3) Nicolas Lodeiro sets playoff record
Nicolas Lodeiro has only played one campaign in MLS – heck, he’s not even played half of a season, but he’s already in the Sounders’ record books. With his penalty in the second half, the midfield dynamo now has four postseason goals for the Rave Green, the most in franchise history.
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To put this into context, compare Lodeiro’s accomplishments in Seattle, to that of Fredy Montero and Obafemi Martins. They may be ranked first and second respectively for all-time goals with the team, but neither managed to score in the MLS playoffs.
Whether that’s a fair comparison to make or not, there’s no escaping the impact of the 27-year old on the Sounders’ fortunes. He even set up his penalty, after being fouled by Marc Burch in the 18-yard box.
Lodeiro was asked afterwards about becoming the highest goalscorer in Sounders playoff history: “It is a total surprise as I did not know that, but it makes me very happy, similar to winning MLS Newcomer of the Year. More importantly, it motivates me to continue to improve, but I’m really here to help the team so it’s all about continuing to make progress on the season.”
Obviously 2-1 was not the ideal result, but what’s your takeaway from the first leg? Are you confident heading into Colorado, or do you worry the away goal will come back to haunt the Sounders? Let us know in the comments section.