Seattle Sounders FC vs Colorado Rapids – Football Game Report – October 4, 2021
Cristian Roldan scored one goal and had two assists as the Seattle Sounders beat the visiting Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Sunday night.
Jimmy Medranda and Joao Paulo Mior also scored for the Sounders (16-5-6, 54 points), who remained first in Major League Soccer Western Conference and ended a 12-game unbeaten streak. of the Rapids (6-0-6). Colorado (13-5-9, 48 points) last lost on July 24 at Real Salt Lake.
Seattle goalie Stefan Frei was credited with four saves.
Roldan scored for MLS’s third straight game and fourth in all competitions, having also scored a goal in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Club Leon in the League Cup final.
Roldan opened the scoring in the second minute following a turnaround from Colorado in their own camp. Seattle’s Will Bruin retrieved the ball from the left wing along the baseline and passed to Roldan, whose 15-yard reception shot was deflected by Rapids goaltender Clint Irwin as he was heading towards the net.
Medranda made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute after Roldan made a descent on the right wing. His cross was pushed by Joao Paulo and Medranda scored at roughly the same spot as Roldan, placing a 15 yards to the left side of Irwin’s penalty area and just inside the near post.
Joao Paulo scored in the first half timeout to give the Sounders a 3-0 lead, taking a pass from Roldan just before the midfielder and dribbling the ball to the penalty spot before placing a shot under Irwin, who was making his first appearance of the season.
Lucas Esteves of Colorado received a red card for a foul in the 61st minute, leaving the Rapids with 10 men for the remainder of the game.
Both teams had goals recalled in the second half.
A second strike from Medranda was canceled after a video review determined Seattle to foul before his shot, and Colorado had a return goal from an offside flag.