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

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2) An inspired substitution

Seattle started the second half in a similar fashion of controlling the game. However, it was a substitution in the 56th minute which would signal a change in team fortunes.

Fan favorite and local legend Fredy Montero replaced Danny Leyva in the 56th minute and it seemed to inspire the Sounders. Within just three minutes they were back in the game from an unlikely source.

Now in his sixth season with the Sounders, Nouhou entered Sunday's game having never scored in 135 league games. He couldn't have picked a better or more important time to break this drought.

Nicolas Lodeiro made a precise pass down the right for Jordan Morris to latch onto and his cross found Raul Ruidiaz, whose shot was blocked. The ball then bounced around as if it was in a pin ball machine, before it fell to Nouhou for him to calmly control and slot home to the right of the goalkeeper.

The Sounders were now galvanized and looked set to take the lead in the 75th minute, after Montero was fouled just inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot However, Lodeiro had his first penalty in 19 attempts for Seattle saved, and you had to wonder again about luck not being on their side.