Lodeiro Scores First MLS Goal, Sounders Beat Real Salt Lake
SEATTLE (AP) — Nicolas Lodeiro scored his first MLS goal, then assisted on Jordan Morris' team-leading eighth in the Seattle Sounders' 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
The Sounders (8-12-3) have won two straight and are 2-0-1 since parting ways with former coach Sigi Schmid on July 26.
Salt Lake (10-8-7) has won just twice in its last 10 games.
Lodeiro, the Uruguayan national midfielder signed by Seattle as a Designated Player on July 27, scored in the 24th minute. Clint Dempsey lofted the ball toward the left wing side. Andreas Ivanschitz took it into penalty area, crossed it toward the middle, and Lodeiro drilled it high into the left side of the net.
In the 37th minute, Dempsey sent a ball toward the left side, where Lodeiro caught up with it and floated a cross into the box. Morris ran onto a header that went in off the hands of goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
RSL's Joao Plata scored on an uncontested 8-yard shot in the 62nd minute after goalkeeper Stefan Frei bobbled the ball at the top of the box while preparing to kick it downfield.