ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Hapless in Seattle: Loons lose lead in 3-1 loss to Sounders

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Seattle Sounders FC
Minnesota United FC midfielder Robin Lod (17) scores a goal on Sunday between Seattle Sounders FC defender Xavier Arreaga (3) and defender Nouhou Tolo (5) during the first half at Lumen Field in Seattle.
Joe Nicholson / USA TODAY Sports
We are part of The Trust Project.

SEATTLE — Not only did Minnesota United lose again in Seattle on Sunday. The Loons coughed up another lead on the road to the Sounders.

Minnesota infamously gave up a two-goal lead at Lumen Field in the 2020 Western Conference final to lose 3-2. In a regular-season game, MNUFC gave up a 1-0 halftime lead to fall 3-1 to Seattle.

Minnesota sank to 0-8-0 in all MLS games in Seattle since 2017.

The Loons took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when Robin Lod capitalized on Nouhou’s failed clearance of Franco Fragapane’s cross. It went through the Seattle defender’s legs and Lod’s left-foot slotted it past Stefan Frei.

Lod had at least three other scoring chances, but his glancing header off a corner was palmed away by Frei in the 25th and had two shots go wide.

ADVERTISEMENT

MORE MINNESOTA LOONS COVERAGE:
Pro
Reynoso is heating up again, and the Argentine star has propelled the Loons to consecutive wins for the first time since mid-April.
Pro
Benitez has played six seasons in Paraguay’s Primera Division, including the past two with Cerro Porteno in the capital city of Asuncion
Pro
Miami rallies for two goals in final three minutes to stun Loons.
Pro
If the goalkeeper isn’t voted in, he can be added by United manager Adrian Heath
Pro
Minnesota United also working to send forward Adrien Hunou back to France
Pro
Minnesota (5-7-3) were 5-1-1 when scoring first goal this season, but that positive run gave way to New England (6-5-5) extending its unbeaten in eight straight league games.
Pro
On loan to MNUFC in 2020, the Paraguayan striker grabbed attention MLS-wide by boldly aiming to score a whopping 25 goals that season
Pro
Kibunguchy has played nine games for MNUFC2, the upstart team in the MLS NEXT Pro league this season
Pro
With St. Clair’s standout performances with the Loons in MLS this season, the 25-year-old has become a routine call-up into national team camps during FIFA international windows
Pro
Loons technical director Mark Watson told the Pioneer Press on May 31 the club has “four or five scenarios” for when the secondary transfer window opens July 7 and closes Aug. 4

The Sounders had a few quality chances of their own in the first half, including Jordan Morris’ chip of Dayne St. Clair going off the post before Bakaye Dibassy cleared it a beat before Raul Ruidiaz pounced on the rebound.

Early in the second half, Brent Kallman’s poor first touch allowed a Sounders counterattack. Scrambling, Loons Bakaye Dibassy and Wil Trapp fouled Cristian Roldan in the penalty area.

Dayne St. Clair, who hadn’t allowed a PK in the four he faced in MLS regular season, got a hand on Ruidiaz’s low and left attempt, but it had enough power to make it 1-1 in the 50th minute.

Cristian Roldan scored banger for the Sounders in 74th minute. Niko Lodiero makes it 3-1 in the 94th minute.

MNUFC (4-4-2) have slipped to 10th place in the MLS Western Conference. Loons had a chance to move into a five-way tie for sixth with a draw on Sunday or hold it for themselves with a win. Instead, they are outside the playoff picture with one-third of the season gone.

Seattle (3-5-1) presented the CONCACAF Champions League trophy it won in late April. The Sounders had its first-choice starting XI, minus Joao Paulo, as they look to make up ground in the Western Conference their primary focus.

The Loons started their 11th different starting lineup in 11 MLS games this season. The biggest change was starting center back Michael Boxall ill, with Brent Kallman coming in.

Minnesota also continued to tinker with the front four. After Franco Fragapane and Abu Danladi combined for a goal in the 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids earlier this week, they will earn their first MLS starts together as wingers around Emanuel Reynoso in the attacking midfield.

ADVERTISEMENT

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

Related Topics: MINNESOTA LOONSSOCCER
What to read next
Pro
Byron Buxton put on a show defensively, beginning a crucial triple play to keep the game tied in the seventh inning.
Pro
Sańo, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about two months ago in early May, went 0 for 4 with a fly out and three groundouts in his first rehab game for the Twins’ Florida Complex League team.
Pro
The Spaniard will face 11th-seeded Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals.
Pro
"As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I'm terrified I might be here forever," Griner wrote.