The Seattle Sounders win for the 13th time in their last 15 games with a 3-2 away victory over the Houston Dynamo. This is the second time the clubs have played in the last two weeks, both of which have gone the Sounders way.
Making a mark on his 400th MLS appearance, Chad Marshall nets his 3rd goal of the season on a corner from Nicolas Lodeiro in the 26th minute. In a carbon copy effort, Lodeiro sent another corner into the box in the 50th minute, which met the head of Gustov Svensson, scoring his 2nd of the season.
The Sounders sealed their 17th win of the season on Raúl Ruidíaz’s 87th-minute goal and head home to face San Jose who holds the worst point total in all of MLS.
Although the Sounders conceded two second-half goals to an underachieving Dynamo team, Stefan Frei is 5th in the MLS in saves and has allowed only 33 goals in 32 games played. That total is 2nd lowest in the MLS for keepers with a minimum of 30 starts.
In their final home game of the season, Dynamo’s Kevin Garcia scored his first MLS goal on the third set-piece goal of the game by both clubs.
Not to be left out of the headlines, Nicolas Lodeiro, who assisted on all three of the Sounders goals today, finds himself atop the club charts for assists. With three on the day, he passes Fredy Montero for the club lead with 37 assists. Montero had 36 with the Sounders between 2009 and 2012. Impressively, Loderio has achieved this feat in 36 fewer appearances (83 vs 119).
The win allows the Sounders to remain in the hunt for a first-round bye in the 2018 MLS Playoffs. With a win next week in Seattle versus San Jose tied together with a draw or loss from both LAFC and FC Dallas, the Sounders could gain some extra rest while the third through sixth seeds duke it out in the first round.
Both LAFC and FC Dallas are on the road for Decision Day Sunday. LAFC travel to first place Sporting KC, while FC Dallas will be at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to take on the next to last place Colorado Rapids. Anything can happen but it seems likely that with a win, Seattle will play host to rival Portland Timbers on either October 31st or November 1st.
Until next time, Soosh out.