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Sounders vs. Nacional: Talking points

Jordan Morris and Danny Levya both had performances worth feeling good about.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

Preseason is primarily about two things: Working up to full fitness and avoiding injuries. In that sense, the Seattle Sounders have done just fine so far. But if you’re the type of person to read into results, Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Uruguay’s Nacional in front of a sparsely populated CenturyLink Field crowd was a bit of a downer.

The Sounders didn’t necessarily look bad despite giving up goals relatively early in both halves, but they were nothing like inspiring. That was perhaps predictable in this one, especially with a starting lineup of mostly backups, but on the heels of three losses in Tucson it’s at least mildly concerning.

Talking points

Welcome back, Jordan: Sounders fans got their first in-person glimpse of Jordan Morris in about 16 months. Deployed mostly as a right-sided midfielder, Morris showed off his trademark speed and even sent in a couple dangerous crosses. His best moment came late in the match when he floated a perfectly weighted ball to the back post where Alex Roldan had a wide open look at a header only to see his attempt hit off the near post. If you’re looking for a bright spot from this match, Morris was probably it.

Danny Levya belongs: OK, I lied. There were probably at least two bright spots and the second belonged to the youngest guy in preseason camp. Leyva didn’t necessarily have one standout moment during his 23 minutes, but he did have lots of little moments that just made him look like he belonged. The way he controlled the ball in tight spaces was something many players never learn to do at his level. That’s no small thing for a 15-year-old who’s learning a new position. Don’t be surprised if Leyva ends up with a First Team contract sooner than later.

The mixed lineup: The Sounders only scheduled one preseason game at home and brought in a notable opponent to play it. At the same time, they have stated a desire to keep their players on a regular weekly schedule as they build toward the season-opener. I can’t blame fans for being a bit disappointed that something closer to a full-strength lineup never saw the field, but I think we’d all also agree that we’d much rather see them win on March 2 than any of the games before then.

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