The Seattle Sounders FC suffered a humiliating loss on June 16, losing 4-1 to the lowly Montreal Impact. With the loss, the Sounders slide down to the fourth spot in the MLS Western Conference table, trailing first place Real Salt Lake by eight points.
"We need to play much better than what we did tonight," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the game. "We gave away goals on a missed clearance, by throwing a ball in, opening up a counter for their team ... and I didn't think our pressure was good enough on their third goal. We made three mistakes on one play. We have to eliminate that."
The Impact struck early against the Sounders, thanks to a well placed shot by Felipe Martins 18 minutes into the match. They struck again early in the second half, increasing their advantage to two goals.
Things got even worse for the Sounders in the 56th minute, when Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was ejected for a rough tackle.
Seattle's defense wasn't able to adjust to Hurtado's ejection, and the Impact made them pay shortly after, increasing their lead to three goals. Eddie Johnson cut down the Impact's lead to two goals a few minutes later. But former Sounders midfielder Lamar Neagle answered back with a goal of his own in the 87th minute, restoring the Impact's three-goal cushion.
The Sounders will now get a few days off, before hosting Kansas City on June 20. Kansas currently holds the second spot in the MLS Eastern Conference standings, and the Sounders will be in for an even tougher contest when the two teams clash on Wednesday.
"We've been down before," Seattle defender Zach Scott said. "We know what it takes to come back and pull out a result. It's unfortunate, but we just need to get back on how we play successfully and not worry about what the other team does. We need to go back to what we're good at and play our type of possession soccer."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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