MLS: New England Revolution Demolish League-Best Seattle Sounders
The New England Revolution embarrassed the Seattle Sounders by a score of 5-0 in Major League Soccer action. Seattle rode a five-game winning streak before today’s mauling in Massachusetts. Lucky for them, the season is still young and they lead the Western Conference. However, any more slip-ups like that could mean trouble for Sigi Schmid‘s men.
Schmid made the mistake of starting Marco Pappa ahead of Kenny Cooper as the American has scored some goals this season whereas the Guatemalan was off his game for the majority of the night. He played wide and at times cut inside the middle to try and thread a pass through to teammates so they could find openings on frame. However, he along with his other teammates were well off their usual form to make it seem like they did not want to play this game.
This was the last game for captain Clint Dempsey as he is headed for the World Cup camp with the United States. It will be interesting to see if he can forget about this horror of a game to lift himself as well as his international teammates in the games building up to the tournament itself.
The Revolution was led by a brace from Diego Fagundez who hit his first two goals of the year in impressive fashion. Patrick Mullins, Teal Bunbury and a Chad Marshall own goal were responsible for the remaining strikes. These were five of the many chances they created against a visibly lazy and fatigued Seattle side that were only in it for the opening minutes of the game. Their focus was nowhere near the level of New England’s.
Coach Jay Heaps worked hard on the counter-attack which worked like a well-oiled machine through Bunbury and Fagundez as they connected ever so sweetly on the Uruguayan’s second goal of the night. If these two can keep gelling together, New England will be a threat in the playoffs later on this year.
This was a game that Seattle will quickly look to forget whereas the winners will hope to build on this as they surely have gained a tremendous amount of confidence and belief in themselves.