Despite playing with 10 men for the majority of the second half, Seattle Sounders FC (9-10-2, 29 points) chained goals from Jordan Morris and Nicolás Lodeiro for a gutsy 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids (6-9). -6, 24 points) at Lumen Field. After Kelyn Rowe received a second yellow card in the 47th minute, Seattle pushed hard for a shorthanded winner, finding it through a 71st-minute Lodeiro penalty. By winning all three points, Sounders FC ends last week’s three-game skid, while moving within a point of the playoff line in the MLS playoff race.
Colorado came first on the board in the third minute of action, courtesy of Jonathan Lewis. Diego Rubio received the ball and split two Sounders defenders with a pass, finding the feet of Lewis, who dribbled around a charging Stefan Frei and finished in the back of the net.
Seattle tied the score just before halftime. After a quick free kick, Jimmy Medranda received a long ball just outside the box before slipping a pass to Morris, who finished with a deft chip on Colorado keeper William Yarbrough. For the Mercer Island native, the goal was his team-leading sixth MLS goal in 2022 and his 41st career regular-season tally.
The second half of the game was impacted by a second yellow card for Seattle defender Kelyn Rowe, who was cautioned and sent off in the 47th minute, leaving Sounders FC with 10 men for the rest of the game.
Midfielder Albert Rusnák raced upfield in the 69th minute, delivering a cutting ball to Morris, who fired in and was brought down by Yarborough on the rebound, drawing the penalty. Loderio finished the kick into the top left corner to give Seattle the lead.
Seattle faces an early return to action, this time at Los Angeles FC, who currently lead the MLS and Western Conference standings with 45 points in 21 games. Sounders FC and LAFC last met on June 18, a 1-1 draw at Lumen Field. Friday’s game is scheduled for national television audiences on FS1 and FOX Deportes, with a scheduled kickoff at 8:00 p.m. PT at Banc of California Stadium.
• With tonight’s win, Sounders FC ended their three-game losing streak, Rave Green’s longest stretch of the 2022 MLS season.
• Tonight’s result puts Seattle one point behind the playoff line, one point behind seventh-placed Portland. Seattle has played one game less than opponent Cascadia, with the club’s next game taking place on Friday, July 29 at league-leading LAFC.
• Scoring just before the half-time whistle, Sounders FC striker Jordan Morris netted his team-leading sixth goal in MLS. In all competitions, Morris has nine goals to his name in 2022.
• Morris’ goal was his 41st career regular season goal.
• Jimmy Medranda registered his third assist of the season on Morris’ goal, giving the Colombian six career regular-season assists with Rave Green.
• With his 71st-minute penalty, club captain Nico Lodeiro netted his fourth goal of 2022 and his 37th regular-season goal since joining Sounders FC in mid-2016.
• Lodeiro now has a perfect 17-for-17 penalty record in the MLS regular season.
• Thanks to his assist on Morris’ goal, Lodeiro has six assists in MLS this season, leading the team. It is his 79th assist in all competitions for Rave Green, 29 more than any other player.
• Saturday’s game was the 32nd meeting between these two sides, with Seattle now leading 20-8-4, including 13-2-1 at home.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Colorado Rapids 1
Saturday July 23, 2022
Location: Lumen Field
Referee: Rosendo Mendoza
Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Ryan Graves
Fourth Official: Chris Ruska
VAR: Chico Grajeda
Weather: 72 degrees and sunny
COL – Jonathan Lewis (Diego Rubio) 3′
WED – Jonathan Lewis (Jimmy Medranda, Nico Lodeiro) 43′
WED – Nico Lodeiro 71′
SEA – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 23′
COL – Bryan Acosta (careful) 32′
COL – Gustavo Vallecilla (careful) 43′
SEA – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 47′
COL – Michael Barrios (careful) 56′
COL – Jonathan Lewis (careful) 87′
COL – Darren Yapi (caution) 90′ + 1′
Seattle Sounders FC: Stefan Frei; Alex Roldan, Yeimar Gomez Andrade, Xavier Arreaga, Kelyn Rowe; Cristian Roldan, Albert Rusnák, Jimmy Medranda (Ethan Dobbelaere 65′), Nico Lodeiro, Jordan Morris (Fredy Montero 90′ + 3′); Will Bruin (Jackson Ragen 83′)
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland, Danny Leyva, Dylan Teves, Léo Chú
Total shots: 17
Shots on goal: 7
Corner Kicks: 3
Colorado Rapids – William Yarbrough; Keegan Rosenberry, Lalas Abubakar, Gustavo Vallecilla (Darren Yapi 85′), Lucas Esteves; Bryan Acosta, Michael Barrios (Dantouma Touré 80′), Diego Rubio, Ralph Priso-Mbongue (Max Alves da Silva 62′) Jonathan Lewis; Gyasi Zardes
Subs not used: Clint Irwin, Anthony Markanich, Drew Moor, Collen Warner
Total shots: 8
Shots on goal: 3
Corner Kicks: 11