The Seattle Sounders are simply rolling in this 2014 edition of Major League Soccer. Sitting in first place out west, Seattle are currently riding a league-best five-game winning streak as everything they are doing is finally paying off. There are definitely reasons as to why this is so.
Clint Dempsey, 30, is in his first full season of MLS play for Seattle. One of the designated players, Dempsey has struck eight goals and added two assists in only eight games. He has been the most crucial member of this team which will make it extremely tough for them to adjust when he departs to Brazil as captain of the United States Men’s National Team.
Defensive addition of longtime Columbus Crew center back, Chad Marshall, has been nothing short of mandatory as he has cleared away danger after danger in addition to finding the back of the opposing net once and assisting teammates twice after 10 total appearances. He is tall, strong and has a high IQ of the game. His presence has taught teammates how to play better and has added a championship caliber that was much-needed by his new club.
Coach Sigi Schmid is enjoying his sixth year in charge of the club and has finally found a working formation: the 4-4-2 diamond. With this, the players cause problems for opponents in the offensive end and are talented in every single spot in the midfield and attack. His defense is experienced and has a nice amount of youth to rule the flanks. He won the title with Columbus in 2008, so now the time has come to do so with Seattle.
The Sounders will have to find a way to adjust to life without some of their starters when they go on World Cup duty come June. They have enough depth on the bench, but using them in the right way will be truly important. In the absence of the better players, this team will have to test their character by relying on one another to fill in those voids.