First point for Seattle Sounders

Abigail Gerken - Seattle Sounders/mlsfemale
Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Abigail Gerken // @abigailgerken22

Sunday, April 15: 2-2 Draw

The Seattle Sounders went down to Sporting Kansas City for their first matchup of the year. Seattle’s forward Clint Dempsey was unavailable for this match because of his extra one-game suspension on his red card that occurred on March 18th. Less than 4 days before this game where he had to fulfill his suspension, the league announced this extra suspension. Also, outside back Kelvin Leerdam sat out this game due to a red card he picked up March 31st.

In the 34th minute, the Sounders conceived a penalty kick as Nouhou Tolo fouled Johnny Russell in the box. Ilie Sanchez slotted it away to put SKC up 1-0.

Will Bruin evened up the scoring in the 45+3rd minute with a tap-in off of a Chad Marshall header.

The Sounders then doubled their lead in the 73rd minute with a complete banger from Cristian Roldan.

All seemed well for the Sounders as they were set to pick up their first points of the season, until five minutes later when Graham Zusi scored and tied the game for SKC.

In the end, the Sounders got their first point, first and second goal, and some more confidence instilled in the team.

Some notes: This was rookie Alex Roldan’s first MLS start, he joined his older brother Cristian Roldan in the Sounders starting 11. He showed a lot of talent and promise in this showing.  Captain Osvaldo Alonso came off of the bench (when he did, Nicolas Lodeiro handed over the captains armband). This was his first appearance in 2018 as he is coming off of a quad injury that sidelined him for the start of the season.

The next game is against Minnesota United on April 22nd at 1 pm PT, you can catch it on ESPN.

Featured image of Cristian Roldan courtesy: @SoundersFC

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