Seattle Saunders hailed Lumen Field’s LA Galaxy leader for an early game with potential for big repercussions. The Saunders stood up strong and inflicted their first loss on the Galaxy after escaping to a 3-0 victory.
The story of the first half was written in three minutes. The Saunders combined the strengths of the current roster and their new line-up when the winged defenders found themselves in dangerous positions, Christian Roldan escaped to a devastating effect, and Raul Ruidias showed the quality that made him one of the best strikers in the league since his arrival. Ruidias opened the scoring with a flying shot to complete a good job of Will Bruin and Brad Smith. Then, just minutes later, Brad Smith doubled the lead when he encountered a Christian Roldan cross in the center of the penalty area. The Galaxy had plots and had a few good views of the door, but Stephen Frey and his team at Saunders were constantly on the challenge.
There was action in the second half, but not much to write at home, until after the hour when Nicola Lodeiro entered the game, debuting in his season, as well as his first substitute appearance with Saunders. Lodeiro̵
’20 – Brad Smith collided with a pass from Will Bruin and dropped the ball to the penalty spot, which Raul Ruidias scored with an impressive finish. 1-0
’23 – Christian Roldan plays ball in the field that finds its way to Brad Smith. Smith’s initial shot was blocked, but he did not forget to take it home for his second goal in so many games. 2-0
27 ‘- Stefan Frey finds himself 1v1 with a Galaxy striker and comes out with a big save to keep the lead of two goals.
52 ‘- Chicharito was caught napping as Nouhou lifted a ball over him following a free kick, but the ball hit the bar, rebounding into the keeper’s arms.
66 ‘- Nico Lodeiro joined the game, replacing Will Bruin, who made his first appearance of the season.
81 ‘- Kelyn Rowe receives a header from a cross from Jimmy Medranda that hits the goalkeeper and exits the crossbar and the far post before bouncing on the goal line, but stays on the sidelines.
90 + 3 ‘- Nouhou hits the ball over the entire Galaxy team to run into Jimmy Medranda. His ball in the field is met by Olympic gymnast Raul Ruidias, who scores his second goal of the evening to close things off. 3-0
It’s nice to be home: Kelin Rowe’s return home seemed like a great story, but after a few years it wasn’t entirely clear what to expect from him on the pitch. At one point, he was a hot prospect for the USMNT, so there was reason to think he could regain some of that form by returning to his hometown. I don’t think any of us expected to see the level of performance he has shown so far this season, especially tonight at his first start.
Rowe did a quality defensive job and was an impressive part of the way the team played forward. He was robbed by the goalkeeper and the door structure, denying him a goal that probably deserved to celebrate his start, but that doesn’t take away anything that seems like a vile good addition to the list.
Rock’n’roll: There was no doubt that Ruidias was the most dangerous player on the field for the Saunders, but he was as hot to begin with as we could have asked. Chicharito’s 5 goals in 2 games overshadowed a lot of entry into this game, but with his second bracket of the season Ruidias shook and shook the front for the team at the top of the table. His goals tonight showed the incredible physical abilities he possesses and his remarkable technique to make even the toughest chances look like pedestrians. With the addition of Nico Lodeiro back to the team, things will only get better from here.
Speaking of Lodeiro: You may have heard this before, but Lodeiro joined the game for the first time as Sounder tonight. When he went out on the field, he seemed to have saved all the energy from the two missed matches and is everywhere on the field. The presence of Lodeiro to cover any grass and pull the strings facilitates everyone’s work. With two wins and a draw in three games with Lodeiro in less than half an hour, things look pretty promising for this Saunders team.
Raul Ruidias has a black belt to break the hearts of goalkeepers.
Brian Schmetzer’s tactical trick that Major League Football doesn’t want you to know about!
“When Brad scored the second goal, he and Alex were the two farthest pitches. Will and Raul were 40 yards up. How will the teams plan that?”
– Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) May 3, 2021
12 – Shane O’Neill had 12 assists throughout the game. His CB partners took a total of 94, as O’Neill’s main responsibility was to keep Chicharito in his pocket.
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