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Sounders and LAFC try to sustain offensive surges

Field Level Media
18 Sep 2020, 11:19 GMT+10

After releasing some pent-up frustration in a lopsided victory last week, the Seattle Sounders will try to maintain their newfound momentum when they host Los Angeles FC on Friday night.

The Sounders set a club record for goals in a game when they crushed the San Jose Earthquakes 7-1 on Sept 10. Jordan Morris had an early goal and a club-record-tying three assists, for which he earned MLS player-of-the-week honors.

Before the lopsided victory, the Sounders (5-2-3, 18 points) fell 2-1 to the rival Portland Timbers and played to a 2-2 tie with Real Salt Lake.

"The difference between the two games (Portland and San Jose) was night and day," Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. "We challenged the team to respond after a tough loss and they did that. The first 30 minutes was great; I loved everything about it."

LAFC (4-4-3, 15 points) knows about channeling frustration into a rebound. After consecutive 3-0 defeats to the rival Los Angeles Galaxy and to Real Salt Lake, the club bounced back at home Sunday to earn a 4-2 victory over the Timbers.

LAFC used a three-goal outburst in a nine-minute stretch just before halftime to take control, with Mark-Anthony Kaye, Diego Rossi, and Bradley Wright-Phillips each finding the back of the net. The offense was welcome with MLS MVP Carlos Vela still out with a knee injury.

"(Vela) is still certainly weeks away," coach Bob Bradley said Wednesday. "Carlos is doing a little bit of light work on the field, not with the team. He's working hard with (the medical staff), different exercises."

The Sounders will be hard pressed to match what they did against the Earthquakes last week. They not only set a record with their six-goal margin of victory, their five goals in 33 minutes was the fastest to that number in MLS history. In fact, it was just the third five-goal first half in league history.

The Sounders, meantime, scored the fastest kickoff-to-five goals in MLS history. After Morris scored the opener, Raul Ruidiaz, Kelvin Leerdam, Joevin Jones, and Ruidiaz added goals -- all in the first 33 minutes.

--Field Level Media

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