A solitary win over a mediocre Orlando City should not get anyone planning a parade. But considering how bad the Seattle Sounders looked just a couple weeks ago, it’s a massive step in the right direction. Nicolas Lodeiro seems to have unlocked quite a bit of offensive potential and suddenly a playoff run doesn’t look completely out of the question.
Here are some numbers that tell the story:
2 - Jordan Morris picked up two assists and the left goal post was the only thing that kept him from getting at least two more. It was his first multi-assist match of his MLS career and tripled his career total.
3 - Yes, Clint Dempsey scored three goals, but it was also his second Sounders hat trick. No other Sounder has more than one.
5 - The Sounders generated five "big chances" — something Opta defines as "a situation where a player is reasonably expected to score." That’s their second best total, as they created six in the 5-0 win over FC Dallas. Of course, most of those chances against FC Dallas came while facing 10 men. They had three a week ago against the Galaxy, which was their fourth best performance of the season.
12 - The Sounders 12 shots was nowhere near a season best but that all of them came from inside the penalty area and from dangerous angles was very encouraging. That total was also the second highest total from inside the penalty area, with the July 9 match against the LA Galaxy (14) being the only match with a higher total.
17 - A quick glance may leave a road win over Orlando City somewhat unimpressive. This is, after all, a team only marginally better than the Sounders by record. But that's due almost entirely to road form, as they'd come into this game on a 17-match unbeaten run at home.
24 - The Sounders came into Sunday’s game having surrendered the first goal in 24 of their past 43 regular-season games. They’d failed to win any of those games and only managed to pull out five ties. That streak ended, marking the first time since May 31, 2015 they’d scored a come-from-behind victory.
Today was the first time since 9/27/14 (vs. Chivas USA) that the Sounders won an MLS game by 2+ goals after conceding the first goal.— Randy Meeker (@meeker253) August 8, 2016