In his first start since returning from injury, Raul Ruidiaz scored his first goal in two months to put the Sounders in front after 19 minutes. Brad Smith played a quick one-two with Harry Shipp before sending a low ball across the face of goal that Ruidiaz tapped in for his third goal of the season.
Morris had a golden chance to double the Sounders lead just before halftime when he latched onto a Smith service, but his downward header bounced over the crossbar.
Morris would leave the match five minutes into the second half, a worrying moment for Sounders fans, with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Ruidiaz nearly had his second goal on the hour mark, latching onto a Cristian Roldan lofted pass. But Orlando City SC goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh did well to come off his line to snag the ball from the Peruvian after a heavy first touch.
Handwalla Bwana, who replaced Morris, doubled the Sounders advantage, knocking in a Nico Lodeiro cross with his shin in the 68th minute. The goal was upheld following a lengthy Video Review for a possible Lodeiro handball on the buildup.
After missing a gilt-edged chance, Chris Mueller pulled the Lions to within a goal in the 75th minute, stepping over to get by Roldan before putting in a low shot back across the grain for his third goal of the season.
- 20’ — SEA — Raul Ruidiaz | WATCH
- 68’ — SEA — Handwalla Bwana | WATCH
- 75’ — ORL — Chris Mueller | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: It ended up being closer than they wanted, but the Sounders always appeared to be in control of the match. They win their second in a row to move within two points of first-place LAFC in the West, while the Lions dropped their third straight and extend a winless streak to four games.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Sounders fans will rejoice that Ruidiaz, who is back from injury, found the back of the net again, but are surely concerned with Morris pulling up after a sprint as the Sounders deal with another apparent hamstring injury.
Hamstring FC is ruthless. Gustav Svensson, Victor Rodriguez and Jordan Morris in a matter of weeks. https://t.co/46OF0c8n9u— Ari Liljenwall (@AriLiljenwall) May 16, 2019
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Smith was a monster on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he had three clearances and two tackles won, while he had 14 successful passes in the final third, two successful crosses and an assist in a quality 86-minute shift.