David Falk has followed soccer in the Puget Sound region since 1974. This blog covers Sounders FC, local college soccer, Seattle Wolves FC, Tacoma Tide FC and Kitsap Pumas. Send tips or comments to: goalseattle@gmail.com
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sounders implode on Impact

The Seattle Sounders lost 2-1 to Montreal Impact last night at Starfire Sports Stadium in a real head-scratcher.

The Sounders didn't show up for the slow, scrimmage-like first half, and then when a spark finally arose they just as quickly imploded with sloppy defending and an inability to finish in front of goal.

Montreal's Tony Donatelli tangles with Seattle's Zach Scott.
(Rick Morrison)

The Sounders are now 2-2-1 on this seven match home stand and have yet to win a match against a likely playoff-bound club in that run. (Wins over Carolina and Miami, losses to Puerto Rico and Montreal, a draw with Vancouver.)

Zach Scott and Josh Gardner appeared to be the only Sounders with a pulse in the first half. In the second Gardner remained active and Scott fell completely apart on both of Montreal's 'gift' goals. Yousouff Kante played a nice second half.

Montreal went up 1-0 after the Sounders came out in the second half and put together a nice (but goalless) string of possession and shots. Against the run of play the Impact netted a counter-attack goal. It was Toni Donateli netting the first score on an assist from Joey Gjertsen after a breakaway in the 59th.

Yousouff Kante scored the Sounders' lone goal.
(Rick Morrison)

The Sounders drew level 1-1 when Kante blasted the back of the net after a scramble gave him the ball at the top of the penalty area in the 62nd.

Soon after the implosion was complete when Zach Scott passed a ball across his own goal mouth and past Sounders goalkeeper Chris Eylander. All that was left was the tap-in, which Montreal's Antonio Rabeiro did with no problem in the 70th.

The head scratching goes on.

“We’re not going to panic. We’re just disappointed in the result,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer told the club website. “When it was still 0-0, we had the chance to score a couple goals and put the game in our favor, but we just didn’t do it. I’m (more) concerned with my team and letting in what I feel were two soft goals. That’s the story of the game.”

The match was attended by the one of the smallest home regular season crowd in years. The covered stand was about 1/4 full but spread out, while the opposite stand had about 100 fans. My guess puts the crowd in the 600 range, though the club announced 2,500.

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Kante receives congrats after his goal. (Joe Armand photo)
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