3) Nicolas Lodeiro
Speaking to Matt Pentz of The Seattle Times and the rest of the media ahead of the playoffs, Lodeiro talked about using his experience to help some of his younger teammates. Certainly, having appeared in two World Cups, he seemed liked the right man for the job.
However, apart from a few flashes, it’s fair to say the supremely talented midfielder didn’t really impose himself against Sporting KC. You couldn’t say the same on Sunday night.
With the Sounders holding a slender 1-0 lead, Lodeiro decided to lead by example, scoring twice in three minutes to put the game out of reach. His second goal was particularly special, as he latched onto Jones’ through ball and calmly fired home with the FC Dallas defense trailing in his wake.
The Uruguayan international was asked about the importance of his goals: “To me… it’s more to support the attack and the defense, be there in the midfield, but of course I was pleased that I could score the goals.”
In addition to this refreshing mindset, Lodeiro was delighted with the Sounders’ performance, but warned the tie isn’t over yet: “It was a great match and we got the result, but the point is there is still 90 minutes to play.”
Were you one of those fans fortunate enough to be at the game? Regardless, what did you take away from the performance and do you have ANY concerns about the second leg in Dallas? Let us know in the comments section below.