MLS: Why the Seattle Sounders are a team to be reckoned with

It looks like the Seattle Sounders are at it again.

Last year around this time, the Seattle Sounders sacked their head coach Sigi Schmid after a terrible first half of the season.


Incredible run of form

After naming Brian Schmetzer as interim head coach (soon dropping the interim title), the Sounders also signed Nicolas Lodeiro and got Roman Torres back from injury, starting an incredible run which led to the Seattle Sounders winning the MLS Cup for the first time in their history.

Though it must be said that Seattle didn’t start their season off as terribly as they did last year, they were very much underperforming.

Now, after only losing two games in the past twelve matches and winning four in the last five, the Sounders are not only five points above the redline, but they are also just three points off Sporting Kansas City who currently sit in first place in the Western Conference.


Tearing it up

In the current form that the Sounders are in, it doesn’t look like there are any Western Conference sides that can compete with them, save possibly FC Dallas who looked terrible on the weekend against Vancouver.

Clint Dempsey is tearing up the league again, Jordan Morris has ended his ten game goal drought, and Will Bruin can’t stop scoring goals.

On top of all that, Seattle is expected to sign Paraguayan international Derlis González, a player constantly compared to Miguel Almirón in Atlanta. If that transfer ends up going through before the deadline on the 9th of August, Seattle could easily be considered MLS Cup contenders.


Home fortress

It is also important to realize that the Sounders have only lost once at home this season and if we look at the rest of Seattle’s schedule going forward, eight of their final 11 matches will be played at CenturyLink field in Seattle.

This could prove to be vital for Seattle as they make a push for a high seed in the Western Conference heading into the playoffs.


Written by Matthew Nelson

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