The Seattle Sounders FC (13-5-13, 41pts) brass seems to have gotten into the Halloween season a little early this year , as in going trick-a-treating this side of three weeks early. The organization received a treat whenNicolas Lodeiro scored a goal and received a yellow card in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Venezuela in last Thursday’s CONMEBOL 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. The yellow card put the midfielder over the allowed limit, resulting in Lodeiro not able to participate in Uruguay’s match against Colombia on Tuesday, Oct. 11. As a result, the Sounders outstanding playmaker returned to the team Sunday night and participate in the team’s Monday practice session.
The yellow card put Lodeiro over the FIFA limit, resulting in the talented Uruguayan midfielder barred from participate in Uruguay’s match against Colombia on Tuesday, Oct. 11. As a result, the Sounders outstanding playmaker returned to the team Sunday night and participate in the team’s Monday practice session.
MORRIS RELEASE EARLY
With a treat in hand, the Sounders decided to perform a magical trick by having the U.S. Soccer Federation agree to an early release of rookie Jordan Morris’s duties with the National Team after the sensational rookie participated in the Yankees historical 2-0 friendly win over the Cuban National team in Havanna. The USMNT’s next match will be Tuesday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. when they take on the New Zealand National team.
Having Morris and Lodeiro for Wednesday’s midweek clash against Houston gives the Sounders an excellent opportunity to get the three points needed to clinch a playoff position with just three games left in the regular season. Morris is the team leader with 12 goals scored while Lodeiro is tied with Andreas Ivanschitz for most assists at eight. Although Houston is eighth in the eight-team Western Conference ( 7-11-13, 32 points), the Sounders are not taking the visitors lightly.
“They’re playing for jobs, they’re playing for spots next year,” Morris said after Monday’s practice. “We know we haven’t made the playoffs yet. If things don’t go our way in the last three games, we could drop out and all the hard work would be for nothing. We know we still have a job to do.”