From the mid March to mid May, the talk with Sounders FC had been about a franchise-worst start to the year. And from an 0-2-1 to 3-3-3, that was indeed the case.
But a remarkable nine-game stretch has turned things around, and now a franchise-best mark is back in play.
Here is a look at the best 14-game records in Seattle history, as the 6-4-3 Sounders head into Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. road game against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
2012: 7-4-3 (24 points)
2009: 5-3-6 (21 points)
2011: 5-4-5 (20 points)
2010: 4-7-3 (15 points)
As you can see, Seattle would match its best record this deep into the season with a win over RSL.
“Hard to believe, huh?” coach Sigi Schmid quipped after Friday’s practice, just before the team flight to Salt Lake City.
Asked if the turnaround from worst to almost best this quickly was particularly meaningful, Schmid said, “No. I never thought we were down that far, I guess. You try to stay level as you move forward. You’re going to have good streaks and you’re going to have bad streak as you move forward. At the end of the day, you can measure it once both of them are over.
“But I think our team has been pretty consistent over the last two months. Even in the early months of the season, like I’ve said before, I think we had a couple of shaky results, played a bad half here and there, but we were certainly competitive in the Champions League, as well, and those were tough games. I think our team has stabilized. We’ve been pretty steady.”
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What do you think of a near worst-to-first turnaround? Things feel stable and steady?