Seattle Sounders narrowly edge Minnesota United for dramatic win

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PHOTO: Nicolás Lodeiro scores the first of two goals for the Seattle Sounders FC, in the club's 2-1 victory over Minnesota United FC, Saturday, at TCF Bank Stadium. (Photo by Rich Moll/Seattle Sounders FC)

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (Aug. 4, 2018) — In the middle of summer, “Jingle Bells” rang through the celebrating Seattle Sounders FC locker room.

Why?

The Seattle Sounders had pulled off a miraculous comeback against Minnesota United FC. After falling quickly in the first half by a goal, Seattle bounced back with a memorable second half.

Seattle Sounders narrowly edge Minnesota United for a dramatic win

The 2-1 victory extended Seattle’s unbeaten streak to seven games. The last four matches from Seattle were all victories.

While victory sometimes isn’t pretty, gathering three points is a pretty sight. Nicolás Lodeiro scored the opening goal on a penalty kick in the 91st minute. Six minutes later, Will Bruin scored the game-winning goal.

Raúl Ruidíaz and Kelvin Leerdam picked up the assist.

“This is how we should be playing,” Bruin said after the match. “We were not very good in the beginning of the year. That’s how it is, it’s a long year. But we know this what we’re capable of doing every game. I think we’ll start getting some more points here and there.”

“Hopefully we’ll start moving up and jumping some more teams.”

After the match, Brian Schmetzer, Sounders head coach, said his team “never quits.”

“Even after we got the tying goal, there was six minutes left,” Schmetzer said. “They weren’t satisfied with just 1-1. They went for the jugular and got the second goal, deservedly so.”

Three Takeaways

  1. Kim Kee-Hee is OK: Arguably Seattle’s most consistent player on defense this year, Kim Kee-Hee went down with a leg injury in the first half. In the 38th minute, Schmetzer made the decision to bring on Román Torres at center back, bringing Kim off. However, after the match, Kim made sure fans knew he was okay, tweeting: “I’m fine !! 🙏🏻 Go Seattle !!!!”
  2. Bruin and Ruidíaz should start more often: The connecting is clicking between the two strikers. Before Raúl Ruidíaz joined the fold, Will Bruin was the main goal-scorer for Seattle. Now, the two are sharing the partnership, making life easy for everyone around them — except for opposing defenders.
  3. Seattle’s massive jump to eighth place: From 10th place to eighth place, the Seattle Sounders are climbing up the Western Conference ladder. Now, the team sits with 29 points, only five shy away from the playoff spot, currently held by Real Salt Lake. This team has the real potential to make another consecutive post-season run.

 

PHOTO: Nicolás Lodeiro scores the first of two goals for the Seattle Sounders FC, in the club’s 2-1 victory over Minnesota United FC, Saturday, at TCF Bank Stadium. (Photo by Rich Moll/Seattle Sounders FC)

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