Ack! It’s the Sounders Attack

7 shots in the box vs. Montreal, 1 hit the wood work, 1 shot blocked, 2 shots on target, forcing a save by the keeper, 3 completely miss frame.

4 shots in the box vs. Portland, 1 goal, 1 shot blocked, 1 on target, 1 missing the frame

7 shots in the box vs. San Jose, 3 shots blocked by defenders, 2 on target, 2 off target

6 shots in the box vs. Salt Lake, 1 goal, 3 shots on target, 2 more, again, off target

For those of you scoring at home, that’s a total of 24 shots inside the 18 yard box. Of which we’ve scored a total of 2 goals, forced 8 saves had our shots blocked 5 times and seen 8 complete misses. Or whatever arithmetic that coincidentally adds up to suck.

Those of you that had to count that up the summation in your mind and found one missing (23 mentions of 24 shots) I didn’t mention the Eddie Johnson post rattler against Montreal. I had to come clean or risk the possibly of someone possibly responding to me.

Okay, we knew already that the Sounders already had done a rather rigious and terrible job of finishing off chances. But, here is my point and I’ll try to keep it short. They’ve done a losey job at making the keeper work.

I talked about how Gspurning parried all 7 of the shots he stop on Saturday. Unfortunately one of those came free and ended up in the back of the net. This, again, isn’t about how poor a keeper the Austian is for the Sounders, but rather the fact that RSL made him work and Findley found a way to create a goal because of it.

It’s obvious with the pieces that we have that the goal will eventually come. Between EJ, Martins, Zakuani, Mario Martinez and Rosales, this club isn’t hurting for attacking talent. It’s all there and really at this point it’s just about making good on the chances that are being created.

As it stands, the attack has put together 29 key passes into the attacking third. A long the same lines they’ve also created by Opta standards, 3 ‘Big Chances’ and on the other side of the coin had 3 ‘Big Chances Fluffed’.

The guys in mid-field, Zak & Mauro specifically (7 key passes to 6), have done a ‘heck-uva-job’ putting the opportunities together and it’s frustrating seeing our forwards not able to do what is needed to us take home points.

Let’s take a deep breath for now and readdress it when/if  we experience another few games in-a row like how the season has started.

Topics: Mauro Rosales, Michael Gspurning, Steve Zakuani

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