Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid just about skipped into his media session after Monday’s practice.
“Unbelieeeeevable — finally a win,” he quipped with a wide smile.
Indeed, the MLS winless streak is over at a franchise-worst nine games, and maybe things weren’t realistically as dire as some made it out to be.
But I think it’s safe to say that serious doubts were raised as to whether this team as it stands right now — particularly after coming into the season as one of the favorites — will ultimately contend for a Supporters’ Shield or MLS Cup.
The Sounders have had one win, one shutout, one goal from a midfielder and one halftime lead in the past two months of league play. There’s also a bit of a gap in the standings between them on the leaders in the West.
On the other hand, if you compare this year’s 19-game record to past seasons, things don’t look so bad:
2012: 8-5-6 (30 points)
2011: 8-4-7 (31 points)
2010: 7-8-4 (25 points)
2009: 7-4-8 (29 points)
And with a win Sunday in New York, the Sounders would actually boast the a franchise-best mark through 20 games at 33 points. The previous best was 32 points in 2011 — though that side went on to win 10 of its last 14.
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How do you gauge the damage of the winless streak? Was it deep or just superficial?