The Seattle Sounders finished the week off with two wins in two games this past week. These two wins came from direct opponents in the Western Conference, the San Jose Earthquakes, and the Los Angeles Football Club respectively.
Victorious again at PayPal Field
The first game of the week came this past Wednesday, June 12th, when the Sounders visited the San Jose Earthquakes, where they came out with a 1-0 win. Seattle seemed to have been in trouble during the first 15 minutes as a penalty was awarded to San Jose on a shot from Earthquakes player, Eduardo Lopez. The shot was deflected by Colombian defender, Yeimar Gomez’s, hand. Shortly after, VAR came to the rescue to call off the penalty after the central referee reviewed the play, and decided that Yeimar’s handball was unintentional.
The Sounders managed to ease off this early scare after Cristian Roldan scored an absolute left-footed rocket from outside the penalty box in the 18′ minute. Despite being the better team throughout the game, Seattle found themselves hanging onto their narrow lead as the Quakes refused to give up. This even saw outfield player, Alex Roldan, take over the goalkeeping duties after the Sounders used up all of their substitutions.
In the end, Roldan’s strike was enough for them to come out of PayPal Park with all three points.
Now that’s better
Brian Schmetzer’s men finished off the week with a 2-0 home win (goals by Xavier Arreaga and Bradley Shaun Smith in the 57′ and 73′ minutes respectively) at Lumen Field over the struggling Los Angeles Football Club. In comparison to the game on Wednesday night, the Sounders were always in the commanding seat of the game. They were always looking to extend their lead to prevent dangling onto a narrow lead like the previous game.
The Sounders finished the Matchweek at the top of the Western Conference table with 16 points after getting all six points out of a possible six. Although they currently have played one more game than the current 2nd place team, Los Angeles Galaxy with 12 points. Seattle seems to be getting better and better with every match that they play. While there has only been six matchdays, the Seattle Sounders’ undefeated run could see them create a point gap early on from other conference contenders. Other contenders including the Los Angeles Galaxy or last year’s Western Conference leaders, Sporting Kansas City. Seattle will play their first non-conference game against Atlanta United next Sunday, May 23rd, at home in Lumen Field.
Look for the Seattle Sounders to continue doing well this season!
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