Roldan’s rocket lifts Sounders over Houston

Cristian Roldan reacts after his latest wonder strike gave the Sounders an early lead they would never relinquish. Jane Gershovich / Sounders FC Communications.

SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Sounders FC (6-1-4, 22 points) maintained its hot start to the 2019 MLS season on Saturday evening, as the Rave Green defeated the Houston Dynamo (6-2-1, 19 points) by a final score of 1-0. With tonight’s result, Seattle vaults over the Dynamo in the Western Conference table by three points, with the club level with the second-place LA Galaxy on 22 points (LA holds the total wins tiebreaker over Seattle by one league victory). Cristian Roldan’s fifth-minute stunner was enough for the home side, as the sellout crowd of 39,232 at CenturyLink Field watched Sounders FC’s home unbeaten run move to 5-0-2 in 2019. Since September of 2018, Seattle has an unbeaten run of 10 consecutive regular season matches in front of the home side, four games shy of the franchise record.

Seattle wasted little time in establishing an early lead, as Roldan scored for the second time in as many weeks in the fifth minute of play, topping his effort from last Saturday in Minnesota. This time, the University of Washington product lofted a placed and powerful shot off the volley, beating Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis at his near post. The strike was Roldan’s third of 2019, and his 17th tally since joining the Rave Green in 2015.

Defensively, Sounders FC kept a clean sheet, as goalkeeper Stefan Frei recorded one save in his fourth shutout of the season, giving him 70 in his MLS career, good for seventh all-time in league history.

Brian Schmetzer’s side faces a quick turnaround following tonight’s contest, with his team back under the lights of CenturyLink Field in three days’ time. Seattle is set to face Orlando City SC in midweek action, as the Rave Green host the Lions on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. PT. Broadcast coverage is being provided by JOEtv, YouTube TV, Sports Radio 950 KJR AM and El Rey 1360 AM.

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