Sounders: 4 takeaways from heartbreaking 3-3 tie with LA Galaxy
By Paul Taylor
2) The goals finally come
Even though the Sounders were down 2-0 at the half, they still weren't out of it (yet). The problem was this is a team which has struggled to score of late, with just nine goals in their previous 10 league games combined.
However, if there's one thing you can say about this team above anything else, it's that they have tremendous mental fortitude. Clearly spurred on by Schmetzer's speech and adjustments during the break, the comeback started just eight minutes into the second half.
Raul Ruidiaz made a tremendous turn and run with the ball down the right and into the Galaxy box. His low cross was then calmly curled home into the top right hand corner by Kelyn Rowe, to make it 2-1.
Seattle was galvanized and unlucky not to score again on the hour mark. Albert Rusnak first hit the crossbar from 25 yards out and then the right post from just inside the penalty area, both times with the goalie beaten.
In the end though, this only delayed the inevitable by one minute. Nicolas Lodeiro made a pinpoint cross near the corner flag on the left and the unmarked Ruidiaz headed home, to make it 2-2.
Fast forward to the 73rd minute and Lodeiro was involved again, this time from the right wing, but once more with an excellent cross. Yeimer Gomez's initial header was well-saved by the goalie, but Morris was on hand to knock home the rebound and make it 3-2 Seattle.
The goal spree was well overdue for the Sounders, who overall created more chances on the night compared to the Galaxy. It is common knowledge what the Rave Green are capable of in attack; now it's a case of showing it with more consistency during crunch time in the league season.