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Recap: Loons take first loss of the season vs Seattle

The Sounders continue to be the Loons toughest opponent to beat

Minnesota United forward Luis Amarilla (9) reacts to missed goal scoring opportunity during the match against the Seattle Sounders at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn., on Saturday, April 2, 2022. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

On Saturday night, Minnesota United hosted Seattle Sounders in their fifth match of the 2022 MLS season. Coming in with a four match unbeaten streak, after a bye week, against a Sounders side with only one win in four matches things looked up for the Loons. Seattle would end up defeating Minnesota by a score of 2 - 1 after a 36’ minute goal and a Loons own goal in the second half.

The Loons lineup received some changes from their previous match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Danladi was slotted in as LAM replacing Bongokuhle Hlongwan, Dotson moved from RB to LDM, replacing Kervin Arriaga in that spot, while DJ Taylor took over Dotson’s spot at right back.

After giving up majority possession for the first 35 minutes, the Loons conceded the first goal of the night in the 38th minute. Seattle’s João Paulo took a strike from inside the penalty arc and sent it screaming into the upper left corner past Dayne St. Clair to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Just after the half-time break Jordan Morris attempted to slip a pass across the box, that pass was deflected by Minnesota into their goal giving Seattle a goal and pushing the lead to 2-0.

The Loons would not be shut out as Emanuel Reynoso put home a PK in the 82nd minute after Seattle’s Jackson Ragen fouled Minnesota’s Joseph Rosales inside the 18.

Minnesota United’s loss pushed them to a record of 2-2-1 with 8 points and have the Loons in eighth place in the Western Conference. MNUFC will be back in action this Sunday at 6:30 PM when they travel to Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX to face Austin FC. That match will be shown on FS1 and can be heard on SKOR North.