A brace from Morris lifts Seattle over Chicago 2-1

by Kevin Nesgoda

Photo courtesy of Mike Fleichtner / Sounders FC Communications

Photo courtesy of Mike Fleichtner / Sounders FC Communications

The hometown hero comes off the bench to start the second half and sparks a heroic comeback, as the Sounders knock off the Chicago Fire Sunday afternoon.

Not much more can be said about Jordan Morris that hasn’t already been. The kid from Mercer Island, Washington, rose up through the ranks to be one of the most key guys in Sounders history. He battled through a terrible injury two years ago, then bounced back and became Comeback Player of the Year in the MLS last season. If anyone has left everything on the field, it has been #13. Today was no different.

Starting the second half, Brian Schmetzer went to his star winger after subbing off Danny Leyva. Morris didn’t take much time to have an impact after that. After receiving a pass from Christian Roldan, Morris streaked up the left side and sent a cross in that found a sliding Roldan who put the ball into the net. Problem was that VAR found that 13 was offside on the initial pass to him, overturning the goal. Redemption wasn’t far off though.

Just 6 minutes later, the two players flipped roles from their disallowed goal. Leerdam sent a beautiful ball up and over to Roldan on the right side of the box, he proceeded to cross it to Morris who just snuck in with his right foot to level the match at 1.

Based off of how the game was unfolding, many would say that a draw wouldn’t have been the worst result. Chicago opened up the scoring 43 seconds into the second half thanks to striker Robert Berić and they had been the better squad up to that point. It had the feeling of a trap game, much like Brian Schmetzer said it would be back on media day. The Fire were playing the role of spoilers very well until Morris got involved and even after that it seemed like both teams were evenly matched.

Yet, Jordan was still hungry for more and did not want to settle for the draw.

With the addition of 6 minutes of stoppage time, Seattle went all out for the game winner. They earned a corner in the 92nd minute, and João Paulo trotted far side to take it. He sent an out swinging cross into the box that found the leaping head of Roldan. Christian redirected it to the back post and found an onside Jordan Morris for the easy knock down. The brace was secured, as well as the victory.

Seattle successfully bounced back from the disappointing Champions League exit.

In the fun/weird stat of the day. Chicago has never won a match in Cascadia. In all competitions, the Fire are now 0-17 when playing at either Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver. So there’s that.


Seattle will continue to sleep in their own beds as they have the Columbus Crew in town next Saturday, the 7th.

Columbus took down NYCFC 1-0 in their match today. The Crew, who can finally put all of that Austin mess behind them, have a solid squad this year. The team went out and spent big money this offseason and will be a team to watch in the Eastern Conference. I will dive more into them in our match preview in the coming week.

The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm PT kickoff time. The match can be watched live on JOEtv in the local market or streamed on ESPN+. As usual, the game will also be on the airwaves with 950 KJR and Spanish broadcast on EL Rey 1360.

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