Seattle Sounders (3-4-1, 10 points) rookie Jordan Morris scored his third goal in as many games and the 88th minute strike gave the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew SC (2-4-2, 8 points) and pushed the Rave Green’s consecutive home wins to three games.
Both sides started the match with clear intentions to score goals on the way to bagging the three points. Given each teams intent it was only fitting that the match was played at a fast and frenetic pace. In the first fifteen minutes the home side had the majority of ball possession but it was the visitors who created more shots on goal.
The Crew had two good chances before the half to take a the lead. The first chance came in the 31st minute when Seattle goal keeper Stephan Frei whiffed on a goal kick that went directly to Crew center forward Federico Higuaín who juked left to free himself from defender Chad Marshall only to kick the ball back to the scrambling Frei.
Ethan Finlay beat Seattle’s offside trap and had a wide open goal ten minutes later but his shot was wide right and the two sides went into the break deadlocked at zeros.
Seattle was the aggressor of the two teams coming out of the break and their determination and persistence was evident as they dominated play and had three good shots on goal in the first ten minutes of the second half.
Seattle continued its domination of the Crew for the rest of the half . Crew Coach Gregg Berhalter was bitterly disappointed at how his team responded to Seattle’s aggression.
“I think it was a game of two halves in terms of us controlling the first half and them controlling the second half. A little bit disappointed with our reaction out of the locker room for the second half, ” Berhalter said in the post game interview. ” I thought we lost our aggression. “
“You know, our pressing wasn’t good enough and it allowed them to take control of the game and after the first half of not scoring which I felt we had a couple of good opportunities to score a goal it was disappointing to end a game like that.”
For Seattle coach Sigi Schmid the most important thing was for his team to walk away with a win and continue the teams slow but steady progress up the standings.
“Three points are massive – it’s a big difference. You want to get wins at home, so we got another
win at home now. I think it was a good game from the standpoint of our character. I thought
defensively, with the exception of a few plays, we did a great job defensively, as well. Obviously
getting the three points is huge.”
Seattle is now 5-3-3 all-time against Crew SC, including a 2-2-2 record at CenturyLink Field. The Rave Green are 3-0-0 against Eastern Conference clubs this season, having previously won contests against the Montreal Impact and the Philadelphia Union.