On Tuesday night, Seattle Sounders shocked everyone by heading into the Banc of California Stadium and dismantling LAFC. Here are three things we learned from their 3-1 victory.
In a remarkable night of playoff action, the Seattle Sounders shocked Los Angeles FC with a 3-1 win in the Western Conference final at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC took the lead 17 minutes in thanks to an Eduard Atuesta free-kick and looked to be cruising toward the win many tipped them for.
However, the fantastic Raul Ruidiaz inspired the Sounders to a raucous comeback, bagging the equaliser just five minutes later, playing a role in Nico Lodeiro’s strike in the 26th minute and putting the game beyond doubt just after the hour mark.
Here are three things we learned from the Seattle Sounders’ shock 3-1 victory.
3. Ruidiaz gives Segura a night to forget
Raul Ruidiaz was an absolute animal on Tuesday night, one Eddie Segura will be glad to see the back of. The Peruvian’s quality was never in doubt before this match, but in the biggest game of the season so far, he turned up and then some.
Ruidiaz gave Segura the run around all night, beating the Colombian centre-back in a one-on-one duel for the first goal, drawing him out of the defensive line and passing through him in the build-up for the second and giving him the slip to find space for the Sounders’ third, his second of the night.
Even in an innocuous duel during the first half, where Segura was a good 10 yards closer to the ball than Ruidiaz, who had no right to go and claim it, the Sounders man still won the ball and stole possession, getting his side up the pitch. Ruidiaz won three individual duels to Segura’s zero when the two clashed. It was an utterly one-sided individual battle that perfectly encapsulated how the Sounders upset the great LAFC.