Sounders right back Brad Evans says the team’s game Saturday versus Real Salt Lake is a “must win” affair they have to use as a home springboard to turn their season back around.
Fewer than three months into the Major League Soccer season and veteran right back Brad Evans says his Sounders face a “must win” game on Saturday against Real Salt Lake.
The Sounders are coming off a pair of road losses in which they got outscored a combined 7-1 and fell to 2-5-4 on the season, good only for second-to-last place in the Western Conference. And while there’s still plenty of season to go, it risks getting late real early unless the Sounders can start winning games — especially at home.
“Without really talking about it, this is a must win game for us,” Evans said. “We’ve got to right the ship. It puts pressure on us, but it’s welcomed pressure. We’ve been in this situation before. We should feel that pressure in front of our fans, in our home stadium. That should be the pressure that we feed off of and pushes us to that next level to get out of there with a good result.”
The Sounders would never say so out loud, but Real Salt Lake is exactly the type of team they should be using as a spring board to better things. At 3-7-2, with just one more point than the Sounders, the Salt Lake side has a conference-worst minus-12 goal differential and isn’t exactly a powerhouse.
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Though the Sounders saw their home unbeaten streak end at 14 in a recent 1-0 loss to Toronto, these are exactly the types of games they’ve used to climb out of trouble before. And make no mistake: A side that spent the pre-season talking about how it couldn’t bury itself too deep in another hole like last year finds itself on the verge of serious problems if it can’t start winning home games.
Evans played sparingly in the 4-1 loss in Chicago and 3-0 defeat at Kansas City last week and…