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Seattle Sounder FC
Seattle, WA— Evidently there must be a rumor going around the league that has convinced a few teams in the MLS that they can come into Qwest Field and rough up the Seattle Sounders FC to get an easy win.
Well, let me tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.
“We saw it all season last year, everybody tried to hack Freddie, that was the name of the game and it resulted in a lot of wear and tear,” stated Midfielder Brad Evans.
“It’s not indicative of how every team is going to play us but if they play physical we will use it to our advantage and use set pieces.
Any time you play against skilled forwards, the only option is to foul.
Otherwise you give them space and it is very difficult to defend.” Brad added.
It has come to the point where many players on the Sounders expect it.
Defender Toni Stahl of the Philadelphia Union was issued his first yellow card during the first 23 minutes of the match and his night ended early after receiving the second in the 40th minute.
It was a very physical match and Freddie Ljungberg of the Sounders suffered the worst of it as he was on the receiving end of a knee in the back.
Collectively the Sounders are glad to put this one in the book but know that even with a 2-0 win they can play much better.
The success of last season wasn’t a fluke and there’s still plenty to prove to the fans and most importantly themselves.
The chemistry on the Sounders is developing right in front of our eyes.
They’ve played 30 games together and in the process learned what to expect from each other.
“We were able to make runs and press the ball because we knew where each other was going to be,” stated Midfielder Steve Zakuani.
“This has been a natural progression that’s only going to get better,” he continued.
Some of the things that were of concern to those outside of the Sounders organization such as scoring were put to rest too.
There were a couple of questionable off sides, okay at least one, which would’ve doubled the final score.
One of the most exciting plays of the game came from Forward Fredy Montero who scored on a diving headers assisted by Osvaldo Alonso. “It was one of the toughest goals to score in my professional career,” stated Fredy.
“It was absolutely brilliant!” Coach Schmid proudly exclaimed.
“We talked about him moving his game up the field, being closer.
Good header that he scored on.
He had other good looks where he could have pulled the trigger quicker, but he did everything I asked of him tonight.
To see him sacrifice himself was tremendous.”
The Seattle Sounders FC are serious about winning another Championship.
Steve Zakuani summed it up best when he said, “the expectations that the individuals in this locker room have far exceeds anything.
We’ve had a great preseason and are prepared to execute now.”