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Postgame Pontifications

Where do Sounders go from here?

Much of what ailed the Sounders in 2022 was on display in the season-finale and were indicative of what must be fixed.

Frustratingly fitting finish to Sounders season

How did a season with so much promise go off the rails?

Go ahead, tell us the odds

The tie against FC Cincinnati didn’t eliminate the Sounders, but it removed literally all room for error, much of which is out of their control.

Quite down, not quite out

Sounders seem to be losing a lot of "must-win" games but they still have a path to redemption.

Daring to be optimistic

The Sounders’ young midfield passed their biggest test in handling Austin FC.

We had fun ... let’s do it again

A playoff push still feels like a true long shot, but Nouhou at least reminded us how to cheer.

It’s the hope that kills

Loss to Orlando may have been the most painful one yet.

Hope is running thin

Sounders seem intent on letting the air out of the season in the most painful ways possible.

Finally, reason for hope

It wasn’t a perfect performance or even an ideal result, but Sounders showed us something they haven’t shown in quite some time.

It’s beyond time to ‘figure it out’

Sounders wasted another opportunity to solidify their standing, and are stretching patience thin.

One-goal losses are growing all-too familiar

Historically an area of strength, Sounders are struggling in close games.

Gutsy performance was exactly what Sounders needed

Maybe this was exactly the kind of win the Sounders needed to break out of their funk.

Time for change, not panic

Hopefully loss to Fire can serve as a "rude awakening."

Not playing up to their potential

Sounders are stuck in a bit of a rut right now.

Losing at home to Timbers has gotten old

Sounders were their own worst enemy in another frustrating home loss to Timbers.

Strong finish to first half of season

Sounders’ 2-0 road win over Toronto FC makes them 6-2-1 since their focus turned to MLS play.

Montreal’s press gave Sounders’ fits

Sounders had a chance to close out a glorious homestand, but instead will head on the road needing results.

Seeds planted during early season rotation now beginning to bloom

Sounders continuing to get results despite injury crunch.

Fun to watch, but not much learned

Sounders showed they can hang with the league’s best, but we kinda already knew that.

Sounders seem to be hitting their stride at just right time

The Sounders showed they can win even without most of their first-choice players.

Big-picture assessment of Sounders season

There’s plenty to be optimistic about as the Sounders get a much-needed break.

Letting points slip

Sounders can’t afford to walk away from winnable games empty-handed.

Grindy win was just what Sounders needed

They also threw in a bit of excellence just for good measure.

Not perfect, but very encouraging

It wasn’t quite a must-win, but Sounders got a result they badly needed.

Time to get back to business

Playing at Starfire was a welcome distraction, but there are bigger prizes in play than the U.S. Open Cup.

If past is prelude, the Sounders will be just fine

This is not the league start any of us wanted, but there’s still plenty of time to fix it.

Sounders embody cálmate in CCL triumph

When the momentum was swinging, the Sounders needed someone to settle things down. Up stepped Albert Rusnák.

Learning to suffer

Sounders overcome a host of obstacles to move one step closer to history.

Never let your guard down

Loss was uncharacteristic but perhaps a useful wakeup call.

Unacceptable result, understandable reaction

There’s no good reason to lose to a team as bad as Miami, but let’s not overreact.

Built for this

The secret to Sounders’ success is every player believes they’re a potential "match-winner."

Not just winning, but doing it with style

Sounders are playing some of their most expansive soccer in their most important games.

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