Schmetzer’s relief: Seattle Sounders pick up first MLS win over Minnesota

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BRIDGEVIEW, IL - MAY 13: Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer prior to a game against the Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire on May 13, 2017, at Toyota Park, in Bridgeview, IL. Fire won 4-1. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Brian Schmetzer can breathe a sigh of relief – for now. The Seattle Sounders earned their first MLS win of 2018 on Sunday afternoon against Minnesota United FC.

Seattle has a history of success against Minnesota United FC. Last year, Minnesota’s first year of MLS action, the Sounders won both matches.

Schmetzer’s relief: Seattle Sounders pick up first MLS win over Minnesota

This year, the tale of the tape was different. Seattle was in Minnesota’s shoes, not winning a single MLS match in four contests.

However, the tide has turned — and the recovery of Osvaldo Alonso is to be thanked. An integral part of the midfield, Alonso kicked off the momentum of Seattle’s first goal.

Alonso sent the ball to fellow midfielder Cristian Roldan who found Gustav Svensson. Seattle put the first points on the board in the 23rd minute.

It didn’t take long to double the lead. Will Bruin, off another Roldan assist, scored two minutes later.

After the half, Christian Ramirez of Minnesota United FC, assisted by Darwin Quintero, tacked on the visitor’s first points. Seattle added one more point in stoppage time with a goal from Jordy Delem.

Delem’s goal was the first of his MLS career.

The shot was assisted by forward Clint Dempsey, who came on as a substitute in the 60th minute for Alex Roldan.

Dempsey returned to the pitch after missing two matches due to suspension. Also returning was defender Kelvin Leerdam, who started the match.

Three Takeaways

  1. Schmetzer needs another win: Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer isn’t going to settle for one win. Minnesota isn’t the best team in the league, but the Sounders have another big test coming up this coming weekend against Los Angeles FC. To keep his seat from remaining hot, Schmetzer needs to pick his team up — and get more wins.
  2. No long injury list: The Sounders injury list will always have one name on it: Jordan Morris. However, Victor Rodriguez was available for selection for the Sounders and Alonso’s return was big. Harry Shipp is currently recovering from an ankle sprain and Kim Kee-Hee is rehabbing a calf strain. The Sounders’ injury list is getting shorter, which is positive.
  3. Frei gained some confidence: While it wasn’t a clean sheet, Stefan Frei made one save to help preserve a win. Right now, Frei could really use a clean sheet. However, gaining a win against a solid group of forwards is a good confidence booster.

What’s Next?

The Sounders will hit the road to face Los Angeles FC on Sunday, April 29. The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. PT. at Banc of California Stadium. In their last meeting, LAFC beat Seattle back on March 4, a 1-0 defeat for Rave Green.

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