Sounders vs. NYCFC, summary: how do you like those apples?

The Seattle Sounders defeated NYCFC 3-1 at Lumen Stadium when they hosted the first game of the Concacaf Champions League semifinals on Wednesday night. The match was hyped because two of the best teams in the MLS broke through for a place in the finals and played an open and extensive game that Seattle really enjoyed. Sounders received a lot of contributions from their most important players, as well as from their highest paid. Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris ran on the wings at times, João Paulo headed the midfield and will likely appear in the nightmares of each NYCFC player, and all three nominated players took part in the goal in one way or another.

Albert Rusnák started the party and finished an incredible team game that saw all the players except Nico Lodeiro touch the ball. NYCFC equalized not long after, thanks to the sluggish work of full-backs who gave Thiago Andrade an open view of the goal, but the Sounders regained the lead even faster. Morris ran on a cut from Cristian Roldan and smashed the ball into the net in the rage of 10,000 USMNT fanboys, gave Morris a goal and an assist at night and Roldan got his eighth assist of the season in all competitions. In the second half, Lodeiro added a goal from a penalty, which Raúl Ruidíaz won, and took advantage of the situation in the second half. The second game will take place on Wednesday 13 April at 18:00 PT at Red Bull Arena.

10 ‘- Jackson Ragen hits a line-breaking ball that finds Jordan Morris in the jump. Morris gets a shot off but it is put out around the corner where Sean Johnson gets a hand on it.

16 ‘- Goals! Kelyn Rowe crosses the ball, Alex Roldan gets a clever touch on Cristian and Jordan Morris puts the ball in front of Albert Rusnák who arrives too late to finish! 1-0 Sounders

27 ‘- NYCFC equalized when Kelyn Rowe and Xavier Arreaga were pulled to the far post to defend a pass, but the ball is sent back for Thiago Andrade. 1-1

34 ‘- Jordan Morris regains the lead! Nico Lodeiro sees a good Cristian Roldan run on a throw-in and Roldan cuts it back for Morris to run on and hammer him! 2-1

37 ‘- Raúl Ruidíaz gets a great look to double the lead, came at the end of a great pass from Alex Roldan, but the head is right at GK.

50 ‘- Taty Castellanos makes Seattle’s defense look silly with a great move, he got to the end of the cross in front of Arreaga, but his shot is just past.

60 ‘- NYCFC sends a dangerous cross that bounces for Castellanos, but Frei dives over and grabs it to avoid the danger of a rebound.

64 ‘- Cristian Roldan just missed his own goal as Ruidíaz takes him out with a pass, but Roldan’s leap attempt goes over the goal.

67 ‘- After Raúl Ruidíaz received a second yellow card and was sent off, Nico Lodeiro took the penalty. Lodeiro sends Sean Johnson wrong and doubles the lead! 3-1

75 ‘- NYCFC gets another good chance from recycled possession after a free kick, but the last shot is saved by a dipping Frei after it is intertwined through the round.

The way to Qatar: Morris and Cristian Roldan were both called up in the final games of the qualifiers as USMNT punched their tickets to the World Cup this fall. Both players are seen as ball players who need to impress in a league game and all the opportunities they may have in the Concacaf Nations League to earn a place on the final list for Qatar. Both players have made strong arguments for themselves this season, especially after returning from international work. Against NYCFC, in one of the most important games in the club’s history, Morris and Roldan took their games to another level. If they can play close to that level for the rest of the season, it will be difficult for Gregg Berhalter to ignore them.

To own or not own: For the second game in a row, Seattle won the custody battle – and it was a battle in which NYCFC looked to be trying to hold the ball in hopes of limiting the danger that the Sounders could create – and looked great in the meantime. They were all over New York, creating even more danger than the three goals they scored and showing a beautiful passing game along the way. In particular, these two games have coincided with Brian Schmetzer being able to start all three Lodeiro, João Paulo and Rusnák in the middle. Although all three players are more than capable of playing in transition, they seem to be at their best when they get to play with the ball. Right now it may be a bit of a luxury, but the fact that the team can change and adjust the general approach to games according to who is available and what the game needs, and completely dominates while doing so, is the flexibility required if the Sounders are to achieve that sublime goals set for them. First up: achieve CCL results.

Health and wellness check: While Yeimar is still recovering, the group’s health is in much better shape than it was a week or two ago. Lodeiro and Ruidíaz are both fit enough to start and play more than 80 minutes in this game, Morris is more and more like the player he can be, and even Jimmy Medranda came into play. Medranda replaced Morris in the final minutes of the game, marking his first game since October. João Paulo went down in this game and had an ice pack on his thigh after the game, but it seemed to be a matter of fatigue rather than injury and he will have a week to rest before the second game.

Things of beauty, from beginning to end.

1 – The goal scored by NYCFC tonight was the first goal the Sounders have conceded at home in a CCL game this season, but they were 11-1 better than their opponents in three games.


Man of the match

  • 37%

    Jordan Morris

    (205 votes)

  • 27%

    Albert Rusnák

    (150 votes)

  • 31%

    Christian Roldan

    (174 votes)

A total of 549 votes

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