Sounders aren’t satisfied with another playoff berth
By Sigi Schmid
The Cascadia Cup competition continues this week with Portland. We are very close to a sellout, so buy those remaining tickets and let’s make this a sellout.
I knew this year that defending the Cascadia Cup title was going to be more difficult. The way the schedule worked out we had four games on the road and only two at home. Portland got four at home and two away. But we are right there to defend our title. We need to win on Sunday and then get some help from Vancouver. We are ready and cannot wait to take the field on Sunday.
Last week we clinched a playoff spot for the fourth year in a row and also got our first shutout in a while. That was the good news, but we also got shut out and we are not happy about that. We had chances, with Evans, Johnson, Montero, Parke and Zakuani getting close. This week we need to convert those chances to goals.
Even though we are going to the playoffs again, there is a resolve that I sense in this team that we want to accomplish more than last year. When we made the playoffs there were no celebrations like last year because that is not our end goal.
We have three home games in a row and want to maximize our points in those games. It starts Sunday with Portland. You buy the tickets and we will win the game. There is a lot of pride in our attacking players and they do not want to get shut out again. Thanks again for all your support and noise at all our home games. Let’s keep the Cascadia Cup in Seattle.