MLS returned to us after three months with the kick-off of the brand new season being played between the Seattle Sounders and the defending champions, Sporting Kansas City. Both teams played with a tremendous amount of heart which is why the game was true entertainment.
Kenny Cooper proved that he will not be a slump for the Sounders as he was chosen to replace Eddie Johnson as the leading striker. He dropped back quite a bit and even played on the flanks, but he is slowly but surely starting to understand the Seattle way of playing. Sooner or later, he will be scoring goals for this club that is supported by amazing fans.
Marco Pappa replaced Mauro Rosales who led the team in assists last season. The Guatemalan international wasn’t heavily marked, but he struggled to create openings for himself and others. He also failed to hustle on and off the ball as though he thought that players would respect him due to his accomplishments in the league. He still has a ways to go when it comes to truly deserving the number 10 shirt on his back.
Sporting KC were led by the daring Dom Dwyer who showed no fear when it came to attacking on all fronts and fighting for the ball. His team created more chance sin the first half, but they were unable to score on any of them. Regardless, he proved that he will be an irreplaceable starter for Peter Vermes‘ troops.
Seattle recorded one of their wins against Sporting KC in the final minutes last season. Well, they picked up right where they left off as it took a last-minute winner from Chad Barrett to put this game away. The beauty of this goal was that the goal was created by all three substitutes: homegrown talent Sean Okoli sent a cross from the right flank that was headed off the crossbar by Clint Dempsey who then hit the rebound towards frame for Barrett to hammer home. These three guys will surely become starters if they can influence games with this much ease.
This was the best start that Seattle could have asked for. As for Sporting KC, they did drop all three points, but the season just began which means that they have more than enough matches to get right back on track as they will look to defend their MLS title.