A second-half stoppage time goal from Nicolas Lodeiro propelled Seattle Sounders FC (9-5-5, 32 pts.) to a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC (5-13-2, 17 pts.) on Saturday, July 6 at MAPFRE Stadium.
Crew SC earned the first goal of the night in the 12th minute after Luis Argudo played a ball back to Pedro Santos, who was then tripped up in the box by Danny Leyva. Santos stepped up and tucked the ball into the right corner to give the Crew a 1-0 lead going into the first-half break. The goal marked Santos' fifth of the 2019 regular season and first from the penalty spot.
The Sounders responded, however, in the 56th minute after David Guzman fouled Seattle's Lodeiro from behind in the box. From there, Lodeiro placed his shot inside the right post to level the score at 1-1.
Crew goalkeeper Joe Bendik kept the game level in the 65th minute after going full-extension to tip the ball past the far bar and out of play. On the match, Bendik tallied two saves.
In a match that appeared to be ending in a draw, Lodeiro came through again for the Sounders in the sixth minute of added time with a back-post header.
Up next, Crew SC hit the road when they take on Orlando City SC on Saturday, July 13 at Exploria Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Supporters can watch the match on FOX Sports Ohio, stream on FOX Sports GO, or listen on 97.1 FM The Fan or www.ColumbusCrewSC.com (English & Spanish).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
CLB - Pedro Santos, 13th minute: Santos places the ball to the right corner from the spot. CLB 1, SEA 0
SEA - Nicolas Lodeiro, 56th minute: Lodeiro places the ball to the right corner from the spot. CLB1, SEA 1
SEA - Nicolas Lodeiro, 90+ 6th minute: Lodeiro heads the ball into the near post. CLB 1, SEA 2 | FINAL
Columbus Crew SC
- Midfielder Pedro Santos recorded his fifth goal of the 2019 regular-season for Crew SC in tonight’s home contest against Seattle Sounders FC. The goal came in the 28th-minute as Santos converted a penalty kick attempt following a foul inside Seattle Sounder FC’s box. The strike marked Santos’ first penalty kick goal in regular-season action since joining the Crew in 2017. The Portuguese midfielder played the entire 90 minutes, registering 52 touches and attempting 34 passes. In 2019, Santos has made 19 regular-season appearances (18 starts), while scoring five goals (one game-winning goal) and providing two assists (both game-winning assists). To date, he has scored six goals and recorded 11 assists since joining the Black & Gold in 2017.
- With his start in tonight’s home match, defender Harrison Afful recorded his 100th MLS regular-season start. Afful played the entire 90 minutes, making two tackles, registering 78 touches, attempting 47 passes and finished with a passing percentage of 72.3. Since joining Crew SC in 2015, Afful has made 103 regular-season appearances (100 starts), scoring five goals and recording 12 assists. In 2019, the defender has made eight regular-season appearances (all starts).
- Midfielders Artur and David Guzman each attempted three tackles during tonight’s home match against Seattle Sounders FC – more than any other player for either team. They each played the entire 90 minutes, notching one interception each. Additionally, Guzman finished the night with nine duels, while Artur had 11 duels, more than any other Crew SC player.
- Next up, Crew SC has a road contest against Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium on Saturday, July 13 (7:30 p.m. ET / Fox Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO / 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via the “Listen Live” button at 971TheFan.com / Spanish audio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).