The Seattle Sounders FC ran into some problems on May 12, losing 1-0 to Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field. With the win, Salt Lake robbed the Sounders of their opportunity to set a new record for the most consecutive wins in franchise history. But Seattle will still get to hold on to the second spot in the MLS Western Conference table, tied with the San Jose Earthquakes with 22 points apiece.
"I thought we played well for the first 45 minutes," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the game. "I think they had some looks at goal, but I don't think we gave up a lot of good chances. Obviously, they buried one of them and that sometimes happens. I didn't think we were as good in the second half. I thought they did a good job of taking a little bit of the air out of the ball, slowing down our attack. I think maybe fatigue affected us because our movement up front wasn't as active as it was in the first half. Five games in  days is a little bit of a haul, but at the end it's not an excuse."
The Sounders actually controlled the ball better during their match against Salt Lake, but they had a hard time getting to their opponent's post, finishing with zero shots on goal. Even without Zach Scott, their defense did a good job of containing Salt Lake's forwards, but they eventually conceded a goal in the 51st minute, when Fabian Espindola fired one past Bryan Meredith.
Even though the Sounders didn't finish their tough 15 day stretch the way Seattle soccer fans would have liked, winning 4 games in 15 days is still an impressive feat. The certainly don't have anything to be ashamed of, and I'm sure they'll bounce right back after they get some much needed rest.
Fortunately for the Sounders, they'll now get six days off before heading out to face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 19.
David has been a fan of the Seattle Sounders for the past 3 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.
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