The Sounders’ roster is different entering the 2021 MLS season, but the goal remains the same

Crew SC midfielder Lucas Zelarayan, right, watches as his shot sails over the outstretched arm of Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei for his second goal of the game, as Columbus rolled to a 3-0 victory in the MLS Cup final on Dec. 12 at Mapfre Stadium. (Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch / TNS)
Crew SC midfielder Lucas Zelarayan, right, watches as his shot sails over the outstretched arm of Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei for his second goal of the game, as Columbus rolled to a 3-0 victory in the MLS Cup final on Dec. 12 at Mapfre Stadium. (Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch / TNS)

The Sounders’ expectation for 2021 is to be in the thick of the MLS Cup race. And as long as they have players such as Nico Lodeiro, Raul Ruidiaz, Cristian Roldan and Stefan Frei, it’s a realistic one, despite the turnover around them.

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