Minnesota United 1, Seattle Sounders 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Will Bruin and Nicolas Lodeiro both scored in second-half stoppage time to lift the surging Seattle Sounders to a miraculous 2-1, come-from-behind victory over Minnesota United on a memorable Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium.
Lodeiro converted a penalty just moments into the extra allotment following a Video Review by referee Drew Fischer, who determined Miguel Ibarra handled the ball defending Roman Torres' header in the area.
Then in the seventh minute of time added on, the substitute Bruin reached Raul Ruidiaz's flick-on and chipped Loons' keeper Bobby Shuttleworth to set off delirious celebrations for the visitors (and in the dressing room afterward).
The Sounders have now won four straight and are unbeaten in seven. They remain beneath the playoff line, but have earned 17 of their 30 points total over their last seven matches as they attempt yet another late postseason charge.
Darwin Quintero scored his 10th goal of the season early for Minnesota, who drop a point beneath the Sounders in the standings. Quintero also struck the post later in the first half, as did fellow Colombian Loons Designated Player and striker Angelo Rodriguez in his MLS debut.
- 20' - MIN - Darwin Quintero | Watch
- 90'+1 - SEA - Nicolas Lodeiro (PK) Watch
- 90'+7 - SEA - Will Bruin | Watch
- THE BIG PICTURE: While the Sounders entered the weekend with fewer points, Minnesota arguably needed the victory more considering their status as the home side and their upcoming schedule. The Loons play their next five away from home before hosting Portland on Sept. 22. Seattle will be concerned with the status of defender Kim Kee-Hee, who exited for Torres following a first-half injury.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Of all the memorable moments for a club that already owns an MLS Cup, a Supporters' Shield and four U.S. Open Cups, Bruin's last-gasp winner will be a special one, particularly if it becomes part of another second-half charge to the postseason.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: While the Sounders trailed for most of the match — after a promising first 15 minutes no less — they continued to turn the screw on Minnesota thanks in no small part to Osvaldo Alonso's tireless work in midfield. He completed 57 total passes in the opposition half, including 30 inside the final third, and was a big reason Seattle led 22-12 in shots and held 63 percent of the possession.