Brian Schmetzer Disappointed with Home Defeat against Kansas City

Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer has admitted that his team cannot afford to lose three goals at home and still think about winning the match. His comments come after the 3-2 defeat against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. Seattle had already been receiving plenty of setbacks in their efforts to challenge Los Angeles FC at the top of the Western Conference table. However, the game at CenturyLink Field witnessed Seattle Sounders end up losing for the second consecutive game.

The loss against Kansas City Wizards is in the second defeat in three games for Seattle, who have now dropped to 4th in the table with Minnesota United and San Jose Earthquakes ahead. The pressure from LA Galaxy is also turning on with the club just one point behind. Seattle received a double setback after just 33 minutes following a brace from Felipe Gutierrez. Even though Jordan Morris was able to pull one back just before half-time, Erik Hurtado’s goal in the second half made the game safe for Kansas City and rendered the second goal from Morris has only a consolation. The Seattle team has to recover quickly before they face New England Revolution once again at home next weekend.
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Seattle Get Late Winner over Vancouver Whitecaps to Reverse Losing Sequence

Seattle Sounders were able to grab a crucial victory over Vancouver Whitecaps to arrest a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions. This was also the first victory for Seattle since beating Orlando City in the middle of May. Brian Schmetzer was coming under pressure owing to this disappointing form since the start of the campaign. As a result, the two Los Angeles teams have been able to make substantial inroads into the top of the Western Conference table. LA Galaxy have a two-point advantage – after having played a game more – while LAFC have been able to open up an eight-point advantage after having played the same number of matches as Seattle.

In such a situation, the game had to go in favour of Seattle, who were playing in front of their own supporters. Just when it seemed that the match was to end in a goalless draw, Kelvin Leerdam was able to come up with a winner in the sixth minute of injury time. This was almost the last kick of the game. Seattle had put in an impressive performance, but manager Schmetzer says that he expected a victory for Seattle after the substantial improvement shown in the second half. The first half was a dull affair with both teams struggling to break the opposition.
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Seattle Sounders’ recent match against Los Angeles was a test of resilience for them and they came out with absolute flying colors.

Seattle was slightly on the back-foot ahead of the game because they had locked horns with LA only a few days back and had got absolutely hammered by four goals to one. But they seemed to be pumped up to avenge that as they took the pitch on Sunday and dramatically managed to get a lead in the very first minute of the game, leaving LA shell shocked.

However that happiness turned into anguish pretty soon as not only the visitors managed to level the proceedings just a couple of minutes later, Seattle thereafter went one man short too as Cristian Roldan received marching orders from the referee for a foul.
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Borussia Dortmund make transfer decision on Jadon Sancho after Pulisic sale

Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has indicated that the club have no plans of parting ways with Jadon Sancho during the summer transfer window. The German side are set to lose the services of Christian Pulisic when the season concludes, and this has encouraged the need to keep hold of Sancho, who has been one of their standout performers this season.

In an interview with Bild, Watzke revealed that Sancho won’t follow Pulisic through the exit door during the summer with the club determined to keep him for at least one more season, he said:  “I’m far from putting a price tag on Jadon. His transfer would be difficult even for the biggest clubs in the world at the moment. Jadon will play for Borussia Dortmund next season.”
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Stefan Frei Delighted with Seattle Sounders’ Offensive Play

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei claims that it was a delight to see the team scoring goals for fun at the start of the 2019 MLS campaign. The Western Conference outfit have a reputation for being defensively strong, but they have now been able to get three or more goals in two out of the three MLS matches so far this season. It is remarkable that Seattle Sounders required a whopping 13 games last season just to reach 10 goals in the 2018 campaign but they have achieved this feat in just three matches so far this season. Crucially, there have been goals from five different players and there have also been players who have scored multiple goals already.

The 4-2 victory over Chicago Fire has helped Seattle Sounders register three wins on the bounce.Frei used to be a lot more busier in the previous campaigns, but he is now witnessing a change in Seattle Sounders’ mentality. There was a lot of attractiveness in the game play from Seattle Sounders and the decision from the manager to go with a different tactic right from pre-season is starting to pay rewards. Nicolas Lodeiro was largely carrying Seattle Sounders on his own during the 2016 MLS Cup, but Brian Schmetzer seems to have realised the importance of having several players capable of finding the goal.
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