I’ve seen the Seahawks collapse and give up leads before, but it was a different experience watching it happen in soccer.
I guess Seattle didn’t so much collapse as much as it failed to build on its lead. The brunt of the scoring chances were early in both halves. It’s hard to tell what happened out there after the 3-1 lead, but what it seemed to boil down to was Sounders FC allowing DCU to much space to make what Sig Schmid called “naked” crosses with no pressure on the passer.
“This is a game we should’ve won tonight,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We should’ve won it going away. We should never have given up the goal in the first half. They really had nothing in the first half. And then we battled back. Alonso [Osvaldo] scored an
unbelievable goal. But again, we had enough chances to do it.”
“The problem with two of the three goals, and even the other goal as well, but certainly the first goal and third goal, is that we’re too far off guys as they’re sending in crosses. We’re just not impacting the cross. If they’re a good player, they’re going to be able to pick out targets. So we got to do a better job of closing down the cross.”
Can we put the Montero issue to rest perhaps? Another goal, some solid shots and a second straight good game, and this time no glaring mistakes. He really had a fine game.
DCU — TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Chris Pontius 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Chris Pontius 2); FOULS: 17 (3 tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4 (Santino Quaranta 4); SAVES: 7 (Josh Wicks 7)
SEATTLE — TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Fredy Montero 3); FOULS: 6 (Nate Jaqua 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Nate Jaqua 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Freddie Ljungberg 3); SAVES: 1 (Kasey Keller 1)
No cautions against Seattle.