Sammy Ochoa sat in the Sounders FC locker room disconsolately after his side’s aggregate elimination to the LA Galaxy.
He was very honest and self-analytic about what was on his mind, especially his frustration about the similarities to last year’s exit:
“It’s a tough loss. I think we lost the game in LA. The same way we did last year. I think that we should have learned something from last year. Obviously we didn’t and we’re out. A mistake at the back, maybe a better call. I’m just going to rest, think about what we did and come out next year.”
Most fans and observers feel that going a round further in MLS and breaking the play-off curse was progress in itself.
But not Ochoa who we asked if he thought the side had made progress over 2011:
“I don’t know. I don’t think so. If we’re not champions, I don’t think we succeeded. This organisation deserves a championship and we got to give it to them. We have to give it more progress to feel good about this because Conference finals.. we don’t care about this. We care about the Championship.
Our goal is the championship. We don’t want t make it to the final and lose.”
Ochoa’s indictment can be taken one of two ways. Firstly, it is proof that this club sets itself very high standards. Secondly, it might be taken as a need to make changes.
What do you think? Did Sounders progress in 2012?