2) Jordan Morris unaffected by hamstring issue
After first arriving in the press box and reading the projected lineup, it was intriguing to see Jordan Morris’ name included. While not official — or always accurate — it certainly provided some intrigue, which turned out to be correct, when Morris did indeed take the field as part of the starting XI.
Before the game, I wondered if it might be best to start the 22-year on the bench even if he was fit, just to be on the safe side. Of course, this turned out to be wrong (no surprise there), as Morris did not show any lingering signs of the hamstring issue he suffered during the second leg of the previous round against FC Dallas.
In fact, the Seattle native was one of the Sounders’ best players on the night, spending periods of the game on both wings and just generally causing problems for the Rapids. He was also rewarded with the equalizing goal, which displayed his quick reflexes as he pounced to fire home after the ball rebounded off the left post.
Speaking to the media following the game, Morris said: “I felt great, I wanted to keep playing, so I think that’s a good sign. The hamstring felt good and there were no real issues with (it).”