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Not since early in 2011, when the team started winless in its first four games, has Sounders FC been in last place.
And as you can see above, the standings don’t lie.
I went back through the results over the years to see how many times Seattle earned one points in a three-game stretch, and there weren’t many of them. Here’s a look:
2009 — happened once
2010 — happened three times
2011 — happened once
2012 — happened three times
2013 — already happened once
And thoughts from the Sounders? Here were the highlight quotes from after Saturday’s game…
“It’s important that we know that our quality is better, of course, than one point out of three games. … It looks not good on the table if you look on the table and you’re the last team. It’s a big situation. But you have to know that we know about our quality, and if we still calm, we will get our points.” — Michael Gspurning, goalkeeper
“We feel disappointed. One point in three games is always bad. But we have to look forward. We have more games coming up.” — Osvaldo Alonso, midfielder
“It’s just you need a result to help your team get confidence. We’ve got guys who are pretty ambitious and driven, and when they don’t get results, they get a little ornery. … We’ve got to continue to have that hunger and turn that hunger into wins.” — Sigi Schmid, head coach