April 16, 2018 / 2:27 AM / 4 months ago

Sounders earn tie against SKC to stop season-opening skid

Will Bruin had a goal and an assist as the visiting Seattle Sounders snapped their season-opening, three-game losing streak with a 2-2 draw Sunday afternoon against Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park.

Cristian Roldan also scored for the two-time defending Western Conference champion Sounders (0-3-1).

Ilie Sanchez and Graham Zusi scored for Sporting K.C. (4-1-2), which remained atop the conference.

Bruin scored Seattle’s first goal of the season in first-half stoppage time.

Bruin headed a free kick from just outside the penalty box off the crossbar, with Sporting K.C. clearing the rebound out of bounds. Nicolas Lodeiro’s throw-in was headed on by Chad Marshall toward Roman Torres, who was being tightly marked in front of the net. However, the ball went over the head of Torres and the SKC defense and to the feet of Bruin, who tapped a shot past goalkeeper Tim Melia from 2 yards out.

That tied the score at 1-1.

Seattle took the lead in the 73rd minute, thanks to the Bruin and the brothers Roldan. Rookie Alex Roldan, making his first MLS start, sent a long ball down the middle of the field for Bruin, who controlled the pass and fed Cristian Roldan at the top of the 18-yard box. The elder Roldan blasted a low shot just inside the left post.

Sporting K.C. exploited the inexperience of Sounders defender Noulou Tolo, a 20-year-old from Cameroon, for both of its goals.

Sanchez scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick in the 34th minute after Tolo brought down Johnny Russell in the penalty box.

With the Sounders leading 2-1, Tolo was caught upfield after missing a 25-yard shot.

SKC’s Jimmy Medranda’s cross-field pass from midfield found Zusi alone at the top of the penalty box, and Zusi dribbled into the 6-yard box before beating Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Frei made six saves to help the Sounders avoid another loss.

Seattle was awarded a penalty kick in the 58th minute by referee Drew Fischer after a ball hit Medranda’s arm just inside the box, but the call was overturned following a video review.

Longtime Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso, who had been sidelined by a quadriceps injury, made his season debut as a substitute in the 68th minute.

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