SEATTLE, WA – Sounders got on the board early and often in a dominant win over the Colorado Rapids Sunday night at Lumen Field. A team that is known more as a second half squad, wasted no time in securing and padding the lead in what was a crucial matchup late in the season.
It is well documented, as is the case with almost every team that plays in this city, that the Sounders like to make their moves in the later stages of their games. Usually credited to the fact that they “wear down” their opponents early and then capitalize later, the strategy has been criticized for not jumping out on the attacking foot.
Tonight, the critics got their wishes.
It took the Rave Green all of two minutes of action to open up the scoring tally when Cristian Roldan netted his 4th in as many games. That was followed by goals by Jimmy Medranda (22′) and João Paulo (45+1′) to give the home club a nicely cushioned lead heading into the halftime break.
Boaaaa, que jogador!
João Paulo 🇧🇷🙌 pic.twitter.com/p7sGJltDjY
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) October 4, 2021
The record is definitely in the favor of the Sounders when they get out to a quick start. Rave Green is 14-0-4 this season when they score the first goal of a match. The added goals and the fact that Seattle was playing at home just increased the probability that they would pick up all three points.
The win helped build up a separation between the Sounders and the rest of the pack out west as well. Seattle sits atop the table with a 2-point advantage over Sporting Kansas City with a game in hand. They are also now 6-points above the Rapids who remain in third with an equal amount of matches played. It will be key for Seattle to have the road to MLS Cup run through the Emerald City. Especially now that they have started to fix their home form problem that was plaguing them throughout the season.
- 2′ SEA – Cristian Roldan (Assist: Will Bruin)
- 22′ SEA – Jimmy Medranda (Assist: João Paulo, Cristian Roldan)
- 45’+1 SEA – João Paulo (Assist: Cristian Roldan)
The Sounders will have the week off before hosting Cascadia rival in the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. It will be a tough matchup not only because of the rivalry, but because the Whitecaps are currently battling for a playoff spot and can’t afford to drop points. We should see a great match between these two clubs.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 pm and will be carried on the regular platforms.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.