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Slowly Moving In The Right Direction
SEATTLE (BASN) — The Seattle Sounders FC came out Saturday night against the Columbus Crew just how I imagined that they would.
They attacked aggressively, pushed the ball hard and kept the Crew on their heels.
It resulted in forward Steve Zakuani scoring during the fourth minute of the match and broke a Sounder franchise record that he had set last September 12th against D.C United by scoring in the fifth minute of play.
“In the first half of the game, I checked the clock and there were three minutes in and I hadn’t touched the ball yet,” said Steve.
“So I kind of wanted to find the ball and they stepped up high and beat the outside and I was just one-on-one.”
” I waited for him to make a move.
He didn’t, He stood up well. So then I just took it around him because he had space behind him and fortunately I got around him and got a goal,” he continued.
It was a piece of artwork to watch how masterfully the Sounders FC defense maneuvered the ball and just toyed with the Crew as they played a game of keep away with the Crew.
The passes were crisp and hit the forwards in stride.
The Sounders played a 4-3-3 which allowed Freddie Ljungerg to slip past people and run deep.
“It’s something that we will continue to work on and grow with because I think that it’s something that suits us,” Coach Schmid mentioned.
It was a thing of beauty.
Then a funny thing happened in the 46th minute of the match and just seconds before the half.
The Crew’s Steve Lenhart pushed forward on a cross (hair and all) and headed it in the net for an easy score.
This silenced the crowd of 36,219 in attendance.
“I thought it was one of our more complete efforts of the season, for sure.
But again, it was elementary mistakes on the goal. (Steven) Lenhart’s their best header of the ball and to have him to be unmarked in the box is criminal,” stated Coach Schmid.
“We fell asleep right before the end of the first half and gave away a goal that we shouldn’t give away.
Those things are starting to become very bothersome and something that we have to address,” he continued.
The match ended with a 1-1 tie and the task doesn’t get any easier with the undefeated L.A.Galaxy coming to town on Saturday.
Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller summes it up best. “I am still optimistic that we are going to turn that corner, said Keller.
“I keep getting the feeling that it’s going to happen and it’s getting better and better.”
” But better and better without the victories doesn’t mean a whole lot”.