A first-half stunner from Raul Ruidiaz and second-half brace from Jordan Morris powered the Seattle Sounders to a 3-1 win over LAFC on Sunday evening at CenturyLink Field, as the defending MLS Cup champions downed last year’s Supporters’ Shield winners.
Somewhat against the run of play, Seattle opened the scoring in the 11th minute via Ruidiaz. He curled home a left-footed shot from 25 yards out that caught LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer off guard. The Peruvian striker was subbed off at halftime for Will Bruin as a precaution with a heel contusion.
The Sounders stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the second half, as Morris scored twice within a 61-second span. The US men’s national team forward first beat Vermeer to a long ball after Nicolas Lodeiro’s pass in the 48th minute, then cushioned home a Joao Paulo cross in the 49th minute.
LAFC pulled one back in the 60th minute through leading scorer Diego Rossi, as he tapped home a low cross from Jose Cifuentes. The Ecuadorian midfielder was making his first MLS start, and burst in behind after a slick touch from Bradley Wright-Phillips.
This marked the second time these Western Conference powerhouses met in 2020, though the script got flipped. LAFC previously earned a 4-1 win over Seattle in the Round of 16 at the MLS is Back Tournament back on July 27.
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