It’s always nice to begin the season with a victory. A 3-0 victory over a team that appeared in the MLS Cup just a few months ago is even better. Your Seattle Sounders made a big statement in last night’s win over the New England Revolution, and here are my observations from the game:
- Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins started the season where they left off last year: combining to make the most potent offensive attack in the league. “Deuce” netted a pair of goals and Oba added another, celebrating with his signature backflip. Watching the duo play off each other is one of the coolest things because of the backyard nature of it. They just have fun. This team will go as these two go, but it’s to hard to think that Seattle will have a problem scoring goals this year.
- The Revs were without two of their stars, Lee Nyugen and Jermaine Jones, who are both nursing injuries. That being said, this version of New England’s team was much different than the one that was the MLS Cup runner-up in December. Nonetheless, Seattle dominated this match and I still believe they would have won with Nyugen and Jones in the lineup.
- Tyrone Mears was an outstanding offseason addition. With DeAndre Yedlin departing or Europe after last season, one of the biggest questions going into 2015 was who was going to replace the young and budding star at right back. Enter Mears, a savvy veteran with experience in Europe. I was very pleased with his performance last night as he looked comfortable and even assisted on Oba’s goal, whipping a beautiful cross into the box that the forward headed home. Having a right back that is able to get forward and make quality crosses is only going to make this offense harder to defend. Expect Mears to play a big role this year.
Man of the Match: While many players had solid games, this one has to go to Dempsey. He was constantly in good attacking positions and played a part in all three of the Sounders’ goals. A full offseason has the star midfielder looking fresh and energized for his 2015 campaign.
Moment of the Match: The final goal was created by some cheeky passing and was simply a thing of beauty. The dynamic duo traded passes before Marco Pappa made a fantastic through ball to Martins, who unselfishly dumped the ball to Dempsey for his second goal of the game.
That was a fun game for everyone. While it won’t completely make up for the Super Bowl, it’s nice to get a victory over a New England franchise.
Overall, it couldn’t have been a better start to the year for the Sounders. If you missed any of the match here are the highlights in the link below.
What’s Next: Seattle plays at home again on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes, with kickoff scheduled for 7pm.