Sounders edge D.C United in 2-1 comeback win


While its too early to claim that the Seattle Sounders (3-7-2, 11 points) have found their way and all is well with the Rave Green after their 2-1 come back win over D.C. United (2-5-4, 9 points) Saturday night at Century LinkField, saying team confidence has improved 100% would be a fair and accurate statement.

For the  39,465 spectators who braved the rain, wind, and cold, Saturday nights win by the Rave Green was a  feel good win that was bolstered by the homecoming of Nicolas Lodeiro who returned to the team after being omitted from Uruguay’s World Cup squad.  A loss for Uruguay was a big gain for the Sounders

Lodeiro points upwards
Sounders Nicolas Lodeiro points upwards after scoring a goal. ( Sounders FC)
After a scoreless first half, D.C. United forward Darren Mattocks put the visitors ahead in the 53rd minute when converted a rebound attempt after Stefan Frei denied Paul Arriola’s initial headed attempt inside his six-yard box.

Loderio then reminded the Rave Green what they had been missing when be blasted a left footed shot that beat D.C. goalkeeper David Ousted for the equalizer just three minutes later.

The return of Lodeiro and  Victor Rodriguez made a dramatic impact in the Sounders ability to move the ball downfield and cause stress on the United defense. The Sounders creative ways came to fruition in the 83rd minute when Magnus Wolff  Eikrem scored the game-winner after subbing in for an injured Kelvin Leerdam in the 69th minute.


The win stops a three-match slide in MLS play dating back to May 13, with the club moving to 9-2-2 all-time versus D.C. United, and 5-1-1 at CenturyLink Field against the Black & Red.

  • With the result, Sounders FC snaps a three-match losing streak and moves to 3-7-2 on the season, currently 10th place in the Western Conference with 11 points.
  • Sounders FC is 9-2-2 all-time against D.C. United in MLS regular-season action, including a 5-1-1 record at CenturyLink Field.
  • Nicolás Lodeiro scored his first goal of the season in the 57th minute. The Uruguayan made his first start for Sounders FC since April 29 due to a foot injury and international duty.
  • Lodeiro’s strike ended Seattle’s 363-minute scoreless streak, tied for the longest in club history.
  • Magnus Wolff Eikrem scored his first MLS regular-season goal with the 83rd-minute winner. The Norwegian previously scored in a 4-0 win over Santa Tecla on March 1 in 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League play.
  • Osvaldo Alonso came on as a second-half substitute, marking his first appearance since May 5, completing his return from a left quad strain that occurred in training following the Columbus match on May 5. Seattle’s captain recorded his second assist of the season on Wolff Eikrem’s game-winner.
  • Clint Dempsey registered seven shots in Saturday’s contest, giving him 413 total with Seattle and passing Fredy Montero for the most in club history.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – D.C. United 1
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Venue: Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistants: Ian Anderson, Jose Da Silva
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
VAR: Younes Marrakchi
Attendance: 39,465
Weather: 56 degrees and rain
DC – Darren Mattocks 53′
SEA – Nicolás Lodeiro 57′
SEA – Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Cristian Roldan, Osvaldo Alonso) 83′
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 70′
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 69′), Chad Marshall, Kim Kee-hee, Nouhou; Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Harry Shipp, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Osvaldo Alonso 65′); Will Bruin (Tony Alfaro 88′)
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Alex Roldan, Waylon Francis, Henry Wingo
Total shots: 15 (Dempsey, 7)
Shots on goal: 6 (Dempsey, 2)
Fouls: 10 (Three players, 2)
Offside: 1 (Shipp, 1)
Corner-kicks: 5 (Lodeiro, 5)
Saves: 5 (Frei, 5)
D.C. United – David Ousted; Frederic Brillant, Steven Birnbaum – captain, Joseph Mora (Bruno Miranda 86′), Oniel Fisher; Junior Moreno, Paul Arriola, Zoltan Stieber, Yamil Asad; Luciano Acosta, Darren Mattocks
Substitutes not used: Steve Clark, Patrick Mullins, Jalen Robinson, Chris Durkin, Ian Harkes, Jared Jeffrey
Total shots: 13 (Mattocks, 4)
Shots on goal: 6 (Mattocks, 2)
Fouls: 13 (Acosta/Fisher, 3)
Offside: 3 (Brillant, 2)
Corner-kicks: 7 (Stieber, 5)
Saves: 4 (Ousted, 4)

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