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Houston Dynamo 0, Seattle Sounders 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap

Jordan Morris scored a game-winning goal in the 59th minute, sending the Seattle Sounders to a 1-0 road victory over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium on Saturday.

The home side controlled much of the possession throughout the first half, but couldn't quite parlay any of it into an opening goal despite a couple of solid chances. The Sounders, meanwhile, had perhaps their best look of the opening frame off a 36th-minute strike from substitute midfielder Harry Shipp, but the shot went wide and the match would remain scoreless into the halftime break. 

Seattle found the winner in the 59th minute after Morris pounced on a loose ball during a frantic scramble in the box, set himself up with a rainbow feed over two defenders and managed to poke home a trickling finish to the far post. Neither side would manage to strike after that, allowing Seattle to see out the victory.

 
 
 
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Goals

  • 59' - SEA - Jordan Morris | WATCH

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: It wasn't pretty, but it's a great result for Seattle, who doesn't historically perform well in Houston and was playing without star striker Raul Ruidiaz, who didn't travel for the match due to a concussion. Houston was playing without a star attacker in its own right in the suspended Alberth Elis, but given the Dynamo's poor road form this season they really need three points from all their home matches, making Saturday's finish a tough pill to swallow.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Morris' game-winner was a stellar individual effort, somewhat reminiscent of a similar self-assist Ruidiaz pulled off against Atlanta a couple of weeks ago. It also had to feel good for the 24-year-old attacker's confidence, as it was his first league goal since April 28 against LAFC.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Morris is the obvious choice, but the Sounders wouldn't have taken all three points without the clean sheet. As such, we'll give the nod to left back Nouhou, who put in a standout shift bottling up the left side of Houston's attack.

Next Up

  • SEA: Sunday, August 4 vs. Sporting Kansas City (10 pm ET | FS1 in US, TSN in Canada)
  • HOU: Saturday, August 3 vs. Chicago Fire (9 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, DAZN in Canada)
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