HISTORY ON SOUNDERS SIDE
For Seattle Sounders FC the San Jose Earthquakes were just the tonic needed to break them out of their two-game funk. After an impressive 3-1 revenge win over LAFC on August 30th, the Sounder’s misfortunes took a turn for the worst. A September 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake on September 2nd was followed by a backbreaking 2-1 to the Portland Timbers four days late.
KEEPING THE FAITH
While there were no seeds of doubt sown during the two-game malaise the team knew it performed below expectations. Enter San Jose a team the Rave Green had a ten-game unbeaten streak ( 5-0-5). The last time the Earthquakes beat the Sounders was a 2-0 win at CenturyLink Field in 2015.
EARLY GOAL SETS THE TONE
On Thursday night the Sounders wasted no time in taking the lead. Jordan Morris went on a walk-a-bout with the ball through the Earthquake defense and gave the Sounders the 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. The Sounders kept their foot on the gas pedal and the goals continued.
Joevin Jones left-footed pass to space freed up Nicolas Lodeiro. Lodeiro deked San Jose keeper Daniel Veger to set up Raul Ruidiazfor a tap in goal. The goal gave the Sounders a 2-0 lead in the 13th minute. Kelvin Leerdam’s right-footed blast three minutes later gave the Sounders a 3-0 lead. A Morris to Joevin Jones to Ruidiaz back to Jones ticky, tacky pass combination made it 4-0 after 20 minutes of play. Ruidiaz’s second goal of the game saw the Sounders enter the halftime break with a comfortable 5-0 lead.
CONTINUING SECOND HALF ONSLAUGHT
The Sounders started the second half the way they finished the second with a goal. Joao Paulo blasted a Kelvin Leerdam into the ball into the back of the net for the Sounder’s 6th goal. Jones earned his brace in the 59th minute to end the Sounders scoring at 7. A Chris Wondolowski penalty in the 71st minute pulled one back for the visitors but the damage had been done as the Sounder rebounded for the win.