Jordan Morris’s career day propels Sounders to a 4-1 win over Sporting Kansas City

After going down 1-0 early to  Sporting Kansas City on a William Agada goal, the  Sounders showed their grit and might by scoring the next four goals. Actually, it was Jordan Morris who scored all of the Rave Green’s goals. The Mercer Island native and Stanford native had a career day.  It was the first time the USMNT player scored four goals in an MLS game. Midfielder Leo Chu assisted on three of Morris’s goals to set a career mark.

 EARLY PATIENCE  

Despite the early deficit, the Sounders stayed patient with solid defense and good short passes that went from the middle of the pitch to the touchlines and then back to the middle. The sustained possession enabled the Sounders to get a foothold in the game and allow time for  Chu to get to the outside and Morris to make runs behind defenders inside the box. Joao Paulo was pulling the strings in the middle of the field, and it was his passing that unlocked the Sporting Kansas City defense.

EQUALIZER

Paulo’s pass to Chu on the left flank led to a sublime pass by Chu to  Morris who rifled home the equalizer. The  Sounders continued to dominate the game but were unable to find the go-ahead goal before the halftime break. The Sounders continued dominance of possession led to another Chu to Morris scoring play. The go-ahead goal came in the 54th minute when the Sounders press forced a Sporting K turnover. Joao Paulo intercepted an errant pass and then slid a right-footed pass to Chu who was at the edge of the Sporting KC box. Chu did a shimmy and shake then passed the ball to Morris for his brace and a Sounders 2-1 lead.

RED CARD TURNS THE GAME



With possession, the lead, and space to operate up and down the pitch the Sounders had Sporting KC on its heels and chasing the game.   Sporting defender  Ben Sweat received his second yellow for a bad challenge on Chu in the 63rd. Already chasing the game and now down to ten men Sporting Kansas City was at the Mercy of the Sounders.

Six Minutes later Morris made it a hat trick with a right-footed half-volley after receiving a mid-range cross from Nicolas Lodeiro.  Morris and Chu’s career days were complete when the two connected in the 77th minute.  Morris scored his fourth goal of the game when he headed home a Chu cross.

BIG TAKE

Morris and Chu had career days respectively. Head  Coach Brian Schmetzer said in his post-game conference that it was a team effort.  Give credit to Kelyn Rowe, Cristian Roldan, and Josh Atencio for stepping up when their numbers were called to start or play different positions. A roundabout way of saying credit the Schmetzer and his coaching staff for putting together a great game plan and the players for executing that plan.

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