Seattle gets two late goals to pick up all three points, and 2nd place in the West table.
The Seattle Sounders started their Sunday match with the New York Red Bulls quickly. In the second minute, Jordan Morris redirected a shot from Gustav Svensson to give the Rave Green a 1-0 advantage. It was Jordan’s 9th goal of the season. Nicolás Lodeiro added one in the 23rd, as Morris and Cristian Roldan both got an assist to make it 2-0 early.
Aaron Long, who spent time with S2 back in 2015, knocked home the first goal of the match for the Red Bulls. He was assisted by Bradley Wright-Phillips and Michael Amir Murillo in the 27th-minute goal. The goal marked the 8th straight league match in which the Sounders had given up a goal. The goal was also the last one before half.
Something that developed during halftime of the match was the clear absence of the supporters section at CenturyLink Field. The Emerald City Supporters’ (ECS) leadership was asked to leave due to their flying of the Iron Front flag. The flag, which has been a hot topic this season, is an anti fascist symbol. According to the Sounders and the MLS, political flags are not allowed inside stadiums. Once the leadership was asked to leave, most of the remaining ECS members left in unity.
After the halftime drama, New York would tie the match. Kaku rocketed a shot into the upper right side of the net to score his 5th of the season in 67th. The goal took the air out of the already thinned out CenturyLink crowd, as what looked like a blowout quickly turned into a battle for at least a point. Unfortunately for the Red Bulls, they would be the ones to put the air back into the home faithful.
In the 83rd minute, Seattle had the ball in the New York box. After a couple passes, the ball landed at the foot of Victor Rodriguez who took a shot at goal from left of the net. The ball proceeded to go in after it was deflected by Sean Davis of the Red Bulls. The Sounders took the lead at 3-2 after what ended up being the game winning own goal.
Nicolás Lodeiro would put the final nail in the coffin as he scored his second goal of the game in the 90′ +4. It was Lodeiro’s 7th of the year.
With the win, the Sounders were able to jump into second place in the West standings. With only four regular-season matches left until the playoffs, their lead on the spot is only 1 point.
The Sounders have no time to rest after their win. They will play host to FC Dallas on Wednesday 9/18. The last time Seattle played Dallas, they lost 1-2 after giving up two own goals back in June. The matchup will be big when it comes to the tight western playoff race. Kickoff will be at 7:30 pm at CenturyLink Field.