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“Cleveland Rocks”. Sounders, complete with goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland, knock down LAFC

Fully speaking, the joys were too high for such a key game of the goalkeeper.

But so little is known about Stephen Cleveland.

In the sixth minute, the Los Angeles FC sent the ball to the goal with a free kick, և Cleveland jumped to get the soft experience from the air. Team uncertainty engulfed Sounders FC fans at Lumen Field on Sunday.

Could he do that?

“There are always a few butterflies when you lose your starting goalkeeper,” said Gart Lagerwyn, the club’s football president and general manager.

Cleveland secured the ball, defeating any challenge, the crowd of 17 7173 people began to rejoice. Finally, the 2-0 victory of the Sounders, they chanted “Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rox. “

Coincidentally, Cleveland, Ohio, finished three saves to help the Sounders score the fourth clean sheet of the season.

“He exceeded our expectations,” said Sounders coach Brian Schmitzer. “We knew there would be nerves. (But) he did very, very good things. He is really happy with his game. “

Sunday was the first time since 2018, the fifth time in seven years, that the soundtrack had no goals for Stefan Frey. The two-time MLS Cup champion suffered a knee injury in the second half of Wednesday’s game against San Jose, missing for at least a month.

In the absence of international competitions or open pre-season matches for the past two seasons with the COVID-19 epidemic, Cleveland or Frey did not have the opportunity to see a backup version.

Cleveland made its introduction early. The LAFC (1-2-2) created some tense moments in the opening half when Schmetzer’s tactics shifted to defender Xavier Areaga, who played a lot of back-to-back games, rather than what Frey was doing.

LAFC midfielder Corey Baird had a great chance in the ninth minute when he kicked the ball with his left foot. Cleveland confidently made the save, as if settling the score. On other challenges near the penalty spot, central defenders Nou: Jeymar Gomez Andrade were there to block or clear the practice.

“The LAFC vertical game against Noah is a dead end,” said Schmetzer. “Teams have to stop doing that because it will not happen.”

But the soundtrack was mixed. Left-back Brad Smith kicked the ball in the 43rd minutethird Striker Will Bruyn had a very high right winger in the 44th minuteթ: Minutes He appeared to injure his back խաղ left the field for evaluation, but remained in the match.

Arreaga came out of the deadlock in the second half. Midfielder au Paulo had a clear pass that Arerega headed in Pablo Cisniega’s goal – 57թ: This is the third goal assist in Jo Jo ու ու Paulo մրց մրց և և և և և և և և և և և և և

“It’s always very important for someone, especially someone who plays from behind, to be able to score,” said Arereaga, translated from Spanish. “It doesn’t happen in every game, but having the opportunity to do it from time to time is very good and reassuring.”

In ’73, Smith added the titlethird Forward Raul Ruidiaz made a wrong pass in midfield – he sent it to Alex Roldan, who sent a nice cross to Smith for the score.

This is Smith’s third goal of the season, the second from his new bald head.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley began his replacements in the 70’sթ: minutes, bringing forward Carlos Vela. In 2019, the leading striker of the league missed the last three matches with a quadruple injury. He had 20 touches but had no attempt to strike against Seattle.

“Maybe it’s a bit of a trend when we kind of don’t play very well in the first half,” said Smith, who also scored in the 1-1 draw with LAFC in April. “It opens for us in the second half. A loan for our fitness and things like that. I feel we are much better than the other teams. You can kind of see it. ”

As the MLS season progresses, it becomes clear that the Sounders are undefeated, no matter who is on the roster. Midfielder Nico Lodeiro (knee) is still missing from the club. He only appeared once from the bench.

But Seattle (5-0-1) is still in the top of the league with six games unbeaten,: still has to concede a goal during the game. The three-game week ended on Sunday, where the team scored nine points.

Next Sunday in London’s Field, the Saunders host Atlanta United (2-1-2).

“If you had told me before the season, we would be in first place, և Lodeiro played only 30 minutes, I would say you are a nut,” said Lagervin. “Everything is going a little bit right now. I hope we will increase the group’s faith and resilience. We have a really good system for our talent. ”


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