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Sounders beat Minnesota 3-1 for 1st win of season

By MARK MOSCHETTI
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) – Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin scored in a three-minute span midway through the first half and the Seattle Sounders won for the first time this season, beating Minnesota United 3-1 on Sunday.

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Jordy Delem added a goal in second-half stoppage time for Seattle.

The Sounders (1-3-1), MLS Cup winners in 2016 and runners-up last year, had been the only MLS team without a victory through the first seven weeks. After going scoreless for a club-record 315 minutes to start the year, Seattle has five goals in its last two games.

Svensson scored at the outset of the 23rd minute. Cristian Roldan had the ball in the left side of the penalty area and passed it back out toward the center of the field. Svensson ran onto it, blasting it into the back left corner from 27 yards straight in front for his first goal of the year.

Late in the 25th minute, Bruin notched his second of the season. Roldan had the ball near the goal line on the left side. He sent it into the box, and Nico Lodeiro flicked it back to Bruin for a shot from 8 yards in front.

Christian Ramirez scored in the 66th minute for United (2-5-0). Minnesota has lost four straight.