Morris’ 2 Goals Lead Sounders Past West Ham United 3-0

MARK MOSCHETTI, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie forward Jordan Morris came off the bench to score two second-half goals and the Seattle Sounders beat West Ham United of the English Premier League in an international exhibition game on Tuesday night 3-0.

Herculez Gomez also scored for the Sounders, converting a penalty kick late in the first half.

Morris’ first goal came in the 70th minute, just eight minutes after subbing into the game. He slid into the rebound of a shot by Oalex Anderson and drove it into the back right corner past West Ham reserve goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel.

Just two minutes later, Morris caught up to a long through ball from Joevin Jones and blasted it past Spiegel from the top left corner of the 6-yard box.

Morris, drafted out of Stanford after leading the Cardinal to the NCAA championship last fall, is Seattle’s leading scorer in MLS play with six goals.

Gomez converted a penalty kick in the 42nd minute. Aaron Kovar sent a through ball into the right side of the box, which Gomez ran onto.

West Ham starting goalkeeper Adrian came off his line to play it, but took down Gomez instead. Gomez drove his spot kick into the back right side, with Adrian going the opposite way.

The teams combined for 35 shots in the free-flowing game: 17 for Seattle (with 10 of those on goal) and 18 for West Ham (six on goal).

The Sounders are struggling in MLS play with a 5-9-2 record that has them tied for last in the Western Conference. They have gotten results in their past three games: a penalty-kick tiebreaker victory against Real Salt Lake in a U.S. Open Cup game last week, and a come-from-behind MLS tie at Toronto last Saturday on goal by Morris, prior to Wednesday’s win in the friendly.

West Ham United is coming off a seventh-place EPL finish, achieved with a club-record 62 points.

The Hammers were without Dimiti Payet, last season’s leading scorer with 12 goals (nine in EPL play, three more in the FA Cup). He is still with France in the Euro Championships with a semifinal game against Germany on Thursday.

Seattle did not have Clint Dempsey, who still hasn’t returned to MLS action following the United States’ fourth-place finish in Copa America.

Both teams substituted liberally after halftime: 10 players for West Ham, and nine for the Sounders.

 

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