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

By Aaron Campeau




SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 02: Brad Evans #3, of the Seattle Sounders, stands on the field at the end of the game with Montreal Impact players congratulating themselves at CenturyLink Field on March 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington
SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 02: Brad Evans #3, of the Seattle Sounders, stands on the field at the end of the game with Montreal Impact players congratulating themselves at CenturyLink Field on March 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington

In terms of performance vs. expectation, this was as bad a showing for the Sounders as we've seen in quite some time. It was an ugly, messy display, and after a pre-season in which this team looked quite often unbeatable; it was an unpleasant reminder of how much different things are once the games begin to count.

And yet, it took a world-class goal and two shots striking the woodwork to keep the Sounders from earning three points. This was a Sounders team without their best midfielder, two of their first-choice defenders, and the potentially incoming Designated Player at striker that may very well make the decision to ship out both Fredy Montero and Christian Tiffert look like a master stroke.

None of those things excuse the performance or the result, but on a night where the majority of the team's regulars played well below par and Montreal's "experienced" core looked to be once again in their prime, the difference was a goal that will likely go down as one of the season's best. This isn't a performance that Sounders fans should be especially happy with, but it isn't one that should meaningfully shift anyone's expectations, either.