Sounders Get Costly Win at San Jose, 1-0

Russell Brown

San Jose, Cali – The Seattle Sounders remain unbeaten on the season as they get the road win over the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0. Christian Roldan had the lone goal for the Rave Green, while brother Alex, was called into action in a strange way.

RECAP

The match could have gone in a completely different direction had it not been for a VAR review in the 15h minute. A shot by the Earthquakes Eduard Lopez went right into the hand of Seattle’s Gómez Andrade inside of the box. The official originally called it a handball and awarded the home side a PK, but upon VAR review, it was determined that Yeimar’s hand was within his body and he did not use it to make his body larger in any way. We payed on scoreless.

Well, that was until the 18th minute. Christian Roldan had a ball fall at his feet outside of the box after a poor clearance by San Jose and shot an absolute rocket into the net. It was the first one of the young season for the Sounders midfielder.

The two sides spent the remining minutes of regular time exchanging great chances but with no conversions. This included a brilliant one arm diving save by Stefan Frei in the 37th minute.

The real drama began in the 90th when San Jose kept firing shots at Frei who held his own and did not allow one to get past his reach. However, one particular attempt saw him go out for a ball and end up landing awkwardly and twisting his leg around. It appeared he was feeling a great deal of pain in his knee and could not continue through stoppage time.

It was a bad enough that the Rave Green’s long time keeper suffered an injury, but the fact that the Sounders had no more substitutions meant that a field player would have to fill in. In steps Alex Roldan. The younger brother of Christian put on a bright yellow jersey with no name or number on it and filled in admirably. The Earthquakes continued to take their shots and the ball spent a great deal of time in the box but they just couldn’t get past the Seattle U product. Alex at one point was even apart of a nasty collision himself, but was able to shake it off and preserve the shutout and three big points for Seattle.

SCORING SUMMARY

  • 18’ – C. Roldan (Unassisted)

WHATS NEXT

The Sounders have a short rest before hosting western conference heavy weight LAFC on Sunday. In their previous meeting back on April 24th, the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw. Brad Smith had the lone Seattle goal in the match and that remains the only ‘blemish’ on the Sounders schedule.

The game is scheduled for a 6:30 pm kickoff from Lumen Field and can be seen on FS1.

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