There. I did it. That’s my first, and last, My Fair Lady reference.
Again thanks to everyone that participated in the live chat as we watched the broadcast. We’ll do the same on Sunday and I’ll try to advertise it better next time.
I saw that FC Nordsjaelland beat Stabaek 1-0, so Seattle takes on the loser on Sunday.
So let’s get to thoughts on what we saw.
— First off, let’s keep in mind that this was the team’s second preseason game and the regular season is more than a month away. Clearly there was a bit of rust. Coach Sigi Schmid mentioned the timing of the game — after a long trip — also didn’t help, in regards to jet-lag and fatigue.
— Additionally, the game was in horrendous conditions. While that isn’t an excuse during the season, it can be in the preseason where familiarity and fitness aren’t 100%.
— Things to be encouraged by: the 40-year-old Kasey Keller doesn’t look like he’s lost a step and he clearly makes the team better, Osvaldo Alonso looked to be in top form and Sanna Nyassi showed a burst and creativity on the right flank (which could be a question mark position this season). Also, the starters controlled much of the ball late in the first half and looked like they would break through, but the halftime whistle blew.
— Things to be discouraged by: the team doesn’t have much purpose in the offensive third. No real goal or strategy. The movement, the passing, the hesitation all screams lack of purpose, for now. Seattle’s defense also gives the ball away too easy in the defensive third.
Here’s the scoring summary:
Morten Moldskred (2′) – got behind the defense on the right side for a breakaway goal.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred (18′) – shot from 20 yards deflected off Riley into upper 90.
Rade Price (66′) – failed punch save by Eylander results in easy, empty-netter.
What are your thoughts on the defeat?