Sounders: 4 takeaways from much-needed win versus Houston Dynamo

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Down 1-0 to the Dynamo at half-time, it seemed to add credence to the belief that the writing is on the wall for the Sounders' playoff chances. To lose at home to Houston -- something which had never happened before -- would have been perceived by many as the proverbial final nail in the coffin.

However, after half-time tactical adjustments and a key second half substitution, Seattle came back to secure a desperately-needed win. The playoffs may still seem like a long-shot, but this club isn't going to stop believing until it's mathematically impossible.

There's a lot to unpack from Sunday's tense and dramatic game at Lumen Field. Here are three takeaways from the Sounders' 2-1 win:

1) A familiar story of late

The Sounders came out firing in the first half, determined to take advantage against a poor opponent. However, despite a clear advantage in possession and chances, they didn't do enough to test the Dynamo's back-line.

Cameroon international Nouhou starred for the Seattle Sounders, as they come from behind in a much-needed 2-1 win against Houston Dynamo, to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

So of course, as has repeatedly been the case this season, the opponent took the lead against the run of play. And as if to accentuate Seattle's (mis)fortune this season, it was a freak set of circumstances which nine times out of 10 wouldn't result in a goal.

Stefan Frei firmly punched a cross away but the ball fell to Coco Carasquilla, who hit first time from just inside the box. The shot essentially hit Daniel Steres rather than the other way around, to find it's way home in the 26th minute.

The Sounders continued to push forward and dominate the game, but just couldn't generate a genuine chance. As such, they went into the half trailing 1-0, and with the announced 33,621 in attendance wondering if this was the game which all but sealed their's team's fate in the pursuit of a playoff spot.