Created on 04 Mar, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
Osvaldo Alonso is the heart and soul of this Sounders team
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.