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In the 5th minute, midfielder Christian Roldan struck a volley with lightning precision into the Houston Dynamo net. The shot would be reminiscent of last weeks goal against Minnesota as Roldan hit the game equalizing goal from about the same distance.
“It gives me a lot of confidence, a lot of leeway, especially within my teammates,” Roldan said of shooting from distance. “My teammates think that I can score from outside the box all the time now.”
The goal would be all the Sounders would need as they negated the Dynamo offense for the rest of the game allowing just 1 shot on goal. Houston had been on a torrid start with a 6-1-1 record with 3 games in hand. The loss keeps Houston just behind Seattle in the standings and Saturday night saw the return of striker Raul Ruidiaz. The Peruvian had a heel injury that he had suffered in a draw at Vancouver on March 30. Last week, Raul made a late appearance as a sub, and today, seemed a bit miffed that he was pulled in the 73rd minute.
“He hadn’t seen the ball all game and he had that chance and he misses,” Schmetzer said of Ruidiaz’s frustration. “Guys get frustrated when they miss shots. Guys are competitive and I love it. I love it when they show emotion on their sleeve.”