Jordan Morris was the match-winning hero for the fifth time this season on Saturday with the crucial goal to sink the Vancouver Whitecaps. The likely contender for Rookie of the Year bagged his tenth goal in his first full season, and such a reward for his industrious approach and eye for goal would not be unwarranted. Equally warranted is a mention for the Sounders’ signing of the season, Nicholas Lodeiro. The Uruguayan DP acquisition from Boca Juniors back in July has transformed their season, including the assist for Morris’ winner at the weekend. “I told him before the game that he was going to score a goal,” Lodeiro said.
For the Sounders it was their 10th win of the season, in a season that could well be judged on their pre-Schmetzer record, however the interim coach’s record now stands at 4-1-3 since his arrival, and are now at their highest position of the year in 7th, but still 5 points adrift of a playoff spot, with 18 points still to play for. Their upcoming trip to fortress StubHub (LA Galaxy) will be a real test for the Sounders poor away form (2-8-4).
Equally so, Vancouver really needed to win this tie, with defeat leaving them 6 points adrift of 6th place Sporting Kansas City, who were held at home by LA Galaxy, and 1 point behind the Sounders in 8th, having only won once since mid-July. Brown trousers time.