest you do the same. To not feeling dumb on next Saturday.