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Winners & Losers: Sounders 4, Dynamo 1

Among the losers: The families of those men.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

Back-to-back games where the Sounders win easy. Back-to-back games where the Sounders score 4. Pretty good, huh?

Winners

Will Bruin

There’s some emotion in that celebration. It’s relief. It’s joy. It’s anger. It’s confidence. Will Bruin has been through about as much as you can go through this year. After coming off a career year, where he netted a 11 goals, he struggled throughout the early part of the season to lead the line after Jordan Morris went down with a season-ending injury. On top of that, the team brought in Raul Ruidiaz to be the star striker the Sounders have desperately needed.

Will Bruin doesn’t seem to care much about narratives. “Will just likes to score. He doesn’t care if it’s against Houston or anyone else,” Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said after the match. Although, I’m sure Bruin won’t mind scoring his fourth goal in four starts against his former team.

Victor Rodriguez

Another player who hasn’t had the season he’d hope to, showed up in a big way last night. Victor Rodriguez scored twice and was a crucial point of the attack all night. If he can contribute like he has been the last two matches, the Sounders certainly have the best attack in the West.

Handwalla Bwana

The youngster picked up his very first MLS career assist. And what an assist it was. Having a healthy and productive Bwana sure would be nice.

Losers

Another #Narrative Bites The Dust

Some people were convinced that the Sounders couldn’t score without Raul Ruidiaz. Turns out they can. The Sounders have scored 5 goals in the last two games without Ruidiaz on the field. That may only matter for one more game, but seeing guys like Will Bruin, Victor Rodriguez, and others step up are a great sign for the team.

The Families of These Men

A brief moment of silence for the ankles that have departed us.

Houston’s Playoff Chances

After advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2017, Houston has officially failed to qualify for the playoffs this year.