It's easy enough to forget now, but this Sounders FC season started ominously. The club lost the season opener to traditional nemesis Los Angeles at home and stood at 0-2-2 after four games.
However, the Sounders went 18-5-7 in league play thereafter to finish with the second-best record in the league. They also advanced to the quarterfinals in CONCACAF Champions League and won a third straight U.S. Open Cup.
Coach Sigi Schmid was asked this morning to cite a turning point in the season.
“. There were different points that happened throughout the season," he said. "Certainly the win at Real Salt Lake was an important element. It showed us that we could win. The win at Dallas when we maybe didn’t play our best game, but we sort of battled through and won that. The win at Monterrey was another one. ... In Toronto, with the free kick by Fredy (Montero) late in the game. It was a game where we ended up playing against the odds a little bit -- playing a man down -- and then coming up with that free kick at the end. There was just a resiliency that you could see in the team, a composure and a maturity, that was greater than it had been in years past.”