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Five things we learned from the Seattle Sounders 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact

By Aaron Campeau




CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Osvaldo Alonso #6 of the Seattle Sounders controls the ball in front of David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy in Leg One of the Western Conference Championship at The Home Depot Center on November 11, 2012 in Carson, California
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Osvaldo Alonso #6 of the Seattle Sounders controls the ball in front of David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy in Leg One of the Western Conference Championship at The Home Depot Center on November 11, 2012 in Carson, California

Brad Evans and Andy Rose both had solid games in the center of Seattle's midfield, but neither is capable of shielding the defense and shifting the team straight into attack at Alonso's level. Montreal's goal--as well as several of their better chances--came from a softness in midfield that isn't typically evident when Alonso is in the team, and Seattle's tendency to revert to long-ball tactics without a reliable safety valve goes a long way towards explaining the side's lack of explosiveness in the attack. Alonso was for several years one of the more undervalued players in MLS and though the league has largely come around to recognizing his importance to the team, Seattle's weakness in two of the more important aspects of the game underlines just how vital he is to their success.