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Sounders’ Defensive Frailty Capitalised On By Impact

Written by on June 20, 2012 | No Comments »
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Tom Young – A English soccer reporter who supports AFC Rushden & Diamonds and writes about Seattle Sounders and Major League Soccer for a number of websites; mainly ukmajorleaguesoccer.com

 Seattle receives a mauling in a 4-1 defeat at Montreal Impact bringing the club’s first away loss since July 30 2011.

The Sounders’ are experiencing one of their worst streaks having gained just two points in their previous five MLS matches scoring four goals and conceding 10.

The most recent of which was a defeat to the Impact in the opening fixture in the renovated Saputo Stadium and first MLS meeting between the two sides. The game highlighted the Sounders’ defensive problems as all four goals conceded involved easily avoidable mistakes.

Seattle came into the match without their linchpin central midfielder Osvaldo Alonso due to a two-match ban retroactively slapped on by the discipline committee for a challenge during the Columbus defeat.

The home side opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Patrice Bernier, from the left side of the box, pulled the ball back to Felipe Martins who wasn’t closed down quick enough. He managed to send a low curling shot into Meredith’s left-hand corner. 1-0 Montreal

Seattle had two opportunities to get level before the break, in the 39th Montero’s attempt from a couple of yards out was smothered by Donovan Ricketts and a Brad Evans’ swivelling shot from 12 yards out in added time was again easily saved by Ricketts.

The score remained the same until the 50th minute when Justin Mapp ran at the Sounders’ defence. Mapp picked up the ball on the left before walking past three almost-passive defenders before firing back across Meredith and finding the bottom corner. 2-0 Montreal

It got worse for Seattle five minutes later. Hurtado was harshly sent off for a clumsy challenge on Collen Warner.

In the 57th minute Montreal capitalised on their man advantage, a free-kick was cleared but was unable to win the second ball leading to a routine through-ball by Patrice Bernier splitting the Sounders’ defence and Andrew Wenger’s first time shot beat a wrong-footed Meredith at his near post. 3-0 Montreal

Seattle clawed back a lifeline in the 61st minute with some great movement starting with Fernandez beating a man before laying it forward to Montero who spun and fed the on running Eddie Johnson, his calm dink over the on-rushing Ricketts made it Montreal 3-1 Sounders

Former Sounder, Lamar Neagle got the Impact’s lead back to three before the final whistle. He attacked from the left but a combination of Burch and Evans looked as if they had cleared the danger before falling over each other. Neagle pounced on the mistake firing past Meredith. Montreal 4-1 Sounders FT

It was definitely a night to forget for the Sounders’ faithful but one that team must remember for a long time to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The Rave Green will be attempting to right the defensive wrongs and snap the five game winless streak against Sporting KC at CenturyLink on Wednesday night.

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