Sounders vs. LAFC, Conclusion: A Little Bit of Good and Evil

The Seattle Sounders Saturday’s busy sports day began Seattle with a 1-1 draw with its guest LAFC. The game was beautiful even in most respects, with the Sounders outselling the league leaders in most aspects outside of the bottom line. The first half was as open as can be, with both sides dominating the match for stretches of tension. Both teams took 6 shots, and possession was split 51.9% to 48.1% in favor of the Sounders, but Stefan Frye was the busiest among goalkeepers, having to make four powerful, if not necessarily amazing saves. The Sounders created plenty of dangerous moments, even off the six shots, with Jordan Morris causing constant problems for the LAFC defense, but the side was missing the last bit of sharpness.

In the second half, it looked as if Seattle had found the spark they needed to break the game open and achieve three wins in three games to start home. Just before the hour went by, Saunders was pressing L.A. as they were passing the ball around the defense, when Albert Rusnak rose to intercept a pass from Maxime Crepeau, then headed towards goal and smashed his shot into the near post to open the scoring. Seattle kept pushing, but it was Los Angeles that took the next goal, taking advantage of two errors from the Sounders to put together a superb header from Christian Arango that left Stefan Frye with no chance. There were still chances in the match, but in the end the two teams went home and split the points. The Sounders have two games left in their house, hosting Sporting Kansas City Next Saturday for another noon match.

12′- The Sounders’ first shot comes from a short corner kick set to cross from Alex Roldan to Jordan Morris’ head, but the timing isn’t quite right.

15th’ – Christian Roldan plays a ball for Maurice to run on. Morris hits a man and drops the ball to Nico Lodeiro, but Lodeiro’s attempt goes out for a throw-in.

28′- LAFC comes out on a quick counter-attack, but Stefan Frei holds firm in his position and makes himself big to block the shot. He stayed a bit after the play, but he seems to be fine.

37′- Jose Cifuentes penetrated the inside from the left and shot the ball, but Frey caught it in the chest.

39′- Jordan Morris finds himself with the ball in a dangerous position again – this time at the penalty spot – and picks a teammate, but Albert Rusnak’s shot is high and wide.

40′- Rusnák plays Morris behind this time, but Maxime Crépeau makes an excellent play to step up and cut the ball before Morris gets there.

48′- Seattle goes off a first-half shot, with Rusnak taking a look from outside the penalty area caught by Crépeau, then Christian Roldan pulling off the outside and just missing him.

58′- Albert Rusnak! He applies the finishing touch to the press, intervenes to pick up a pass from the goalkeeper, drives to goal, and places his shot behind Crépeau’s dive! 1-0 sounders

64′- L.A. seemed certain they would score twice, and he ran into Stefan Frye twice! First with a good position to close the corner, then the great diving reaction is saved.

79′- LAFC adjusts the match after Nohu’s fall and fails to recover from play before Christian Arango’s header over Frey. 1-1

90′ + 6 – with Some finishing touches to the game, Rusnák and Will Bruin working the ball down the field before finding Jimmy Medranda with a square pass, whose shot was caught.

The amazing Stefan Frye: The Sounders have kept a clean sheet in the MLS so far this season, which may hinder how well Stefan Fry has performed. This one stands as a microcosm of the season so far, with Frei making a number of really good saves but unable to hold the lock and all three points after the defense collapsed at a weak point in front of him. His performance should be appreciated by the league, but he’ll need some help if he’s to be involved in the Goalkeeper of the Year conversation in the fall.

Jordan Creator: It’s all too easy after this to point at Morris’ game today and complain that he’s lost some kind of killer instinct and confidence on his end, but the truth is that he’s doing more than a creative player in this Saunders attack. As much as we would all like to see him score more goals, he plays in a way that causes big problems for the opposing teams. As Brian Schmetzer pointed out in his press conference, Morris is great on the wing and in space, and as he moves towards goal and his defenses try to block him, he creates space for his teammates to easily pick in better positions. He wasn’t perfect, but he’s ready to take off as a creator.

Obert Farsnak: The Sounders midfield duo between Obed Vargas and Albert Rusnak appears to be staying, at least for as long as the team is without Joao Paulo. As such, it was time for a nickname baptism. I put: Obert Farsnak. It rolls on his tongue, summarizing the way the two players have become excellent midfields. Long live Obert Farsnak.

Stefan Frye is a mythical being.

13.9% – 13.9% of Jordan Morris’ touches were creating chances, with 5 chances from 36 touches.


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