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Seattle Sounders win 3rd straight to open season, 4-2 over Chicago Fire

UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris, second from right, celebrates with teammates Kim Kee-Hee, left, Raul Ruidiaz, second from left, and Victor Rodriguez, right, after the Sounders defeated FC Cincinnati 4-1 in an MLS soccer match March 2  in Seattle. Morris scored two goals and Ruidiaz scored one in the match. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris, second from right, celebrates with teammates Kim Kee-Hee, left, Raul Ruidiaz, second from left, and Victor Rodriguez, right, after the Sounders defeated FC Cincinnati 4-1 in an MLS soccer match March 2 in Seattle. Morris scored two goals and Ruidiaz scored one in the match. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Victor Rodriguez and Jordan Morris each had first-half goals and Seattle scored the opening three goals before holding off the Chicago Fire 4-2 on Saturday, the Sounders’ third straight victory to open the season.

Seattle (3-0-0), which has outscored its opponents 10-3 this season, is off to its best start since 2009.

Rodriguez opened the scoring in the eighth minute, tapping home Morris’ cross inside the 6-yard box. Morris scored 7 minutes later on a breakaway, finishing Nicolas Lodeiro’s pass behind the Chicago defense. Lodeiro added a goal in the 49th with a penalty kick off the underside of the crossbar.

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei had a big first half, getting a hand on Nemanja Nikolic’s breakaway shot in the 25th and diving to his left to deny Przemyslaw Frankowski’s curling attempt from distance in the 41st.

Chicago (0-2-1) scored in the 56th when Raheem Edwards headed home a pass from CJ Sapong, who was held scoreless for the first time this season. Fabian Herbers added a goal in the 84th, but Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz sealed it two minutes later, scoring in his eighth consecutive MLS match.

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