Three games, two wins, one draw. Even Kei Kamara admitted it after the game, the Houston media tells me.
There are those who will say that Houston was shorthanded in previous games, but that argument can’t be made without considering what Seattle didn’t have in those games, too, and tonight with no Montero and no real spark in the starting lineup but Ljungberg.
Now let’s go over some themes from tonight.
1. No one seemed bothered about the offside call from the Sounders FC end.
“If its off, its off, I can’t debate that,” Nate Jaqua said. “It’s one of those ones I should have gotten out of there and Ozzie still could have probably hit it…it’s not like a traditional offside…it’s just kind of one that felt weird.”
Sigi Schmid: A lot of ARs (Assistant refs) miss that call, he was good enough to make that call.”
2. Jaqua said he has nothing but good things to say about the Dynamo organization. “I wish them the best and I hope their team does well,” he said. “The fans have always been good to me here and I didn’t hear too many people giving me crap.”
3. Jaqua called himself a “streaky goal scorer,” who’d been having a tough stretch.
4. Ljungberg said he felt good after the game, of course he had a massage that helped after getting to the locker room.
“I think we definitely should make the playoffs,” he said. “That would be a big disappointment if we don’t. We know that if we can get one against Houston, we can beat them.”
Ljungberg also said that Zakuani will make that shot 99 out of 100 times.
“It’s not that he’s not a good player,” Ljungberg said. “Things like that happen sometimes. It’s nothing to make a big deal about. If I give him the ball again he will score.”
5. Sounders FC is tied for third in the conference with 33 points.
6. Schmid praised Leo Gonzalez again, saying he isn’t 90 minutes fit but is still played big minutes in the past three games.