Week 19 TOTW Ruidiaz Cover

Major League Soccer on Monday named Seattle Sounders forward Raúl Ruidíaz to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 19 following his two-goal display in the Rave Green’s 6-2 drubbing of the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. Additionally, Head Coach Brian Schmetzer has been named Coach of the Week, while forward Fredy Montero makes the bench.

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It should come as no surprise that the two strikers from a Sounders side that produced six goals on the road in a historic win should garner leaguewide recognition. With both Ruidíaz and Montero each recording a brace, it was the timing and quality of the strikes that make the accomplishment even more impressive.

Montero opened the scoring with a poacher’s finish in the 13th minute before doubling the lead in the 29th minute with a picturesque, curled shot from distance. Portland equalized at 2-2 minutes into the second half, only for Ruidíaz to produce a moment of magic from a free kick and an instinctive finish off a rebound to put the game to bed at 4-2.

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Substitutes Jimmy Medranda and Nicolas Benezet – who was making his Sounders debut – rounded out the scoring, a nod to Schmetzer’s impressive in-game adjustments on the sidelines.

The Seattle Sounders return to action in midweek as they visit FC Dallas (5:30 p.m. PT; JOEtv, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM) at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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