How bad are things going for the Seattle Sounders?
Fifty seconds in their match at the LA Galaxy, they took the lead on a goal by Chad Barrett,
starting because stars Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey are both injured. The goal ended a 363-minute scoreless streak,
the longest stretch without a goal in Seattle history, but did not signal an end to the Sounders' misfortunes.
Barrett had to leave the game shortly thereafter because he injured his hamstring celebrating the goal, and the Sounders went on to suffer a 3-1
defeat, its club record fifth in a row.
Considering all the injuries -- Dempsey was lost with a hamstring injury suffered in practice on Friday and captain Osvaldo Alonso was sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in the 3-0 loss to Vancouver a week ago -- Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said the
Sounders performed well against the Galaxy.
"That is their whole team," he said of the Galaxy. "There is nobody else they could put out there that they didn't put out there today. I
thought we made them work for everything they got. A little disappointed that the couple of goals we gave up. A little disappointed with a couple of goals that we should have had that we didn't do
well enough with chances and goals change games."
Luck continued to elude the Sounders.
"We score a goal early on and we lose a guy with a hamstring pull," added Schmid.
"When it rains it pours, and it continues to do that.”
Said Zach Scott, who has been with the Sounders since their launch in MLS in 2009,
“At this point, I am not shocked with anything that has happened. The injuries have come in completely bizarre ways but what can you do other than just move on with it?"