The Seattle Sounders are 10 games into their Major League Soccer season, and that nice round number presents a chance to take stock — although it’s no simple thing.
There’s something for optimists and pessimists to pull from the club’s 4-5-1 record.
Glass half empty: that 0-3 start. Glass half full: the 4-2-1 run since. Glass empty: no wins in four tries on the road. Glass half full: a 4-2 record at home, where the Sounders return Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.
What does coach Sigi Schmid make of it?
“Obviously, we’re not exactly where we want to be,” he said Monday. “But we’re going out into every game. We’re trying to win every game. … Over the last seven games we’ve played, I think, from a result basis reasonably well. … From a standpoint of are we a team that’s capable of winning every time we play: Yes.”
Included in Schmid’s assessment was his team’s 2-0 loss at Dallas on Saturday.
“We had three great chances early on in the first 18 minutes of the game,” he said. “If (veteran forward Herculez Gomez) sticks away his chance early, if we stick one of those three chances away, the game becomes different. In the second half, (Dallas) brought on two defensive subs to pack it in against us, just looking to counter; and then a little mistake and they catch a counter and score on us.”
The result dropped Seattle to 0-3-1 on the road. And that’s where they’ll be for three of their next four games. After the weekend visit from the league-leading Rapids, the Sounders face three straight games on the East Coast: May 28 at New England, June 1 at D.C. United and — after MLS breaks for Copa America Centenario — a June 19 date at the New York Red Bulls.
Nearing a third of the way through their 34-game regular season, the Sounders’ team leaders are Jordan Morris, four goals; Andreas Ivanschitz, three assists; Clint Dempsey, 31 shots; Stefan Frei, 33 saves.
Statistical comparisons with other clubs are harder because some teams have played as many as 13 games, while the Chicago Fire has played only nine. However, Seattle ranks 19th in the 20-team league and last in the 10-team Western Conference with 10 goals scored. The Sounders have allowed 12 goals, and that minus-two goal differential is 15th in MLS.
Schmid said forward Nelson Valdez missed the Dallas match after sustaining a calf injury while doing extra shooting at the end of training Thursday. Valdez spent Monday training indoors, and Schmid said his condition would be reassessed Wednesday. … The club is off Tuesday. … Sounders FC has announced a “Fabric of the Sounders” promotion under which fans can create a multipiece stadium banner in cooperation with goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who has been involved in other team art projects. Details: SoundersFC.com/fabricofsfc.