Sounders Set To Start Title Defense After 4-1 Win Over San Jose

The defending MLS Champions gained a little swagger to take into MLS 2020 Playoff thanks to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes  Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.  The win over the Quakes secured second place  Western Conference. The second in the West finish well see the Rave Green take on LAFC who finished 7th in the Western Conference.

PEDESTRIAN START

After sleep walking through another first half  the Seattle Sounders erupted for four second half goals to  waltz into the playoff with  some swagger.  During  Friday’s   Zoom call with the media  Sounders head coach Brian  Schmetzer  said the playoffs begin with  Sundays game against the Quakes. Blame it on a  bad reception  because the message  did not resonate with the  Sounders players till the second half.

BLISTERING START TO SECOND HALF

Once processed the message rang true and clear to the Sounder players who erupted  to score four second half goals.  The first was just two minutes into the second half. Nicolas San Jose found a goal of their own in the 57th minute when Marcos López curled his free kick past the outstretched hand of Stefan Frei. Morris added a third goal for the Rave Green in the 74th minute, when he took a pass from Lodeiro and flicked it over JT Marcinkowski. López scored an own goal in the 80th minute to give Sounders FC its 11th win of the campaign.

STRONG FINISH


San Jose found a goal of their own in the 57th minute when Marcos López curled his free kick past the outstretched hand of Stefan Frei. Morris added a third goal for the Rave Green in the 74th minute, when he took a pass from Lodeiro and flicked it over JT Marcinkowski. López scored an own goal in the 80th minute to give Sounders FC its 11th win of the campaign.

SOUNDERS CRISTIAN ROLDAN ON FACING LAFC

“I think we expect a tough opponent; they’re certainly not a seventh seed in our eyes. You know, we have to respect them as well as play them without fear and I think with those two characteristics that we have we can take them on. It’s going to be a tough game. We can’t be complacent initially in the game. You know, it’s playoff time, we need big players to reach that next level and I think great teams go from a good regular-season team to a great playoff team. We need that extra level from the whole team so that’s extremely important. But LAFC is an extremely tough opponent and we aren’t going to take them lightly.”

GAME TIME SET

The Rave Green host LAFC at CenturyLink Field on Tuesday, November 24 (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN, ESPN Deportes) in the final match of opening round action, presented by Fred Meyer.

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