Two second-half goals by Raul Ruidiaz and Nicolas Lodeiro powered the Seattle Sounders to a 2-0 victory over the Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps. The win propelled the Sounders back atop the Western Conference Standings and clinched a playoff berth for the 12th consecutive year.
STILL LEARNING HOW TO BREAK DOWN TEAM
The Sounder’s second-half scoring spree was close to an exact duplicate of the last time the two teams players on October 3rd at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders walked away with a 3-1 victory after a 0-0 halftime score. When a team bunkers down to slow down an opponent the attacking team must quickly move the ball around, have players make runs to open space, and take chances. For some unknown reason, the message takes 45 minutes to sink in for the Sounders.
MESSAGE DELIVERED LOUD AND CLEAR
Give credit to head coach Brian Schmetzer and his coaching staff for being patient with the team. The Sounders can score on any team in MLS when they are sticking to who they are. A transition team with speed on the outside courtesy of defenders Nouhou, Kelvin Leerdam, and forward Jordan Morris. The inside pace of Nicolas Lodeiro and marksman finishing of Raul Ruidiaz can be unstoppable at times.
BIG TAKE AWAY
The Sounders are a different team with Ruidiaz in the lineup. His ability to finish is as good as there is in the league. His reading of the game is vastly underrated. The Sounder’s second goal by Nicolas Lodeiro was a simple tap in because of the work done by Ruidiaz.