Sounders lose 1-3 in international friendly to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
International friendlies are meant to give exposure to clubs. When Borussia Dortmund visited the Pacific Northwest to take on the Sounders Wednesday, they were doing just that. For Dortmund, it is about expanding their already large fanbase to the American audience. On the other hand, the Sounders use it to make the club name larger on a global scale. They want their name to come to mind when you think of American soccer, much like Dortmund comes to mind when you speak of Germany. For those reasons, the outcome of these games isn’t that important in the grand scheme of things.
That being said, the home supporters always want to walk away with a win. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case Wednesday for the Sounders, as they end up falling to Borussia Dortmund 1-3.
Dortmund struck first in the 37th minute. Marvis Wolf was able to strike one home off the assist from teammates Gotze and Rasche. They would add two more in the second half. First came when Paco Alcacer chipped a beauty over Sounder keeper Bryan Meredith in the 50th. Jordon Sancho sealed the victory in the 77th minute as he found the back of the net.
The Sounders didn’t go down without a fight though. In the 54th minute, substitute Jonathan Campbell headed in a cross from Joevin Jones that just snuck in the bottom left corner of the Dortmund goal. It was the defenders’ first goal in a Sounder uniform.
As stated before, the result isn’t what these friendlies are for. I was a chance for the Sounders to test themselves against one of the best in Europe. Both Dortmund and Sounders used very little to none of their first-team players in this match. For those who did start, such as Raul Ruidíaz, they didn’t even make it out of halftime. It gives both sides a chance to give experience to those younger players who wouldn’t typically see the field with the first team. Not to mention the exposure.
With the loss, the Sounders are now 3-4-7 in friendlies dating back to the 2009 season. Their last friendly win was a 3-0 blowout of the Premier League’s West Ham United in 2016. Sounders will be back to MLS play this Sunday when they take on I-5 rivals Portland Timbers. That will be a 6:30 kick off from CenturyLink Field.