Sounders Improbable 3-2 Win Over Loons Sends Team Back To MLS Title Game

The Seattle Sounders pulled off  an implausible  3-2 comeback  win over the Minnesota Loons to  head back to their fourth MLS Cup in the last five years. The Rave Green scored three goals in the last 18 minutes of their Western Conference Final at Lumen Field Monday Night. Gustav Svensson’s  header off  a corner kick in the 93rd minute capped the miraculous comeback win.

TWO QUALITY TEAMS

The game was advertised as a faced paced match with quality players who were intent on scoring . The players did not disappoint.  Both teams went up and down the pitch. The Sounders attacked the Loons right side  with Nicolas  Lodeiro  trying to exploit Jordan Morris speed. Minnesota  took a different route.

There plan was to attack the middle of the Sounders defense with intricate passing between midfielder  Emanuel  Reynoso, Chase  Gasper and  winger Kevin Molin. The passing between the Loons players forced the Sounders defense into two  yellow card infractions on five fouls.

While the Sounders caused seven fouls there were no yellow card infractions. The Sounders foul in the 29th  had the first  dramatic impact on  the game.  Shane O’neill  fouled  Loons winger Ethan Finlay. Midfielder  Reynoso  showed his brilliance when his left footed shot beat the Sounders wall and Stefan Frei for the 1-0  lead.

VISITORS CONTINUE TO PUSH FORWARD


The Loons started the second half the  way they finished the first half. Pushing the ball forward with  intricate passes leading to half chances. The Sounders  played their part pushing  the ball forward  and looked to have tied the game in the 53rd minute. A VAR review determined that Ruidiaz had committed a foul before receiving the ball from Cristian Roldan and rifling it into the back of the goal.  Minnesota doubled their lead in the 67th on another set piece goal. A Reynoso corner kick was  headed into the back of the net by  defender Bakaye Dibassy

URGENCY WITH  PATIENCE

With a sense of belief  Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer looked to his veteran bench for inspiration and execution. In came Kelvin Leerdam for Alex Roldan and  Brad Smith for Nouhou. The insertion of  Leerdam and Smith gave the Sounders speed at the right and left back positions.  With speed in  wingback positions Schmetzer brought in  offensive firepower  with the insertion of forward Will Bruin for midfielder Joao Paulo.  The personnel moves were pure magic as Bruin scored just two minutes later to narrow the deficit to 2-1. 

Schmetzer then replaced Joevin Jones with Gustav Svensson  in the center of the field With speed and the steady  Svensson in the middle with Lodeiro  Schmetzer switched to a 4-4-2 formation. The extra players in the midfield turned into extra possession and the result was a Ruidiaz equalizer in the  89th minute. The Sounders continued to push forward and turn the unbelievable to the believable on  Svensson’s  game winning  corner kick  header.

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