The Sounders went into Sunday’s road game at Montreal knowing they’d have to absorb pressure. Check out the postgame quotes. The strategy was to crowd the middle of midfield, play to zero in the back and look for counterattacking chances.
With that in mind, it might be no surprise Seattle faced as many shots as they ever have in an MLS regular-season game: 25. The Impact’s 19 shots after halftime were the most allowed by the Sounders in a half.
Coming into the season, only four teams had ever taken more than 19 shots in a half — none since 2000. The league record is 22 in a half.
You’ll see below that taking a lot of shots isn’t necessarily an indicator of bad results, but Sunday did update the record books, so I figure it’s worth noting.
|March 23, 2014||at Montreal Impact||25||W, 2-0|
|March 30, 2013||at Real Salt Lake||25||L, 2-1|
|August 20, 2011||at FC Dallas||25||W, 1-0|
|August 31, 2013||at Columbus Crew||24||W, 1-0|
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Here are some other notes:
— Sounders FC is 40-0-11 when scoring the game’s first goal, the longest active unbeaten run in MLS dating to the end of 2010. The league record is 58 games set by New York (40-0-18).
— The Sounders won their first road opener since 2009.
— The Sounders didn’t reach six points until May 4 last season, seven games in.
— The Sounders earned their first win against Montreal in MLS (1-2).
— The Sounders have been given eight-straight own goals since conceding their last in 2011.
— The Sounders are 10-1-0 when Obafemi Martins has a goal or assist.
— Obafemi Martins scored his first goal of the season.
— Kenny Cooper earned his first assist as a Sounder.
— Gonzalo Pineda made his first start for the Sounders.
— Cam Weaver and Michael Azira made their team debuts off the bench.
— Cam Weaver played his first game for the Sounders since 2006 in the USL.
— Andy Rose (starter) and Leo Gonzalez (reserve) made their season debuts.
— Stefan Frei earned his second shutout of the season.
— Clint Dempsey served the first of a two-game suspension.
— Marco Pappa was dropped from the starting lineup and did not play.
— Djimi Traore served as team captain.
— Montreal hadn’t lost to the Sounders since the first leg of a 2008 USL playoff series.
— Montreal is on a 1-10-1 drought dating to last season.