Match Recap: Sounders Fall 2-0 to Red Bulls

The Seattle Sounders lost on the road to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday 2-0.

The Sounders will look back on missed opportunities after a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bull, a score line that doesn’t completely do the Sounders justice with the way they played, especially the first half.

The game started out in the Sounders’ favor, with 2 great looks coming for Friberg in the 13th minute, who saw his shot get deflected wide, and for Morris on the resulting corner, who really should have finished it. Morris then had another great chance to put Seattle up just two minutes later on a breakaway that he put just wide of Robles’ left post. The Red Bulls took advantage of those missed chances after Kljestan hit the post in the 18th minute and Grella was able to score off the rebound. Even after the goal, Aaron Kovar—who did exceptionally well getting himself in dangerous areas—had multiple chances to equalize. He frequently found himself on the top of the box on his left foot, but put the ball wide every time.

The second half had the same story, chances after chances for Seattle would go begging and eventually in the 59th minute Grella took advantage of a miscued slide tackle from Evans to chip the ball over Frei, making it 2-0. After the goal, the Red Bulls took off Kljestan and replaced him with center back Aurélien Collin to go five in the back, effectively parking the bus for the rest of the game.

Sigi felt the same way about not converting their chances:

Frustrating game for us. I thought in the first half we created a number of really, really good chances. We had probably a couple that we should have scored before they got their first goal.

Jun 19, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; Seattle Sounders midfielder Aaron Kovar (11) reacts to missing a shot against the New York Red Bulls during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

You have to make goalkeepers make saves. The easiest save for the goalkeeper is the one he doesn’t have to make. It can look great when you are bending the ball towards the corner but if you don’t hit the frame he doesn’t have to do anything. We have to make sure we make goalkeepers work and we have to finish those opportunities.

There were some positives in this game, though. Morris was very active leading the lines up-top, and setting up plays. Even though he could have scored, it is nice to see him keep progressing as a player. Aaron Kovar also kept missing his chances, but he was finding himself in dangerous areas. Hopefully the finishing from those two will come soon. Jones had an alright night on the wing as well, making some dangerous runs forward. Though having Anderson and Valdez back is a positive in itself, they both were really hard to watch out there after coming on as a sub. From dribbling out of bounds to taking terrible first and second touches, it was obvious that these two were a little rusty from coming back for injury/sitting on Paraguay’s bench.

The Sounders will have to move on past this loss (maybe by doing some finishing drills) to prepare for their next game at home against NYCFC on Saturday. Until then, keep checking on Sounders Nation for the latest news leading up to the match.

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