Depleted Sounders squad gets road win against TFC 2-1

Depleted Sounders squad gets road win against TFC 2-1

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The Seattle Soudners were down several players this Wednesday; however, they found a way to get a gutsy 2-1 win over Toronto FC. When looking up and down the lineup, the first observation by fans on both sides was that TFC had the better starting 11 suited up. Missing Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Kim Kee-Hee, Osvaldo Alanso, and Nico Lodeiro the Sounders could be excused for trying to park the bus and escape with a tie. But this evening the TFC faithful would see their own team stumble over themselves and a veteran Sounder squad take advantage.

“The boys put it in tonight,” said head coach Brian Schmetzer. “They worked, they ran, they covered a lot of ground. They had to because Toronto was good at what they do. But [we] stuck to the game plan [and the] scoreline was in our favor.”

Without the services of many of his star players, Schmetzer called an audible and went to a 5-4-1 formation. This formation is nothing like the 4-4-2 diamond that they ran earlier this season as they held 5 defenders to try and slow down the attack of the 5’4 Italian phenom Sebastian Giovinco. And it worked.

Last week, Columbus did the same thing to the Sounders after getting a red card. The goal was to absorb a lot of shots but pack the box with defenders to reduce goals. TFC got off an astounding 24 shots with 7 on target. The Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei stopped all but one of the attempts.

In the 25th minute however, Will Bruin would find himself immensely open and fired a 1 on 1 goal against the TFC goalie from the box. Toronto would get their chances and eventually tie up the game on a Jonathan Osorio goal just before the half.

Handwalla Bwana would make a name for himself this eventing though with his 1st MLS goal. The homegrown talent would give the Rave green 3 points that had almost seen unimaginable earlier that day. The Kenyan refugee overcame hardship eventually moving to Seattle as a kid. He would go to Ballard High School, climb his way to the University of Washington, then eventually the Sounders. Bwana’s path was similar to DeAndrew Yedlin and Jordan Morris and everyone in Seattle is proud to welcome him officially to the heart of the Rave Green nation.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.