Sounders FC earn a point in 0-0 draw with San Jose Earthquakes

The Sounder’s opening match in the MLS is Back Tournament did quite go according to plan. The defending MLS Champions found themselves in a dog fight against a determined San Jose Earthquakes squad. Prior to the suspension of the MLS season due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Earthquakes had one draw and four losses in their last five games. The Sounders had two wins, one loss and two draws in the same five-game stretch.

TALE OF TWO HALVES

The Earthquakes dominated the first half with a high press that simply rattled the Sounders. The Rave Green were unable to sustain any type of possession . The sturdy play of goal keeper Stefan Frei and the backline kept the Sounders in the game and Earthquakes off the scoreboard .

Head coach Brian Schmetzer’s tactical change of pushing his midfield players up the pitch and installing a counter-press resulted in the Sounders having more possession.

Next Up

  • SEA: Tuesday, July 14 vs. Chicago Fire FC (9 am ET | ESPN in US; TSN in Canada)
  • SJ: Wednesday, July 15 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (10:30 pm ET | TUDN in US; TSN in Canada) 

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