The frustration began to settle in around the 30th minute of Seattle’s 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday at CenturyLink Field, sometime between DeAndre Yedlin’s injury scare after a late Edson Buddle tackle and Obafemi Martins’ turning shot off Marco Pappa’s chip pass.
The pace of play slowed, but it was hard to put your finger on why — the Sounders were still controlling the play and pinning Colorado back. But Seattle’s attacks had lost their edge, and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid explained the reasoning after the match.
“I think we pinched in too much wide,” Schmid said, “so as a result, our forwards, to get the ball, went really deep because there was no space for them to check back into it. You noticed in the second half, when Marco (Pappa) played wider and (Brad) Evans was providing us width on the other side, then all of a sudden that space underneath opened up for Oba (Martins), opened up for (Clint) Dempsey and then you could see some combinations, some that they barely missed on.
“You could also see us getting in on the side. The corner came off a good run from Evans that resulted in a corner that resulted in a goal. So being able to go out wide opens up the middle.”
That’s easier said than done, of course. Pappa copped to the temptation of cutting in too narrow after the match — the longer it takes to break a team down, the stronger the urge is to cut inside and stay involved in the heart of the attack.
It takes discipline to stick to the game plan and confidence that it’ll pay off. It did on Saturday.
By the numbers: 621 — Total passes the Sounders played on Saturday, as opposed to Colorado’s 434.
In their own words: “It’s not always going to pretty. … Colorado kind of sat in today. So we knew it was going to be tough for us to score but we got that one and we were able to keep them at zero so three points is good at home” — Sounders defender Chad Marshall
Up next: Sounders at Chivas USA, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Carson, Calif.