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Winners & Losers: Sounders 4, Rapids 0

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It feels good to win again. Let’s keep winning, again.

What’s 2 losses in 4 days? Eh, it’s nothing. So last week. Remember last week? Me neither. Remember what it feels like to win? Me too! Winning is cool.

Winners

Nico Lodeiro

Take a peak at this stat line for just a second:

114 touches. 79/86 completed passes. 92% pass completion. 6 key passes. 2 assists. 1 penalty won. 1 goal.

Caveat the performance all you want with the level of competition or whatever, but that was a top class performance from the Seattle Sounders #10. Lodeiro is up to 8 goals and 11 assists in 24 games this year.

Attack! Attack! Attack!

The win over Colorado was the 5th time this season season the Sounders has scored 3 or more goals in a match. The Sounders are 5-0-0 in those games (duh). This was also Raul Ruidiaz’s second brace since joining the Sounders following the World Cup, his other coming against Vancouver 2 weeks ago. He’s now scored 7 goals on the season and has a chance to break double digits by the end of the regular season.

Home, Sweet Home? Maybe?

I know that the last two losses really sucked. They were bad games of soccer to lose, but from a mathematical perspective, the Sounders were no worse off on the odds of getting a home playoff game than they were going into the match against the Union. With the games that the Sounders have remaining, they’re in the driver’s seat for that home game. Remember, the Sounders have never finished below 4th place in the western conference and 7th place overall. That’s what Seattle is on pace to accomplish this season.

Losers

The Colorado Crapids

The Rapids are really bad. How bad? Well, this bad.

That’s really bad.

Bismark Boateng and/or Anthony Hudson

Maybe the people in the comments who are soccer coaches can explain who the real loser is when a sub takes place in the 16th minute for tactical reasons. All I know is that no one is a winner.

The #Narrative

2 loses in a week brought out some of the “I told you so!” takes and the hand wringing from some about how the Sounders are bad and blah blah blah. Sorry, but as I mentioned above, the Sounders are still in pretty good position to control their destiny and are the team that no one wants to play in the playoffs. Especially over two legs.

Who/what are your Winners and Losers this week?