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Sounders out to extend unbeaten season vs. Minnesota United

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The Seattle Sounders will look to continue their MLS record season-opening unbeaten streak on Sunday afternoon in Saint Paul, Minn., against a Minnesota United team that they’ve dominated over the years.

The Sounders (8-0-5, 29 points) started their record 13-game unbeaten streak with a 4-0 blanking of the Loons on April 16 in Seattle. Raul Ruidiaz netted a brace to go with goals by Joao Paulo and Fredy Montero, with all the scores coming after intermission.

Seattle, which is 7-0-1 all-time against the Loons, used a similar second-half assault to defeat Minnesota United, 3-2, in the MLS Cup Western Conference Semifinals last December with Ruidiaz scoring the tying goal in the 89th minute and Gustav Svensson following with the game-winner in the third minute of stoppage time.

“It’s going to be tough,” said Loons midfielder Robin Lod, back with the team after playing for Finland in Euro 2020. “Seattle is unbeaten still, so I’m really looking forward to make them suffer and have the first loss.”

Even though Minnesota has given up seven consecutive goals over the last two meetings with the Sounders, Lod said he thought the team had held its own against Seattle.

“In the playoffs, and in the first game (of the season), I think there was times we played really well against them,” Lod said. “It’s just some small details and small mistakes we made that they make us pay. I’m really looking forward (to) it and I feel confident going against them.”

Minnesota (4-3-5, 18 points) had a seven-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-0 road loss to the Colorado Rapids in its last match on July 7, while Seattle, behind goals by Kelyn Rowe and Ruidiaz, defeated Houston, 2-0, that same night.

“I just wanted the team to perform well,” said Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer. “We all know at some point the streak is going to end.”

Seattle has allowed an MLS-low eight goals in 13 matches while Ruidiaz enters the weekend tied with LA Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez for first in the Golden Boot race with 10 goals.

–Field Level Media

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