Seattle Sounders(4-9-3, 15 points) forward Will Bruin’s brace snapped a three-game winless streak and earned a 2-1 win victory over the Colorado Rapids(4-10-3, 15 points) Wednesday Night at Dicks Sporting Good Park. The unconventional Bruin is the team leader in goals scored with five. Bruin is a dangerous holdup striker with a lethal strike and a deceptive distributor inside the box.
Cristian Roldan forced an error in Colorado’s defensive third that resulted in a loose ball landing to the feet of Lodeiro who fed it to Rodriguez who first-timed a chip to the running Bruin who right-footed the ball into the back of Rapids net for the game-winner.
While injuries have played a part in Seattle’s inability to score, lack of creativity in the final third is the bigger culprit. Lack of creativity in making runs, quick passes to space and open runners have all contributed to the Rave Greens predictability in the final third.
On Wednesday night the Sounders played with a sense of purpose, urgency, and looked for the open man when they had the ball. Midfielder Victor Rodriguez has been a great addition to the Sounders lineup since his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery on May 3rd.
- Sounders FC is now 4-9-3 on the season, currently, in 10th place in the Western Conference with 15 points, level with Colorado but currently holding the edge via tiebreakers.
- The Rave Green move to 16-5-2 all-time against the Rapids, the most wins for Seattle against any MLS opponent. Sounders FC is 7-3-1 all-time in Colorado. Seattle has now won five straight matches against the Rapids across all competitions.
- Will Bruin’s brace gives him a team-leading five goals this season. His 66 career MLS goals are seventh among active players, two shy of Dom Dwyer for sixth. It marked the 10th multi-goal game of Bruin’s career, and second with Seattle (October 15, 2017 vs. FC Dallas).
- Víctor Rodríguez recorded his first assist of the season on Bruin’s second strike. The Spaniard has four goals and four assists in 17 appearances for Sounders FC in MLS play (including postseason).
- Seattle improves to 2-5-1 on the road this season. The club is now 3-0-0 when scoring first.