The Seattle Sounders FC wrapped up their 2018 off season with a 3-1 victory over United Soccer League side the Sacramento Republic FC . A result from a lower league opponent was always expected for Brian Schmetzer and the Rave Green, a brace from Jordan Morris was simply the cherry on top.
After watching Morris endure an injury plagued 2017 season Schmetzer will no doubt look at the brace by Morris as a sign that the 2016 MLS Rookie of the year is injury free and ready for a breakout year.
Morris gave the Sounders an early lead when he knocked home a miss clearance by an SRFC defender from close range in the second minute of the game. Trey Wingo gave the Sounders a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute when he volleyed a Nicola Lodeiro pass into the back of the Republic net.
Sacramento pulled one back early in the second half on a close-range shot from Christian Eissele, but Morris made it 3-1 in the 79th minute to complete his brace. The Stanford product played a give-and-go with Seyi Adekoya to set up a first-time blast into the top corner, giving the SRFC goalkeeper no chance at a save.