The Seattle Sounders FC haven't been playing too well lately, failing to win a single game in their last nine MLS outings.
Fortunately for the Sounders, they always seem to snap out of their funk when it's time for US Open Cup play, but they'll want to have a little momentum going into their July 11 semi-final match against Chivas USA.
For now, the Sounders are focused on their next game against the Colorado Rapids on July 7. Colorado is right behind fourth place Seattle in the MLS Western Conference table, and it should be a very competitive match.
"Yeah, definitely. We'd like to win, for sure," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told reporters when asked about snapping their current winless streak. "We want to be a tough team to beat and I think we've gotten back to that. I think we lost that for a couple of games and we've gotten back to that, which is very important. Now it's a matter of the soccer catching up and us playing better and walking away with a win."
Even though Seattle's defense has had its share of problems during their winless streak, they've turned things around in their recent outings, holding their last three opponents to only two goals. Unfortunately for the Sounders, they continue to struggle on the offensive end, blowing multiple goal scoring opportunities in their last few games.
"We know we have very good players who can turn this around," Sounders forward Fredy Montero told reporters about their upcoming contest against the Rapids. "We know what we need to do for the next game at home. We need to get three points; doesn't matter how we play. If we play good or bad, the most important thing is the three points."
Given how well the Sounders started off the 2012 MLS season, it's a little disheartening to see them struggle. However, it's not too late for them to salvage their season, but their forwards will have to step it up a notch.
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