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That win was huge. The Sounders are desperate for points, that’s no secret. The guys in green hadn’t won in over a month — dating back to a June 5 win against New England — and were teetering on the brink. Now they’re close to getting right back into playoff contention.
Will this be the spark? A run of results has to start somewhere. If this season is going to extend past the regular-season finale on October 23, Seattle needs to build on this performance and string some wins together. Here are the next six games: vs. Colorado, at San Jose, vs. Houston, at Chivas USA, vs. Chicago, at New England. That’s a stretch the Sounders need to get at least 10 points.
How about those reserves? No Freddie Ljungberg. No Blaise Nkufo. No Nate Jaqua. I thought Nathan Sturgis again managed things well again in the middle and Pat Noonan had one of his better efforts in a new position. Of course, fan-favorite Roger Levesque with a memorable winner.
Kasey Keller was a warrior. After an awkward spill in the second half resulted in a foot sprain, it would’ve been easy for him to call it a night. But he fought on, and even had to make a big save within seconds of the restart. Earned the shutout the hard way and had a number of saves after the injury. The captain has certainly been leading.
Who can stop Fredy Montero? That’s six-straight games with either a goal or assist. Also, he’s been involved in 10 of the Sounders’ last 12 goals. Phenomenal production from the young Colombian, who has been playing inspired soccer of late.
The Nkufo debut will have to wait. A little disappointing that we couldn’t see the debut of Seattle’s new DP. Jeff Parke’s abdominal cramp pushed Sigi Schmid’s hand in that regard, having to burn a sub. Will his debut come in electricity yellow in Sunday’s friendly against Celtic?