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Seattle Sounders 3-2 Toronto FC: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

The boys let three points “slide” away.

MLS: Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

Jozy’s head...Quentin Westberg’s ball distribution. So, that’s how a professional keeper is supposed to support his team’s transition up-field... watching a Jozy header beat Stefan Frei. Small consolation for 2016, I know. But it was still poetically cathartic... playing hard right to the final whistle... keeping Alex Bono on the bench... getting Laurent Ciman off the bench. This seat warmer business has to stop... the Wizard of Poz (part 1) — that pass to the far post. One or two of those per match would be just fine... Jozy’s feet. That second goal was world class... speaking of world class, watching Toronto vs Seattle and then Leeds vs Sheffield Wednesday only strengthened my contention that MLS’ on-field quality rivals the EFL Championship... the Wizard of Poz (part 2) — his second assist. It was as if Jozy’s feet were magnets and the ball was made of iron... Toronto’s quiet acquisition of a 2020 first-round draft pick from the LA Galaxy, while still holding on to the top allocation spot... Kristian Jack’s halftime “vision” tutorial. That was a masterpiece of football analysis... speaking of “masterpieces”, Tiger freaking Woods made me feel twenty years younger... Ciman showed Vanney where he can best help the team. His side-foot pass to the Wizard set up that magnet-ball. His pass to the Wizard in the 92nd minute resulted in Alejandro’s cracker on goal, and his blast off the post came within six inches of perfection. Ciman is no centre-back. He needs to play just ahead of Bradley in a 4-2-3-1. Call them the “Kojak Twins”.

MLS: Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

Does Nic Lodeiro know how to draw a “C”? His armband was upside down for the entire match... his distribution may have been great, but Westberg didn’t play like his listed 6’ 1” and 175 lbs. His ability to cover the upper quarter of the net and his lateral movement both need work... Jordan Morris looks like his name should be “Will Bruin”, and Will Bruin looks more like a “Jordan Morris”... I know I’m going to get flak for this but, during the past two games, the Wizard of Poz has disappeared for long stretches of time... since I’m being pelted, I might as well get this one off my chest: Jonathan Osorio did sweet FA against Seattle (and, by “FA”, I don’t mean “Football Association”)... speaking of the FA, shouldn’t an unwanted kiss warrant a red card?... another “balloon ball” from Justin Morrow. That’s three joke shots in three straight games... MB4 was uncharacteristically ineffective for most of the match... Greg Vanney’s starting formation. A 3-5-2 with Zavaleta and Ciman? What could possibly go wrong? The coach needs to stick with what works and adjust his tactics based on what his players are showing him (see above)!

MLS: Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly

Watching TFC’s defense fall asleep during the second half. Again!... the 2019 MLS soccer ball looks like a dollar-store Hacky Sack... that stadium. It is painfully clear that the Sounders are second class citizens at CenturyLink Field. A few glaring examples: the artificial turf; the electronic ad boards are 20 yards too short; the sideline seats are folding chairs; and the VAR screen is a 1990’s Sony Trinitron... the lack of originality throughout the stadium. Did you see some of those signs? “Drink, Sing, Support.” Really?... Steven Caldwell’s curse. Just stop talking, man!... the camo pattern on the Sounders’ jerseys is like a Laurent Ciman slide tackle — hideous, laughable and totally ineffective.