SEATTLE, WA – For the second consecutive match, the Seattle Sounders fell at home. This time at the hands of Heritage Cup rivals the San Jose Earthquakes. The loss has the fanbase starting to wonder if the hot start was a bit of a fluke.
Plenty O’ Chances… Denied
Seattle had more than their far share of good looks in the first half, but weren’t able to take the lead on any of them. Some of that was due to a lack of touch on some of their shots, but mostly this can be credited to the Quakes keeper JT Marcinkowski. The homegrown goalkeeper had an extremely impressive opening half and seemed to make stop after stop.
The fact that the Rave Green couldn’t score became tougher to swallow because they statistically dominated the opening 45 minutes. They had 63% of the possession and had more shots on goal/ on target, but that means nothing when you don’t hit the back of the net.
Sneaking One In
To go a long with their barely hanging on by a thread defensive effort, San Jose was able to take the lead into the break thanks to a stoppage time goal. Jungwirth found Espinoza who was able to sneak it passed the diving Stefan Cleveland. What once seemed impossible to due, teams are starting to find holes that allow them to score in the run of play vs these Sounders.
Flat Second Half
Where the squad looked dangerous in the attack the opening half, they were equally flat when the second half kicked off. Passed and runs were sloppy and led to turnovers. You could have easily said the Sounders were the better team in the first but San Jose came back and showed that was far from the truth.
The Quakes defense also stepped up. By no means was this just a match that Seattle lost and all of the credit in the world needs to go to the visitors on their effort today. San Jose also snapped an 11-game winless streak with the win tonight.
- 45’+1 SJ -Espinoza (Assisted:Jungwirth)
Many in sports say that a quick turnaround after a tough loss is a positive and hopefully that stays true as the Sounders will be hosting FC Dallas (3-5-7 14 pts) on Wednesday. It will be the first matchup of the season between the two western conference foes, with their last meeting coming in a 1-0 playoff win for Seattle last season.
The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff from Lumen Field and an can be seen/heard through the usual broadcast partners.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.