Is Nate Jaqua a Key to a Seattle Sounders Resurgence?

During the first half of the season Seattle Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid has had to frequently piece together patchwork lineups based on numerous injuries sustained by his players.

One of the key losses during this costly phase had been forward Nate Jaqua. 

On July 7 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, WA, Jaqua served notice that he is back and a force to be reckoned with in the second half of the season as he booted home both scores in a 2-0 Seattle win over the L.A. Galaxy in the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition before an enthusiastic sellout throng of 4,512.

Last Sunday night in a 3-1 MLS loss to the host Galaxy, Schmid’s first half lament was that the Seattle defense was notably porous at midfield.  Jaqua was the first change he made as the second half commenced and there was a notable tightening after he entered the match.

Since Jaqua was returning after a lengthy injury, Schmid understandably...

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