By Aaron Campeau
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.