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Former Sounders FC U23 forward Jordan Morris netted his first MLS goal this past weekend, scoring what proved to be the game-winner in the 71st minute as Seattle Sounders FC defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
“It was great to score in front of the fans and my family,” Morris said. “That was awesome.”
Andreas Ivanschitz set up both Seattle goals – the other being Chad Marshall’s in the 41st minute – and midway through the second half Morris settled the ball and poked it inside the near left post.
“I’m pigeon-toed, so that’s a little bit more natural for me to just kind of stab at the ball like that sometimes,” Morris said. “I get some slack for that sometimes, but it’s more natural for me.
“It was a great ball by Andreas and [I’m] happy to put the ball away, but obviously what matters is three points and it’s good to keep the streak going.”
This goal was Morris’ first tally in six games thus far this season.
“I’m sure he feels more relieved than I do,” Seattle Head Coach Sigi Schmid said. “I’m sure he’s very, very happy to have gotten the goal.”
Elsewhere, Ventura County Fusion alum Gyasi Zardes tallied a 49th-minute goal as the LA Galaxy earned a 4-1 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium. It was an auspicious beginning as LA allowed a first-minute goal to David Horst. Then the Galaxy rattled off four goals, with Zardes’ tap-in tally actually being the final score early in the second half. Zardes has three goals in six games this season.
PDL alumni Ethan Finlay (Chicago Fire U-23) and Kei Kamara each scored a goal to lead Columbus Crew SC to a 3-2 victory against New York City FC on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. It marked Crew SC’s first win of the season after opening the campaign with a 0-3-2 record. Finlay opened the scoring in the seventh minute and Kamara’s 49th-minute score put Columbus up 2-1 at the time. Finley helped set up Justin Meram’s 80th-minute goal, which proved to be the winner as NYCFC’s David Villa converted a penalty kick later in the second half.