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Vela, LAFC hand Sounders first loss of season, 4-1

April 22, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Vela scored two goals, Mark-Anthony Kaye had three assists and Los Angeles FC beat Seattle 4-1 on Sunday to hand the Sounders’ their first loss of the season.

Vela leads MLS with 10 goals and is tied for the assists lead at five with Toronto FC’s Alejandro Pozuelo.

Kaye cut back to evade a defender near midfield, took a couple dribbles and played a through ball to Vela, who split two defenders at the top of the box before side-netting a left-footer from near the spot to open the scoring in 12th minute.

Eduard Atuesta ran onto a pass by Seattle’s Nicolás Lodeiro that Kaye deflected, hesitated at the top of the box to evade a sliding defender and then ripped a right-footer inside the far post to make it 2-0 in the 39th.

Seattle’s Harry Shipp scored his first goal of the season in the 51st minute, but Vela took a through pass from Atuesta, evaded a charging goalkeeper Stefan Frei and then put away the empty-netter to give LAFC (7-1-1) a 3-1 lead in the 55th. Christian Ramirez back-heeled a pass to Kaye near the top of the box, who rolled it back to Ramirez for the finish from near the spot to cap the scoring in the 61st minute.

Seattle (5-1-1) had its 11-game regular-season unbeaten streak snapped.

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