It’s now almost 48 hours since Alvaro Fernandez scored his first goal since rejoining the Seattle Sounders, and I can’t stop thinking about that gorgeous buildup. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer called it “probably the best team goal we scored this year”, and that still feels like an understatement.
The final few touches are the best part, but the full buildup is what makes it such a great team goal.
The buildup starts in the Sounders’ end when Stefan Frei catches a cross and quickly rolls it to Joevin Jones, who dribbles it deep into the Real Salt Lake end. A series of quick passes follows before
Osvaldo Alonso Erik Friberg opens up the play with a beautiful switch to Tyrone Mears, whose first touch is a well placed, outside-of-the-boot pass to Cristian Roldan.
Then it really gets good, as Roldan one-touches a backheel back to Mears, who puts in a great cross to Jordan Morris. Morris takes a first-touch backheel of his own to Fernandez at the back post for an easy finish.
In all, eight players touch the ball and there are 10 passes. What might be most impressive is that Nicolas Lodeiro is the only offensive player not to get a touch in the sequence.
The buildup in all its glory: