Seattle Sounders 2, Real Salt Lake 1 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
Nicolas Lodeiro opened his account for the Seattle Sounders in a dominating display that gave the home side a much needed 2-1 victory at CenturyLink Field.
The Uruguayan notched his first career MLS goal with a perfectly placed left-footed curler from inside the box in the 24th minute. He added an assist just minutes later with a clever cross that Jordan Morris headed past Nick Rimando to give Seattle (8-12-3, 27 pts) a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes.
Clint Dempsey rattled a penalty off the bar late in the game, but it didn't matter in the end as the Sounders took all three points to pull within five points of the red line in the Western Conference.
- 24’ SEA -- Nicolas Lodeiro (Andreas Ivanschitz)
- 37' SEA -- Jordan Morris (Nicolas Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey)
- 62' RSL -- Joao Plata (Yura Movsisyan)
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1. LODIERO MAKES HIS MARK
Lodeiro opened his account for the Seattle Sounders in his third MLS appearance. The newly minted Sounder made his presence know all game long, leading his side in final-third pass attempts with 33. He also contributed 10 recoveries (second most for the home side) and three interceptions (second most). Oh, and he did this...
Hello?! Is this playoffs? Can we get in? pic.twitter.com/jtlVNw5QSQ— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 15, 2016
2. MORRIS STAYS HOT
Morris played provider for Dempsey in Seattle’s win last week. This time, the young American international got on the score sheet himself, bagging the game-winner after a near-post run and powerful headed finish. Morris leads Seattle in goals this season with eight.
3. THE RIMANDO EFFECT
Nick Rimando did not make a save on Dempsey’s penalty attempt in the second half. More importantly, though, he did not concede, adding further fodder to Rimando’s knack for keeping out spot kicks. The PK specialist barely moved from his starting spot, as Dempsey rattled his effort off the bar. Rimando has now faced five penalties this season, conceding three goals.