April 20, 2012

Sounders off to best start ever

So the Sounders FC aren't exactly a storied franchise yet... they've been around for just a few years but believe it or not, they're off to the best start in team history.

For Sounders FC, it sounds like the recipe for a slow start to the MLS season. Instead, Seattle is 3-1-1 — the best record after five games in the franchise's young history — heading into a bye this weekend.

Surprisingly, the Sounders have done it using 19 different starters, tied with D.C. United for the most in the league. The Sounders have used a different starting lineup in each MLS game.

"That's an impressive stat," said defender Zach Scott, the unlikely hero in the 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday, "but you can see that from years past: The guys we've put in reserve games, the guys we've put in Open Cups, Champions League — this team is deep. The front office does a great job of finding guys who can start on other teams. Basically, we've got two starting groups."

Their defense has been incredible so far, and that's how you win soccer games. Much like baseball or football you're going to always run into games where you can't score. If you have a great defense, then when you have those games you still have a chance to win because the other team isn't scoring either. However, one thing the Sounders shouldn't do is sub in Brandon League in the latter stages of the game.

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