Facing a talented but struggling Columbus Crew and having already dropped six points at home, the Seattle Sounders faced what was pretty close to a must-win game on Saturday. The first half was a bit of a struggle, as the Crew missed a couple great chances to take the lead. But the Sounders absolutely dominated the second half, bossing possession and putting the Crew on their back foot.
The pressure finally paid off in the 88th minute. That's when Erik Friberg found Joevin Jones down the wing almost completely unmarked. Jones sent in a cross that Oalex Anderson hit first time, forcing Steve Clark into an awkward save. The rebound came out to Jordan Morris, whose left-footed shot ricocheted off Michael Parkhurst and found the back of the net.
It was Morris' third goal in as many games, but easily his most important. This one puts the Sounders on 10 points in eight games, just three points behind sixth place Sporting Kansas City with a game in hand.
As dominant as the Sounders were in the second half, though, they were playing the opposite role for much of the first 45. The Crew had the Sounders under intense pressure and had several golden opportunities to score. On one, Stefan Frei made a rather ridiculous kick save from a Federico Higuain shot. Frei also came up big on shot from Higuain inside the penalty area. The Crew's best chance, though, came from Ethan Finlay got behind the defense but hit his shot wide of the mark.
The Sounders had their chances, too. Cristian Roldan nearly scored his first goal, but a 20-yard blast went just wide. Zach Scott also had a good look at goal, but he elected to cross an open header rather than put it on frame.