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April 13, 2019
By The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Will Bruin and Cristian Roldan scored two minutes apart midway through the second half and the Seattle Sounders stayed unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday.

Seattle knocked Toronto from the ranks of the unbeatens in the only regular-season matchup between the MLS Cup finalists from 2016 and 2017. Bruin scored twice starting in place of injured striker Raul Ruidiaz, and Roldan’s goal in the 68th minute — his first of the season — proved to be the difference.

Seattle (5-0-1) is off to its best start in franchise history and set the stage for an important upcoming stretch with two games in seven days against Los Angeles FC. Toronto (3-1-1) entered the weekend having played just four league games and was the only unbeaten remaining in the Eastern Conference.

Jozy Altidore scored twice for Toronto.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ismael Tajouri-Shradi had two goals and an assist to help New York City FC tie Minnesota United in the first game at Allianz Field.

Valentin Castellanos also scored for NYCFC (0-1-5), which survived an egregious own goal by goalie Sean Johnson in the 32nd minute to tie it after halftime and send a raucous crowd home a little less satisfied.

Osvaldo Alonso and Angelo Rodriguez scored for Minnesota (3-2-1).

The opener at the $250 million facility , built halfway between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, was a brisk one with the high temperature at 40 degrees in the afternoon the day after a storm finished dumping as much as a foot of snow around the Twin Cities.


HOUSTON (AP) — Tomas Martinez scored his first goal of the season, Mauro Manotas had two assists and Houston beat San Jose for its fourth straight victory.

Martinez ripped a left-footer from near the spot just inside the post to make cap the scoring in the 60th minute. Alberth Elis gave Houston (4-0-1) a 1-0 lead in the 52nd. Jackson Yueill scored for San Jose (1-5-0) in the 56th. The match was delayed 73 minutes at halftime because of inclement weather.


MONTREAL (AP) — Harry Novillo scored his first MLS goal to help Montreal beat Columbus.

Evan Bush made five saves for his third consecutive shutout for the Impact (3-2-2).

Zack Steffen made six saves for the Crew (4-2-1).


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