Seattle Sounders Needs Their Number 10

Saturday night, for all purposes was a success for the Seattle Sounders.  Three points would have been ideal, but considering that they held D.C. United scoreless, a team that scored four goals the week before, they no doubt feel satisfied with the point.  This was their first road game of the year, following a defeat to a San Jose team that out-hustled them, and it was against a young D.C. team that is inspired and having early success. It was against a team that has reigning league MVP Dewayne DeRosario, and they did it in front of the always raucous Barra Brava, which totaled over 15,000 on the night. So why then, as a Sounders fan, did I walk away from the match feeling uncertain about our season?  One reason, early play shows that this team needs a #10 to be successful.

Seattle has great attacking talent. I would rival it against any in the league, but all that attacking talent is with their forwards and not in the midfield. Now don’t get me wrong, Montero, Estrada, Johnson, and Levesque are all capable players, but they are all forwards, not midfielders and they think like forwards.  Countless times, indecisive passes in the final third cost the Sounders attempts on goal.  It wasn’t that the decisions were wrong, it was the hesitation.  Too many times Montero or Levesque took one touch too many.  The Sounders forwards can be clinical finishers with the best of them when they have the service not when they are giving.  It’s the reason that I believe Fredy Montero has been so slow to tally a goal, too much time in the midfield and not in front of goal.

Sounders fans all know the answer and that is the return of Mauro Rosales. He can make the decisive passes in the final third.  His return will no doubt help, but can the Sounders really feel stable knowing that so much of their offensive creativity lies with one player. A player who is 31 and no doubt will miss more time during the long MLS season. Alvaro Fernandez hasn’t shown the consistency in his service as evidenced when he miss-hit and pass to a wide open David Estrada.  So much talk has been, if Eddie Johnson can regain his former form.  He will if he can play up top and not have to drift out wide to help create chances. The same can be said of Roger Levesque, how can one of the league’s best poachers be that if he playing out wide right.  Seattle will need to find more creativity from the mid-field if they want to fully utilize their forward talent. How many goals do you think Montero would score if he didn’t have to go into the mid-field, and could stay up top with Johnson or Estrada?  It is not so much if the forwards are capable of playing in the midfield, it a matter of putting them where their instincts are most effective.  Perhaps instead of being involved with summer transfer rumors  for Ivica  Olic, they should be the ones trying to get Stephen Ireland.

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4 Responses

  1. Don Peyote
    Don Peyote
    April 18, 2012 at 6:39 am | | Reply

    Can i ask what shirt rosales is wearing in the pic? is that the
    away strip for this season?! Thing of beauty if so. Up the Union.

  2. Lysander
    April 18, 2012 at 7:06 am | | Reply

    that was last years third kit used mainly in Concacaf champions
    league and open cup games. It is no longer an active jersey. It was
    replaced with super cyan.

  3. Charles
    April 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm | | Reply

    Seattle is the best team in the league when healthy ( and LA is
    still not with OG out ), but like a LOT of teams, one key player
    can change that. Seattle is missing two. Get back Zak ! and MR too.

  4. sammysounder74
    April 19, 2012 at 7:07 am | | Reply

    There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re better with Rosales, but I
    wouldn’t sell the current crop short. Specifically, I’m looking at
    Alex Caskey. If he gets another couple starts he’s going to start
    looking more and more like the #10.

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