But it certainly is not making it any easier on itself to make the playoffs. And relying on help from other teams seems to almost never work out.
At any rate, nice job with the comments, everyone. The playoff talk and observations on the match were solid. Sebastien Le Toux made the trip to New England but sat out with the flu. But I wonder if he would have started on the wing if he was healthy.
As far as Nate Jaqua, it seems like up front is where he has to be if he is going to be effective. And it’s still unclear to me whom Sigi Schmid prefers in the midfield between Brad Evans and Peter Vagenas…both have a history with him and have played in big games.
To me, and this is just me, Seattle must have two WINS of the last three games to assure itself a playoff spot. The Earthquakes helped again, but Kansas City and FC Dallas will be no gimmes — both seem to playing pretty well down the stretch.
Shalrie Joseph is quite the Seattle nemesis now…
Here’s a quote from Sigi Schmid from today’s game report in the Times.
Joseph’s second goal irked coach Sigi Schmid. Jeff Larentowicz lofted a pass from just inside midfield to Joseph who was alone in the left side of the box. Joseph snapped off a header that beat Kasey Keller in the 87th minute.
“We made a mistake at the end of the game,” Schmid said. “We got caught ball watching and that’s unforgivable.
“I was disappointed with not marking up on Shalrie Joseph. It was something you could see coming. We know who the guys are that are going to head the ball in. You’ve got to make sure you mark up on those guys but we fell asleep.”