After watching a quite dreadful USA performance earlier, the freshness of the second half of the Sounders win over RSL was quite enjoyable. Kasey Keller, for his first half performance at least (he didn’t have to do too much in the second half), was named player of the week. It’s telling that when one week a forward wins that honor, and the next your goalkeeper wins it. The other big news was that Freddie Ljungberg made his MLS debut coming on for a very well playing Brad Evans. Sigi had to change a few things up, but when he’s 100% healthy, he surely will be an improvement over an already solid position. Osvaldo Alonso played almost as well as he did last game. And what can you say about Montero. A great strike that dipped and swerved, and did all sorts of crazy things in the air. As they say, the boy’s a bit special. Nate Jaqua had earlier added, or kneed, or side-hipped, or somethinged the ball into the net after Zakuani’s silky moves showed just how suspect MLS defenders can be to them. Mind you, even the goalkeeping this year has been less than extraordinary in MLS, which really is quite surprising. And speaking of defenders, our back 4 four returned to pitch another shutout and a “Good-bye” to any chance of signing Parke (who has joined the Whitecaps). To RSL’s credit, they came into our stadium and did quite well at times, but posed very little real threat in the 2nd half. The MLS “pundits” have started to take notice and carefully bumped them up in their “MLS Power Rankings,” but we really can’t be jumping to any conclusions here. We have yet to play an away match, and the MLS is weird in that some good-looking teams manage to really suck in the 2nd half and play their way out of the play-offs. But there’s no need to worry about any of that now. We have TFC next AT BMO Field, and we’ll surely get a taste of our own medicine there. People are calling it the real “first test” for us, but to be honest, they’re not the most convincing of teams. They have a weak defense that we should be able to exploit, and it should be an open, exciting game. Come on Sounders!
P.S. How about those Goal Celebrations by Montero and co? They really make me want to get up and dance. I haven’t wanted to do that since Dempsey’s strike in the World Cup. I’m looking forward to some more great celebrations for the “Three Amigos” almost as much as the goal themselves!