Seattle Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids – Football Match Report – February 26, 2023
Heber scored his first purpose together with his new staff to assist the Seattle Sounders full a 4-0 romp of the visiting Colorado Rapids in each groups’ season opener on Sunday evening.
Jordan Morris added two targets and Cristian Roldan had one other for Seattle in a gathering of elite 2021 MLS performers who failed to succeed in the 2022 postseason.
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Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei had little to do in a dominant staff efficiency, making solely two stops to file his first shutout since early September.
Seattle acquired Heber from New York City FC in a late December commerce to offer some depth at heart ahead, after he scored eight targets in 29 appearances (9 begins) final season.
With Raul Ruidiaz nursing a minor harm, the 31-yr-previous Brazilian bought the beginning in his place and ultimately tallied his first Seattle purpose within the 53rd minute.
Roldan, Albert Rusnak and Nicolas Lodeiro had been all concerned within the attacking transfer. Lodeiro performed the ultimate move for Heber simply past the highest of the 6-yard field, and defender Lalas Abubakar misplaced his stability attempting to clear the move from hazard.
That allowed Heber a easy end previous William Yarbrough for his twenty fifth purpose in MLS since his arrival in 2019, making it 3-0 earlier than Morris added his second purpose late in probably the most lopsided match of the league’s opening weekend.
After opening phases through which the Sounders had been the aggressors, Roldan gave Seattle the lead within the twenty fifth minute.
Morris bought free down the fitting facet and hit a looping cross towards the again publish. Yarbrough saved Roldan’s first header from the cross, however Roldan’s second ultimately crossed the road regardless of a deflection from the goalkeeper.
Morris doubled the lead 20 minutes later together with his first purpose of the day. This time Roldan supplied the preliminary cross from the fitting, which carried simply past attackers within the field. Lodeiro reached it on the other flank and hammered a volley again into the purpose mouth that took a pair deflections earlier than Morris guided one other unfastened-ball header previous Yarbrough.