The goals came fast and furious for the Seattle Sounders in the first half. By the time the dust had settled, the Sounders went into halftime leading 5-0. The five goals tied a MLS record for most goals scored in the first half — something that has happened only twice before in the league’s 25-year history — but the 33 minutes it took them to do it was the fastest it had ever happened.
Looks like Sounders tied a MLS record for most goals in the first half. The record for goals in any half is 6, which was happened three times, most recently by RSL in 2009. pic.twitter.com/xLmOsVTs3j— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) September 11, 2020
Along the way, the Sounders set several club records. In addition to scoring five goals in any half for the first-time ever, the Sounders also got to three goals (16 minutes) and four goals (19 minutes) faster than they ever had before.
Raúl Ruidíaz led the first-half onslaught with two goals and two assists, while Joevin Jones added a goal and two assists. Jordan Morris and Kelvin Leerdam also scored goals. Jones added a second and João Paulo scored his first MLS goal to finish out the scoring in the second half.
Morris’ was probably the most impressive of the first-half goals, as he collected a ball at midfield, dribbled all the way into the box and then beat Daniel Vega with his left foot.
Jordan Morris is very good at scoring soccer goals. pic.twitter.com/hCybL75sfg— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) September 11, 2020
Still, Morris likely went into halftime feeling like he left a goal or two on the table. In the 38th minute, he had a 1v1 breakaway that was stopped by Vega and then he had a point-blank header saved on the ensuing corner.
The Sounders would add two second-half goals to finish out a 7-1 win, setting franchise records for both goals scored and margin of victory.