In the wake of the Sounders's U.S. Open Cup win at Philadelphia this week captain Brad Evans became the rare Sounder to give a quick glance back at a topic most other Sounders have largely tried to avoid: the 1-6-3 finish to what was once a similarly promising 2013 season. “We were in the position last year, though,” he said. “We had New York at home and we ended up tying. And then we picked up (one point over our next five games). So we learn from our mistakes, and it will be another good test Saturday.”
It’s an easy comparison because of several similarities.
Things went wrong last season when the Sounders were alone atop the MLS standings, as they are now.
And it started almost exactly at this point on the calendar: Seattle’s 0-4-3 end to the 2013 regular season began with a draw to Los Angeles on Sept 21.
Then it continued with another draw the following week against the New York Red Bulls, who once again await Saturday, this time in a game nationally televised from Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.