USMNT REWIND: Morris, Roldan and Arriola Find Back of the Net in Major League Soccer
Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan proved to be a one-two punch that was too much for Sporting Kansas City in the Seattle Sounders' 3-0 win at Lumen Field on Saturday.
Both U.S. Men's National Team players recorded a goal and an assist as they played a part in each goal during the nationally televised MLS match on ABC.
Only eight minutes after kickoff, Roldan helped spark Seattle. Taking a pass from his brother Alex at the far post, he found Will Bruin, who headed the ball home past goalkeeper Tim Melia. Roldan has four assists this season.
Morris got on the scoresheet in the 71st minute, heading in Nouhou's left-wing cross for a 2-0 lead. The 27-year-old forward has four league goals and six across all competitions for Seattle this season.
Roldan and Morris teamed for the final goal in the 76th minute. Leo Chu sent the ball to Morris, who passed to Roldan, who finished into an open net to cap the empathic 3-0 win for Seattle.
A week after his five-game scoring streak was snapped, Paul Arriola hoped that he has started a new one in FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with Austin FC on Saturday, June 25. The 27-year-old winger has tallied a career-best eight goals in 15 games, one more than the seven he scored for D.C. United in 25 games in 2018.
Arriola struck in the 58th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead, putting in a rebound off Paxton Pomykal's shot. Arriola has recorded seven of Dallas' last 10 goals and six of them have come in the second half.
SOME HELPING HANDS
Aaron Long picked up a rare assist on goal in the New York Red Bulls' 3-0 win over New York City FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. He headed Tom Edwards' long free kick to Lewis Morgan, who slotted home a five-yard shot to grab a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
The USMNT center back has three assists in his 124-game MLS career. Long, however, was unable to get an opportunity to duplicate that in New York's next game as he was forced to sit out the 2-0 loss at Los Angeles Football Club on Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols.
Eryk Williamson set up Jaroslaw Niezgoda's second of two goals for the Portland Timbers in their 3-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
The midfielder won the ball near the right touchline and dribbled into the box before chipping a cross towards the six-yard box. Making a run behind his defender, Niezgoda managed to slot the ball home in the 62nd minute.
Williamson has four assists in 10 games and 429 minutes this season, one shy of his career high (set in 2020).
-- Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles FC; MLS) - 27 minutes as a substitute in 2-0 win vs. New York Red Bulls (June 26)
-- Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, 2-2 draw at Austin FC (June 25)
-- Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) – 30 minutes as a substitute in 3-0 win vs. Coritiba (June 24)
-- Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; MLS) - 86 minutes in 2-2 draw at Austin FC (June 25)
-- Sean Johnson (New York City FC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Philadelphia Union (June 26); In 18, DNP in 3-0 loss at New York Red Bulls in Open Cup (June 22)
-- Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 0-0 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps (June 26)
-- Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 2-0 loss at Los Angeles FC (June 26); 90 minutes, ASSIST, in 3-0 win vs. New York City FC in Open Cup (June 22)
-- Djordje Milhailovic (CF Montreal; MLS) - Injured, DNP in 2-1 win over Charlotte FC (June 25); Injured, DNP in 4-0 loss at Toronto FC in Canadian Championship (June 22)
-- Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, ASSIST in 3-0 win vs. Sporting Kansas City (June 25)
-- Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) - 90 minutes, GOAL, ASSIST in 3-0 win vs. Sporting Kansas City (June 25)
-- Gaga Slonina (Chicago Fire; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Houston Dynamo (June 25)
-- DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF; MLS) - 90 minutes in 2-1 win vs. Minnesota United (June 25)
-- Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) - Vs. LA Galaxy, ppd. (June 25)
-- Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; MLS) - 69 minutes as a substitute, ASSIST, in 3-0 win vs. Colorado Rapids (June 25)
-- Gyasi Zardes (Colorado Rapids) - 90 minutes in 3-0 loss at Portland Timbers (June 25)
-- Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) - 90 minutes in 3-1 win at D.C. United (June 25)