Seattle Sounders squeak out a point against Chivas USA but not before getting in a few yells against the Goats. Mariano Trujillo reached back and slapped Leo Gonzalez across the face. Rather than sending off Trujillo immediately, Pruf completely lost what control he had remaining, even allowing one of the Chivas coaches to charge at Osvaldo Alonso. And in the end, while he did show a red to Trujillo, for some inconceivable reason he showed one to Gonzalez as well. While Leo may have fouled Trujillo, it wasn’t even worth a yellow, much less a red. Now Seattle are without one of their best defenders for the home match against Chicago Fire.
Not the best match for the Sounders. In fact, I’d say it’s the worst match in the past month. The side may have held out for a draw, increasing their unbeaten streak to six, but the team often looked disjointed and confused.
While Fernandez, for the most part, seems have blended well into the team, Blaise Nkufo continuesto look slightly uncomfortable. I’d envisioned Nkufo playing as a strong target forward, but he’s played deeper than that over the course of this match. Nkufo should be holding up the ball and giving Fredy Montero space to run, but instead he’s managing to slow up play in the wrong area. The Sounders need a target man in the box, particularly during crosses, and although they have one he is not being used in that manner.
It’s still a point, but it wasn’t a very well-played point.