Finlay sparks Austin to 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders

May 17, 2023, 10:46 PM

Seattle Sounders...

Austin FC forward Jon Gallagher (17) and Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris (13) go up for a header on May 17, 2023. (Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

(Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Ethan Finlay had a goal and an assist and Austin FC handed the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders their second straight loss at home with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Stats from the match

Finlay took passes from Adam Lundkvist and Emiliano Rigoni and scored in the 36th minute. Finlay’s first goal of the season gave Austin (3-5-4) a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Gyasi Zardes stretched the lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 57th minute off assists from Finlay and Jon Gallagher.

Fredy Montero pulled the Sounders (7-4-3) within a goal when he scored in the 79th minute. HĂ©ber and Jordan Morris picked up assists on Montero’s first netter of the season.

Brad Stuver finished with three saves to help Austin beat Seattle for the first time after going 0-2-2 in the previous four match-ups. Stefan Frei had two saves for the Seattle Sounders.

The San Jose Earthquakes are now the only team Austin has played at least four times without a victory.

Austin entered the match with an 0-4-4 record in its last eight matches, tying a club-record winless streak. Austin was shut out in five of its previous eight matches.

Seattle tied a club record set in 2015 with seven shutouts through its first 12 matches, but the Sounders have surrendered four goals in their last two home matches after a 2-1 loss at the hands of Sporting KC last week.

Seattle leads second-place and defending-champion Los Angeles FC by a point in the Western Conference standings after LAFC managed only a 1-1 tie at home against Sporting KC.

Seattle travels to play the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. Austin returns home to host Toronto FC on Saturday.

Unlikely hero lifts Seattle Sounders over Dynamo 1-0

Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders Earthquakes...

The Associated Press

Sounders lose 1-0 as Earthquakes snap 14-game road skid

Jeremy Ebobisse scored out of the gates in the second half and Daniel de Sousa Brito made it stand up as San Jose beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0.

2 days ago

Sounders Roldan Morris...

The Associated Press

Morris, Frei lead Seattle Sounders to 1-0 victory over Red Bulls

Jordan Morris ended an eight-match scoreless streak with a first-half goal and Stefan Frei made it stand up in the Seattle Sounders’ 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

6 days ago

Seattle Sounders...

The Associated Press

Vite, own-goal lead Whitecaps over Seattle Sounders 2-0

Pedro Vite scored and the Vancouver Whitecaps used an own-goal by Stefan Frei half to post a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders.

13 days ago

Seattle Sounders Paul Rothrock...

The Associated Press

Unlikely hero lifts Seattle Sounders over Dynamo 1-0

Paul Rothrock subbed in in the 83rd minute and scored the only goal of the match four minutes later to propel the Seattle Sounders to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

20 days ago

Sounders Jordan Morris...

The Associated Press

Sounders lose 2-1 as Sporting KC gets 1st win of season

Erik Thommy had a goal and an assist, Alan Pulido scored his first goal in nearly two years and Sporting Kansas City stunned the Seattle Sounders 2-1.

26 days ago

Seattle Sounders Stefan Frei...

The Associated Press

Seattle Sounders’ Frei has sixth shutout in draw with Real Salt Lake

Stefan Frei finished with three saves to help the Seattle Sounders earn a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

1 month ago

Finlay sparks Austin to 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders