Seattle Sounders FC enter the Copa America break with a strong 2-nil road win. It was the tactical and player shifts of the second half that anchored the win. With only two subs available Sigi Schmid inserted Joevin Jones for a bit of attacking flash. That move paid off big time as Joevin's play was responsible for both goals.
Jones entered for Andreas Ivanschitz at the 74th minute as Sigi Schmid looked to awaken an offense that became passive and long ball dependent. Joevin provided a speed boost, but again his passing did not connect. But his flashing into the area created the space to shoot. Bill Hamid's save fell to Jordan Morris. Jordan Morris did what Jordan Morris does, scoring a goal in the 79th minute.
Later, in the 83rd Joevin probably cemented his place as an attacking player. Osvaldo Alonso picked up a defensive error and Joevin burst into space and slotting a goal on his own.
In the first half Tony Alfaro had to enter the match due to an injury to a starting centerback, again. It was the 40th minute, again. This time it was Zach Scott injured so Alfaro would play partnered with Brad Evans in the second half.
The best chances for Seattle in the first half came just minutes prior when both Jordan Morris and Andreas Ivanschitz failed to convert their opportunities. Quite early in the game Cristian Roldan nearly opened his account.
Cristian Roldan almost puts it in near the far post pic.twitter.com/5kDJ7y2fGm— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) June 2, 2016
Seattle now has a couple weeks to re-assess their season, and heal. It is possible that when they play the Red Bulls on June 19th Torres, Evans, Marshall, Anderson, Valdez and Dempsey are all with the squad.