Following a 1-0 victory against Minnesota United by way of a brilliant strike from João Paulo, the Rave Green extended their Western Conference Table lead to two points atop Sporting Kansas City. This match saw the Sounders reach 45 points on the season, a second-place tally in the Support Shield race, and the return of Goalkeeper Stefan Frei who recorded a shutout in his first appearance since suffering a knee injury on May 12 in San Jose.
From ESPN.com: "A 22nd-minute goal from Joao Paulo gave Seattle all it needed to beat Minnesota, 1-0, keeping its spot atop the Western Conference standings in the process. The win is a precursor to Tuesday's League Cup semifinal against Santos Laguna, which Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer has indicated is a team priority.”
Sounders FC returns to MLS regular-season action this Saturday with a visit to Real Salt Lake (6:30 p.m. PT / JOEtv, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM) after their Tuesday night Leagues Cup semifinal clash against Mexican side Santos Laguna (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN2, TUDN | TICKETS).