The Sounders won a barnburner of a match against previously undefeated Toronto FC. The ebbs and flows of momentum were as volatile as they were dramatic with multiple lead changes and a flurry of chances in stoppage time keeping supporters’ on the edge of their seats throughout. While the Sounders had to scramble to keep the lead through the final minutes of the match, the team will be more than happy to take three points from a Supporters’ Shield rival in the two clubs’ only meeting this regular season.
- Will Bruin proved his value as a strong depth piece for the Sounders, notching two goals in his second start of the season. The dancing bear showed excellent movement off the ball on both goals, slipping in between Toronto’s center backs on both occasions to set himself up for first time finishes (one with his head, the other with his foot). If Bruin can continue to find goals when Raul Ruidiaz is out of the lineup, the Sounders’ chances of winning the Supporters’ Shield get much better.
- The Sounders fullbacks continue to terrorize the MLS. Kelvin Leerdam and Brad Smith both picked up an assist, and Smith may feel hard done by to not get credit for two. The duo have now combined for two goals and three assists through the Sounders’ first six matches. Both players’ ability to get forward is crucial in making Seattle “goal dangerous” from many different widths and angles on the field. Between Leerdam, Smith, Rodriguez, and Morris, the Sounders movement in wide areas is nearly impossible to track.
- Kim Kee-Hee and Jozy Altidore put on a titan-sized battle for the ages. Altidore did well to snag two goals in the match, largely thanks to incredible service from Alejandro Pozuelo, but Kim did equally well in disrupting Altidore’s rhythm, holding the U.S. international to 77% percent passing and acting as a constant menace in challenging Altidore’s hold up play.
- The Sounders gave up another goal after establishing a lead. Against a team as dangerous as Toronto, a late match push from the Canadian side was always going to pose a challenge. Still, closing out leads with more authority will remain on the Sounders’ to do list moving forward.
Did you see that??!
Seattle finds the go ahead goal through a really well worked move. Bruin on the end of the a Smith cross pic.twitter.com/Pu8ho54lN5— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 13, 2019
The Rodriguez-Loderio-Smith connection struck again in the build up to the Sounders’ second goal. A nickname for the marauding trio of elite passers needs to be established ASAP.
Quote of the day
Schmetzer, “I will never take Will Bruin for granted.”— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) April 13, 2019
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