Seattle Sounders Seek to “Close the Deal”

In sales parlance, one of the key phrases throughout the years has been to “close the deal.”

One of the key indicators that separates a poor (or average) sales representative and a stellar one lies in that important closing sequence, when a prospective buyer will say no and walk away or voice acceptance.  Often the narrowest of circumstances make the difference.

The Seattle Sounders can relate to the “close the deal” slogan with so many MLS contests this season. Following solid efforts, Sigi Schmid’s team has endured many ties when victories were at hand, or have seen a win or draw dissipate and defeat result.

The 2010 Sounders season got off on a positive note with an opening 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union before the home patrons.  Seattle had been favored and secured a shutout for good measure.

One week later, on April 3, a game with negative future repercussions saw the Sounders fall to the...

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