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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Raheem Edwards (56')
  • Fabian Herbers (84')
  • Víctor Rodríguez (8')
  • Jordan Morris (15')
  • Nicolas Lodeiro (49' PEN)
  • Raúl Ruidíaz (88')

Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris beat Chicago Fire as hot start continues

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Seattle remain perfect, Chicago Fire winless (2:15)

Jordan Morris' goal and assist keeps Seattle Sounders perfect on the season, defeating the winless Chicago Fire. (2:15)

Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz each had a goal and an assist as the Seattle Sounders continued their hot start to the MLS season with a 4-2 victory against the host Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon.

Victor Rodriguez also scored for the Sounders (3-0-0) and goalkeeper Stefan Frei made 10 saves, with seven of those coming in the first half as Frei helped protect Seattle's 2-0 lead

Raheem Edwards and Fabian Herbers scored for the Fire (0-2-1), while keeper David Ousted made three saves.

The Sounders opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Ruidiaz capitalized on a Chicago turnover in its own end, gaining possession about 35 yards out from the goal and fed Morris on the right wing where he beat a defender before sending a low pass across the goalmouth to Rodriguez, who was wide open at the far post and put a one-timer into an empty net.

Morris made it 2-0 in the 15th minute, taking a pass from Lodeiro at the top of the 18-yard box, splitting two defenders and chipping a shot over the onrushing Ousted. It was the third goal of the season for Morris, who missed the entire 2018 MLS campaign with a knee injury.

Lodeiro converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute to make it 3-0 after Fire defender Marcelo tripped up Rodriguez just inside the top of the 18-yard box.

Chicago broke through in the 56th minute. C.J. Sapong took a throw-in from Przemyslaw Frankowski and drove down the right wing to the end line. Sapong's cross found Edwards unmarked at the top of the 6-yard box, and he put a header into the upper right corner of the net, leaving Frei no chance to make a save.

Herbers, who came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, pulled the Fire within a goal in the 84th by scoring on his own rebound, but Ruidiaz capped the victory in the 88th minute by scoring in his sixth straight regular-season match to break the franchise record.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 16 +26 37
2 LA Galaxy 16 +3 28
3 Seattle Sounders FC 16 +5 26
4 Houston Dynamo 13 +7 24
5 FC Dallas 16 0 22
6 Minnesota United FC 16 -2 21
7 Real Salt Lake 15 -6 19
8 San Jose Earthquakes 15 -4 19
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 16 -3 18
10 Sporting Kansas City 15 -1 16
11 Colorado Rapids 16 -9 15
12 Portland Timbers 13 -7 14

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 17 +11 31
2 Montreal Impact 18 -7 27
3 DC United 17 +5 27
4 Atlanta United FC 15 +8 26
5 New York Red Bulls 16 +8 24
6 New York City FC 14 +6 23
7 Toronto FC 15 +1 19
8 Orlando City SC 15 +1 18
9 Chicago Fire 16 +1 18
10 Columbus Crew SC 16 -8 17
11 New England Revolution 16 -16 16
12 FC Cincinnati 16 -19 11