Seattle Sounder FC (11-13-15, 38 points ) interim coach Brian Schmetzer and his team got the signature win they wanted and so desperately needed Sunday when the Sounders beat the LA Galaxy ((11-5-15, 48 points) 4-2 at the Stub Hub Center for the first time since 2009. It was an improbable win for the Sounders not only because of who they played but how they played in accomplishing the rare feat.
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane gave the home side the lead in the 20th minute with a sublime header after receiving a perfect pass from winger Sebastian Lletget. LA was dominating the run of play and an almost certain second goal looked imminent due to the home sides ball possession dominance.
What occurred instead was an LA own goal in the 35th minute. Andreas Ivanschitz’s perfect placed out-swinger corner kick was too much for Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme who headed the ball into his own goal. The goal gave Seattle some life and the two sides went into the break tied at 1-1.
Rookie sensation Jordan Morris lead the Sounders with two goals in the second half and mid field lynch pin Osvaldo Alonso hit a wonder goal from 23 yards out to put the visitors high and drive. LA was awarded a penalty in the 85th which captain Robbie Keane converted but it was too little to late.
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NO QUIT SOUNDERS
Leading up to the game Sounder coach Brian Schmetzer vowed that no matter what happens in the game, his team would not quit. There has been no quit in the Sounders since the second half of their game against Portland on August 28th in the Rose City. Portland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fast half and the Sounders won the second half but not the game by scoring two goals. The game ended 4-2 and Schmetzer vowed after the game that his team will always play hard till the final whistle.
JORDAN MORRIS IS THE REAL DEAL
Never mind rookie of the year, Jordan Morris should be up for league MVP if the Sounders get into the playoffs. Morris’s two goals against the Galaxy was his first professional brace bringing his team lead total to 12. Morris is second in MLS history for most goals scored by a rookie. Orlando City SC’s professional professional hold the league’s all-time record with 17. In a season that has seen the Sounders change coaches, formations and personnel, Morris has put in the time to became a two foot striker and continue’s to improve his reading of the game which has made him a dangerous player wether or not he has the ball.
With the improbable win, the Sounders find themselves just three point behind the Portland Timbers who occupy the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Seattle faces Eastern Conference cellar dwellers Chicago Fire Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. PT ) at CenturyLink Field.