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On Thursday, the Seattle Sounders utterly decimated the San Jose Earthquakes 7-1 in the greatest margin of victory ever for the Seattle Sounders. The Rave Green were reeling a bit after an unfortunate tie against Real Salt Lake and a Rivalry loss to the Portland Timbers. The Sounders however, got back on their horse and rode it to a massacre of the San Jose Earthquakes.
“I was most impressed with their mentality,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said via video conference call with media. “It wasn’t me. It’s wasn’t the coaching staff. It was that group of players in that locker room. I could tell before the game that they were ready.”
The Sounders have always had an issue with San Jose’s defense in the past, however this year the Quakes are at the bottom of the table and they showed why as the Sounders offense cut thru them like a hot knife on butter. Jordan Morris got the party started right as he flew right up the middle of the field past Quakes defenders in the 4th minute for a quick goal.
Minutes later midfielder Jovein Jones tapped a thru pass to Nico Lodiero who redirected to Raul Ruidiaz from inside the goalie box, for an easy goal in the 12th minute. Kelvin Leerdam would get in the swing of things as another Jones led attack allowed Leerdam to score in the 15th minute for a 3-0 lead.
Ruidiaz and Jones would each score a brace and Jao Paulo would knock on in at the 59th minute. Longtime Quakes veteran, and a scourge to the Sounders, Chris Wondolowski would get a garbage time penalty kick goal for his MLS career leading 163rd goal.
The Sounders are now at the top of the MLS West a point ahead of KC and Minnesota and the Sounders boast a +13 goal differential giving them the tiebreaker on those teams.
Major League Soccer on Thursday announced the 2020 schedule and national broadcast details through September. For the red-hot Sounders, fresh off a record-setting victory, that includes three matches against Los Angeles FC, Portland and the L.A. Galaxy to close out the month. Additional 2020 MLS regular-season matches will be announced pending further developments regarding travel protocols.
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