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2009 MLS Season Review: Seattle Sounders

2009 Recap: The Sounders were supposed to be terrible in 2009. After all, SJE, TFC and RSL had all been terrible before them as recent MLS newbies. But Sigi Schmidt didn’t want to repeat history, he wanted to make it. So, he built a winning team in his first year (12-7-11). The Sounders didn’t play like guys who had never played together before. In fact, they showed some of the league’s best chemistry. If not for one Ching goal, they could have gone further too. 

Top Players: Kasey Keller was amazing in goal (2nd best in MLS with 0.92 GAA), but it was young Freddy Montero (12 goals) who became a huge fan favorite. He was the league’s leading shooter, and he suffered the 2nd most fouls as teams hacked him to pieces to try and stop him. Who was fouled more? Well, Freddie Ljungberg actually led the league, but he drew many via his acting skills. Still, the old Swede showed he still had something left in the tank in ’09.

Symbolic Stats: Seattle was good @ home, but that was to be expected because they had the best 12th man in the league. I am talking about their league leading 30,000 average fan attendance of course. What is surprising though is that they were also the 3rd best team on the road, posting a 5-5-5 record. The only place they didn’t finish near the top of the league was in 1 goal games (6-5). I guess it is fitting then that they were eliminated 1-0 by the Dynamo.

2009 MLS Season Review:

  • Chicago Fire
  • Chivas USA
  • Colorado Rapids
  • Columbus Crew
  • DC United
  • FC Dallas
  • Houston Dynamo
  • Kansas City Wizards
  • LA Galaxy
  • New England Revolution
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Real Salt Lake
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Toronto FC
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  • Julio December 14, 2011, 8:10 pm

    I agree that Pizarro go to Inter, he is a scorer net can make a big season at Inter, in the short term if a solution is cheap, makes goals, not hurt much

  • MICHAEL December 11, 2011, 11:59 am

    i would like to see inter sign oscar cardozo from fc benfica and or eduardo vargas as strike partners for the future of inter milan and also sign midfielder chiek tiote from newcastle united hes very strong tackling ball winner who plays like a young yaya toure and in centre defence bring in ottamendi from fc benfica i lke his game we must sell millito i dont like pazzinni but we must keep him due to how much he cost us so return zarate sell cambiasso,muntarri,stankovich,chievo,samual and renochiaa i think he is to soft and weak

  • superquinnbag December 8, 2011, 3:36 am

    Really???? Claudio Pizarro???Is this the type of investment that Inter need?No offence to Pizarro but even at the height of his powers he can’t be considered worthy of a starting berth in nerazzurri colours but at 33 years of age surely this is a joke in poor taste.Is this where we are now?

    • David December 9, 2011, 4:16 pm

      I agree. Inter need a younger, more athletic striker. Pizarro is a short term fix. Not a long term solutiuon

    • akabeast December 11, 2011, 9:54 am

      I just want to point out that both Milito and Forlan are just as old at Pizarro, and they both have scored 61 and 48 goals less than Claudio, respectively, in their football careers; and I bet that if this article was on re-signing either one of those players, you would say “YES, IS THAT EVEN A QUESTION?”

      I sense WAY too much pride on Inter. You just dont want a someone who is NOT a superstar to wear the colors of a simply above average team.

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