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Five things we saw in Sounders win over Chicago

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Seattle opens their title defense with a win.

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The beginning of the regular season for the Seattle Sounders definitely didn’t go as well as they hoped, but they still took home all 3 points against the Chicago Fire. It wasn’t the prettiest win in team history, but their hometown hero Jordan Morris showed up big time. A joyous day was capped off with a stoppage time winner.

Here are five things we saw today.

Intensity was just okay

It was important that the Sounders come out strong against Chicago, especially after Thursday night’s crash out of CCL. For the first 10 to 15 minutes the Sounders matched Chicago’s intensity but trailed off for large portions of the first half. It’s tough to play on a Sunday after playing on a Thursday, even more so if you lose. The second half couldn’t have started worse with Chicago scoring inside the first minute, but after that the Sounders were all over it. I’m pleased with the overall performance. It could’ve been better, absolutely, but given the context surrounding this game I’ll give it a passing grade.

Jorstan Mordan changed the game

Most of the headlines you’ll read about this game will give Jordan Morris all the credit for changing the game. He definitely did. That’s an undeniable fact when you score two goals in a game as a substitute. However, I’d like to give credit to Jordan’s trusty sidekick Cristian Roldan. You can’t score goals in soccer without a teammate passing you the ball and both of Roldan’s assists were very good soccer ball passes. The pass for Morris’ first goal was just incredible.

We’re going to see a lot of Roldan in attack this year and that makes me excited.

Ibarra made a good debut, but missed chances

Miguel Ibarra started trialing with the Sounders about three weeks ago. Today he made his MLS debut. A lot of the haters will focus on the chances he missed — and he definitely missed some chances. But you have to get into those positions in the first place. He played well in his first start and I think that’s all that matters. He’s going to be a nice depth piece this season.

Ruidiaz too quiet

Every Sounders fan misses Nicolas Lodeiro but I don’t think anyone misses him as much as Raúl Ruidíaz. Despite the Sounders playing pretty well in the second half, the DP striker was largely anonymous. He did have a ridiculous back heel attempt at one point. That would’ve been the craziest goal I’ve ever seen.

Get well soon, Nico. Raúl needs you.

This team didn’t quit

Could you imagine if the Sounders didn’t find a way to win this match? Things would’ve been ugly. It doesn’t really matter how you win a season opener but you just have to find a way to win. Given the extra pressure that the Sounders put on themselves after losing on Thursday night they just had to win. And they did. They used all the minutes available to them. But that’s soccer.

Go Sounders. See you next week.