Sounders blank Dynamo at home, 2-0

Russell Brown
Photo Credit: Jane Gershovich / Seattle Sounders FC Communications

SEATTLE, WA – In front of 27,000 fans at Lumen Field, the Sounders secured a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday. The win pushed their unbeaten streak 13-games to start the season and has them atop the MLS in points.

Scoreless Opening Half

Nothing new this season, but the Sounders were not able to get the opening goal in the opening 45 minutes of action. They outshot Houston and had the better looks on goal, but just couldn’t seem to sneak one by the Dynamo’s Marko Maric.

Hometown Hero

Kelyn Rowe is in his first year with the Sounders after spending most of his career with the New England Revolution. The Federal Way native made it clear that he was ecstatic to be playing for his hometown club this year and wanted to really show up for the Rave Green.

Well, he did just that tonight in the 62’. The midfielder got a perfectly placed ball from another player with Seattle blood in Alex Roldan and knocked one past Maric for the opener on the night. It was the first goal for Rowe since 2018.

Golden Boot Chase

With the recent run of results for the Rave Green, the 1-0 lead heading late into the last few minutes of the match didn’t exactly feel comfortable. It’s times like that where you need a top flight striker to really put the nail in to coffin and luckily, the Sounders have just that guy.

In the 90+4’ Brad Smith perfectly crossed to the foot of Raúl Ruidíaz who did what he does best, score. It was the 10th of the season for Ruidíaz and places him back in a tie with the Galaxy’s Chiharito for the Golden Boot race.

Another Shut Out

The defense has been a talking point for this team all season long and they once again had a beautiful performance. They pitched their 6th shutout of the season and continued to add to their league leading +15 goal differential. For a reference, no other team has better than a +9 differential to this point of the season. Their 8 goals allowed is also the fewest in the league.

Scoring Summary

62’ SEA – Kelyn Rowe (Assisted: Alex Roldan)

90+4’ SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz (Assisted: Brad Smith)

What’s Next

The Sounders will have just under two weeks off before they fly to the Twin Cities to take on Minnesota United on July 18th. Their first meeting came back on opening day of the MLS season and Seattle got the big 4-0 win over the Loons to kickoff their current run.

11:00 AM is the start time at Allianz Field and the match will be nationally broadcast on ESPN.

 

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