Statistical anomalies aside, the Seattle Sounders are riding a three-game regular-season winning streak in which they’ve outscored opponents 9-1 (the first of those wins came in the MLS is Back Tournament and was separated from the second win by nearly a month). That’s just the second time in Sounders history that they’ve scored at least three goals in three straight regular-season games (the other time was in 2017). Which is a wordy way of saying the Sounders come into Wednesday’s match against Real Salt Lake flying high. Here’s what we’re hoping to see:
It is understandable that this match is sort of on the back burner for RSL fans. Their club is in turmoil with the news that’s come out since last week about their owner, Dell Loy Hansen. We’d like to DLH sell the team to someone that understands the fan base and can make them happy.
Don’t get too comfortable
RSL is coming off an epic draw against Portland where they scored twice after the 90th minute to make it 4-4. The Sounders are obviously in good form but they can’t get too comfortable. Seattle hasn’t won a match in Salt Lake since 2012, and they haven’t scored there since 2016. This won’t be an easy match and they need to bring their A game.
Jordan Morris: super sub
Brian Schmetzer has indicated an interest in not overworking Jordan Morris. Traveling to Utah seems like a pretty good time to revive the winger’s super sub role. Morris has already come off the bench twice this season, both times coming on at halftime and factoring into at least one goal. In the season-opener, he scored a pair of goals and had another ruled out for offside in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire. In the MLS is Back Tournament, he had an assist in a 2-1 loss to the Fire. Point being, Morris is plenty capable of impacting matches off the bench and giving him 45 minutes balances the need to give him a rest.
Unleash the Bear
The Sounders have outscored their opponents 4-1 with Will Bruin on the pitch over the last two games. Going back to his season debut — a 4-1 loss to LAFC in the MLS is Back Tournament — the Sounders have scored five goals in Bruin’s 72 minutes. He’s been involved in four of those goals. That’s a pretty good record! With Raúl Ruidíaz coming off at halftime of the last game with a heel contusion — supposedly, it’s not serious — now seems like a great time to give Bruin his first start since June 5, 2019.
Get Arreaga back on the field
Look, we know that Xavier Arreaga is a divisive figure around these parts and it’s certainly fair to point out that the Sounders have allowed just one goal in the two games he’s missed with injury. But hear us out! Love or hate Arreaga, the Sounders are going to need him. Centerback remains their most shallow position and even if he’s no longer an automatic starter, they need him as confident as possible. This seems like a good chance to give him a run out. It would probably be preferable for him to play alongside Yeimar Gomez Andrade, as that’s the obvious No. 1 centerback righ tnow. This also isn’t exactly a must-win games, which will hopefully relieve a bit of pressure.