Two goals within the first eight minutes of the match, courtesy of Kelvin Leerdam and Raul Ruidiaz, propelled the Seattle Sounders to a comfortable 2-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.
It didn't take long for the Sounders to get on the board — in the fifth minute, Leerdam was the beneficiary of a ball played back to him following a snuffed-out Ruidaiz attempt, scoring for the second time in two matches. Then, less than three minutes later, Ruidiaz and Victor Rodriguez played a neat give-and-go through the Rapids defense, with the Peruvian scoring his second goal of the season to put the Sounders up 2-0.
The Rapids had their chances after that — indeed, finishing the half with a 8-7 shot advantage — but couldn't get on the board throughout the match. Kei Kamara came closest with some attempts that kept Sounders keeper Stefan Frei occupied. Additionally, Kellyn Acosta sailed a shot just over the bar as one of his last actions of the match, giving way to Andre Shinyashiki in the final 15 minutes as Rapids coach Anthony Hudson sought to bring in additional offense that didn't quite materialize.
- 5' – SEA – Kelvin Leerdam
- 8' – SEA – Raul Ruidiaz
- COL: Sunday, March 17 vs Sporting Kansas City (9 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+, DAZN in Canada)