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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Cristian Roldan (36')
  • Gustav Svensson (51')
  • Harry Shipp (85')
  • Jesús Medina (68')

Sounders complete unbeaten July with win against NYCFC

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Seattle 3-1 NYCFC: Sounders' resurgence continues (2:23)

Seattle Sounders continued their turnaround after a rough start in 2018 by beating NYCFC for their third-straight win. (2:23)

Swedish international Gustav Svensson, recently back from the World Cup in Russia, scored early in the second half as the Seattle Sounders capped an undefeated July with a 3-1 victory against visiting New York City FC on Sunday afternoon.

Cristian Roldan and Harry Shipp also scored for the two-time defending Western Conference champion Sounders (26 points), who improved to 4-0-2 this month as they attempt to rally to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time in the 10-year history of the franchise.

NYCFC (43 points) had its four-match winning streak snapped, in which it hadn't allowed a goal. New York was coming off a 2-0 victory on Thursday night at Orlando City FC and a cross-country flight.

Trailing 2-0, New York's Jesus Medina scored in the 68th minute with assists from Jo Inge Berget and Jonathan Lewis, but the visitors were unable to get the equalizer and Shipp added an insurance goal for Seattle in the 86th.

Roldan ended New York's franchise-record scoreless streak at 433 minutes with his first-half goal. He pounced on Kelvin Leerdam's deflected cross and beat goalkeeper Sean Johnson from about eight yards out in the 36th minute, giving the Sounders a 1-0 halftime lead.

Svensson scored what proved to be the winner in the 51st minute, running onto a back pass from Nicolas Lodeiro and blasting a 25-yard shot into the lower left corner of the net, past a diving Johnson. Shipp also was credited with an assist on the goal.

The Sounders clinched it late when Will Bruin, who came on as a second-half substitute, controlled the ball at the end line and passed back to a wide-open Shipp, whose right-footed shot beat Johnson to the short side just inside the left post.

Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei was forced to make just two saves as only three of NYC's 19 shots found the target.

Forward David Villa, who shares NYC's scoring lead, didn't make the trip because of a knee injury, and midfielder Alex Ring was suspended by MLS because of yellow-card accumulation.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York Red Bulls 34 +29 71
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 +14 56
4 DC United 34 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 -2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 -1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 -6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 -6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 -5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 -13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 -31 28

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 34 +25 62
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +15 59
3 LAFC 34 +16 57
4 FC Dallas 34 +8 57
5 Portland Timbers 34 +6 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 34 +2 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -13 47
9 Houston Dynamo 34 0 38
10 Minnesota United FC 34 -22 36
11 Colorado Rapids 34 -27 31
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -22 21