Ok first of all I didn’t do player grades for this one for a couple of reasons. First, I am interested to hear what fans think of how the individual players performed and not my ramblings that are usually just trashed on regardless of what I put. And secondly, I really didn’t want to knock the blog entry about Jonah Gomez off the top of the blog just yet.
Anyone that was at the game last night saw just how adorable he is and the pure joy and enthusiasm this little six-year-old inspiration brings. He may even have a future as an American Idol yet with his performance at the half with David Archulleta.
A couple of things that struck me from the game. First, hopefully the injuries to Javier Morales and Ned Grabavoy aren’t too serious and they will be OK for the team’s upcoming road trips to Los Angeles and Columbus. Morales had been playing inspired soccer and his offensive creativity and overall skill will be hard to replace if he is unable to go. While Andy Williams still has great skills, he is not a full 90-minute player anymore. Grabavoy has been solid, but I think that Nelson Gonzalez can fill in for him just fine. In fact, the coaches have been talking about how it is going to be hard to keep Gonzalez off the field regardless of a healthy Gravaboy. His service into the box last night to Saborio was spot on, and his hustle and skill make the Grabavoy injury more manageable. Don’t get me wrong, his absence would still hurt RSL, especially if he is out for any extended period of time, but Morales missing is just much harder to replace.
While both teams got one point from the match, the way it came certainly left different feelings afterward. Seattle should be the team that is happy, it got the point on the road at one of the toughest places to play in the league, but the Sounders weren’t happy. Here are just a few of their thoughts afterward.
Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid
“Giving up a goal at the last second like that, we’re not happy with that. We could have walked away with three points. It was something we worked hard for and I don’t think we played super well. We found ourselves in the lead. It’s a criminal mistake at the end of the game, and we can’t make a mistake like that.”
“Getting a point on the road is still something. We ended up not coming away with nothing, but we had three points so we gave two away. We had some opportunities where we were very close to breaking it open, but we have to do things better on the possession side of the ball.”
Sounders FC Midfielder Steve Zakuani
“It was bad. We were within 30 seconds of coming away with three points. It was disappointing; it feels almost like a loss. I think for the effort we gave, we played well for 90 minutes and we fell asleep twice and we got punished.”
Sounders FC Goalkeeper Kasey Keller
“Anytime you’re winning with 30 seconds left and you concede a goal it’s disappointing. It’s about finishing games off and today we weren’t able to do it.”
So there you have it. Real came away feeling fortunate to get the point while Seattle feels more like it suffered a loss. What are your thoughts as fans of the team?