It’s October, which means fall is all around us. Leaves are turning that crackly shade of orange, pumpkins are springing up on doorsteps across the country and the Sounders have flipped the switch to “incomprehensible.” Ah fall. Can always count on your inevitable tides.
Every year, historically around the time the USOC ends, the Sounders start scuffling in one way or another. The exact timing is always a little different, but it usually happens around the turn of October. This week, it’s hitting hard. The Sounders have given up nine goals in their last two games, 5-1 and 4-1 losses that have made the Sounders look vaguely like TFC with more fans. The latter beating, a Cascadia crumpling at the hands of Vancouver capped by that Reo Coker 70-yard lung-burner up there, happened at home. That snapped Seattle’s 14-game home unbeaten run at a time when the Sounders were chasing a Supporter’s Shield. Eh.
The Sounders’ late-season record down the years is actually fair. Since 2009, Seattle has had a winning record every individual season from September through November, which still includes this year at 3-2-2. Over that span, the Sounders are 31-19-12 since their expansion year. Which, on balance, is a pretty good rate of return when the schedule turns to its most important fixtures.
But a closer inspection reveals what Sounders fans already know with painful accuracy – the team’s forte in big games is still lost in the mail. A 3-3-1 lifetime record in the month of November when previous results had been considerably more positive isn’t cutting it.
The Sounders’ remaining regular season schedule isn’t particularly cheery news, either. At Portland (oof), at FC Dallas, home to the Galaxy. Two Cascadia games in five days? Good luck Sounders. Historically speaking, you’ll need it this time of year.