The Sounders are off today and Tuesday. So, let's get a start on passing the two off days with two questions:
1.) Was that a good draw or a bad draw?
It's easy enough to say it was good draw for Sounders, bad draw for Houston. After all, Seattle managed to get a point after falling down a goal on the road to the best team in the league in weather fit only for scorpions.
(Here's what Sigi Schmid had to say: "This is a good draw. Sometimes you have games that become defining moments, and this game was something that was really important to our character. Being able to come down here and get a tie with the team that is tied for the league lead in points and do it against obstacles - not only obstacles with weather, but obstacles of missing those chances - it was a big character-building moment for us.")
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(And here's the Houston point of view from veteran keeper Pat Onstad: "We're always disappointed (not winning) at home. No matter who we play in this league, we feel that we can win. You want to get three points at home, and tonight with only one was a bit disappointing. We could have created a big gap there at the top, but it wasn't to be tonight. Seattle created more than enough opportunities to get their goal in the second half, and sure enough they got theirs.")
However, the point could be made that the Sounders created enough opportunities to not only get their tying goal, but enough opportunities to get a winning one as well. Seattle had more shots, more shots on goals and more real chances ... but didn't depart with more points.
2.) Who should start at forward this week against Toronto?
Freddie Ljungberg moved from midfield to forward and produced one of his best games of the season ... perhaps his best. However, Fredy Montero returns this week. So should he be benched as a wakeup call for some pretty off-putting play lately? Or should Schmid pair Fredy & Freddy while letting Nate Jaqua sit? Or should Fredy and Jaqua retain their positions while Ljungberg moves back to midfield?
You be the coach.