You might have gotten rosier answer a few days ago.
Up until about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, it would have been easy enough to say that this projected as the best Sounders team yet. Most key pieces from the 18-7-9 team of last season are back, and the holes seemed encouragingly filled.
Then came that 6-1 loss at Santos Laguna, and it became easy enough to second-guess much of what had been assumed.It’s generally best not to read much into any single game. And even if you did, the most logical way to read it is that Sounders FC isn’t as good as the top teams of the Mexican Primera Division. That doesn’t mean they aren’t as good as the top teams of Major League Soccer.
Last season, the Sounders had the best offense in the league and had the second-best record.
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In terms of pure numbers, there was an unusually high amount of roster turnover during the off-season – most notably goalkeeper Kasey Keller. However, judging from the first three seasons, there is every reason to believe the braintrust of general manager Adrian Hanauer, technical director Chris Henderson and coach Sigi Schmid had a plan for each addition and subtraction.
Absent any nagging questions from that Santos game, this looks like it could be the best Sounders team yet: a contender for MLS Cup, Supporters Shield and U.S. Open Cup.