With Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders the main two groups as yet remaining in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs and their MLS Cup Final date still a week away, there was some time for a few comforts before returning to business.
The object of that affection: Seattle Sounders forward Jordam Morris.
Morris, in his first season in MLS, had indeed been a driving force for the Sounders, who turned their season around, from worst to Western Champions, after Brian Schmetzer replaced Sigi Schmid and the signing of Lodeiro in the closing days of July.
In 34 regular season appearances, Morris tallied 12 goals and four assists, only to ramp up his production in the playoffs, scoring twice and adding an assist through five matches. Crucial strikes they have been too, scoring the equalizer in the first leg against the Colorado Rapids after a Kevin Doyle goal had see the visitors take an early lead, and then, in his “flu gaming,” overcoming adversity to sink the game winner before the hour-mark, sealing the Sounders’ first-ever MLS Cup berth.