The Sounders get second-half goals by Jordan Morris, who overcame an ankle injury, and Harry Shipp to improve to 1-1-1 on the season with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls.
Sounders forward Jordan Morris was already frustrated by his latest round of misses Sunday when he suddenly had his own father chirping at him.
It seems his dad, Michael, who happens to be the team doctor, didn’t want his son playing in the second half after he tweaked a prior ankle injury. But Morris was having none of it, forcefully pleading his way back out there long enough to score the go-ahead goal in a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls that snapped a personal drought for him and his team.
“It takes some pressure off,’’ Morris said of the 66th-minute header for his first goal of the season. “I know last year was six games or whatever before (scoring) and the pressure starts to build and build. I know I had a few chances, and it gets frustrating. I know I have to get better at those.
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“But it definitely takes a little bit of the pressure off, and hopefully I can keep building from here.’’
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The crowd of 45,600 at CenturyLink Field, a home-opening record for a Sounders team that unfurled its championship banner pregame, leaped in a thunderous roar as Morris headed the ball in to cap a remarkable series of plays. Joevin Jones started things off by undressing defender Sal Zizzo with a nifty series of moves near the left corner.
Once by Zizzo, Jones sent a solid pass to Nicolas Lodeiro, who chipped the ball artfully toward Morris standing in the box. Morris had enjoyed a plethora of chances in close since the season began, but this time finally finished with a solid header that beat keeper Luis Robles to his left.
“I was just kind of lurking around the back post, hoping the ball would come in,’’ Morris said. “Nico…