Will Bruin’s Consistency Plays Role in Seattle Sounders Win Over Colorado Rapids

Will Bruin

EDITORIAL (July 7, 2018) — Will Bruin is the Seattle Sounders‘ best player right now.

That’s not an understatement or overstatement. Bruin has been the most consistent player — aside from Stefan Frei in goal — for Seattle this season. Frei is in a close second for best player for Seattle.

Will Bruin’s Consistency Plays a Key Role in Seattle Sounders Midweek Success

However, Bruin sits up top.

Because, while defense might win championships, goals will get Seattle into the playoffs. The team is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference, knocking the Colorado Rapids down to 11th place.

Seattle has a realistic shot at the playoffs. However, it will be a long road and a huge test of patience. Brian Schmetzer might not be on the hot seat if Seattle can climb up the ladder. Players are returning from injury — including Kelvin Leerdam, who is recovering from a right thigh injury.

Seattle currently has 15 points in the Western Conference. The Vancouver Whitecaps, who are the sixth place team (sixth place is the cutoff for the playoffs), has 23 points.

While it’s a long road for Seattle, it’s doable.

It all starts with Schmetzer making sure his players are prepared for the next two road tests, against the New England Revolution and Atlanta United FC.

Bruin’s Big Night

Bruin scored twice against Colorado.

Last season, Bruin did the same against the Rapids in separate meetings. Seattle claimed both wins against the Rapids in 2017 during the regular and postseason. The Sounders even lifted the Western Conference trophy in Seattle last season.

Needless to say, the Rapids might be Bruin’s favorite team to face.

After the match, Bruin said that in short term, the victory was good.

“We get some goals, get the win, start playing with some confidence, but it’s a quick turnaround to New England, so hopefully we can get three more points,” Bruin said.

This season, Bruin has started all 13 matches he’s appeared in. He has five goals and four assists so far this season and has recorded 28 shots.

Meanwhile, despite Bruin playing down the 2-1 victory, Cristian Roldan had no problem celebrating.

“It’s a massive win,” Roldan said. “I felt like we controlled the momentum in the first half, but in the second half I felt like it got away from us. Overall, it’s a gutsy performance and I’m very proud of the guys.”

A Massive Save — And Big Return

Stefan Frei almost didn’t make it to the game-day squad.

Frei collided with Alan Gordon of the Chicago Fire almost two weeks ago. The collision resulted in a concussion. Meanwhile, Frei’s backup, Calle Brown, also has a concussion of his own.

Last weekend, Bryan Meredith started in goal. A week later, Frei was back in net after passing a concussion protocol test.

Getting the talented veteran netminder back is huge for Schmetzer and company. The defense didn’t look back with Meredith against the Portland Timbers, but it’s clear that Chad Marshall and Kim Kee-Hee are more comfortable with Frei.

Against the Rapids, Frei made four saves.

His final save against Shkëlzen Gashi was one for the memory book. With the ball already past his body, Frei reached back and was able to get a hand on it, sending it wide. That game-preserving save helped Seattle scoop up a much-needed three points.

What’s Next?

The Sounders will take on the Revs on July 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET.

The Revolution are currently in fifth place, listed with 27 points, in the MLS Eastern Conference. New England’s current record is 7-4-6.

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