SKC’s First Loss at HomeBy: Morpheus | August 6th, 2011
I had a professor in college that told the class that the day that he returned tests he would not discuss the results of the test and he would not take any questions about the test for 24 hours. He said in the first 24 hours of receiving upsetting news your response will be emotional. After that 24 hours you will be able to approach things with a clear mind. This is why I don’t usually write about a game on the same day that it is played. But, today I am throwing that idea out the window…
Seattle Sounders are a good team with some very good players. I consider Sigi to be one of the best managers ever in MLS. And their ability to push late into games and to find energy when opposing teams are tired has helped them on more than one occasion and tonight was no different. They were able to turn the tide on a Sporting KC team that had looked dominate at home. And the Sounders were able to find 2 goals late in the game to give SKC their first loss at home this season and to end SKC’s 14 MLS game unbeaten streak.
But, Seattle did it with a little help from a player that I haven’t liked even in his days playing with the New England Revolution. That player is Pat Noonan. Most people might see him as a player that works hard on the pitch for every ball but in my opinion he is a sloppy and sometimes dirty player. Tonight he showed his true colors.
Lets set the play up for this. This game was physical from the beginning. With both teams showing they were willing to go in strong on a tackle even if that meant going through a player. With this tone being set early the referee had to make a lot of calls early on to keep the game in check. And in the first half he did a very good job of keeping the game from getting out of control. In the second half Pat Noonan received the ball about 25 yards away from SKC’s goal. Omar Bravo comes in from the side and makes a slide tackle. Bravo feet go between Noonan’s legs making no contact with Noonan and dispossessing Noonan of the ball. As soon as Noonan realizes he has lost the ball he flies into the air as if Bravo had just broken Noonan’s leg. This resulted in Bravo being ejected from the game, but this isn’t where it ends. Bravo then goes over to Noonan to help him up knowing that he made no contact with Noonan. I am sure there were some choice words from Bravo since he was just ejected because of a dive by Noonan. But, Noonan then jumps (like someone had just lit his shorts on fire) and attempts to headbutt Bravo. Was it a weak attempt to headbutt, yes, but it was still an attempt to strike an opponent. But there was nothing done to Noonan. He again got off without even a warning. It was this incident that changed the course of the game.
SKC had played really well up to that point even with the first half injury to Jeferson that forced SKC to make an early substitution. By the end of the game SKC looked really tired playing with only 10 men for 30 minutes in 90+ degree temps with humidity that pushed the heat index over 100 even at after the sun went down. Sassano played great coming on for Jeferson but he was injured around the 88th minute in a knee to knee collision that looks to be very serious. SKC didn’t have any subs left so he had to stay on the field but he couldn’t even walk let alone chase down a ball. I will say it one more time Diop is one of the worst players on this team when it comes to defending. His lazy slide tackles created space for Seattle to get their first goal of the game. But, on a plus side Sapong came into this game after getting a break in the last game and didn’t miss a beat. He created lots of space and was a threat going forward every time. Also, Seth Sinovic was amazing both defensively and especially offensively. His overlapping runs with Bravo where constantly frustrating Seattle and created more than one scoring opportunity.
Overall, SKC looked really good this game and they didn’t deserve to lose this way. But, I knew that the steak would have to come to an end some time, but I was hoping that it would come from a hard fought game not from Noonan and his pathetic theatrics. There is no telling what would have happened if Bravo wouldn’t have been sent off and we will never know. And now thanks to Pat Noonan, Bravo will have to sit out another game and all we can do is hope that MLS fines Noonan the same way they fined Saborio and Davies for their acting.