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Inside the 5-minute stretch that nearly broke the game open

LevyFilms did a wonderful job capturing the madness and tension surrounding a wild sequence that somehow didn’t result in the Sounders scoring a goal.

A quick look at the stats show that the Seattle Sounders dominated just about every aspect of Sunday’s match except the scoreboard - the only statistic that really matters, right? It’s easy enough to write that off as a product of gamestate; Los Angeles FC scored in the 11th minute and never really had a reason to take risks after that.

But what that scoreboard statistic doesn’t tell you is the quality of chances or, really, even the intense pressure the Sounders put LAFC under. That’s where LevyFilms’ highlights come in.

Aside from being beautifully shot, they also capture the tension and madness with which the Sounders attacked the opposition goal. This is particularly evident during a five-minute stretch that runs from about 7:00-9:00 of this video. The sequence essentially starts with Handwalla Bwana having his shot ring off the crossbar. It’s followed by Will Bruin having his goal (correctly) ruled offside and by the end of that five-minute real-time sequence, the Sounders had taken five corners and fired off six shots.

Later in the video, we see just how close Lamar Neagle came to equalizing off a corner when he cleanly connected on a header only to see his attempt go wide.

All of this serves as a reminder that while the result was frustrating, there was a lot of play from which we can find positives.

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