Depleted Sounders struggle at home, lose 3-2 to Sporting KC

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With Raul Ruidiaz, Victor Rodriguez, Brad Smith and others sidelined through injury the Seattle Sounders showed how much they rely on their stars to carry them thru. A 3-2 loss to Sporting KC now has the Sounders slipping into 4th place in the standings off the 2nd place perch they had become accustomed to occupying.

With Ramon Torres suspension (PED) and Brad Smith’s injury, the Sounders are down to just Kim-Kee Hee and Nouhou as the experienced defender. And seeing how little chemistry there is between the veterans and the bench squad (Saad Abdul-Salaam and Xavier Arreaga) it is understandable how many clear shots (7) KC got on goal. Danny Leva and Christian Roldan played dual mids to help out the defense but one wonders the wisdom in having a 16 year old in Leva handle that responsibility.

The offense took some time to get cooking without Raul Ruidiaz. Jordan Morris was the lone attacker, but he was ably supplied by Nico Lodiero in his attacking midfielder role. Morris scored twice for a “Brace” but the 14 shots at the goal were mostly wide and off the mark.

This was a back-to-back loss in the Sounders home field and one has to worry about the state of the team. The crowd was dead, the team played sluggishly, and they looked out of synch for a squad that has been together for years. While there are some new fresh faces the stars—Christian Roldan, Harry Shipp, Lodiero, Morris—need to step up and kick the new guys into gear. In sports, there is constant turnover, but the core veterans—and there are several—need to provide the leadership to rally the team.

There is a 3 way tie for 2nd place and the Sounders look to be reeling as Minnesota and San Jose pass them. The Sounders early season success are not laurels that one can rest on. Ramon Torres’ stupidity in getting suspended hits at the worst time. The wave of international play and recent injury trend are not optimal. But somewhere, the Rave Green has to have management pull some strings for help, the young guns like Leva and Nouhou step up, and veterans take over like the stars they are and earn they money they get paid.

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