SEATTLE – The Seattle Sounders snapped their losing streak with a dramatic 2-1 win at home against the Colorado Rapids. Aside from about six seconds in the opening minutes, the Sounders were, by just about every margin, the better team. Colorado’s first goal was as frustrating as it was early on. Jonathan Lewis made a completely unmarked run between Yeimar and Alex Roldan, who had both ducked inside, then took a throw-in around Stefan Frei and finished in the empty net in the 3rd minute.
From there, Seattle put pressure on the palette until Jordan Morris finally found the breakthrough. In the 43rd minute, Will Bruin was fouled near midfield and Nico Lodeiro took the free kick quickly, playing a nice change to Jimmy Medranda who was running into space on the right. Medranda slipped the ball for Morris, and Morris took care of the rest with a calm chip over William Yarbrough to level the score.
The second half started just as well as the first, as Kelyn Rowe received his second yellow card of the match just two minutes into the half. With Seattle down to 10 men, Colorado struggled to capitalize on their advantage – going from around 25% possession in the first half to nearly 45% by the end of the game – but the Sounders had the best odds and made their best chance count.
Around the 70th minute, Albert Rusnák delivered one of the finest passes you are likely to see for a rushing Jordan Morris. Morris walked into the box and fired a right-footed shot that goalkeeper William Yarbrough was able to save, but gave up a rebound that Morris was the first to do. Yarbrough took out Morris, earning a penalty which Lodeiro calmly finished. The result ends a three-game losing streak, marking the first win since winning in Toronto three weeks ago. The team now has the opportunity to start a winning streak as they travel to face LAFC on Friday, July 29.
3′ — Jonathan Lewis opens the scoring for Colorado. His run splits Yeimar and Alex Roldan, and he rounds Stefan Frei before finishing in an empty net. 0-1 quick
ten’ – Jordan Morris makes a good move to open up space to shoot inside the box, but a defender gets a body in front of the effort.
12′ — Yeimar picks a bad time to advance, earning a header but leaving Xavier Arreaga unsupported as Colorado attacks. Arreaga is able to take it out for a corner.
17′ — Nico Lodeiro is the closest of any Sounders so far, putting his shot from high above the box over the bar after deft play from Morris and Albert Rusnák to set it up.
20′ — Kelyn Rowe nearly set up the equalizer, slotting in a great cross for Morris, but the ensuing header in the corner was saved by William Yarbrough.
37′ — Morris came close to scoring again, this time flushing a few defenders inside the box then hitting a shot that squirted under Yarbrough but the keeper was able to grab the rebound.
41′ — Yeimar almost scores twice in seconds! First his shot from a scramble from a corner is blocked, then his header bounces off the turf and onto the bar.
43′ — Jordan Morris! Lodeiro quickly fires a free kick, playing Jimmy Medranda behind. Medranda feeds Morris with a clever touch and Morris sends the GK to the far post! 1-1
47′ — Kelyn Rowe receives a second caution for delaying a Colorado throw-in. The sounders will play the rest of the game with 10 players.
60′ — Morris cuts from the left and drives to the center to the top of the box before unleashing a shot that almost slips before the GK corrals it.
69′ — Morris again! He nearly beats Yarbrough after running on a nice through ball from Rusnák, then gets knocked out by the GK as he heads for the loose ball. PK for Seattle.
71′ — Objective! Nico Lodeiro steps up the penalty and puts it on Yarbrough as he guesses the right path but can’t stop the shot. Pollsters lead! 2-1
Unleash the full power of Jordan Morris: Against Colorado, Morris was an absolute threat. He was a dangerous and frequent option, catching a goal and getting a penalty while contributing 7 of the team’s 17 total shots and adding 3 key assists. On the wing, Morris showed the kind of tenacity that some say has been lacking at times this season, repeatedly clashing with defenders and looking for shooting opportunities. In the absence of Raúl Ruidíaz, goals are rare and Morris reminded the league tonight that he was more than capable of delivering them.
That’s why you play Rusnák in central midfield: Albert Rusnák is a fantastic player, and you could probably put him anywhere on the pitch and he would find a way to impact the game. Tonight, with Cristian Roldan covering all manner of ground around him and popping up to facilitate possession and attacking, Rusnák was able to repeatedly step forward in possession and transition moments to look ahead and pick the best pass possible to trigger a dangerous attack. . That led directly to the penalty, and more than a few other instances that left the Rapids scrambling. Rusnák’s ability to penetrate the opposition’s weak spaces in midfield from his deepest position, often unchecked as opposing 6 runs Lodeiro or one of the other attacking kids, has a deeply unsettling effect on the defenses, not to mention his ability to see and hit a pass.
Stop skidding: Brian Schmetzer, Cristian Roldan and Jimmy Medranda all spoke about the feelings leading up to this game with a three-game losing streak on the back and the relief of finally getting a win. The staff changed the approach to training, moving to a lower volume but higher intensity training program before the match. Schmetzer made some personnel changes and dropped Cristian Roldan in central midfield. The team got off to a rocky start with the opening goal, but recovered and came away with a well-deserved victory. Now is the time to add to the count.
This pass deserved a help, but setting up a PK is also very good.
“The impact of this victory and the way we won should reaffirm to opponents or anyone who thought we were happy with ccl, should watch this performance.” – schmetzer
— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) July 24, 2022
20 – The Sounders have won 20 games more than Colorado, winning 59 to 39 games.
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