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Ship’s Log, April 22: Critical Failures

Sounders did worse than roll a couple of 1s.

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Dave Clark / Sounder at Heart

Playing with disadvantage is hard enough. You’re in a weakened state brought upon by poor decisions of your own or forced by opposing forces, disadvantage minimizes your chances – this is true for D&D and for soccer.

But disadvantage wasn’t enough.

The Seattle Sounders critically failed, at least twice. Others can define what Alex Roldan did. But Yeimar and Arreaga aided the opposition. Rather than prevent goals they may as well assisted Vancouver.

These weren’t your ordinary natural 1s. No, simply falling over wouldn’t be enough. These were the types of critical fails that become legends.

They are the type of crit fails which end careers.

In 2016, a similar error to either one of the two CBs’ performances on Saturday night ended Sigi Schmid’s stay.

In 2013, the season ended on a massive downbeat. The Sounders were 1-6-3 in their final 10, including two playoff losses to the Portland Timbers. Joe Roth questioned the team’s fortitude, apologized to the fans and said he’d find players willing to run through walls.

Two DPs (one bought out), the starting keeper, multiple centerbacks, a star forward and a few backups were gone after the purge heading in to 2014 (Seattle’s only multi-trophy season).

The only way to go when a team critically fails like they did Saturday is to reboot – that could be an immediate state of performance that uses the fixture congestion of May to rescue the season (the 2018 method) or to make major changes to coaching changes and/or cut players (like right now).

There’s at least one buyout available. There’s a transfer window open.

These crit failures don’t have to end the season. But they will stop legacies from being built. Saturday night is part of the Sounders story now, written in our memories like two natural 1s rolled at once.

– Dave Clark

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