Many people thought Seattle was in for a tough match against Austin on Thursday night. Missing 10 first team players, starting (literal) teenagers by the handful. With maybe any other coach, I’d have thought this was a rout in the making. But something about the way this team plays for THIS coach, the way they have pulled out improbable results prior, the system that promotes a culture of winning, and a group that doesn’t leak goals, gave me actual hope pre-match. When Seattle left the building with my predicted 1-0 win, they had played a fantastic match in an unorthodox but effective manner.