Well, it’s a win. Not pretty late in the second half and against the worst team in the conference, but one Seattle needed and got.
I’m trying to understand all of the Montero bashing. I do see what some of you see but I still think he is too good a talent to leave off the field. He remains the leading scorer on the team and has played fewer games than most. Tonight, he was really on his game in the first half and is only getting better in playing off of Ljungberg.
“Maybe earlier in the season, I played midfield and we had to defend a lot and I had to go quite deep,” Ljungberg said. “We didn’t get far up on the pitch, and now we’re trying to mix a little bit so we get higher up and then we can have more combinations between me and Fredy, and today it worked well.”
Coach Sigi Schmid’s take:
“I also thought that Montero and Ljungberg did a good job in the first half of interchanging. You saw Montero a lot on the right wing and he did that job when he was inside, and Ljungberg was on the right. So they did a good job of balancing each other off and that’s the way we want to play.”
Schmid also singled out Stephen King for his play.
“I thought Stephen King covered tons of ground, acres of space. He made one saving tackle…where he came back and covered back. He was forward, he was back, I thought he was very good tonight.”
Le Toux is, if nothing else, a huge effort guy. He doesn’t quit on the ball and has good instincts. I thought he played well tonight.
How about 10 corners to San Jose’s three, and Seattle scored off one.
Evans and Ljungberg each picked up their third cautions of the season.