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Slow start dooms Loons in loss at Seattle

April 22, 2018 GMT

SEATTLE Two early goals on the road doomed Minnesota United once again.

A week after falling behind 2-0 early in Portland, the Loons once again conceded two goals in the first 25 minutes at Seattle. United got a goal from Christian Ramirez but still couldnt overcome the early deficit and lost its fourth-consecutive match with a 3-1 defeat to the Sounders Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Stadium.

Uniteds defense held strong for the first quarter of the game before the Sounders relentless attack broke through. Seattle (1-3-1), which won the 2016 MLS Cup and has made it to the title game each of the last two seasons, attacked like a team determined to collect its first win of the season. Gustav Svensson got the home crowd fired up with a goal from outside the box in the 23rd minute to give the Sounders the lead.

Will Bruin netted another score, once again off an assist by Cristian Roldan, two minutes later to put the Loons in a two-goal deficit before the 25th minute for the second consecutive game. Both goals came against keeper Bobby Shuttleworth, who made his first start of the season for Minnesota (2-5-0).

Ramirezs goal made the final 24 minutes exciting for United. Darwin Quintero, who made his second start since becoming the clubs first Designated Player on March 30, lobbed a cross in front of the goal and Ramirez headed it in for his first score of the season.

The Loons continued to pressure Seattle with several opportunities in the games final minutes. At times, the Sounders struggled to clear the ball and an attempt by Francisco Calvo in the 90th minute went just wide into the side net of the goal.

But a goal by Jordy Delem in the final minute of stoppage time sealed the outcome for Minnesota.

The loss dropped United to 0-3 all-time against the Sounders. The Loons have been outscored 10-3 in their current four-match losing streak.