The Seattle Sounders went 3-0 to begin the season, a first in franchise history. Once again the Sounders out-classed and over-matched their opponent as they defeat the Chicago Fire by a score of 4-2.
— Noah Riffe (@NoahRiffe) March 16, 2019
Seattle came out of the gates on fire, so to speak, with an 8th minute Victor Rodriguez goal followed quickly in the 15th minute by Jordan Morris. Victor would earn a penalty in the 49th minute that would be converted by Nico Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz would add the cherry on top in the 88th minute for a 4th goal.
Ruidiaz’s goal would be the 3rd straight game with a goal. In 17 games with the Sounders, Ruidiaz now has 13 goals on 23 shots on goal. And going back to last year, the Sounders have now scored 2 goals in 15 of the last 19 regular season games and have scored 3 or more in 8 of the last 14 games.
Jordan Morris chipped in a goal and scored an assist marking his return to dominance in a stolen 2018 season. While much of the offense focuses on the left side of the pitch, Morris has been deadly when opponents sleep on him. Jordan’s cross to Victor initiated the scoring, and Lodeiro delivered a perfect ball to meet Morris’s run through the channel as Seattle doubled its lead. The US Men’s National Team best take note that Morris is back with a vengeance.
“When I was rehabbing, that was a big focus of mine to get back healthy and make my way back in the [USMNT] squad,” Morris said post game. “So I’m really excited.”
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 16, 2019
Goalkeeper Stefan Frei would be called into service as though the final score showed Sounder dominance it was in large part to his constant refutation of Chicago’s attack. Yes, two goals were given up by the Sounders, however, neither were his fault. An absent-minded Sounder defense fell asleep with a 3-0 lead and were in essence trying to run the clock out. In fact, Chicago out-shot the Sounders 25-10 including 12 on target. But Frei would come up big when the defense faltered and hold fast when he was needed the most.
It is difficult not to get excited about these Sounders as they have shaken the trend of tanking the 1st half of the season only to scrape and claw into the playoffs when the mercury rises. It is much too early to declare this the best team in the MLS or team history, but you have to love what you are seeing if you love the Rave Green. The defense has been a hallmark of this team for a decade and it is only now we are seeing a dynamic offense to supplement that defense.
With the rival Vancouver Whitecaps coming up, we will see how this 2019 team plays to the pressure of a border war.