Nouhou stumbles, Roldan brothers impress in Sounders’ draw

The Sounders’ season officially started Sunday in Kansas City as the team, down several men due to injury and suspensions, played as a strong, cohesive unit – offensively, at least.

Defensively? They stumbled, with one huge error costing the Sounders their first win of the MLS season.

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The Sounders were up 2-1 when Nouhou was caught upfield after a missed shot on goal. Rather than rush to get back into position, he took his time, almost like he was trying to catch his breath. Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi took advantage and ended up in front of goalkeeper Stefan Frei, one on one, and was able to equalize.

The Sounders ended the game with a draw at 2-2. No one was pleased.

“I’m not happy,” head coach Brian Schmetzer said. “We should have won the game. But that’s how MLS is. You’ve got to credit Zusi for making a play at the end there. I thought that we put enough into the game that we could have come out with the full three points.”

Nouhou had an awful game. He was a liability for the Sounders. But we should resist the urge to overreact.

“Nouhou is extremely talented and will be fine,” Sounders alum Steve Zakuani tweeted. “It’s a part of a long season, peaks and valleys etc. He will be fine. Anyone overreacting doesn’t understand football. It’s one game.”

Zakuani is right. Nouhou is a young player and he will make mistakes. That’s to be expected. The problem was you had a lot of young players out there this weekend, which made his mistakes even worse. He’ll develop.

Speaking of younger players, rookie Alex Roldan earned his first start for the Sounders. Alongside his brother, Cristian Roldan, they were the seventh brother pairing to start an MLS …read more

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