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On the heels of new ownership, the Seattle Sounders continue to show poorly on defense losing to Real Salt Lake by a score of 3-0. The Sounders drop to 5th place in the MLS Western conference and look to have no answers to kicking this season back in gear as the M.A.S.H unit of players has seen a bevy of talent retire or resting on the bench.
The Sounders used a 5-3-2 setup to help out a porous backfield that desperately misses Brad Smith, Roman Torres, and Chad Marshall. But alas they have now allowed 9 goals in 3 games the worst since a stretch in 2013 where they allowed 10 goals in 3 games.
The stats bear it out as RSL fired 16 shots; 4 of which were on target. The Sounders managed 6 measly attempts and zero on target. RSL dominated on defense clearing 16 balls while the Sounders failed time after time to stop the RSL attacks.
The Rave Green dropped Joevin Jones in the backfield and got Kelvin Leerdam back. That did little good as it altered the attack leaving Nico Lodiero and Christan Roldan on the wings, when they should both be more of center midfielders.
The Sounders are now 1-3-1 in the last 5 games and looking inconsistent and unable to develop chemistry. The good news is that they built a solid early season record that still puts them just 2 points out of 2nd place and with games against western foes coming up like the LA Galaxy, they have their own destiny in their hands. A win for them this season at this point is just to make it to another playoffs then rebuild in the off season. Here is to hoping they can pull off an 11th year in a row.