Mark Kastner of SounderAtHeart and I had a little chat about Ozzie Alonso’s return, Jordan Morris’s late season resurrection and the state of defender Roman Torres.
1.) How important has Jordan Morris’s return from injury, and his current form, been to Seattle’s run towards the #2 seed in the MLS playoffs?
Jordan Morris has been the reason why Seattle is where they are, especially this late in the season. It’s been Morris’ form that’s kept Seattle above water during this poor run of form for Seattle. During the summer, when Victor Rodriguez was injured, he suddenly became the best winger in the league who isn’t named Carlos Vela. It seems like his time away at the Gold Cup gave him the confidence he was lacking earlier in the season.
2.) What does Ozzie Alonso mean to Seattle? It’s his first time returning to play in front of the ECS - his longtime supporters. Do you still support him when he’s on the other team? Does he still have a place in your heart?
I can only speak for myself, obviously, but I will always love Ozzie. Forever. He’s such a special player and such an important part of the Sounders’ history. Without Ozzie, the Seattle Sounders would not be what we know the Sounders to be. While I understand why they had to move him on, I still miss him. Sunday will be very strange. I’m looking forward to the spectacle.
I’m really happy that Ozzie has contributed to the Loons’ wonderful season, but for 90 minutes on Sunday, I’m hoping he’s awful.
3.) Roman Torres is now available for selection after returning from suspension. What’s his role going forward? What’s the news with him? Is he still in the picture or?
Well, in the immediate future, Torres will have to start on Sunday. Xavier Arreaga is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in Seattle’s win over San Jose. In the short term, his role is pretty cemented as the 3rd choice CB. I know it doesn’t make a great conversation or anything, but his long term future with the team is very much up in the air. The Sounders will need him to contribute during the playoffs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last season in Seattle.
And that’s that. The final 3 q’s of the 2019 regular season. Thanks to all who chatted with me!
Off to the playoffs, folks.