Sounders eke out point vs Portland, 1-1.

by Kevin Nesgoda


Photo Credit: Mike Fiechtner / Sounders Communications

Photo Credit: Mike Fiechtner / Sounders Communications

Seattle gets a stoppage time equalizer from Will Bruin as they steal a point from rivals Portland Thursday night.

I have started many a post match articles by saying the match was ugly or sloppy, but this one just might take the cake. The Sounders did not look good in this match. Their attack was non-existent throughout the first 45. Whenever they did have a look at goal, their shots would be sent high and wide, missing the frame completely. In fact, the Sounders were in danger of going the entire match without recording a single shot on goal for the first time since a 2012 match.

The second half was much better, but Seattle was playing from behind due to a Andrés Flores goal. The team looked more dangerous, but like stated before, they just couldn’t bring their shots down on frame.

Then 7 minutes of stoppage time was added. Seattle put everything they had in a late flurry of possession and chances, which led to a corner in the 93rd. Nico sent an outward swinging corner into the box that took a deflection and landed at the feet of Will Bruin far post. The Sounders striker tucked the ball away for not only the only goal for Rave Green, but the only shot on goal registered.

“They were happy in the locker room, they were happy Will scored,” Coach Schmetzer stated post match. “There was a bit of fog as well because they wanted the win.” Coach also said that the play that allowed for Bruin to score is something the Sounders practice. Tucking a player at the back post definitely worked.

Just like that, Seattle ended a two game skid to their I-5 rivals in dramatic fashion. They will remain in first place in the West with a game still in hand. However, the lack of offensive punch since Raúl Ruidíaz left on international duty is a troubling trend. They will need to figure something out as we are still a little while out from him returning.

SCORING SUMMARY:

  • 10’ POR – Andrés Flores

  • 90+3’ SEA – Will Bruin

WHATS NEXT?:

The Sounders will head south to Providence Park, but not for another match vs the Timbers. Instead they will be playing their other Cascadia foe in the Vancouver Whitecaps who are using Providence as a home away from home due to Canada’s travel restrictions.

The Sounders are 2-0-0 vs Vancouver this season and have outscored them 6-1 in those two matches. The lone goal conceded this season was during a questionable sequence that led to a Whitecaps PK. The match can be viewed on JOEtv and Prime Video. For those who prefer just listening, 950 KJR and EL Rey 1360 AM are your local options.

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