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Postgame Pontifications

It’s OK to let yourself enjoy Leagues Cup

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with faking it until you make it.

Actual points > Style points

Securing three points against Minnesota was a necessary first step toward Sounders re-establishing home dominance.

PNW Experience exceeded all reasonable expectations

It was a nearly perfect celebration of the Seattle soccer community.

Nine-point road trip showcases Sounders’ depth

There were 19 different starters and six different goal-scorers during a history-making seven-day run.

Winning pretty is fun, winning gritty is important

Sounders showed again they know how to claim points in a variety of ways.

‘El equipo is in a good rhythm’

Sounders are well aware that they can do better than last night’s six-goal hit parade.

Simply put, Leagues Cup was fun

I’m not sure if it needs to be anymore complicated than that.

What we’ve learned about Sounders halfway through 2021

They aren’t invincible but they are contenders.

Emotionally drained, but ready to recharge

Sounders looked like a team that was running on fumes against Sporting KC.

Brian Schmetzer’s culture of winning

Thursday’s win was something special.

No time or reason to hang their heads

Sounders should be proud of what they accomplished and refocus on the next task at hand.

Mini-break gives Sounders chance to relish in ‘mini-record’

Brian Schmetzer and Co. deserve a chance appreciate this remarkable achievement.

Soccer gods keep making new tests, Sounders keep passing them

A road tie wasn’t ideal, but it did show some important growth.

More went right than wrong during three-game week.

It ended on a disappointing note, but two mistakes don’t unravel a record start.

João Paulo delivers masterclass performance

This was probably the Sounders most complete performance and the Brazilian was a major reason why.

Sounders finding points in the least likely of places

Sounders are managing to string together results without looking lucky or dominant.

Expectations can be a toxic brew

Don’t let two frustrating results overshadow an otherwise stellar start.

Too many missed opportunities

Sounders were profligate on the counter.

Good as Sounders have been, best may be yet to come

The most encouraging thing about Sounders’ 5-0-1 start is that they can still get better.

Alex Roldan just turned into a genuine folk hero

Roldan didn’t flinch when asked to step into goal for the final few minutes of Wednesday’s win.

Finding new solutions to big questions

Sounders have so far passed a slew of early season tests.

Sounders showing off new level of versatility and dynamism

Run to top of Supporters’ Shield has come largely without Nicolas Lodeiro.

What I think I know after two weeks

Sounders have given some good answers to preseason questions.

Small crowd, important atmosphere

Having fans back in the stands was a welcome change.

We learned a lot in 2020, but we must continue to put those lessons to use

Before we turn the page, let’s look back on the year that was.

No easy answers from a dispiriting loss

Sounders know they missed a massive opportunity, and can’t really explain why.

Self-confidence is in Sounders’ DNA

Even down 2-0, Sounders never stopped believing in their comeback potential.

When stars do the dirty work, good things happen

Sounders are playing like a team that expects to win.

Brian Schmetzer has delivered a masterful performance

After capping off a historic regular season, the head coach deserves an extension.

Slip in form causing some frustrations

Sounders have fallen off their record-breaking pace over the last six games.

Short bench could be costing Sounders

Brian Schmetzer has tightened his rotation over past couple weeks and had little to show for it.

MLS Cup hopes rely on being at full strength

But, damn, it was good to have Raúl Ruidíaz back.

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