September 28, 2022
Sounders at Rapids, recap: high and dry in Commerce City

The Seattle Sounders followed a couple of league wins with a trip to face the Colorado Rapids. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep their good run going, as a Jonathan Lewis tap-in goal proved enough to sink the road team.

Missing Alex Roldan due to suspension and Nico Lodeiro for the birth of a child, Brian Schmetzer opted to revisit the 3-4-2-1 formation that was used to such good effect throughout 2021. The Sounders were able to control a good chunk of possession — a valuable approach at altitude, where chasing the ball is likely to lead to tired bodies and minds — but struggled to generate real scoring opportunities through it.

The lone goal came from some poor defense and a bit of bad luck as Stefan Frei made a good play to dive and deal with a cross intended for Lewis, but the rebound hit Yeimar as he tracked the runner and it deflected back toward goal. Lewis was quick to react and that was that. The Sounders contended a foul occurred on the buildup but VAR did not deem it worth reviewing.

The best chance for the Sounders to get back in the game came four minutes later when a defensive error let a ball run through Colorado’s backline for Jordan Morris to attack. Morris had a 1-v-1 and chipped the goalkeeper, seemingly leveling the game, but the effort wasn’t hit hard enough and Lalas Abubakar was able to clear it.

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