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Nicolas Lodeiro is on a near-record pace

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The Uruguayan playmaker is on pace to put up one of the greatest assist rates in MLS history.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at LA Galaxy Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Over the last nine games, the Seattle Sounders have been on quite a run. They’ve gone 5-1-3, averaging 2.0 points per game and climbing to within just three points of the final playoff spot. Leading the way has been Nicolas Lodeiro, who now has a goal or an assist in eight straight. That’s three short of the MLS record and tied for the third longest streak in Sounders history.

But that’s just the start of some impressive numbers:

.89: Lodeiro picked up his eighth assist and he’s now played 810 minutes. That’s good for .89 assists per 90 minutes. If Lodeiro keeps up this pace through the rest of the season, he’ll finish with the second highest assist rate in MLS history and by far the best since the league adopted a more restrictive guideline for assists following the 2002 season.

2: Jordan Morris scored his first professional brace, giving him 12 goals for the season. Not only is the second most goals a MLS rookie has ever scored, it’s also tied for the most goals by a Sounders player in their MLS debut season (tying Fredy Montero’s 2009 total).

4: The Sounders put four goals past the Galaxy. That’s the same number of goals the Sounders had scored in their last eight road games against the Galaxy in MLS play (including playoffs).

8: This was the Sounders’ second come-from-behind win under Brian Schmetzer, and the eighth point they’ve claimed in matches after they surrendered the first goal (a 2-1-2 record). Under Sigi Schmid, the Sounders had gone 0-12-2 when giving up the first goal this year and hadn’t won a game in which they trailed since 2014.

12: The last time the Sounders won a road game against the Galaxy was Aug. 14, 2009. That’s a span of 12 games across all competitions (eight regular-season, three playoffs and one U.S. Open Cup).

13: Under Schmetzer, the Sounders have really turned it on in second halves. They’ve now scored 13 goals in the second 45 minutes, while only allowing five during the same time. That’s the same number of second-half goals they scored during the first 20 games of the season.

18: In nine games with Schmetzer at the helm, the Sounders have claimed 18 points (5-1-3). That’s more points than the Sounders had won in their previous 16 games and only two fewer than they had over the season’s first 20 matches.