The Seattle Sounders defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on Wednesday night at PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif.
Raúl Ruidíaz recorded his 11th brace of his Sounders career, including the fourth this season. He finished a clinical left-footed shot from just inside the top of the 18-yard box after a clever feed from Cristian Roldan in the 25th minute. Ruidíaz doubled the Sounders’ lead with his 16th goal of the season in the 42nd minute after Roldan drew a penalty when he was fouled by goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski.
Seattle took a 2-0 lead into halftime and immediately pushed the advantage to three in the 49th minute when Roldan finished a cross from Jimmy Medranda.
Three in three for Roldan
Roldan, who was named to Gregg Berhalter’s United States camp on Wednesday for crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches, scored his third goal in as many matches. He opened the scoring against Club Léon in the Leagues Cup Final last week, scored the opener against Sporting Kansas City over the weekend and then punished the Earthquakes for his second goal of the season at PayPal Park.
Chú’s MLS debut
Summer window signing Léo Chú made his MLS debut when he came on at halftime for Ruidíaz. The 21-year-old Brazilian attacker made his club debut with eight minutes off the bench in the Leagues Cup Semifinal against Santos Laguna and assisted Ruidíaz on the match-winner in stoppage time. He looked more than comfortable in the attacking third in his first appearance in earnest.
The Sounders will finally head back to Lumen Field after a four-match road swing over the past 12 days. The Sounders went 2-2-0 in that span and pushed their MLS-best away record to 9-2-2 on the year.