SEATTLE, Wash. — Sounders forward Jordan Morris couldn’t have asked for a more triumphant return from injury than he pulled off last weekend.

SEATTLE — To anyone not paying close attention, the latest offseason of inactivity for the Sounders on the surface might have appeared eerily similar to the one preceding it.

SEATTLE — Even before stars like Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller, Clint Dempsey and Stefan Frei put the Sounders on the Major League Soccer map, the team’s defining acquisition had been a German-born head coach with a penchant for winning games.

SEATTLE — Midway through an expected Saturday afternoon cakewalk, midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, striker Raul Ruidiaz and their Sounders teammates were reminded by coaches of previous such matches that had turned needlessly nerve-wracking late.

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