Seattle rallies in 2nd half to beat MN United 3-1

The Loons entered Sunday’s game against Seattle with some encouragement, following the Boys’ 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Thursday afternoon, a continuation of Wednesday night’s kickoff for their Premier League game. ‘U.S. Open Cup. Unfortunately, that bit of encouragement would turn into discouragement after a second-half Seattle push ended in a resounding victory.

In the first half, MNUFC had sought to put the Sounders on notice, doing just that with the beauty of a Robin Lod goal in the 33rd minute of play. The goal made it Lod’s 3rd in his last 4 appearances in MLS.

The Loons almost scored another half-time goal when Franco Fragapane and Emanuel Reynoso had an exchange of passes that ended up being just one too many between them, ultimately not taking advantage of the chance to add a buffer for their lead. , settling for a 1-0 halftime lead. Although the missed chance was unfortunate, the first half left the team feeling a level of optimism as they increased that lead in the second half.

Unfortunately for the Loons, Seattle came out of halftime with a spring in their step that had missed in the first half. All four Minnesota defenders found themselves out of position, which resulted in Cristian Roldon being awarded a penalty kick which would be taken by Raul Ruidíaz. And, despite Dayne St Clair’s exceptional effort on the attempt and the point, Ruidíaz’s shot found its way inside the top of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

As Seattle’s offensive attack intensified throughout the second half, the next scoring shoe to fall would come in the 73rd minute, as Cristian Roldan took the pass near the top of the box, turned facing goal and immediately put an absolute laser into the top right corner of the net, giving the Sounders room to manoeuvre.

While the second half provided plenty of opportunities for the Loons, it turned out that there was one or too many moves to materialize in an equalizer. In the end, while MNUFC may have done their best to press the Sounders defense and push for a shot to go their way, it wasn’t to be.

Unfortunately, in the 93rd minute of stoppage time, Cristian Roldon struck again, giving Seattle the extra buffer they only somewhat needed to easily navigate the win column with a resounding 3-1 victory over the Loons.