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Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Highlights, stats and quotes

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The Seattle Sounders set a slew of team and MLS record in their 7-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday. In addition to becoming just the ninth team in MLS history to score at least seven goals, the Sounders set a MLS record for scoring five goals in the first 33 minutes and it tied them with two other teams for most first-half goals. They also set a club record for goals in a game (7) and winning margin (6).

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 7 - San Jose Earthquakes 1

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Jeremy Hanson, Cory Richardson

Fourth Official: Farhad Dadkho

VAR: Jorge Gonzalez

Attendance: Closed Door

Weather: 84 degrees and smoke

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA - Jordan Morris (Xavier Arreaga) 4’

SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz (Nicolás Lodeiro, Joevin Jones) 12’

SEA - Kelvin Leerdam (Joevin Jones, Raúl Ruidíaz) 15’

SEA - Joevin Jones (Raúl Ruidíaz) 20’

SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz (Jordan Morris) 33’

SEA - João Paulo (Kelvin Leerdam, Jordan Morris) 48’

SEA - Joevin Jones (Jordan Morris) 59’

SJ - Chris Wondolowski (penalty) 71’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SJ - Andres Rios (caution) 30’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Alex Roldan 58’), Xavier Arreaga, Yeimar Gómez Andrade (Shane O’Neill HT), Nouhou; Cristian Roldan (Jordy Delem 57’), João Paulo, Joevin Jones, Nicolás Lodeiro (Josh Atencio 85’), Jordan Morris; Raúl Ruidíaz (Will Bruin 57’)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland, Miguel Ibarra, Handwalla Bwana, Justin Dhillon

Total shots: 16 (Four players, 3)

Shots on goal: 11 (Morris, 3)

Fouls: 8 (Arreaga, 3)

Offside: 1 (Leerdam, 1)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Lodeiro, 2)

Saves: 4 (Frei, 4)

San Jose Earthquakes - Daniel Vega; Paul Marie (Tommy Thompson 64’), Florian Jungwirth, Oswaldo Alanis, Marcos Lopez; Cristian Espinoza (Cade Cowell 64’), Luis Felipe Fernandes, Judson (Nick Lima 64’), Valeri Qazaishvili (Shea Salinas 64’); Chris Wondolowski, Andres Rios (Eric Calvillo 64’)

Substitutes not used: Matt Bersano, Tanner Beason, Jackson Yueill, Siad Haji

Total shots: 11 (Wondolowski, 4)

Shots on goal: 5 (Wondolowski, 3)

Fouls: 10 (Rios/Wondolowski, 2)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 6 (Espinoza, 3)

Saves: 4 (Vega, 4)

POST-MATCH QUOTES & SOUNDBYTES: SOUNDERS FC 7 – SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On if he had a favorite goal tonight:

“No, I thought all of them were really good. It would be unfair, you know first goal, last goal, all of them in between. I thought there was some quality in each of the movements, I just think the team was ready to play tonight. Again, I was most impressed with their mentality. And it wasn’t me, it wasn’t the coaching staff, it was that group of players in the locker room. I could tell before the game they were ready to win this game. They wanted another game. They wanted to play again to erase the sting of losing to Portland.”

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER JOÃO PAULO (THROUGH TRANSLATOR) – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On if he’s ever been in a 7-1 game and scoring at CenturyLink Field:

“In reality, no, I haven’t been in a match with that type of score, that distant. About the goal, this is actually my second goal here, the first for the MLS.”

SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER KELVIN LEERDAM – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On getting the ball up high:

“What it is when we get the ball high is that you’re closer to the goal. It’s easier if you’re pressing… when you’re forward. [San Jose is] under pressure…Raúl [Ruidíaz], Nico [Loderio], and all those guys will be closer to the goal. If you can establish possession there, it’s much better for the team, you know? So if you have…control of the game…you can control the tempo...There were sequences, especially in the first half, where we got the ball in their half, we played back almost to a stop and we’d go all the way back up to their end of the field without losing the ball…it gives us a lot of pressure.”