MLS News: MLS: The Sounders bypass Sporting KC to recover the first place

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The Seattle Sounders beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 to regain top spot in the Western Conference in the MLS on Sunday.

Cristian Roldan and Will Bruin scored to take the Sounders to the top in the west, bypassing the hosts of Sporting KC.

Sporting KC have won three straight wins against Seattle, the longest running streak against the Sounders as no team had won four in a row against the franchise since the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012-13.

But Seattle put an end to that crush against Sporting KC – Roldan opened the scoring in the 31st minute at Children’s Mercy Park, where the Sounders star came at the end of Brad Smith’s cross.

Bruin doubled the lead against the game series 10 minutes after the start of the second half after going home at the far post.

Going into the match, the Sounders have conceded 20 goals in MLS this season, with opponents scoring just 7.2% of their shots, also the lowest in the league. Seattle also surpassed goals this season by 8.1 (20 conceded, 28.1 expected).

The Sounders were violated by Johnny Russell by the hour, but Seattle held out the win to sit two points behind Sporting KC in the west.

Elsewhere, Austin – last of the Western Conference – stunned LA Galaxy 2-0 in fifth place, while Chicago Fire held Nashville in second place by drawing 0-0 in the east.

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