Sounder rookie Jordan Morris scored his first career MLS goal as the Seattle Sounders evened their home record with purposeful soccer Saturday night on their way to a 2 -1 win over the Philadelphia Union who ended the game playing with ten men.
With a capacity crowd of 39,620 fans looking on, it was the visitors who started the game on the front foot and forced the issue by dominating the first twenty minutes of the game with side line to side line passing that resulted in two good shots by forward C.J. Spong.
“It was a big game, fast paced and we had opportunities in the first 20 minutes.” Union coach Jim Curtin said after the game. ” Unfortunately we did not take advantage of them and in the end it cost us.”
After absorbing the early offensive barrage by the Union, the Rave Green steady themselves and took control of the game by making intricate passes in the middle of the field and going straight down the middle of the field and attack the heart of the Philly defense.
” While we had a lower pass completion percentage than usual and less possession, our goal was to be more direct in our passing and be able to use Clint’s passing ability in the middle of the field.” Sounder head coach Sigi Schmid said after the game.
While the whole we are on a unified mission bit is all good and well, Sounder fans where beginning to wonder if they were seeing a rerun of a bad movie when Jordan Morris (17th minute) and Andreas Ivanschitz ( 21st minute) had good looks at the Philly goal and both chances were wanting.
For the first time all season, the Sounders stuck to the game plan and that dedication paid off for the Rave Green right before halftime when Chad Marshall scored his second corner kick header of the season.
The Sounders continued with their new found mission and purpose after the halftime break and their task was made that much easier in the 53rd minute when Union forward Roland Alberg received his second yellow card of the game for a crunching tackle on Sounder midfielder Cristian Roldan resulting in a red card and reducing the Union to just ten players.
With the man advantage the Sounders kicked their offense into turbo drive and the strategy brought bitter sweet results. Sweet because the extra man in the middle of the field resulted in rookie sensation Jordan Morris scoring his first MLS goal in the 71st minute. The bitter was former Sounder Sebastian Le Toux scoring a Philly goal two minutes later to cut the deficit to just one goal.
With the man advantage the Sounders were able to hold on to the ball and subdue the Union attack, win the game and continue a three game unbeaten streak inwhich they drew 1-1 at the Houston Dynamo (4/10), and defeated the Montreal Impact 1-0 at home (4/2).
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