Inside Opta: Morris poses problems, Ricketts an MLS Cup wild card and more

Goal takes an analytical look at the MLS Cup final as Toronto FC prepares to host the Seattle Sounders in the league’s 2016 finale. Ten months have passed since the Seattle Sounders introduced Jordan Morris as the more lucrative homegrown player in MLS history. On that day, then-Sounders coach Sigi Schmid mused about the rookie’s best position on the professional level. “I think Jordan is a forward at the end of the day,” Schmid said. “He still has the youthful exuberance that he can probably run on…

WATCH: Sounders come from behind to defeat Rapids

A deflected Kevin Doyle strike gave the Colorado Rapids an early lead before Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro earned a 2-1 win for the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conferenc… So much for a tentative start to the Western Conference final. While many were expecting a tight match Tuesday, considering the Colorado Rapids’ reputation for being defensively stingy and offensively conservative, the visitors traded early goals with the Sounders before Nicolas Lodeiro’s second-half penalty gave Seattle a 2-1 first-leg win. The Rapids grabbed a key away goal…

WATCH: Loderio nabs away goal as Seattle eliminates Dallas

FC Dallas earned a 2-1 win over the Sounders, but the Uruguayan’s away goal made it a comfortable aggregate victory Seattle. The Seattle Sounders have advanced to the Western Conference final after Nicolas Lodeiro’s away goal ended FC Dallas’ comeback hopes Sunday. Dallas dropped the first leg 3-0 in Seattle, but Tesho Akindele put FCD on the board with a 25th-minute header off an Atiba Harris cross. Tesho ➡️ crossbar ➡️ GOAL @FCDallas are back in it. #DALvSEA https://t.co/k8h71BXJTc — Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 7, 2016 Seattle responded in …

Lodeiro, Morris show why Sounders have MLS Cup potential

The Sounders sleepwalked through Thursday’s knockout round victory but needed just eight minutes Sunday to remind the league how dangerous they are. For 50 minutes Sunday it was easy to be skeptical about the Seattle Sounders’ chances of advancing to the Western Conference finals. Now, it’s hard to be skeptical about their chances not only of moving on, but their chances of lifting MLS Cup. FC Dallas executed its game plan well in the first half, with goalkeeper Chris Seitz making a few quality saves to send things scoreless…