Seattle 1-2 Portland. Goals by Ryan Johnon, Darlington Nagbe, and Ozzie Alonso. Seattle had more of the ball early on and late, and they created loads of chances. In the middle of the match, I think Portland was better. Portland was more clinical as well.
Sigi made countless formation changes last nightl. Maybe formation change isn't the right term, he was definitely shuffling players around though desperately trying to find the best possible combination.
He started with
Seattle had zero width, and that helped lead to Portland's first goal, letting Jewsbury go up the right flank and deliver a cross to Johnson.
First sub was Mauro Rosales for Scott. Evans went back to right back, Negle went to right mid, Dempsey went up top, and Rosales in the middle.
That didn't work well, cause Portland scored about 3 or 4 minutes later. So then Sigi brought on Shalrie Joseph (?) for Moffat. This again changed things up. Joseph went central, Neagle went wide left, and Rosales wide right.
Then finally Burch came on for Gonzalez, a straight swap at left back, though Burch is clearly the more offensive of the two.
Seattle went from a narrow RSL style 4-4-2 diamond, to a wide 4-4-2 diamond, to a classic 4-4-2 in the end.
Seattle's problem have started (and it's not a coincidence) since Dempsey came in. 5 wins, 1 draws, and 5 losses with Clint (10 wins, 6 draws, 7 losses without Clint).
Record with Dempsey:
Starter - 3 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses
Substitute - 2 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss
Total - 5 wins, 1 draws, 5 losses
Without - 10 wins, 6 draws, 7 losses
4 losses with Dempsey in the starting lineup :eekani: I'm not completely blaming Dempsey, but his introduction has thrown off everything Seattle was building up all year. He's not a #10, he's not a winger, he's not a striker. He's a bit like Federico Higuain for Columbus that way, but the team has been built around Higuain with the sole intent of making him 'the man'. Dempsey has just been plugged in, and it hasn't worked IMO. He has 1 goal and 0 assists I believe. Obafimi Martins hasn't really worked out either tbf, and the defense isn't really that great.
I think Seattle is out tbh, Portland won't lose at home. Seattle will have to choose between Sigi and Deuce, and we all know who will win that battle. I could see Seattle trying to bring in someone like Bob Bradley maybe. Big name coach with championship experience.