Sounders focused on positives despite two games with no goals
Sounders FC's offense is off to a slow start, but no one on the team is hitting any panic buttons quite yet.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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TUKWILA — Sounders FC's offensive production to start the season needs little explanation.
Two games. No goals.
"I mean, obviously we haven't scored; I can read the score line as well as anybody else," said coach Sigi Schmid. "We just haven't been dangerous consistently ... and I don't think we've been as effective as we can be. We're still getting our rhythm and so forth, and it'll get better."
Dating to preseason, Seattle has gone 282 straight minutes without a goal.
Offense was always going to be a worry without forward Fredy Montero, the franchise's leading scorer who was loaned to Colombia's Millonarios for the 2013 season.
No replacement has been acquired yet, as the pursuit of Nigerian international Obafemi Martins has dragged out for a couple weeks. Martins has expressed his desire to become a Sounder, though his current team, Spain's Levante UD, doesn't want to let him go easily.
In the meantime, however, it's impossible to judge Seattle's pair of 1-0 losses evenly.
A CONCACAF Champions League game Wednesday against the Mexican league leader, Tigres UANL, was a one-sided affair, but the Sounders earned 15 shots in last week's season-opening defeat to Montreal, which included one shot denied by the post and another by the crossbar.
Forward Eddie Johnson, who set a franchise record with 14 goals last season, had six of those shots against the Impact and said panic isn't setting in yet.
"If I wasn't getting opportunities, then it'd be a completely different story," Johnson said. "I think from a team standpoint ... it's frustrating going two games without winning, but we've got to look at the positive: We've only conceded two goals. In the first game, we created chances. Then we went down against the best team in Mexico and we came out with a 1-0 deficit."
Schmid was also bothered with the goal allowed in Wednesday's loss in Mexico. He felt a 74th-minute score by Tigres forward Alan Pulido should've been disallowed due to a teammate being in an offside position.
FIFA rules allow for players to be offside if they don't affect the play, but that's not how Schmid saw it.
"I think the player drew the attention of the defense and the attention of the goalkeeper, and therefore it should've been offside," he said. "I mean, the ball was hit too close to him for him not to be part (of the play)."
Solo to be out longer
Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo will be out about twice as long as previously expected following surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist Thursday.
The Richland native and U.S. national team star was initially thought to be out six to eight weeks, but recovery will actually be closer to three to four months, according to U.S. Soccer.
Solo, 31, is likely to miss the first half of the upcoming NWSL season.
"We were all pleased to learn that Hope is expected to make a full recovery and that she should be available for our push toward the playoffs," Reign FC general manager Amy Carnell said in a news release.
• About 16,000 tickets have been sold for Tuesday's home leg of the CCL quarterfinal against Tigres UANL. Plenty of seats are still available through Ticketmaster, SoundersFC.com or by calling 877-657-4625.
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