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Sounders: 4 takeaways from 2-1 win versus Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders FC
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Seattle Founders FC coach Brian Schmetzer watches the action...
Seattle Founders FC coach Brian Schmetzer watches the action... / SOPA Images/GettyImages

4) Still plenty to do

The Sounders are in a decent position following Saturday's victory, despite sitting one place outside a playoff spot in the Western Conference. If they win their game in hand, they would jump up to at least sixth place.

Certainly, the situation is nowhere near as bad as in 2016, when they were 10 points out of a playoff spot with just 14 games remaining. Or in 2018, when a playoff spot was only secured on the final day of the regular season.

Regardless, this doesn't mean the Sounders can rest on their laurels. They still have plenty to do, to extend their MLS record of 13 consecutive playoff berths.

This will include finding a way to play better away from home, where the Sounders are only 3-6-1. Seven of their final 13 regular season games will be on the road, highlighting how important it is to improve on their travels.

Having said this, if there is one team which has proved repeatedly that they can overcame adversity and rise to the occasion, it's the Sounders. Speaking to the media after the game, head coach Brian Schmetzer said:

"What we discussed before the game was about the pressure; the pressure of coming off three games where we didn't play up to our potential. Do we play tight, or if we get frustrated, how do we overcome those moments?"

"What I told them was 'You guys have been in so many pressure-filled games already this year.' ... (Since 2016) we've been to finals, we've won CONCACAF, we've played away in tough stadiums. So they weren't afraid - the game (against Colorado) wasn't too big for them."

Notes

  • Following his penalty on Saturday, Lediro has now converted all 17 of his attempts in MLS regular season play.
  • Morris' goal in the 43rd minute ended a goal drought which had lasted 343 minutes for the Sounders.
  • The Sounders dominated the Rapids with a 17-8 edge in shots and a 7-3 edge for attempts on target.
  • With the win on Saturday, Seattle is now 6-4-1 at Lumen Field this season, with six more home games remaining.
  • The Sounders dominated the first half with 74% of the possession, finally finishing at 55.2% overall at full time.
  • Nouhou Tolo was removed from the side shortly before kick-off due to disciplinary reasons, but will return for training on Monday.

* Statistics courtesy of mlssoccer.com

What stood out for you most about the game on Saturday? Moving forward, how confident are you that the Sounders are primed to have their typical late strong surge to end the regular season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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