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Three things about Seattle's 2-1 defeat to Celaya FC

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It was a rough start, but there were hopeful signs.

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One player comes out of the most recent loss in Arizona perfectly suited for Seattle Sounders new 4-3-3, plus Jordan Morris played his first Sounders game as a pro.

Joevin Jones

In his postgame presser, Sigi said that Joevin (like most of the team) struggled the first 20 minutes before buckling down and playing some good soccer. While I can't say for sure that the rest of the team shrugged off their Arizona doldrums, Jones did find himself with a good overall performance. The Jones we've seen so far is exactly the player the Sounders needed to replace Leo Gonzalez/ Oniel Fisher; a young player with the composure to play defense and the speed to contribute in a 4-3-3 attack. As the only change to the expected starting XI from the end of last season, Jones appears to be a worthy choice.

Andreas Ivanschitz

It was an uneven game for the Austrian Beckham, with a mix of good and bad free kicks, uneven positioning and ultimately an assist on the only goal the team scored. It's hard to be too tough on a player who was among the few involved in the attack, but it isn't yet clear if he's a good fit for the new formation. Defense has never been his strong suit, but it's going to be rough on the back line if he can't stop second-division Mexican reserves from doing exactly what they want every time.

Jordan Morris

Did you skip the last two players to get to Morris? Take a moment of shame, then come back for the next sentence.

Morris was the only substitution at the beginning of the second half, greeted with jubilation by the stadium's PA staff and a round of applause by the ~1,300 in attendance. (Adding "saw Jordan Morris in first professional club appearance" to resume.) He manned the right forward spot and didn't have positional issues. Morris was (possibly incorrectly) called offside on one run and had solid interplay with Tyrone Mears and others along the right side. He occasionally drifted across the field as well (not sure if this was a coaching request or not.) While there were one or two goal-dangerous situations, Morris mostly threatened through possession.